FYI, this is not your normal journey post that is kept active for a few months then no longer updated. I plan on updating weekly for one entire year. Prior to January 2014 I have never tried CPA marketing nor bothered learning much about it. I live in the USA and work a full time day job. I have 2 young kids (6 months and 4 years old) so my hands are full. My prior IM experience: For the last 3-4 years I've been creating websites on Clickbank products, getting them ranked, making sales, then cashing them in on Flippa for a $x,xxx profit. I've done this as needed to supplement my primary income (I have a full time day job). I have averaged about $4,000 a year doing this. I was also an affiliate for Warrior Forum products averaging about an extra $500 or so each year for the past few years. Why I'm changing: I'm burned out and so in 2014 I want to start something new. If you don't really enjoy what you are doing then it's hard to make yourself do it more. That something new is CPA marketing. I'm tired of always having to play by Google's algorithm rules so I'm stay away from that and with CPA marketing. I want to learn CPA, implement it, test it, and then re-implement the final product. I'm going to be focused on PPL (pay per lead) offers at first then may go on to PPS (pay per sale) offers eventually. My budget: roughly $4,500 Here are my goals for 2014 Majority of January - Learn CPA, purchase some CPA guides, sign up for CPA networks, study! Here are my $ goals: By end of March - $50/day or $1,500/month By end of June - $100/day or $3,000/month By end of 2014 - $300/day or $9,000/month Here is what I'll disclose in this thread and what I won't: I'll post what I learned, as well as details of what I'm doing (whether it works or not). I will not post my exact landing page, banners, or offers. I'll give you as much detail as possible without just handing it to you (if that makes sense) as this is a learning process for me as well as others. I know we are already 2/3 into January at the time of this post so I haven't been lazy I have been making progress. Here is what I've done so far: Beginning of Jan - read all I can on Warrior Forum, BHW, and other free materials about CPA marketing. Other then studying this month here is what I did: 01/11/14 - Purchased membership to GreedReports (just Google it). You get a lot for $9 even though some of the information and links are outdated, you'll still learn a lot. Also, created account on BannerSnack to make banners quickly and easily (can't remember how much that was, but it was roughly $20/month). I need to probably learn how to do this in Gimp or Paint.net for free but instead I'm taking the easy way. 01/07-01/13 - Opened up accounts on Traffic Junky, CrakRevenue, POF (Plenty Of Fish) and ran some test ads. Spent about $45 total just getting my feet wet. No conversions. 01/13/14 - Submitted application to MaxBounty CPA network as well as Neverblue as well as some smaller ones but these were the two I'm interested in. 01/14/14 - Called and left message for MaxBounty AM (Affiliate Manager) to speed up application process, also left message for Neverblue. Opened up VPS hosting account at Beyond Hosting and installed Prosper202. 01/17/14 - Called and got ahold of my MaxBounty AM and got my account approved. Ran some more test ads and spent about $20. No conversions. 01/18/14 - Decided to create a Journey thread on BHW to help myself stay organized! Spent so far: $114 Revenue: $0 What I learned: I obviously haven't done what I wanted to do this month and just study CPA marketing. The take action and just do it part of me won out and I ran some ads and got my a$$ handed to me. All of these offers were direct linking with no landing page. That being said I've got my feet wet and accounts established with some great traffic sources. Greed Reports has helped a lot and I'm still reviewing information there. If you are applying for CPA Offer Networks such as MaxBounty it does pay to call them first, do not wait on them. What I plan to do next: Continue to review free and paid study materials, pause all ad campaigns, and create some unique landing pages that should warm up my traffic (may contact a designer for this). Will not spend anymore money unless I find a designer that can knock my socks off with a great landing page. I plan on updating this weekly and on Saturday mornings (I'm in Central Time Zone). So next update will come 01/25 and every Saturday there after. Here's to a great 2014!