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I hate secrets, but I have one

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I hate it when personal-finance people say they have “5 SECRETS TO GETTING RICH!!!” and other crap like that. As I wrote before, I don’t have any secrets about getting rich.

But I do have one trick I’ve learned about getting great deals on big-ticket items like a car and an apartment. Now if you’re looking for some shiny secret that will amaze your friends, this probably isn’t for you. This isn’t sexy. It just works.

I’ll write about it in my newsletter, which I’m sending out Monday, 2/12, at 10am PST.

If you’re not already subscribed…

My trick will only go out to the newsletter.

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lucho
lucho
9 years 6 months ago

I don’t see the point to make me register to a newsletter, I get the rss feed, it should be enough. I won’t go the extra mile.

Rhett
9 years 6 months ago

Newsletter is so 1998. What the hell… i mean yes, you tricked me into signing up, but come on.

Rise
9 years 6 months ago

Yesterday itself I was thinking of emailing you to ask what exactly is the purpose of sending newsletters and not posting the ‘secret’ information on the blog. And now since you wrote about it, I have to know now.

Why having ‘newsletter subscribers’ important? Why ‘feed subscribers’ are not given the information that is in the newsletter?

If I sound offensive then I am sorry. That’s not my intention. It’s just that I am ignorant and still learning about blogging stuff.

And no, I have not yet signed up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mark
Mark
9 years 6 months ago

I really like your writings.. but I agree with the goons above – mass mailings are old hat. I just don’t see the benefit on either side.

John
John
9 years 6 months ago

cheesiest line ever!!

Rise
9 years 6 months ago

“Guys, not everyone is technical and uses RSS feeds”

Ramit, so ‘technical’ people don’t get to read what ‘non-technical’ people get to read?

I am still trying to understand why few things are ‘exclusively’ for newsletter?

I think we ‘goons’ are taking it too far.

You don’t need to give explanation if there is none :).

Keep the good stuff coming..

S
S
9 years 6 months ago

I signed up for the newsletter right now but it said my e-mail address was already on file. Would you mind telling me when the last one was sent so I can know if it was blocked?

Dirk
Dirk
9 years 6 months ago

Ramit: do you have a privacy policy posted somewhere? I’d like to read your newsletter but no way in hell I’m signing up just to have my email address sold to the penis-enlargement folks.

brad
brad
9 years 6 months ago

unsubscribed from your rss feed. Between the 6 part stories and this email newsletter crap you severely devalue your blog. if wanted to put up with traffic/click gathering gimmicks there are 100s of other sites I can get that from.

Graham Kaplan
Graham Kaplan
9 years 6 months ago

Laaame. I just finished unsubscribing to all the newsletters I got because I never read them!

Graham Kaplan
Graham Kaplan
9 years 6 months ago

…and yet I’m still going to sign up for your newsletter. What? I’m curious
what the secret is!

Adam
Adam
9 years 6 months ago

I hate how the internet, like motor vehicles, seemingly gives people some pseudo-courage through anonymity that cause them to act like the world revolves around them. It’s a free blog, free newsletter, if you don’t like something, why even bother to complain?

Doug
Doug
9 years 6 months ago

Unsubscribing

same as 11

Yan
9 years 6 months ago

That is so cheap! Ramit, I can’t believe you are doing this to your readers. Well, I guess you never can have enough and don’t the road all tricks are good. I just hope it won’t happen to me.

moom
9 years 6 months ago

I haven’t got a clue how to do this RSS thing and yes I like e-mail newsletters. But then I am 42 years old ๐Ÿ™‚

bjork
bjork
9 years 6 months ago

listen to your constituents, the blog isn’t what it used to be. disappointing to be sure.

Robin
Robin
9 years 6 months ago

Relax guys, it’s just a newlsetter, don’t sign up if you don’t want to.

js
js
9 years 6 months ago

Well I subscribed, but if the secret sucks, I’m unsubscribing.

You’re giving out valuable information, you are certainly entitled to do it on your own terms. If you want newsletter subscribers, or if you want ads all over the place, be my guess. As long as the information is worth it, touche!

RoolD
RoolD
9 years 6 months ago

I echo every one. Really lame! Did you go to some “internet marketing” seminar where they told you how to give newsletters away for free, and then eventually get people to pay for them?

