About

Jim Yaghi, photographed with his beautiful niece Sama.
Jim Yaghi, photographed with his delightful niece Sama.

Since as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with how things work.

I pried open all my toys and tried to figure them out the day my daddy bought them for me.

I remember looking inside brand new computers BEFORE ever plugging them in.

So it wasn’t really much of a surprise that at 6 years old I told mum and dad, “I want to be an Engineer when I grow up.”

I wrote computer programs for the Apple Macintosh SE/30
I wrote computer programs for the Apple Macintosh SE/30

Then came an obsession with programming and creating little Apple Mac SE/30 applications…Remember those with the black and white 9-inch screen?

My first computer language was Hypercard and I learned it when I was 9. After that, I moved onto BASIC. By the age of 12, I was programming in C using Symanetc’s Think C for Apple. And had developed a sophisticated application for statistically assessing simultaneous translators using MATLAB.

Knowing how to do things with computers at 14 that grown-ups couldn’t made up for my lack of popularity in school. Around that age, I started dabbling with website development.

By 14, I also signed my first Consulting contract with an Engineering firm. It was so easy, I couldn’t believe how simple business was.

My father who supported me in everything I ever took interest in, got me special permission to audit Computer Science classes at the university he taught English at. I attended FORTRAN and Pascal in addition to my normal schooling.

By this time, learning new computer languages was a piece of cake. I picked up Visual Basic in a day and developed one of the most comprehensive Speed Reading Training programs that was available at the time. Several universities let me test it on their students and debug it.

Some academic publications came out of that, but I was not interested in publication at the time.

By 16 I began marketing on the Internet. I did it in secret, while I was supposed to be preparing for my Year 13 finals. The New Zealand education system, god bless them, allowed gifted kids to jump classes.

Secretly, I built an international business from the ground up. I offered free and paid membership services, sold merchandise, and began offering email and webhosting services off software I developed myself using Perl.

Only after receiving my final grades, and only after I’d secured 2 different scholarships, did I show my father the business I’d created.

Ah but not for long. Dad soon had me sell it because it was distracting me from university.

I used the money I made to pay for 9 years of university. So it wasn’t all bad πŸ™‚

I attended 5 universities and received a total of 4 degrees. At the first, I studied for a Bachelor of Information Sciences in Mathematics and Statistics. They did not offer Computer Science as a full-time course and I did not want to wait around 6-years for the degree.

Toward the end, I relocated to my hometown, Auckland, and continued a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After that, I started a Postgraduate Diploma in preparation for a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics. An area I’d done a lot of work in while studying Mathematics.

My thesis topic was a continuation of a project I’d worked on in since I was 14.

I had discovered a way to systematise Arabic so that a computer could create words from roots and vice versa; this had not been successfully done by anyone before though many tried. The trouble was that the operation was extremely slow. During my thesis, I worked on speeding up calculation and retrieval using a self-synchronising compression code.

I was immediately hired after my degree by a research organisation and worked on something similar to Optical Character Recognition, but far more robust. I was responsible for developing a search for images of documents written in Arabic script. Successfully solved the problem.

Later, I received a scholarship to study for a PhD in Australia. My research topic bored me. So I began pursuing business interests again.

I developed two best-selling training programs titled PPC Domination (2008) and PPC Supremacy (2010).

In late 2010, I resigned from the online teaching profession, after careless mistakes with my intellectual property.

Online advertising was easy for me too. I started out and within 3 months had generated so much business traffic that I was immediately recognised in the online marketing profession as the go-to guy for Advertising. Months later, I was hired to manage advertising for a small online education company. That year, they had a 700% growth.

Over the next few years, I took on many more clients and helped them with their growth too. Most notably, in 2010 I personally consulted over 60 businesses on their paid advertising.

Today, I run JimYaghi.com to entertain and inform Entrepreneurs about advertising correctly. I also work closely with a number of talented writers and advertisers.

 

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28 Replies to “About”

  1. Jim. You rock. You are an inspiration to all of us. just do the steps and you will arrive. You provide excellent examples of what to do and how to do it. I am glad I get to know you through this medium and I consider myself lucky that I get to choose who my mentors are.. even if I haven't met them in person.

    Thanks again for sharing such great stories about what you learned and what you share for others to grow!

  2. Jim. You rock. You are an inspiration to all of us. just do the steps and you will arrive. You provide excellent examples of what to do and how to do it. I am glad I get to know you through this medium and I consider myself lucky that I get to choose who my mentors are.. even if I haven't met them in person.
    Thanks again for sharing such great stories about what you learned and what you share for others to grow!

  3. Hi. It is all very well saying how well you sell etc. Nobody ever says how you get a product to sell online!!! Please advise

    Joan

  4. Hi. It is all very well saying how well you sell etc. Nobody ever says how you get a product to sell online!!! Please advise
    Joan

  5. i think this post is outdated and yuck. i shall take it down when i have time or when i can be bothered to email my assistant access πŸ˜›

  6. i think this post is outdated and yuck. i shall take it down when i have time or when i can be bothered to email my assistant access πŸ˜›

  7. Hi, I haven't been through your site completely yet,but I find your style incredibly relaxing and reassuring. I am glad to see more open people on the net.

