Hello everybody, as a programmer I've got a little bit of a "do it yourself" attitude, which is probably going to hurt me during the beginning of my journey. I'm attempting to jump into a saturated niche using a "two-page blog" type of setup. The websites core content will be divided into two pages: The home page, which displays recent videos and posts The post page, which displays information about posts and videos. My plans for monetization: Google Adsense Selling every-day ware (T-Shirts, Hats, Mugs, etc) using custom niche-related designs. I've decided to do something a little different for the starting up of my website, considering I am aiming to get repeat visitors I'm going to keep the advertisements off of my home-page for awhile. Instead the advertisements will only be displayed on the post-page. If I find a decent network that allows for niche-related video advertisement, I may look into implemented randomized video advertisements, but make them more rare than common, and disabled for any user that is logged into my site. (This should be fine as YouTube does not stream advertisements to embedded videos). I've decided on building my own software and website for this. I've never liked wordpress, and while you can tell me a thousand reasons as to why I should use it, I can tell you a thousand reasons as to why I wont. I'm a pre-degree programmer, so my portfolio is everything. I figure having a fully functional blog can't hurt my portfolio if I've done all the work myself. Here's a mockup of the main-page that I'm working on.. I've already finished most of the blogging system, including video posts and keyword/tags. What it comes down to now is figuring out how I want to handle the styling of my website. How I'm going to get traffic: My niche is very popular, and there's hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube that aren't owned by anybody. They aren't monetized (and can't be) and can be reuploaded at whim. Copyright claims against this niche is down right ludicrous, and while it can happen, I can almost guarantee it wont. I've created a decent 7 second opening that's very catchy, and even voices out my domain in a memorable fashion. The domain name is also very easily memorable (and brandable). I'll reupload videos with this opening on it around 3-4 videos a day. Once traffic starts picking up I may even purchase some advertisements, we'll see. Facebook groups: I'm in tons of facebook groups pertaining to this niche, some are private, some are public, and one I am the owner of. Tumblr: I've created a tumblr bot that allows me to post images similar to that of the old tumblr "queue". This was done using the tumblr API. I'll be liking/following images manually, and will only upload 8-10 hours a day. I've used this bot for 6 months on an adult niche before getting banned and that's because I went overboard. (1 post every 15 minutes, left it on for a week by mistake because I left the house). Local get-togethers: This niche is something that I'm involved with personally in my local area and a few surrounding areas, I'll be giving out shirts and the such there. Well, I guess that's pretty much it. I'll keep you guys up to date on my progress, I don't have time to work on this every single day, so my updates may come in waves, but I'm going to stay at this and stay strong. I've been an enthusiast about this niche for years, so I'm not going anywhere.