Sorry for the long post, but here goes... Hey All - I really hope I can get a little help from someone as I feel like I am totally lost. For some reason, I can't seem to get my sh*t together with IM. I know that every failure I experience puts me one step closer to success, but jeez - I would have thought I would be done failing by now! I am currently working full time, and paying my way through "Internet Marketing" university by studying these forums and taking action almost every night and most weekends. My goal is to be able to do the stereotypical, "quit my day job" and do IM full time, so I am looking to implement some stable money-making IM strategies that I can build upon for years to come rather than "quick hits" (like some e-whoring stuff). I make pretty good money now so I have a ways to go, but heck, at this point, I am almost making nothing - $100/month in IM money would be a VAST improvement over where I am today! I have been lurking (and scantily posting) here for a while, and I absolutely love it here, but I think there may be too much info here! Anyway, in addition to reading and studying, I have also put several things in place (already taking action), and to date, I have made very little (probably negative) and am starting to wonder how I can get on the right track. I have been trying so many things looking for that "spark" of something that I somewhat enjoy, can scale and can make a buck at... but so far... nada! Some of the things I have done: Adsense/flipping sites: Set up about 5-6 of these about 3 months ago (about 5-6 pages each) - did all the KW research (maybe I am not so good at it), promoted them with social bookmarking, built links to the sites, SENuke, etc. To date, one site averages about $2/day this month - the others pennies. The one I am making some money on looks like I got lucky - meaning I am not so sure what I did so right to recreate that and scale it up with other sites. Domain Flipping: I bought about 25 domains based on local businesses from a method I read about at WF. The domains are something along the lines of http://www.mycityDUI Lawyer.com. The idea was to buy attractive local business type sites, set up quick WP blogs, and then send mass emailings to similiar businesses and ask if they were interested in buying the site. I set them all up, and did one round of emailing with 1 domain and not only did I not get a response, but I found I really didn't like this method as I could not see myself doing this everyday. I have since taken of these domains that gets decent traffic and built a ton of BL's to it and got it to rank top 5 for the desired KW, but I have yet to try and sell it. Google Trends: Tried SEVERAL rounds of this (creating a quick blog/site based around a volcanic trend and social bookmarking, nuking etc) and got nowhere - in fact, I put so much excitement and energy and sometimes money into this I found this was the most frustrating attempts I made - I really expected to see something from following the ideas laid out for me, but to see nothing was frustrating, and ultimately, I decided this was not a method I would feel comfortable "quitting my day job" for - I am looking for something a little more stable. Affiliate Promotion: Created 2-3 full featured blogs with unique content articles, targeted KW's based on KW research, promoted affiliate products. Starting to get decent traffic, and getting about 20 clicks a day for one particular campaign, but no sales! I really like this method, as the procedure I have followed is somewhat easy and enjoyable. And I have been outsourcing all of the content creation, etc., so I can scale this to the moon once I get some ROI... Bum Marketing: Created about 25 articles around same topics/subjects as one of my niche blogs. Each unique article targeted a specific KW, and included some sales copy in the resource box linking to the aff sales page (by way of redirect) as well as a KW anchor link to the same page of my blog built around the same KW. Again, getting a spark of traffic and clicks, but so far no sales. This latest round of 25 articles was accepted by ezine about 3-4 weeks ago. This was a really easy project for me - I outsourced the 25 articles and just submitted them to Ezine - EASY! But no CASH! LOL My Own Product: I actually have an idea for a site that will allow me to sell my own creation (physical product), as well as some other products that I can get a decent markup on, but I am a bit hesitant about this so far because of state taxes, registering as a business, etc. I like the simplicity of affiliate promotion, but there is probably more money in selling my own stuff. MY RESOURCES: Hard Work Ethic (I can sleep when I'm dead... may be soon though! J/K) Will and Desire to make this work and to Succeed Some time - somewhat limited though (See next) Money - I do have money to throw at some of these experiments Merchant Account - for what it's worth Lots of internet experience/know-how So there it is... seems to me like I am very close to getting something to spark and start on the real path to making some money and financial independence, BUT... some days it just feels like I am going nowhere. Any ideas?