Now I believe if I had to start fresh, I could get to where I am now within a month or two (instead of a couple years). Knowledge, and the right work ethic is your greatest asset!
Here's an example of what I'm talking about.
A couple weeks ago, I brought up a question. I found a great keyword, but the .com/net/org were all taken. I had to choose to either add a prefix, suffix, or hyphens. From your input, I decided to add a suffix to the end of my 2 word keyword. The google keyword tool told me there were 160,000 searches a month (global)! Traffic travis showed me the competition and told me it would be "relatively easy" to compete.
I bought the domain (.com) and put together a 5 page site using Dreamweaver. I then built an "open" link wheel using 10 properties. This was Tuesday. Wednesday morning (less than 12 hours!) I checked, and the site was indexed. I was ecstatic! Thursday was Thanksgiving so I didn't do much (but I had a $100 day on Thanksgiving!). This morning, on a whim, I checked my keywords, not really expecting to find much. I was SHOCKED to find I am #4 on PAGE ONE for my chosen keyword!
For those who struggle to make pennies a day, understand it WILL happen for you, and suddenly, one day, everything will just start coming together.
The information you'll find here is solid. Just listen, learn and DO. I know there are many methods out there, but for me, I follow what Lisa has said and concentrate all my efforts (for now) on a couple web sites rather than 100 sites each making $1. It made sense to me, that if you have a small site making money, why not put up another page on that site with a SIMILAR keyword and go after THAT traffic. It pays, at least for me, to stay focused.
Some of you have no idea how much you've helped others to succeed. I just wanted to let those who are still struggling, and ready to give up, that this stuff really does work!