Ok, so here i am, a few years trying to make some bucks in the IM, white hat and black hat. But all of my attempts have been fails untill now. Thanks i have a 9-5 job which pay me enough to survive and spend a few dollars on IM. First thing you have to know is that i’m a lazy ass. I don’t like t spend more than 2/3 days on a project, and if it doesnt bring any thing, then i’ll pass on it. So it takes me alot of efforts to write you there. Second thing, i’m french, so excuse my poor English and sometimes my lack of vocabulary. I’ve been browsing this boards for a while now and tried to reproduce some of the « successfull » methods given here, without any success. So sorry guys, the only things i will share it ire my fails. And i had quite alot. Not sure if i could write all of them down here. Hope this will save you time and money. Fail #1 (Domain Name Squatting) : I started this in 05. Domain name squatting is the fact of registering a domain that should be owned by a trademark. For example, I registered the domain « sfr3g.com ». SFR is one of the 3 main phone career in France and 3G is the speed of the connection. During 05 you could see « SFR 3g » in almost all their ads on TV. So i thought it was a pretty nice deal to get the domain name for $10. I then tried to sell it on specialized forums (namepros.com i.e.), and got a few answers, but most of the people were asking « is this really legal? ». NO, this is not, and if the owner of the real brand find it, you’re screwed, and that’s what happened to me. SFR lawyer department contacted me perrty quickly after i copped the name. They simply asked me to give them the domain (they wont pay for the registering fees), and if I didn’t want to, they woud just sue me. So 5 days after i registered this domain, i gave it back to SFR. Fail #2 (Facebook fan pages) : Something more recent. facebook pages. Its a big deal, i mean really really big. As I saw pages growing up on facebook, I decided to give it a try. I saw this english page called « 97% of the population cannot solve this riddle », and I clicked on it. Interesting thing, you actually had to first click on the « like » button to make the riddle appear. Its a simple FBML trick (Facebook coding laguage), but super efficient, as it directly appears on your live feed (*somewho* liked *this page*), so at this point, everyone that has you in his friendlist could see it. Thats what we call today the « viral marketing ». I didn’t do any much effort. I just created the french version of this page, and liked it myself, and sent it to some of my friends. The fact that you have to click on « like » first is super important, cause like i said, it appear on your feed, and your frinds see it. The title is really important as well. People want to know if they part of the 3% people that can solve this riddle. Its really pretentious but most of the people act like this. Another good point on facebook page is that once people click on the « like » button, they kinda suscribe to your feed. And every single status you will post on the page will appear on their homepage. My page actually hit 630 000 fans (in about 72/96h). At this point, this means every status ill post will be seen by 630 000 people. HUGE MARKETING POWER. It was my first try. The first problem came after less than 24h, I was at something like 90 000 fans, and a message appeared on on my facebook page (I was the only one able to see it) : « please send some proofs that you’re owning the rights on this page, or you’ll loose your privileges « , or something like this. Basicly means that if I don’t send some ID and some proof of my business (cause facebook pages are reserved to business), they will block my rights to post new status, and at this point, the page gets useless. I failed, cause I was using a fake facebook profile. After a few days, they blocked the acces to the page, and today, 580 000 still remains on this page, but i cannot update the status anymore, really frustrating. I was the first french page using this FBML trick to make people click on the « like » button before seeing the content. Then it got really popular. As a conclusion, I’d like to say that facebook pages can be really powerfull in term of marketing, but you have to be carefull of what could happen and not loose eveyrything Fail #3 (Facebook App) : So here we are in 2011, facebook apps are sperading all around the site, so i decided to give it a try. I have some skills in PHP so i made this really simple website where you can scan all of your singles friends on your friend list. Basically, the user install the apps, clicks on « see single males » or « see single females » and the list appear. The trick was, without them knowing it, a story would appear on their timeline saying « user just consulted his female single friends » and a link with « whos single in your list ? ». It was viral. But the application lasted 2 days, a few hundreds users and facebook banned it. Fail #4 (E Whoring with Facebook) : My longest project, as it was almost automated. Started in 2009, i created a fake facebook profile, a cute girl, with alot of real pictures (based on one of my real friend, hope she’ll never know). And i started adding random people. Then i found this usefull app « are you interested » on facebook so i gave it a try, looks like « hot or not » with an option to add the on facebook if you match. I just clicked yes on every male appearing, sot hey thought they would have a hit. It worked for a few month, 200 friends request. Then the « add friend to facebook » feature became paying, just like every dating site. So i made a twist, i put the profile url on my picture, as they werent moderated and scaled it up. Auto click « yes » on every male (with automator on Mac). It brought me 1000 more friends request in a few days, before being banned on this app. That done, i was thinking of how to use those 1200 single male friends. So i made another twist and created a fake profile page for xxblackbook(this was probably an idea i got from BHW) (see it here http://imburning.com/caro75.php ) and posted it on my news feed. Had a few its, made a few bucks ($25) before teh post was reported to facebook and got banned. But $25 is good still and i could twist a lil bit more to make real money. But im banned form the facebook app, so what to do ? I created a second fake profile, launched the apps, and oh ! they moderate pictures. Business is Dead. Fail #5 (twitter, ewhoring, ppd, trafic) : Days ago, I was reading alot of threads about twitter on the forum. So i thought id give it a try. I bought tweetadder (the only program I know of on for Mac users) and 5 proxies, cause I have my personall twitter account and Id cry if it was deleted. Account 1 (still in progress) : @Jessduvale, a cute girl, aspiring cam model. I extracted the followers of a famous cam model and follow them 200 per days with tweet adder. I got 20% of follow back. Thats poor. Im thinking of using the blackbook twist again, but i twill take me forever to have a décent amount of followers on this account. Semi Fail for now. Account 2 (tested, fail) : @IGIVEYOUMUSIC. I spent several hours yesterday on this one. Im downloading 15 rap rnb mp3 a days, all ultra recent, unreleased. I edited the tags with « Media Rage » to bulk replace the website i got it from with my twitter account name and the picture with mine. Then I uploaded them to Sharecash and made a short url with ******. I then put the 15 tweets such as « DOWNLOAD Future Feat. T.I. - Magic (Prod. By K.E. On The Track) (Mastered) ( 2o12 ) http://******/4jXLI » in my automated tweet program, to post a tweet every 10/15 minutes. I hoped the peopel looking for artist would click on link at least if they did research on them. 1 Click in 24 hours. MASSIVE FAIL. Account 3 (tested, fail) : @IGOTMOVIES, Later that day i thought about a thread i saw here about getting trafic from Yahoo answer for people trying to download movies. Interesting thread. So i decided to give it a try, but with twitter. So i made this page http://msc.im/watch.php?movie=Devil Inside whatever you type after movie= will make the site change. I thought the people wouldnt mind doing a CPA action to unlock the movie (im using leadbolt content blocker here) So it was a great way to scale it up if it worked. I extracted every recent tweet with the keyword « want devil Inside ». Alot of the tweet was about people wating to see the movie. GoldMine !!!.... well no, i auto replied to all of thèse user with a basic sentence « @DrippingSwagu_ Watch the Devil Inside Now For Free http://******/4jprk » . Made 100 tweets to start off. And i got 1 click only, one miserable click. MASSIVE FAIL AGAIN. Im not unmotivated, cause internet is full of needs and ressources to get money. But untill now, eveyrthing ive tried failed. Any tips, feedbacks, partnership appreciated. Thank you for your time, hope I didnt waste it.