I began starting to work in IM a few months ago, and I had little to no success. I recently caught up with things here on the forums and a lot has changed. I read around a bit and I'm starting to see that Adsense sites don't seem like they're worth it anymore. I see people who have 1st page rankings and then some guy blasts their sites with crappy links and they lose it all. I'm looking to get back into things; but not with adsense and MNS. It just doesn't seem worth it for the time and effort as you can lose it all so quickly. What is effective anymore? What kind of methods still work?