How To Earn $1,000 With Nothing But Pure Blackhat SEO Spam

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Today you are going to get a sneak peak of how someone ranked a site with nothing but Blackhat SEO spam and is earning over $1,000 a month with it.

Not only that, but the site has defeated the latest Google Algorithm updates including Penguin & Panda 4.1 which was released a couple of days ago.

Lots of people are going crazy in forums right now claiming that duplicate content & link spam doesn’t work anymore – this case study proves them wrong.

What You Will Learn

  • How to beat Panda 4.0 & the latest Penguin update
  • How to build a website with spam
  • How to rank a website with Blackhat SEO spam
  • How to earn over $1,000 per month
  • The exact method & Blackhat SEO strategies used

Introducing Nick Joleson

My name is Nick Joleson & I run NoobWarrior.com I’ve spent a bit of time ranking blackhat SEO spam websites & wanted to share my experience with you.

Matthew asked me to do this post a couple of weeks back. While I agreed to do it, I was a little hesitant due to the predicted May Penguin update.

I wasn’t sure when/if it arrived my pure spam site would survive. So it felt strange to write a case study on a site that may no longer rank by the time the post was published.

panda 4.0 update

Well today is the 22nd May and amidst the chaos of the current Google updates, including Panda 4, I am happy to say my test site is still ranking well.

I did take a small hit on the rank progress for the main term, but that is so minor it hasn’t actually affected the sites income.

In fact the site is earning more now because lots of competitors got slapped with the recent update.

Kicking Off With The Results Of Blackhat SEO

Before I go into more detail about what I did & more specifically how I did it, I wanted to show you the results after 4 months blackhat SEO spam link building using nothing but GSA Search Engine Ranker.

The site has been making $1000+ a month in commissions since mid-February, which is 3 weeks after I began building links to it. The site was dormant 2 months prior to that so it had time to be indexed.

Here is a screen grab from GWT showing some the search queries my site now appears on.

Google Webmaster Tools Querys

Current Site Rankings – After Panda 4.0

These are the current rankings of the site AFTER the release of Panda 4.0 on Google.com (USA).

  • 100 1st page terms
  • 32 are in 1st place

Blackhat SEO site rankings

Below you can see some additional graphs from RankTracker for a selection of the long tail terms I was targetting with the site.

You can see everything from the moment I started to build links to the site-

RT1

RT2

RT3

Here is the tracking of the root term of the site. You can see it had made it up to page two than began its dive back down after the last updates.

ranks-key

Fortunately the site drove very little traffic from this term so the revenue impact in minimal.

Website Traffic

So let’s take a quick look at traffic behind the scenes. You can see a slight dip around the time of the Penguin update but then it picks back up.

GA

GA2

How I Did It – Step By Step

In this case study I will show you how I ranked a 10 page niche site using GSA Search Engine Ranker and just one page of unique content.

It will assume you have basic knowledge of SEO, building a WordPress site, using GSA Search Engine Ranker & Kontent Machine 3

None of these are tools are hard to get started with and Matthew has produced a neat guide to GSA SER and a kontent machine review if you need help.

Just to be clear, the case study below was the first time I used these tools so no previous link building experience is necessary.

For this case study I used:

Choosing A Niche

First you need to find your niche and some products to target. I made sure my niche had at least 3 products offering good commissions. 

Don’t waste your time with anything under $20 a pop. For this case study I used a sub-niche of skincare.

Finding The Target Keywords

First I headed over to Google keyword planner to find some key high traffic buying terms for my niche.

I was looking for things like:

{Best|Buy|Top} niche {treatment|Product|Solution}

That had high monthly exact match searches. In this case of around 8000 – 12000.

Now these are obviously going to be competitive, so ranking a pure spam site using GSA SER and blackhat SEO for these terms while not impossible may not be a realistic goal.

What we want are long tails based on these core terms. Things like:

{Best|Buy|Top} niche product {treatment|Product|Solution} + {For Men|For Teens|Sensitive Skin}

Use the Google LPI to assist you with this part, perform a load of manual searches pulling up all the LSI and making a note of them on a spreadsheet.

LPI

Perform further searches using each relevant LSI to build up your list. We will need these later to use as GSA SER anchor texts.

By now I had a key search term (with variants) along with lots of long tail versions to target.

I did not worry if the traffic to these LSI or long tail terms were low or showed a “-“ in the keyword planner.

Choosing a Domain Name

I always use an exact or partial match domain name. It’s highly likely that the exact match domain you want will be gone so use “search term” + “Extra”.

Make sure it’s relevant and not too spammy looking. I always use a fresh domain name to avoid problems.

Get a .com unless you are targeting a specific country and avoid hyphens.

Building The Website

The first task was to build a simple website that compared 3/4 products and promotes one as the clear a winner.  

The main thing is to use a clean template that adds authority. I always look for what is ranking in my niche and emulate the best looking template to build my own site.

This is the site structure I used-

  • Homepage
  • 3/4x Product review pages
  • 10x PLR Articles for posts grouped into related niche categories

Homepage

The homepage is what most of the work goes into. I used a HTML table to create a product comparison matrix or you could create a graphic one.

Remember a HTML table will provide better SEO opportunities as Google can’t read images the same as a HTML table.

Over 75% of the click through traffic will go to the “winning” product, so I made sure it is based on the best commissions, best conversion and the one that was the easiest sell.

Looking at competitor sites will help determine this.

I then created a further 1500 words of unique content to add flesh and authority to the homepage. The bulk of this was added after the comparison table.

You should end up with something like this:

example

The main thing to remember is that we are only attempting to rank the homepage.

That means the homepage content needs to be unique. It doesn’t mean you have to write it from scratch.

I look at the other sites in my niche that were ranking, steal the bits I like and rewrite the content.

The reality is the comparison table is going to do most of the leg work, you just need some unique, keyword rich content to assist with the ranking and add some authority.

I made sure the key search term + long tail was in the Page Title <H1> and <H2> title tags.

Don’t keyword stuff. Just write naturally and use some key terms we identified in step one. GSA SER will do the rest…

Building The Remaining Pages

The rest of the site comprises of either PLR or content copied from the web. I create a product review page for each product, then bulk out the site with the PLR content.

We are only interested in ranking the homepage. In this case study, no other pages are original content. Just add images and link out to authority sites where appropriate in the PLR posts.

We are building a pure spam site so we want to cut as many corners as possible but still have the ability to rank.

Link Building

With the link building side of things we are going to use the tiered link building approach. Check out this video of seo tiers explained if you don’t know what that is.

This is where GSA SER, a VPS and some proxies come into play, alongside a content generator like Kontent Machine.

Using Kontent Machine 3 to generate all of the tiered content I aimed to build out a tiered link structure as quickly as possible using spam content.

Setting Up GSA Search Engine Ranker

GSA SER was set up on a VPS using about 20 shared proxies. Check out Matthew’s tutorial if you need help.

There was no fixed rule to its setup and as I learned more about the program I started to change things around.

Here you see the tier structure I used with the number of links built after a few weeks-

GSA blackhat SEO tier protection

The target sites for the tiers were as follows:

Tier One CDF + Two CDF and Three CDF

I wanted the links that make up the actual tiers to be able to pass link juice down to the money site so I set for Contextual Do Follow links only.

The easy way to do this is right click on the target sites:

GSA-Target

“Check All” then select “Uncheck No follow” and “Uncheck No Contextual”. That removes most unwanted link types.

I then manually deselect video types, social network and bookmarks.

GSA-T1

I set GSA to begin building links to the newly forming Tier 1 as soon as they were verified. This was the same for the Tiers 2 and 3.

Keyword Anchor Text

GSA SER has an excellent anchor text generator. I targeted my main keywords then used a percentage of LSI, partial, generic and naked url anchors pointing to the money site.

GSA-AT

There was no hard rule I followed, I just made sure there was a good range of terms pointing to the money site. I would play around with this every time I uploaded fresh content to the tier.

Every so often I would check in Ahrefs what the anchor cloud looked like and tweak accordingly.

For the lower tiers I just used “search terms” and naked urls.

To build links to your links, use this option:

GSA-TL

Also, it is important to re-verfiy the links each day. Because we are building the tiered structure on the fly, using a lot of spam content, a lot of links get removed.

Therefore in the options for each tier, set the following:

GSA-RV

This keeps the links in the tier structure up to date and prevents building links to dead ones.

Tier One, Tier 2 & Tier 3 Secondary

These are the lower quality links used to help power up the tiered structure. You can throw any link types at this that’s not used in the main tiers.

I hold back on volume to the money site, with just one or two links a day, but on the tiers themselves I just let GSA SER rip and build what it can.

Start building these links as soon as your tier structure becomes verified. It helps index them as well.

GSA-T1S

Just copy my choices above if you want!

Generating Spam Content

Here I used pure spam generated by Kontent Machine 3 working with the GSA SER template output.

I used relevant keywords to scrape content against and changed the tier quality for each output.

To be honest I did not pay too much attention to the output and changed it up every time I generated a fresh batch to refresh each tier.

GSA can add authority links and images, so it’s up to you which way around you do it.

The only thing it seems to effect is how sticky the tier one content is and whether it survives a manual review, which is unlikely either way. We are going for quantity over quality.

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Wrapping It Up

All of this took roughly a day’s work, although there was an ongoing learning curve with GSA SER and its plugins over the past few months.

The site has survived the latest round of Google updates including Panda 4.0 & continues to drive a modest yet regular source of income. Around $3000 to date.

I have used this exact model from this site to create more in other niches which are also now starting to rank.

Does basic spam filled tiered link building work in a post Penguin & Panda world?

I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Please feel free to check out my blog & ask any questions in the comments below!

June 5th Rankings & Earnings Update

Thanks everyone for the great feedback on the post. It was very interesting to write given all the Google activity that took place last month.

While I understand that this style of Internet Marketing is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is effective and deserves its place.

Almost 2 weeks have passed, plus what was rumoured to be another update or tweak was made by Google last week.

From the traffic stats, you can see very little has changed in real terms. There was a dip over last weekend where I thought the site was finally crashing, but then it picked up straight after.

Google analyics screenshot

Here are the highlights of the sites performance:

The Bad News:

  • GWT is still reporting a lower set of impressions, but that doesn’t seem to affect traffic
  • 5 terms have moved into #2 where larger authority sites have appeared at the top
  • After reaching 12th, the root term dropped out of top 100 (US) or on page 9 (UK)

GWT

The Good News:

  • Despite all the updates, May was best month with over $1100 in commissions
  • Site still takes 24 #1 slots
  • Traffic remains stable
  • Commissions still coming in
  • One product review page (that is all duplicate content) is in #4 for main review term

RT

I think that the penalty that affected the site the most came from the Payday loans 2.0 update, not Panda 4.0.

This is due to the change in ranking/Impressions of the key terms happening a few days before Panda was released.

I am continuing to build links to the site to see if the main terms can recover ground or not. The next point of interest will be the release of Penguin!

July 16th Rankings & Earnings Update

Well another month has passed and I continue to get a lot of feedback on the original post which is great. Many people still ask whether the site ranks, which I am happy to say it does.

It is approaching the $5k mark in total affiliate sales since I started building links. The main product is almost at $4k and the other products make up the rest.

It’s a shame the exchange rate to UK sterling sucks right now! Still it’s a good haul, plus I have gained so much invaluable knowledge.

I stopped building links for around a month at the end of June/beginning July as wanted to take some time to tweak GSA SER and clean up the bloated site lists. Plus I went on holiday with my family and detox my brain from computers.

This timeout from link building saw a decline in some of the number 1 spot rankings plus affiliate sales dropped by 30%.

I started hitting it hard again last week with my newly cleaned GSA SER setup with shiny lists and have already seen a boost in rankings and sales.

Progress So Far

  • Traffic although not as high as pre-Panda update is still between 50-80 visits a day
  • With 5-15 clickthrough’s a day to product sites
  • Traffic shows day on day increase since restarting link building
  • The site has 14 #1 ranks (with 9 jumping back after new link building campaign)
  • A total of 9 #2 ranks
  • Then 22 other 1st page results
  • That’s a total of 44 page one terms (google.com)
  • Still no top 100 ranking for the main term

All Time Traffic

There has been a small decline in traffic but it is still stable-

Quick traffic update

A Closer Look At Traffic

If we take a closer look at traffic the past week you can see an uplift since link building was restarted last week-

Traffic by channel

Rank Tracking

One of my primary terms has remained stable in the #1 position, here are the rankings from day 1 to now-

ranktracker update

One of the other primary terms I was tracking has remained strong, dropping the #1 spot but reclaiming it shortly after-

ranktracker stats

Below you can see the current rankings for all of the terms I’m tracking. There is a large drop for some of the secondary terms but they will recover once the new wave of link building kicks in-

all tracked terms

Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Let me know if you have more questions.

