[Case Study] Ranking a CPA website with only $100

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As an experiment, I want to see if it's possible to build and rank a website for $100.

Here's how I'm planning to do it.

Keyword:

I've already found a keyword in the anime/gaming niche and it has virtually no competition. The first page just has a few download sites and forum posts.

It's in the gaming/anime niche and has 30,000+ Monthly Searches. I also found a related keyword with 20,000+ searches.

If you don't want to spend time digging through thousands of keywords, I'd recommended buying CPA keywords from @ZlatanTheGod.

I got 3 keywords from him last week and they have huge search volumes and virtually no competition. If this site I'm creating ranks on page 1, I'll probably try to use the keywords I bought from him in this site too.

I'm not using those as the main keywords for this case study because I'll end up exceeding the $100 limit I've set for this experiment.

Domain:

I can't use a brand new domain for this experiment because I'll end up spending most of the budget just on backlinks. I chose to use an expired domain so I don't need to build any foundation links.

I bought an expired domain from @Nargil. He gave me an awesome domain with around 40 RD and over 3000 backlinks.

Since this domain already has great links and diversity, I can just build PBN links straightaway. The domain was in the comic niche but it's easy to repurpose for anime/gaming. I'll redirect all the backlinks to my homepage using the 404 to 301 plugin.

Hopefully I'll need to add just a few PBN links for my keyword to be on the first page.

Domain: $20 including registration.

Hosting:

I already have several hosting accounts so I'll be using one of them. I've already set up the hosting with a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt. I've also enabled Cloudflare so that the site loads fast.

Website:

I'm creating a simple website with just 6 pages using the X theme. It's got the Cornerstone Page builder which I like a lot.

I'll have the following pages on my site:

Home, Keyword, Related Keyword, Privacy Policy, TOS & Contact Us.

I won't be using any posts on this site. All the content will be created on pages. The two pages that will be optimised for the two keywords will be interlinked to each other. Except the home page, all the menu links are no-follow.

I've removed the footer and all the social links that were set up by default. I don't want any juice leaving the site.

For the layout, I have a call to action above the fold with a heading that contains the keyword and a big, bright yellow button. This button is monetised with a URL locker by CPAGrip. After completing a survey, the user will be redirected to a ZippyShare download.

There'll be several additional download buttons throughout the page.

Content:

I've ordered 2000 words for each of the keywords and 500 words for the homepage content. That's a total of 4500 words. I used a plugin for the TOS and Privacy Policy so I don't need content for those pages.

Since I need to conserve the cash for links, I can't spend too much on content.

I've ordered content from @TechFinder

I paid $27 for the content. I already have the article structure I need. I've also researched lots of LSI keywords to add relevance to the page. Google should see the page as a highly relevant resource for the keyword.

Content: $27.

Links:

Thanks to the expired domain, I don't need to bother with diversity or velocity. I feel that within a few weeks, the site will be on page 2 or page 3 without any link building.

I've used the Linkhouse.io service by @nikchaing before and I got great results with it. I'm sure 10 links from his service with the exact match anchor will put me on page 1.

The best part is that I can rent 10 links for $14 a month (with the coupon). Without the option of renting links, I wouldn't be able to do this experiment unless I decided to use one of the spun content PBN services.

By the end of the second month, the rankings would be stabilised and I can then decide if I need to rent any additional links. If additional links are required, I'll probably end up busting the $100 budget.

Links: $14 a month.

As of now, I've done some of the basic site layout stuff and created the pages and menus. I've ordered the content and I'll buy the links after the content is indexed.

Total Expenses: $47

Traffic: 0

Hopefully in 7-8 weeks, I'll be on page 1 for my main keyword. If the site ranks well, I can add additional keywords in the same niche and rank them.

I also have the option of using the CPA keywords I got from ZlatanTheGod in this site.

I'm pretty excited to see if it's possible to get to page 1 for 100 bucks.

Do you think this will work? Let me know.
 

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Interesting. I am following this. Good luck OP!

Btw, which plugin do you use to create the TOS & Contact Us pages?
 

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Good luck man, good sign there are forum posts there that normally means it will be very easy to rank for!

Good luck! I will follow this journey. :)

Thanks a lot!

Interesting. I am following this. Good luck OP!

Btw, which plugin do you use to create the TOS & Contact Us pages?

It's called Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. It's a free plugin you can install from the dashboard.

I created the contact page using a standard layout from the theme. I used info from fakenamegenerator.com
 
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Good luck with your journey OP. This looks like something that will work.

