I'm excited to start my first journey thread. I've been trying my hand at various online ventures for many years, with little to no success. I've learned a lot along the way and am applying those lessons to my latest venture: an authority blog monetized with Amazon Associates and Adsense. About Me, My Plans and Goals: I'm based in the US. And as an FYI, I'm a woman...so please don't call me "sir", "dude", "buddy" or "man"...lol. I plan to continue to expand this blog to become an authority site on a particular evergreen niche. I'm a decent writer, but at this time, I plan to outsource all blog posts on the site. The articles I have up right now are of basic quality, but I intend to start using a different source for my articles that will be professional quality. At this time, I am not promoting a particular product on Amazon. I promote one of their services. The blog has been up for almost a month and has already made some money. I will document what I've already done so far and update at least once a week going forward. Most traffic right now comes from Facebook, I get on average 15-20 unique visitors a day. The SEO packages I ordered still need some time to work. I only target keywords that are "easy", "still easy" and 1 or 2 that are rated "possible" according to KWFinder. I welcome any advice, questions or suggestions. What I've done so far: Bought domain and a year of hosting: $12 (found an awesome coupon!) Created site on Wordpress Purchased 500-word starter articles for main keywords: $80 Posted all articles with required Amazon disclosure statement and affiliate links. 1 Adsense ad appears at the end of each post. Purchased SEO packages from @sarkark21: $151 Purchased stock image for logo and site header: $15 Created logo and header Created Facebook page for site Created Twitter acct for site Created Pinterest acct for site Created LinkedIn acct for site Created Instagram acct for site Shared all blog posts to FB page, Twitter acct, Pinterest and LinkedIn Purchased likes for FB page from SEOClerks: $10 Purchased FB shares for blog posts (real people, not bots): $20 Boosted FB page posts via Facebook Ads: $25 Offline promotion to friends/acquaintances who fit my target demographic Total Invested So Far: $313 Total Earned So Far Amazon: $21 Total Earned So Far Adsense: $3 Current Keyword Rankings: Site is currently only ranking for one of the keywords that I targeted in my SEO packages. As of today, it is on page 5 for that keyword. What I want to do over the next month: Purchase another SEO package from @sarkark21 Automate posting blog posts to social media accts Add more likes/followers to FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accts Boost more posts with Facebook Ads Buy longer, higher quality articles for future blog posts Find more "easy" keywords to rank for Look into guest blogging on popular related sites Buy Sponsored Posts from large, related FB pages Create YT acct and start making videos Create weekly newsletter and work on getting subscribers What I'm unsure about doing: I have a credit on Google Adwords, considering creating ads to drive traffic to the site. However, I've never had much success with Adwords, so not sure if it's the right move.