October 8th Rankings & Earnings Update

It’s been few months since I last checked in on Mathew’s blog and summer is well and truly over. During which we’ve seen yet another Panda update (4.1) as well as a full frontal manual attack by Google on PBN’s. There are also rumours of Penguin just around the corner.

With regards to the case study site I am pleased to say it’s still sticking. July saw its best month ever making over $1300 although it quietened down in August and September to closer to the $600 mark. This month is looking good so far so we’ll see how it pans out.

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Looking at the stats, traffic has started to drop a little but overall has remained fairly stable.

google traffic all time

Here we can see the last 30 days and the Panda 4.1 roll out. It had little effect. As you can see there was an all time low a few days ago and I thought the site was about to die, but then it bounced back.

google traffic for the week

With regards to ranking, little has changed.

  • 15 #1 spots
  • 10 #2 and #3 spots
  • 18 rest of first page spots

current blackhat seo ranking keywords

That makes 43 different tracked terms on page 1.

Obviously these are long-tail, low volume terms. The big money term I got to position 12 with got hit back in May and now ranks in a lowly 88th place.

However the point is the site still ranks, generates traffic and sales. The site has made over $7000 to date, with over $5300 coming from one product alone.

Not bad for the work I put in. In fact I have spent more time blogging about it than it took to build it!

Blackhat SEO earnings so far

I still continue to build links to the site and have started a new push in anticipation of the next Penguin release. It will be interesting to see what happens.

If it is hit, I will duplicate the site onto a brand new domain, 301’ing the old one to it to see what happens.

Either way, I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, good luck and stay focussed.

November 20th Rankings & Earnings Update (After Penguin 3.0)

First off, sorry for the late update, there is a good reason for this I promise. I became a father again just days after Google released their last update, so I have been up to my eyeballs in new born duties and sleepless nights. In fact as I write, I have a baby asleep on my chest!

To answer everyone’s question, yes the site got hit with the last Penguin update. It got hit hard. This came as no surprise and I had been anticipating it for a while.

old site analytics

You can see when it hit traffic just disappeared, all but a bit of Bing and Yahoo. RIP.

Recovering The Site Was Easy

Once I realised the site was over, I set about with the next phase. This was to take a fresh domain that I had prepared a few months back and clone the old site on to it. For this I used a WordPress plugin called Duplicator.

It’s the best plugin I have found so far and makes site cloning a breeze. Prior to the cloning, I did a fresh WordPress install and used some highly unique spun copy in a related niche. This allowed the site to become indexed. This is not necessary but will speed up the process that follows.

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Once this was done, I set up a 301 redirect from the old domain to the new one. There are a number of ways to do this, the simplest being to set it up using the Cpanel redirect function or to edit the .htaccess script for the old site.

Make sure it’s a 301 and nothing else. Don’t forget to redirect both www and non-www versions. You will find plenty of guides online showing how to do this so don’t panic if you don’t get it.

Once the site was cloned and the redirect was in place, it was just a waiting game.

Luckily it was not too long…

new-site-ga

You can see that Google picked up the power of the redirect very quickly and began to send traffic to the site within days.

It caught me off guard when I received a sale alert just 48 hours after the switch over.

As you can see the traffic started off quickly at about a 3rd of what it was. Since then I began to build links using GSA to the new domain, but at a slower rate of a handful a day.

ahrefs-gsa-links

I had been talking to a friend about the sites progress and I sent him some links to see. At this point I had not built many links, but he was like hey man, there are 1000’s of links pointing to the site. Confused, I fired up Ahrefs again to discover this on the non-www version:

ahrefs-neg-seo

At the time it was about 1200 domains but they have started to decay now. At first I thought it was a negative SEO attack but upon closer inspection it was lots of links with Chinese anchors built to non-existent pages.

It did not have the signs of an attack and just seems like a random event. The site wasn’t even ranking at the time.

I am not sure what effect these links are having, but the reality is I am building links like this anyway so it doesn’t really matter.

Results So Far

The site is starting to do a lot better, you can see from the traffic chart that there has been uplift in visits and in the last 2 days about 4 sales have dropped in. This is due to a recent uplift in ranking.

RT-Rankings

So far the site has:

  • 41 page one terms
  • 29 Position 5 or above

Its still not where it was but it is certainly getting there. The new site has made $200 since launch and is gathering momentum as it gains rank with Blackhat SEO.

I will step up the blackhat SEO link building over the next few days to try and take some number one slots and get the traffic back to its former levels and hopefully the sales as well… I have an extra mouth to feed after all!

I’ll keep you updated as always.

647 Responses

  1. 5.23.2014

    Great job… But it is sad in my eyes… I have been doing whitehat for the last months and now my site took a big hit and went on the 8th page of Google search results. Meanwhile spam sites get to the top.
    This algorithm is still doing to many mistakes!

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Thats the game we play! There is no such thing as white hat – if you build a link, you break webmaster guidelines.

      • June 5th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        that’s true even i you asked for just one link no matter what it is then you are no more calling it whitehat

      • June 6th, 2014 at 12:04 am

        This is retarded… You’re smart but, this comment is just brain dead… Building a link is not against webmaster guidelines…

        • June 7th, 2014 at 2:26 am

          “Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.”

          • November 20th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            It’s funny that someone would argue with you about the guidelines when they haven’t even read it. lol Guys this has been in Google’s webmaster guidelines for ever. That’s why Cutts never says go out and get a link by asking for it. For the express purpose of increasing rank.

      • June 9th, 2014 at 6:05 am

        I quickly realized that whitehat just isn’t enough with the new update to Google’s algorithm. It seems like the past few updates have actually catered more to spam sites and have actually made the results worse.

      • July 12th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        the statement “There is no such thing as white hat – if you build a link, you break webmaster guidelines.” Is 100% right ! and simply I don’t believe everything said my MattCutts about their Google Algorithm Updates. Because literately it is not possible to bring a 100% perfect algorithm to prevent spammers! and Their is nothing illegal to test search engine algorithm.

        Thanks a Lot for This Tutorial.

        • July 13th, 2014 at 12:26 am

          The truth is white or black hat does not exist. There is a single algorithm looking for certain parameters – we just have to fit within them.

      • July 17th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Amen Brother!!!

      • January 5th, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Your “BOSS” ness is on a whole another level. Can’t wait to read this entire post.

      • January 15th, 2016 at 6:41 am

        There is no s*** hat (white hat). Google is just playing with webmasters. That is why it is changing it’s algorithm frequently. The only sentence I believe- “when it is right for your business it is right for SEO” . That’s it

    • May 27th, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Sadly like Matt’s said in the above comment, ‘white hat’ can get a bit confused. If you took a bit hit like you say you did, it’s likely you weren’t doing things right. E.g. over-optimised anchor text in the links that were built to your site.

    • June 8th, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Great Share Matt, and I can say, I like “blackhat” more.

      I have experienced working hard building good website with unique paid article and great backlink, but you know what happened? after three month building the site, I reached 2k+ visitor per day, and reached $70-100$ a day from adsense, Google banned me just before payment and the goggle update kicked my site out of top 10 to 50+ pages. since then , yeah Duck you google and whitehat seo.

      Now, I enjoy making $1000+ / month from ads ( of course no more google adsense). using 100% copied and “rubbish” content, paid none to writer.

  2. 5.23.2014

    Even I had ranked a site solely with the help of GSA links and it went about making four sales. After that Google took it down. If you want to see the case study it;s here http://seekdefo.com/ranked-niche-site-page-google-11-days-2/

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Nice share thanks!

    • May 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Can you please let me know the current ranking of the website?

      I saw many people WSOs, other methods, but when I search that keywords such sites even does not exist in the search results and also fully deindexed!

      • May 26th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        The site is still ranking the same as the charts show above which were generated on the 21st May.

        Nick

        • June 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

          Hi Nick, thanks for the article very interesting. I’m just wondering why VPS?

          Is there a reason you don’t use a separate Shared Hosting account?

          Is it due to the dedicated IP? I know that most Shared Hosting providers allow you to bolt on a dedicated IP.

          Or is there another reason?

          thanks

          • June 23rd, 2014 at 1:15 am

            A VPS is a windows machine hosted on a dedicated server that you can remote into and install programs/run things like GSA SER. The benefits is it doesnt use any local resources, is turned on/running 24/7 and has huge bandwidth for turning up the threads. I’m using PowerUpHosting

          • June 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

            Ok, i understand thanks Matt for the answer. Which package would you recommend for me to buy?

            I will be running the programs you mention in your tiered link building tutorials.

            ta!

          • July 2nd, 2014 at 1:21 am

            The 2GB one would do the trick!

          • July 6th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

            Would the 2GB package be enough to run GSA and GScraper on the same VPS? Assuming I want to run GSA on 150 – 200 threads.

          • July 6th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

            I would push to the next level up if I were you!

          • July 7th, 2014 at 8:18 am

            Yeah I went with SSD 4. Enjoy the commission 😉 You’ve deserved it!

          • July 7th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

            Thanks very much – although it doesn’t look like that tracked :( Do you have a receipt/order number?

            Thanks

  3. 5.23.2014

    The title was annoying for me and i knew that matt can’t write this kind of post. Well! i hate spam and you should also because it snatches piece of cake from people working hard and creating good quality content. Matt why you allowed this kind of post on your quality blog? what would you feel if somebody uses the techniques and ranks in all of your focused keywords better than you? I think we should be with Google to fight against spam, because people against Google only get hits from Google. I bet Nick’s blog be safe forever, wait for 3 to 4 more panda and penguin updates and see the magic. Didn’t like this post. Thanks

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      You know I’m a black hat SEO at heart and the success of this blog was made off the back of link spam tutorials right?

      • Al
        May 23rd, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        What a dufuss lol

        • Hammad Rafique
          May 24th, 2014 at 11:16 am

          Oh em dufus? you might be new to SEO that’s why believing in tiered link building,, i disagree with it because i don’t see it long term. check this: http://www.jacobking.com/broken-tiered-link-building and i my opinion SEO that will work in 2020 is a good type of SEO. Real SEO persons don’t teach techniques like this..

          • May 24th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            A real SEO realises that the SEO strategy you choose needs to align to your business strategy. There is no on size fits all strategy. If you read Jacobs post, he is advocating tiered link building, just with a different structure.

          • seobs
            May 25th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

            What shall I say, spam always works and will keep on working.

            However people make it sound easier then it is, as GSA and all that c*** has a huge learning curve, or maybe not that but it takes huge amounts of time to gather those auto approve lists. Not really a 1 day work thing at all.

            I don’t really get why you’re being such cheap a** though by borrowing content from others. Just get 10 articles written for $50,-. Is that to much for a site that makes $1k/month?

          • May 26th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            You don’t need an auto approve list with GSA and why spend $50 if you don’t need to spend $50 ^^

          • Nick
            May 26th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

            Yes, GSA SER has a learning curve, and sometimes gets updated 3 times a day. However to get it started takes only a few hours and the site lists build themselves.

            Most of the content on the site was using PLR articles, which were paid for. It is just not unique.

            Paying $50 for 10 articles will probably mean they read worse than the spam KM generates! 😉

            Nick

          • Emmett Moore
            June 6th, 2014 at 5:59 am

            Hammad, I liked your comment. It was honest.

      • May 23rd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        It is true, I used Matts tiered link building tutorials to base this case study on!

    • Stefan
      May 24th, 2014 at 7:17 am

      lol Hammad don’t be a lame cry baby

      “because it snatches piece of cake from people working hard and creating good quality content”
      Sounds like Matt Cutts fanboy talk which ends up broke and penalized, SEO is not for you.

      • May 24th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        We don’t make the rules :)

      • May 24th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        Yes em a fan boy of matt cutts but not of mattewoodward because matt is in google not a blogger teaching spam and one more thing. I am in favor of good content and may be i end up with panda update but people penalized by updates have higher number of people doing spam. Best of luck for ur spam. We you ll be penalized, come to me i shall teach u about great content. Happy spamming.., :)

        • May 24th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          I think you still fail to see the difference between adjusting your SEO campaign to meet your goals. There is no 1 right way to do it – if you want to make money fast, you would use a different strategy than if you want to try and rank long term. It all depends on your goal and what you want to achieve with it.

          If you want to make a bunch of money really quickly and aren’t worried about getting penalised – link spam is the way forward.

          I get the great content model, this site is an example of that http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/experiments/google-webmaster-guidelines-experiment/ But I also have a bunch of sites whose sole purpose is to rank quickly and make money quickly – I fully expect they will be penalised, which is perfectly fine because there are more sites ready to take their place when they do happen.

          The other benefit to ranking spam sites that get penalised is you learn more about SEO with those than anything else!

          Look at this case study Nick has put together for example, he has literally done everything that everyone says you should never do because it doesn’t work anymore. The truth is, it still works just as good now as it did in 2004 – Matt Cutts ‘claims’ it doesn’t.

