In this video post I’m going to share with you the exact link building strategy that I used to get one of my newest Adsense niche sites onto the first page of Google within 30 days of launching the site.

The niche site that I used this strategy for is in the video game niche. The primary keyword has 33,100 local exact searches per month and at the time of this writing, I am ranked 5th.

To create this site, I made a total investment of $97, broken down as follows:

  • Domain: $10
  • Content: $42 (ordered 7 articles from textbroker)
  • Site Construction: $30 (wages to my VA)
  • Link Building: $15 (wages to my VA)


Here’s what the traffic pattern looks like so far. As you can see, there is some Google dancing still going on, but as the site is very new, that is to be expected.

Backlinking Strategy


The only monetization method is Adsense and the site is now earning just over $1 a day with just 7 posts. As I continue to ad content, build links and push the site higher in the rankings, I expect the income continue to rise accordingly. Even if that didn’t happen, the return on my investment so far is outstanding; especially given that an Adsense niche site that gets free traffic requires zero maintenance.

My Link Building Strategy Explained

The video is just under 10 minutes long and it it I will show you exactly how I build links to this site.

Items Mentioned in the Video

  • SocialAdr – used to create social bookmarks for all pages and posts
  • The Best Spinner – used to create hundreds of versions of unique content to be used for the article marketing
  • Unique Article Wizard – used to submit the spun content to hundreds of directories
  • Web 2.0 Sites – used to create a “broken” link wheel around the niche site

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  • Naima


    You’re getting good with the electronic pen!

    Great video. It’s quite an achievement to get there in 30 days. I’m sure your keyword selection obviously rocked too to pull up your niche term. I’m off to watch the research webinar again.

    I will be using these methods – hope to have good news to report in a month or so!


    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Naima,

      Yes, my pen skills are slooowly improving :)

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the video and plan to watch it again!

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Congrats Naima, you are the winner of the NSM free membership. Please contact me and let me know which email address you want the account associated with.

  • Mike

    Trent, I think you’ve answered this before, but what is your target monthly earnings per adsense site?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      A forecast of $50/month will get me to build a site.

  • Alex

    Love the link building strategy Trent – thanks for the lesson! What I really appreciate is the simplicity of it.

    One problem though…

    I wonder if you have a particular suggestion to replace UAW because it drives me nuts trying to use it. I actually stopped using it simply due to its interface. Any other way of doing article syndication that you have tested and gives comparable results?


    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hey Alex,

      My VAs are fully trained on UAW so its the one I use. There are others that have seemingly good reputations as well. Article Marketing Robot is one of them.

      Alternatively, you could always buy some article marketing campaigns and have my team do it for you :)

  • Matt Carlett

    Hey Trent great article. Do you just do one linkwheel per site or do you do one for each keyword? I am using this strategy and have had similar success. By the way I bought the linkwheels from you. Thanks again – Matt

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hey Matt,

      Just one per site.

      • Matt Carlett

        Very cool Trent. Thank you for the response. I also noticed a big differance in your electronic pen skills. Nice work. Great article. Thanks again – Matt

        • Trent Dyrsmid

          No problem Matt. Always my pleasure!


    Hey Trent,

    Very interesting stuff as usual. Started putting some of this to use as of last week after going through your blog and making notes.

    Hopefully in the next 30 days I can report such favorable results. I believe initially I have made some errors choosing main terms for my first 22 or so sites and ranking has proved challenging.

    But now I’ve stopped shooting all kinds of backlinks to my main pages and employed some linkwheels, etc into the mix.

    Fingers crossed & many blessings!

    – TRENDS

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Please be sure and come back to share your results in 30 days!

    • Joe

      Hi TRENDS. How did it work out for you?

      Finally got around to watching the video. Am building Web 2.0s now and am tempted by UAW.

      Is it really as simple as pasting in your spintax article and pressing submit? Then leaving it to get you 200 or so backlinks?

      • Trent Dyrsmid

        Hi Joe,

        Yes, that is exactly how it works; hence why its so popular.

  • Vasco

    Hey, Trent,
    Thanks for the post.
    Were you able to get EMD for this site? If not, pretty darn impressive, especially considering 33000 local searches, it just shows very solid backlinking strategy.
    Good job coming up with the keyword nevertheless, I’d be curious to know how it does in the next month or so.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Not using an EMD…its instead. I use that a lot as EMD’s are pretty much all gone these days and I’m too cheap to pay the reseller’s price for them. That said, if I built an authority site, I’d buy the EMD if I could.