Your brand image just fell down the shaft for me! Good bye!

Bo Williams
Bo Williams
9 years 6 months ago

I don’t know, Ramit… call me paranoid but it feels like the first step down the road that led to the ruin of Motley Fool. When are you starting the hot stock tips newsletter?

Rise
9 years 6 months ago

We love Ramit. That’s why complaining.

Otherwise won’t even bother. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Financial Ladder
9 years 6 months ago

I have a wonderful secret too. All of you will have to click on my sites link to see it though…
๐Ÿ˜‰

Allen.H
9 years 6 months ago

For all the witty saints whining about Ramit’s decision to release this only to email subscribers:

Ramit wrote some stuff here that I can’t value in dollars, so in return for the value he injects into my mind, I understand he’d want at least something in return.

No, I’m not going to subscribe to the newsletter and will probably miss “the secret”, but you know what? as long as Ramit continues to provide the value to your lazy-ass brains, he’s got the right to promote his interests as well.

Cheers,
Allen.H

Mike
Mike
9 years 6 months ago

“I hate it when personal-finance people say they have โ€œ5 SECRETS TO GETTING RICH!!!โ€”

Funny. Me either. You just lost another RSS reader. (After being subscribed for about 2 weeks)

JW
JW
9 years 6 months ago

People sure do get upset when you offer to send them a newsletter, which proves a little something about the Internet that I call “John’s Law:” – People on the Internet will whine about anything, anytime, and should usually just be ignored.

Jennifer Lynn
9 years 6 months ago
My, my, aren’t we a whiny bunch this morning. First of all, not everyone knows what the hell a RSS feed is, unless they’re specifically involved in the blogging community. I just started blogging a little over two months ago and I still have no idea how RSS feeds work (ya, ya, I’m working on it). For organic traffic, ‘newsletters’ and ’email signups for updates’ are a godsend. They are something almost *everyone* understands. You might believe it’s all part of the stone age but hey, it takes all of two seconds to sign up for his newsletter. I simply… Read more »
Nickolas Means
9 years 6 months ago

There’s plenty of services out there that’ll take an RSS feed and distribute it as email. Feedburner.com’s probably the most popular. Why not do that instead of making me, already an RSS subscriber, sign up to something else to get the “secret”. If anything, I should get something extra for being an RSS subscriber!

If you don’t want to use feedburner, I’m sure your blog guru could whip something like this up for you in nothing flat. If he doesn’t want to, I know I could! Ping me if you’re interested.

Joel
9 years 6 months ago

Whoa! Outta control!

First: losing a 2 week subscriber… errr… was that supposed to be really hurtful? That’s not quite like losing family.

I don’t like all of the hating, but I have to say that the post felt gimmicky. I’m curious how many people subscribe as a result (or unsubsribe RSS). Is the secret: manipulate people by promising them a secret?

NOT unsubscribing to RSS. Not subscribing to newsletter.

Ramit, you have a place in my aggregator, not my inbox.

Jonathan
9 years 6 months ago

I’m gonna start handing out tranquilizers.

Sri
Sri
9 years 6 months ago

Here is a secret. Buy MSFT and keep it for 30 years. Bound to go up!

Sri
Sri
9 years 6 months ago

Here is another secret for a really big ticket item.

If ur buying a home:
Go to Upromise, see the realtor they recommend in ur area. You can get up to $3000 back in commissions coz Upromise will charge the realtor a 20% fee.

My realtor hates upromise so much coz they charge him 20% of the commission that he made a side deal with me to bypass Upromise;)

Damien Ward
Damien Ward
9 years 6 months ago

I read one post and liked it – then I saw this one! Now I’m not gonna read any more. It makes you look like a cheap scammer. Something new for you to learn here, hopefully. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sara
Sara
9 years 6 months ago

Um, why are some people being so hostile? Because Ramit is advertising for his free newsletter on his free website where he gives free financial advice? I read this blog not only because the topics are interesting, but because Ramit is funny and sarcastic and sounds like one of my friends, not stuffy and inaccessible like a lot of the other financial blogs out there. I’m sure there are other people who agree, and don’t think the content has gone “downhill.” If you don’t like it, go elsewhere and stop criticizing. Geez.

