It’s been a while since I have updated this blog. I haven’t written anything new for at least 6 months…Ouch!
It’s not like I just decided to completely abandon internet marketing or whatever. I have been busy working on some other sites and projects.
For example, I am interested in Bitcoin nowadays and other crypto currencies 😉 …but I am not going to write about that here.
Today I just want to show you a quick case study I have done a while ago that I thought you would be interested in.
I still keep an eye on the SEO industry from the sidelines. I don’t think I will ever lose interests in that, but I don’t engage anymore in link building like I used to for sites I actually care about….It’s too risky.
A few months back though I wanted to see if it’s possible to rank a simple review site with blackhat link building methods. I literally did this test for shits and giggles because I wanted to prove the fact that it’s easier to create “churn and burn” sites these days to make money than focusing on one site that you actually care about.
I have written about it before many times in my previous posts. In my opinion, focusing on just one web property is a mistake because if something doesn’t go as planned your hard work, money, and time you have invested into it gets wasted.
So I decided to do a little test and create a review site that would target only one product. The entire project was outsourced. I didn’t even install WordPress. Everything from building the site, writing content to link building was done by outsourcers.
I wanted to see if I can simply invest some money and get more out of it if you know what I mean.
I started the site in May but it didn’t start making money until July.
Let me show you some traffic stats for that site.
As you can see the site started gaining traction at the beginning of July.
If you wonder how much content was created you are going to be surprised because it only had about 11 articles.
The site also got penalized by Google on September 12th.
So I had the site making money for over 2 months and here is how it did during that time.
Keep in mind that I knew it would get penalized I just didn’t know how long it would take for Google to notice me.
As far as backlinks go, I purchased some shady link packages from Warrior Forum …lol
I think I have spent less than $400 on the entire project and got $3,279.08 back. Not bad ROI if you ask me.
It was a fun project. It pretty much proves that going blackhat is the easiest way to make money. You could even make it your business model.
If I had more sites in the pipeline targeting the same phrase, and keep pumping 1 new site per week with the same strategy, I would still be pulling cash from that keyword and making sales.
It’s hard to compete with spammers who blast links for sites that they don’t care about and my case study proves it.
If you get on your competitor’s radar with a quality site that you put a lot of effort into they can just purchase some link packages towards your site and make you disappear after a couple of months while they have 5 or more sites already on the way.
That will cause you to either quit or go blackhat and join them.
Here is what you should learn from this:
1. Blackhat link building works great – I only purchased 3 link packages from people on Warrior Forum to get this site ranked and making money. I didn’t build a single link myself to that site.
2. You can still get your competitors penalized – Hey if those link packages I purchased got my test site penalized I am pretty sure it would work on sites I don’t own.
3. Blackhat link building produces great ROI even though your site will eventually get banned – It took Google almost 4 months to actually drop my site from serps. In that time I made a cool $3,279.08.
4. It’s a stable business model – All you have to do is keep creating sites and keep ranking them. When one gets penalized you have more already in the pipeline…kinda like an assembly line in a factory.
This whole thing actually makes me want to laugh because it was so simple to pull off. Google keeps telling you that they want you to build quality content but the search ecosystem pushes you (forces you) to go blackhat or you don’t stand a chance.
Sure, there are niches where you can build something worthwhile but any big market with huge competition is filled with blackhatters that laugh all the way to the bank while you keep killing yourself trying to provide value writing awesome quality content 🙂
It took me about $400 and 0 of my own time to make over $3k with this method. I didn’t even proof read the content that was posted on that site. I just made sure my affiliates links were in place.
I wonder how many webmasters who previously were trying to play by the rules now switched and are spamming the serps because their quality sites got whacked by Google?
Anyway, there you have it. That shit still works!