Firstly, I am a newbie.... but I have been in this "game" since January this year. I brought countless different bullshit. From fairy dust to plain old dirt. I was lost for a while. This forum has given me the dedication to implement what I have learnt. Sorry about the length. A brief outline of what I have learnt... Part 1 - Planning & Getting Started 1) Do your research first - keyword research and general "market research" for the type of niche you want to get into (specifically, niche marketing). Ensure there's competition, demand but not too much saturation. This step will also include analyzing competitors and knowing what your target audience (customer research/profiling) really wants. 2) Select a sub niche and have a USP (unique selling point) for the niche of your choice. The USP seems to be very important. 3) Buy an expired domain with decent backlinks and good hosting. Also ID protection on the domains. 4) Create a site/blog however you are familiar with. I will be using wordpress, and a premium theme to go with it. The colors, design and general branding will be chosen very carefully. Part 2 - Creating Content 1) Content Marketing Strategy (CMS) - Develop the first stage of the CMS, by pre-creating content for your blog and social media. This will be SEO copywriting optimized, and of high quality. The creation process could be potentially outsourced however I will do all the research, so its of quality. 2) Freebie Giveaway - The second stage includes creating a video series or eBook to give away (the freebie) in exchange for a prospect's email. This content will be carefully created to lure the prospects into the sales funnel. 3) Setting up Email Marketing - Create an email opt in form somewhere on your site. Create a few emails in your auto responder (like Aweber or Mail chimp) for the meantime, so they can confirm their email and you can build your list. Part 3 - Social Media ('Free' Traffic) 1) Create an online presence by joining the most popular social media (Facebook, pinterest, instagram, twitter, etc.). I am good at creating a fast online presence so I'm not too worried about this part. Use social media management tools and outsource to make this easier. The main platforms are used to determine where your target audience hangs out more, by analyzing the traffic sources as well as conversion rates. Part 4 - Paid Traffic 1) YouTube Marketing (Videos, Ads) create videos 2) Facebook Ads 3) Bing ads (undecided) but I will avoid Google Ads. 4) Other paid traffic methods. Part 5 - Other Traffic Sources 1) Black hat SEO (nothing too aggressive) 2) Forum Marketing (not on here obviously). 3) Other blackhat tactics such as mass spamming on similar blogs (using scrapebox) 4) Befriend competitors in niche for joint ventures and traffic. Part 6 - Monetization 1) Google Ads 2) High converting offers that will be pre-chosen from sites like Offer Vault. I may avoid clickbank - I will cloak links and offer bonuses. 3) A serviced based offer, preferably reoccurring (optional). 4) Start a email marketing campaign and market to the (hopefully) growing list. Part 7 - Improvements 1) When everything is running, I will look at ways to improve conversion rates and targeted traffic using Google Analytics, my brain and feedback from experts. 2) If profit is being made, outsourcing will become an option. Additional Information I am 100% serious - I know this will not be easy and there will be many complications along the way. I am mainly looking for sustainability and experience. However, I do expect profit after a certain period. Possible Niche: Wealth Sub niche: Undecided Budget: $300 every month Where I am at this current period: Learning White hat SEO & Copywriting SEO. I have not no clue about blackhat SEO yet (I may buy a service from somewhere on here). In addition, I have started a little research; I just want to be prepared before I jump into the ocean with potential sharks. I have the "technical skills" for everything else (creating websites etc.). Where I want to be before the end of 2015: Hopefully have this up and running, and understand my strengths and weaknesses. Get better, then scale. Why I am doing this: I was supposed to go to university last year. I no longer see the point of going (It's a long story). I don't want to be defeated. I don't want to be an economic slave. I am 19, 20 at the end of the year and want to retire young. Ok, end of sob story. My Main Question Based on what you have read, am I on the right track? What am I missing? Does this all make sense at all? Or am I deluded? I would seriously appreciate any input, constructive criticism and possible skepticness (sp?) of what I think is included in creating a decent online business. P.S Please do not send me scam PM's. Thank you a lot!