  • art

    great video and thanks for sharing the details.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Art,

      You are very welcome!

  • Anshul

    Thank for posting this Trent. I have a site in the hair loss niche which is following the exact same method of link building except link wheels (pretty much all the techniques I learned from your membership site Niche Site Mastery).

    One of the pages on my site has got to top of page 2 within two weeks just from social bookmarking and article marketing. The overall site is averaging about 15 unique visitors/day and roughly $0.50/day from Adsense already so its not bad. (the traffic is both from Google organic, Yahoo, Bing and various referral sites).

    I also have about 7 posts which have all been submitted to UAW over the course of last month. In fact I have never tried link wheel strategies you have described here.

    I suppose this may be a broad question and a lot depends on the keyword but would you recommend changing my current strategy to Social Bookmarking>Link Wheels>Article Marketing from what I was currently planning to do which is Social Bookmarking>Article Marketing>Link Wheels.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Yes, I would suggest you build the link wheel first and then send the links from the article marketing to the hubs of the wheel. If you don’t want to build the wheel, just place an order and my team will do it for you.

      • Anshul

        I actually don’t do any of the link building work myself as I have my own team which does it for me but definitely interested in trying out your link wheel services.

        • Trent Dyrsmid

          We’re ready whenever you are. Glad to hear that you are already outsourcing!

  • Heureux

    I had read it also on SPI.
    So it seems to be an effective strategy, I’ll give it a try
    thanks for sharing

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Pat and I definitely aren’t the only two using this strategy; which is further evidence that it works.

  • Lemuel

    Hi Trent,

    Good strategy and thanks for sharing.

    I’m interested to know how long did you research your keyword?
    And how’s the competition of your main keyword?


    • Trent Dyrsmid

      With SECockpit, it really doesn’t take very long. I tend to do my research in bursts, find a bunch of words, and then instruct my team to build sites for those words. Re competition, I generally want to see two slots on page one with fewer than 10 links and a PR of less then 1. That said, there are MANY more factors you MUST consider and I explain them all my research webinar.

  • Jason

    Trent, for TextBroker, are your ordering level 3 or level 4? If you order level 3, are you having to make any edits.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Level 3, and generally, no need for edits.

  • Mac

    If I may ask, how many Adsense niche sites do you have now ?



    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Somewhere around 40 at last count. Many of them are the original affiliate sites that I built in my first two months (when I didn’t know what the heck I was doing) and I have put adsense on them to capture clicks for the small amount of traffic they get. My “generation 2″ portfolio of Adsense sites is about 10 and most of those, except, are less than 2 months old. Of the new ones, thus far, only one or two are ranked on the first page and already starting to make a few bucks a day. The other “babies” are climbing the SERPs as we speak.

      • Matt Carlett

        Hey Trent quick question. Are you putting Adsense on in addition to your Amazon Affiliate links on your generation 1 portfolio sites? Or are you taking the Amazon links offand just using Adsense? I know there has been a debate at WF on how google looks at the Amazon Affilate sites and I don’t want to throw up a red flag with G and get slapped.

        • Trent Dyrsmid

          At the moment, they have both and have had for a few months.

          • Matt Carlett

            Very cool thank you for the response. I am thinking of doing this for my 2 Amazon sites and I think I will try it out. Thanks for all the info. – Matt

  • Shuck

    Trent, nice video on link building. I have never done a link wheel before but since it’s pretty easy to set up I might give it a go for a couple of my older sites that I haven’t built links to yet.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Glad you liked it. I’ve done an even more comprehensive version inside Niche Site Mastery.

  • Victor

    Hey Trent interesting link strategy.Thanks for sharing it. Just one question: Whats the schedule look like for building this? All the same day the site is up :S

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      The timeline is included in the more comprehensive video that is available to Niche Site Mastery members.

  • toni

    Hey Trent..will all that misinformation all around the web…what do you think would be the best time to apply for an adsense account and not get rejected? do we have to wait for 6 months? or we just have to get a good site with original and valuable content and we will be fine? thanks!!

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Just make a good site and you should be fine. That’s all I did.

  • Victor

    Hi Trent,

    Is there anything you use, or know of, that will submit your spun version to the blog sites and or the 2.0 sites or is this a task that needs to be done manually? I think Shane of IM Impact has mentioned Magic Submitter but theres a lot more in that software which I wouldn’t pay for. So any solutions for automating this?

    Posterous is also somewhat a solution in that it does automatic posts to these sites, but it does not send spun content, it essentially just blasts the same content to all sites.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      I use Unique Article Wizard for mass directory submission.

