Hey there I have been reading on BHW for about a year or so now and I am so grateful I found about this forum, and I regret not finding earlier Also have in mind that there are things that can´t be shared since then the fun of adventuring into the same journey won´t be the same and there are many things that are only worthy if only few people know them, so please understand it when I would rather not answer to some specific questions So get ready for this long ass thread! Hope you enjoy it! OUTLINE QUICK INTRODUCTION THE STEPS THE SETTINGS SPENDINGS EARNINGS BEFORE JOURNEY SOME CALCULUS ROADMAP FACTOR ANALYSIS ALONGSIDE JOURNEY DEEP THOUGHTS F.A.Q. So here goes a quick introduction of myself since I dont want to take too long on this. I want my first post to give back to BHW a fraction of what it has given me. QUICK INTRODUCTION A 20 year old Teenadult ,or what ever the f*ck you would categorize it as , from western Europe, who studies his college degree based on "Entrepreneurship" while he tries to make a living doing what he loves which is online marketing. I have always been the kind of kid who likes to learn anything new and searches everything on google, and when I say everything I mean everything. I always tried to learn new things and liked them for a while but I also get tired of things extremely quick so I switched from one thing to another in a matter of days/weeks. My purpose this 2 past years of college has been to focus on 1 to 2 things max and become real good at them. Still struggling but doing much better than when I was 14. I love Instagram marketing and I love building and designing websites, I own 2 brands related to art and clothing which are doing fine but they could do much better. Here is when this journey comes in to make my life easier and improve the results on my own brands by having a deep understanding of how instagram works. Beware this journey has most of the dirty job done, I already make some earnings with IG + CPA so I will share what I have been through and the challenges I will find along what is left of this journey THE IG STEPS The Journey will basically consist of the common IG+OGAds method and the end goal is to following these steps and then repeat: Buy 8GB, 4 vCores VPS Buy GMT2 License Buy Aged Accounts (Non-PVA) Buy IPV6 proxies to do just F/U Bulk import Accounts to GMT2 Verify 6 Digit code 1 by 1 (Boring AF) Apply Day 1 warm up settings to accounts and so on during 4 days. (Really low settings) After 4 days I´ll profile accs and apply progressive settings template until accounts reach its max following settings On day 8 I will add links to my accounts, with their unique pre-lander and shortened url. When Accs reach max followings I´ll apply my Stable Accs settings which will send DMs aswell. Start generating the MONEY The idea with this proccess is to buy 125 accounts fill up a vps and then move on to the next vps that way the accs will be easier to manage and each vps will let me test with each batch of 125 accs. THE SETTINGS Here are the settings I use on each account after much testing I have found this to be the best working ones for me, they may not work for others. Follows a day: 840 (12h) - 70/h Unfollows a day: 840 (12h) - 70/h DMs a day: 150 (New Followers) SPENDINGS RECURRING COSTS VPS (2 possibilities): Windows pre-installed (20$/month) - Manual windows instalation and license 9€/Month. I´ll probably go for the pre-installed one since it will optimize the time spent. GMT2 Licences: 10$/Month which is really cheap for the value it provides, thanks @JJJackson , I might give a try to Insta Auto too just to check out its features. Proxies: 0.20-0.40$/Month per IP ipv6, if these not work I will go with some ipv4 proxies I trust which are 1$/Month STEADY COSTS Accounts: between 0.80$ to 2$ depending on the provider that has them available, the 2$ are much better obviously they take a lot of work away from me. Phone Verifications: I have been using smspva 0.20$ for this but recently a friend told about a new service which is cheaper 0.06$ and less known so will go with this one. Landing Pages: I will test between various premium landing pages to see which one works better, you´ll see below in the Factor Analysis Section. Pre-Landers: 0.30$ to 1$ each depending on the quality, usually go with the cheap ones. EARNINGS BEFORE BHW JOURNEY How many Accs running? Started out with 2 now I have 24 accounts running at full speed and 80 more warming up. How many months of research before starting? About 1 month from July to August, I was testing how to avoid blocks, max settings, etc. When I figured that out I started out still with many thing sto figure out but learning one new thing each day. How much does each account make on average daily? Each account makes on average 30 to 50 cents daily, you can check the Factor Analysis section to see what I am planning on doing to increase the CVR and to see what stands out. It is not much yet but it will get to the goal soon SOME CALCULUS Okay so as we said one account generates about 30 to 50 cents per day, lets get in the worst situation and go with 30 cents daily, With 100 accounts I will be getting 30$ daily which is 900$ a month which are real good numbers. The goal is to get at least 500$ daily, which is a lot and this will require 12 VPS with 125 accounts each, a total of 1500 automated and profiled accounts. 