Hi guys. I'm Azusa and this is my first post. I've been lurking here in BHW for at least a year now (I'm a member of Warrior Forum under a different username, but I don't go there anymore because those bastards suck) silently reading as many threads as I could, but never actually joining. Last month, I finally joined as a BHW member, specifically to reply to some thread about facebook e-whoring, only to then be distracted by all the members area downloads. I went straight to the BHW sitemap and started downloading everything. As I downloaded as much "free" stuff as my three hard drives could bare, I realized that if I really wanted to increase my online income, I would have to take action. Exactly twenty days ago, I did just that. I already run a bunch of affiliate stores, but don't do anything really special about them anymore since they weren't converting, and all of them are crappy and obviously half-assed. Most of them are nowhere to be found on Google now even for low-competition keywords, and some of them can't even be found when I type the EMD in the search bar. So I decided that I would just get a new domain and try to build an actual brandable site that can rank for my low-competition keywords. I'm using all the same keywords that I was trying to rank for with my other stores. This was (and still is) the Plan: STEP 1: Buy a new Non-EMD Domain and start using my paid hosting account for all my sites. 20 days into my first month and already I'm having noticeably less problems with all of my sites. Cost: $10 a month + $13 for the new domain STEP 2: Set-Up the site. I built an affiliate store, again. Hey, that's the only type of monetizable site I actually know how to set-up. But this time, I'm taking great care on using a nice, clean, high conversion theme, and actually spending time on developing my site as opposed to the set and forget method I was using before. STEP 3: I bought a nice logo + custom header and footer deal on fiverr, and signed up for an old affiliate program I've joined before. This girl's products were nice, and she gave me some free stuff to review and keep even though I probably converted zilch for her in the past. Cost: +$15 for logo, header and footer. Earnings: Free Stuff which I sold on ebay for $50. I was really tempted to keep the stuff though. Profit so far: $50 - $15 - $10 - $13 = $12 STEP 4: I started building backlinks manually. I've already been burned by Google before for spamming, so this time I was careful. I also bribed a friend to help me build backlinks. It's amazing what that boy would do for my cookies. He's like my best friend, and he's really really good at following instructions. Anyway, this is the bulk of what I'm doing now, and for the first time in a long time, my affiliate stores are actually making me some decent money. Cost: About $85 so far for cookie ingredients and coffee. Earnings: At this rate, I'm about to earn around $100 for October. Not bad for a month-old site. I hope that by next month, I'd have it up to $500 so that I'd have some money to invest on a large Christmas product-launch. I'm already preparing for it as we speak. My backlinking strategy looks something like this: 200 Web 2.0 Backlinks 200 Wiki Backlinks 100 Bookmarks 100 Blog Comments PER WEEK. Yes, manual submissions, all live, different IP addresses and browsers, different urls, no bought links. I'm pretty sure my friend is the Terminator, since he built two-thirds of all my links. And I made sure he was doing them manually, and not using some software or service. I wasn't too sure about the link quality at first, but I checked them and they seemed good enough. The big surprise is that I'm ranking for my keywords now! I said before that I started 20 days ago. Well, I meant that I bought the domain 20 days ago. I actually only started building links two weeks ago, and already I'm at number eight for my main keyword, and average of number 19 for all my secondary keywords (not counting the ones that are nowhere to be found, of course). These are the highest SERPs I've ever gotten, and if I'm careful, I bet I can take my site to the top. So far I have 1924 links to my site (don't know how many are indexed, but I've tried submitting all of them), and have experienced some dancing from Google, but I think I avoided the dreaded sandbox so far. I hope they don't sandbox the site during Christmas season. Bet that'll feel like a punch to the uterus. Anyway, that's about it. When I get to around 5000 backlinks, I'll see about using a backlink service here on BHW since by then, my site can probably take some spam heat. Wow, this post got long. Hope it helps someone here out. BHW has turned my life around, and I'm now a step closer to fully realizing my dream of passive online income. I just wanted to help the community in anyway I can, and I figured sharing my method was the least I could do. One last thing. Finding new and interesting methods to make money is fun, but all the methods in the world are useless if you don't actually act on them. Guys, TAKE ACTION!