Hi all, I'm curious -- how long has everyone here been involved in the industry? How did you get started? My story: Sometime during the summer of 2004, I was surfing the net one day at work, looking for ways to make some extra money on the side. I had been wanting to make money online for a while, but I was having a hard time figuring out specifically how to go about making this happen. I thought about being an online day trader, but that didn't work out. I tried this with fake money, and I didn't make a fake profit... so I dropped the idea. I found some interesting sites where you could "perform" on a webcam for money. Now, this would have been extremely profitable for me, because, well... *ahem* -- never mind. LOL! ;D (For the record, just to be clear -- I did not do this.) Finally (that one day at work), I stumbled onto the concept of "affiliate programs." I thought it was an interesting idea, although at the time, I only knew about the Amazon.com affiliate program. That night, I came up with an idea. I was going to build a website about my favorite bands -- a fan site, I suppose, and then I would link to the Amazon.com site and make a profit if anyone bought a CD through my link. But before I got started on that project, I did more research on the affiliate concept, and I discovered that there were many more options out there besides Amazon. I somehow found CAP, and I spent weeks reading the forums, researching all the options, and getting excited over the amount of money some people claimed they were making. There was a "how much do you make each month" poll there that blew my mind. I remember thinking to myself, "these figures are per month??!" Shortly after that, I dove in and got to work. I knew very little about being a webmaster -- I was a chemical engineer -- so I had a lot of learning to do. I taught myself HTML, CSS, PHP, how to use a database, how to upload files via FTP, how to take screenshots, edit images, and so on. Three years later, after a lot of hard work, I left my job as an engineer last November to do this full-time. So, that's my story.... ;D I'd love to know how everyone else got started! How did you find out about affiliate marketing, online casinos, and such?