Jonathan
9 years 6 months ago

I agree with Sara. It’s free, people, so stop complaining. Yes, I can see how it’s “inconvenient” to sign up for a newsletter, but wasn’t it more inconvenient to type out a comment complaining about it? ๐Ÿ™‚

frane
frane
9 years 6 months ago

I haven’t see this stupid way time age to subscribe to foolish newsletter. I protest against it

vc
vc
9 years 6 months ago

I don’t like it one bit that you are requiring subscriptions to your newsletter to access this content. I use RSS so that I can AVOID overwhelming my inbox with email newsletters. Please reconsider.

Rita Bradley
Rita Bradley
9 years 6 months ago

Chill guys

Jeff
Jeff
9 years 6 months ago

The whole argument of tech savvy rss readers vs. non-tech savvy newsletter readers is bogus. If the goal was to disseminate to the greatest number of people, then one should send the newsletter and post it on the blog.

Since this is not done, I can only conclude that there is some ulterior motive of tracking, scams, email address selling, or whatever that requires email addresses instead of blog readers.

imelda
imelda
9 years 6 months ago
I wish people would stop saying that because this site is free, no one has the right to complain. That’s a bull**** attitude. First of all, it’s not as if Ramit isn’t earning something from this website. Second of all, I would hate to see that principle applied elsewhere in life. (i.e.: you don’t pay to read the ‘Metro’! Don’t complain when we publish ads for the KKK.) Money is not the end-all, be-all, folks. I signed up for the newsletter, because I like Ramit’s advice, and I say the more of it, the better. But I definitely understand others’… Read more »
TZ
TZ
9 years 6 months ago

Er…what’s a newsletter?

Ok, now, seriously, I hope the one-trick is not something known as “common sense” or something that we all know but fail to put into practice. I mean, come on, what’s out there that we don’t already know and that we should do, but don’t do?

James
James
9 years 6 months ago
I’m going to have to agree with Jeff above…I just don’t see any benign reason for making people sign up for the newsletter. If I got a clear answer as to why Ramit is insisting on this, then I might sign-up and add more clutter to my inbox. Is it to have another way to gauge the number of repeat readers? Are there ads in the newsletter that you’ll be getting money from? Or, as has been suggested, are you considering having a “premium” newsletter where people must pay a subscription fee? And finally, I too have been somewhat disappointed… Read more »
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Wigberto
9 years 6 months ago

I forsee an angry RSS reader posting the entire newsletter in the comments section.

kevin
kevin
9 years 6 months ago

i read your newsletters and your site via RSS. i don’t know why people are bitching. it’s like their trust in people hangs by a thread.

zam
9 years 6 months ago

i register for your newletter, i hope can learn something new.

Anthony
Anthony
9 years 6 months ago
I second the comments made in 30. Also, it’s not a big deal to create a free email address that you don’t care about so that you can give it out in cases where you are not sure if you really want to be giving one out. Also, to comment 41, it’s not manipulation if you see right throught it, right? Ramit, is asking for your subscription, but promising interesting content in return. Just because you’re curious about the tip and you want to see it, doesn’t mean Ramit is being mean/manipulative by making you curious. Be an adult. Cover… Read more »
Iwillteachyoutobeatool
Iwillteachyoutobeatool
9 years 6 months ago

Unsubscribe. You blow chunks.

Einar
Einar
9 years 6 months ago

I’ve been a reader for some time now and have been subscribed to your newsletter almost as long.

I think the newsletter does add another dimension to your site, I like getting it and hope you will continue sending it out.

neil
neil
9 years 6 months ago

bye-bye. I used to love this blog. But now I decide to leave.

1, You spend less and less time on this blog.
2, No value. I skipped all your 6-part-buying-car story.
3, There are many better blogs I am interested in. For example, thesimpledollar is the best personal finance blog I have ever seen. 6 articles every day. It covers different aspects of our lives.

I do not want to waste my time to read you blog.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years 6 months ago

Ummm… why can’t you do both? Email the newsletter and post the article online. That would solve both problems. Plus you wouldn’t have pissed off people on either spectrum.

