My Story Ok guys, I know there are a ton of journeys on here. Many of which are banking a lot more than I'll be pulling in. This is going to be more of a personal journal of my IM endeavors, because I think it will help keep me motivated. I've suffered by "analysis paralysis" for most of my adult life. Actually, it's still a work in progress - and I think having an audience as a "support system" will help me deal with it. Due to my current (i.e. non-existent) budget, I'm going at this alone. Site set-up, content writing, SEO, etc. will be done myself, until I generate some revenue. I hope to invest most of my initial profits back into the business and scale things up until I hit my initial goal, which is $2k/month. My girlfriend and I are moving to coastal Georgia this summer, so I'm hoping to hit my goal by June. Current Progress I got my very first site up and running last November. I kinda jumped the gun on the niche - it is something I have some knowledge in, but the competition is pretty high. Luckily it's a fairly broad niche, so there are some long tail keywords that haven't been targeted and there are new products releasing fairly regularly. I decided to make this an authority site. So far, I've written 26 articles ranging from 500 to 8,000 words. A few of these are informational articles, the rest are some review articles and buyer's guides. I've also set up a Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr account for the site, and try to keep them fairly updated. Pinterest and Tumblr are doing well so far, but Facebook is sucking. If anyone has tips for increasing Facebook likes, I'll gladly implement them. I need to get a Goole+, Twitter, and Instagram set up soon. I'm very green when it comes to social media marketing, so it's something I need to study up on. Sales I've gotten 16 sales so far - all of which were from last quarter and low priced items. My Amazon conversion rate last quarter was 8.7%, which was awesome. This quarter, however, I've had 200+ clicks with no sales...which is a bummer. I didn't add any valuable content to the site during January, so it's my fault. In February, I decided to ramp things up and add some content that I could rank for. I wrote a large buyer's guide article (3700 words) that features 14 products. I then wrote 14 separate review articles (500-1200 words each) for the products, and linked to each in the buyer's guide. So this allowed me to target 15 separate keywords that range from 200-1500 searches per month. I've already reached the 2nd and 3rd page of Google SERPs with some of those, so I'm hoping to see my first page 1 rankings soon. Backlinks This is another area that I've struggled with. According to Majestic's stats, I've accumulated 244 backlinks from 8 referencing domains. The majority of these come from one niche-related site, which pings all of the articles that I publish on my site. Because of this, my anchor text is horrible. and all of my backlinks are no-follow. I need to do some SEO work in a bad way. I've been doing some research on building web 2.0's, and I'm going to try to implement that this week. Traffic Current traffic ranges from 20-30 visitors per day. Again, I'm hoping this increases once I hit page 1 for a few of my recent articles. I'm hoping my addition of the other social media pages and figuring out how to gain FB followers will help, as well. Any advice on how to further increase traffic would be greatly appreciated. Future Plans I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks doing some SEO work and building my social accounts for this site. I'm also going to be researching some keywords for additional sites. Once I get some decent traffic coming to this site, I'm going to be building 1 micro-niche site per week. I would eventually like to have 10-12 sites running, to diversify my income a little bit. Wrap Up There you have it, folks. I'll be updating things every few days, or when something exciting happens. If you need any more information or have any questions, just let me know. I appreciate it!