Hey Guys So this is my Journey Thread to making a large scale legitimate blog style site that makes a good amount of income. Background I am currently a web developer / designer that works freelance from home doing various design projects making ends meat but not nearly enough as i would like. 3 Year's ago i ran a pretty busy website that focused on hot girls, tech and fashion for guys. I did pretty good getting several connections with playboy models and got into a good content network with Maxim and Playboy and a few dozen other reputable sites. Long story short i was not able to monetize it as good as i should of been able to and the website name was awkward and not easy to market so i hit the a ceiling and slowly lost interest in the site and got involved in a tech startup thinking i could make more money with that. Project / Journey One of the big issues with my last site was focusing on to many category when i should of picked a niche. This time i picked one that has a lot of money and potential for ad revenue and a good amount of amazon products. My goal for this project is to create a great brand that will bring in a large CPM rate and lots of amazon affiliate revenue in the process. Website Goals : The design of this site is very critical to its success so iv modeled it after a very popular men's gadget site that brings in thousands in revenue every month. My hope is that the familiar design will help drive traffic and gain trust. My goal is to get to 100k visitors within the first 6 month's Social Media Goals: This site needs a strong social media presence in order to attract small time advertisers that will help me get by for the first 6 months. I will be utilizing old contacts from my past site to start gaining traction on social media. My goal is to hit 50k on Facebook within the next 3 month's using some campaigns and promoted post's from other popular pages. Id like to get twitter to around 10-20k but i am not as experienced on this. Revenue Goals: Early on my goal is to get $200-300 from small companies in the niche wanting to advertise combined with amazon affiliate money. By 6 month's i hope to get enough traffic to start setting a $6-8 CPM and bring in closer to $1000 in revenue monthly in 6 months SEO Goal: My SEO skills are pretty weak but i plan to keep it very white hat and start link trading with smaller blogs in the same niche then have small companies we write about include follow links into their press section. Would love some good advice on easy white hat methods to get more back links then doing it this way .