Mike
Mike
9 years 6 months ago

I’m in. Just signed up for the newsletter with my brand new email address. So if I start getting “increase your manhood” spam, I know where to point the finger. Thanks, Ramit, for your enthusiasm, insight and humor.

Jumped the shark
Jumped the shark
9 years 6 months ago

Ramit, admit it, this is a cheap short term tactic to get newsletter subscriptions up. Nothing in your responses (5, 10) suggest otherwise. There is no reason apart from collecting email addresses (let me guess, for marketing. monetization purposes) to not post your secret in both newsletter and rss/blog.

I’m sure it is working, but you’ve lost hard earnt credibility in the eyes of most of your readership. Was it worth it?

Jer
Jer
9 years 6 months ago
I think the main problem here is the lack of an apparent reason. It takes little extra effort to post things on the site, so why would ramit intentially not post them here? I could understand and respect it if he told us it was for advertising revenue or some other explanation. It’s a little baffling however why he would make all rss users have to go out of their way for the content without supplying any reason beyond essentially “just because”. The biggest and most popular bloggers generally have very open policies when it comes to decisions with their… Read more »
Randy
Randy
9 years 6 months ago

The tip is this: don’t fall for gimmicks lest you suffer longterm aggravation.

Cameron
Cameron
9 years 6 months ago

To those who are complaining about the complainers:

Most of these people aren’t complaining for their own sake. It’s very easy to leave the site and never come back. They are complaining because they care about the site and want to offer constructive criticism when it veers off the path, so Ramit can steer it back on track.

Blair Christopher
9 years 6 months ago

Wow. A lot of unwarranted hate towards the use of email newsletters. I had no idea. I guess it all boils down to choice, guys. If you don’t want to receive a newsletter via email, then don’t signup, unsubscribe and most of all, quit whining. Yeah, it may be “old hat” compared to RSS, etc. I find the advice priceless. IWTYTBR will continue to be the only email list I am subscribed to. Send away Ramit. I’m waiting.

Karl N
Karl N
9 years 6 months ago

I agree with most everyone here. This is lame, bye.

rss
rss
9 years 6 months ago

Here’s the RSS feed for his email newsletters: http://www.pookmail.com/rss/iwillteachyoutoberich.xml

Sara
Sara
9 years 6 months ago

Of course everyone has a right to complain, but a lot of the complaints here aren’t constructive. (Hilarious – Iwillteachyoutobeatool? But not constructive). There’s a big differene between, “Hey Ramit, I hate newsletters and would much rather you post all your content on the blog,” and “This blog sucks! The content is lame and all other blogs are better! I’ve only been here 2 weeks and I’m gone! Bye!” Other bloggers besides Ramit have pointed out how valuable subscription newsletters are for gathering info on readers (and not necessarily for selling), so that’s probably his “ulterior motive.”

b2a
9 years 6 months ago

Subscribing to a newsletter is fine, however, why not send it out a newletter (for the non-RSSers) as well as posting on your blog? What is your reason if they are both free?

Zack
9 years 6 months ago

The “You don’t have to subscribe if you don’t want to” folks have it all wrong when Ramit starts using the front page of the site to advertise the newsletter. There was no content in this post. It was just one big ad.

I’ve been an RSS subscriber for about four months now, but I’m getting tired of Ramit’s narcissism and use of 11-o-clock news teaser tactics. Stay tuned for more posts! Whatever. There are 10000 good personal finance blogs out there. I’ll find another.

Unsubscribe.

eR0CK
eR0CK
9 years 6 months ago

I have to agree with some, while I’ll continue reading, the content of the posts of late have been lacking.

Hawk
Hawk
9 years 6 months ago
I’m going to say the following: 1) I think this ‘newsletter only content’ thing is just not a good thing. Why would you want to do that? 2) I’m not going to stop reading this blog. Why? Because it’s a damn habit, it just happens when I go to do ‘the rounds’ at lunch. I tried an RSS reader… it just wasn’t the same. 3) Please don’t comment in a blog that you’re going elsewhere like it’s a threat. “I hate your site, I’m gonna unsubscribe!”. Do you really need to say that? Are you really going to stop visiting… Read more »
robert
robert
9 years 6 months ago

Damn, The Great Newsletter Backlash of 2007 has begun. You can include in your next newsletter secret how to drive away RSS subscribers by making them sign up for a Newsletter.

