Hey everybody! I decided to post my journey up here as a way for me to keep track of everything that's going on and also to hopefully one day help someone else out. I have a large following (15k+) on an adult social media site (think along the lines of camgirls) and I want to monetize it the best I can, and then use the experience to branch out in to other (non-adult) projects. I started out last week with absolutely no experience. I didn't keep track of exactly what I was doing, but I'll give you guys a summary of the past 6 days as best as I can remember. Day 1 (February 17, 2015) Bought and hosted a domain. I think I got a good url, but time will tell with that one. I might change it one day. Installed wordpress. Started telling followers to expect a website soon. Installed a theme and installed a coming soon/maintenance plugin. I put an affiliate cam show on the coming soon page, and earned about three bucks with it my first day. Nice! Installed google analytics. Worked on theme Day 2 Worked on my theme all day. Kept advertising my website to my followers. Earned another dollar today! Day 3 I scrapped the theme I was working on and used some money I made on userTesting to buy a premium $60 theme. This sets me back a little (I'm pretty broke right now), but I see it as an investment. It will pay off eventually. Started looking in to ways to advertise. Signed up for a few different adult ad networks, going to test them out slowly in sidebars and see how they do. I'm trying out juicyads, plugrush, exo click, and ero advertising. No popunders, no redirects, just banners. I don't want people to get annoyed with all the ads and not come on the site. Going to research this some more. Created a logo, header, etc etc. Still working on the theme. Day 4 Launch day! I've been getting really good feedback, and the affiliate cam is getting pretty good revenue. I've earned $10 dollars from it so far.. not bad! The ads, on the other hand, are just bringing pennies. Nobody is clicking them, but I'm getting a lot of impressions (1k-2k). Going to keep researching this. Thinking about doing some affiliate sales through this website. My followers have showed interest in it, so I think that might be a potential goldmine if I can find the right things to sell them. Submitted website to google. Day 5 Set up a forum on the website, told people to sign up. I got 50 members or so in about six hours! Really pleased with that. Maybe I'll start a newsletter for this site - it seems like having giant lists of emails is one of the most useful things you can do, based on my studies. I'll start looking for a good plugin to collect them, and look in to mailchimp as well. Installed a few various widgets to test them out, then uninstalled them right after. Still trying to find a set up I like, but it's all coming together really nicely. I actually feel like I'm doing something with my time. I think I'll be doing this for a long time, regardless if this website flops or not. Wrote my first ever blog post, had unique visitors to my blog skyrocket - ever since I've posted it there's been at least 10 people on the website at all times looking at various pages according to analytics. Over 2k unique visitors today! Ads still only bringing in pennies. Still researching. Day 6 Got banned from my old cam site affiliate program until I verify my identity. My license is expired right now (so annoying. they should last a life time.) so I can't verify it until I go get that taken care of. Looking in to alternatives. Applied for crakrevenue - hopefully that works out - it looks like it'd be the perfect alternative for what I need. Optimized all the content on the site to be ranked "good" by Yoast seo in at least two different keywords. This took a long time. I advertised the website to my followers the whole time Interviewed someone starting out (doing something camgirl-esque). They have ~2k followers, and I'm hoping this interview lands me some bigger fish. Unique visits still skyrocketing. I'm starting to get a little nervous - I didn't expect this website to blow up so fast. I was thinking it was going to be nice and slow, and I'd go through a few websites for practice before I found something profitable/popular. I'm scared that I'm doing something wrong and losing money because of it. I'm on BHW and various other websites reading everything I can, and at the same time trying to put it all in to action on my website. Things are getting crazy - I'm easily putting 12+ hours in to this website a day. It's the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before I go to bed. I was at my other job (bleh) for a few hours the other day and I felt like being there was the biggest waste of my time - I could be at home working on my site. It's exciting. I really think I'm on to something here, guys. Thanks for reading, and thank you for all the knowledge everybody! This website really is a gold mine, if you just know how to look for it. Feel free to add me on skype (pm me) and help me out or ask questions - I would really appreciate it!