SEO Case Study – Ranking Micro Niche Site

Hi, as promised. Today I will reveal to you a full SEO case study for our brand new niche site, the site is this one:

I want to keep this case study simple and easy to understand. Currently, this site rank in the top 3 for it’s main keyword: Bow Front Aquarium. Let’s take a look at the ranking history for this site:

rank history

You will notice that, after we start building the PBN backlinks to this site, the ranking is almost immediately increased and it only took us around 1 month for this site to get into the top 3 for it’s main keyword after we have built these PBN backlinks.

1. Website Creation and On-Page SEO

We use a similar niche site creation method like the one that we use in our Site BOLT service. We also try to follow the On-Page SEO factors that we have shared in this guide:

This site have 30+ indexed pages, have long articles in the homepage, no duplicate contents and also good keyword density. We haven’t put any affiliate links yet in this site since our focus is to rank this site first before doing any kind of monetization. We will put affiliate links in the near future and will update this case study again with the site’s monthly earnings.

2. Link Building Part 1 – Anchor Text Diversification

The first step of the link building would be building a few hundreds links using a very diverse anchor text variation. This is very important for new site like this so it can survive the Google Penguin update. We follow the method that is shared in this post to do anchor text diversification:

We use SEO Maximus service to do this since this service make this job much more easier and automated. I set up two campaign for this site, one Thunder A and one Volcano B and alternate these daily like the screenshot below (this will cost $60/mo in SEO Maximus credits):

seo maximus campaign

We also use a very diverse anchor text in both of these campaigns and set the main keyword anchor text ratio to 5% or lower. After a few hundreds links is detected in backlinks checker like or Majestic SEO (this usually take one month by using SEO Maximus), we then move to the next step of the link building.

Note: by using SEO Maximus alone we rank in the page 3 of google for it’s main keyword.

3. Link Building Part 2 – PBN Backlinks

This is the kind of backlinks that will give you a huge ranking boost. After we make sure that we have around 300 backlinks detected in and have a good anchor text ratio, we then build the PBN backlinks using our Link Azure and Rank Evolve service and focus solely to rank the main keyword. We use around 40 to 50 backlinks from these network, dripped in over 2 weeks and the ranking just keep increasing every single week. Right now this site is in the top 3 of google for it’s main keyword.

All of these PBN backlinks is built using one anchor text, which is the main keyword: Bow Front Aquarium.

4. Conclusion

SEO is still pretty much alive and kicking in 2015. You don’t need to know a lot of tricks to rank in the first page of google, all you need to do is build good anchor text ratio and boost the main keywords using quality high PR backlinks and you will rank. The method that I’ve shared above can be used in any niches, even for highly competitive keywords, you will just need to build more backlinks and add more contents to your sites.

That’s it, I hope you enjoy this case study. We will share with you more SEO strategies and methods that works in 2015, so stay tuned!

To your success,
Maulana T


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47 Responses to SEO Case Study – Ranking Micro Niche Site

  1. Jim March 6, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    Thanks man.
    Am about starting a new site next week. So by following this strategy, I should concentrate on link diversity for the first month by using seo maximus at $60

    Then second month go for pbn? Right?

    Would this plan work for a brand new domain?

    • Maulana T March 6, 2015 at 6:37 am #

      Yes, exactly. This work well for new domain 🙂

  2. Rodger March 6, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    This sounds like a great link service, but I still have not received my Link Bolt 2.0 website yet. And it has been a month now. Thank you.

    • Maulana T March 6, 2015 at 6:36 am #

      Hi, please do let me know the campaign cid or send us the details via our support help desk, I think the campaign is already done but the email went to your spam box.

  3. Konstantin March 6, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    The time span is too short to call it a SEO success. In my practice this approach works this way only short term for newly created websites. The fact that ahrefs found backlinks doesn’t mean that google did. All new sites get some bonus from google and they rank higher on the first couple of month of their life. The approach can be considered working only if in let’s say 6 month the site is still ranked the same or higher. Otherwise the article is just based on momentum.

    • Maulana T March 6, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      Sure, we will see this in the next few months.

  4. sal March 6, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Lol this isn’t a case study.. this is just you using Blackhat tactics to rank.. This isn’t skill this is just sad lol.

    • Maulana T March 6, 2015 at 6:34 am #

      Any kind of link building is considered black hat by google, don’t follow their rules man, they are here not to help us webmasters make more money.

