Here's my experience. Like every other average college joe out there, I was looking for ways to earn supplementary income without busting my balls through working multiple part-time jobs. In the country I live in, big multinationals pay fresh college grads $800 a month and fast food restaurants pay part-timers a measly $1 an hour. Now if I calculate my potential monthly earnings, the most I'd get is $800 (for an 8-5 job) + $80 ($1 * 4 hours a day * 20 days a month) + $60 (2 side gigs on weekends) = $880. That's a measly $3.30/hr with no rest or time for family and personal interests. And if you calculate the potential expenses e.g. medical bills from exhaustion, it becomes $as.df! So I began looking at IM because it's pretty much the simplest way to scale up my earnings without splitting myself into 10 of mini me working more part-time jobs. I started reading about IM in February and after 2 long months worth of reading, information paralysis and consultations with people I'll name later in this post, I took the plunge. I ventured into PPC armed with only a measly $250. Plenty of people in the real world hate spoonfeeding, the same applies on BHW. I read tons and tons of posts from people with jr VIP and above tags complaining about newbies pestering and begging the living daylights out of them. I was a newbie and I totally understand the urge to ask for an easy way out. I personally feel I was guilty of this too. So what I did to snap out of this was literally superimposed my face on the picture of a beggar I found on the internet. And boy that was the kick in the ass I needed. I did that because I felt I lacked the motivation. It was the magic pill I needed. A picture of a beggar with my face and the proverb "Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime" became my source of motivation. I decided I no longer want to beg (or ask for advice incessantly if you will) so I straightened myself and started getting organised. I won't pretend I'm an expert because I haven't gotten my first check yet but what I have achieved so far is I've multiplied my monthly IM income from a measly $3 in the first month to $30 now in the fourth month. If all goes as planned, I'll get my first check next month. I hope my sites will pass the scrutiny of watchful eyes for my first check. What I did was simple. I had a total of 3 documents. 1 for general stuffs I read about PPC, 1 for information that I've filtered once, and the last for information that I've filtered and scrutinised twice. By doing that I managed to come up with a list of the most important factors in PPC. I'm not an entrepreneurial guy by nature, so I still had reservations even after I scrutinised the information I've collected twice! I was insecure but I didn't want to beg, so I dug from the bins of knowledgeable people like BassTrackerBoats. Like I mentioned earlier, I was guilty of pestering a person and Greg was the guy I pestered most. And I'm grateful he generously answered most of my borderline annoying emails so I didn't feel like bogging him down with emails because he had already been generous, it was up to me to chart my next moves. The next step I took was borderline stalking behaviour. But it is effective because I achieved my goal: to learn as much as I can from a knowledgeable member WITHOUT pissing him off. What I did was check Greg and some other reputable members' profiles daily for their new posts and threads. I hope I'm not scaring Greg and others but it truly is an effective way to learn because knowledgeable guys like Greg post informative posts daily. What I needed to do was only to read between the lines. From reading Greg's profile, posts and threads daily, I managed to synthesize a bunch of otherwise overwhelming information. From SEO practices to keyword research, I've gotten plenty. To my fellow newbies, if you keep waiting for handouts like I was, you will receive a measly sum at best. What you want to do is to continuously teach and equip yourself with skills. 2 golden rules I've learnt: 1) Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime 2) Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. I noticed I've rambled on quite a bit so I'll stop here. But I hope this helps my fellow newbies move forward in IM. This thread is also a shoutout to BassTrackerBoats, Chiky_cin, Daniel16 and some other guys I've contacted throughout the months. These guys have been very generous and truly deserve a bow from me.