Okay so I have been dabbling in IM for over a year now! I have mainly stuck to article writing because that's what I am good at - writing! I am lucky that words flow easily for me once I know what I am actually talking about. The first time I started getting paid for my articles was amazing and opened up a whole new world for me! The only thing is - I quickly realized I wanted to be the guy paying someone else for their articles in the long term! I still have to write and produce articles for some clients to finance my IM endeavors but I am trying to make my writing work for me along with some of the knowledge I have built and will hopefully continue to build up. 2013 has been a year that has redefined my life in so many ways. I have always had big ideas and plans for the future and never saw myself working in a company or "under" someone. While I excel at many things I have always struggled to stay focused and motivated and was recently diagnosed with adult ADD . I believe this is actually a great advantage and have learnt to use it as such by changing my diet around (along with a few other coping mechanisms) and also realizing what I can and cannot do. For the first time in my life - I feel like I am in a position to actually take action on all my big ideas. I am in my final year of University - where I am studying a Marketing Degree. I have one semester left so my goal is to have the foundation done in creating a recurring income from my IM endeavors before graduation in the Summer. The first step I am taking is creating an "opinion" blog - I do not have huge plans for it but as a writer first and foremost it's about time I had one! It will always get me used to setting up websites,wordpress,plugins etc.. I have read a lot but the only true way to learn is to do it yourself I think! I am very intuitive and a fast learner - the only problem is I sometimes try to take a little too much on at once and end up nowhere. That is one of the reasons why I am setting up this thread - to have something to keep updated and organized during my journey and so that I do not lose track or motivation. BlackHatWorld is a forum I have probably neglected too much. I was skeptical of some of the threads I read when I joined over a year ago and didn't want to be overwhelmed by the whole "Get Rich Quick" ideas that float around so much . I joined the WF also but of course that is the same - except with a really cringe-worthy user base who "hype" every single thing to the absolute max! The more experience I get working with webmasters and doing my own research , the more I realized the extraordinary value that communities like this provide. We are well and truly in the minority. When you read and hangout at forums like this it is easy to forget that simply by thinking bigger picture and wanting to do better for yourself you are already setting yourself apart from the mass population. It is clear BHW is set up in a way that fosters this community aspect emphasizing useful content and helpful discussion instead of being one big funnel like the WF seems to be! So lets get going shall we ? First step - Hosting and Domain name purchased using HostGator Going to mess around with it now a little and check a few themes out to get my first blog up and rolling! Will look at analytics, ad-sense etc after P.S - I am hoping this will be a relatively active discussion with various tips and mistakes shared in order to benefit everyone involved ! I am also prepared to answer all questions posed to me during the "journey" to the best of my ability.