  5. Sammy March 6, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Wait and see….. if this site still ranks in a few more months…. that’s the real test. .. I think the onpage seo could be toned back a notch…

  6. Noah March 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    I am curious to see how this site does over time. I have at least 3 sites using your services now and none of them are ranking as well as this site is for the main terms.

    After looking at majestic SEO and comparing site profiles to this one, the anchor text ratios lead me to believe that I might need some more diversity.

    To put this in perspective, I have one site that has at least 50 Link Azure back links, plus an equal number of Link Fox links, and SEOMaximus campaigns and I am still not on page one.

    I know that my on-page is solid, and the key word is supposed to be pretty low competition. I think I will try diversifying even more.

    • Maulana T March 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi Noah, yes anchor diversity plays a major role right now, you will need to have a good anchor ratio to rank in the first page.

  7. Jim March 8, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Hi Maulana,

    You said in the above case study that both Thunder A and Volcano B cost $60 per month. But when I checked TA is $60 while VB is $100.

    You suggested both campaigns should be combine for effectiveness, making it: $160.

    Secondly you call these “Link Diversity” which mean we can enter unlimited number of links. But you allow maximum “3url/keyword”

    How then is the link diversity possible?

    • Maulana T March 9, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Jim, Volcano B is $60/mo inside SEO Maximus. You can run both campaigns for just $60/mo by following the guide inside the SEO Maximus member area. Also, regarding the link diversity, sorry I mean it was anchor text diversity which SEO Maximus is doing really well right now.

  8. Peter March 9, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Hello Maulana.

    I ordered three of those sites and I ask myself what is the risk/reward ration when I let you do all the backlinking with your services and I outsource the articles for 15$ a piece. Would their be any money left on the table for me.

    I once bought a similar site with 100 articles about a certain netbook and it gave me around 100$ on adwords but it cost 275$ to build and mantain it and then I don’t count the hours of work invested.

    Can you tell how I should invest in your services and what a reasonable return would be and if there is a reasonable change getting it?



    • Maulana T March 9, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi Peter, Site BOLT sites can easily earn $xxx per month from affiliate/adsense earnings once these sites get ranked in the first page of google SERP. If you want to do the backlinking using our SEO services then the cost would be only for the initial link building and then there will be almost no cost anymore once your sites are ranked in google since these sites will not need a lot of backlinks once it’s ranked.

  9. Jim March 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks for you reply, however I still need more clarifications:

    1) You mean I can get both Thunder A and Volcano B for $60?

    2) You wrote, “…by following the guide inside the SEO Maximus member area”

    Do you I need to join SEO Maximus to pay for both plans at $60? If yes let me have the link

    3) About the anchor text diversity: So you allow UNLIMITED number of anchor texts? Or is it limited to certain numbers? If yes, how many?

    • Maulana T March 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      Hi Jim,

      1. Yes, exactly.

      2. You will need to register here:
      And pay for the Thunder A plan, you can then rotate this with Volcano B by following the guide inside the member area.

      3. Unlimited 🙂

  10. Jason March 10, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    Hi Maulana,

    I ordered one of the sites that you buld but could not find the forum for the offer to leave order details.

    Is the Site Bolt offer on Warrior Forum?

    Your campaign ID is SiteBOLT#147


    • Maulana T March 12, 2015 at 3:35 am #

      Hi Jason, thanks for the purchase. It is not yet in Warrior Forum, but we will post this service in there very soon.

  11. Faisal April 22, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    Hi, i analyze your link profile just now. Its footer link and not from contextual blog post. Are this ur own network (footer link) or sape?

    • Maulana T April 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Hi, that is from our Link BOLT network, Link Azure links does not show up in ahrefs and majestic seo.

  12. Jim May 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Maulana,

    Please can you share the latest update about the site?

    Some people were concern Google might not rank the site very well in few months and you agree with them.

    Why should this happen? Is this strategy a mere theory or proven?

    • Maulana T May 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi Jim, ranking for the long term is not a problem, you will see this site is still ranked in the 1st page right now 🙂

  13. Jim May 12, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Thanks but you should have sad this previously when some guys doubted ts long term stay and you seem to agree 🙁

  14. mikel June 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    purchased a site bolt, . how do i get 30+ pages indexed? do i need to add more pages, not post?

    does google still value high pr links?

    • Maulana T June 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi, you can add more articles as post in wordpress to do that. Yes google still value high PR links a lot, especially homepage high PR links that you can get from network like Link Azure 🙂

  15. Yuvraj Thapa July 7, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Inorder to rank our website, do we have to use the service of yours only ? Can’t we rank by ourself by doing manual work and all that ?
    Please let us know about it!

