Over the time I've spent on BHW, I've been trying as hard as I can to help the new-comers. I mean - Who doesn't want an extra income in their life? Well, this is the best way to start in my opinion. I should mention that you should have basic SEO knowledge. Despite what you've been reading around the forums, generating an income through your own IM venture shouldn't be your first concern unless you're ready to inve$t. Starting a MNS (Micro niche site), going through affiliates (Amazon, click bank, etc) and the countless other methods being discussed here on a regular basis is hard to profit with right away. It takes a lot of time, knowledge, and resources. You simply may not have that at this time. You might get the urge to just jump right into all of that, but I'd like to save you the frustration and heart ache right off the bat. You want to see money going into your bank account or paypal. That's why you're here! This is how you should start: Local SEO: This is not a biased opinion on what I think is the best way to earn. Money is money, and we all want to make some. This just happens to be the best chance you'll have to make cold, hard, guaranteed cash. Local SEO is the easiest form of SEO, because you're drastically reducing your competition to small geographical level. I'm not telling you go looking for clients in competitive areas, because you're not ready for that in any shape or form. There are a ton of local businesses with no internet presence at all, and that's who you should go after. You can legitimately help these businesses by going through a few simple steps. If you live in a smallish town/city, it's even easier. First off, unless you know how to actually build websites (even a basic WP site), stick to businesses that have websites already. Ranking high in organic results for non-competitive local keywords is easy. You're going to read about failed SEO journeys from a bunch of frustrated people because more than likely they're trying to rank for stuff like "how to make money" or something. Your first step is to find businesses that do not have a high level of competition in your town. For example, a local vitamin/ supplement store, or something like that. Chances are they've never heard of SEO and you can sell them on it. Meet with their manager/owner and ask them what they do when they want to know where something is. 9 times out of 10, they're going to say "I Google it". Then show them what the Google results look like for "vitamin store in *city and state*". Show them how they're not there, and that you can help them get there by doing SEO work for their organic site + make them a Google places listing. Higher organic ranking: The reality of it is: for a non competitive local search term, it really does not take much to get results. You can spend an hour a day manually creating Web 2.0's, interlinking them and blasting them with 2 more tiers, and that can be enough to get page 1 rankings. I recommend Automated web 2.0's, wikis, and bookmarks for tier 2, and for tier 3 just buy the biggest amount of any kind of backlinks (blog comments, profiles, wikis) for the least amount of money. SEO isn't as complex as everyone makes it out to be, I promise. Other than manual web 2.0's, just buy some high PR social bookmarks and a reputable press release (you can find press release services for under $50 around here). Don't build links too fast, diversity anchors, yada yada yada, as I said, you should have some knowledge of SEO already. Google places/maps and G+ Local listings are important as well. Once you create those, don't forget to create listings in other high authority directories using the same exact NAP (Name, address, phone) as the Google places listing. Some of the 'must have' local directories to add their business to (apart from Google places and G+ Local) is: Yahoo Local, Bing Local, Yelp, Manta, YP.com, and many more that you can probably find around here. These are called "Citations", and they tell Google how awesome that business is, and that can push their local ranks higher. You can also buy a quick Fiverr for more citations without the work, but the important ones that I just listed should be done by you. Also, positive reviews for their places/local listing can help a lot for both local ranking and getting more business. If you can throw some fake reviews on it, great, but you should also encourage your client to encourage their customers to leave a review after servicing them. The hardest part of all this is going to be getting your first 2 clients. You're going to have to give them a great deal and work hard to show them good results. I recommend charging no more than $300 per month per client. Once you do this, I can almost guarantee you that they're going to refer you to other people. More importantly, you now have a portfolio that's going to help you snatch up more clients. What I'm trying to say here is that you can start making a decent, steady income like this while you explore other aspects of IM. You don't have to love SEO or even show any long term interest in it. It's just a way to make some safe, guaranteed money without the stress of hoping that the "hot new method" you just read about actually works. Because if you're new to IM, you're going to find out that you're going to have to spend in order to earn, so why not have a cushion of money to land on? I love seeing people progress and succeed in what they're trying to do, so I wish everyone the best of luck Also, if this post inspired you to try this, feel free to add me on Skype to let me know how it's going for you, or if you just want to chat! (I will never try to sell you anything, the purpose of this post is purely a contribution of exprience a knowledge) PS: I'm sorry if: My writing is sloppy and I didn't go into too much detail in each aspect, as there's so much to talk about and it's 2:30 AM :sleeping: or I posted in the wrong section.