          • May 29th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

            You said it Matthew!

          • June 6th, 2014 at 9:35 am

            “The other benefit to ranking spam sites that get penalised is you learn more about SEO with those than anything else!”

            Tell it Matthew!

          • June 7th, 2014 at 2:18 am

            Not really anything to tell, its just builds your accumulative knowledge and experience

          • November 20th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

            But one thing is true man, we’re making the web worst, not better…

          • November 21st, 2014 at 12:12 am

            You said you get 50-80 visitors a day. How can you make $7k from that traffic ? What you sell ? Heroin ?
            I mean I have site that has roughly the same amount of visitors, a bit less, completely spam, the content, the links, everything, it was a test I did, and it is generating some cash, but like $10/month on adsense and about $10/month on amazon.
            I’m more or less happy with it btw. $20/mo is not that bad, maybe I can create 100 like those and fire my clients and start working on something that I like… dreaming does not cost money!

        • June 13th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

          If you don’t like spam and black hat why the f*** you are here? You don’t like matthew woodward why are you reading his articles?

    • May 26th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Dude,

      There is no right or wrong in this business. If you are claiming to be so pure, why did you read the post in the first place? We all are looking after generating money from Internet. If you don’t like spam and you rather work you a** off, that’s fine, you can follow whatever you believe in. Nevertheless, online marketing, as any other businesses, can be tweaked in order to generate an income. I’m pretty sure that you have a wonderful time writing tons of content and waiting for a little improvement while other people are using their time to rank their stuff in less time so their income can come faster. It’s a matter of opinion. You have the right to think whatever you want but don’t come up with this “mommy scolding”

      • May 26th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        On top of that, this is marketing. Not exactly the nicest/kindest industry to work in.

        • October 9th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

          Hey Mat, I don’t think you have to defend yourself why you did anything. There are actually the right way to rank your website. I think your way is actually more work from the way I read it :)

          The way the search engines work is all about trusted and unfortunately today it is still relying on ‘BOT’ to verify if a content is trust by the way of ‘quantity’.

          A computer no matter how sophisticated will not be able to discern this factor so fast – in another word it can only do how much :)

          That is why in the last PBN massacre it has to go after wordpress CMS. So the key here is – no foot print – nothing massive – slow and steady and ‘diversified’.

      • June 5th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        I agree with Ozkar, There is no right or wrong, if you build link bait articles, or build links by commenting on niche relevant blogs (AKA building links by hand) you’re still trying to game the search engines.

        We are just gaming it using 5 click software while you waste hours writing articles. Have fun with your time wasting.

        And you miss the point of everyone, which goes to show you have not been an SEO for long. Spam is for quick rankings. Authority SEO is for authority sites.

        I run an authority health site, which I never spam. I link bait. But I do post 1 out of every 5 articles an affiliate link to whatever the latest health affiliate off is. But on top of that I create a throwaway spam 1 page site (based off the same product) which I rank for the same keywords to get more of those affiliate. and blast with email advertising.

        There is no right in wrong in SEO. If you don’t do both you’re simply cutting your profits in half. Neither sites are immune to updates, but if you’re smart you can generally keep both up.

        • June 7th, 2014 at 2:27 am

          I agree the best way to go about things is to spread your bets across a variety of approaches!

          • August 5th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

            Ok! check out here: http://noobwarrior.com/google-manual-penalty/ the blackhat also ended up with manual penality by Google just like white hats @Matthew Woodward, @AI @SEObs @Nick @Stefan @May @others Thanks

          • August 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

            Seem like a lot of guess work/opinion based stuff with no actual grounding to me.

    • October 20th, 2014 at 3:51 am

      haha…. What is the main goal when you do blogging activities? if you visit this blog, it means your goal is money, isn’t it?

      So what is the different of this tactic with other backlink technique? I think as long as the technique can make us ROI, that’s OK.

      If you treat your blog as hobby, then you will get hobby’s result but if you treat your blog as business, then you will get business’s result.

      Zeal

  4. 5.23.2014

    Gentleman,

    This opens my eyes to a whole new methodology to bank. I guess the bottom line is the only thing that matters.

    Going forward I am going to try this more aggressive process, thanks for such a well detailed article!

    Scott in Boston

  5. 5.23.2014

    Spam will always work until google remove the “power” of links.

    I effectively did the same as you, but found that the “churn and burn” of affiliate sites gets boring. I would rank 10-15 Amazon affiliate sites and bring in an income of around £6,000 per month from them. They would last for around 4-5 months until Google deindexed them all.

    I would then need to rebuild all the content from scratch and get them ranking again – taking me 2-3 months in total.

    In the end, I got bored of the same repetitive stuff that I just opted for a legitimate affiliate site that will never get deindexed and brings the same, if not more income. Think of a “toptenreviews” replica.

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Well that is certainly coming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC5FDzUh0P4

      Define ‘legitimate site’ ? eBay is a legitimate site, that got hit big.

      • May 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 pm

        By legitimate, I mean that I no longer go out and build links from my private network. I instead focus on creating great content that naturally gets linked too – instead of focusing on “lets place 50 affiliate ads to maximise earnings!!!!”.

        It’s taken a h*** of a lot longer, and a h*** of a lot more effort… But I believe it will be more beneficial 10-years down the line than tons of churn and burn experimental projects.

        • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Did you see the big list of losers in the update that all did things legitimately – don’t be naivive, ANY site can get hit at ANY time. Whether you have followed webmaster guidelines or not is irrelevant.

          Google move the goal posts as and when it pleases them, thats just how it is! It’s best to have a handful of sites as you describe, then an army of spam!

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      White hat sites are getting hit all the time. When things go well, it’s easy to become complacent and think money will just keep coming as you provide “quality”. Unfortunately it is not the case. I know many people who paid for being so naive, lost their income and sometimes their homes.

      • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        Yep same here, I know a couple of people that as a result of a Google slap have lost everything – including getting divorced!

        • October 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

          If you get divorced because you lose your income I guess love has been gone for a while right – if so then it is good for your soul at least :)

    • May 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Nonsense! Google never deindexes money sites because of the kind of links that point to it. If it does not like your link profile then you can disavow the spammy links.

      • May 24th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Actually they have deindexed sites for exactly that!

        • May 24th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

          First time I’ve ever heard of that in years of being a webmaster. I know you’re a I.M. rock star and all but I beg to differ.Your competitors know exactly what to do if that’s the case.

          • May 25th, 2014 at 12:25 am

            Welcome to the world of negative SEO!

            Getting deindexed completely is on the extreme end of the scale and it takes A LOT for that to happen, but its possible. Had a few of my own sites suffer that fate whilst experimenting with things =\

          • May 26th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

            I think a blogger in the IM industry very recently had his whole site deindexed for very little it seems.

            Nick

          • June 5th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

            Huh? That’s exactly what the Penguin update is. That’s exactly why the Disavow Tool exists.
            Have you never heard of Negative SEO?
            “Google never deindexes sites because of the links that point to it” – where have you been the last year or two? o_O

          • June 21st, 2014 at 6:36 pm

            I know about the disavow tool, if your whole site got deindexed then the disavow tools wouldn’t help you. Thats what im saying, c*** links usually means penalisation not complete deindexation.

    • November 20th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Its weird. It happened the same to me with CPA. I was all excited back in 2010 ( I guess it was ) to setup a landing page and promote free iphone cpa offers, which I did. All went great, I was doing $4500/month… but I got extremely bored. I was all day hitting the refresh button to see my earnings… but it was boring!!! Some days making $200 in profit for doing nothing and I just got sick of it… conclusion: you have to discover something that passionate you ad try to forget about money :)

  6. 5.23.2014

    Awsome post, Purchased GSA SER, GSA CB and GSA Indexer a few days ago.

    Did you use an PR filters at all on your tiers ? I see you dont have the SEREngine platforms ticked, did you use them at all ?

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Will let Nick answer but PR0+ is good to go usually!

      • Nick
        May 23rd, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        Hi Saun,

        Yes, PR0+ worked fine.

        Yes, I used SERengines as well. That is what made up the web2.0 Tier One. You can see it in the diagram showing the tiers I built out.

        Watch how you set up your paid Captcha solving with SERengines. It has a weird bug that can chew up your credits when set to post multiple articles per account!

        Nick

        • May 24th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

          hi nick… thank you for your great post :)

          when using gsa, do you use verified list?

          • Nick
            May 26th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

            I set each project to scrape targets and to post to the global identified/verified site list.

            I have never bought any lists. Although there is nothing wrong with doing so, chances are they will have been hammered so will become devalued very quickly.

            I do however scrape my own targets using scrapebox.

            I mention a few techniques on my blog to grow your lists.

            Nick

          • December 5th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

            Hi Nick,
            I can’t find this on your blog.

  7. 5.23.2014

    So how much did you spend on the various tools? Is the system still viable if sites only rank for a short period of time? Great tutorial. I’m not a big fan of spinning and spamming, but that is just me.

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Well we can’t predict the future – but this post is more for those that claim this stuff doesnt work anymore – it does.

    • Nick
      May 26th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      You’ll need about $400 to get the basics. Not much really.

      Nick

  8. 5.23.2014

    Hi Nick

    Awesome case study. This case study is really helpful for me to get ranked again in google. My website get hit hard by google and from my daily organic visit come down from 300 to 10. Some time I get zero visits. I hope this case study will helps me.
    If you have any other way then I like to know that to gain ranking in google.

  9. 5.23.2014

    Hey matt,

    I enjoy the article :)

    One question may be bit off topic. “What do you think” Google can completely skip backlinks part in near future for ranking algo?

    Just want to know your opinion.

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      With the rise of social signals & authorship I wouldn’t be surprised if Google devalued backlinks which has been confirmed by Matt Cutts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC5FDzUh0P4

      • May 23rd, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        I’m not sure I go along with social signals as a ranking factor, despite all the dodgy “research” churned out by vested interests.
        I’ve no doubt Google uses it own platforms to a degree but I would bet any well written content published on a site with a lot of traffic will always rank well, regardless of social shares.
        Social sharing will generate some of the traffic which in turn creates all then other ranking signals used by Google, not the other way around.
        It’s simply too risky for Google to depend on third parties like Facebook when they could lose the data tomorrow should the third parties decide to hide the data.

        • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 pm

          I won’t release how, but I’ve been using a specific strategy to rank sites with social signals for a while now. It’s SUPER effective

          • May 24th, 2014 at 5:34 am

            If it is what you say it is Matthew, I look forward to being put in my place.

          • May 24th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

            Do some experiments yourself and you’ll see :)

      • Nick
        May 23rd, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        I read somewhere that they ran a sandboxed version of the algorithm that ignored back links and just looked at social signals, etc.

        Apparently the results were very poor.

        Backlinks will be here a little while longer I think.

        N

  10. 5.23.2014

    Always like to read real case study. This is fantastic. I have a question; what was ur source of affiliate commission, product itself affiliate or other aff site (e.g. clickbank)?

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I think it was direct product commision

      • May 23rd, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        Yes, Matt is right, direct product commissions in this case.

        Nick

        • ethan
          May 25th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

          Wha do you mean by that?

          You sell an ebook that you’ve written?
          Or do you create your own label with the help of a factory which sells her products in white label?

          • May 25th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

            He is an affiliate of a product

          • May 25th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

            Ok thanks!
            Don’t forget your forum Matthew there are lots of question who waiting for you like mine in onseo forum (it is annoying you the H1 tags on your blog or not)

          • May 26th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            I will catch up on those this week :)

  11. 5.23.2014

    I know Matt can defend himself and personally I am not a fan of scraping others content. This method could be used with your own unique content and then spun to your heart’s content.

    But, let me be clear. If you build any links you are blackhat, pure and simple. So don’t get mad at someone who worked out a way to build blackhat links even better.

    This isn’t my cup of tea, but Google created the algo, not me, not Matt, and not Nick. Goog’s algo really can’t tell the difference, thus the constant updates and changes. Thus the various filters. And thus the collateral damage that Goog doesn’t seem to care about.

    So, maybe it is time for you to stop caring too. Again, not my cup of tea. Ever since we were hit a few years ago for doing basically what everyone else did, I just walked away. I already had a good business. Search traffic was icing.

    So build a real business that doesn’t depend on the whims of someone else or some computer. Then worry about SEs and the internet.

    cd :O)

  12. Ramon
    5.23.2014

    Hey, not worried about PR in the contextual chain?

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Will approve for nick!

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Not really. I just wanted to build linked on as many sites that are indexed as possible.

      Not that it matters in a site like this, but setting a PR bottom limit would look unnatural.