    • Maulana T July 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

      Hi Yuvraj, yes definitely, you will only need to follow a similar method like above, you can replace our SEO Maximus service by building links from free sources such as web 2.0, social network, etc and use a very diverse anchor text for this. Then you will need to build the high PR links ( I would recommend to setup your own PBN ) and focus this to rank your main keywords.

  16. John July 24, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    How many articles are included with each Micro Niche Site purchase for the Site Bolt Bronze Package? Are all of the articles 100% unique? When will the site bolt offer be available on

    • Maulana T July 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi John, 3 unique hand written articles are included in every Site Bolt sites.

  17. Ty August 30, 2015 at 2:05 am #

    You say that after around 300 links are detected in ahrefs, you then build 40 to 50 links with link azure and link bolt with your money keyword. Wouldn’t this trigger and over optimization penalty?

    • Maulana T August 31, 2015 at 12:50 am #

      Hi, no since not all links are detected in ahrefs, usually when you have 300 links detected in ahrefs from SEO Maximus campaign, the total links are actually in the 600+ range so this will not trigger the over optimization penaly.

  18. V K Rajagopalan September 12, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Maulana,

    I have just now signed up for SEO Maximus.

    After reading this post, I need a clarification.

    Under “3. Link Building Part 2 – PBN Backlinks”, am I correct in understanding you that you had created 40 to 50 PBN backlinks with ONLY the main keyword as the target keyword without any anchor text diversification.

    While you were doing the above step 3, where you still continuing with “2. Link Building Part 1”?

    Please clarify on the above.


    • Maulana T September 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

      Hi Raj, yes PBN links are using only the main keywords 🙂
      We do not build links to this site anymore (since a few months ago) so that’s why the ranking has got lowered in the last few weeks.
      You must still actively build links to your sites to keep the rankings.

  19. Bret September 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    You build links with SEO Maximus and set the main keyword anchor text ratio to 5% or lower. So when you build PBN links using only your main keyword, doesnt this raise the anchor text ratio above 5%? Leading to an over optimization penalty.

    • Maulana T September 16, 2015 at 3:15 am #

      Hi Bret, we make sure these SEO Maximus links are in the 500+ links range so that when we build some PBN links the main keyword anchor text ratio is still below 10%. We will also continue the SEO Maximus link building for a few more months to keep the diversity even better.

  20. bob September 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    How much required for link building to keep the top ranking?, also for how many keywords.

    • Maulana T September 16, 2015 at 3:14 am #

      Hi, the amount of links would depend on the niche and competition. I would recommend to try using the same package as above and adjust as you see fit.

  21. mashego October 16, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    Brothers, i just started looking at the thread yesterday. today i decided to check the position of the website in question. its actually number 1 on google. this is about 7th month.

    if this site has been number 1 for months, i mean, it must have returned its invest sum, so many times over.

    Its interesting that the only links i have ever used in this game, are T Maulana’s links and his services. This man knows his game. Thumbs up maulana.

  22. futureself November 30, 2015 at 5:54 am #


    Thanks for providing such a thorough article on how to get a new site ranked.

    Did I understand you correctly that you are no longer adding links to this “case study” site in one of your replies above?

    If that is the case, then your system clearly works as I just found this blog post tonight and searched for your keyword: Bow Front Aquarium and you are still on page 1!

    I’ve never searched for that keyword before nor had I gone to the actual website. But just to make sure, I opened up Microsoft Edge (new browser with Windows 10 – which I never use) and did the same search in Google. And there is your site on page 1!

    Basically 10 months on page 1 at the time of me writing this reply to you. Way to go!

    • Maulana T November 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      Hi, yes we haven’t done any more link building to that site for months now and yet it’s still ranked in the Google 1st page results 🙂

      • Kelvin May 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm #


        Is SEOMaximus still relevant in 2018 ?

        • Maulana T May 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

          Yes, we still have some customers using SEO Maximus daily, but for now I would recommend links from Rank HERO and Rank Fiesta since these are more powerful.

  23. San December 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm #


    Nice strategy. I have checked in Google with the keyword “Bow Front Aquarium”. It’s occupying #1 spot on Google. Great job.


  24. Preventiva December 18, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Very helpful! I am going to order your services in the future.

  25. DP March 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    I don’t see the bow front aquarium ranking anywhere in the first 7 pages of Google. And on Majestic it has 0 TF.

    • Maulana T May 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      This is an old case study so we didn’t do any SEO to that site anymore.

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