Welcome my dear Black Hatters I will tell you simplified story about how I got from -20K to 1Mil in just one year. No fluff or shit - it is simple story that you can follow, and learn a lot about it. All started a year and a bit ago, when I was living IM dream (or I thought I was). After years in Ireland doing consulting I decided that my IM earnings were good enough for me to move to heaven (as heaven I was naming cheap remote place with summer all year around). I had a nice company specializing in financial stuff, so I decided to quit my great paid consultant gig around Dublin, and move to Gran Canaria. That went bad, and one day my business got literally destroyed by phishing attack - all my accounts got cleaned overnight, and before I knew I had tens of unpaid invoices and no savings, and â‚¬500 left in cash. After I got back to Ireland bankrupt ($20K debt) I was forced to get back to my consulting job (for much less than previously) I started to look upon BHW to find more secure way of making money, and securing income. After seeing this thread: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blackhat-lounge/206737-one-my-many-new-motors-90-000-a.html#post1831557 I told my always loyal GF - BHW will get me back smarter, richer, and better (I was lurking it just a tiny bit, never really in to it). She believed me and I couldn't let her down. So after seeing countless threads and methods I decided to do what I was best in - consulting. I got back to my offline work, started to work again for companies like Symantec, CIT, Canada Trust etc. and just shared what I knew, my methods, got some friends and worked my way through all the stuff (mostly) on BHW. Before I knew I got huuuge contracts on BHW - imagine or not but there is many guys from large companies, lurking with low post counts here. As long as you are polite to everybody, try to help, and explain all (and bestly you are just person like that, not just playing around) - you can get your gold nugget. I got many of them and within month from offline consulting job that made me ~â‚¬3K I was making additional $3K from BHW alone. The best part was - more you share, more you learn. I noticed this long time ago: You can be a master in your trade, but only novice can ask you questions, that are impossible to answer at first, and let you learn more. By sharing, you become smarter, and even if you shared your best kept secret, soon you will become twice as smart by hearing people thoughts and questions. I was on fire, getting all the consulting and SEO contracts. Many customers are with me to this day. After some thinking I did some changes (simple pricing and cutting this annoying 80:20 business model) and before I knew I was making nice $20K just from online jobs. My offline consulting that rose to â‚¬3-4K at that time looked silly comparing to this. Following the success i decided to diversify my earnings, going more aggressive on offline pricing, and starting doing heavy business over different forums and realms under different nick names (don't keep all your eggs in one basket rule - don't use same nick on other forum, its safe to diversify all assets you have). So week or two ago one of my long term customer (accountant) from diff realm asked me to do some difficult consulting for him. I said - hey, I will do this for free, and you will do business valuation for my friend (aka me, staying anonymous ). He said - sure Mate. Few days ago valuation came back - if I would be considered Medium Risk business ~ $1Mil So, I am here now. Debt free, living my dream in Spain (I moved here 3 months ago ). Want pics? Here is my view from one of my 2 terraces: This is what I am waking up to every day. What next? I am going to get more - more projects, more possibilities. I promised myself too - I will share much more around. Lately I got so busy, that I didnt shared much. Hopefully this thread will help some people. Here are few tips: -never do IM hoping it will pay your next rent/gas bill - it wont. -be prepared for your next huge project to fail - nothing is "for sure" in IM -make friends - I have amazing friends around BHW (tbh better than offline Friends) - there is many amazing individuals around, keep em close -be nice even to noobs, it can turn out to be a big fish checking you, or looking for help Big things to hit now: I am slowly sliding away from providing SEO really. My latest BH 2.0 project is probably last direct SEO linking system. Where to hit: -consulting (SEO, onsite, mobile marketing) -ranking maintenance -brand management -SEO testing and reporting -social media -free-premium service -white hat services, marketing and SEO Niches: Consulting: Anything that involves consulting - you can easily consult anything, or do research as requested - let people ask you things, charge them fee, and do your research. This is win-win - you are not only make money, help customers, but learn as well. Ranking Maintenance: Many people will get to #1, but there is a huge market for rank maintenance - what to do to keep them there. Social stuff will help you to achieve that. Brand/Reputation Management: One of the fastest growing - build brand for customer, help him to maintain - great place to be right now. SEO Testing and Reporting: Not popular niche - do your research and publish it for fee. Nice and easy. Social Media: You know the drill - just search BHW about how to get in. Free-Premium Service: Wufoo sold for $30Mil+ - give for free, offer better for fee. White Hat: So how many people you see lately offering White Hat SEO? Huge market, no providers really. Good luck guys. Hopefully this post will encourage some of you to try to go big! Good luck, and always aim for more than you need. Looking for $2K? Aim for $10K - when you will get to $2K you will have what you want + power to do much more!