      Nick

  13. 5.23.2014

    Thanks Nick for Your post.
    I have questions:

    1. How fast You generate backlinks for Tier1 and Tier2 ? You blast all links and after stop GSA SER ? Becouse You buy and blast new domain Google can ban this domain

    2. Ho long You wait for TOP20 ?

    Thanks

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Question 2 is answered in the graphs

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      1. I create 10/20 tier One links a day. I build 10/20 links to those links each day and so on to the next tier. I don’t think it matters and depends on you site lists as to the speed you can reach. I keep the links piling up and don’t stop until the site dies. Yes, Google can ban my domain.

      2. About 3 weeks for long tail. 3 months to get to position 12 for a main keyword.

      Nick

      • May 24th, 2014 at 2:25 am

        I think the second part to question one was in regards to spamming a new domain. Generally it’s best to wait a few weeks before building links to a new domain isn’t it?

        • Nick
          May 26th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

          I don’t know what the rules are with that. I can’t imagine a few weeks makes much difference though.

          I tend to wait for a site to get indexed and reach its natural place in the SERPS before nailing it as I like to track it. But thats just me.

          Nick

      • August 4th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        10/20 submitted links or verified?

  14. 5.23.2014

    Great post also great tutorials! Whatever works right. Is it possible that this site being mentioned just hasnt been hit yet? If you had to pick just three programs to work with what would they be?

  15. 5.23.2014

    Thanks Matthew,

    I’ve been following your blog this past month or so.

    I tried to follow your tutorial on scraping my own site-list for these link-automation tools. I followed what your tutorial step-by-step in scrapebox, loaded the list in SeNuke, but I’m not able to post to any of these sites.

    Any resources or tutorials you can point me to on build my own custom PR1+ web2.0 site list that I can load into SeNuke.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  16. 5.23.2014

    Just landed on your blog when I was searching for how to beat Google updates. Thanks for sharing your strategy that works for you. Can you share what kind of links you build to your money site? Do you build them manually or with GSA SER?

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Did you read the tutorial?

      • October 24th, 2014 at 11:06 am

        Hey Matthew,

        Its great case study i’m a regular reader of your blog and mostly reading from cell so when ever i try to comment my comment can’t be submitted don’t know why>?

        But now the thing is i also want you to share a tutorial about these settings for GSA SER so we can also create campaigns the same way i have one site recently hit by Google penguin updates but its not that much hit but its has been hit so it will be great if you can share a tutorial with us.

        Thank you

        • October 24th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

          Hi,

          All the details are in the post/comments

          • March 15th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

            wow dude nice tricks
            but i guess that mattew r rigth ever…
            ahahahah, thank u for share it mt Matthew .D

  17. 5.23.2014

    I love articles like this that show you how to game the Google system but I think it’s very important to point out to people there is a large risk associated to using systems like this on their bread and butter sites, which is something that wasn’t mentioned.
    It’s fine to use these techniques on disposable domains where you can simply recreate new ones rinsing and repeating as they get penalised by Google.

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Very true – your SEO strategy must be built around the goals of your business, not the other way around :)

  18. Shahid
    5.23.2014

    Its mean we can use article dashboard for Tier1.If so then you high quality content theory in TIER 1 might be wrong.I am working on that.I think it depends on Competition.What you say?
    second question did you used images and videos in tier 1.

    • May 26th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      All tier content was spun to create uniqueness.

      Read the guide, I document and give screen grabs of the sites used in each tier.

      Nick

  19. 5.23.2014

    Wow thanks for nice tutorial, i start to test right now.

  20. Sheikh Ovais
    5.23.2014

    You’re such a kick a** Nick =D this is something freakishly
    awesome! Making $1000+ with an absolute spam site? This is nothing an absolute SLAP on google worshipers!

    Keep up the good (spammy) work! 😉

  21. 5.23.2014

    “I hold back on volume to the money site, with just one or two links a day, but on the tiers themselves I just let GSA SER rip and build what it can.”

    1-2 links day towards the money site? I see 788 verified link in Tier 1 CDF. Did he leave this project running 16 months or what?

    • May 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Will see what Nick says :)

      • Nick
        May 24th, 2014 at 6:41 am

        That low link velocity was just for the secondary links. Blog comments etc.

        Tier one CDF was built at around an average of 10/20 verified’s a day.

        Nick

  22. 5.23.2014

    Lol, I love it. After being told for years to never build spamy links I could not resist and purchased a mid range Link emperor monthly account and slammed about 10 sites with whatever I could direct to the home page. Within weeks these sites were making good coin and ranking in the 1st positions. This lasted until a few months ago when I was spooked buy the disavow tool and went about disavowing links on each site that were in the “critical” zone. Then BAM Google dropped rank on all. Looks like the Disvow can also point things out to Google. Now I’ve given up on the the sites and the slowly drifted away to deletion.

    Black hat/White hat/Grey Hat/Purple Hat well theres no line anymore. Just what was always there…. A Goal. Part of SEO companies plans these days is to perform mass negative SEO on competitors. Feels bad today but tomorrow its a part of the game. This is web marketing fella’s and its a war zone. If your not in battle your not making money.

    Love the post Matt! Keep up the great work. You should try a little PPV marketing. I think you would be good at it.

  23. Simons
    5.23.2014

    Your Comment

  24. 5.23.2014

    Hi Nick, thanks you for the case study.
    Right now i am learning GSA SER, so i will copy your strategy in a Spanish niche to see if it works.
    I am just intrigued about the contextual dofollow chain results, would you mind to share the PA, DA, CF and TF reached in the money site?
    Thanks you in advance,
    Nico

    • May 24th, 2014 at 12:30 am

      Good luck Nico!

      • May 24th, 2014 at 7:14 am

        Yes, this is a great strategy to learn GSA SER with, as it doesn’t matter if you makes mistakes.

        The results you ask about in open site explorer are:

        PA 41
        DA 33

        Not sure what CF and TF are?

        In Ahrefs it has a

        URL Rank 35
        Domain Rank 48

        Hope this helps you with your project!

        Nick

        • May 25th, 2014 at 12:04 am

          Hi Nick, thanks for sharing.

          I am impressed with the PA 41 and DA 33. It make me smile and get excited about the GSA power.

          The CF (citation Flow) and TF (Trust Flow) are Majesctic Seo metrics that measure the backlinks power and trust. Would you mind to go to http://www.majesticseo.com to measure the money site and share that values with us?

          Thanks you in advance,
          and congratulations for the results obtained
          Nico

          • May 26th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

            Sure thing – here you go:

            TF 4
            CF 29

            Nick

  25. 5.24.2014

    noticed the two main terms dropped big time
    how would you rank differently for targeted keywords instead of long tail

    • May 25th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Howie,

      Targeted keywords? They were all targeted, I just factored in a short term wins and a longer term ones.

      If you were trying to fly in “under the radar”, then quality site lists, content, link velocity, anchor text ratios, domain trust, etc. all play a part, for the time being at least.

      Nick

  26. 5.24.2014

    Hi thank, your case study is great!

    • May 26th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Andy.

      I enjoyed putting it together – especially after the updates!

      Nick

  27. 5.24.2014

    Hi Matt :Thanks a lot for the case study

    I used to follow all your blogs and threads to keep things simple in seo,Great post at the correct time

  28. 5.24.2014

    Started following your blog and implementing it my website. Get back to you with results.

  29. 5.24.2014

    Great article, Nick!

    I’l definitely give this a try. I know the perfect products already. I’ve actually seen a site that seems to be using this technique. At least design and content wise.

    I have a tiny question, though. What does CDF mean? I see you use that term in pretty much all your GSA campaigns. I appreciate a definition or simply a link that explains it. Thanks :)

    Cheers!

    • May 25th, 2014 at 3:46 am

      Hey Goran,CDF means “contextual dofollow” and describes how the anchor text is formatted.

    • May 25th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Sorry for the confusion. It means “Contextual Do Follow”. It’s how I identify the main tiers from the crappier secondary ones.

      Nick

  30. 5.24.2014

    What do you use for hiding the affiliate links in this system on the money site?

  31. 5.24.2014

    Thanks Nick for sharing this case study.

    So since your only want to rank the homepage, is this mean that all of the backlinks pointing to the homepage with many long tail keywords?

    If no, which pages on your site that also get the backlinks share?

    The answer will be really helpful.

    Thank you Nick

    • Nick
      May 25th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Most of the links go to the homepage, but I also send links to the review pages and a few others in smaller volume to make it look a little more natural.

      Nick

      • August 6th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        What settings are used in gsa to set how often homepage or other internal pages are linked to? Sean

  32. 5.24.2014

    How many times do you update the tier content?

    • May 25th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I set it to post each article once. When I get a warning saying that there are no more articles to post, I refresh the content for the tier.

      Nick

  33. Roland
    5.24.2014

    Thanks Matt for sharing that!

    This tutorial can work for second/third tier properties and backlinks. Using GSA directly on the site though in such a fashion is really a risky gray hat technique. If the site survived this wave of updates, it might not survive the next.

    In our company, we use GSA as a third tier of backlinks.

    What’s your opinion Matt? Don’t you think that is too risky for beginners to try?

    Looking forward to check more of your updates.

    All the Best!

    • May 24th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      There is no one size fits all SEO strategy, and no website is safe from being penalised – take a look at some of the biggest losers from the latest update for example.

      This is a great example that regardless of what Google claim, the old tricks and techniques are still effective. It might not survive the next updates your right, but the same applys to every site on the internet.

  34. 5.24.2014

    First, thank for awesome case study! I’m impressed with GSA tool but I don’t know right way to use it althought I read tut of Matt! I have some questions:

    Do you buy verified list to use with GSA?
    How do setup Captcha Breaker? Do you use mixed with another captcha service? My GSA always show error with captcha after it run about 1hours

    Thanks

    • May 24th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hi,

      1) no

      2) captcha breaker first, deathbycaptcha second

  35. 5.24.2014

    I really liked this post. Thanks a lot for this. :-)

    I’m using quite a similar technique but I’m using only new one page WP sites – less GSA tiers and some RU links direct to the money site. Even I survived the last 2 updates with nearly all of these sites and still earn some good money.

    Great to read that other spam sites survived as well. :)

  36. 5.24.2014

    Awesome post brooo, I learned a lot of thing today about black hat and instant way to rank a website.

  37. 5.25.2014

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

  38. 5.25.2014

    SEO doesn’t exist…
    If a link doesn’t get indexed then it’s not worth getting it.
    If you call yourself white-hat then you should know that you nevel build links but you acquire links.
    You build links that bring you traffic and potential customers. But if you build links just for the links then your methods are as spammy as in this post and you shouldn’t complain when you get slapped.

    And the next time you try to optimise your artlcle for SE’s and ask questions about how many words you should have there… Then just go and write something for the real people.

    • May 25th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      If you build any kind of link, regardless of the purpose of it – your a black hat by traditional definitions.

      Personally I don’t think there is any such thing as white hat or black hat

  39. 5.25.2014

    I should have asked this question in my previous comment. For your first tier links, what did you use as links? The homepage for your money site or your money site inner pages?

    If you used your inner pages did you use all of them? or did you set up a web 2.0 aside from your money site?

    Thanks great article!

    • May 26th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      The homepage had most of the links with a few pointing at the review pages to make it a look a little more natural.

      No, I didn’t link to all the pages, although there is nothing stopping you. I just wanted all the juice to rank the homepage only.

      Not sure what you mean “or did you set up a web 2.0 aside from your money site?”

      Hope this helps,

      Nick

      • Bryan
        May 28th, 2014 at 5:59 am

        Thanks for the reply @nick i had to check back to see if there was a response to my question.

        I plan on doing something similar to this, except tweaking my primary tiers a little.

        Just a few more questions, when you say you hit one or two links a day to your money site, that is verified links correct?

        Would you recommend 20 verified links a day to your money site?

        Did you set up any filters to your money site?

        Thanks again

  40. Bashkim
    5.25.2014

    Hello Matthew, I think there’s something wrong with your content locker or whatever that is called. I +1’d and Liked your post, but I can’t seem to get the download button to show. I’ve downloaded many of the tutorials but this one seems to be troubled.

    Have a good day, and thank you for bringing us all the beautiful tutorials. Cheers!

    • May 26th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      It seems to be working here but if you have problems just email me :)

  41. Thanks for this post Mattew, your blog is the better in this topic. You are the best my friend :). Regards from Venezuela

  42. 5.25.2014

    One of the best tutorials yet! Props!
    I have a couple of questions though, what sort of search volume are you going for with the main keyword? And are you scraping target sites or just letting GSA find them?

    Cheers

    • May 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      The main keyword in this example was 8800 exact matches a month.

      I let GSA find target sites but also scraped like crazy in the background using scrapebox to build my site lists up quicker.

      Nick

  43. 5.25.2014

    Nice post guys, keep spamming and banking!

  44. 5.26.2014

    Thanks Matthew

    Yeah, great article. I never build any manual backlinks. using GSA and after Google updates it is still blinking on top.

