I'm not claiming to be an expert on anything, but there are certain themes and lessons that keep coming up every few months in the blackhat community. The main mistake I see people making over and over again is not diversifying their income streams. Don't get married to a [method] When you find a workable method it's great to scale it up and try to get all you can from it, but don't have that be your sole source of income! How many times have we seen the "google/amazon/facebook/youtube/Craigslist/piratebay changed something and now I'm ruined" posts? It seems like almost every day right? What can we take away from that? Don't depend on just one thing to get by. Let's look at the methods people have tried and failed to survive on in just the last 6 months or so: FB scripts/viral - everybody was making money on that last year, now what? timeline and other BS mostly shut down the money factory. Youtube view increasers - Who didn't get 10's of thousands of illegitimate views a couple months back? Now almost none of the softwares to do this work. Tweetattacks - how many noobs got the free tweetattacks and thought they were on the road to retirement? Now what? 99% are back to looking for a method. High PR private blog links - How many people were ranking with almost all BMR links? Lots, that's how many. We should all look at this and see a pattern here. The same goes for the new google algo. If you're getting 100% of your traffic from google you're setting yourself up to be the next one posting about how things aren't fair and IM is BS. Hopefully everyone reading this will see the writing on the wall and take measures now to ensure that they're not the ones that fall victim to whatever the next major change in IM ends up being. Good luck everyone and please try to diversify if you intend to survive in this game.