I’m going to show you the method I used to boost my new affiliate site to DA 30 in just 2 weeks. This method is completely free barring the purchase of GSA SER or some cheap backlinks. The only thing this method requires is time, but after completing this method your stats will be crazy!

For reference, my site was only 3 months old before starting, and is already outranking a 2 year-old competitor site that is directly targeting my chosen keywords. This is my take on the popular domain authority stacking / trust tiering method.

The numbers I use for the first few steps are very specific – stick to them! I have tested multiple variations, but 6 Web 2.0 sites per link wheel works best! This is the maximum number of sites you can have in a wheel before the link power begins to dilate too much. I also recommend using only 6 buffer sites. If you want to build a second tier of Web 2.0 sites, see the “Things To Try” section at the bottom of the post.

This guide assumes you have already read my previous tutorial on Web 2.0 Link Building, and builds upon concepts discussed in that tutorial. It will be referenced throughout as the “previous tutorial”. Please read it now if you haven’t already done so.


Here’s a basic overview of the plan:

  • Money Site
  • 2 Google Entity Stacks (Coming Soon)
  • 6 Buffer Sites
  • 36 Web 2.0 Sites (6 Link Wheels)
  • 100+ Free Domain Names
  • 7200+ URL Shorteners
  • 10 Million GSA SER Blog Comments (Basically as many as you can build!)

Authority Stack - Joshua Rosato

Step One – Buffer Sites

The first step is to create 6 buffer sites. These will act as filters/pumpers and pass all the link juice to your money site.

The previous tutorial shows you how to properly create Web 2.0 sites, you can use these for both step one and two. Specifically, read and implement the “Super Web 2.0” section for the buffer sites.

You have 3 options for the buffer sites:

  • Buy an expired domain name & create a WordPress site with it. (Use fake WHOIS info or buy Privacy Guard!)
  • Buy an expired domain name and link it to a Web 2.0 site. (The domain must be directly linked – most hosts require you to purchase a premium plan for this. Do NOT 301 redirect the domain!)
  • Create a Web 2.0 sub-domain – Example: keyword.weebly.com

The sites should have at least 4000 words of high quality hand-written content, remember to add your money site URL near the top. Use exact match anchor text for this.

Several other pages you should include are:

  • About
  • Services
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Etc.

Mix up the types of pages you use and the design of the sites. In some articles include images & videos, in others include links to relevant authority sites (not competitors). Don’t leave any footprints!

Everything on these sites should be hand-written, a site with one page of spun content will NOT cut it. Again – read the previous tutorial on how to create Web 2.0 sites that will rank.


Step Two – Web 2.0 Link Wheels

This is where the work really begins! We’re going to create 36 Web 2.0 sites.

Just follow the instructions as above, but with the following changes:

  • If you’re targeting a high competition keyword use 1000 words of hand-written content or 2000 words of spun content. (Manually review all spun content to ensure it makes sense and is readable!)
  • If you’re targeting a low competition keyword you can use spun content without checking it, though I personally never do this. (These sites should be considered tier one.)

If you’ve read the previous tutorial, all we’re doing in this step is implementing it 6 times, each time using one of the buffer sites as the target site. Basically, you’re going to create 6 link wheels, with each wheel containing 6 sites.


Step Three – Free Domain Names

Register 100+ free domain names from Freenom, they offer 5 different top-level domains for free.

Here’s how I structured mine:

  • KeywordOne * 5 TLDs
  • Keyword-One * 5 TLDs
  • KeywordTwo * 5 TLDs
  • Keyword-Two * 5 TLDs
  • KeywordOneKeywordTwo * 5 TLDs
  • KeywordOne-KeywordTwo * 5 TLDs
  • KeywordTwoKeywordOne * 5 TLDs
  • KeywordTwo-KeywordOne * 5 TLDs

I think you get the idea…


Step Four – URL Shorteners

For EACH of the 36 Web 2.0 sites:

  • Redirect 3 to 5 of the Freenom domains using the “URL Forwarding” option.
  • Add expired Web 2.0 backlinks – I use 10 Tumblr backlinks & 400 words of scraped content per post.
  • Create 10 URL shortener links – I use 2 links from 5 different services:
    • https://bitly.com/
    • https://tinyurl.com/
    • https://tiny.cc/
    • https://goo.gl/
    • http://cutt.us/

For EACH of the 10 URL shortener links:

  • Create another 20 URL shortener links (tier two). I use bit.ly to mass create them, but you can also do this with GSA.
  • Remember, we need 7200+ tier two URL links (36 * 10 * 20) in total.


Step Five – GSA SER Blast

Using GSA SER, SE-Nuke, or any other software you like – mass create blog comments or any type of link to the following:

  • 36 Web 2.0s (I recommend using high quality do-follow links only!)
  • 100+ Domain Names
  • 7200+ URL Shorteners (Only the tier two links!)

We need as many links as we can get, the quality of them doesn’t matter. I recommend buying a VPS and some dedicated proxies and just leaving GSA running 24/7.

You can buy these links from our services page.


Google Entity Stacking

This popular method uses Google properties to create highly trusted links. These links are nofollow, but are still worth building. We will be creating two entity stacks, and pointing both of them to our money site. Here is an example of what we will be building: http://bit.ly/2xpnzJs


Anchor Text For Links

I haven’t tried any variations with these, but the ones below worked well. Feel free to experiment with your own variations. Click here for an explanation of the different types of anchor text.

