Started this thread to keep me motivated on my journey + to let people know what might take to outrank the big competitors. So far my website isn't emd but includes the term in the domain. Website that i want to rank is 1yr old (but was afk most of the time) + now it has a pr 2 and around 100 backlinks from various sites. Right now it's not even in top 100, the experiment just started and i'm working with a friend. I think i've got the experience, i've succesfully ranked #1 in 80k, #2 in 150k, #2 in 95k exact monthly searches sites so far but competition was medium size and plenty of other sites + customers in the past. The competition down to numbers: 60mil results - well i don't really care about this, i pay more attention to top 10-20 sites Exact monthly searches: just in the US has 300k + and 400k global average DA: 60.7 (2 sites with DA 100, wiki + another one) average PA: 54.4 (biggest has PA 82 - it's an inner page) The ones in this area have up to 125k backlinks, yet few of them are actually on the exact term in most of the cases bellow 20%. My strategy of link building (plan): Inner linking - most important, i plan on getting over 500 links from the website alone with good quality content (all manual) reddit - not sure yet pinterest - 1k tumblr - 1k yahoo answers - 500 blogger.com - over 1k dailymotion + youtube - videos + adding link - 5k google plus shares and + (planning to get 3k in total) fb shares and likes (5k+) directories submissions - 100 web 2.0 profiles - 200 high pr web 2.0 posts (i have my own network) - 50 forum profiles - only where pr > 1 - 100 manual blog commenting - 100 Well i don't want to leave footprints and i'll go mostly for tier 1 links. Most of the content will be unique and if spun i'll use a really hard to detect article with a freakin huge variation. In case you got some suggestions to websites where to build my links pm or reply, looking to get as many backlinks as i can from high DA sites. Costs: Domain - 9.5$ per year Hosting - 7$ per month = 84$ per year Overall spent: 93.5$ *I won't use any indexing or pinging software out there, just will use plain indexing methods and let G do it's best. I might not succeed in this journey but damn i will try!