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Me and My Interwebs Income Thingy

August 30, 2013 17 Comments

bulbI’ve been staying up until 3 am for the past week working on some stuff that I think is really fun. This is very rare for me because I don’t associate the words “work at 3 am” with “fun.”

First, I thoroughly absorbed Pat Flynn’s blog, Smart Passive Income. This dude says he’s got the Interwebs on lock, and he’s not afraid to show you how to make some extra cash money. Extra cash money? Are you for real? Since I dabble in the art of extra cash, anywhere I see so much attention on something called “Smart Passive Income,” you know I’ve got to take notice. It’s no surprise that the Internet is all about making money, but beyond the thousands I’ve pinned down on Craigslist and Ebay, I’ve never really made a serious dime.

It’s no surprise I’m late to this party. I perceive that the “make money online” keyword explosion has a bit to do with most of the world really wanting/needing a few extra bones rattling the pocket. As a Gen-X’er, I should have been rocking the Interwebs right around the same I doubled down on a pawn shop guitar, 1972 Plymouth Duster, and denim Slayer jacket.

Ahhh, missed opportunity. But, you know – to hell with it. I’m going to throw myself at yet another wall, just to see what all the hullabaloo is about (I’ve been dying to use the term hullabaloo).

Is it really possible to make a pile of money on the Interwebs?

According to Flynn and a host of other guru-ish types, the answer is “hell-MF-yes…”

Next question… [wait for it] — HOW?

Here I go on another experiment. I’ve already logged about 20 hours just doing keyword research in order to get going and another 20 doing some site design work. This makes sense because I’ve never actually done my homework before launching headlong into something serious before.

Wanna join the military? Sure. Get married? No problem. Have some kids? I’ll take two. Buy a $40,000 truck without a test drive? Yes, please.

So, this is for you — all nine of my Smart Active Readers. I have decided to give it my earnest attempt. Instead of the half-ass attempts in the past where I’ve thrown up websites on a wing and a prayer (yes, I’ve got ‘em), I’ve decided to take my time. Do the work. I’m just dying to see if this stuff works because I am vomiting on the success of others in every realm that seems impossible.

But, I’ve done impossible things before. I’m just curious as hell.

Here’s my goal: I want to create a website that generates $500/month on (near) autopilot.

There, I said it. I think it’s reasonable. But – here’s the bigger thing: I’m using all this guru-ey weapons and tactics. Pulling out all the stops, and going for it. I can think of about 150 easier ways to make $500, so this doesn’t really have much to do with money so much as the concept of either verifying or debunking the myth of Internet income.

I think that if I can actually create a site that generates that much income, I’ll be convinced that the Interwebs is for real. Until then, I still have my doubts.

I’m here for you.

I’ll be releasing significant updates as I go. In the end, I’ll package it all together and give it to you — good, bad, or pustule-ridden (subscribers only, sorry; apparently the key to the Interwebs is building a subscriber list – who knew?). I’ll tell you precisely how it goes even if it doesn’t go well. At that point, I’ll at least make it fun to read.

So far, I’ve tapped 62 different resources from books, software applications, blogs, and strategists. I’m compiling a database of resources and actions that I’ll use, judge, and filter. I’ve got a prototype site built, and I’m just barely limping through being live on the site, but it’s up. Since I’m building a site based on the input of self-proclaimed experts, we’ll see how it goes.

The second project is much more complicated, but we’ll get to that later. Just so you know, it involves high-speed bartering and robots, so you can put that in your MIT pipe and smoke it. The kicker is — it actually works, but it’s a little buggy. Tell me that’s not cool.

Just rest assured that I’m your personal Interwebs mole. I’m here for you, wasting my time so that you don’t have to. I mean, who wouldn’t love to make some extra cash? Think of it scientifically — given a similar set of assumptions and actions, you should be able to reproduce a similar result. If not, it’s bullshit. Plus, think of the children. Wait, what?

You should subscribe to SIXbirds. If you don’t, I can’t imagine your life will continue to have much meaning from this day forward. I’m just kidding, but I would like to send you significant updates with details I won’t be sharing anywhere else. Just sayin’. If this goes well – who knows what could happen.

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  1. Patrick! Good to see you back on here. I noticed you took a bit of a break…hope it was good! $500 a month on a THAT would be cool. Best of luck and keep us posted!

  2. Brian says:

    I am a big fan of Pat Flynn. Hope it all works out for you.

