By day, I am a fairly good technology writer who has authored many magazines articles, some blogs and a few books. There's a deeper, darker side to me though that few know of. I have an addiction. Knowledge is my high and education is my drug. I am just about to complete my second bachelors. As soon as I'm done, I am enrolling into a masters-to-PhD program. The problem, like with most addictions, is that this costs money. If you are educated in the US, a lot of money. I read that the average PhD graduates $170,000 in debt. I needed a way to feed my addiction. A way that would allow me enough free time to put into the research and internship time required of a PhD student. I decided that blackhat methods may provide a means. I did a lot of research, and quite honestly, took a lot of tips from BHW member Leith. Here is what I have tried since the beginning of May and the results I have seen: I've written about this is other posts, but to recap, I have had a good amount of success writing for the Amazon Kindle. Kindle books of about 50 pages priced in the $5 range targeting the "make money" crowd have done well. Be forewarned - If you're book is crap, it will not sell. Amazon gives people the opportunity sample before buying. I've read some pretty awful KDP books. So bad that I almost wanted to demand payment from the author for wasting my time. Keys with the Kindle are 1) enroll in KDP for 70% royalties, 2) provide a free promo period of 4-5 days to get some buzz going, 3) if you are doing fiction, turn it into a series Dating affiliate is another I've tried and have used some of the top names like AFF, DG, and Loaded Cash. Whatever the reason, I have not been able to convert even a single free sign-up. Using methods like the sexy model video from Fiverr, I've been able to drive thousands of people to my link, but no one has converted. Reselling Fiverr gigs is another that I have put to work. The only marketing I did with this is through Scrapebox commenting. Surprisingly, it actually resulted in some sales. I was able to charge $30 for .edu backlinks using a Fiverr provider who delivered in under 24 hours. Definitely could be scaled. Content locking has been a tough one. I have a niche site that brings in a few hundred visitors per day. I only ever built up this traffic to learn the ropes when it came to SEO. I decided I'd try to lock certain portions of the content down with Blam Ads. My traffic dropped off almost immediately. Even the traffic that still came was not converting. I eventually dropped the content locking, and traffic went back to normal. Even better, Adsense earnings started to pick up due to some keyword optimization I did after removing the content locking. I'm still exploring the best ways to monetize, and have some ideas about turning my KDP offerings into affiliate programs. I feel like I am still quite far from earning a full-time income through IM, but the last couple of months have been valuable experience. Certainly, none of what I learned would have been possible without the valuable input from the members here on BHW.