As we all know google gives higher value for edu and gov backlinks. The thought is simple, tougher is to get a link, higher is its value. Same applies with access to edu and gov sites. Getting a backlink in white hat way is very tough process. It is usually received as a gift for your quality web property. There are some sites in the world which still allow general public to post articles without doing any moderation whatsoever. I'm fortunate enough to know around 100 of them which im going to use it in my case study, i have done it with edu backlink before but not solely edu backlink. The proportion between edu and gov backlinks that im able to access is 90:10. I will be using both of them. I found 40% of them myself and rest of them were bought. I have thoroughly checked whether it is working or not. Everything fine. Good to go. The idea of case study came just because the idea of using only edu backlink is not done before. I thought i might do this to give some idea of value of high quality links + what can happen if i blast edu backlinks (ever heard in last few years ? ), not blast in pure sense as it will be done manually but in short period of time. Lets get into the actual work now. In next 2 days i will finish my article works. It has been outsourced already. I will do the other site work myself, plugins and all minor installation works within website management. Regarding the keywords I'm targeting, i will say that it is some what easy to rank keyword given the fact that my writer can write very good articles + my backlink resources. So, i think i will be able to crack it within next 1.5 months or so. Keyword details : kw1 - 1500 searches - 4 words kw2 - 2700 searches - 4 words kw3 - 5400 searches - 3 words kw4 - 1100 searches - 4 words other very low searches as well (like b/t 500-1000 searches) I prefer long tail keywords like everyone else. This is close to buyer intent keywords, i feel that i can put some banners around my site showing product related to my site niche and get some conversion, the keyword itself is reference type (like people searching for info not buying actually) but i will try to sell something related to them. Yes, it will be an affiliate product not mine. Plus i will have my adsense banners as well. It will most probably the main money source. So, the cost so far i have incurred specially for this project and keeping other projects in mind : Hosting - ~$26 for 3 months Domain - ~$10 for 1 year Recently bought edu sites guide (50 sites access) - $299 (for other projects as well) Article cost - $6/article => $120 ($6x20) So the total cost => ~26 + ~10 + 299 + 120 = ~$455 Ranking expectation : All keywords under 4. Money expectation : more than $600/month (almost.. auto pilot) Next update will come in next 36 hours. Stay tuned.