  45. 5.26.2014

    As someone who has a ‘proper’ site that we work very hard to not get caught by Google this article is both frustrating yet also very interesting to me.

    Frustrating because we do all the stuff were supposed to do, yet still get beaten by short lived black hat sites.

    Very interesting cos I’d love to try it and see how well we could perform on a churn & burn site.

    How much would you charge to deliver all of the above? or is there anyone else out there that would do it for us?

    Cheers

    Mark

    • May 26th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      If you really want to understand how Google works, do it yourself. Hiring someone else to do it only cheats you out of knowledge and understanding.

  46. Herschel
    5.26.2014

    Thanks for a great post. I’m going to try it out for myself. BTW, can you perhaps recommend a product review/comparison theme like the one in the image above.

    Thanks again.

    • Nick
      May 26th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      The one in the demo is using the Genesis framework with a modified basic theme.

      Any simple theme will work that you can easily edit the CSS to get the right fonts and colour schemes and a logo.

      When choosing colours, I first look at at the big brands in the niche and see what they use.

      Nick

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Yeah, I know this is a bit old… but would also recommend Dynamik Website Builder, a WP plugin, if you’re fairly new. It’s a visual drag-and-drop page builder that works well with Genesis (they recently partnered with them on an official level).

      This assumes that you’re not familiar with directly editing code… Genesis is a fantastic framework in general, very fast (bootstrap), and has some great built-in SEO functionality out of the box.

      Best, Chris

  47. 5.26.2014

    Great article, Matt

    Would you create/set up all of this on a consultancy basis?

    I’m in a niche already with an authority site and can’t risk it on something like this but would love to try it on a ‘churn & burn’ domain in the same niche. Interesting to see I could compete ‘black hat’ against my own ‘white hat’ site.

    • May 26th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Yeah you can just churn n burn through no problem!

      • Nick
        May 26th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        Funnily enough, I actually have a “white hat site” in the same niche as the case study site.

        The black hat site makes more money!

        Nick

      • Mark
        May 26th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        so could you do this for me on a consultancy basis?

        • May 27th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          I could, but then you cheat yourself out of the pricesless knowledge, experience & understanding of how Google works.

          Plus I charge $497 per hour when I am taking clients on, which I’m not at the moment. Perhaps in October I will open those doors again

  48. 5.26.2014

    HI Matthew/Nick, great post and great site have learnt so much from it.

    Would the above method work with a .org or a .net domain or is it preferable to get the .com where available?

    • May 27th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Domain name extension is irrelevant unless its country specific like .co.uk (but even this domain ranks in USA serps)

  49. camalvason22
    5.27.2014

    i am new to SEO. .. Still try to figuring out best SEO strategy…. Let Me know how i put a Youtube Video at the top of Google search engine for a specific search… tell me in details….thanks

    • May 27th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Pretty much just follow this guide to build links to it!

  50. camalvason22
    5.27.2014

    i use social bookmarking,social shares and few forum submit….

  51. ichsan
    5.27.2014

    Hi Nick…some questins here :
    1. So all of your sales are come from “the winner product”??
    2. Do you use any backlinks indexer service??

    Btw Great case study..thanks for sharing.

    • May 27th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Hi,

      1) About 90% come from the one product
      2) Not really, the high volume, lower quality link types should help index the tiers. There is nothing stopping you from using an indexer though.

      Nick

  52. 5.27.2014

    Just a quick question: is it safe to use this “strategy” for Adsense? Thanks

    • May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      No they would end up terminating your account & seizing all earnings

      • August 15th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        Why would they ban it? Is it due to the backlinking strategy or because you’re using spam content?

        I have done shady backlinking on sites and never had my adsense banned.

        • August 17th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

          Search around, look around blackhat world you’ll find plenty of stories!

  53. 5.27.2014

    I have a question about this. I know he was scraping the sites when building the tiers, can you tell me which search engines he was using? Were they all english? or what? Did he use all the search engines in GSA? Thanks Matthew

    • May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Will approve it for Nicks response but personally I would use all english search engines

      • May 27th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        Like Mathew says, select all English engines, I think there are about 131 in total.

        Load up with at least 100 related keywords and keep an eye out for warnings. Update as needed.

        Once you build up a decent amount of verified links you can pull up the stats and start to fine tune your target sites. This will increase your LPM greatly.

        Nick

        • May 28th, 2014 at 4:49 am

          Can you share technique to find keyword that help find more quality link & also in related niche?

          • June 4th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

            Not sure this technique is about quality links!

            Use scrapebox keyword scraper or any of the many other tools, like uber suggest to generate keyword lists.

  54. 5.28.2014

    Who are some of these clowns?

    As a follower of your site for some time now, I can say that I make money using both spam tactics and not using them (notice no reference to hats).

    If you’re still stuck in the white hat/black hat argument, you have a ton to learn young grasshoppers.

    It’s almost as bad as self-proclaimed musicians arguing genres of music.

    You take the high road, and I’ll take the rankings.

    • May 29th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      That’s a good way to put it, I agree there is no such thing as white or black hat!

  55. 5.28.2014

    Awesome guide. I have all the tools listed ^_^ so I think I am be trying it out as soon as I get free.

  56. 5.29.2014

    Question for Nick:

    Did you use any of Google’s Webmaster tools for your website such sitemap submission, ownership verification..etc?

    Thanks for this great post!

  57. 5.29.2014

    I feel like I’m missing something here……

    how did you rank for all them easy keywords when you are only ranking one page?

    even if you have a handful of keywords for that one main page…you surely cant have 32 which have gone to the number one spot for one page?

    • June 4th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Sorry, my reply is a couple of boxes down. Must have pressed the wrong button…

  58. 5.30.2014

    Epic content Nick! Quick question about running a Virtual Private Server,what are the main advantages of using a VPS,compared to say a junk PC you buy just to run linkbuilding software? Thanks.

    • May 31st, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      A VPS is usually hosted on a much faster connection than you have at home, and doesn’t drain all of your bandwidth and is always on.

      I used to have my own box hosted at home but I was on a 80mb fibre connection and even then I eventually outgrew it and went the VPS route.

      • June 4th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        I prefer a VPS because it is on all the time, has bucket loads of bandwidth, is cheap and you can upgrade it as your needs grow.

        Plus you can access it on a iphone or ipad and it gives me a windows platform on my macbook.

        Nick

  59. 5.30.2014

    I am wondering what you spent to get this up and running? Between GSA SER, proxies, kontent machine etc

  60. nick
    5.30.2014

    Hi Dave,

    No, you are not missing anything, although today the homepage ranks #1 for around 20 unique terms.

    I have seen a handful drop into #2/3 this week as their was another update and some large authority sites have popped up like webMD.

    They are about 3/4 main terms with the long tail variants plus some product brand names too.

    Nick

  61. luckskywalker
    5.30.2014

    Hey,

    Can I get #1 page of google with Ultimate Demon?

    And I need all this tools? I’m want to start with GSA or Ultimate Demon or Senuke, but I’ll spend like $500 or more…

    Thanks

    • May 31st, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Hi,

      You can apply the methodology with any tool

      • June 4th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        I applied the principles behind Matts tutorials which were done using Ultimate Demon originally.

  62. 6.1.2014

    Matthew thanks

    When setting up the campaign it gonna have like 3 tiers am i right?

  63. Lucas
    6.1.2014

    Hi, thanks for answer all the questions…

    The site being a blogspot or wordpress matters too much?

    I can rank specific keywords for a website? Or I have to make the seo on homepage?

    Thanks again!

    • June 2nd, 2014 at 1:42 am

      Just buy a domain and hosting rather than going the free route

      • June 4th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        Normally each page on the site will target a related keyword.

  64. 6.2.2014

    Awesome guide.

    Do you think that it’s possible get first page of google to any keyword you want?

    thanks

    • June 2nd, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Yes

      • Lucas
        June 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        If I have much competitors, I just have to keep using GSA, building backlinks and etc?

        Or do you recommend another thing?

        • June 3rd, 2014 at 8:03 pm

          Depends on the competitors, what they are doing and why they are ranked where they are

          • June 3rd, 2014 at 9:55 pm

            Hm. I was looking to a great niche with 6kk (HUGE) searchs per month.

            But I can’t beat this yet, I’m just starting.

            I’ll search for long tail keywords and try this tutorial.

            Thanks

          • June 4th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

            Set up a test site and give it a shot, see what happens!

  65. Sean
    6.2.2014

    You said the only unique content is on the homepage but from what I understand you also have a separate product review page for each of the products.

    • June 4th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Yes. I copied it from other sites and mixed it up a little. Weirdly one review page ranks 4/6th place for the review terms. ^^

  66. prlearn189
    6.3.2014

    Ask a question, how to set up here?

    Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3.

    Options=>Pause the project after () verifications for ()

    Thanks

    • June 4th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      See below comment.

      I would set it up to build X verified links a day +/- x

      I play around with it all the time but 10x10x10 is a good start.

      Nick

  67. 6.3.2014

    Interesting case study Nick! Truly a source of inspiration for newbies like me.

    One question: how many links do you recommend building for each tier per day using just GSA? I am thinking along the lines of 10 x 10 x 10 links per day (for each tier), totaling 1000 tiered links per day. Is that good, or can I go even more aggressive?

    • Nick
      June 4th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I don’t know what the rules are, but what you suggest sounds good to me. You may want to investigate further.

      I just build at a rate GSA can handle. A lot will depend on your site lists.

      Nick

  68. Groen
    6.3.2014

    I must admit I was disappointed to see tiered link building after I had read the title. I was expecting millions of backlinks straight to the domain. It’s still a nice share though.

    Nick, I’d like to ask why you’re not using social networks in your contextual projects? Also I was wondering if you don’t mind building all the profile links as SER does as default or did you untick these?

    • June 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Whats wrong with tiered linking?

      • June 4th, 2014 at 8:19 am

        Of course there’s nothing wrong with tiers. This approach to link building just isn’t what I would call spam at all. I’m into spamming hundreds of thousands of backlinks directly at my money sites, and that’s why I was excited to see how your guest poster was doing it. It’s still a great article though and I enjoyed reading it.

        • June 4th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

          That’s what they are doing, it’s just structured spam 😛

      • June 4th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        Hi Groen,

        Sorry to disappoint you!

        My experience with the social networks is that they offered poor contextual opportunities. Mainly profiles that looked weak. They are used, just not in the main tiers.

        Same answer with SER profiles. There’s nothing stopping you but in this case, you are just building a spam profile that I can’t imagine carries any juice. Building contextual tiers to that profile would be just odd.

        However I am open to errors in my thinking…

        Nick

  69. 6.4.2014

    Nick,
    “…I set GSA to begin building links to the newly forming Tier 1 as soon as they were verified. This was the same for the Tiers 2 and 3…”

    Where can I find the setting for that in GSA?

    • June 5th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Under Data, “Use verified links of another project”

  70. 6.4.2014

    Can you point me to a tutorial on setting up and using proxies? I love this freakin blog man! Awesome stuff!

  71. 6.4.2014

    This is solid money making technique. Just a quick question: which provider you guys are using for VPS?

    • June 4th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Personally I use PowerUpHosting

      • June 4th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

        Cool. Thx 😉

        • June 5th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

          Worth checking out SolidVPSSeo as well.

    • Tony
      June 6th, 2014 at 2:19 am

      Hi Nick,

      How long it take you to build the 200K backlinks? (days wise, hours ?)

      Thanks!
      Tony

      • June 7th, 2014 at 2:23 am

        Probably while he was sleeping ^^

        • June 7th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

          It took 2 weeks to build the 1st 70K. Just fire up GSA and unleash it. I don’t worry about stuff like that.

          If you had a decent site list you could probably knock that out in a day!

          Nick

  72. 6.5.2014

    1 stupid question: what marketplace you recommend to find $20 payout products (physical)?

    • June 5th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Just browse around ecommerce sites

      • June 7th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        1) Find a potential niche you are interested in
        2) See what the best products are and their affiliates offerings
        3) Make a shortlist
        4) Build a site around them

        I find direct relationships better than the networks, but the networks may provide a 2nd and place place product for a filler.

        Nick

        Nick

  73. 6.5.2014

    What search engines did you use? and how did you get target urls?

    Did you already had a verified list of target urls?

    • June 7th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Select all English ones. You need to learn GSA some more and watch some tutorials.

      No, I built one up from scratch.

      Nick

  74. 6.5.2014

    Any change you guys can show a sample Site? Im not quite understanding how it should be setup. Thanks :)

    • June 7th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks guys

  75. 6.5.2014

    whats the difference between money site and secondary money site??

    • June 7th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      It’s just my wording for the structure.

      Secondary Money site just means the secondary (lower quality) links pointing to the money site.

      When you build the structure into GSA you will understand.

      Nick

  76. How do you create that awesome looking comparison table? Only html?

    • June 7th, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Which table?

      • June 7th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        It’s just an HTML table and some graphics dropped in!

