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Welcome to Microblogger!

On January 31st, 2005, I started a personal finance blog called Over the next few years, growing along with the young personal finance blogging community, I grew it into a very popular source of financial information, news, and, hopefully, entertainment. It generated enough income that I could leave my predictable and comfortable salary as a software engineer with a large defense contractor and pursue my fortunes as an internet entrepreneur.

In 2005 and 2006, Bargaineering didn’t make much money. I told my then-girlfriend (now my wife) that I just wanted the site to pay for one vacation a year. A few thousand bucks was a dream. I saw the site as my little homestead on the wild west of the Internet and my posts as my ears of corn. It was small and I was happy.

But then something miraculous happened… the site started earning some money.

Instead of $1 a day from Adsense, I was making $5. Then $10. Then $20. It was amazing. As I started peeling back the layers, I learned about affiliate marketing. Lead generation. Direct ads. All of the things they never teach you in school, certainly not to computer science majors!

What started as a microblog, a small plot of land, became a bigger enterprise that allowed me to quit my job and pursue it full time. In fact, as I’ve said to many people who have asked, I didn’t quit my comfortable job because I wanted to. I quit it because I had to. The business was generating so much income that if it ever went away while I was working 8-10 hours in an office, I’d kick myself. I’d regret not taking the plunge.

The blog forced me to quit and it was the best business decision of my life. And less than five years after I started the site, a great thing happened.

It was life changing.

And that entire process is what I want to share with you. All the lessons I learned, all the mistakes I made, and all the challenges I faced. I hope you’ll join me.

Send me an email and say hello!

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In 2005, I founded a personal finance blog ( that became successful enough that I quit my career as a software developer in the defense industry. It is my goal to share everything I learned so that you can do the same - build an online business that let's you pursue your passion.

13 responses to “Welcome to Microblogger!”

  1. Jim Wang says:

    Freedom is what it’s all about, if you ever have questions please feel free to email me anytime!

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  3. Great and very inspirational story. I hope to follow along in your footsteps with my blog.

    Thanks for giving back and helping those getting started learn the ropes!

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  5. Carol Perdue says:

    I just found you Jim, and I appreciate your giving back to the community. I wish I had followed through with my own blogs. I have two, but never had the passion to continue it on a more consistent basis. I’ve followed this industry for over ten years and continue to learn more and more everyday. I know it can be done, (make money on line) and you are a testimony to that, but I can not seem to figure out my “Niche”. I know about a lot of things, I think I should run with my story, I have Lupus and almost died. But I just haven’t pin pointed that one special thing that would make me work like crazy and be consistent. Maybe you could throw out some ideas that might help me figure it out. My other problem has been the funding. I’ve spent a ton of money doing Internet Marketing and not made much, but funds are tighter these days and I just can’t fund the cost for a blog. It stinks being on disability. A very limited income and no room for anything. I need this, and want this, just can not figure out what niche I am interested in to that degree. What do you think?

    • Jim says:

      Hi Carol – Starting a blog doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, you can start with something on Blogspot for free and move it over to your own domain when the time comes. It’s not ideal but it’s a way to start something without spending any money whatsoever. Use it to find a niche you feel comfortable writing about and use it as a way to investigate if that’s an area you should be pursuing. Good luck!

  6. Donna says:

    Glad to have found you through Dane Carlson’s Business Weblog. I followed you on and loved your articles. I will be posting your website on my facebook page for others to read.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  7. Your story is inspiring.
    I have just started my own online journey and will be following your blog for more inspiration.


  8. I stumbled on you on twitter. I got here and I’m excited about your journey. You’re doing great stuff here.

    I’m now understanding the concept of an online community here – all thanks to Copyblogger’s foundation and my experience here at Microblogger.

    You’re now on my private awesome blogs list. :-*

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