Honestly, I didn't know what to name the title of this thread because I wanted to talk about a lot things related to doing SEO, life in general and budgeting for things. SEO BS I have been working (focusing) on 1 website of mine for a while. Maybe close to a year now. I probably have invested close to $700 for it specifically from the BHW market place for expensive links. The keyword I am targeting is pretty competitive (french keyword) I'd say it's just competitive for pages 1 and 2. Moreover, I basically bought expensive link packages here during the summer (months ago) and the highest it reached was the 3rd page. I don't honestly know about other SEO's but I didn't build links manually back then when I purchased these links from BHW. I stopped building links to this site since summer. However, 1-2 months ago (up to recently) I have been working with expired web 2.0's and building a few each day and I would see a little improvement (my keyword went from like nowhere to page 5 when I started doing this and now it's back to page 8 when I stopped building links for a few days. I'm guessing I have to be very consistent to manually building links every day so my keyword doesn't jump from page 4-5 to page 8 and stay on page 8 all the time? How do other SEO's get this complicated work done and create over 50 backlinks per day? Is there something that I am missing? I have also been consistent to buying social signals for this site. I would buy a package here and there (before creating more links) but this kind of work I have been doing is ultimately time consuming. I'm wondering how other people here are doing this, a lot of people have a lot of sites, but how do they keep up with them and creating over dozens or if not more inks to all of them every day? Do they just spend all day doing this or somehow outsource it with a software? I'd appreciate it if anybody had anything to say or any advice at all. Life & Budgeting You don't have to read this part. This week I decided to spend $1,400 on a musical instrument. It's kind of a long story why but it's to make videos on YouTube in the near future and to hopefully make stable income there before summer. I also spent close to $700 yesterday on something for my looks which is kind of complicated to say here but the whole treatment will cost me about $1,200. I don't know how to say this correctly but with all of the money I have spent this week, I could have built my own private blog network (which could have helped me rank my one site first page). I could have bought a dozen of expensive link packages here. I could have reinvested that money into something else. Although I have more money, I'm just saying, a lot of people do this (what I did) maybe for a beneficial reason or for no reason at all. I basically spent my money on these things to help benefit myself and to hopefully make stable income from YouTube and other stuff like music videos. But what I was trying to say is when we do, why do some people invest in things and ignore budgeting their hard earned money? It just makes me think why some people just go out and blow their money, for example, buying a new TV, going out and getting McDonalds - spending money at the movies/malls on the weekends? I know a lot of people who work 9-5 jobs (the whole day/the whole week) and party on the weekends/blow their whole pay check. It's kind of sad, but I don't blame any of those people since they don't know how to make money from IM. But knowing that you're spending money on things you don't really need and knowing that won't help or benefit you and won't make you your money back, it's kind of like you're buying that TV or buying clothes/stupid stuff at the mall for no reason. Yeah, that's my little rant about life & budgeting. Point is, if you do any of those things, knowing that in the long-run, it's not benefiting you or anybody and not making you any return of investment, it's not worth it, unless you have that type of money to blow. I also wanted to ask if anybody is just trying to make enough from IM to actually live your real dream? Becoming a billionaire from IM is not really my dream. My real dream is to become my own musical artist soon but it's hard when you don't have a lot of money to back you up but that's what life is about I guess. "Are you willing to bleed out of your fucking eyes for you dream?" -Gary Vaynerchuk This is kind of a shitty thread but basically I just wanted to know about the SEO "outsourcing" if it is, for building links & how much links you should build on a daily basis. Cheers to 2017.