About

Brian Jackson

Co-founder at forgemedia LLC. Previously I was the CMO at Kinsta. I’m a growth marketer obsessed with SEO, SaaS, WordPress, and web performance. I’ve written over 2,500 blog posts and have helped grow sites organically from zero to 1+ million visitors per month.

I’ve also been an entrepreneur from a young age. I started dropshipping CDs and DVDs on eBay in the 6th grade and have been doing internet marketing ever since. I am a proud Seventh-day Adventist and 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 help develop Perfmatters, a lightweight web performance plugin for WordPress.
  • I’ve used WordPress for over a decade.
  • I develop a WordPress plugin, WP Coupons, to help bloggers and affiliate marketers.
  • I blog about personal finance, investing, and early retirement.
  • I’m a powerseller on eBay with over 1,600 feedback and a 100% rating.
  • I’m a super seller on Flippa with over $20,000 in sales.
  • I sold a web hosting company in college, hosting over 700 websites.
  • In 2013 I 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’ve been 100% gluten-free for over four years.
  • I’m addicted to disaster movies, synthwave music (check out my playlist), and Rocket League.

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I have been featured on blogs such as Smashing MagazineMozAhrefsSucuriForbesAdEspressoCloudinaryWeb Design LedgerspeckyboydesignmodoWPExplorerThe HothWHSRScotch.ioRobbieRichardsWishpondTweetDisNiche HacksCodeInWPWP Dev ShedTorqueGlip and more…

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Bio timeline

Some of you might not care about my background, but looking back I still find it fascinating. Many internet marketers take completely different paths in life to get to where they are today.

2000

It all started when I was in 6th grade. My parents bought an HP Compaq computer and we got free dial-up. I then stumbled across the internet and eBayWhen I realized I could make money online, the whole world changed for me; and I have been an entrepreneur ever since.

2002

By the time I was in 8th grade, I was reselling CDs and DVDs on eBay full time (or as full time as you can get while going to grade-school). I started dropshipping items from Deep Discount, which at that time had two separate sites, Deep Discount CD and Deep Discount DVD. I made $1,500 alone just on reselling The Cheetah Girls Original Soundtrack CD when it first came out. Deep Discount CD had it for $4.25 and I was selling it on eBay for over $15 a piece + charging for shipping.

I also had great success reselling the Lonesome Dove DVD. During study hall my classmates would be in the library goofing off on MySpace while I was busy checking my eBay listings and researching new products to resell.

It was all about monitoring the new releases and creating a beautiful and effective ad on eBay. With the money I earned I went and bought my first laptop computer. I remember my feeling of pride knowing that I had bought my laptop with the money I had made on the internet.

2003

Now in 9th grade, I started wondering what else I could do to make money online? I loved computers and started to wonder how they worked? So I ordered some parts and built my first computer. Upon completion of my first build, another light-bulb went off and within a week I had a business license (co-signed by my Dad since I was underage, Thanks Dad!) and a website up (highwirepcs.com) to sell custom-built computers. I sold them on my website and also on eBay; quickly achieving PowerSeller status.

Back in those days, custom-built computers on eBay were still hard to find and the competition was low. I would sell a computer on eBay, order the parts from Newegg, and build their computer to order. I would then pack it up and ship it off to them.

I sold computers to countries all over the world. I remember my Mom helping me by picking up custom boxes, 10-15 at a time from a local box distributor, taking the scale out to the kitchen, and packing it up for shipment (Thanks Mom!). This is what I did for most of the 9th and 10th grade. My feedback profile on eBay proves it, 1,597 and still going strong at 100% positive feedback.

Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t an easy job. I had many many evenings where things would break, or a piece of hardware would be bad. And all of this was done after I got home from school. While other kids were playing video games, I was building computers.

2005

Fast forward to the 11th grade and I was now wanting a less stressful and easier way to make money online. I took a job as the network administrator’s assistant at my high school and I started looking into web hosting. And by the time I graduated high school I had a dedicated server in a data-center and was hosting over 700 domains, still under the “HighWire PCs” branding.

2006

Freshman year of college I took a job at the HelpDesk at Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University). That was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Who knew I would be working there for 6 more years and gain work experience that was literally priceless.

About halfway through my freshman year though, I realized I couldn’t keep up with the support and maintenance for all my web hosting clients and so I sold my company, HighWire PCs, along with all the clients.

2007

Freelance web design and computer repair house calls were my nightly routine, that and homework. Alongside my job at the HelpDesk. You could say I was a workaholic… It’s OK, my friends all did.

2008

I was promoted to Student IT Manager at the HelpDesk at Walla Walla University. During this year I was blogging on my website, brianleejackson.com. Some of my popular blog posts were:

  • Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine – Start to Finish (Over 190 comments)
  • WinPE 3.0 Boot Environment Scripts
  • Deployment Image Service & Management (3.0)

2010

I took a full-time job as the Peoplesoft Security Administrator at Walla Walla University.

2011

I started the IT blog theitbros.com, along with my brother. We decided to start the site because we got tired of searching for technical fixes and information and it taking more than 5 to 10 minutes to find what we were needing, or not finding a solution at all. So we started a site where we could post tutorials on how to fix technical issues.

2012

Packed up everything I owned and without a job lined up I moved to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. I got sick of the rain in Washington state. Fortunately, by the time I arrived in Scottsdale, I had a few job interviews and took a job at the HelpDesk at Partners Rx.

2013

Sold theitbros.com IT blog for $7,000, boosting my current Flippa sales over the $10,000 mark. I took a job at Pain Doctor as their AdWords and SEO Specialist.

Received the 2013 Microsoft MVP Award in the Windows Expert-IT Pro category and launched OKay Marketing.

2014

2015

Launched a blog, pennybros.com, with my brother about getting debt-free, paying off our student loans, and investing for early retirement.

brianjackson.io reaches over 35,000 organic visitors per month! Launched nogluten.io where I blog about eating gluten-free. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2014 and am now medication free thanks to my diet and tricks I have learned.

Acquired woorkup.com where I share marketing strategies pertaining to SEO, SMM, WordPress, and web performance; along with in-depth SaaS reviews.

I took a job at KeyCDN doing inbound marketing.

2016

My brother and I launch our first premium WordPress plugin, WP Coupons. It is the #1 WordPress coupon plugin for affiliate marketers.

I took a job at Kinsta doing inbound marketing, where I was later promoted to Chief Marketing Officer.

2017

My brother and I launch our second premium WordPress plugin, Perfmatters, which can help speed up your site.

2019

Acquired the nogluten.com domain. Previously the site was running at nogluten.io.

2020

Decided to step down from my role at Kinsta and work on my projects and websites full-time. The main reason was so that I could take some time to recharge. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day.

I’m currently crafting awesome content and helping develop WordPress plugins at my company, forgemedia LLC, that I started with my brother.