        Nick

  77. 6.5.2014

    What is the plug-in that is used on the homepage in the post that shows the product ratings side by side (or is it html)?

  78. 6.5.2014

    While it’s certainly an interesting read i dont think the evidence speaks for it’s self. I think this post is a little misleading.

    Maybe i missed it but it seems you didn’t actually document or have at least not told us how your sites performed before you started the use of SER. What i mean by this is where was the site placed prior to link building once the initial index rank had settled?.

    Showing the before and after results of your link building process would of shown a clear indication to how effective it actually was but as it stands it might just be your onpage SEO/content that helping it rank rather than your method.

    I will also go out on a limb and say the keywords you have chosen are not really that competitive which is why it was so easy to obtain multiple #1 (32 keywords) and first page (over 100 keywords) spots from a small 10 page site.

    It’s a good read but i think there are flaws in whats been shown here that leads to me believe some elements have been hyped up for the purpose of this post.

    • June 7th, 2014 at 2:29 am

      I believe that is explained with “The site was dormant 2 months prior to that so it had time to be indexed.”

      And then this graph http://cdn.matthewwoodward.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RT1-618×146.jpg

      Does competition matter if the site is making over $1,000 per month?

      • June 7th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Hi Rich,

        I am sorry you feel the post is misleading. My intention was never to deceive or hype anything.

        This post documented how I ranked a test site and included a step-by-step guide for anyone interested.

        As Matt highlighted, I also provided before and after ranking results, alongside commentary around the last set of Google updates.

        Despite what you say, the site operates within a very competitive skincare niche.

        I document how I used long tail terms and how they act as quick wins. Long tail will usually mean low-competition high-relevancy which is why GSA will help you rank very quickly.

        Nick

  79. 6.6.2014

    Thanks for good content Matt only complaint (Small one) i have is your email list, lately you have been sending mostly spam (old links to your old content) as we have read those already, don’t you think that might get on some people’s nerves and leave your list? i don’t mind just think about it :)

    • June 7th, 2014 at 2:23 am

      I think you misunderstand the word spam :)

      But that’s how I keep my old content fresh, if it’s a problem for people they are free to unsubscribe as they wish :)

  80. Andy
    6.6.2014

    I spent 3 days for doing what the tutorial guide me and feel very happy now :)

  81. K Nagi
    6.6.2014

    Even I came across this website when I was about to buy GSA. :)

    No doubt Nick has done awesome job to add quality content on this website and helping people with this spam link building site. 😀

    These days I am also trying one education keyword and using GSA + Kontant machine to do spamming.. ha ha..

    Thanks for this great guide and clearing many of my doubts..

  82. 6.6.2014

    Hey Matthew, would you say that this could be done for a website that is not in English, or will the English output from content machine not work?

  83. 6.6.2014

    Hello Matthew! Hello Nick! I’m Ashley. Awesome article btw! :)
    I’m just starting out so I’m really a newbie when it comes to SEO. I’m a huge fan of blackhat stuffs by the way 😀
    I really need some guide because I can’t absorb all of these new information as of now. I think my brain is about to explode o.o
    I just have some questions. I hope either Nick or Matthew will answer all of these:
    1. Do you hide/cloak your links (using any redirection tool) in spamming your money site using the GSA SER? Do you also cloak all your tier links? If yes, what are you using?
    2. I can’t understand how to make your tier structure. I really want to duplicate it :(
    Is there any video that can show me how you made those?
    3. What is that “list cleanup” in your tier structure? Do I really need it? What is the purpose?
    4. What is the purpose of all those “secondary” in your tier structure?
    Sorry for the noob questions. I hope I can get a backup of this GSA SER project for me to understand all of these, if possible. Sending it to my e-mail written on this form would be highly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!

  84. 6.8.2014

    Hi,

    just curious. which is better, makine money site that sell product from clickbank(which is digital product) or physical product like your example?

    great Post btw :=)

  85. 6.9.2014

    You mention that you use genesis as your theme. Also that you use a html table for the product comparison. Is the table responsive? I’m having one h*** of a time finding a solution that looks decent on both desktop and mobile. Any suggestions?

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 8:11 am

      If you want responsive, then maybe an image file is better for you.

      N

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Wp-Tables or TablePress… many other free plugins also available, most are responsive.

      Best, Chris.

  86. 6.9.2014

    Spammy links still works these days, the question is for how long?

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 2:33 am

      You mean the same question that has got asked every year for the past 10 years? 😛

  87. 6.9.2014

    Im glad to find your site, your post is motivating enough to give another shot to seo especially the tier level link building method. Can we do this technique manually without the help of GSA Search Engine software.

    • June 13th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Yeah you can if you have enough time and patience – you would be better off working at a bar for a day or two to buy the software though.

  88. 6.9.2014

    I asked a question regarding the table yesterday which seems to have been removed. Are we not allowed to ask design related questions?

    • June 9th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Well now it reappeared as soon as I posted this. Strange.

      • June 23rd, 2014 at 2:30 am

        You should probably look up how the WordPress comment system works, but you need manual approval first :)

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Which table?

  89. UberCaptchaBro
    6.10.2014

    Hey Matt i dont have KontentMachine but WickedArticleCreator and TheBestSpinner alongside GSA SER.Those tools will be enough ?

    • June 13th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Yes the tools are irrelevant, just apply the theory!

  90. 6.11.2014

    i wish he did a video study instead because it was easier to follow matt’s study case then your’s.

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Sorry! I did the best I could.

  91. 6.12.2014

    Great article, but what I don’t really understand is how many different anchors you used. In the research step you wrote down an unspecified number of long tails.

    My current approach is to do a similar experiment but with paid links from SEO service providers so some more info about anchor distribution would be nice.

  92. 6.12.2014

    Curious about how many keywords you targeted, in particular how many LSI keywords you wrote down in the research step.

    • June 18th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I targeted one main keyword to begin with plus a few long tail versions and used that as a foundation.

      As part of my keyword research I noted all related LSI’s to help get some more ideas.

      As the site began to rank, I could identify more pseudonym terms that Google was automatically ranking me for and incorporated then into the mix as well.

      Nick

  93. 6.14.2014

    hi!
    first of all I would like to thank u for this method.
    I am gonna try it now with a niche I have had in mind.
    got ~50 long tail kws with a total of 12k searches a month.
    starting to build the site now – I am gonna use wp since I think it is really easy to use and have some good features.

    So I have few questions:
    1. Which plugins do u recommend while using WP?
    2. how many plr articles have u put in ur site? other than a review per product and the unique article in the main page.
    3. have u put social signals?
    4. have u tried promoting it also by FB or TY?

    thanks in advance for answering.

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 8:08 am

      1. Matt has better knowledge with plugins – I just use redirection and bulletproof mainly, plus whatever I need to get the job done.
      2. 10
      3. no
      4. no

  94. 6.14.2014

    Hey Nick,

    I have used SENuke a lot before. But recently I am trying more and more pure whitehat teqniques. The results are varying and SEO costs, much more expensive.

    But this really opened my eyes. Correct me if I am wrong but:

    The links from the following goes directly to the root domain (or also inner pages?)
    “Tier 1 CDF”, “Tier 1 Web 2.0”

    The links from the Tier 2 CDF goes to the Tier 1 CDF campaign:

    The links from Tier 2.0 Web 2.0 CDF goes to Tier 1 WEB 2.0

    Why the split? Why not send links from Tier 2.0 Web 2.0 CDF to Tier 1 CDF? Your pyramid consist of the money site and two sub-pyramids under the money site? Or am I missing something?

    All the best

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Hi Alireza,

      Its only one pyramid really. The web 2.0’s and CDF tier 1 is the same tier as it points to the money site.

      Web20 is where I added the SERengines plugin so wanted to test it out separately.

      Tier 2 and 3 were just duplicated over.

      Now I just use the use “verified links of another project” and select both web20s and CDF so you no loner get that the double pyramid effect you mention.

      Nick

  95. 6.16.2014

    What is the difference between LSI keywords and secondary keywords, how many such keywords you have used in this case? Does these keywords all need to appear in the post or related to the posts? For example, can I use anchor text “face wash for woman” to my post “face wash” although it didn’t mention woman once.

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Not much really mate. They are just options in GSA to give you more flexibility and variation with your anchor text ratios. It’s up to you how you implement them.

      You could argue LSI is for more long tail alternatives and secondary could be alternative main search terms, Eg. “Best product” vs “Top Solution”.

      I don’t see why not. Perhaps research it.

      N

  96. 6.16.2014

    great tips and very helpful tutorial. Thanks for sharing Matthew.

  97. 6.16.2014

    Great tut man! Im doing same with succes but are some niches that are hard moderated. I hope your site will on top long time!

  98. 6.17.2014

    This is so cool, event without those tools, you can still do this strategy, just need to understand the theory.. Thanks Matt..

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Well you can yes, but the amount of time involved vs reward your selling your time for next to nothing!

  99. DLie
    6.18.2014

    Thanks for this study case, it’s really inspiring. I think i’m gonna give SEO a try, simply because I’m tired with mass youtube comment, it’s getting harder and harder these day. Even if the comment stick, the conversions are bad.

    Few months ago (january i think), i bought GSA SER + CB through your affiliate link using “MatthewWoodward” coupon (if i’m not mistaken). it’s the biggest discount that i’ve found on the net.

    But, i didn’t use it. In fact, i’ve never installed it since i bought GSA SER + CB. I just bought it because i knew someday i’ll use those software.

    Now i’m ready to embark my SEO Journey. I’ll start with low competition keyword first and hopefully i can get wonderful results like yours.

    Once i finished with the site creation, i’m gonna buy 20 semi dedicated proxy from buyproxy and vps from powerup hosting through your affiliate link (proxy and hosting that you recommend).

    I consider it as a gift back for what you’ve shared in this blog. Thank you again for this wonderful post, It’s super awesome Matt!

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Wow thats very kind of you – I hope you find great success :)

  100. 6.20.2014

    hi sorry for my english :) for rank site Necessary to create all post unique or only home page ?

    • Nick
      June 23rd, 2014 at 8:05 am

      In this exmaple, only the homepage should be unique.

  101. 6.21.2014

    Ok i was mad too, yes really cause i believe in an honest white hat SEO but right after doing research and working for almost 4 years and rank my clients sites and after reading this article? it made me realize life in SEO is just the same as running business in real life you can’t always be honest im not saying to cheat people but to plan how you would earn more after all thats what we really up to, to earn, right? too many commas hahaha for 84 words of a quality comment with no backlink.. i just want to add yeah it really sucks when you do white hat and your competitor does not and you rank behind them it sure do .. believe me, i even “hulk smashed” my keyboard.

    Thanks for this article matt and hope to learn more from you.

    Best Regards,
    Di Dot

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 1:08 am

      The truth is there is no such thing as white hat or black hat. There is a single algorithm looking for certain parameters – we just have to fit within them.

  102. 6.23.2014

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I also Sig up for tutorial which is count downing to released on July but I can’t find any info about it anymore. Is it still coming out Matthew?

    • June 23rd, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Still working on it, its much bigger than I first anticipated but trust me when its ready, its going to rock the industry :)

  103. 6.23.2014

    Thanks for an interesting study, Matt! Truth to be said – the moment you build a link by yourself, you are breaking the Google Webmaster Guidlines. Well, often it is the way to have better ROI than to produce content that will naturally attract audience.

    • June 24th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Exactly so if you are going to break the rules, break the rules 😛

      • Rienzi
        June 27th, 2014 at 3:51 am

        I’d say compromise, not break it. lol

  104. 6.24.2014

    how many times you run GSA backlinking every month ?
    once a week ??

  105. 6.26.2014

    Geesuz how many comments?!

    In the words of a wise one

    “to Organically rank for decent commercial terms requires artificial linkbuilding in almost all cases but artificial linkbuilding does carry some risk. The question then is how we strategically manage that risk and quickly respond to rankings setbacks.”

    • June 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      That sums it up! SEO is just risk vs reward management

  106. 6.26.2014

    nice

  107. 6.26.2014

    Finally finally finally

    Someone who talks sense and understands business I am fed up of all the b***** white hat claiming people preaching about white hat when they are trying to game the system. The you matt for bringing the truth and honesty to a industry full of people talking s***.

    Keep it coming with this quality first seo site i actual will continue to read o and the rank tool is brilliant, learning gsa and demon will this new training your offering help me in that sector and how many links to a 1 month old site is ok ?? Tier 1

  108. 6.27.2014

    As you guys might realize the title says “Beat Panda 4.0” – So if you are all over it, then this is your perfect chance to get rollin’!

    No such thing as black,grey or white! Only short-term and long term SEO tactics (not strategies)!

