OK. I've been around for awhile now and thought I'd finally share my first real website experience from a couple years ago. It worked for me then and it still works today. No haters. If you're a noob, read on..... Good things come in two?s I guess. It was my second attempt at setting up a wordpress blog. It was my son?s second birthday,and it was the day I made the #2 spot on Google. I signed up for the domain xxxxxxxxxxx.com on June 23[SUP]rd[/SUP], 2010 and I found out that it made the #2 spot on google on June 26, 2010. Just as important to me is that I hit #6 on Google against 7,020,000 pages at the same time for another keyword. How did I do it? Well, here?s what I did. First, I did some keyword research. I signed up for a free trial to Market Samurai and used the keyword research tool. I tried to pick keywords that had matches with less than 50,000 pages for exact match. I double checked those with Google Adwords tool. Then, I went to Domainsbot.com and started checking domain availablility. Going back and forth between the two, I ended up using a 3 word keyword phrase. Next, I opened up an account and registered the exact domain match domain with Namecheap.com.I chose to register the site keeping my name private by using the service they offer for privacy. The total cost was $14.06. Then I changed the nameservers to point to my host; Host Monster. I then called Hostmonster and asked them to help me install WordPress. I use HostMonster because when I call them for technicall support, someone actually answers the phone and speaks plain English. AND they don't get all shitty when I ask them for help with other things. Then I watched a series of youtube videos of how to install plugins in WordPress. I installed the plugins. I found the best ones by searching Google for ?best WordPress plugins?. The videos included how to input your search engine optimization information. I then got a free trial at Traffic Bug.Entered the domain name into Traffic Bug. Then I signed up for Google Analytics and pasted the code on my site. This is not difficult. I did it by watching a You Tube video. I added three posts to the site. Made sure to have a contact page, sitemap, about, home, etc pages. Then I had dinner. I did not go and backlink anything before the site got indexed or ranked. It hit #2 and eventually dropped to number 3. Ok. Then I went to Fiverr and bought several back linking packages. Search pyramid backlinks, Xrumer and be sure to sort them by "Rating" Then I signed up for Google Adsense. Placed ads on my site. My site went to #1 for the exact match. Then I decided to grow the site and rank for additional keywords, so I made new pages with articles written around those keywords, and backlinked those as well. My site ranked #1 for those too. Then I added content about every 3 months or so for the first year or so. At one point, I kicked it up a bit and added a video. Then in one week added about 20 pages. So my site was starting to look like a pretty decent site. Since then I haven't touched anything. Complete autopilot. I just get checks from Google. Here's what I learned.... Some of the many pages that I added are complete shit. However, some of the pages that I added are getting really good traffic and provide most of the revenue from the site. I would have never thought that some of those pages would be popular. Lesson learned? You never know what's going to work. So keep trying. If it doesn't work just switch it up a little and see if that works. No big secret here. Now, it's adsense, so I'm not getting rich, but scale this up or do this for 100 sites, and you can make a really decent living. And when you're done building those, since this is completely automated, you'll have time on your hands, so you can then venture into something else to diversify your income stream. Never put your eggs into one basket friends. Enjoy and prosper!