Hello. The main reason for making this journey thread is to keep myself accountable and motivated going into 2017. I'll be doing drop shipping then transitioning the profits into outsourcing content for my niche site. At the moment I have one shopify store running and one lack-luster niche site which is about 3 months old (It takes me about 3ish days to write and edit a 2k article/review - two article/reviews a week is too slow.). My reasoning, since I'm slow AF at pumping out content, if I can find people to write and I edit, it'll be 10x+ more productive than being a man1band. and cheaper than getting service. Success's and failures so far (skippable)- Around July I started doing IM full time. I started with the drop-shipping model and found some decent success making 16k sales total over a period of 2-3 months, 5k profit, giving a HUGE ROI. I was very limited because I'm from New Zealand and the only payment gateway I could find at the time was Paypal and as you may already know Paypal's pretty shit. I got comfortable and thought I could come back to this at any time. Closed down the store and started method-jumping from instagram+OG to making viral sites without having much success. No plan = drift. Initial plan- The plan is to do drop shipping and use the profits to outsource a good portion into an Amazon Niche Site. By the time I have everything set up, it'll be the start of 2017, which means Quarter 1 is (re)starting meaning people going back to work and a predicted slump in sales. Having a new drop-shipping store seems more effective than a new-ish ANS with very little content. Drop shipping - FB ads. $5 daily budget for each ad to find a winner and stop any losing ads. Since it's a new store the FB pixel needs to warm up in order to find other similar profiles who want to buy within a niche. Starting off with an ad, PPE (Pay Per Engagement) ads for viral effect, likes views, clicks etc --> When a couple of people have added to cart/purchased, transition ads to WC - purchase (Website Conversion - purchase) ads. Scale up winning ads. Rinse and repeat for each product. Newbie talking affiliate marketing - I still have a lot to learn in this area regarding analyzing competition, their backlinks, and good on-page/off-page SEO. Keyword research - Using a nulled version of Long Tail Platinum. Since it's based off Google Keyword Planner, it shows what GWP shows unless you pay for an ad. Still useful for determining competition and keyword difficulty. Judging from what I've looked at so far, it's a pretty competitive niche. I've found competitors with web 2.0 backlinks (I think) which seem beatable. Outsourcing - Never outsourced before. From what I've read a good approach is to give a bunch of applicants something to write about, pick the top two, get them to write one more things to write about and choose the best. TL;DR? Doing drop shipping and using profits to outsource an Amazon Affiliate Site.