    I recently started a blog. Put a little bit of time in and this morning woke up early and accidentally erased the whole db for it. So don’t do that lol.

  3. Kyle says:

    I’ve been of the same mind as well with Pat Flynn, etc. These dudes aren’t any smarter then anyone else, I think they just had the drive and focus to get something done at one point. Plus, each probably had a few fortuitous bounces here and there. I think once you have a grand or two a month rolling in from the internet you can start blowing it on outsourced link building, VA dudes in random timezones to write content and web designers to make things pretty. I think the first $500 to $1000 is the hardest because it takes the dedication to get through the first six months with no tangible results.

    Then once you do it, you get rich telling other lazy people how to do it. Of course, only 1% of those readers will ever actually take action to do it, but that’s why focused motivators like us have a chance to make it.

    Well, I know you can make the 1% because you’ve already kicked it into gear and now that I’m reading I’m going to make fun of you if you quit. So there. See you at the top, I’ll race you.

    • Patrick says:

      Ha! Great comment Kyle… and thanks for dogging my inbox with getting my comments unlocked. F-ing Interwebs. I’ll figure it out, but I can’t seem to get the spam monkey off my back. Either it filters EVERYTHING, or NOTHING. Ugh.

      Anyway, if you’re down for the cause, the I’m all the more motivated. I think I’ll hit the subscribers with an update. My site is up and running right now, yet I’m still in build mode.

      I will say, however, that within 5 hours of submitted my site to google for indexing I was receiving keyword traffic. I’ve built maybe a dozen sites, and that has NEVER happened to me. Usually it takes weeks to get even a single random keyword. But, yep — I started getting keyword matches for my targeted phrase within hours. That’s wild to me.

  4. Jack says:

    Looking forward to the step by step updates in your interweb experiments! I’m imagining it’s 3am, dark and stormy. You raise your interweb antenna into the black night sky and, suddenly, lightning bolts and $500! You yell out, “It’s aliiiive!”

    Love how you challenge the world! Wish more people did. You keep me going more than you realize!

    • Patrick says:

      Yeah, it would be cool if I tapped on the Interwebs portal thingy and it shit out crisp $100 bills.

      If it works, I imagine that might be the blog post title: “How I got my computer to shit $100 bills.” Maybe an ebook?

  5. Tammy R says:

    This sounds all-too exciting, Patrick. Even if you (and thus I) don’t make a cent, at least I have this line to recall which made me almost spit out my tea:

    If you don’t, I can’t imagine your life will continue to have much meaning from this day forward.

    I’m subscribed and Pops and I are waiting with baited breath (which I just googled and found out it’s ‘bated’ breath and it makes me so happy I am able to type in a few words, press Enter, and learn that fact)!

    May you keep having fun while getting your beauty sleep!

    • Patrick says:

      Tammy, you’re good for my Interwebs ego. It is hard to imagine a non-subscriber to 6birds really getting anything much out of life, however. It’s about making the world a better place.

      Haven’t been cruising many blogs lately (lots of OCD juice on other stuff), but I’m sort of taking the evening off from that.

      Great to hear from you as always.

  6. SusieQ says:

    Count me in, cause I’m curious as hell about all this hullaballo (or however the heck you spell it!!) on making money from blogging. Looking forward to it, Patrick! Let the rest of us know so we can hop on board and make some cash! For the time being, I’m sticking with my Ebay Empire! ;-)

    • Patrick says:

      Susie, I think you’ve probably got a good thing going. So far I really am learning that there is no such thing as “passive” income. It’s a lot of work, and I can see why people give up.

      Don’t stop believin’ in the power of the Interwebs hullaboloo (or, whatever).

  7. Kyle says:


    I left a sweet comment a couple of days ago but it must of got lost in the ether. You’re going to crush it. I’m going to try to get on that bandwagon soon too. I figure these guys can’t all be that smart, they just put the work in. Day after day.

    Can’t wait to hear more.

  8. snacks says:

    Can’t wait to see how it works out. I can only imagine that this and your other projects will kick some major ass! Why do I think this? An example, you ask? Well, how bout a silver coin guitar pic? I’m gonna get one to reward my self as soon as the debts are gone… so save me one for spring (please)! Anywhoo, glad you are back and love your work. All of it… I even subscribed. Can’t wait for the updates!


  9. Michelle says:

    I’m all about passive income. Am looking forward to seeing how it goes!

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