Hey everyone, I'm just getting back into IM after a while of being "out", I used to do a lot of SEO work for clients/sub-contracting. (And I mean A LOT of spam, 4x servers with xrumer, LFE, some SB, automatic controls to schedule all these tools together, etc. At my heyday I was making 750,000-1,000,000 links/day) And then it all went boom, clients went bankrupt, people skipped out on bills, etc. So I grabbed a F/T job to make ends meet again. It's driving me nuts not having control of my own schedule and making 1/4 of what I used to. I mainly do PHP/MySQL/C++/SEO work now a days on the side, but I want to move fully into IM. instead of just being a provider. So here's my goal, $150/day by the end of Jan, with $75/day by Dec 31st. I believe these are very easy goals to reach, and my pacing will allow me to take my time and perfect my methods/tools instead of just rushing along as fast as I can. $150 a day is a bit more than I make at my job now, and deducting taxes will come out roughly even with my take-home pay now. i.e. pay my bills. I plan on getting back into SEO for clients as well once I have tested my methods further as well. So onto what I am starting with... Software XRumer Link Farm Evolution (LFE) Custom pinging script Custom control script for schedule XRumer blasts from a web interface. Custom linkslist performance tracking/grooming/real time linkslist generating (with roughly 13.5M links in MySQL, doubt many are still good anymore..) InstaDominate (Just grabbed it last night) ScrapeBox Hardware (All servers are ATX...I'm cheap.) My PC - The usual slightly dated mid/high end PC. Vyatta router capable of handling the traffic of 4 XRumers (Yeah....hardest part of that setup was not nuking my router...so I went a little overkill.) 1x Core 2 duo server w/ 8GB ram and RAID 1+0 2x P4 PC's with 4GB ram each with IDE (ew) (I used to use them ) 6x P4 Servers with 4GB ram each/RAID 1+0 (I got them for a steal, I had 20 at one point, been selling them lol) Several UPS's to clean up the power supply to them I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff here as well...I've got a lot of oddball inventory. Infrastructure Dedicated office/server room (small, but it works) 20mbps down/5up business class cable w/ 5 static IP's. (I can go back to 100mbps if needed) 20 private proxies 1 Russian VPN Adscend Media Account Freelancer account with good reviews DBC VIP account PayPal Premier Business account I have a lot of stuff for SEO/mass spam as you can tell, I never really got into IM a whole lot at all. Just sold a lot to IM'ers. Let's get this started with.... wait for it.... Day 1 To start off, I made a quick video website for content locking, domain cost $9.99. Coded up a really lame content locker with PHP/MySQL/Jquery and running the traffic through a tracking script on another domain I have to kill the referrer (and well...track.) Then I made a really quick FB page for a movie, Hired a guy on Freelancer to get me 5000 likes for $30. (So far, only around 50 are delivered, about 75% bots at least, probably not paying him as my ad said they must be legit users and I was assured they were) But I have already gotten two leads from it. And now that I'm about to call it a night, I have ID running a mass follow on a new account. (VERY slowly...as in might be done by the time I get back from work tomorrow afternoon.) Total Today (Day 1): Expenses: $39.99 Income: $1.20 Net: -$38.79 Lessons Learned: Try fiverr next time. Global Total: -$38.79 P.S. I will try to keep this updated daily, to keep myself motivated, and to give back to this great community. I have learned a lot, and earned a lot from members here in the past and I am quite thankful for the experience If I could remember my old account I would use it, but the email domain it was registered to isn't registered to me anymore for a password reset haha.