Hello all! I love reading the journey threads here. They always give me inspirations, laughs, and I sometimes get wrapped up in them. So I decided to make my own little journey thread to keep me on track, and to maybe pick up a few pointers along the way from you all. In my full time job, I'm in the legal field. When my wife and kids let me, I play around in IM. I had a huge success online maybe 6 years ago or so with a forum (thank you goes to my buddy SweetnFunny!), but eventually Google spanked me and my $$$ per day dried up. I started cloaking for revenge, and had some minor success with it, but eventually I had to quit to focus on my real job. I guess I never really truly quit. I have several professional sites to promote my real job/business, and they have led to me having way more business than I can handle. In fact, I'm tempted to point the phone numbers on those sites to a 900 # or something. I've been lurking here for years. I lost my last profile here (gtull1, I think?) because of a lost email account. I created this one over a year ago, but I mainly just lurk. Maybe a week ago, a journey thread by Kinlee (spelling?) inspired me to try something again. Goal: Build a true authority site that creates an honest to goodness community. After it has a sizable following, begin monetizing it. A few weeks ago I bought a domain and set it on my hosting. A week ago I placed an order from a personal friend/writer for 40 articles a month, for at least the next 6 months. Each article has 1k-2k words, half a dozen pictures or so, and 1-2 videos. They are all extremely useful articles that provide true value. I set the site up a few days ago. Yesterday and today I loaded up the first 20 articles. The primary site is a magazine style. Today I set up the forum and got it ready to start adding content. In the next few days I want to hire maybe 10 people to start posting on it to get the forums started. This weekend I plan on setting up my social profiles and linking them all together. I need to hire someone to tweak my site a bit. I'm pretty happy with it, but it can definitely use a professional touch. The site started getting indexed in G today, but I haven't created any links yet. My linking plan, if it works, is to build momentum though socials, and hopefully pick up some nice links along the way once the industry sees what is being made. I will stay out of any BH linking strategies for at least 6 months. I'm not in a hurry, and this thing should have a shot at making it without giving G a chance to hurt me. In 6 months I will have at least 240 articles with 1k-2k words each, at least 1k forum posts, and hopefully a nice following due to the usefulness. That's the plan anyways. What's my budget? I have none, but I'm not looking to throw money away either. What's the niche? It's about a career that I know a ton about. There are many very high authority sites devoted to it, but there's room for one more. Wish me luck, and I will try to post a little update every day for at least 6 months. Thanks for reading guys and gals!