Yakezie Theta Membership Class Is Now Open!

1H2014 Class

by in Featured on Mar 5th, 2014

Greetings all Challengers! For those of you who joined the challenge before August 1, 2013 please fill out the questionnaire to be considered a Yakezie Theta Class Member. If you are within 30 days short of the six month period, you should still apply for consideration as this process takes about a month. If you are beyond 30 days short, please wait for the next class.

The form will likely take anywhere from 15-30 minutes so please save your work and scroll down to the very bottom and click submit. The questionnaire will be open until March 22, 2014. To help ensure everyone submits before the deadline, I’d like for every Challenger to ping another Challenger to fill out the form. Late submissions will not be accepted given the amount of logistics this process entails.

The Yakezie Membership committee will review each application and send out notifications by end of September to begin writing a Member Post or continue the challenge for the next class. If there are some holes in your application, please use the time until the deadline to work on your holes. Read More


How To Get A Day Job With Your Blog

Leverage Your Blog To Full-Time Employment

by in Personal Finance on Feb 27th, 2014

For those of you who’ve been following my writing on Financial Samurai, I recently announced that I’ve started a new part-time role as Personal Capital’s content manager for its blog called Daily Capital. I’d appreciate it if you could check it out and lend your support. Maybe even leave a comment or 10 so I don’t get fired too quick!

I’m very excited about the opportunity for several reasons:

1)   I believe in the product. Leveraging technology to grow your wealth and create a business to gather assets is a no brainer. Those industries who do not leverage technology will be left behind.

2)   The role is very similar to what I’m doing for Financial Samurai and the Yakezie Network, just with a massive clientele, and a large marketing budget.

3)   I get to physically interact with more humans, which I’ve found to be a necessity after working solo for almost two years. Full-time bloggers and freelancers know how lonely working online can get.

4)   There’s a challenge to build something meaningful. Daily Capital has a lot of upside due to the resource’s at Personal Capital’s disposal. They’ve got CFPs, PhDs, MBAs, and industry veterans all looking to share their knowledge. They just need someone to focus on executing the goals. There’s nothing more exhilarating than seeing things grow from hard work and creativity.

5)   The ability to finally experience San Francisco tech culture and grow my network. Working at a tech startup is on my bucket list. It would be a crying shame to live through the golden age of tech in SF and never experience what it was like.

From an employer’s point of view, it makes sense to hire someone who is a believer of the product, user of the product, has experience in the field they are looking to hire, and wants a challenge. So far, the fit has been great and I want to share with you thoughts on how I was able to get a “real” physical job using my blog.


Make More Money Online By Following The Wine Pairing Strategy

Your Site Is Full Of Hidden Gold And You May Not Even Know It

by in Lifestyle on Feb 20th, 2014

During the fall of 2013 I decided to add a new Services page on Financial Samurai. The new page is entitled, “Resume Review & Optimization Services” where I help college graduates or working professionals present themselves better to improve their chances of getting hired. With my background as a hiring manager and my intense interest in everything employment related, I thought it was a good move.

A month had passed and I received no inquiries for my Resume & Interview Services to my surprise. Perhaps I priced too high at $250 per review? Or perhaps my sales page wasn’t clear and convincing enough. I was curious what was going on.

I told no one on FS about my new service after publishing the page nor have I publicized my other two services either (Personal Finance Consulting and Online Consulting) because I’m already maxed out at what I can handle regarding these two offerings alone. So I was thinking that the Resume Review Service would naturally catch some overflow, with less work on my part in the process.

I’m still debating on whether to publish a post about my new service for fear of not being able to meet demand. Then one day in the middle of lunch I realized I had been sitting on top of a goldmine solution all this time without having a clue. Let me explain.


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The Best Way To Deal With E-Mail Spam And Make More Money

Let E-Mail Spammers Make You More Money

by in Lifestyle on Feb 17th, 2014

I get about five unsolicited e-mails a day from PR companies and random folks asking me to pitch a product or click some link of theirs. The unsolicited e-mails wouldn’t be so bad if the sender at least addressed me by my name, followed my site, or mentioned something interesting in one of my posts. But when you get a “Hi Mr.” or a “Hey” or a nothing, e-mails start to become a drag.

If I get five spam e-mails a day, that’s roughly 7,500 spam e-mails since I started blogging. What a waste of finger energy and time, deleting them all or responding with a “No, thank you.” I’ve already demonstrated how you can earn passive income from comment spammers in a previous post, now I’m going to demonstrate how you can conceivably grow your blog’s readership and revenue over time with e-mail spammers.


The Best Way To Deal With Comment Spam And Impersonators

Let Spammers Boost Your Traffic And Make You More Money Online

by in Lifestyle on Feb 9th, 2014

Spammers are annoying, but thanks to technology we’ve got great tools like Akismet to keep most of them at bay. Furthermore, I’ve realized spammers can be a great way to earn passive income!

From a spammer’s point of view, if they can send out 1 million spam messages and just get 1% to go through due to an unsuspecting blogger or a hole in the spam protector, then the spammer is doing his job. 1% of 1 million is still 10,000 spam messages let loose in the world!

The Feds have cracked down on text spammers, blog spammers, and e-mail spammers over the years with increasing force. I remember one AOL spammer seven years ago facing 11 years in prison. On the fine side, each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000. See the FTC website for more. Being a professional spammer is not what you want to do for a living. Read More

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