I love you Ramit

Ben Cruikshank
9 years 6 months ago

Well, the promise of a secret is something that I’ve never been able to resist, so you got a new signup. Now let’s just hope it’s a good’n ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ben
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Dave Ellis
Dave Ellis
9 years 6 months ago

I signed up at 12:15 PM PST! Will I still get the newsletter?

noah kagan
9 years 6 months ago
This reminds me of how Yahoo is recently making people sign into Flickr with their Yahoo id, http://thomashawk.com/2007/01/theres-some-mighty-pissed-off-flickr.html Honestly. Stop and think about what you are complaining. Ramit takes HOURS out of his life to give you great things to improve your finance. How many people who are reading my comment have benefited from something they read on this site? EVERYONE, trust me I know! What have you done in return? What has he asked in return? NOTHING. I am not trying to be mean but this is a simple thing. Ramit has the right to do what he wants… Read more »
dennis r.
9 years 6 months ago

I think the newsletter thing actually works, though the term newsletter itself almost completely turns me off. I get flashbacks of early 90’s era clipart from MS Publisher and shudder. This is good info, though i don’t think there’s really a whole lot of “news” going on. Maybe you can call it a “weekly supplement” to iwillteachyoutoberich.com, and defiantly release 3 this week and then not again for another two months.

luke
luke
9 years 6 months ago
1. I agree – an explanation for why you aren’t doing a double print (both newsletter and blog) would be nice and I feel is necessary to make complete sense of this move (but then we’d stop arguing – so where’s the fun?) 2. Do you really not trust Ramit? How many moves has he made in his 2+ years of blogging that would make you think he would do something truly (or even slightly) “unethical” in any way with this “please sign up for my newsletter” request? If you don’t trust him in this move to blatantly ask for… Read more »
Devin
9 years 6 months ago

One word: ungrateful. Ramit holds the content, he doesn’t get to distribute it the way he desires?

M
M
9 years 6 months ago

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

One more reason to turn off comments.

Ryan
9 years 6 months ago

Everyone who is griping above is just pissed at how effective your pitch for getting us to sign up was.

Nice work. You got me. I look forward to getting the newsletters. I bet they’ll be much better than the crappy ones I get today.

solong
solong
9 years 6 months ago

Actually maybe the newsletter will be worth something. So far I’m not too impressed with the blog.

But you know, everyone beneifts from different readings.

I can tell u my secret for getting good deals on luxury items. Buy from family and friends and give yourself kickbacks.

Hea. How hard is it to become salesman for a week, get great buys for your friends and quit. LOL

Jonathan
9 years 6 months ago

imelda, you’re making a comparison between a free newsletter and the KKK? I think you’re the one with the bull**** logic.

Jonathan
9 years 6 months ago

Ramit, you have the most crybabies read your site that I’ve ever seen. I’d hate to see your email box.

Hmm, I think I’m going to complain about Barnes & Noble. They sent me a 20% off coupon, but they want me to DRIVE TO THEIR STORE to use it. AHHHH! THEY’RE MANIPULATING ME! UNSUBSCRIBE!

Phil
9 years 6 months ago

Interesting…I subscribed to the newsletter maybe a year ago when I first found the site. I received it periodically and at some point determined there was nothing in it that wasn’t mostly in the blog. So I ignore the newsletters and delete them right away. Then I read this post and determine there was potentially something worthwhile in one of the newsletters. Too late, the valueless expectation had already been set and the newsletter had been deleted. I honestly don’t even remember receiving it. Strategy not working for this particular reader.

Jeff Webb
Jeff Webb
9 years 6 months ago

I don’t mind the newsletter (nor understand the violent reaction to signing up for one – is this some HUGE personal offense that is unforgivable?). BUT how can I get it if I didn’t sign up by 2/9?

If you’re going to have a newsletter that’s fine but please allow me to read the archives.

Steven Bao
9 years 5 months ago

Will you have any newsletter archives? I just signed up for the newsletter though I was pretty sure I did earlier.

Jonathan
9 years 5 months ago

Has it been sent yet? I have not received anything.

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