Hey, I decided to write my journey, I am not a regular poster here but I do read almost every thread and try to learn something new that I could use in online marketing. So, my online marketing journey started about three months ago and I dedicated all my time and energy to build my own blog and start making money with a few methods that I will mention later. At first, I was full with positive energy and I truly believed that this thing will take off and I will make at least some money because I really wanted to avoid physical, brute-ass, idiotic real-life job because I dropped out of University at early stages and I do not have a degree. Sorry for spoiling the story but considering my success so far, it looks like that I will have to enjoy that shitty job after all. My time ran out and I do not have a cent to invest. Early stages I got hooked on online marketing after the first tutorial I read (can't recall where I found it). Next day, my mindset was ready and I started treating online marketing as my job ignoring the fact I practically knew close to nothing about online marketing or any other revelant online knowledge. In just few weeks, I digested tons of information, scavenged forums like BHW for tutorials, information, tried to contact people and asked for advice. First step was creating a blogger site just to learn how the most basic blog structure works. For the next magic trick, I bought a .com domain and used it with my basic blogger site. I could not decide what niche I should choose so I just went with nothing, just a site, posting about everything. I do not have any outstanding skills or knowledge in real-life that I could share and base my site of online, you could say that I am the most mediocre guy you could meet. After failing to think of something to write, I signed up at Clickbank and did a few reviews of the products and used Bing Ads traffic from free coupons. To be frank, this setup failed miserably. I spent 300$, got a decent amount of clicks and zero conversions. I tried my best to research the products I chose to promote. Generally, the process of though was "Would I buy that product myself?" You know that is coming next - I failed again. At this time, I overcame blogger platform and I needed more function, so I knew it was time to upgrade my blog to WordPress platform. Life with a WordPress blog Loved it from the start. Sorted out all the necessary plugins in a day or two and gracefully arrived to the question I was not able to solve before - choosing a niche. Took me a while and I finally came up with a main idea for my site and niche. I pledged myself with a goal to build a relaxing, mellow moody blog. The content I intended to publish were everything from a relaxing lifestyle to everyday items to improve your mood. Hosting and a new .com domain ate my whole budget and I had to go with a free WordPress theme. I tried to develop "my brand" further, so I created social media accounts for my site. Monetizing my new blog With the help of a free SEO plugin, I optimised every article I wrote, registered my site on Analytics, Google and Bing Webmasters, followed every guideline, all in hopes of my site would appear on search engines somewhere. I ditched Clickbank and moved on to affiliate real-life items and I still think it is a quite good idea, for example, I write a post about mood improving item lava lamp, I briefly talk about how cool lava lamp is and at the end I drop an affiliate link for the lava lamp as a trusted source to buy from. And finally, I made my first sale, earning me a very solid 8$ commission which is not paid to this day because I used JVZoo.com and the guy who created the product just does not give a damn about paying his affiliates. Impressive tactic. So I moved on to other affiliating website and accidentaly made one more sale which provided me a breathtaking 13$ commission. Still not paid to this day, this time for a legit reason - I would have to sell some more merchandise to meet a payout reserve. Last shot at internet marketing Everything I mentioned above actually took me quite some time and a little bit of money for hosting and domains. I know I did almost nothing but it was not easy for a complete beginner with zero knowledge, I just started at internet marketing and the fact that I had no prior experience with blogs or websites whatsoever did not make things easier. My little budget drained and I will have to live somehow so that is why I will have to find a real-life job now. For the last shot at this I managed to get my last batch of advertising coupons for Bing and Facebook ads, total of 150$ in coupons and chose a few sensible products (same though process - picked the ones I would buy myself). Half way in already, ~100 clicks for two products, no sales and almost no positivity. The end is near. I would like to thank everybody who took their time to write a good tutorials on BHW and some other forums (I might post my journey somewhere else too), every company who ignored my emails with questions regarding their own products and every soul who read this. Thank you.