  109. Ben
    6.27.2014

    Great case study, I have 2 questions –

    1. If I apply these techniques to a Web 2.0 site (Blog) will it be safe from penalty, it is almost what is happening with Youtube. All Web 2.0 are capable of handling such large links without suspicion being there, so is it advisable to build these spam sites on Web 2.0 rather than dedicated sites?

    2. Also please tell me how to go about Indexing these backlinks. Can we do something to speed up the process? If not after how long we start the campaign, can we start seeing results in Ahrefs/Majestic SEO?

  110. 6.29.2014

    I may be missing something but I can’t seem to replicate your tier link structure with my copy of GSA. I’ve even went thru Matt’s video tutorial on GSA but still no help. Appreciate it if you are able to indulge this noob!

    Questions:

    1. I’ve noticed that your “Money Site” does not have the active or inactive option displayed in the tier structure. Why is that? Each time I create a project, the options are there

    2. Correct me if I’m wrong but based on Matt’s video tutorial; the Tier 1 is set up as the money site and Tier 2 links to the verified links of the money site (Tier 1). Why is it then that you have a Tier 1 which is not a money site?

    Thanks in advance!

    • July 15th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Steve,

      No worries.

      1) Ignore “Money site”, it’s nothing. I just created a sub-group which nested everything for organisation.

      2) No, I don’t think he would have done that. Tier 1 are web properties with links to the money site. Go find yourself a tiered link diagram so you can understand it properly.

      Hope this helps.

      Nick

      • July 16th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        Thanks Nick! Much appreciated.

  111. luckskywalker
    7.7.2014

    If I want to rank for another google language, for example, google.fr

    Do I have to do anything “special”, or just follow the guide?

    Thank you in advanced.

    • July 15th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Other than write a French website and generate spam content for GSA in French, I don’t think so. I have never done it though. Let us know how you get on.
      Nick

  112. 7.8.2014

    Hello Nick and Matt,
    I want to know if GSA will work on a french site, or we have to use a technique to rank french website in google.fr? Thanks.

    • July 15th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Same poster above? Same answer anyway. :)
      N

  113. 7.8.2014

    Can This Method Work Without Proxies

  114. Mohamed
    7.10.2014

    Thanks for writing such a great post!
    As I heard recently, that ranking a Youtube video on Google these days is not as easy as it was before! What I wonder now is shall I apply the same exact tactic to Youtube videos to let them show up on Google page 1 ? If yes, is there a tweak or sth that I should know about before running my GSA campaign regarding ranking videos ?

    • July 11th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Not really, I would just throw in some PBN links depending on the keyword

      • July 15th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        I tried this with a youtube video. I did a test, one with GSA and one natural. The natural one outranks the GSA one. :(

        You need to focus on “natural” YT views I think else it wont work well.

  115. 7.11.2014

    Help me understand onde thing. What are the settings for the “Money site”? Iz the same thing for Tier 1 CDF?

    And about the Tier 2 CDF and 3? I know the platforms are the same. But you keep the keywords and everything the same?

    Thank you.

    • July 15th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Ignore moneysite, its just the way I grouped it to display the structure.

      No, I mixed it up. Plus I used naked urls and keywords used for scraping.

  116. chen
    7.12.2014

    hi ,

    I am almost done with my site only miss a logo and a way to cloak the CB links.

    So as it pretty clear from sentence above :
    1. You cloak your CB link? if yes then how?
    2. How r earnings now? Has google slapped u?
    3. I didn’t understand where u push all the kws u have collected.. in which tier?
    4. You created spam content also for tier 1?

    thanks in advance,
    Chen

    • July 15th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      1) Yes, I use Redirection and Mathew uses Thirsty Affiliate.
      2) They are still fine
      3) You mean keywords for anchor text? Tier one of course. You want them pointing to the money site.
      4) Spam all the way down. You don’t have to though.

      Nick

  117. 7.15.2014

    Hi Nick and Matthew,

    Very interesting article. I have been reading Matthew’s posts the past 3 weeks and I am becoming a huge fan (I already am actually). Keep up the great work!

    I am an SEO newbie and I would not consider myself anywhere close to tech savvy. My questions might also sound kinda silly but I got couple of them.

    I have 4 wordpress sites so far and I simply use webhostinghub for hosting (3 are addon domains to the main website).

    1. Do you have any suggestion on where to host a spammy website?

    2. If you have a handful of spammy websites, would you host them under the same account?

    2.1 Would you have a spammy website hosted together with a “healthy” website within the same account?

    3. Any additional service I should consider?

    Thanks in advance,
    John

    • July 16th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Hi,

      1) http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4

      2) Never, avoid SEO hosts that offer you multiple IPs

      2.1) Never

      3) Nope

      • July 17th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        Yes, great advice, hit the web hosting talk forum. There’s loads of cheap offers for independent hosting, plus some are awesome, better than the mainstream rubbish most people use. Some start at $7 bucks a year, but try and avoid those for money sites as they tend to be oversubscribed.

  118. 7.17.2014

    I think what google was targeting with this latest panda update was the churn n burners who are spamming little 5 page sites to the top, using a 30 day waiting period they’re hoping the site will be penalized before reaching page 1 and also for SEOs doing client work they’re hoping clients won’t see any results in 30 days and leave, pretty clever if you ask me.

    • July 17th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      I would say its closer to lazy than clever, not exactly difficult to build a 30 day period into any campaign =/

  119. 7.17.2014

    OK, I need to learn this s*** from someone who knows what they are doing! I am sick of getting f***** over by Google! Playing Google’s game has got me absolutely nowhere apart from a grim time from my Mrs! Boom & bust sounds great to me, far better than bust & broke anyways.

    Can someone tell me the best way forward? Is there a no-bullshit course I can follow where the author isn’t going to be pestering my in-box with his latest JV dog-pile offer and where someone will answer my questions before I have forgotten what I asked?

    I must admit I like the tone of this blog and the members comments.

    Briano

    • July 17th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      The best way to learn is by building a basic understanding of SEO, then just doing it. There is no magic bullet solution. Throw 2-3 sites together, then try 2-3 different link building strategys and measure the results. The experience you will get from that is 1,000x more valuable than any guide. And probably cheaper!

  120. Will
    7.17.2014

    Hi Matt & Nick,

    Out of interest have you two started any new sites since the purported new sandbox was introduced in the latest payday loans update?

    If so, what impact have you noticed – if any?

    Cheers,
    Will

    • July 17th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I have started 2 but I haven’t ranked them yet!

      • October 22nd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        It’s definitely a lot tougher than before. Some terms are taking a lot longer to start to lift. Experiment with lower link velocity and better quality ones.

  121. 7.17.2014

    Hi, thank you for such a comprehensive guide.

    By any chance would you be able to create a GSA template for this? I am a GSA noob, and wouldn’t know if i was doing the create settings / Anchor ratio etc.

    Would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Nick

    • July 17th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Would this also work for ranking local sites for lead gen?? example: Plumber + city name.

      • July 17th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        To be honest, you have a basic template if you try to follow the above. The best thing to do is spend half a day building a site then spend the other half messing with GSA. Don’t worry about getting it right, there is no right. The only real right thing you can do is to press “start” on GSA SER and build some links.
        If I gave you one of mine, what would you learn?

        Yes, rank for plumber + city. Perfect.

        N

  122. 7.17.2014

    Thank you for the awesome guide.

    Would you be able to create a GSA template for this, so it’s easy for GSA noobs like me to get started ?

    Would be so much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I am putting one together for my blog as loads of people are asking. Subscribe and I’ll let you know when its finished.

  123. 7.17.2014

    Great post! I am following all updates with attention.

    Nick, Matt, I have 2 questions:

    1- Have you been publishing fresh content to the site lately?

    2- Where are your Tier-1 links pointing to? I suppose a mix of home-page, category page’s and/or direct article links. Can you specify your strategy there?

    thanks!
    Dan.

    • July 17th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      1. No, no fresh content. Not sure that’s a real big ranking factor these days. I may be wrong but I have very dormant sites still getting the same traffic as 2 years ago.

      2. No strategy really. Mainly homepage now but did fling a few at other pages for a while.

      Nick

  124. 7.17.2014

    I’ve been skeptical about trying this method with all of the updates Google has been tossing around (just because it could turn out to be a waste of time), but seeing those results is really encouraging.

    + I already have a suitable domain, affiliate and the software I need so why not? :)

    • July 17th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Even if it doesn’t do well, running experiments like this will teach you more than anything else!

      • July 17th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Yep, I agree :) That’s what this would mostly be about… Getting my hands dirty with a bit of black hat for a change XD

        Hopefully I picked a good time now that Matt Cutts is going on his long vacation, lol

        • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm

          Why not indeed!

  125. 7.17.2014

    Hi Nick

    Interesting case study and great success story man.

    I am interested in your sales copy ( home page of your site) design. Did you make that template yourself or you modify some theme.

    Would you suggest the theme name that you are using on your site?

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this.

    • July 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I took the wordpress genesis framework and styled it myself.
      N

  126. 7.17.2014

    I’m sorry, but in my opinion this thread is very, very misleading for several reasons.

    Here’s why:

    1. Your link building strategy is vary vaguely described. Yes, you did tell us that you’ve used several tiers and how you’ve set them up, but no mentions of filters and especially WHY you’ve chosen to do certain things (i.e. manually untick particular engines, etc.)

    2. It’s hard to tell how much of your ranking success is due to SER alone and not the SER engines plugin. This right here devalued your whole thread by a lot IMHO. What we can see from your SER panel is that you’ve built quite a lot of CDFs, but you’ve also built more than 700 (!!) web2s and backed them up with link juice. This is more of a 2 step ranking process where one of it is building web2s.

    3. Your website was already ranking BEFORE Panda 4.0. These google updates were clearly targeting churn and burners, but one of the biggest changes that came with it was the extended sandbox period. It has gotten much harder (or at least it’s taking much longer) to rank spam projects.

    Don’t get me wrong mate, I still appreciate the information you’ve shared with us, but after taking a good hard look at this thread, I find the main statement of this article (which is that it’s still possible to easily spam rank after Panda 4.0) not to be proven at all, which is why I’ve called it misleading.

    I’d love to see a reloaded version of this project where you only use GSA SER and try to rank a brand new domain, or at least clearly state in the beginning, that you’ll be using SER + X, because SER alone won’t be enough.

    Cheers.

    • July 18th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      I’ll get on that right away for you.

      • July 19th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

        Great, appreciate it.
        Will we be seeing the results on Matt’s blog, or on yours?

        • July 23rd, 2014 at 7:43 am

          Yeah, would love to look at the results too! When is that coming out?

  127. 7.17.2014

    Matt, how do you think this strategy will stand up to the latest Google ‘sandbox’ update? It seems to be making it harder to rank spammy sites.

    • July 17th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      No one knows yet, but as with everything with SEO the best way to find out – is to do it.

  128. Kristof
    7.17.2014

    Nick,

    Where did you find your products to sell?

    Thx,
    Kristof

    • July 18th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Affiliate networks and programs. Choose a niche, find a product, then google product name + affiliate program.
      Good luck.
      Nick

  129. 7.17.2014

    Do you have a discount coupon for buying ask the required tools mentioned in this case study? Plus where should I start to look for information to learn these tools before using them

  130. Mark
    7.18.2014

    I guess ClickBank products would work well with this link building too?

    • July 18th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      An affiliate program is an affiliate program, whether thats with Clickbank, JVZoo, Affiliate Window or ShareASale is irrelevant.

  131. Justin
    7.18.2014

    It is shameless and DISGUSTING, Mr. Woodward, that you would promote this kind of spammy garbage!

    Just kiddin’! Good article.

  132. Mike
    7.18.2014

    Question. If I want to rank my site for 100 different keywords. do those keywords have to be on my site? Could I just use GSA to spam those keywords for my site and not actually have them on my site?

    Thanks

    • July 18th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      You would have to have tighly related keywords on your site, eg ‘computer offers’ on page, would allow you to rank for ‘computer deals’

      • July 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        ah okay great thank you :)

  133. Mainak Halder
    7.18.2014

    I liked the article Matthew and I agree with you that it all depends on what my goal is with a site – if it’s long term or short-term. Building links manually itself breaks the guidelines of Google, so it doesn’t matter.

    But what I did not like is copying content from other sources. It’s completely fine to use PLR articles, but content copied from other sites is not good because the writer who has done the hard work of writing the content suffers.

    Otherwise, the spam tiered link building strategy used for ranking this site and making some quick bucks is great.

    • July 19th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Copied content was spliced to create new content. No different to any content scraper out there, just done manually to achieve more control.

  134. Raymond
    7.19.2014

    Could you use this exact same strategy using a blogger site, and are they any benefits in using wordpress instead

    • July 19th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Well I suppose you could but I would never use a blogger site as my main money site

      • Raymond
        July 19th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I was thinking because it’s a churn and burn It wouldn’t matter as much. I would never use it for a long term website.

