I’ll try to make this brief and not turn it into a book. I have spent endless hours over the past week reading the forums here recently before posting this, and believe, its very difficult for me to even push the submit button. Started designing websites in 1996 when I was a kid (Dragon Ball Z and Final Fantasy sites), worked for Network Solutions after college, in 2008 got into Clickbank affiliate marketing (took the idea from a kid that worked for my friend and quit because he claimed he was making 10k/month online…no one believed him, until I talked to him and he really was). It’s a funny story how I got this kid’s secret strategy, he wouldn’t just give it to me, it took an entire night of partying and a cleaver ploy on my end. I wish I could find him again, last I heard he was knee-deep in a really bad coke habit. I guess I’m not particularly good at coming up with new, revolutionary ideas on my own, but am very good at taking an idea, improving upon it and running with it. I took this kid’s idea and made it better. It was so simple, used usfreeads.com and some high page rank free article directory sites that ranked well in Google for keywords that had lower competition but high searches. If anyone really wants details I’ll elaborate, but I’ll tell you it was movie download related and kind of a grey area in legality at the time I guess. I did it all with Clickbank. I used social bookmarking sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit etc…to get backlinks, but this was years ago. Later on I used content locking affiliates, making a visitor take a survey before accessing a site, and made a few grand from that, but didn't last. I started making 10k-20k a month in mid 2008, only spending about $100/month, only lasted about 6 months before Google banned it and a bunch of people from the Philippines found this method and spammed the hell out of it. What did I do with all the money? Well, I was young, arrogant and thought I had hit the jackpot and would always be able to sit in front of a computer and make tons of money any time I wanted…it didn’t end up that way. My passion was always online marketing and web design. I worked for an non-web related company from 2010 to 2015, my entire dept got laid off and replaced with overseas H-1B visa workers, and moved out to a rural area where I grew up (middle of nowhere in the woods, dirt road, but very peaceful, beautiful and no crime). I love it out here, but there are no jobs for someone like me. I can’t even get a job at Dollar General because why would they hire a Tech Support Manager as a cashier? I know, I’m in a ridiculous situation, some unfortunate events happened within the past year but it’s really not relevant and I know everyone’s got a sob story. Maybe I’m not up on the current affiliate marketing methods, but I know what I’m doing and by no means a newbie at this. I’m looking for someone that would maybe like to take me as an apprentice, or just wants to help because they already make ridiculous amounts of money online and feel like taking a chance, and help me get up to speed and started on a CPA or affiliate program that I can pour hours of work into and make some measure of money in this modern SEO environment. I’ll pay a percentage of profits if someone wants to enter into that kind of relationship, I know I’m just some guy on the internet, but I keep my word. Yes, I’ve read the sticky guides and searched other strategies on this forum. A lot of them I’ve found are many years old though, and the basic ones I know the concepts but lack a targeted subject area, a reliable affiliate program to sign up with who will accept me with no traffic yet, or specific strategy to implement with basically no budget (so PPC is out of the question for me now). I’m seriously not the typical sap who posts “I don’t know what to do, how do I make money, etc…”, even though I kind of sound like that I guess, but I actually possess skills and knowledge related to affiliate marketing and did make significant money at one point. I only need to make like $700/month right now anyways just to survive, which is around $20/day. I’ve applied to some CPA networks, but they don’t seem to want to approve me since I don’t have a live website yet, but I can’t make design a website if I don’t know what they are marketing. I’ve been writing articles for a Pakistani guy on Freelancer for $2/500 words. It’s ironic because his clients are from the USA (where I am) and outsource work to him, and now it’s getting outsourced back to me at an even cheaper rate. So I’m stuck in a circle of outsourcing. But his work has dried up and I keep getting screwed by other people on Freelancer. Plus I’m pouring my entire day into these articles and making like 10 bucks. I'd rather write articles for my own website and drive traffic to it, if only I had a viable topic and reliable CPA, survey or affiliate program to implement. What I cannot do right now: - PPC, or pretty much anything that involves more than $20…I know, pathetic. - I am not proficient in Facebook or Twitter marketing, but can learn. I despise Mark Zuckerberg. What I can do right now: - I’m very good at writing articles (English is my native language and I took English writing as a major for a time in college), formatting them and making them SEO friendly. Also very skilled at writing compelling and sales articles or ads. - I have a domain and hosting package, I have Frontpage, Dreamweaver and Photoshop and can create my own custom content and images, I have Wordpress installed and a variety of plugins ready to go. I’ve used Wordpress extensively in the past. - I know how to submit to article sites and social bookmarking sites. I never did much with Facebook or Twitter because I didn’t really use them much personally, and I mostly marketed through getting ranked in Google by using usfreeads.com and high page rank article directory sites that let you submit for free. - I can listen, understand and communicate (via Skype, email or however) with any expert already in the affiliate marketing field and not sound like a complete idiot, although these days I’m not up to speed on modern techniques. - I don’t mind the blackhat stuff, I’ve done it before. I don’t have any reliable free proxy accounts to use right now though. I stayed away from some profitable Adult referral strategies that I read on here because I heard a law came out against using random girl’s pictures for marketing like that. Many of you probably know the strategy I’m speaking of. Thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far, I know this forum get inundated with these types of posts and I feel stupid for it, but have to take a chance as my life is bombarded with failure at the moment.