To progress in any field of expertise or science without potentially causing harm to one's self or others, one needs to be in the company of those who are qualified in that field. It's pretty much a universal rule. As it was already mentioned, develop a relationship with the Ulama' and Masha'ikh and try to be in their company, and step by step إن شاء الله you'll see progress. This is the bare minimum.
A person doesn't need to be a student of an Alim to get a mas'alah answered from him. Similarly, a person doesn't need to take bay'ah from a qualified Shaikh in order to get benefit from him. Although, it's preferable (and much benefit to have bay'ah with a Shaikh).
Yeah, get in contact with those Masha'ikh and continue correspondence with them. Think about bay'ah later.
Try to be particular in fulfilling your masnun adhkar and tilawah of Qur'an, too. Because it's the foundation.
The basics are:
Daily hizb of the Qur'an
Istighfar and salawat on Rasulullah x100 morning/evening
Subhanallah, alhamdulillah, La ilaha illallah Allahu akbar x100 morning/evening
Masnun Du'as for every situation
Making the Sunnahs before/after Fardh Salah and,
Staying away from sins.