Im ready to start my journey. Sorry if this is so long. I want to briefly describe my background, then go in-depth on my plans to earn $100/day through two different income streams. I've done web development for the past 3 years or so and I'm about done with it. I enjoy writing code, and I love building products, but I'm just getting burned out. I've been freelancing the entire time and honestly, the money has never been that good. People don't want to pay shit, and I've had a really hard time upping my game on closing big deals. Im not going to lie, it's hard to play coder, marketer, biz owner, customer service, and the whole nine years as a freelance web developer. Bottom line, it's pretty hard to scale and it seems Im always trading time for money. On average I put in probably 80 hours a week last year and the benefits were ultimately not worth it. I'll put in 80 hours a week again this year, but by 2017 I want to have some passive income streams by god. This is my journey to $100/day by the end of 2016. I've been reading this site for years, and reading key marketers, SEO guys and blogs galore. I've always enjoyed Matthew Woodward and Jacob King in the SEO field. I've read a lot about Facebook marketing and have worked with some guys I have learned a lot from. I've done a few small time things myself a few years back with niche sites but I had a really hard time keeping my focus, and made some stupid moves to get Google slapped. That's all about to change. My goal to $50/day will involve 2 income streams, with the average of each at $50/day. I don't want all of my eggs in one basket, and since I have history of burnout and keeping focus, I think a few separate streams will keep my occupied enough. I think after 3-6 months and the heavy lifting on these streams are done I will begin to introduce 1-2 more. I need to stay diversified in case something happens and one of my streams go down. The first 2 streams: - Stream #1 - Affiliate Marketing (Amazon Niche Site) - Stream #2 - Building an email list/Autoresponder Stream #1 I've read and read about affiliate marketing and I think I want to jump in head first with Amazon. Perhaps I'll choose someone else later but my reasons for choosing Amazon are this: They're trustworthy. Last thing I want is to make a few grand and the company not pay me. I figure Amazon should pay on time, all the time. They convert well. I'm not the best at this. I've never had a successful Affiliate site yet, so Im learning as I go. The way I see it is if I use Amazon my goal is to simply get people to the Amazon website. It just seems easy. Finding products is easy. Getting content is easy (mixture of reviews, descriptions, questions, etc.) Getting the affiliate links is easy. Again, for me, it just seems easy. Don't knock on me for taking the easy route. I want the route of least resistance and I want to bank. As I learn I'm sure I'll introduce other affiliates. Here is my plan: Product Research First - I already know my large niche. It's not dying anytime soon and I think its one people defer to Amazon to buy the product. It's not a product you go to Walmart to buy. Keyword Research based on products/categories - I need to find the right keywords to rank for. I assume things like "Best Product Category" or "Product Category 2016". But I need to check and look at competitors. Create a wordpress site - take time to make it look good. Install Yoast, Analytics, add a logo, basic stuff. Create Facebook page. I dont' know if this will help. People don't buy stuff on Social Media, but I want to look legit, and maybe even get some shares or drive some traffic through SMM. Maybe later I'll ditch it. Post a few articles up and work on getting all the SEO working. URL structures, sitemaps and site architecture. I just need to make sure it all looks right. I'll make sure my articles have nice strong comparison tables above the fold, links to amazon in the images, the featured images, and multiple times thoughout the page. This site will do nothing but Amazon Affiliate. No Ads, no CPA, nothing. Only Amazon. I don't want to do anything that will hurt reputation, or impact conversions, or whatever else I might not know about. The first few weeks Im going to drive traffic by forum posting. I'll search Google use Advanced Search Tools and filter by date to find people right this minute discussing products that fall into my niche. I'll make nice, constructive posts with the intent of passing mod approval, and getting a link to my site out there. I don't care if it's follow/no-follow whatever. I want people with a question to click on my link and get their answer. Im going to try to research backlinks and learn how to get a few. Ive never done this. I know if I cannot get links I might as well chalk everything up as a loss. I just need to do my own research and figure out the best way that meets my needs, and the way with the most long term benefits. Im not going to buy any. I know I can buy an SEO package on this site or whatever else but I don't want that. I want to have this site 20 years from now still making mad money so I need to go legit. Even if the guys in the Marketplace or whatever say it is legit my knowledge isnt' strong enough to know if they are lying or whatever, so I cant take the chance. Maybe when I learn more, I'll learn how to tell whitehat from not