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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 had to make the difficult decision to retire Market Samurai.
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 as we have always tried to do, we want to be honest and transparent with our users.
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:
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.
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:
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!
If you have any other questions about the retirement of Market Samurai, or you need help exporting your old keyword data, please contact our friendly support team here.