Market Samurai Retirement

1st October 2020

Since 2008 Market Samurai has helped over 1 million people perform keyword research to discover high-traffic, low competition markets.

Despite its past popularity, we’ve recently had to make the difficult decision to retire Market Samurai.

So as of the 31st of March 2021, we will no longer be officially supporting the Market Samurai app.

There are a number of reasons behind this decision, but the main reason is that Adobe is effectively abandoning its support of Adobe AIR, which is the platform that Market Samurai requires to run.

This has been a tough decision for us to make, but ultimately we want to be transparent with our users and give you enough time to find an alternative tool so as to not disrupt your workflow.

Market Samurai was the tool that launched Noble Samurai as a company over 12 years ago, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal users. So from everyone here at the Noble Samurai team, we’d like to thank each and every one of our users for joining us on this journey.

If you’d like to know more about the retirement of Market Samurai and what it means for you, please check out the FAQs below:

 

Why are you retiring Market Samurai?

Market Samurai was built in 2008 and runs on the Adobe AIR platform. Adobe AIR was state-of-the-art technology back in 2008, but it’s now considered to be an old legacy software platform. Furthermore, Adobe is ceasing its support of AIR at the end of 2020, which means that Market Samurai will no longer work.

In order for us to keep Market Samurai running after Adobe stops providing support for AIR, we’d need to invest significant amounts of time and resources to migrate Market Samurai to another platform. Given the current low number of active Market Samurai customers, and the available financial resources of our business, it’s not financially viable for us to make this investment.

Over the years we’ve deployed over 700+ updates to Market Samurai, which averages out to over 1 update a week. However the SEO climate is fast-moving and constantly changing, and Market Samurai has been in ‘maintenance mode’ for a while now.

Since 2015 our major focus has been our video creation platform Vidnami which has now been used to create over 1,500,000 videos.

As we are a small company of only 8 people, we can no longer give Market Samurai the time and resources it requires to be a leading SEO tool.

The number of active Market Samurai users has steadily declined over the last few years, and we’ve continued to spend large amounts each month for paid data services to keep Market Samurai as useful and current as we possibly can.

The small number of active users means it’s no longer financially viable to continue to pay for these services, which is another reason why we’ve had to retire it.

 

When will Market Samurai stop working?

We will be officially retiring Market Samurai on the 31st of March 2021.

After the 31st of March 2021, you will no longer be able to use the app or open existing project files, so we recommend you export your data prior to that deadline.

To make sure that you can backup your existing keyword data, here are some articles that show you how to export your Market Samurai into Excel:

Click here if you’re using Windows

Click here if you’re using Mac

 

What SEO tool do you recommend I use going forward?

We recommend trying out a few tools to see which one best suits your needs, so here’s a list of some of the SEO tools that we’ve heard good things about:

 

What’s the future of Noble Samurai?

Our primary focus moving forward will be our video creation app - Vidnami.

We believe that video is the way of the future, and our team is committed to helping people grow their businesses with video.

In case you’re wondering, we haven’t sold the company and our team hasn’t changed, so you’ll still get the same great customer support, and we are still focused on creating world-class products!

 

When will you stop selling Market Samurai?

From the 1st of October 2020, Market Samurai will no longer be available for purchase. To honour recent and past purchases, existing customers will continue to have access to Market Samurai until the 31st of March 2021, but we won’t be accepting new customers.

 

How do I export my data from Market Samurai?

Here’s how to export your Market Samurai data into Microsoft Excel:

Click here if you’re using Windows

Click here if you’re using Mac

 

What is your refund policy?

Market Samurai normally comes with a 30-day refund period. But we’re extending this to 90 days in light of Market Samurai retiring in 2021.

So if you’ve purchased within the last 90 days and would like a refund, please send an email to our friendly support team at support@noblesamurai.com

 

I’m an affiliate, will I still get paid?

All pending affiliate commissions will still be paid out. The only change is that as of 1st of October 2020 we are no longer selling Market Samurai so there will be no way to earn future commissions.

 

What will happen to my affiliate links?

Currently, all affiliate links will go to marketsamurai.com and visitors will see a message informing them that Market Samurai is no longer for sale.

However, from the 31st of October 2020, all affiliate links pointing towards Market Samurai will stop working, so we recommend you remove them from your site and other marketing materials as soon as possible.

If you’d still like to be a Noble Samurai affiliate, you can check out the Vidnami affiliate program here: https://noblesamurai.com/c/vidnami-affiliate-resources

 

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