I must have posted the same basic thing on a dozen different threads. People always want to know how to make their first $1000 when they should be concentrating on making their first $1. Or better yet, just how to start a website. Hopefully this guide will help some people who are starting off and are confused on how to proceed. Your first project should be a learning experience. So these steps are highlighting how to set up a practice site and get the hang of it, so you can edit these steps to make your money making site extremely profitable. Step#1 - Find a niche. Pick a niche that is large enough for some searches, and you can rank in. What I mean by that is don't try picking an insurance or IM niche, you will find it really hard to rank. At the same time, the niche has to have some searches every month. (Don't worry too much about profitability as this is a practice site) Step#2 - Writing Articles. Build a Wordpress blog, learn all of its features, and write approximately 2 good quality articles a day and submit them to your site. Read other posts in this forum about proper keyword and tag building. This step provides you with quality and quantity, both of which G loves. Step#3 - Building Trust. In each of your articles, link out to an authority site that will not affect your revenue: Such as Wikipedia. This will help build "Trust" in G's eyes. Step#4 - Becoming an Authority. Write approximately 10 related articles and post them on sites like Articlebase, Goarticles, Ezine and similar with a link to an individual page AND a link to your homepage in the author box. This will help establish you as an authority in your niche. (A little boost in rank basically) Step#5 - Raising Alexa Rank. Use Alexa Boosters and Auto Surf Sites to make your Alexa rank go up so you can get better G ads. (Don't even get started on auto surf sites; they do work and Alexa doesn't care where the traffic comes from. Since they are not clicking on ads, G doesn't care either.) Step#6 - Building Links. Using Scrapebox, spam some related links to all of the articles you submitted to the authority sites. Then do some MANUAL link building on your site. Contribute to related forums with a link in your signature, comment on related blogs, ext... You want your site to appear as white hat as possible. Step#7 - Viral Marketing. Learn how to use twitter, FB, myspace, ext... and get some friends and start getting your sites name out there. You can also upload some video's from youtube and in the description send them to your site for an article on it, review or something similar. (It is easy to "borrow" other peoples youtube video's and upload them yourself - just search the forums.) *Remember that this is just a PRACTICE SITE. Yes, it will take quite a bit of work, but it is a learning experience that will make future websites much more successful. Work on this site for 2-3 months then FORGET IT. Leave the website sit, forget about adding content or promoting it then start your new site with your real money making idea. Oh yes, the practice site that I made: I didn't make any money the entire time I was working on it. Now it is making roughly $10 a month from adsense, LOL. That $10 is more encouraging to me than the thousands I make with other sites. Just shows me just how far I have come and how far I could go. Don't give up fellow Black Hatters!