This is post is long overdue... I wanted to start my own journey thread for a while but I've always been occupied with other things, but I actually found some time today so here goes! Introduction Let me introduce myself to you. I'm NotSoAverageJoe, a guy in his early 20's looking for a way to live the ultimate lifestyle. The ultimate lifestyle for me is getting enough money so I can do whatever I want, through the internet of course. It's your standard passive income dream I guess. I would consider myself rather new to IM, I've been doing it for less than 6 months. I don't have any previous experience related to business either, so it's all a long and tedious trial&error journey for me. I'll start by telling the story of how it all began and continue on til present day. The Beginning I started my journey by looking for ways to make money online, I stumbled upon microjobs and stuff like that, tried it and it sucked. Read some more and stumbled upon affiliate marketing, started my first site a couple of days after. A tech/gadget site built around videos/tutorials that were around 3 years old. I thought I did enough keyword research, but I quickly realized I should've probably spent some more time on it, like way more. I didn't even check if there were other sites in the same niche. Originally my idea was to create one of those shutupandtakemymoney sites, you know, those sites that list various cheap gadgets from Amazon with 300 words description? I worked on it for about a month and got bored because I didn't see any results. Fast forward two months, I get the urge to work on it again. I redo the whole site, read up on SEO a bit and try optimize my page. I also decided to ditch the whole review site idea and go for a news/top list website instead. Worked on it quite hard for a couple of weeks, trying to figure out how I could rank it on Google and get that $$$. I read loads of old threads that told me to do comment posting, article submission, forum posting, post on tumblr, pinterest, twitter, facebook g+, etc. You could say I got information overload, I was confused as hell, all these choices, what were I to do? I decided that social media could work, I knew how to use it so I thought that would be my best bet. Created Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook accounts. I got a couple of hundred of followers (still getting them) on twitter, tweeted daily but saw no results, almost no one were clicking, retweeting or liking my posts. Got discouraged quickly and moved onto Pinterest. At least on Pinterest I got a couple of repins and likes, but from nothing of that converted back to my site. Had no success with Facebook, found it hard to get followers and get them to interact with my content. So I had tried all kinds of social media but with no success. I didn't know what was I doing wrong. Did my content suck? Was I not working hard enough? There were a lot of unanswered questions and some of them are still unanswered to this day. Valentines day was coming, as a last desperate attempt I wrote a gift guide for valentines day. I posted that guide on Yahoo questions, quora and some other similar sites, literally spamming my links there. I checked my Amazon account every day, hoping I would see some other number than 0. But it said 0, day after day. The Turnaround It was like a day, just like any other day. Feeling kinda hopeless about affiliate marketing and what to do with it. Checked my Amazon account like I always did, except this time there wasn't a 0 there anymore. It actually said 1. I had gotten my first order, what a fucking rush. I think I wrote to all my friends and family that day, that I had made my first affiliate sale online. One of the best days in my IM career I think. A couple of days went by and I got a couple of more orders. As a last desperate attempt to squeeze more money from my list I tried Facebook ads, because I read somewhere that they usually work. Spent around 15 dollar on advertising, my CTR was really low, think I got 1 or 2 orders from a couple of thousands impressions. Even though my Facebook campaign was a fail I was motivated, I had after all managed to sell something. I continued to read forums and do my research. By accident I found this forum and joined a skype group, this group was dedicated to Reddit upvoting. I joined and hang out there for a while, not doing anything with it really. The first 100$ One day I got together with my friend and we spent some time writing a 500+ article about some cool gadget we had found (By this time my friend wanted to join me along the ride so I let him write some articles for me). We decide to see what Reddit could do in terms of revenue. We submitted our article to Reddit and posted it to the Skype group, went to bed shortly after. Woke up the next day and checked my Amazon account, fucking 300+ orders. I couldn't believe it, I freaked out, 300+ orders! If my first order was a rush, then imagine this. All I can say is daaaaamn, I was filled with adrenaline. Now I was convinced I could achieve something with internet marketing. Dunno how much I made that day, must have been around 50$ or so, it was mostly small orders so no big cash there. I kept doing the same thing for a couple of weeks, wrote news article about something tech related and posted it to Reddit and got some cash from it. Not all articles were a success on Reddit, some failed, some got a couple of hundred visits and some were of course very successful. Somewhere along the way I installed AdSense onto my site to see if I could get even more cash, turns out I was right. One night I submitted an article which became a hit, the next day I saw that I had made more than 100$ with AdSense and Amazon combined! Hooray, another milestone! I quickly realized that I couldn't keep doing this forever as some people became suspicious, so I started to lay low and started planning my next step... I'll continue my journey some time later this week. Forgive me for any spelling mistakes I've made, it's getting late and I'm tired. I hope you people will enjoy reading about me and my journey, maybe it will help you get motivated again, maybe not. Hopefully you'll get something out of it. Take care!