For other people who've made IM their full-time career, how stable do you feel in this supporting you for good? I hope to make enough to where I could retire at 40 if I wanted to, in case the money dried up, so I wouldn't have to rely on G or whatever the next big wave will be. But to reach my true goals, I want to eventually broaden beyond just making sites and doing SEO. SEO when you break it down, is marketing. Ancient merchants and traders used marketing. A lot of what we have is transferable. But if all you're good at is backlinking and building the most basic sites following the most basic methods, you might get left behind. A lot of people here don't have a higher education and the affiliate companies they've joined would be their whole resume. I bet a lot of you have thought if you could "black hat" your resume if you ever needed a job. You don't have to treat this like a strict 9-5 job, that's one of the benefits, but you need to plan for the future because this isn't a stable 9-5 job.