90 Days to Build a $9K+ Per Month Authority Site from Scratch

Building an Authority Site

When one adventure ends a new one begins…

120 days ago I quit my job in Beijing
20 days ago I left China
7 days ago I moved to a hideout in France
Today I begin a 90 day adventure to build a 9K+ per month authority site

Build a $9K+ Per Month Authority Site in 90 Days

Over the next 90 days you’re invited to join my adventure to build a brand new authority site from scratch that’ll hopefully earn $9K+ per month.

I’ll be breaking down the entire process on clambr.com, as I build a new authority site from scratch and after the 90 days are up (on 13 January 2014) I’ll reveal exactly how much profit it’s making per month! Pretty cool right?

From beginning to end you’ll be able to look over my shoulder and learn my strategies for:

  • Choosing a niche and carefully planning your attack
  • Building a SEO juiced up WordPress site primed for conversions
  • Creating and promoting viral content that sucks in traffic and drives income
  • Getting powerful links from competitors and high PR sites
  • Converting tons of visitors into wallet out buyers

When you sign up to the adventure you’ll not only receive updates from the blog, but also get behind the scenes access and my full attention to any questions you have about building your own authority site.

So if you want to learn how you CAN make a highly profitable site in just 3 months, sign up for updates to “Build a $9K/pm Authority Site in 90 Days”.

I’ll be building the site from a hideout in the middle of nowhere in the French Alps. If you’re intrigued to find out what’s led me there, continue reading…


I did everything I was supposed to do.

I aced my High School exams, got accepted to a good University, graduated with a Degree in Mandarin and hopped on a plane to begin a career in the country everyone is talking about – China.

I went to work for an international trading company selling steel.

After almost 1 year of working at the company I became restless. The methods we used to get new business were inefficient and needed a serious overhaul.

I convinced my boss to let me do something about it and made them a fresh website that attracted hundreds of enquiries on drip feed.

For the first time ever customers were chasing us rather than us chasing them and we were pulling in new business. I then made the company two more websites to drive enquiries to their laminate flooring side of the business.

Making these websites allowed me to really experiment with how the internet works and sparked my love for SEO.

By early 2013 I’d created a nice little portfolio of sites that gave the sales team a steady flow of new business, however, I wasn’t seeing enough monetary return for my efforts.

I was still only earning enough to pay rent and party about once a week. By the end of each month I was always struggling to make ends meet and all too often ended up with nothing in the bank.

Let’s clambr!

Since I’d developed a real passion for SEO and thought I could use what I’d learned to build my own popular site, I purchased the domain – clambr.com.

All I knew is that I wanted to write about SEO and learn more about how it works in the process.

There was no real direction in my first few posts which altered between sharing some of my newbie SEO advice, joking about the internet and then finally explaining why I quit my job at the beginning of June 2013.

Goodbye 9 to 5

When I quit my job it wasn’t necessarily “the right time”. I had barely any money in the bank, no back up careers lined up and was stuck in China, half the world away from my home in the UK.

Everyone said I was nuts to quit and that I should have waited until I had enough money from outside ventures to justify leaving the security of a pay check. But I didn’t. I wasn’t going to waste one more minute of my time dragging my feet into a job that was frankly not getting me any closer to my dream – to be fully self sufficient and have the freedom to do what I want everyday.

In the following few weeks after I left stable employment I began allocating every hour of the day towards refreshing my knowledge of SEO, learning how affiliate marketing works and how the heck to get visitors to clambr.com, which at the time was only known to my family and friends.

Before clambr was born, I had never done any of the offsite stuff – the real magic for pulling rank in the SERPS.

I needed to learn this and FAST, because my seriously depleting bank balance would soon render me in trouble if I didn’t get some sort of income quick snap.

Going Viral

I knuckled down and used Brian Dean’s Skyscraper technique to make an expert roundup post that went viral. This opened the flood gates to clambr and gave me the motivation I needed to realise that getting traffic to an unknown blog is possible if you apply the right strategies.