  • From Node Site to Money Site: Exact Match
  • From Web 2.0 Site to Node Site: LSI
  • From Web 2.0 Site to Next Web 2.0 Site: Generic & Long-Tail LSI
  • From Expired Web 2.0 Site to Created Web 2.0 Site: Generic & Secondary Keywords
  • For Blog Comments: Generic & Full URL (GSA automatically fills in the current URL, just select the “Domain as Anchor Text” option.)

A secondary keyword is another keyword that you’re targeting, separate to your main keyword. For example, if my main keyword is “SEO”, a secondary keyword would be “Link Building”. The keyword “Black Hat SEO” would not be a secondary keyword. It would be a partial match keyword as it contains the main keyword I’m targeting.


Experiments & Customization

Eight Experiments

1) Skip the Freenom domain redirects and/or the URL shorteners.

2) Skip the expired Web 2.0 backlinks.

3) Skip the second tier of URL shorteners & build GSA blog comment links directly to the first tier.

4) Link the buffer sites into a wheel.

5) Link the 6 Web 2.0 wheels together, you have 2 options for this:

The last Web 2.0 site in the previous wheel links to the first site in the next wheel, for example:

  • Link Wheel 1 – Web 2.0 No. 6 —> Link Wheel 2 – Web 2.0 No. 1

Etc. Until you get:

  • Link Wheel 6 – Web 2.0 No. 6 —> Link Wheel 1 – Web 2.0 No. 1


Use the last Web 2.0 site as the first site in the next wheel, for example:

  • Link Wheel 1 – Web 2.0 No. 6 is also Link Wheel 2 Web 2.0 No. 1

Etc. Until you get:

  • Link Wheel 6 – Web 2.0 No. 6 is also Link Wheel 1 Web 2.0 No. 1

I tried to show this in the diagram but it got way too complicated!

6) Create a sub-niche for each buffer site and each Web 2.0 site in the wheel, for example:

Assuming your site is about food:

  • Buffer Site One is about food for vegetarians:
    • Link Wheel One (Pointing to Buffer Site One) uses multiple sub-niches related to vegetarian food.
  • Buffer Site Two is about food for people with an intolerance to lactose:
    • You get the idea, right?

7) Build a second tier of Web 2.0 sites, I’d recommend:

  • A link wheel of 6 Web 2.0 sites per tier one Web 2.0 (Similar to the original structure of the tier one Web 2.0 sites pointing to the 6 buffer sites).
  • Try blasting only tier two with blog comments, and then both tier one and two. (The tier two comments don’t have to be as high quality as the tier one.)

8) Add 3 to 5 PBN links per Buffer Site and/or per Web 2.0 Site


Just so you understand how powerful this method is:

  • Using this method can get you a DA of 40-50+ if done right. (I know this seems unlikely, but it’s only an estimate. Plus, I did get DA 30 in TWO weeks…)
  • My buffer sites have better stats than my competitors money site & outrank him for some keywords.
  • Due to the URL shorteners & domain names, some of my Web 2.0 sites are ranking multiple times.



So what’s the point of all this?

This method is useful for several things:

  1. It shows that 3rd party domain statistics are easy to fake and should be taken with a pinch of salt.
  2. It’s great for faking stats if you’re selling a domain. Who wouldn’t buy a DA 30 domain?
  3. It can be used to actually boost SERP. I’ve seen a massive increase of organic traffic.
  4. It is perfect for foundational link building, which is needed if you plan to buy PBN or SAPE links to prevent a Google Penalty.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Thanks for the in depth tutorial.

    I had a question. For each of the 36 Web 2.0 sites unique content is needed? If that is correct 36 unique articles of 100+ words are needed. Please confirm

    1. The Web 2.0 content should be unique. It doesn’t have to be hand-written, you can spin it. I recommend 1000+ words.

  2. Hi Joshua
    thanks for the great tutorials.
    The only thing that I don’t understand is the url shortener section.
    Which urls do we shorten?


    1. Hi Bob, thanks for the comment.

      For each Web 2.0 site, you will create 10 URL shortener links pointing to that site.
      For each of the URL shorteners you’ve just created, you will create an additional 20 URL shortener links, pointing to the first URL shortener.

      Does that clear it up? I know it can be hard to understand, so if you’re still struggling let me know and I’ll create a video example.

      1. Any chance of doing a diagram/map of this setup?

        1. I’ve made one but it’s not much easier to understand. Which part specifically are you struggling with?

          1. Hi JOSHUA ROSATO,

            Thanks for this nice tutorial. However the same for me. I don’t understand URL part. Any video tutorial? A video tutorial may be easy to understand.


  3. Great tutorial Josh, just one question:

    What do you mean when you say the web 2s are tier one? Aren’t they second tier as their is a site between them and your money site?

    1. Hi Pauline, sorry for the confusion.

      What I mean is that you should treat the buffer sites as though they were your money site. You don’t want bad backlinks pointing to them. They are there primarily to prevent bad link juice from hitting your actual money site, but this isn’t 100% effective so you should still take precautions.

      Hope that clears it up for you.

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