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The Original FIRE Bloggers And The Importance Of Branding

by in Lifestyle on Jun 6th, 2019
The Original FIRE Blogger

When I first helped ignite the modern day FIRE movement in 2009 with my motto, “achieving financial independence sooner rather than later,” I had somewhat of a dilemma as it relates to blogging. Should I focus most of my writing on helping readers achieve FIRE? Or should I write about a variety of topics beyond FIRE […]

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How Bloggers Can Effectively Compete With Giant Media Outlets

by in Lifestyle on Dec 15th, 2018
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A friend sent me this fascinating article called, How To Earn More Links: Adding Context To Content Analysis. The article goes ahead and analyzes how smaller sites like Financial Samurai can compete with larger sites like CNBC, CNN Money, and the New York Times in personal finance related topics. The first thing they did was […]

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The FIRE Movement Is Missing The Numbers

by in Personal Finance on Oct 14th, 2018
The Original FIRE Blogger

I’m pretty pumped the FIRE movement is picking up steam as I’ve written about achieving financial independence since 2009 on Financial Samurai. Due to the increase in popularity, several of my old articles are being picked up and are being read via search engines again. Major media outlets have e-mailed to republish some of those […]

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Why It’s Worth Starting A Podcast Even If You Aren’t Very Good

by in Lifestyle on Sep 18th, 2018
Financial Samurai podcast

Why it’s worth starting a podcast even if you aren’t very good.

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Finally Updated To HTTPS: Key Things To Be Aware Of

by in Lifestyle on Aug 30th, 2017
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On January 17, 2017, I published that I was delaying updating Financial Samurai to HTTPS. The reasons were simple: 1) I wanted to give my webmaster more time to gain experience doing the conversion to minimize screwups 2) My CPC ad provider wasn’t ready for the switch and said advertising revenue would go down ~60% […]

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Blogging Is Like Fishing: You Never Know What You’re Going To Catch

by in Lifestyle on May 2nd, 2017
Blogging Is Like Fishing: You Never Know What You're Going To Catch

One of the things that helps keep me writing 3X a week for the past eight years is a simple visualization exercise. I imagine sitting at the edge of a cliff on a warm sunny day. I can see an island 80 miles in the distance because the air is crystal clear. In my hand is a […]

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What to Expect When You Invest in Real Estate

by in Personal Finance on Mar 6th, 2017

While the IRS considers receipts derived from real estate investments “passive income,” the fact of the matter is owning and managing property is typically anything but passive. And frankly, should you approach it as such, you’re likely to find success to be elusive. With that said, if you’re wondering what to expect when you invest in […]

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Why I’m Delaying Upgrading To HTTPS / SSL

by in Lifestyle on Jan 17th, 2017
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Google and the SEO community have been encouraging website owners to convert from HTTP to HTTPS since 2014. The idea is to create a more secure internet so that hackers can’t steal passwords and information that users input online. It’s a good idea, but it’s not a thoroughly flushed out idea. As a result, it’s always […]

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  • Untemplater: You nailed it. I also believe great marketing is very helpful in the beginning but it’s really...
  • Jamie: Awesome insights thanks! I’ve been a big fan of Sam’s for years. Really exciting that he’s...
  • Untemplater: There are so many overpriced ecourses online it’s crazy. They use very aggressive marketing tactics to...
  • Andy: Thousand-dollar e-courses are a total scam. You can learn everything online for free. Shame on people who sell...
  • Untemplater: There are a lot of bloggers out there who focus on small stuff like should you or should you not spend...
  • Derek: It’s fascinating how some bloggers continue to just mindlessly pump out affiliate content. It’s clear they are...
  • Untemplater: Lots of valid points! So true that bloggers are a minority of overall readership, so blogging to much...
  • Bingo: You are spot on. Most of our bloggers are white people living on the coasts, where half the population of...
  • Financial Samurai: Hi Jim – Nice to hear from you. It was too much work running Yakezie. Too many people wanted...
  • Actually Retired: It’s fascinating how 95% of FIRE bloggers are not financial independent and have no...

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