or pick up on guys that are fucking me but right now Im not trusting anyone, and not buying shit from anywhere. Once I learn to build links, Im going to build them, very very very slowly. I don't know what is good, what is bad, whatever. I just have to build them slow and natural. Build articles, and more articles. Real valuable articles. Im not going to pay anyone shit to write my articles. Especially not $5, and especially not for 500 words. I don't want 500 word articles and I damn sure don't want to outsource it to someone that does not have English as their first language. I'll write the articles myself. If I cannot write a review about a niche I love by paraphrasing all the other content that is already out there then I am in the wrong business and I need a new stream. Or writing lessons. Sure that is not scalable but I don't care. I'll worry about scaling it later, I need a system that works first. AKA site with traffic and rep. More Forum posts, more backlinks, more content. Review and track everything and see where I can improve. I'm not experienced enough to plan any further than this. I don't know what is next but I know the basic concepts are to provide value, answer questions people want to know the answer to, and link. If I can validate this idea and my site, I may start building a Private Blog Network. No, not that shit where people pay X amount for a link with 25 other people buying links to their site as well, and then the owner/author giving out free samples and etc etc. I don't know WTF is wrong with the people in the marketplace or WTF is wrong with me but that doesn't sound anything private to me. Im talking about something where I buy the domains and I build the sites and I build the content and I don't sell any links to my own mother. Links go to one site and one site only and that is my Amazon site. Anyways, that is not yet. That is a potential 6 months goal or something. It may have to come sooner if I cannot figure out how to build backlinks any other way. In case you haven't noticed, this is low budget. Sure I can pour money into it and have other people do all this and I can buy all these packages from wherever but I wont learn anything and I'll get slapped silly before I ever get close to my $50/day from this site. Stream #2 I've got experience in a specific skillset. There are other people doing it, probably a bunch, but I think there is still room for me to share my knowledge. Think "I will teach you to be rich - Ramit Sethi" but Im not teaching people to be rich, Im teaching them something else they want to know. I think I can get peoples attention and give them value. Here is the plan: Build an autoresponder campaign. Create about 25-30 emails to start. Make sure each email provides tremendous value and teaches them something. Create one piece of really good content. I may need to spend some money to help get this done. I don't quite know what it is yet, but perhaps its a video, eBook, or something. I just need something to encourage the signup. Maybe just a PDF about 10 pages long that walks through the specifics of a very valuable tip/trick related to this niche? Create a landing page with an email opt-in that signs them into the autoresponder. Drive traffic to the landing page. At first I think I'll use Solo ads. I'll find some providers that are close to my niche and attempt to use those. Im pretty inexperienced in solo ads so I need to research. I'll set a budget and stick to it and try to do what I can with who I can on that ad budget. I'll test many methods for traffic like PPC through Facebook, Adwords. I'll keep researching other ways to drive traffic. The goal is to get them to the landing page, surely it won't be too difficult. Once they signup on the responder I'll send them great content and then every 3 or 4 emails send them a CPA offer. I need to research offers but Im sure there will be some related to my niche. The long term plan is to build a blog around this as well, but I don't want to have to worry about that yet. I need to get all of the content down on and stored, get the basic landing build and starting validating the idea. If the idea won't work then I'll move on without time spent on the blog,etc. Im excited about this campaign because I think there will be a lot of testing. I like data and enjoy numbers so Im going to try really hard to track and optimize every little detail. I want to setup tracking in all emails, landing pages, open rates, and etc etc. Im still learning so I dont know what all I can track, but I do know I want to track every fucking thing and make it better! So that's it for now. If you read both of my plans you can let me know if this will work. If you don't think they will work, maybe you are right but I am trying them anyways. To start I said 80 hours a week, but I still have a few web projects Im closing out, so Im going to reduce this to about 40 hours/weekly at least for the rest of the month, and possibly February. (The other 40 hours has to go into wrapping up these web projects and getting things on track with that). I'll update this daily or every other day just depending on what all I get done. This thread will hopefully keep me motivated. Also, maybe others can learn from this noob, or if Im about to do something incredibly stupid someone can stop me before it happens. Thanks for reading!