Hi all, this is my first journey here at BHW. To tell you the truth nothing of what I am about to do has been done in the past for me as a project to make some cash. This project is an always “want to do project” but I drop it every time I started it for some reason (I see little or no money). So my experience is little and I will try to learn on the way and implement most of what I have read here and there. With that said, I know all I have to do in theory to make it happen so follow me to unveil the process of my success for a long term (Almost passive) income. If anyone feels like helping me, is more than welcome to jump in. Making money from internet is a big task (at least for me), and requires lot of patience and work. So motivation is one of the key ingredients I will need to accomplish my goals. Two main motivations I will be focusing on, one is my baby son who is only one year and half old and I promise the world to him. And the other is my #1 hobby; racing motorcycles. I am the 3rd one on the blue bike I am going to try writing and explaining as much as I can. This will be a detail journey of what I will do with this website, from building the site to traffic; I will include images as well. Bear with me since it is going to be a long journey, and I am only going to post updates once a week of my progress if I can. Also I want to apologize in advance for my English; it is not my first language so if you do not understand something let me know. Let´s get started! [size=+1]MY PLAN[/size] Create an authority website for creative designers, developers and marketers where they can find awesome free and premium resources, content, tutorials and tools to help them in developing a serious brand presence for themselves and their clients. I know, it is a competitive market with lots of websites already, but it is also a big market with room for one more. I am a graphic designer myself so I have to work in something I am passionate about anyways to keep my motivation on this project. [size=+1]MY GOAL[/size] My main goal will be to develop the best authority magazine/resource website that brings and helps to: 1. Create Brand experience 2. Increase an email list 3. Engage the users 4. Monetize the traffic with different streams (Steady Passive Income) 5. Increase added value [size=+1]MY STRATEGY[/size] To accomplish my main goal I will be centering the strategy into 3 assets. I need awesome content to create Brand experience, and added value for the website; a good marketing through different platforms to attract users to my awesome content so they can engage and share and last but not least a variety of ways to monetize it. For each one, it will be given a mini goal and objectives every week related to its main goal. That way I can focus on growing accordingly and track progress if you will. Since this is long to explain and do not want to keep you reading all day in here I leave this links where you can find more detail info about: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/set-goals-and-objectives-in-your-business-plan.html https://www.lehigh.edu/~inhro/documents/SMART_GoalsHandout.pdf 1.Content a.Websiteb.Social signalsc.Guest postd.Others2.Marketing a.Social mediab.Email listc.SEO (optional)3.Monetization a.Adsenseb.Affiliatec.Email Listd.Fix Deal Advertiser [size=+1]DETAILS[/size] I have already been into this project for a month so basically the website is done and I already started working on content and traffic. Here is what I have done so far. Website I am using a 7 years old domain and built the website with WordPress and a premium theme around it. At the beginning I was using a magazine type theme but half way building and modifying the theme to my liking I decided to change it to a multipurpose theme. It gives me more options to do anything I want with content and design. I also revamp the logo and colors with a new and more professional look to it. Theme I am using: Enfold from ThemeForest. It is the best theme I have come across so far. Plugins I am using: All in one SEO, Digg Digg, Evergreen Post Tweeter, Google Analytics Dashboard for WP, Google Keyword Tracker, Pretty Link Lite, Quick Adsense, Simple Google Sitemap XML, WP No Category Base, OnePress Social Locker, Ninja Popups. Content I am really bad at writing so I have to come up with some ideas to get content for the site until I can pay for it. Since it takes too much time for me to write an article I will be writing 100% original content once a week. Other articles will be sharing inspiration design, illustrations, freebies and what not. Plus the resources that I want to share in my site. When I say resources I refer to websites that give and help to accomplish something (tools, stock photos, graphics, branding, etc.). So far I have 37 articles and 68 resource pages published and keep growing. For now I am focus in writing only for my website and once a week one guest post in another website I found. I will find more places to drop a guest post as soon as I can as well as web 2.0. Marketing I started to work on social media only to promote and bring traffic to my website. I created a Twitter, Google +, and Pinterest account. For twitter I bought 5k followers so it looks I already have a community and other users follow without thinking. It has grown to 5.5k in the last 2 weeks. All I do for now is follow, unfollow and retweet others. For Google+ I am following people every day and some follow back but the most important thing I have done that it´s bringing traffic to the site is joining the communities and sharing my content. I notice that they are heavy moderated by owners and if you do not share something related with value to the community, they erase it right away. Pinterest is the least I have worked with, I only created a board for each resource category and about 5 other boards to pin and share other stuff. I pin every time I have a chance. The Email list has only 2 new subscribers and I am not sending emails to promote the site until I get at least 50 I guess. I am using a sign up form on my sidebar and at the end of each article. For SEO since I have a broad theme I still have to research keywords to work with. I am not working on that yet but I will soon. Also I will be creating web 2.0 pointing to my website and blog commenting. Monetization Right now the website has only AdSense on it and making $0.1 a day. Also few affiliate links here and there spread across the articles. I am going to start working on possible prospects contacting them via email to get an advertisement deal for a fix price, I will offer a cheap deal since is a new site for the rest of the year with the promise of growing the traffic and one month free for the next contract if the decide to stay. Also I am working in a deal with a network for a fix rate of $0.5 based on CPM, it is not much since I have little impression so far but if I can get $1/day it will be a good start for me. [size=+1]MY NUMBERS[/size] So far traffic is increasing little by little. I get the most when I promote through social media. Visits last 30 days: 747 Subscribers: 2 Articles: 37 Resources: 68 Twitter Folowers: 5,603 Revenue: $0.0 [size=+2]All I need is MOTIVATION, I am MOTIVATED already… MOTIVATE me more please!![/size] I will be updating next week for the most part. Thanks!