Hi everyone! I've been planning on starting a journey for a while now, but it always seemed kind of silly keeping some kind of public diary of my IM progress. As some of you know I spend most of my time tending to the sites of my clients as a web dev/designer and my other IM ventures are more of a hobby so I tend to experiment with a lot of different techniques / traffic methods often abandoning stuff that isn't easily maintained and scaled or if it isn't profitable. In this journey I will be keeping track of my progress in building a non-english affiliate site promoting physical goods. I will try to explain the choices I make along the way, which will hopefully help some people out (including myself). The main reason for this project is that I want to improve my non-english writing skills and earn some cash along the way. The site - started on 20th of june After finding a good affiliate partner I decided on a broad enough niche and registered myself a domain name which is short, clear and catchy. I've noticed that having a short domain name that looks authoritive seems to increase the CTR from search engines a bit so whenever I find a name that sounds good I usually go for it. I would've gone for an aged domain but since I'm not in a hurry and finding good niche related domains with my country's TLD would be a serious pain in the a*s this will be just fine. I've set up a wordpress installation on a reseller hosting account (I'm a provider myself). The theme is slightly optimized and might change a couple of times in the next couple of months depending on my bounce rate / visitor flow throughout the site. Resources are loaded through the amazon cloudfront CDN, and I use varnish for caching. I believe site speed is crucial for a good browsing experience and since it is also a ranking factor I spent a while optimising every aspect of the site. This is something a lot of people would consider a boring task but if you do it at the beginning it'll save you a lot of frustration later on. My current google pagespeed is rated at 91/100 for mobile, 94/100 for desktop. Social network profiles have been created, but they are still empty for now. The content The site is structured in a semi-silo, I might post a diagram of this at some point. It will change as more content is added but for now I try to keep things as natural as possible to increase the UX. So far I have written content for the 'category' pages and 8 product reviews have been posted. I plan on writing a product review at least once every 2 days. (but hopefully more) All content will be written by myself for now. Stats I will occasionally share stats, however since the domain is fresh and there's still little content and no backlinks it might take a couple of weeks/months before this site achieves a decent amount of traffic. Costs ? 51.99 (Wordpress theme + domain) Profits ? 0 ---- If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hi feel free to post a reply in this thread so it can help others!