Background So, i've been doing IM for a couple of years before I knew what IM really was. I had made a few websites before..but never knew how to monetize them. I came up with a few blackhat methods to make money with ebay and youtube..but they were temporary. Since i've found this site, I've tried several different methods. I've ranked a couple sites but its always been short lived. I've had some success with affiliate marketing, but the affiliates never seem to stay consistent. They shave or close shop all together. I've been so frustrated every time I think I have a handle on something that will allow me to IM full time, I get the rug pulled out from under me. Which leads us to the now. I'm not fucking around anymore. My favorite musical artist inspired me in one of his interviews. "I wanted to see what happened if I put 110% of myself into one thing." Live or die. Just take something you want, and go after it relentlessly. I've become very adept at a few things in my life. Those being: Building quality looking websites quickly, mashing out graphics on photoshop with impressive speed, and sales. No-brainer..i'm going to mash them all together. Method Started out cold calling people in the local area who had shit sites offering them my services. It works ok, but it is sometimes difficult to get through to people that they NEED to have a better site. Some of these sites..I shit you not, still have latin placeholder text. Some of them havn't been updated since dial-up was a thing. I started smashing my head against the wall with KNOWING I can help them but they refuse. Maybe my lack of sales skill? IDK. I've been pretty successful in other sales ventures when working for other people..but who knows. It also could be the average income in my area. Average income is about $32K a year. After reading a few threads on this thread that also inspired me, I decided to use my skills to the fullest. I'm making sites before I try to sell. This way I can offer something more tangible to the client. What I'm doing right now starting out: 1. Find websites locally that are shit. (Super easy task) 2. Make them a better website, sweet and sexy. Mobile friendly. 3. E-mail the client explaining that I'm a local resident that enjoys making websites for local clients. Explain why their site sucks and how it could be costing them money. 4. Sell them the website for $500. If they need or want my hosting i'll provide it for free for a year. 5. People who don't respond, I will be calling after a few days to follow up. 6. People who decline, I will save their name in my failed list..then call them up 2 weeks later. At that point I'll tell them, the site is made, and I don't want it to go to waste. If they like the site..just let me know what you feel like its worth. If its anything reasonable its theirs. I'll also be trying to tie in offering a website rental to lower income businesses. $30 a month to rent the site to avoid putting up a lot of cash up front. Of course once they have the site, I can then offer up-sales. Taking a couple things I've learned from IM: I plan on adding all my clients to a mailing list and sending them a bi-weekly email giving them some tips and offering my services. I'll also be split testing everything. From how I write my e-mail, to my scripts for calling, my prices, and so on. If I can make $3k a month doing this...it would be life changing. I've never made more than $1500 a month on a steady basis my whole life..and I'm almost 30 years old. (Fuck me right?) Anyway..i'm not giving up on this. I'm not going to get distracted with some other easy method that looks nice. I'm going to tweak and tweak until this works. Will post updates regularly. What I accomplished today: Knocked out 3 websites and sent e-mails to those clients. I'm getting ready to knock one more out before I go to bed.