Black Hat World - Beginners Guide Introduction Welcome to Black Hat World. You're likely to be dazzled at first with the black background, the different username colours and the vast amount of information on the various sections of the forum and all those posts with different money making methods mentioning words you've probably never heard around before. Shhh, that's okay. We're here. Shhh. The first thing you can do after you register is to go to the Introductions sub-forum and tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do I go then? Go to the Main Forums, where you can have a broad look at all the various sub-forums in Black Hat World. Notice how you can press the minus sign on the top right corner of any of the sub-forums to minime or maximize it. Also, notice how each of the sub-forums have a short but clear explanation of what that sub-forum is all about, or a definition for a term. This may surprise you, but someone else has gone into the CPA sub-forum asking what is CPA, when the description serves as an answer. Don't make the same mistake. From here on, you'll probably have a specific mindset or preferences in the methods you might want to learn. You find yourself going into some sections more than others, and find some methods more fascinating than others. This is perfectly normal. Before committing to any method, user or download, find some time to browse around and get a feeling for the forum and its users, the regulars and the not so regulars. This will help you when deciding to work on a specific money making method or joint venturing with someone. Downloading and requesting Consider taking a look at the Member Downloads. See if you find something interesting to download. A word of caution here. Do not be the first to download from a specific thread, unless you see that the poster is a reliable member from Black Hat World. Think for a moment, is the person posting this credible? How many posts does this person have? What kind of download is he offering? Sometimes, 0 posters or people with very few posts register on the forum and come to the members download area and post downloads that contain some sort of malware like a keylogger, trojan or password stealer. This type of exploits can severely damage your PC and may even steal sensible information from you, like all your passwords from all your accounts saved in your computer. If you do download something, make a scan of it with more than one source of anti-malware. For example, you might want to scan it with 2 anti-virus, or with your regular anti-virus and one other anti-malware software. Before you go into the requests sub-forum though, think for a second on how much you have contributed to the forum. The answer may be not much. If that is the case, if you have 0 posts or a low post count, you cannot go into that section. You will need 50 posts to be able to make a request. I want Oreos! Interested in cookie stuffing? So is a lot of people. To be able to see and post in the cookie stuff sub-forum you will need at least 30 days on the forum and 50 posts quality posts. You can however donate to be granted access to the cookie stuffing sub-forum. Posting should not be made in a hurry as the forum has a specific limit of posts you can be counted with per day. You also cannot make posts with less than 30 characters. And nobody likes "tks 4 da share dude" kind of posts. It does not mean you can't post them, it only means you should be moderated in doing so. If you really want to thank someone, press the thank you button. I aprove; I disaprove; I report By pressing the thank you button you are saving the forum's database from a pretty meaningless post. Granted, there are some posts that do deserve an extra licking. Speaking of which, if you think a post from someone was so valuable to you that you already thanked it and you think the post is really great, you can click on the upper right hand size of the post by that user and click on the "justice" icon to add to his or her reputation. As you can add to the reputation of the user, by choosing "I approve" this comment, you can also choose your discontentment with the poster by choosing to "Disapprove". If you think the user posted in an incorrect manner or is behaving rather suspiciously you can click on the right side of the reputation icon to report that post. When clicked you will be presented with a text box where you should write why you're reporting that post. This report will be read by one of the staff at the Black Hat World and will be dealt accordingly. This is a great way to keep our forum clean. See the report icon below for an example, it's just at the right side of the previous icon. Thanked and Thanks? Activity? You may be wondering what are all those stats on the right side of your post: thanks, thanked, activity, etc.. These stats represent the statistics of your post history, your behaviour and your level of activity on the forum. Among other things, they present enough information to other posters about how much time you have been on the forum, how much do you post, your activity on the forum, etc.. All of these stats should not be used as an excuse to be condescending to others. Just because someone is new it doesn't mean he or she is not inside the whole deal of Internet Marketing and Black Hatting. You might also be wondering why do you keep posting but your posting count does not increase. Certain sections of the forum have the post count disabled to avoid excessive use of "thank you", "welcome" and other seemingly useless posts. And the nominees... er, I mean, and the sections are: Introductions The Lounge The Shit List Feedback BST WTB Freelance Downloads & Download Requests Buying and selling If you want to sell something on Black Hat World (BHW), you will need to contact someone from the staff for one of them to review your product and pay a small fee to be able to post what you're selling, and you should post it in the Buy, Sell & Trade sub-forum. If you're a buyer, don't take the sellers' thread by assault. Don't post negative comments or deviate from the original purpose of the thread unless you have significant proof against such a sale. Even then, you can use the report button instead. Avatars, signatures If you're wondering about the avatars, you can only choose pre-set avatars because your account is new. Once you have more than 50 posts and 30 days on the forum you can go into your User CP and choose "Edit Avatar". You will then be able to upload to the forum a custom avatar that has either 100x100 px or 19.5KB in size, whichever is lower/smaller. For signatures the 50 posts 30 days are also required. To use an image in your signature, however, you will have to be a Donor. You can have 2-3 affiliate links or 1 small banner in your signature. According to Essential Clix, "do not use a font size larger than 3, images, sound clips, or anything annoying". You may read this and more on the Board FAQ. Ooo, I want a blue name too You have probably encountered by now members with different username colours. Here is a basic explanation. Cyan: Administrators Green: Super Moderators Red: Moderators White: Ex. Vips Blue: Jr. Vips Pink: Donors Yellow: Regular users To have entrance into Jr. Vip you need to have at least 200 quality posts, be civil, helpful and courteous to others. Along with 200 quality posts you will also need a minimum of 90 days of antiquity on the forum. Another alternative is to donate. By donating, once you reach 100 posts and 30 days, you get a nice little rank of Jr. Vip. If you do not have the 100 posts, you will still have your status of donor with your username being displayed in pink. By being a Jr. Vip you will have access to hidden sections of the forum only accessible to Jr. Vips. These sections are not indexed by the search engines and they cannot be tracked, searched or accessed by regular members. Final words As you can see, Black Hat World can be a great place once you know your way around. It's probably going to be your favourite forum from now on. This forum alone can be life changing for you but you may just not know it yet. When you realize all that you can learn and use from Black Hat World you begin to understand how much valuable this forum is and how much of a good decision it might be to stick around and contribute. If you wish, please take a moment and consider donating to support BHW. Post Scriptum Here is a list of people that may be of interest to you on BHW. They either specialize on a given subject or they're just really nice. Be nice to these people and try to learn as much as you can from their posts. These are people whose posts I've stumbled upon on this forum. There are certainly several more people who deserved and that could be included here, but I chosen to pick a few I have seen more recently. Moderator on the proxies sub-forum and an Ex. Vip. Go to the sub-forum and make sure to read the stickied threads to learn more about proxies. This guy is one of the smartest php cats on the boards. I like reading his posts. Your go to guy when it comes to corporation and legal matters. Very knowledgeable and a great guy. A blackhat programmer that specializes in social apps. Along with Frequency, he has created several tools for the fellow blackhatter. Usually comes up with good tricks and some ingenious tips. This guy is one of the most helpful members on this board. Total bad ass. Ask him. Are you a total badass? He has made money making posts and decided to post it in the public section for all to benefit from. He has created a thread with the best of the best of his money making posts. You can check it by clicking here. He is also on www.******************* forum that you can check out for PPI related methods. You may need them in the future, so here is a list of the moderators and administrators of Black Hat World. Moderators Super Moderators Administrators Do you have a suggestion to make? A way to improve the forum, or maybe share a concern? Try posting it on the Forum Suggestions & Feedback sub-forum. I hope you enjoyed this guide as much as I enjoyed making it.