Hi all, I look at this section of the forum everyday and I've never seen anyone do a journey thread that focuses on the style of Internet Marketing I'm about to embark upon, so I thought I would do one myself so that we can all learn from each other and hopefully make some money together in this area. For the last two months I've been developing a website that will earn money through gambling affiliate advertising. I recently did some research and discovered that gambling was one of the fastest growing markets in the world, due to more people getting desperate for cash due to the global recession. The obvious problem is that gambling affiliate advertising is mostly saturated, but I believe I've found a tiny gap in the market with the potential to make a decent amount of money from the lucrative revenue share deals that gambling affiliates offer. The website is almost complete and will be launching in the next couple of weeks. It combines a very popular up and coming sport with betting tips and predictions relating to that sport. Here is my strategy: - Add between 5 - 10, 300 - 1000 word articles to the site every week. [I wish it could be more but I work full time] - Try to find enthusiasts of the targetted sport who will write articles for my website for free, in exchange for back links to their blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed etc. - Post at least 2 new videos to my Youtube channel every month relating to my sporting niche. - Spend $100 a month on Facebook advertising to target potential customers who are interested in my sporting niche and gambling. - Actively promote my website and articles through Facebook, Twitter and Google+ on a daily basis. - Get ranked on page 1 of Google for all my keywords. My Goal: I want to create a better life for my family more than anything else in the world. To achieve this I need to earn $2000 a month in order to support them by being able to pay all our monthly bills and living expenses. I am setting myself the goal of earning $2000 a month within 12 months. This will allow me to quit my day job, giving me more time to focus on my own Internet Marketing Projects and hopefully grow an online marketing empire. My Strengths: - In my day job I work as a web designer for the largest company in the United Kingdom. As a result I am able to develop sites that look great, very quickly. - I used to work as a writer and my native language is English so I should be able to write interesting content that people will keep coming back for. - I am extremely passionate about the sport I am focusing on and I know a lot about it, hopefully this passion will transfer over to the reader through my writing style! - I used to gamble a lot online and therefore I understand what makes gamblers tick, which will hopefully lead to more conversions! What I've done so far: - Setup gambling affiliate accounts with every major gambling company in the world. [Over 30 accounts in total, covering all the major global markets like the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Korea, China] - Develop Geo IP Advertising on my website, so that visitors receive gambling adverts from companies that operate in their country. - Uploaded 5 videos to my Youtube channel with my website URL as a watermark over the videos and in the description. These videos have generated 30,000 completely organic views in just 3 weeks! - Finished building the website, I just need to write a few more articles and then it's ready to launch. - Built a Twitter account up with 6000 followers. - Built a Facebook page with 650 likes. What I need to do next: - Finish adding the essential content that I need on the site for launch. - Find some volunteers to write news articles for my site, who are passionate about my sporting niche. - Start building a few manual, high quality links. - Start promoting the site on Facebook and Twitter. - Launch! So far I haven't had that much traffic on the site, but I did get two customers sign up for gambling accounts. Neither of them have deposited any money, but I will get my revenue share if they deposit money in the future. If you guys have got any words of encouragement or advice I'd really appreciate it! I will keep you guys up to date with how things are going and eventually post the link to my website, so that you guys can see it for yourselves!