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How to Make $1,000 a Month With CPA

I have a friend right now attempting to make $1,000 per month with cpa (cost per action) using MaxBounty and I thought it was a good idea for me to create a series tutorial showing you how to do this.

For reference, I am going to be doing this using absolutely no money for the site development, hosting, or marketing. I will be doing this in my spare time as well, which will show you that it can be done even if you have a full time job.

To start out the series, I created a free blog on and inserted some CPA ads, and a small starting article review. You can see the first CPA site at (note: is touchy and your website may not be there for long because of their dumb TOS, but you can use other free hosts. Do a google search for “free php hosting” and you will find lots of them that will even give you free ftp access and a sub-domain).


free blackberry stuff


The CPA I am using on this site ranges from $1.60 to $2.80. These are not huge conversions, but with traffic and numbers, the goal is to make a little under $40 per day using only CPA. This is equal to an 8 hour a day job for 5 days a week making below minimum wage.

If you want to follow along, you will need to get yourself a MaxBounty account. I just ask that you write your own articles and don’t rip mine. I don’t care if you go after the same ads or whatever. Just don’t steal my text.

First, check out my site that I mentioned above. See how I set it up with a basic theme that was there when I signed up for an account with WordPress. Notice I placed some cpa ads in widgets in the sidebar and footer. There is absolutely nothing complicated about this.

I will be updating this site here and there until I get it how I want it. I will start marketing it tonight via blog hopping and article marketing. I will also submit it to tons of directories. I have a list that I use, but for this project, you can use a good list I found at (this link goes to the wayback machine version because the domain was down the day after I wrote this).

Once I get the basic edits done to the website, and get some marketing done, I will post here again with an update and my next plan of action. If you are joining me, I wish you luck.

About the author

Brandon Connell

I am an author, blogger, investor, musician, and internet marketer among other things. I believe that one person can do many things in life.

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  1. When did start allowing affiliate marketing type stuff?

    Posted on 26-May-11 at 9:52 pm | Permalink
  2. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    When did they not? I have never had an issue.

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 7:59 am | Permalink
  3. Lucky you, it’s quite prominent in their TOS…or it was.

    Posted on 28-May-11 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
  4. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Either way, no big deal. is not exclusive to this campaign. As you will see, the campaign will require many different sites which will go on different free hosts.

    Posted on 28-May-11 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  5. I’ve been reading along; quite intriguing so far. 😉

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  6. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    And it’s getting more interesting…

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  7. This actually seems like something I could follow. All niche “teachings” I read seem to start in the middle, ya know? Like we already know the basics…

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  8. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I always start from the beginning, and answer questions that may sound stupid but are necessary for the beginner. It’s like programming books. So many of them assume you get the basic concepts of the language, when as a beginner you actually want to know what the hell the semicolon goes there for.

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
  9. Now you’re just dredging up some childhood trauma man.

    Basic, Machine language, C+, Cobol…..AAACCCKKKKKK!!! LOL

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 8:08 pm | Permalink
  10. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I’m learning C# and JQuery starting this weekend.

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
  11. Michael Pedzotti
    Twitter: michaelpedzotti

    Hi Brandon, that looks like a great way to start. There’s one thing I don’t get though and that’s how the banner ads work. They all seem to point to an internal link on the WP domain “” and not to a CPA offer, it would seem. Maybe Dennis is onto something? Maybe I am not taking it all in and need to rest. Who knows.

    Cheers, Michael

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  12. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Nope you’re right. It used to work, and I tried to get around it with a url shortener on my domain, but the links were invalid. I will change the host and update this post. No biggie 😉

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 9:03 am | Permalink
  13. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Ok. I was able to get around the issue and stay on I hosted the maxbounty images myself rather than using the html they gave me, and I used their contextual links, and used ninja affiliate to shorten them. Now the links work perfectly.

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  14. Making money from CPA is bit difficult. However you gave me an idea how to make $1000 per month.
    Really it is a great article. I hope you will keep writing.
    Thank You!

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  15. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I am always writing 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  16. Sally
    Twitter: sallyneill

    Hey Brandon

    Just popping over to say hi, my time is my own now so I can return to visiting some of my fav blogs!

    I have never tried cpa, but it does interest me, so if you do some updated posts that would be cool for people who dont have a clue about it aka me lol.

    Sally 🙂

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  17. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I am right on that Sally! Actually, I have to update this post a bit with the new info in a comment I made here. WordPress tries to block certain links, so I got around it with ninja affiliate and self-hosting banners. Sometimes you got to be tricky when going the free route. Although, isn’t the only game in town. There are literally TONS of free hosting servers around that are ad-free, and even give you ftp access. All you need is that, and a free sub-domain. Nothing special.

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  18. Steve @ eBay Auctions
    Twitter: srpatterson

    The one url here is not working. The is for sale and the content is gone from what I can tell. Looking forward to following the series. Thanks

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
  19. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    WOW that’s strange. I was just using them yesterday. Looks like their domain expired. You should be able to see all of the directories on that site through the wayback machine though.