  8. Hi, I haven't been through your site completely yet,but I find your style incredibly relaxing and reassuring. I am glad to see more open people on the net.

  9. I am just getting started in Network Marketing. I liked how you

    kept everything simple and somewhat easy to understand and learn.

    Of course my objective is to make money but I need to learn a lot more.

    thanks Jim Yaghi

  10. I am just getting started in Network Marketing. I liked how you

    kept everything simple and somewhat easy to understand and learn.

    Of course my objective is to make money but I need to learn a lot more.

    thanks Jim Yaghi

  11. Thanks Jim for your inspiration. I would love to be able to get with you one on one to help me with my networking skills and how to be a better marketer πŸ™‚ I would appreciate any insights you may want to send my way πŸ™‚

    Please email me directly if you like! Love your site!

    Take care

    Joan

  12. Thanks Jim for your inspiration. I would love to be able to get with you one on one to help me with my networking skills and how to be a better marketer πŸ™‚ I would appreciate any insights you may want to send my way πŸ™‚
    Please email me directly if you like! Love your site!
    Take care
    Joan

  13. Hi Jim

    It certainly is refreshing to hear from someone so relaxed about how to do this business.

    Loking forward to more information particularly about targeting the right type of prospects.

    Cheers

    Annette

  14. Hi Jim

    It certainly is refreshing to hear from someone so relaxed about how to do this business.

    Loking forward to more information particularly about targeting the right type of prospects.

    Cheers

    Annette

    1. hey man!
      where have you been we totally lost contact for a while. if you're ever in LA, make sure to let me know so we can catch up. at least now we're friends on Facebook πŸ™‚

      jim

    1. hey man!
      where have you been we totally lost contact for a while. if you're ever in LA, make sure to let me know so we can catch up. at least now we're friends on Facebook πŸ™‚

      jim

  15. Hey I just received an E-mail about your PPC . WOW I wish I could afford it but would love to get any help you may can send my way. ofcourse I would love to make more sales from my website but also would like to be able to help more people find my information to help them fight MRSA . I really like what you have to say and can tell you are not out to just make a quick buck.
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  16. Hey I just received an E-mail about your PPC . WOW I wish I could afford it but would love to get any help you may can send my way. ofcourse I would love to make more sales from my website but also would like to be able to help more people find my information to help them fight MRSA . I really like what you have to say and can tell you are not out to just make a quick buck.
    Sincerely William Kayser http://www.help-for-mrsa-mercer-infections.com

  17. Hi Jim, WOW, great site, you really seem like a down to earth guy, very rear nowdays. Anyway, I am interested in joining you with Numis but I wonder why you choose this company. Maybe I am not writing this in the correct area and I am by no means saying anything bad about the company, it actually looks amazing and has me very excited. What I am wondering is what did it for you? Very excited to potentially work with you and find out the correct way to market yourself and your company, thanks for being so down to earth

    1. Hi Grant,

      thanks man! i appreciate you saying that–lol and you're right this is probably not the best section of the website to be asking about numis haha but who cares! even i couldn't say what the right section is.

      i liked a number of things about numis. my favourite was that gold and silver have perceived value.

      As a marketer your job is to manipulate perception and make others believe that what you're selling has value. lol so i don't have to alter perception and that's fun.

      hope that answers your question πŸ™‚

      jim

  18. Hi Jim, WOW, great site, you really seem like a down to earth guy, very rear nowdays. Anyway, I am interested in joining you with Numis but I wonder why you choose this company. Maybe I am not writing this in the correct area and I am by no means saying anything bad about the company, it actually looks amazing and has me very excited. What I am wondering is what did it for you? Very excited to potentially work with you and find out the correct way to market yourself and your company, thanks for being so down to earth

    1. Hi Grant,

      thanks man! i appreciate you saying that–lol and you're right this is probably not the best section of the website to be asking about numis haha but who cares! even i couldn't say what the right section is.

      i liked a number of things about numis. my favourite was that gold and silver have perceived value.

      As a marketer your job is to manipulate perception and make others believe that what you're selling has value. lol so i don't have to alter perception and that's fun.

      hope that answers your question πŸ™‚

      jim

  19. Wow, what a site. So refreshing to see something upbeat, upfront and in your face. I didn't understand a word of it but hey I'm the new kid on the block. Learning like mad, brain freeze in buckets! Will definitely be asking for help, guidance, support……………lol

  20. Wow, what a site. So refreshing to see something upbeat, upfront and in your face. I didn't understand a word of it but hey I'm the new kid on the block. Learning like mad, brain freeze in buckets! Will definitely be asking for help, guidance, support……………lol

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