Well, my business went under, so I started talking to him and I got interested in this whole IM thing. He showed me a few things, including the Warrior Forum, and I began to study and learn how this online business actually works. I studied things like The Keyword Academy (fantastic, slow-paced course that I still think the world of), some of Sean Donahoe's methods (which I completely disagree with, look through my older posts to see why), and some other methods from a private mentor that I stumbled across and became good friends with.
Well, I've been out of the game for the last 6 months, and I decided last week to get started again. Guess what I did? I didn't run to the WF to spend hours reading the latest and greatest tips. I didn't surf through TKA or Pat Flynn (awesome guy btw) or Niche Pursuits (another great read that I enjoy when I have free time).
I did about 20 minutes worth of keyword research, picked out 5 easy-to-rank kws, wrote 5 articles, built a site, silo'ed it, and then started backlinking. I managed to pick-up an EMD and I rolled. All-in-all, I spent 5 hours on the entire thing (up until I started backlinking). I subscribed to Paul's backlinks and got the March 50-pack, and I'm sticking up 5 of his backlinks a day for 10 days since my site's a new site. I'm also doing my own searches for EDUs and GOVs.
This brings me to my post here. I came strolling through here today because I enjoy helping people out. I like commenting on new threads where I think the person is genuinely asking a question, and I really love seeing when people hit the little thank you button under my posts. (I get a warm feeling inside.)
Instead, though, I see post after post after post of people who are stuck in Information Stagnation (my word). They just want to find the cheapest this or the best way to do that, and they're failing to see one thing. It's the biggest secret I've ever seen in any business, let alone the IM business:
The secret is work.
Quit reading. Don't click the links in my signature. Don't read any other threads. Take whatever you have already learned, get into the Google Keyword Tool, do some research, and buy a domain. Install WordPress. Write some articles. DO IT ALL YOURSELF THE FIRST TIME. You will never know if you are getting a good return on your money if you don't know what to expect, so quit trying to pay people to do something you don't want to do and JUST DO IT YOURSELF!
And if you're really deadset on giving away any possible profits before you've even made them, send me a private message and I'll give you my PayPal address and you can just give me your money.