After browsing through the journey threads here...AND more importantly seeing the support and cheers that the community gives, I figured: "Hey, a good portion of these threads lead to success, why not start mine and see where it goes?" The appeal of making money in your pajamas (and the payoff is skies the limit, too, depending on how tough and determined you are) is just too sweet for me to resist. PLUS, the fact that the whole community is keeping an eye on your progress is something that motivates me even MORE. And so, I start this journey thread - ready to be criticized (constructively I hope), fall flat on my face, and ULTIMATELY succeed. A word of note: this journey thread won't be like many that you have read. Unlike others, my tools are very limited. There's no SENuke, Magic Submitter, GSA, etc. sitting on my hard drive. I don't have the technical / coding skills. My link building experience is next to nothing. I think the only tools I have at my disposal are my writing skills (and I'm not even that good) and a lot of heart. So how do I intend to make money? Infobarrel + Mini-Authority Affiliate Sites (20-30 Pages Of Content) Nope, I won't be using Youtube + PPD or + Clickbank, which seems to be the method of choice in many of the journey threads. Rather, my goal is to make at least 150 keyword-optimized and monetized Infobarrel articles, and build at least 5 Mini-Authority Sites in niches that I have substantial knowledge of. It's not going to be a quick journey to riches, but it's something I have experience on. And I know that if I build those, get them optimized and SEO'd, and monetized well, I AM CERTAIN I WILL MAKE MONEY. Back in 2010-2011, I built a free Blogger blog that promotes products and training courses related to my niche (which I am passionate about). The first two months are slow. I did nothing but add QUALITY and ORIGINAL content to that free blog. And since I suck at SEO and link building, the backlinks I've built are very minimal. Though the links and articles are high quality and informative, building them took A LOT of time. To add to my misery, I targeted the wrong keywords! Did I mention that I also suck at keyword research back then? I didn't even know the difference between EXACT and PHRASE match. I ended up targeting keywords that I thought had 700-1000+ searches, when in reality, they only have 100+ to 200+ searches. BUT here's the thing, THAT UGLY BLOG MADE MONEY! It started small - about $60 on the fourth month, but damn! It felt like I just won the million-dollar lotto. It was my first online money that didn't come from writing and working my ass off for someone else (used to be a content writer). Slowly but surely, that little cash cow of mine made progress to the point that it delivered $200-400/month for three months consistently. Everything is going as planned. Life is good. ...AND then I had to stop. My finances took a turn for the worse. The Panda updates caused my clients (whose sites were hit) to switch their attention and spending on professional SEO services to recover instead getting content from me. The money that the blog is bringing isn't enough I had to find a 9-to-5 (and FAST), and this meant I won't have the time to take care of that little, ugly, but money-making blog of mine. Another year has passed and I have completely forgotten about IM and my blog, which, as expected, stopped delivering dough. BUT last month, I got an email from the affiliate company saying that I have earned $50+...from IT! Maybe my first and only blog has a mind of its own...he's DYING but still gave me that wake-up slap to remind me of what I have started, what I am capable of, and what I've been dreaming day-in and day-out. All of these brought me here and gave life to this thread. Well, this thread intro has turned into somewhat a bio so let's cut it here for now. I fold my sleeves and tighten my shoe laces...it's gonna be a long journey.