Why I’m Delaying Upgrading To HTTPS / SSL

by in Lifestyle on Jan 17th, 2017

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 better to wait until all the kinks are fixed before making any changes.

I thought long and hard about switching Financial Samurai to HTTPS when my private server administrator encouraged me to do so last November. But after reading every single authority article on the internet I could get my hands on about the topic since 2013, and going ahead and upgrading Yakezie.com to HTTPS, I’ve decided to hold off for now.

Here are my reasons. Perhaps they pertain to you. Also, feel free to share more reasons why a publisher should or shouldn’t hold off. If you’ve made the switch, I’d love to hear about any snags you experienced, and whether you saw any apples for apples improvement in traffic.  Read More

Make It Count When It Counts The Most: The Blogging Slingshot Effect

The Blogging Slingshot Effect

by in Lifestyle on Dec 15th, 2016

Happy holidays everyone!

It’s easy to get in the mindset of posting less because traffic is lower during the holidays. But I encourage everyone to maintain their normal cadence or even take things up a notch!

The first reason to post more when there is less traffic is to counteract less traffic. The main reason to post more during slow times is to prepare for the inevitable slingshot effect that happens in the new year. Read More

Blogging Just Gets Better And Better Over Time

The Longer You Last The Better It Gets Online

by in Lifestyle on Aug 18th, 2016

When you first begin, blogging is like fishing off a canoe in the middle of a tranquil lake. Most of the time, nothing happens. You’ll just feel some little nibbles here and there. But fish long enough and you might catch something big enough to eat.

I’m envious of all you new bloggers. Every post you publish makes an incrementally huge difference to your growth. Every new reader brings new excitement and maybe even a potential new friend. Cherish these moments if you’re just starting your blogging journey.

Some of us burn out too soon. Others start lagging after doing the same thing for so long. I’m here to say that if you can get through the inevitable dip, blogging just gets better and better over time! Read More

Post More To Save More Time And Make More Money Online

by in Lifestyle on Mar 9th, 2016

One of the downfalls of writing meatier content online is that more readers aren’t able to get through the entire article. Everybody has ADHD nowadays thanks to the internet. Due to a lack of reader thoroughness, readers will increase their tendency to ask questions to answers that are already in the article. It’s a maddening time sink to explain what has already been explained.

Instead of capitulating by writing really easy to understand topics that are short, I’ve got a much better solution. Post more frequently! Read More

Make More Money Online By Creating Defensive Income Streams

Create A Better Online Income Allocation

by in Lifestyle on Feb 12th, 2016

With the downturn in the stock market, interest in financial products as measured by click through rates have declined. Why would anybody want to sign up for a robo-advisor now when there’s a higher chance of losing money? We all know we should continue to dollar cost average in a downturn, but at the margin, more people are afraid to invest in bad times than good times.

If you want to make a full-time income online as a blogger, or if you want to defend your income during difficult times, then it makes sense to write more defensive themed articles and highlight more products can help people survive a downturn. One article example is, How To Protect Yourself From A Mass Layoff. Read More

Inside Information On How To Make Money Blogging About How To Make Money Blogging

by in Lifestyle on Jan 14th, 2016

After seven years of blogging, I’ve decided to finally focus some energy writing about how to make money blogging. My online income is now greater than my passive income, which took 15 years to build. Meanwhile, 94% of the over 500 voters say they want to learn how to make their own money-making website in my latest poll. Therefore, I’m going to give my community what they want.

I’ve been reticent to build this portion of my online revenue income because I never got into blogging to write about blogging. It just sounds a little circular doesn’t it? Further, in order to write about blogging with authority it’s a good idea to actually have a lot of traffic and income from other sources BEFORE writing about making money blogging.

What I failed to realize over the years was that people really don’t care whether you have credibility or not when it comes to writing about SEO, online marketing, blogging, etc. Instead, people tend to want to be sold the dream of online riches. People visiting want so hard to believe in the ability to make lots of money online that they’ve already made up their mind once they get to your site! Read More

How To Get More Comments To Your Posts

by in Lifestyle on Dec 29th, 2015

I’ve noticed something quite peculiar. Despite my blog’s traffic up more than 10X in the past five years, the number of comments per post have declined. I used to regularly produce posts that would regularly get over 100 comments during my earlier years. Nowadays, not so much.

To figure out what went “wrong,” I did some investigating. Let me share with you what I found. Read More

Take Advantage Of The Opportunity That Smacks You In The Face Every Day

by in Lifestyle on Dec 3rd, 2015

In 2008, I was just another fan of personal finance blogs. I loved following people’s journeys to achieving a particular net worth goal or paying down boatloads of debt they mistakenly gotten themselves into. Then shit really started hitting the fan in 2009 as the economy collapsed thanks to folks over leveraging themselves in the housing market.

Fight or flight kicked in as my net worth got crushed by around 35%. Maybe the drop was worse if I actually tried to sell some of my holdings. Nobody was buying anything. Since I was already an avid reader of everything finance and personal finance related, I realized something quite interesting. Read More

  • Elise Xavier: I’ve been nervous about switching to https since 2014, and still am. I was really glad I...
  • Untemplater: I made the switch and have mixed feelings about it. I’m glad I got it over with, but since...
  • Financial Samurai: Thanks for the tip on the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin. Good to know! If you’ve got a...
  • Financial Samurai: The only issue is, Chrome does control ~50% of the web browsing space. So you gotta pay attention...
  • Biglaw Investor: Thanks for posting this write up Sam. I thought about switching to HTTPS since my blog is less than...
  • Jim @ Route To Retire: I switched my site over a few months ago. But (and that’s a big ol’ butt!), my...
  • Ramona: I’ve also noticed my traffic going up and down, depending on the time of the year and niche, since not...
  • kelvin: Great post. I have started using Media.net ads on my blog. I would give you a feedback on my experience with...
  • Financial Samurai: That’s true. An easy thing to do is just look up traffic amounts. If the income and traffic...
  • Financial Samurai: Enjoy! Such vacations during work always motivate me to work harder, save more, earn more, so I...

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