      • Victor

        Sorry if i was misleading, what I was asking was about the anchor sites in your link wheel. I understand that you use UAW to “pumel” these anchor sites. But is there an automated way to get these anchor sites (Squidoo, etc) setup?

        • Trent Dyrsmid

          No, I have my VA do it. You can place an order for her to do it for you on the services page.

  • Tim

    What anchor text do you use to link to your Web 2.0 sites via UAW?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      I use the primary keyword for the site I’m trying to rank.

  • paul

    Hey Trent, im just starting out so would be great if you could answer one of my questions be really helpful if you could..
    : )
    the link wheel 2.0 sites for each niche site do you make new 2.0 sites or do you keep the same sites?
    im not sure what to do either make new ones per niche or keep the same one.. because if you made a lot of 2.0 it would take longer to build up pr and but with ones that you constantly use they would have a higher trust value in googles eye..

    would you be able to explain which is better please

    kindest regards

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Paul,

      Each new site gets its own set of Web 2.0 sites for the inner link wheel and its own article marketing campaign for the outer wheel. If you want to repeat the outer wheel with another article marketing campaign, then you can re-use the inner wheel. Make sense?

      • paul

        Im not sure i do iv just started working with linkwheels could you explain please,
        so its best to make a new linkwheel for each niche site i build,
        also whats the best web 2.0 sites to use for link wheels and is 6 enough?


        • Trent Dyrsmid

          Hi Paul,

          This is explained in detail in the traffic module of my membership site, Niche Site Mastery. Basically, you need 5-6 web 2.0 properties in your inner wheel and then you need to link back to them with an out link wheel that is created with mass article submission via a service like Unique Article Wizard. There is another post on my blog here that you can also ready.

          • paul

            Cool i have understood now : )great going i cant seem to find any keywords with such a high local search and med comp, i have just got a trial of link juicer so going to leave it on autopilot in the background and see what happens to my rankings : )

            just another question the social bookmarking do you do it for every single post you sumbmit to your web 2.0 sites? because if i was to submit 300 to each web 2.0 site it would take a very long time : $ or do you just bookmark the web 2.0 site each day?


          • Trent Dyrsmid

            I have my VAs bookmark EVERYTHING.

  • Tim

    Thanks Trent for answering my question about the anchor text. So, from the sounds of it, you create new Web 2.0 sites for each site (or niche) you have and link it to your root domain name, then backlink that with an article marketing campaign. After you are done that you add additional articles to your Web 2.0 sites to hit your internal links, and then you blast those new Web 2.0 articles with another article marketing a campaign. Is that correct?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      You got it. I’m going to write a long post detail this all next week.

      • Tim

        Awesome, thanks Trent!

  • RayS

    I used to think you had to write individual articles to build links one at a time – really impossible to compete that way. That’s probably why my sites haven’t done very good – not enough incoming links.

    I have recently started implementing the web 2.0 linkinginter linking strategy on 3 of my sites. I’m also began using UAW to strengthen the links…it’s only been a week so I haven’t seen anything yet.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Ray,

      Sounds like you are taking the correct approach, so just be patient.

  • RayS

    Hey Trent,

    A quick question I have been pondering, and maybe you can answer. If you have a domain that is 1 year old do you think you still need to buffer UAW links with web 2.0 properties to avoid any type of penalty or can you link directly. Thanks.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Its not that one way is correct and the other is wrong. They are just different. I prefer the link wheel approach because I believe it lessens the chance of a G-slap – plus, it works well for me. I know people who do it the other way and also have success.

  • Michael

    Wow that is fantastic! I am on the same route as you are doing here with a brand new niche site I am developing.

    I really hope I can have my site up on page one in 30 days and making a $1 per day. If that’s the case I’ll get my money back in about 100 days or less. That’d be great.

    I am really excited to get this site up and rolling!

    • Michael

      Also to confirm if I understand this right a VA is a Virtual Assistant? If so where do you find those (website)? Or is that something you’ll only tell people about in your Niche Site Mastery program?

      • Michael

        Hey Trent –

        One more question. Do you recommend any authors in particular from textbroker that you think are really good? I’m getting content done right now and was wondering what you thought.


        • Trent Dyrsmid

          I’ve now switched to The Content Authority as they are just as goog, and less expensive.

          • Michael

            Haha – shoot. I am using TextBroker for my first batch of content. I guess I’ll move over to trying The Content Authority next. Thanks for the tips.

