Hi all, Like many new timers here, i have been following many Journeys here on BHW gradually building up that motivation to get my ass into gear and start some projects of my own. Over the last 2 months i have been keyword researching. By this i mean i have been constantly brainstorming keyword ideas, and when that light bulb goes off in my head i would check the stats of that keyword in Google Keyword Planner and Keyword Revealer. I came across a keyword with a monthly US search of 22,000 and KWR competition ranking of 14. In addition to this alot of the the Long Tail Keywords and relating Keywords were at a search volum of between 2,900 and 14,000 a month with competition difficult of between 21 and 36. Because of this, i thought i may have landed on a small gold mine and decided to act on it. *note that i always followed up the keyword research from KWR with Google Keword Planner to confirm. The sites that were rank in the top ten had a DA of 20-34 (i assumed this was pretty shite, am i correct?) The website is a blog/magazine style site providing information regarding my topic area (note i said topic rather than niche) What i have done and spent so far... 1. Bought both the .com and .co.uk domains with privacy for 2 years! using godaddy (had a discount code) - £20 2. Installed WP onto my existing godaddy hosting (i have this from another business i run) - £0 3. Personally wrote 1 x 4,000 word article and 3 x 750 word articles targeting different Long tail Keywords related to my topic. Uploaded these to the site and got it into basic shape (design wise). Still needs a lot of desing work, but i am more focused on getting content uploaded in its rough format then i will pretty up the site as i go along. 4. Used Yoast SEO plugin to tidy up my content. Submitted my site to DMOZ. Submitted URLs to Google and Bing, including uploading sitemap.....(did i possibly do this too early?) 5. Ordered Logo from fiverrr £3.98 (equals $5 xD) 6. Ordered 5 x articles (1000 words each) from BHW for £29....again covering the Long Tail Keywords and relating keywords i found. In essence that is what i have done so far. At the moment i am using the ColourMag theme by ThemeGrillz, their demo site is exactly the layout i am looking for, however to fully achieve that i need to purchase their premium theme at $70, which i would prefer not to do as i have bagged some really dam decent themes in the past for $30-$50. If anyone can recommend a similar/better theme for a little bit cheaper that would be awesome! Moving forward..... - I plan to continue adding articles as my site is an information type site, so i need material to get people interested and to ensure i hit all the keywords i want too! I will probably outsource the majority of this as 1) I am a pretty shit writer, just look at this post 2) i can get lazy/busy at times and lose focus. - I have my eye on some SEO packages on BHW, the one i am particularly looking at is $190, which comes highly recommeded to suit my needs as a new site. - Need to get a premium WP theme for that crisps professional look. - Once my site is hitting around 150 unique visitors a month i will add AdSense, there is also potential i a couple of my articles and planned articles to add affiliate links. Purpose of this project; I dont want to quit my 9-5 job yet, in fact i just got a job as a Business Consultant at one of the top technology firms in the world. What i do want is to make a small passive income and to also benefit from the learning curve. I am literally a noob and anything i said above may be the completely wrong thing to do. But this is something that is a small project for me to learn. Hopefully my mistakes can help other fellow noobs (i hate the word noob, its such a 'noob' word ) to learn from me and/or my mistakes. Goal I would be happy to hit $150/month within 6-8 months in adsense revenue, affiliate wise i have no idea as i still need to do further research etc. Overall $150-$200 a month from this site within 6-8 months will make me happy, anything above and ill do a lap of honour around my local town centre in the nude. Total Spent - £43 ($52) Income - £0 ($0....in case you were wondering) Note: I will update on a bi-weekly basis, no point posting an update every day to tell you that i changed the spacing between two paragraphs for aesthetic purposes In the meantime any ideas, input or questions you want to share just drop me a line.