If you don't want a long bio/mission statement, the journey starts on the 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] post. First, a little about me... I've been on this forum since the beginning of this year. Poked my head into IM for a bit and made a few bucks here and there, then sat out for a bit. I'm back now, and I'm looking to really see what I can achieve in IM. I'm a firm believer in diversifying my skill set, and even though I am happy with my education and am confident in my career path, I still like the idea of multiple income streams. While I, like most of you, see this as a business pursuit, I am not going to take a "by any means necessary" approach. Specifically, I believe firmly in adding value to the world around me, so I won't be building sites just to rank and sell without actually being useful to my readers. I'd like to think that my education helps me to have things worth saying, and that the content I create will be worthwhile to my visitors. A fringe benefit of this should be that my sites will be less likely to be penalized, but that remains to be seen. Where I'm at... I currently have one site that I built back when I joined BHW. It was a small Amazon Associates site that produced between $80-100/month in income. Not much, but it was some seed money. It had become perfectly passive, which I liked, but had recently been dipping in terms of visits and conversions. I have also recently started a new site meant to be broader and more "authority". I know that term has been thrown around a lot, and thus I hesitate to use it here, especially in these nascent stages of its development. This site will be the primary focus of the journey, at least until I choose to further diversify into other sites or other IM pursuits. What I'm hoping for... Well as the title suggests, I'm hoping these endeavors will help me pay off my student loans in the future, loans that will be comfortably into the six-figure range. But that's only the money side. What I'm REALLY looking to get out of this journey is to bounce ideas and share successes and failures. We learn from our mistakes, but we can ALL succeed more if we learn from EACH OTHER'S mistakes. If you think I did something stupid, feel free to call me out, but please, please, please try to provide some input as to how you would have done things better. Also, in an effort to also promote transparency, I am going to name any BSTs that I have used as well. I plan on not holding back with my reviews, either. So if I was unimpressed with something, expect me to say so. I wouldn't want to post negativity in the sales thread and start a flame war, but I consider this thread my little slice of BHW, and I get to speak my mind. Now, onto the show!