          • Trent Dyrsmid

            No worries…this way you get to try both interfaces :)

          • Michael

            Very true. I guess trying both interfaces isn’t such a bad thing. So far I’ve got some good results from TextBroker.

          • Trent Dyrsmid

            I’ve found that they both produce good quality (so long as you select the higher quality levels), and I must admit, I prefer the simpler interface and lower price from the Content Authority.

      • Trent Dyrsmid

        Yes, VA = virtual assistant. I hired all mine from oDesk.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      That is the right attitude. I am very happy to build sites that get my money back in 120 days and then make me auto-pilot money after that :)

  • Wesley

    Trent, quick question on spun content. You originally ordered 7 articles for the site. Do you pick spin all 7 and post all spun version to web 2.0, then take more spun versions of the original 7 and submit them using UAW?

    For some reason I’m a little hesitant of submitting spun content for fear of duplication penalties.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      My VA just takes one article and inserts spintax with The Best Spinner. She then gets a fresh spin for each web 2 site and the UAW outer layer. If you are a Niche Site Mastery paid member, I have a huge post with video that goes through this in detail.

  • Gary

    Hi Trent, Interesting concept and good to see you answering all those questions. I make quite a good amount of money every month from affiliate based sites. But never properly got into adsense sites. I can see more of these selling over on so I’m guessing people are using similar strategies to build the site to an earning state then sell them for profit.

    I have a couple of questions to;

    Do you host your adsense niches on the same hosting?

    Do you put the same content on your niche as your web 2.0 properties but spun, then spun again for the article sites?

    I’m going to head over and look at the research webinar now

    Thanks for sharing

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Gary,

      Yes, one host for all my sites; some on my dedicated server, some on the shared server plan.

      For content, I post the original article on my site and then a spun/re-written version of it on the web 2.0 sites and the article directories.

  • Jon Cooper

    Great post, but I’m not liking the picture of the guy. I’m pretty sure he has down syndrome, and to use him like that is not cool.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      He’s an actor (I’ve met him) and he plays a character named Bubbles on The Trailer Park Boys!

  • Jon Cooper

    Well don’t I look like an idiot? Sorry about that, one of my close friends helps with the autistic & those with down syndrome. But back on topic for this post – you used textbroker to buy some content, is this always the website you buy content through? I’ve heard of iwriter and of course hiring freelancers, and I was curious of which one you thought was the best bang for your buck.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      I have switched from textbroker to the Content Authority because the latter is slightly less expensive.

  • Nikki

    Hey Trent,
    Glad I found your website. I want to learn affiliate marketing (mainly I want to start out with Amazon products). I see that you learned from the Niche Profit course but you also offer a niche marketing course. My question is what do you teach in your course that is different from the course that you took? Do you teach affiliate marketing with Amazon products? Is your course good for a complete beginner who wants to sell Amazon products?

    • Trent Dyrsmid


      See my reply to Sara.

  • Paul

    Trent, when you set up your free 2.0 sites, do you use a different account (email) for each niche site? Or do you have 1 email and you just keep creating free 2.0 sites for each niche with the same account?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Just one email should do it. My VA handles the whole thing, so I don’t really ask about the nitty gritty details anymore.

  • Victor

    Hey Trent,

    Just wondering whether you have ever had any problems with your 2.0 properties getting removed. Seems as though many people are having their 2.0 sites drop, but me suspects that those are crap content ones. Iv also heard alot about these sites dropping 1 off pages – basically people that come in and drop an article and leave without adding a author info, pictures etc to make it more lived in.

    Whats your take on this and have you encountered this yet and if so have you solved it?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      I’ve not had that experience that I’m aware of. That said, I don’t spend ANY of my time checking to see if the sites are still up. I focus only on how my sites are ranking on a weekly basis.

    • Trisha


      This has happened to me three times already. My blog was removed, hub pages never even get published even with only one backlink, and I just saw that my squidoo lens was removed for being overly promotional.

      I understand wordpress… I was using it more like a feed, adding an intro of content then linking back to each post on my site.

      I’ve given up on hubpages. I dont really understand what they want. I guess you cant link out from there. But from watching this video, maybe you can use it to pass links along to another 2.0.

      Tonight, I was looking through popular squidoo lenses on my topic, to see what they like. Its all over the board. One lens was super long with numerous sections of really helpful content. Another was real slim. 3 blurbs of boring content, an amazon block, guestbook and links to all their other lenses. This was a top performer. I noticed that they didnt have any links back to their website.

