Hi BHW, I think someone somewhere once said something like "It's not what you say that defines you, but what you do!" So let me tell (26 words in, and I already failed!) you what I did. In search of a fun project this weekend I decided to try some internet marketing. As a total newbie I quickly stumbled over BHW and started trawling for ideas. As I did not want the project to be a money sink I set myself the simple goal of not spending any money on it (for hosting, SEO tools, etc.). The old Twitter+Adf ly route seemed to be a good place to start. The usual twitter 'n adf ly combo seems to be done with a (random?) RSS feed directly connected to a twitter account. However, I would like to give the targets a reason to click on my links by providing quality content. For this I would need to screen the links manually before posting and provide an enticing message to accompany the adf ly link. I decided to center the theme around funny pictures and gifs, since I have spend far too much time ogling lolcats on reddit lately. Hey, why not make my procrastination work for me this time? I signed up for adf ly and twitter, shortened my first link and posted it. I was finally on my way to become the next overnight millionaire. The tedious work required for continued operation was immediately evident and I started writing a utility script. Initially this script would just take a full link as input and output a shortened adf ly link, which I could manually paste into twitter. Next, I made it post directly to Twitter (perl have an awesome Twitter module on CPAN, BTW!). To stay below the radar, I made it queue messages to post later. To stay on the safe side (and because I have a limited amount of links) it will only post one message per hour. Having an auto-twitter agent is of course no good if no one is listening. To gain followers I found some "seed accounts" within my account's theme (comedy). I made my script list the followers of these accounts and follow them. A good portion of these then follow me back. Again, to stay under the radar, I only "bait" around two or five followers every three hours. To ease the link discovery and post creation I also made a simple feed reader with integrated post creator. This is largely where my introductory IM project is now. In excess of 50 hours spent coding and thinking, 759 lines of perl, ~60 Twitter followers, but best of all: Adf ly total "6 views, $0.01004 earned". Aww yeah! Possible future improvements: Avoid some manual screening labor by rating links based on f. ex. comments and up votes (like on reddit). Increase exposure by utilizing Twitters hash tags. This is probably it for now for this project. The labor required (manually screening links) is just too big. Besides, I have already decided on my next weekend project: A cheapskate hacker's approach to auto-blogging. I'll keep you posted! So, this is me saying "Hi!" to all of BHW.