Thought I'd share a little experiment with you guys. My main business is whitehat seo for clients in the Dutch market. I wouldn't even dream of sending any links like this. I do find it important to know exactly where the â€˜boundaries' lie. How can I ensure a client that I can play it completely safe without having burned at least 100 domains in various ways. I think experimentation is the key, I find it important to know what kind of stuff gets you penalized, what causes that â€˜magical' trigger to go off to inflict the wrath of cutts. I usually have about 5-10 projects like this on the side of my main work. The main problem, that I can't spend much time on them, is also a kind of good thing. Of course, the main benefit of these experiments is that I always run them in fairly competitive niches in which there is essentially money to be made. Over the course of many failures and many tweaks, I have made nearly all my experiments profitable. In the beginning I was happy if I got my captcha and domain costs back before plumetting to -500. Now each experiment is a small money making project in its own right especially the one I will discuss here. When I notice that a certain technique is profitable I start running multiple experiments trying to copy and refine the tactics on new sites. I really have lots of â€˜kinds' of experiments. Sometimes I will only use social + xrumer spam, other times I will outsource 1000 manual, handwritten forum posts + SB blasts. This is just one experiment of many. My main motivation for sharing this case study with you guys is : Demonstrate that ranking sites with pure and agressive spam is still possible Demonstrate that one page sites can still rank for competative keywords Demonstrate that crappy content can rank Creative outlet for my linkbuilding experiment ;D Because of lack of time and n00bness in that area, I haven't really been tracking or doing any split testing or conversion optimization. If anyone has any advice in that area : I would love to hear it. First I will give you guys some information about the domain, niche and timeline. Code: niche : make money online Main keyword monthly searches : 60K Keyword difficulty : Reasonably hard (pretty much a battlefield) site : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.nl (not EMD but something like : moneyonlinefastnow.com) site online : 11 juli Backlink campaign started : 13 aug First organic traffic : 18 aug Affiliate links live : 21 sept Promoted product : â‚¬60,- ebook, â‚¬50,- commission (Dutch clickbank like site) Ebook is a general, broad internet marketing course. Nothing special but it has a nice squeeze page and has a high EPC on the affiliate net work. Also as experiment, top right tab will be displaying a second ebook, â‚¬30 commission. Money earned from 21 sept : â‚¬ 580 Invested : Content : â‚¬15 Theme : previously owned (think its 50$) Captchas : â‚¬15 Domain : â‚¬3 Time : +- 3 hours Target audience : Dutch users looking for information about making money online Goal : get them to click through to my affiliate offer, they should get off my site ASAP. The site : Code: CMS : wordpress Theme : Platform pro Plugins used : Yoast SEO plugin [LIST] [*]Made it so that only 1 page is indexed, de-index all category, tag, archive and date pages, you dont want any of that BS being indexed. [*]Make sure you have your affiliate offers at the top, In my case the three top tabs are 3 different offers, with 2 linking to my main offer and the on on the left trying a second one. [*]The embedded video is ripped from the affiliate YT site and uploaded on my own, the call to action text is written by myself, its only about 200 words. [*]I hide my â€˜crap' content in the tabs below, far out of site of potential visitors. [/LIST] This is the actual site, blurred for obvious reasons : The â€˜crap' content + onpage : The links : Anchor texts + content When I was getting 50 +- visitors per day ( I noticed a bit too late) I stuck the affiliate links on. Organic traffic has come through 451 different related keywords I am now ranking for a huge amount of long tail keywords and have even gotten into the top 20 for quite a few big money ones too. #6 for a 14k and #12 for a 60k. In my other experiments I just increased the spam. Most of the sites are still doing quite well, the ones that dropped had something changed on them. (I sold one and the owner removed all the content, it got hit last update, also didn't continue linkbuilding. He was aware that it was a blackhat site btw). Over the last few updates, I've gained ranking each time. This In the case of experiment : I'm buying some PR5 homepage links to beef it up, hopefully I can get into the top-5 for the 60k keyword. I am now sitting on about 100-130 unique visitors per day, there was a 180 spike a few days ago. Referring domains ahrefs : 700 backlinks ahrefs : 15000 Will make an ahrefs screenshot tomorrow, its not letting me login at the moment. I'll also upload some ranking graph screenshots although I didnt start tracking from the beginning. Conclusion : you can still rank a 1 page BS site in a competitive niche (60k is maybe medium in the united stated, but theres still money to be made there) with just spam directed at your money site. Even in this post-panda/penguin period. Why this technique is succesfull imo : Huge amount of text in combination with lots of different anchor texts 50+ different kind of links If anyone has any questions, fire away. P.S (edit) Please do not PM me asking for info on the two undisclosed tools and/or asking if I would like to do SEO for you. Answer to both is no.