Brian Jackson

Hi, I’m Brian Jackson

I’m a blogger and entrepreneur from sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

I co-founded forgemedia LLC, a digital agency I run with my brother. Prior to that, I was the CMO at Kinsta. I have a passion for crafting actionable content derived from first-hand experience, along with performance-driven WordPress development. I’ve written over 5,000 blog posts and have helped grow sites organically from zero to 1+ million visitors per month.

I also spend as much time as I can on Bitcoin education and getting people off zero. Why? Because the traditional 60/40 portfolio (stocks/bonds) no longer works. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 1% or 50%, but a 0% allocation in Bitcoin is the wrong amount for a risk-adjusted investment portfolio. Self-custody and multisig are the way: not your keys, not your Bitcoin.

I caught the entrepreneurship bug at a young age. When I was in the 6th grade, I started dropshipping CDs and DVDs on eBay and have been hustling ever since. Check out all the hard lessons I’ve learned along the way.

I’m a proud Seventh-day Adventist and PK (pastor’s kid). I owe everything I have to Jesus Christ.

Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. — John C. Maxwell

Fun facts about me

  • I’ve been using WordPress for 14+ years.
  • I blog about marketing, SEO, and productivity topics over at woorkup.
  • I help develop the Perfmatters and Novashare WordPress plugins.
  • I consider myself an autodidact and love learning new things.
  • I’m a super seller on Flippa with over $20,000 in sales.
  • I sold a web hosting company in college that hosted 700+ websites.
  • Received the Microsoft MVP Award in the Windows Expert-IT Pro category.
  • I run a gluten-free blog dedicated to helping those suffering from Celiac Disease, UC, and Crohn’s. I have an autoimmune disease and have been gluten-free for years.
  • I’m addicted to disaster movies, synthwave music (check out my playlist), and enjoy playing a little Overwatch.
  • I like to chat about investing, Bitcoin, and financial independence.

Recently featured or mentioned on

I’ve been featured on blogs such as Smashing MagazineMozAhrefsSucuriForbesAdEspressoCloudinaryWeb Design LedgerspeckyboydesignmodoThemeisleWPExplorerThe HothWHSRScotch.ioRobbieRichardsWishpondTweetDisCodeInWPWPfounders, WP Dev ShedTorque, and more.

Podcasts

  • Optimizing live with Perfmatters – The Admin Bar
  • How to configure Perfmatters for better performance – The Admin Bar
  • Inbound marketing, WordPress, and entrepreneur journey – WordPress Talks
  • Can a small player succeed in the WordPress ecosystem? – WP-Tonic
  • WordPress plugin developer interview – WP Plugins A to Z
  • From marketing Kinsta to building a plugin business – Matt Report
  • Kinsta hosting on Google Cloud – WP Builds
  • Side blogging – Content creation, SEO, and monetizing a blog – Ryan Robinson
  • How to become one of the most popular blogs on WordPress – WPML
  • How great support and content helps Kinsta grow – Agency Mavericks
  • Finding your right marketing channels – Elementor
  • Outsourcing, ecommerce, & blogging – Mastermind.fm
  • WordPress hosting for agencies – Lee Jackson Dev
  • Best practices for WordPress security – WP-Tonic
  • Effective web copy – WP-Tonic
  • Inbound unboxed – Earnworthy