Hey everyone - WHAT'S CRACKIN'?! Now I've been on these forums for a little while now, I thought I'd show you all my journal... it ain't your usual kind of journal either. Y'see, I figured that instead of starting at the start - which can be a slow and boring process, I'd at least fire this sucker up for a while before writing a journal. I hope you get something out of this journal, I'd like to both share my progess as well as offer you a few things that I learnt on the way - both from online and also just things I picked up myself. Now at least I have a few things to talk about! Ok. First thing's first. Here's a little about me. Alrighty. I'm SparkyBlue, 27 years old and I'm a fuckin' daydreamer living in Melbourne, Australia. Been cooking up schemes to make cash ever since I wanted a Sega Master System (got it too, at 8 years old - with Alex Kidd built in how fucking sick is that!) Just came back from 3 months in Europe. Loved every minute, lived it up with the missus and blew enough money to chuck a deposit on the house. Here's a pic of me after I got back from OS - I grew this kick-ass Chuck Norris beard over there, and shaved it into this Pornstar Mo before taking the whole thing off: Yeah, so that's me. Now here's the story. So I got back from Europe and immedately felt a desire to slash my wrists due to having to go back to work. I just blew tens of thousands of dollars that would take me years to save again. OH THE HORROR. So I stumbled across this forum one drunken night. (Oh yeah I like to get drunk and play poker - but not usually at the same time, unless I'm prepared to lose a shitload of $$$) It made sense. I freakin' made perfect sense! I had a charity based website for nearly 6 months but that was it. I had a casino based affiliate site as well that I chucked up before I left but it was (and still is) going nowhere. BHW made me think. I had the tools, and a little bit of knowledge. You know, HTML/website building, very rudimentary SEO knowledge, so on and so forth. Nothing special. I'm also blessed with a 4 days on/4 days off roster, meaning that aside from spending time with the girl I have 4 out of every 8 days free to hit this thing like a school bus hitting a penguin. Ok I read up. I learn more and all that stuff. I buy up on domains, and upgrade my hosting account to accomodate them. I'm a firm believer of the fact that you need to fork out a little cash. You can go the free domains/free hosting and blogging/cheaparse SEO and do okay - be it blogging, bum marketing, etc. - but the truth is that I think the path to $$$s is a lot steeper if you bite the bullet and pay some cash for a host and some domains etc. I mean you can have a years hosting, and three domain names for around $50. So, up to now I've got 7 domains, and I've upgraded my hosting to about $40 for 6 months. Shared server, unlimited add on domains and bandwidth and space. It's alright. All up with that I've spent about $120 US - and it's all been PayPal which I like. I have a CC but so far I haven't had to use it. My 'Office' This where I'm working at for all my online stuff. The computer is a freakin' beast so there's always a temptation to turn to gaming. My Motivation Well that's the thing you see. I don't need motivation. People need to hard graft it to make money, and they tend to complain about it - and fair enough. But I LOVE DOING THIS. It's enjoyable, yeah sure with it's tedious moments but I get into it - usually companied with a few beers or 'whatever'. So yeah, I get into it - at night shift on work I can work on my blogs and stuff a but as well, or just do research. Oh yeah, here some songs I like to listen to especially for my web stuff... I'd zip them for anyone who wants them but I dunno if it's allow on here. *Audio Karate - Jesus is Alive and Well (and living in Mexico) *Drapht - Boom Boom Boom *Regurgitator - Superstraight *Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects *Digitalism - Pogo *Gonzales - Working Together (Boys Noize Remix) *Lupe Fiasco - Go Go Gadget Flow *Phoenix - Lisztomania *Beirut - Forks and Knives There's a strange mix of types of music right there, there's a lot more I listen to, to keep me interesting in doing this work but I can't remember them right now. My Situation Ok, so 7 domains. 6 active. Made up of: *One adult gallery (Aff. + BlackLabelAds) *One gambling Aff site. (AdBrite + Aff.) *One clickbank product blog (CB + Adsense) *One AutoBlog (Adsense) *One Semi-Auto Blog (Adsense, minor easy updates) *One Personal Use site for a band I'm in. A lot of SEO programs (mainly thanks to BHW!) My most useful: *MarketSamurai *SeoQuake for Firefox *Shitloads of Wordpress Themes/Plug-Ins I will list if asked *Some other than mustn't be that important if I can't remember them! Minor SEO. (Don't want to get them banned, but I know it's take time though) A link wheel for one of these sites, just to see how it goes and so on. Directory Submissions, not many - need help with this. My Goals I'm not going to quote an amount, or a time frame. If you do you only pressure yourself into meeting the immediate goal. I want to make money and I want to be happy. I've set milestones but no time limit to reach them. Where to from here? Pumping out more sites with a variety of profit methods. SEOing the crap out of the existing sites. Any help with this? I want to keep them reasonably white hat for now, they are long profit stream sites - not flash-in-the-pan Acai Berry type sites. I want to see whats wup with my CB product I'm an aff for. Good adsense ads $20 worth, Good landing page, Good product and sell page... 100 clicks to my site AND NO FUCKIN' SALES. Not even a CheckOut Page view!! Why!?! I've got 6 functioning sites at the moment, but I'm thinking I need hosting with another host as well if I want more domains - especially if most are blogs. Any experience with this? I'm thinking Big G doesn't really like massive blog farms on one shared server. I'd go dedicated sever and IP, and maybe link 'em but I'm thinking it's a little pricey at the moment. I'll wait until profit. Oh yeah, the profit... Profit (So Far) AdultAdWorld $3 - something for like 100 clicks... cheaparses! Adsense $14 - mainly from old charity site ClickBank $sweet fuck all Rude Aff $46 - (oh yeah, I did this with YT - now as an aff link on my adult site) I think that's it. For now. I won't dedicate to writing back every X amount of days, but I WILL say that I'll be back - and I won't be deserting this thing, or this journal. Why? Because I've been at it for a few months already and I'm fuckin' hungrier than ever! Take it easy everyone.