May retail sales drop 1.2% or the most in 8 months as more and more people turn to personal finance bloggers for frugality advice! I’m pretty certain nobody has ever come up with this statement, but think about it for a little bit. Why is it that the public should take personal finance advice from BusinessWeek, for example? The articles are written by relatively well-paid writers who are on a mission to report the news. They do a fine job at that, but perhaps not as fine a job making things visceral like the personal finance community. What’s more personal than a real person like Jeff delivering pizzas to get out of debt? Not much!
It’s very hard for the mass media to compete against a team of personal finance bloggers such as the Yakezie. We’re real life people responding to comments and putting ourselves out there. There’s a two-way street with us. If I were Editor in Chief of any mass media publication, I’d go out and hire an bunch of influential personal finance bloggers and put them on my payroll. $75,000 a year will do or perhaps $150,000 a year if you want us to write an article a month exclusively for you. By doing so, the Editor will inject new life, new readers, and therefore a wealth of new advertising dollars to the publication.
As evidenced by May’s retail sales figures, we are creating the news with our frugal ways instead of just reporting the news. There’s a movement underway, can you feel it? Maybe we’ll band together and talk about how we should never buy new cars again, causing June’s new car sales to dip. Or maybe we’ll discover how amazing one person’s unsung journey is to fight poverty in Uganda and direct millions of dollars their way. That counts for something. Let’s make a palatable difference with the words we write. Someone is out there listening.
Passive Income X Factor – Starting Your Own Site
It’s been around six years since I started Financial Samurai and I’m actually earning a good passive income stream online. The top 1% of all posts on Financial Samurai generates 31% of all traffic. The average age of the top 1% posts is 2.3 years old. In other words, after putting in the hours to write some very meaty content over two years ago, 10 posts consistently generate a monthly recurring income stream that’s completely passive. The posts probably won’t continuously rank high in search for years due to tremendous competition, but that’s partly why I continue to write 3-4X a week.
I never thought I’d be able to quit my job in 2012 just three years after starting Financial Samurai. But by starting one financial crisis day in 2009, Financial Samurai actually makes more than my entire passive income total that took 15 years to build. If you enjoy writing, connecting with people online, and enjoying more freedom, see how you can set up a WordPress blog in 15 minutes with Bluehost. It’s cheap and easy to start.
If you’re looking to start a blog of your own, click the link as I put together a 3,000 word free tutorial on how to do so.
Updated for 2017 and beyond.