500$ x 30 = 15.000$/month Now I am adding accounts slowly since I don´t have all the factors figured out, so when those are figured out I will be scaling by buying and adding 125 accs directly which will take me about 10 days to do everything needed to get them fully working. I obviously need money to buy them which will be made by the accounts I already have working. ROADMAP To keep the motivation flowing and don´t waste my time neither yours I will make a quick roadmap with how this Project/Journey should go. CURRENT DATE: 10/09/2018 26 ACCS WORKING 80 WARMING UP OCTOBER: 10/10/2018 250 ACCOUNTS WORKING 125 WARMING UP NOVEMBER: 10/11/2018 500 ACCS WORKING 500 WARMING UP DECEMBER: 10/12/2018 1000 ACCS WORKING 500 WARMING UP JANUARY: 10/01/2019 END OF THE JOURNEY (MAY KEEP GOING MAY NOT) MOVING TO LIVE TO ASIA FOR 5 MONTHS (NOT AS A GOAL, AS A FACT) Keep in mind that there is one huge limiting factor here, and it is the stock availability of the accounts, so let´s hope ther will be enough accounts to cover this needs. FACTOR ANALYSIS Now it is time for my favorite part and the one that keeps me most intrigued about this project because it will surely help me on my long term goals on IG marketing and hopefully all of you too. This so called "Factors" are things I need to figure out somehow to make the most out of this project and dont be stupid enough to scale to 1500 accounts and then have to change something minimal 1500 times, so the sooner I find the answer to these the sooner I will start scaling massively. FACTOR Nº 1 - LANDING PAGES Okay so the first thing that can improve the earnings and that will be crucial to scale massively is to know which landing page works best. We have de default landing pages the advertising company provides and wealso have premium landing pages htat we can buy to improve the CVR. This is not something that is 100% sure so to solce this I have bought one Premium landing page on my niche and I will split test between accounts half with default landing and others with premium landing. The one that gets the best CVR in one week will win. After we find the first winner we will split test again: Premium Landing vs Premium Landing. And so on until we get the best CVR possible. FACTOR Nº 2 - SHORTENED LINKS Another thing that comes to mind is the shortened links. They seem quite spammy and not everybody would click on a link that doesnt make any sense plus not everybody knows what bit.ly is. So what I will test is which one works best custom trustworthy bit.ly links (bit ly/blablabla) vs Spammy bit ly links (bit ly/n42s8s9) If the improvements are not too noticeable I won´t even bother on doing this since it will be really time consuming. FACTOR Nº 3 - CTR on DMs vs F/U Which of both converts best? Well we will surely find out, wewill just place different shortened links, one on the bio and a different one on the DMs that account sends. FACTOR Nº 4 - PRE-LANDERS This one is quick and easy, which pre-landers have the best CTR I will test between 2 or 3 different types and see which one works best. FACTOR Nº 5 - SCHEDULING Find out which are the best times to follow and send DMs and which are the best times to unfollow since I am targetting mostly US conversions. FACTOR Nº 6 - SOURCES Which sources give me the best results based on number on clicks, conversions and location (US). To find this out I have made many source lists on many different niches and I will test which one works best. FACTOR Nº 7 - FB RATE & CONVERSIONS This is a hard one and has a lot to do with sources, so I need to figure out wether the follow back rate of a source means higher CTR or is it just someone who followsback but doesnt click. Maybe there are sources that seem to be doing really bad follow wise but the give me the most clicks. To test this I honestly have no idea on how to do it, so please give me a hand here FACTOR Nº 8 - ERRORS, FOLLOWBLOCKS & LOOPS There are many things that I don´t know how to face, followblocks can be fixed sometimes by performing other actions but we are working with ipv6 proxies so liking is not possible so if I get followblocks I will just let the accs rest for a week and try after that time. Loops are the thing that intrigues me the most, some of my accounts get returned to homepage after following people and GMT2 flags them as a suspicios activity accounts but when I right click I can´t verify. Don´t know how to act with these. FACTOR Nº 9 - LOCKER OPTIMIZATION Which locker looks the best and gives me more conversions, what settings are the best to set a well performing locker. I will test between different settings and find out. ALONGSIDE JOURNEY As I said before in my introduction I am really into learning anything new and one thing I love is self optimization, I think it is one of the pillars of life. So to increase my self discipline, my willpower and my overall wellness I will soon start a new Journey alongside this one where I will narrate how I am doing with these self-optimising activities and to keep myself motivated to keep going and not break my own promises which is something we are all used to. So if you would like me to start this journey aswell just say it in the comments DEEP THOUGHTS As you may all imagine this is not somehting that motivates me too much since it doesn´t really provide any value to society except for giving some kids a lesson on what not to fall for on the internet. What I actually want to get into back again when this journey is over is ecommerce, I would love selling one product of my own that provides value and promote it wisely. I also like dorpshipping so if all this journey goes well I will probably start another different journey. This is just to get some money to be able to move on to cooler and more exciting things and also improve my overall knowledge on instagram and organizational skills since managing so many accounts can become a challenge if you are not organized. Also something that looks sick aswell is what @proxified is doing in his journey managing so many niche accounts and making money from them he is quite an inspiration to me. F.A.Q. Here I will add the questions that are frequently asked during the journey so that everybody can check them out instead of replying to the same question over and over again.