So I've tried a few methods but gave up on them, but that being said, I haven't given up IM. Back in December, I created a blog in a niche that I'm comfortable talking about and wanted to do SEO on it but it was the "slow results" issue of SEO that turned me off, so I tried other methods. I started an amazon site but then dropped that route since I didn't consider the competition. (It's really high) I then tried to start a funny picture site with getting only social media traffic but my site had problems within plugins, plus it looked really plain so I gave up on that. Plus now, I feel that it's hard to monetize a funny picture site since it is just a picture site, plus there is a crap load of other funny picture sites so the content will 90% be non-unique. So the past few weeks, I've been reading up on SEO again and learning how to do it properly and I'm going back to my old blog. Needless to say, trying all those methods were a waste of time I consider since all it did was lose me time and money (for the themes and plugins). But yeah anyways I'm going back to my blog and this is my blueprint. 2 Parts. 1st part of the blog is just useful content and help, the second is just random related scraped pictures that are posted automatically to tumblr, twitter, facebook and stumbleupon Blog-Tier1-Tier2. Tier 1: High quality blog comments Somewhat unique Web 2.0, this is my plan for it -->http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/white-hat-seo/540332-tier-1-question.html Helpful YahooAnswers answers. Sign up to to forums and put link in signature + helpful comments Social Media - Currently have a Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Most of traffic is from Tumblr Social Bookmarks - Currently have it automatically posting to stumbleupon Tier 2 (GSA) blasting Tier 1s Web 2.0 Directories Wiki Blog comments Social Bookmarks What I have prior to today: -16 articles on blog + some onsite SEO (keywords are >5000 global exact) -2 web 2.0 blogs with 2 articles each -Created approx 200 GSA backlinks to the web 2.0's mentioned above. (most aren't related) -Some YahooAnswers comments -High bounce rate traffic due to main traffic source being tumblr and stumbleupon -Approx 50-70 UV daily Today's plan -Find tutorial on GSA to get targeted links -Create articles + create spintax with SpinChimp -Get my second YA account to level 2 to upvote my primary YA account -A few backlinks to my blog So far today, I've made this thread and created an article and spun it. Would've done more but school sucks lol. As for monetizing, I plan to put affiliate products related to my niche once I start getting some search engine traffic atleast. I know SEO is slow and boring but I'm in it for the long run so I won't give up. My goal is to start making some money before school is over so I won't be suckered into getting a 9-5 job. I also won't have a specific money goal yet in order to keep me from being disappointed if I don't meet it. If you guys have any tips or suggestions or criticisms, feel free to let me know!