Thanks for all the help so far. I've gotten my blog up to PR2 with nice theme and content. I'm still working on how to target keywords, being that my niche has so many topics to talk about (this is very hard for me right now). I'm getting about 60 UVs a day now with some traffic from Twitter and some from Google. Getting some ad clicks (so far about 20 in 2 weeks) but no conversions yet. As far as with backlinking, how exactly are you all doing this the manual way? I can't buy any tools right now but will probably outsource on fiverr the next pay period for some backlinks. Do you use google blogsearch and just post random stuff on random blogs? I'm an active member of some pretty good forums and I've been posting there with my link in the signature, as well as with Yahoo/Microsoft Answers. Do you pay attention to the PR of the blog you post on before you post manually? I did a google blogsearch and came up with a few blogs but they look like they were thrown together and had PR1. I didn't want to chance commenting on PR1 blogs as mine is PR2. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.