Hey guys, Aaron here. Starting my official new SEO Journey thread today ($300 a Day from Scratch - Won't Quit Until I Reach). I was inspired to create this journey thread here after reading a couple other successful inspiring journey threads posted to BHW. A little background info first -------------------------------- I recently turned 15 years old and have been dabbling around with various 'make money online' methods for a couple years now. Most have actually made me some money, but nothing huge to brag about. I've experimented with numerous methods ranging from ppc (via Traffic Exchanges and Google Adwords), to fiverr gigs (my first official $ made online), to buying and selling items on ebay to selling web design to offline clients to most recently some affiliate marketing via seo. My first experience with affiliate marketing was actually from a Gaming Cheats / Hacks site I started awhile back after buying a make money blogging ebook course. (Anyone remember facebook farmtown / farmville? hahaha ) Anyways to make a long story short... Back when the two games were still moderately popular, I'd post all the latest gaming hacks onto a little blog I started and then promote a clickbank ebook for profit. Wasn't sure it was actually going to work at first as the ebook I was promoting was priced at like $70 (like who spends $70 to learn virtual farming game strategies lol??), but nevertheless actually got a few sales from the site. First sale was actually from some guy in the Philippines lol - according to the clickbank receipt. This was actually before I knew how to do "seo" to increase rankings/sales, so I ended up closing down the site when I simply got busy with outside life / school. Since then I have spent a significant amount of time 'studying seo money making' in particular (via Black Hat World and other SEO sites/forums - on page, link building , pbns , etc). Actually had built a site in the webhosting / create a website niche (last year) which was recently ranking well in google generating me some descent money for awhile... however a couple months ago it unfortunately had to be shutdown due to a change in company tos policy. (had make the mistake of using the company name within the domain name) This basically killed my online earnings... forcing me now to basically have to restart from scratch. Goals / My Plan -------------------------------- My goal now ... is to basically restart from scratch and go from $0 to $300 / day in earnings via seo online. I plan to document my progress here... day by day for as long as it takes. Each post I will discuss my earnings and explain the process / things I have done. I'm doing this for several reasons... 1. Motivation / Accountability - I need a driving force that will keep me motivated and accountable to ensure that I keep going 100% with this project/goal until achieving it. I don't want this to just be another "idea" that never gets off the ground. I think by forcing myself to post things publicly here for all BHW members to see this will help ensure that I don't give up and keep going... regardless of any pitfalls/obstacles I might face. 2. Discussion with Like Minded People - At the present I unfortunately lack people in my day to day life with similar ambitions / goals. My peers are mostly just involved with 'other things' and my family (for the most part) still just subscribe mostly to the whole... go to school, get great grades, go to college and then get a job theory. They don' t really get this whole internet marketing thing... and think I'm kind of crazy for spending my money / time investing in this stuff. By posting this thread... it is my hope that I can help connect with other like minded / similar interest individuals along my journey. 3. Inspire / Help others - I would not be starting this if it wasn't for reading some of the other journey posts posted here. I'd like to imagine that I could also help inspire / teach others over time as things progress here. 4. Daily Journal - I'll be essentially using this thread as my day to day journal. Something I can go back and look at to see / evaluate what I've accomplished / mistakes I have made / learning experiences etc. Why $300/day?? -------------------------------- I want to first reach $100/day online ... so I don't have to worry about day to day expenses and create an income I could actually live off of. Secondly my ultimate goal is to use the additional $200 / day (goal) to help pay for the development of an android app that I've been working hard to develop... yet am currently at a standstill with due to lack of $ to cover programming expenses. Getting Started -------------------------------- To be honest... I'm not 100% positive yet on the exact route I'm going to take / methods I'm going to use to achieve my $300/day goal. That being said... I wanted to go out on a limb here and start / post this while I have the immediate inspiration/motivation to do so. Also I do realize... it is quite possible I might have to adjust my roadmap overtime anyway through trial and error. That being said... this is what I am thinking so far: I will start off focusing exclusively on YouTube affiliate seo until I hit my Part 1: $100/day target. Then evaluate what I should do to reach $300/day. The reason for this is because... 1. Its simple / cheap to get started initially with. 2. Speed - from my experience / understanding it is currently taking a LOT longer than it used to, to rank in Google for anything even moderately competitive due to recently extended Google ranking delays. From what I know... it appears YouTube rankings can be achieved a lot faster. I don't want to have to wait 6 months plus to rank some webpage, with the potential of thereafter making money. I need a quicker solution. -------------------------------- That all said... this concludes this journey beginning post. Good luck to myself and I hope you all enjoy the journey. If you have any questions ... feel free to let me know.