      So obviously its an issue, for me anyway. My stuff is gone, so I cant tell you what exactly I did wrong… maybe its just as simple as spinning a good article and linking back to your site (or another 2.0 property) just one time.

      • Victor

        Basically these small sites are being suffocated whether via Google or linking efforts. Its time to step up do the extra 10% and get passed these barriers.

        I would reveal my strategy for you but I havent fully tested it yet.

        All I can offer you is STRONG HUMAN PRESENCE. Poor quality reaks and these get burried fast. Especially 1 hit wonders. Go the extra mile, put the effort in and make usefull content. If you have something that Hud or Squid think will bring eyeballs and click ads for them then they will leave it.

        Best Of Luck!

  • Joe

    Just ordered my first article from content authority with two rewrites. Will build the Web 2.0s and then sign up for UAW. Will be trying this on my sites that got downranked in the SERPS last week after the last Google update. They are still on page 1 for their main keywords so fingers crossed this does something.

    How long are the articles you use for UAW?

  • Andy

    Hi Trent

    First i have really enjoyed your videos on youtube, so thank you

    I would love to become a member but money is tight, but soon i hope.

    I have just launched 30 niche sites and really like the concept for link building. If the sites are all in the same niche would one wheel be ok or is this needed per site…

    Also i have one older test site that has been #1 in google for over 6 months with not alot of linksso should i leave it be or do the link wheel also?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Andy,

      If you have a site a #1, I would just leave it be. Re your other 30 sites, you could go either way, 30 link wheels, just a few, or even one. There is not one right way to build links.

      Re Niche Site Mastery, click here to see how you can get a free membership.

  • Andy

    Thanks for the reply

    Lookforward to your next video trent.


  • Stephanie

    You’re a total Pat Flynn knockoff.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Stephanie,

      Being as I respect Pat, I’ll take that as a compliment. If it was mean to be an insult, why bother?

      And, no, Pat and I are not twins. I’m much taller than him :)

  • Sheyi Shobayo

    Do this stuff still work with the latest Google panda?
    Please update as all i read about G panda is that after 3 months G will combine the links from the spurned articles and turn the links into1 BL


    • Trent Dyrsmid

      It is still working for me, yes.

  • Rema

    Hi Trent,
    Can’t thank you enough for the loads of valuable information on As I still consider myself a newbie even after 3 websites, not having made much headway, I am not able to join NSM. I am learning and working hard, so hope to make that kind of money soon to become your student. Thanks again.

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hi Rema,

      If you go here, you will see how to get a free NSM account.


      • Sheyi

        hey the link is not there….

  • Mike

    Hey Trent, great post. Loved your interview in Chris Guthrie’s wso as well(was my favorite one). I like your systematic approach to building these site. I’m reading The E-myth revisited and you seem to have this whole business development thing down pat:) I’m not a newb, but I’m definitely learning some great things here. Will be joining NSM soon. Keep up the great work:)

    p.s. Had a few niche sites drop further down on page 1 after Panda. Where can I order your linkwheel/UAW service?

  • Rob

    How effective is this strategy still? Have you modified the process any with the recent changes in G?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Hey Rob,

      I no longer build micro-niche sites; instead, my preference is to now either build or buy authority sites that are either aligned with a passion of mine (like this blog) or are just too compelling an investment to pass up.

  • john finn

    is this backlinking set up still viable trent?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      I haven’t tried that technique in a while. Some I’ve talked to still swear by it. What I know works is explained under the update in this post.

  • Rob Orr

    Do you believe this strategy to still be effective with the LATEST Google EMD, and Penguin updates? Trying to build a strategy for backlinking in light of those issues.

    Also – Where is your VA submitting that content to that’s generating 300 links per day to your second tier sites?

    • Trent Dyrsmid

      Rob, This is an old post and I don’t do any of this type of backlinking any more. I would suggest that if you are still trying to build micro-niche sites, you are wasting your time. Google will always (eventually) outsmart anything the artificial link-builders think up. If you’d like to see what I’m doing now, please have a look at this post.

      • Rob Orr

        Thanks for the reply Trent – can you point out what that link is again? I must be missing it.

  • Mike Gerke

    Thanks so much for the strategy session. I’ve been winging it with all the free info I’ve accumulated, and am kind of doing some similar things. I’ve been making some money just using squidoo or blogger as my money site and getting my lenses and posts on the first page for long tails. Haven’t even added articles into the mix yet. Time to put up my own niche sites. As always, great content.