    • July 21st, 2014 at 5:43 am

      You should never use a web 2.0 site as your main money site – it may ok for using Adsense but you will find very few people would buy your products from a web 2.0 site.

      Also, you won’t be able to sell your site if you used a web 2.0 site and a lot of webmasters would sell their sites at Flippa when the site earns certain amount of money.

  135. aaron
    7.19.2014

    HI Matthew/Nick ,
    absolutely amazing post, have been following it from the start. I do have a GSA related question however.
    When setting a campaign up, what was the reason for you to break the tiers up into web and not web.
    Should I have for example, one type of link building say article directories in one tier, then a totally different set for other things, or can i run GSA tier 1 for example on web 2.0s, wikis, articles, all in one) Thanks good luck and keep it all up!

    • July 21st, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Aaron,

      The web2.0 tier you see was where I added the SERengines plugin at a later date in the campaign. This has few extra web2.0 to post to.

      It really is just bolstering the tier 1 CDF tier. You have to have it set up separately for it to work.

      No mix up each tier with platforms, I use 2 parts per tier – Good (CDF) and Junk (secondary). You want to focus on do follow contextual relevance for the most part of the core of the tiers.

      Nick

  136. 7.21.2014

    Hi Nick,

    Your affiliate link for the Content Foundry ($5 monthly trial) does not work – when you try the link, it takes you to the site’s home page with no link to the offer.

    Has anyone tried this software BTW? Sounds like a good software to have. Please let us know if you’ve used it. Thanks.

    • July 24th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Its there. Just scroll down and when you get to the pricing, you will see the $5 offer just above the two product boxes.

  137. 7.23.2014

    do u spam for tier 4 o tier 3 or tier 2 or tier 1???

    • July 30th, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Yes, all (3), but you don’t have to. You could go white hat and manually spin tier 1 :)

  138. Bogdan
    7.28.2014

    Could you aproximate your total cost of this campaign? (VPS+proxies+target list and so on.. )
    Thanks!

  139. Mark
    7.28.2014

    Is tiered Link building working after paydayloan algo update?

  140. 7.29.2014

    Hi,

    Do you recommend using the SERengines plugin?

    • July 30th, 2014 at 8:20 am

      yes, great plugin once you figure out how to use it. It adds a few extra web20’s. Run it as a separate project in tier 1 though.

      • August 6th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        so do you have 2 seperate campaigns in GSA?

        also with proxies, are you using both private and public proxies? surely it would be better to use the public proxies for all the heavy lifting?

  141. 7.30.2014

    It is great that the case study sill has the value and your website is still ranking. I am not sure about the website as it is not mentioned here and could not really say you are true. If you could have given the website name then this case study could have been looked much genuine.

    However, I do have one question. Have you used GSA SER for the Tier 1 as well? Some of these information is missing or confusing so I just thought to clarify it.

    • August 4th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Are you happy to replace the lost affiliate income if the site is revealed and consequently slapped?

      • August 13th, 2014 at 9:05 am

        I agree with your views. But listing some of the keywords would have made it easier I believe.

        I really tried hard to get what Nick has told here. I could hardly generate any Backlinks, I do not have VPS but I own GSA, CapthaBreaker, KM and 10 Private proxies.

        I also want to try this on my affiliate site which is way behind in 11th page of google. I do not have much funds to invest in VPS.

        Can I sill get the same results without VPS?

        • August 14th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

          The keywords are really irrelevant and wouldn’t help you solve your problem.

          You don’t need a VPS no, but if you only have a 1-5MB connection and/or slow computer it will take a lot longer. You also have to leave the computer on all day.

  142. matter
    7.31.2014

    it is getting harder after 22th, man 2014. payday loans updates. Our city full of SEOer, we are now facing the spam problem. the big G give the “waiting period”. almost kill us. And we now have to re-design our strategy. The long term war has began. Google star the war and we will fight against. We are rats. Seeking the leaking. So we are now targeting the long term words first and them spamming the main keywords. Or we will be killed by google.

    • August 4th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Or don’t build your entire business model around a company that changes the rules when it wants

  143. 8.3.2014

    Ok so I’ve read through all the comments and couldn’t find the answer to my question.

    what articles did you use that points directly to your money site? (Not talking about the web2.0) but the first actual part you made.

    And then what content did you use for your tier 1 links.

    Kontent machine spun or did you get them manually spun so they are readable?

    Thanks guys!

    • August 4th, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Hi Michelle,

      All content and articles were generated using Kontent Machine or Content Foundry.

      No manual spinning.

  144. 8.3.2014

    Hi Nick great Tut! i like that Table you used in the example, do you know if there is a WordPress Plugin that could do this? Thanks

  145. 8.5.2014

    Hi I have been buying up expired domains and building up my own pbn from which I backlink to my money site. Currently on page 2-3 for quite a few of my targeted keywords.

    I was hoping that this would be a long term site, however I have only really made about $20 from the site and I have had it for months now. I really want to get it to the 1st pages, my question is this strategy still working and is it safe as I really don’t want to lose the rankings I already have. I’m really looking for a long term strategy, if executed in the way you have described in this post, do you think it is safe?

    I have never used GSA properly and I don’t currently own it. I But I would install and follow this guide if someone could confirm that it would help lift my site to the 1st position of google since I’m already on the 2nd page.

    Mainly is it safe and is it still working, and can it be used alongside PBN campaign. I have a partial emd domain and I ‘ve already used anchors that target my keyword on my PBN so if iwas to start a gsa campaign would it be wise not too use any of my keywords as anchor text and just use bare naked urls and generic anchors?

    I hope someone can answer my question,

    Thank you very much,

    Phillip Dumont

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      No, its not safe. Stay away. Its just for short term gains.

  146. sean
    8.7.2014

    hello, thanks for the awesome tutorial im going to be trying this out very soon,
    Im very new to doing seo on my own so would like to ask a couple questions,
    i read this tutorial and also saw matts tutorial on tiered link building and there doesnt seem to be alot of difference between what your doing “spam” and the “safe” way to rank sites, could you point out the differences? it seems to me the only real difference is the content being used on money site / tier 1 would need to be unqiue (manually written/spun) and a slightly more variation of links being created. what other differences are there?

    also you said that the SEengines Tier 1 is being run as a seperate campaign, why is that?
    do you then load both tier 1s into the tier 2 list or do you have a seperate tier 2 and tier 3 for the seengines links?

    matt, in the tiered link building tutorial you use UD for tier 1 and GSA for tier 2+3, could this not all be done by GSA now? what was your reason for using UD over GSA previously?

    • August 11th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Hi Sean,

      I can’t tell you more differences than that. You’ll have to research it yourself.

      SERengines was added later on. You need it to run as standalone project in T1. If you use it you’ll understand why.

      I copied out the tiers but you don’t need to do that. Just select multiple projects to build links to in T2.

      Nick

  147. Eze John
    8.8.2014

    great post Matt

  148. 8.8.2014

    A couple questions if you’re still monitoring comments:

    1. I see about 30 or so keywords you’re ranking for – what were the initial search volume before you decided to target those? With long tails I have some that are “low competition” but range from 10-40 exact match monthly searches. Granted these phrases are 4+ words per phrase and contain words like “buy” and “best”. But is the search volume too low?

    Affiliate commissions are in the $20+ range for this. I chose what I perceive to be filled with buyers who are in a “must” situation. Not for vanity, but the kind of issue that would keep you up at night and worrying throughout your day at work/school.

    2. Is it worth to try this with spam links but use original content for the 10 inner pages? (I have Licorne AIO right now, but I can get GSA SER with captcha breaker if needed/advised if Licorne sucks).

    I also have No Hands SEO for mass links at lower tiers.

    Sorry if these questions are stupid, but I know setting out on this is for learning as the biggest goal, and hopefully earning as a side result. I admit, I used to believe in white and black shades of SEO…but this case study was so interesting to me I want to give it a shot to learn more but had a couple questions before I buy a domain and invest the time and money for proxies and KM.

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      The head term has 12000 exact match searches a month. The terms I rank for are long tail derivatives and LSI.

      If you rank for lots of long tail low volume it ads up. Just one or two will restrict you.

      I am sure original content will work as well.

      Good luck

      Nick

  149. 8.11.2014

    Most terms just ranked by themselves. I choose a high volume root term and made sure there were some long tails around it.

    A site like this will struggle to (maintain) rank for high volume terms. Target long tail for quick wins.

    Original content is better. This case study was just a quick test to see if it would work. I cut corners at every turn.

  150. Sumon
    8.13.2014

    Thank you Matt and Nick!! I hope this strategy will work with amazon affiliation like rest other mentioned above .

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      It will, its just the commissions suck on Amazon!

      • Fauzan
        April 24th, 2015 at 3:21 am

        Hi nick,

        May you inform me how did you find the products which offer more than $20 commission?

        Thanks

  151. sean
    8.21.2014

    Hey, Did you have “allow posting on the same site” ticked?

    if so what where the options set to?

    how many email address did you have imported?

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Yes, on tier 2 and below. Set to up to x accounts. You’ll need x amount of fresh emails to be able to utilise that function.

  152. 8.24.2014

    Hi Nick and Matt,

    Great case study….as always great value!

    What are your opinions on buying a VPS with the software pre-loaded? It’s tons cheaper!

    Thanks.

    • August 25th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      I’ve never done it sorry =\

    • September 3rd, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Carl,

      I’ve done it before and it’s not worth it. It’s much slower and unreliable. Could have just been the providers I was with, but I wouldn’t do it again. Good thing with GSA is that it’s only a 1 time fee

  153. 8.25.2014

    thnks for the nice guide, i want to know following basic seo principals, with good backlinking, Ho long it will take for top 10 ?

    • August 25th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I think you need to spend a bit more time learning about SEO first

  154. Paul Ray
    8.30.2014

    I’m trying to rank a youtube video, but am having lot of problems with the Article/Web 2.0/Wiki links being made with GSA. The links get made, but a TON of them disappear after you re-verify. I should mention that I’m using generated content from KontentMachine with Tier 1 quality. Whats the reason for all the links disappearing in GSA after re-verifying. Is it because the content is auto generated by KM3???

    • September 9th, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Try it with hand spun content and see if it makes a difference

  155. 9.3.2014

    Great stuff Matt and Nick! Good to see all the data and details in the post

    Cheers

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks man.
      N

  156. 9.6.2014

    Nice post, I have been seeing that many bloggers have started doing such spam blogs/websites. Many of my friends recently started doing event-based niche blogs (like, happy new year 2013) and they earned quick bucks (around 1K to 2K $$) … but they has not used any of the tools above (i.e. GSA, KM3, etc etc…) they just used Google footprints to find blogs which give dofollow links in the comment section, and then they spammed them manually. THey made around 4K to 6K dofollow backlinks for just 2 keywords.

    I am wondering whether I should start one this Halloween or not. Because frankly speaking – it is just spamming with a little bit of On-page SEO and monetization.

    Thank You,
    Apurva.

    • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I say go for it!

  157. Charlie Brown
    9.22.2014

    Hi Matthew! congratulations for your blog, i´m starting to learn from it, i have a little bit of experience on Seo but always manually, and recently i purchased GSA, my question: is possible to rank a niche with Gsa without using Kontent machine3?

    thanks

    • September 22nd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Yes you can use other content sources

      • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        Scrapebox will get articles and TBS will mix them up. The premium article plugin will translate them and the you can translate them back to mix it up even more.

  158. 9.30.2014

    With the latest going-ons about PBN…I’m itching to try spamming again just to see how fast goog’s shiny brand new algo can go. :)

    • October 1st, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Hahaha its a test I would recommend you do :)

      • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:16 pm

        PBN is just a manual penalty. Ignore all hype.

  159. Aifwild Bugurn
    10.1.2014

    Hi Matt,

    Did you get any updates from Nick Joleson? Google recently pushed out Panda 4.1. Is the niche site is still doing well?

    Thanks!

  160. 10.1.2014

    Looks like this guy survive Panda 4.1 **removed to protect site identity*

    Check his robots.txt he blocks off all the major bots, I’m sure he’s spamming like nick to rank. I’ve been watching his site for the last month.

  161. Shashank Bhattarai
    10.6.2014

    Hey, I would like to know about indexing. How you indexed those tons of backlinks out there??

    Serially creating links and sending them to indexer or first build tons of links or send them to indexer all together at once or drip feed ?
    Would you make me clear about it ?

  162. 10.8.2014

    Hey Matt,

    This is serious.

    Good to see increase in income and traffic for the case study.

    Congrats

  163. 10.8.2014

    Hi Nick,

    Many thanks for the detailed case study above.

    Q. No email marketing or retargeting running on this site? You could be missing out on a load of money without those.

    Keep up the good work.

    • October 8th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Good shout – Facebook retarget > email capture > remarketing oosh

      • October 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        Nope. Not on this one. Its too spammy to do real marketing on!