Took a quick look at linkhouse.io
And saw this: "PLEASE NOTE: The maximum number of posts for a single site is 5. Any orders over 5 will be refunded"

That means one cannot buy more than 5 posts to a single site? How are you buying 10? Or I am missing the point?
 

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Good luck OP.

What's you reasoning behind trying to rank different pages compared to having all the content on the homepage and ranking that for all keywords instead? Since this is the same game niche (I assume) having all the content on the homepage with proper headings etc will only help rank faster and can't see it hurting.
 

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Based upon the information that you've provided I definitely think that this is achievable. Best of luck with it. Will follow and I look forward to seeing how you get on.
 

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Good luck OP.

What's you reasoning behind trying to rank different pages compared to having all the content on the homepage and ranking that for all keywords instead? Since this is the same game niche (I assume) having all the content on the homepage with proper headings etc will only help rank faster and can't see it hurting.

Honestly, using the homepage hadn't even occured to me. Now that I think about it, one of the other sites I have has full posts displaying on the home page and it's ranking for several keywords.

Thanks a lot for this tip. I'll try and see if I can modify the layout of the homepage to accomodate all the 4500 words and have a CTA above the fold.

Thanks once again. I'm really glad I posted this here.
 

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As an experiment, I want to see if it's possible to build and rank a website for $100.



I'm pretty excited to see if it's possible to get to page 1 for 100 bucks.

Do you think this will work? Let me know.


In a word YES.

You've chosen some great service providers by the look of it, your budget is both affordable and realistic.

Good luck, I'm going to follow this one.
 

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This should work very well IMO, very well researched and proper setup.
Good luck with this OP, but I think it's not needed in this case as it's all done well from what it seems. :)

BTW, only thing that I've noticed is that total expenses math does not add up, it's missing $14 monthly for links + CPA keyword price.

Took a quick look at linkhouse.io
And saw this: "PLEASE NOTE: The maximum number of posts for a single site is 5. Any orders over 5 will be refunded"

That means one cannot buy more than 5 posts to a single site? How are you buying 10? Or I am missing the point?

I think that's something that @nikchaing can clear up for all of us interested in linkhouse :)
 

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Good Luck :) I am new to CPA and I am also planning my first journey (Adsense or CPA), Sorry for the noob question but what actually do you offer as downloads after filling the offer?
 

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BTW, only thing that I've noticed is that total expenses math does not add up, it's missing $14 monthly for links + CPA keyword price.

I haven't bought the links yet. So I'll update the expenses after I buy the links. I'm still waiting for the content to be delivered since I just ordered it a few hours ago. Right now I've only paid for the domain, registration and the content. Hence the $47.

I haven't paid for this keyword. I found it myself while doing keyword research.

I bought keywords from ZlatanTheGod but I'm not using them for this experiment because if I include the cost of those keywords, i'll definitely bust the 100 bucks.

Good luck with your journey OP. This looks like something that will work.

Took a quick look at linkhouse.io
And saw this: "PLEASE NOTE: The maximum number of posts for a single site is 5. Any orders over 5 will be refunded"

That means one cannot buy more than 5 posts to a single site? How are you buying 10? Or I am missing the point?

The last time I ordered, I could order 10 links for a site. I'll check with him. Thanks for brining it up.

If I can't order 10 links now, I'll order 5 and then wait for him to add fresh domains.
 
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Good Luck :) I am new to CPA and I am also planning my first journey (Adsense or CPA), Sorry for the noob question but what actually do you offer as downloads after filling the offer?

Depending on your keyword and niche, you can offer whatever is relevant. For example, in the gaming niche, you can provide cheat codes, walkthroughs, demo videos etc. For anime/movies, you can either provide video downloads or let the user stream the video after they've completeled your survey/offer etc.

You can offer some reports, free ebooks, plugin downloads or whatever else you can think of. Where the user is redirected after filling out the offer depends on the keyword you're targetting.
 

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Based on your experience with Anime CPA, how much do you think you can earn on a EPC basis? Just curious as there are quite a few anime streaming sites that are free and don't require people to complete an offer.
 

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Based on your experience with Anime CPA, how much do you think you can earn on a EPC basis? Just curious as there are quite a few anime streaming sites that are free and don't require people to complete an offer.

Honestly, I have zero experience with Anime CPA. This is the first ever Anime CPA site for me. I'm just trying to see if I can rank a site for $100 bucks. I haven't even done the math to see whether it'll be profitable. It's more of an experiment than anything else.

Even if I don't make any money with it, it's not a big deal. I'll be happy just learning some stuff by doing this.
 
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