I'm starting this thread so that we can all learn from each others mistakes. What have you learned in 2008 and how will you apply the lessons you have learned in 2009? I don't have much to post here, I feel like what I do have to post is embarrassing, but I will post what I do have, hoping that someone might learn from my mistakes... Looking back on all the things I've done wrong, I can't find anything other than the fact that I didn't go "all in" on anything, and the reason for that is that I just couldn't commit to specific methods. I bought a cookie stuffing script and was too afraid to use it. So I wasted a buttload of money on something I had not thought about enough. Obvious Lesson Learned: Don't pay for anything Blackhat until you've accepted the consequences of using it. I wonder if I can resell that script. Same with membership-sites... I joined several and didn't apply anything. Between those two mistakes I wasted several hundred dollars on things I was not prepared to follow through on because of the possible consequences. This might sound cheezy, but I learned that BHW has the same content found on the paid membership Blackhat sites. Autoblogging is my best example of testing a method-- you need a lot of them to make a lot of money, and I'm simply not willing/able to spend all the time and money necessary on that. I started a few autoblogs, the technology was interesting, but in the end it was boring as hell to set up and maintain blogs about things I really didn't give a damn about. Same with whitehat blogging - too time intensive-- so it sounds at first glance like I'm just a fricking idiot with a short attention span, but after a moment of reflection I've learned that I am easily bored so I should not try to sell products or services I am not interested in. I start these projects and don't finish them. So what can I do with that lesson? It's not obvious at first. I was really down on myself, until I realized I had several websites that just had to be tweaked, then I could get rid of them... over and over again. By going through this brainstorming session I discovered that I might be able to make some decent money by developing and flipping Whitehat and Blackhat IM websites and blogs. Look for more on that from me in '09.