The Introduction: Hi all! I've picked up Instagram in the last little while and though I'd start a journey. Though this journey is primarily for the purpose of keeping myself accountable, I hope I can also help benefit others and give back to the community. This will be my first major endeavor in internet marketing, and my first journey thread. I joined BlackHatWorld about 6 months ago, and since then I've never stopped reading, learning, and testing more and more. I'm new to internet marketing, I don't know that much about it, and I still have a long way to go and a lot more to learn, but I want to try and help others where I can. I'm happy to answer questions and actually care about other people's success, but I don't spoonfeed people, so make sure to do your own due diligence before asking a question. The Current Situation: The Accounts: I currently have 110 accounts that I'm running on MassPlanner. 50 of these accounts are completely profiled, and 60 are not. I hope to profile the next 60 accounts, set up 90 more, and profile those by the end of the journey. The Network: I've been using the aforementioned 50 accounts for a while and promoting a couple offers, but I made the stupid mistake of using a shady network to do so. Currently, I have over 2,000 targeted clicks toward my offers and not a single conversion: 100 clicks without a conversion? Understandable. 200? Not unreasonable for Instagram traffic. 300? Somewhat possible with a small sample size. But 2,000 clicks and no conversions? At that point, I can confidently say that that's completely unreasonable, that my network is shaving my conversions and ripping me off, and that I'm switching networks for this journey. Hopefully I'll start making more than $0.00 a day this time around. The Bio Links: Currently, I'm using .com domains and @MrE 's cloaking script (https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/f...ds-groups-pages-pms-tagging-timelines.803425/) to put them in my bio's. His script lets me link users directly to my offers without Instagram knowing, so there's no fear of getting banned or penalized because of my link. Highly recommended if you're serious about Instagram. The Follows, Unfollows, Likes, and Comments: I'm currently following anywhere from 400-450 people a day on all my accounts except accounts 90-110, which will be there in a couple days. With a value of 400-450 per day, I'm giving each account a mean optimal value of 425 follows per day. I'm unfollowing anywhere from 300-350 people per day. I'm liking 5-10 posts per day per account. I'm not currently running comments on any of my accounts. The Proxies: I'm currently using 100 private proxies. At the moment, I'm using 1 account per proxy, but I've been testing 2 accounts per proxy on a couple proxies with no problems so far. I hope to use 2 accounts per proxy once I'm confident that it's absolutely safe. The Phone Numbers: I'm using virtual numbers that are complete garbage to verify all the accounts. Nothing special going on here. The Goals: 200 Accounts: The reason I want to get to 200 accounts specifically is because if I can get 2 accounts per proxy working, then I won't have to buy another set of proxies for my next 100 accounts. So 200 accounts will be the optimized number of accounts per 100 proxies. If using 2 accounts on proxies doesn't work, then I'll just use a second set of proxies for my next 100 accounts. I suppose we'll see what happens. 85,000 Follows Per Day: If I can get to 85,000 follows per day, that'll be about 2,000,000 follows per month, which is plenty to make a living off of. At 200 accounts that are following, on average, 425 people per day, that's 85,000 follows. That's where I'm getting my number from. $101.16 Per Day: This amount of money is equivalent to 2 conversions of the main offer I'm promoting (converted into Canadian dollars, including the PayPal exchange rate commission, plus an added intentional margin of error to stop people from backtracing my offers). If you're wondering, I targeted this number specifically (rather than rounding to $100.00, for instance) because I want to base my target income per day directly on my conversions, not on some random number that I think is ideal. It's a pet peeve of mine when people set goals like "$50.00 per day" without setting that goal in relation to how many conversions they'll actually need to get there. Maybe I'm just a perfectionist, I don't know. The Final Points: I'm not going to forget about the thread or go into hiding when more difficulties come my way, and I'd encourage everybody else currently running on a journey or running a journey thread to do the same thing. Stick with it, don't give up. So many people fail once on their journey and never get back up, and lack of persistence and commitment is the biggest reason why we have so many incomplete or failed journey threads. You can switch up your goals, your offers, your sources, your methods, and everything else, but always be striving toward something. Keep reading, learning, and testing. Increase your knowledge and be critical of your methodology at every opportunity. Think outside the box. That's all for now. Wish me luck as I aim to make my first real money online! I'm going to update this thread frequently but sporadically, so don't expect an update every day. Also, I'm not going to be as in-depth on my updates as I was in this post unless questions are asked; so expect shorter, to-the-point updates on my part. Thanks, BlackHatWorld. You guys are amazing, and I owe the results of this journey and every dollar I'll make off it, and IM in general to you.