Heeellllloooo BHW! Alright, I've been a lazy f**ker for the last few years, so now it's about time I get some serious internet marketing business up and running here. Background: I'm currently an international student at a college in the USA studying business. Since I'm on a student visa, I can't work much here. All the money I earn is from summer jobs in my home country, and even though they pay good, I really hate applying for jobs, getting references, and the whole process. I really CRAVE full independence now, and I don't feel independent working for someone else (you fellow IMers probably relate to this feeling?). My long term goal is to have my own business after graduation (summer 2015) which provides me full-time income. All my previous results in IM have been insignificant, or very temporary. My last serious website was penalized by G, and I have dozens of projects which I have started-and-then-given-up before they were even done. This time I decided to start a journey to get some social pressure in order to keep working, stay motivated and avoiding shortcuts. My first goal is $30 a day. That would give me $10k+ a year, which would free me from needing a summer job. Strategy: To get to $30 a day, I plan on creating a niche site, rank it, and monitize with Adsense. I have not decided on the niche yet, but I have a few in mind. I'll do some research first before my final decision. I will probably keep my niche a secret anyway. The website will be in Norwegian which is my first language, because keyword competition is less. I assume the general knowledge and implementation of SEO strategies is lower in Norway, and it will be a lot quicker/easier to rank and see results since many of my competitors won't be building links (maybe I'm wrong, we'll see). I will use Wordpress with a Bluesense-similar-theme to increase clicks. The potential niches I have in mind have high CPC, and would be extremely difficult to rank first page for in English. For SEO, I will try to follow some methods I consider to be on the safer side. I will create all tier 1 links manually, and I will have to create a system to keep track of all logins, etc, so I have full control over the majority of the links to my site. I'm going to be very careful not to get penalized, and build a long-term income source here. TO DO LIST: 1. Niche and keyword research 2. Domain search and registration 3. Start outlining ideas and writing articles for my site 4. Gathering free/cheap/relevant stock photos This thread will be updated regularly as I get work done. I will try to work and update it every day, but I probably won't always do that since I am often busy studying and doing assignments the night before the deadline.