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 10:25 pm | Permalink
  20. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I just updated the link itself on this post as well, so it goes directly to the wayback version.

    Posted on 27-May-11 at 10:33 pm | Permalink
  21. CPA is a very profitable income stream. I have a few sites that are set up perfectly to get the most amount of CPA profit I can. Its pretty sweet

    Posted on 28-May-11 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  22. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Yes it is. I can’t wait for this series to advance while others actually follow along. I like helping people make money.

    Posted on 28-May-11 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  23. Alex@build niche sites
    Twitter: buildrankprofit

    Wow Brandon, now HERE is a post I want to link to and a series I will be following along with closely.
    As you know I am starting to dabble in this, and I can add here that it is only thanks to you that I went down this path.

    Thanks for the insight and now thanks for this post and the ensuing series 🙂

    Chat soon man

    Posted on 28-May-11 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
  24. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    No problem man. The series, as you probably know, was because of our skype conversation. Remember, your new cpa pursuits? I figured you would appreciate a tutorial, and my other readers would as well.

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 10:07 pm | Permalink
  25. Rick Byrd
    Twitter: rick_byrd

    Hey Brandon:

    I am really excited to follow along as you work towards making a $1000 with CPA marketing. I have not tried CPA marketing as of yet. I was just talking to someone the other day about CPA offers.

    From have read over the years, it can be hard to get accepted by CPA networks. Is that still true today? If so, do you have any advice to help get accepted?

    – Rick

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 9:34 pm | Permalink
  26. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I have never had a problem getting accepted by a cpa network. The ones that verify you require that you have some experience with affiliate marketing or some kind of marketing in general. They don’t go and call references or anything like that. I believe the rumor of it being hard comes from people in countries like China or somewhere else, where a lot of cpa networks don’t operate due to high amounts of fraud.

    Lazy Profits verifies you by calling your phone number and giving you a “code” to enter into the site. MaxBounty actually calls you and talks to you about your marketing experience. That’s it. Pretty simple.

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 10:03 pm | Permalink
  27. Rick Byrd
    Twitter: rick_byrd


    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I just finished applying for an account at MaxBounty. I actually may contact them to speed up the process.

    I will also checkout Lazy Profits.

    Thanks again!

    – Rick

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  28. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    No problem Rick. If you don’t contact them, I believe they are fast. I filled out the application at night, and they called me the next day. I don’t know if it is always that fast.

    Posted on 29-May-11 at 10:24 pm | Permalink
  29. awesome this article s great now i challenge my self to work hard online…

    Posted on 30-May-11 at 2:31 am | Permalink
  30. I know there are some networks who doesn’t accept members out of the USA.
    What about Maxbounty?

    I try to find some sources, but is not to easy

    Posted on 30-May-11 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  31. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I’m not sure. I haven’t explored who does and who don’t because I have not personally been affected by that problem. A CPA network generally has that information in their FAQ though.

    Posted on 30-May-11 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  32. Max @ Cheap Whiteboards
    Twitter: polanskimax

    Good luck Brandon! Making $40 a day through internet marketing is not an easy feat. I still have issues making $3/day.

    Posted on 12-Jun-11 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
  33. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Thanks Max. I am actually making much more than that from internet marketing. CPA is just a small piece of money-making though. You can actually make money with any route (cpa, adsense, mlm, etc) with a little time and knowledge.

    Posted on 28-Jun-11 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  34. Mari@blog names
    Twitter: blognames

    I would be interested to find out the progress of this. I see that the site is still up, surprisingly, since its on the the hosted WordPress. Maybe I should try it there as well…. Will check back….

    Posted on 30-Jun-11 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  35. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I have posted a couple of updates since then, and I name them with the “CPA UPDATE” title.

    Posted on 01-Jul-11 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  36. I’m still trying to made page for CPA and seems wordpress have good lead. I just hope subdomain made good traffic.

    Posted on 01-Jul-11 at 11:40 pm | Permalink
  37. Satrap@ Make Money Online
    Twitter: BlogStashDotCom

    Great method Brandon. I am always amazed at how truly easy it is to make money with CPA, once you know the basics.

    I dont mean to brag or anything, but I started learning about CPA last year. I went from knowing nothing (I didn’t even know what CPA stood for) to making around $2000 a month with MaxBounty. Of course, my blog ranking for a few big keywords helped to get some targeted traffic in front of those campaigns.

    But. non the less, I started experimenting with a few blogspot blogs and I immediately stated seeing result, so I thought why not go all the way and thats what I did.

    Posted on 19-Aug-11 at 11:14 pm | Permalink
  38. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    CPA is just fun. It can also be marketed through blog ads. For example, the banner ad spaces here on my blog. You can also advertise them through buysellads, as it is allowed in their terms of use.

    Posted on 14-Sep-11 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
  39. Jawed@advertising
    Twitter: earninghours

    Hey Brandon, Nice post I like it. I have been building adsense targeted niche sites. But now I am also thinking to give CPA Advertising a try. Bookmarked your post for future reference.. 🙂

    Thanks & Regards,

    Posted on 23-Sep-11 at 11:14 am | Permalink

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