Since my link building tools roundup went viral I’ve done a few more blog posts about my link building activities and one more roundup about local SEO. Not much, I know, and I’ve been regularly asked, “so when is the next blog post Richard? What’s going on?”

Frequent Explosions

Frequent Explosions on Twitter

If you’ve read some of my blog posts in the past or seen me occasionally explode on Twitter, you may have gathered how much of a struggle it has been for me to to run a blog from China. Seriously dude, it’s whack. This YouTube video perfectly captures the feeling I get when Twitter gets blocked or Google goes blank, or I have to wait 2 minutes for someone’s page to load when the Great Firewall is f*cking with me.

I was dealing with the combination of crappy internet and China’s Great Firewall every damn day. It was slowing me down big time and having a detrimental effect on my ability to promote my posts, socialize, or even browse the web!

In a nutshell running an internet business from China was not working out. It was like trying to flog a dead horse to Donald Trump and it was bringing me down.

So, I made a decision…

…I packed my bags, handed my keys back to the landlord, caught the subway to the airport and left China.

Hello Britain

Upon arriving back in the UK I met up with my brother, who is equally passionate about digital marketing and has also recently left the 9 to 5.

We spent a couple of weeks plotting our next move and have decided to “squad up”, knuckle down and build an authority site together.

After drilling through dozens of ideas we suddenly realised there was a niche we both have a lot of experience in and a quick look at the competition has revealed a perfect angle we can attack it.

Mountain Hideout

Mountain Hideout

With the niche chosen we packed out bags, boarded a plane from Bristol airport, flew to Geneva, got a bus to Annemasse, a train to Cluses and then a taxi to our final destination – a small village nestled in the French Alps called Les Carroz.

We arrived 7 days ago and it’s a hideout fit for an epic adventure. It’s in the middle of nowhere, surrounded my mountains, with no distractions and has something I haven’t had the privilege of for a very long time – LIGHTENING FAST INTERNET!

Be Adventurous

This is where clambr will be beaming out to you for the next couple of months and it is here where my brother and I will begin building a brand new authority site from scratch.

If you’re ready to take a step forward and start your own adventure towards building a solid income online, sign up for updates today and let the adventure begin!


  1. says

    Hi Richard

    Good luck with this – I’ll definitely be following along (and copying you!) to see how you get on.

    Looking forward to the updates on this one :-)



  2. David Lawlor says

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for inviting me on the journey. I am delighted to catch up with you and, of course, wish you all the best and I hope to gain from the experience as well.
    What a great country. I lived in Paris for three years!


    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey David,

      You’re very welcome and I’m so happy you’re going to be apart of it!

      Btw, I’m very jealous of you having lived in Paris for three years. Les Carroz is a little more on the quiet side but still lovely all the same.

      Hope you enjoy the action here over the coming weeks :)

    • Richard Marriott says

      Cheers Aaron! Thank you so much for your words of support and am very glad to have you involved in the action!

  3. Jon Bishop says

    Really excited to see how you get on. I have no doubt you’ll hit your target and exceed it :) Loved the link building tools post, was such an awesome idea and it’s an amazing piece of content.

    Good luck


  4. Richard Marriott says

    Hey Jon! Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll do my best to blow the target out of the water!

    Also, glad you liked the link building post and hope this authority site building mission proves to be just as, if not more amazing.

    Cheers mate!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Thanks Bhargav!

      If things play out the way I’m planning them to, I’m hoping to smash through the target of $9K, but let’s see hehe. Looking forward to showing you how things are progressing in the next post :)

      Catch you soon!

  5. says

    Hi, I just come to your blog reading Backlinko Case Study about white hat SEO strategies. Your 90 days challenge is awesome, and I am excited to follow it plus making my own journey too.

    Your story is really inspiring and I am thinking about moving out of my comfort zone (my city & hometown) to come to another strange place and start everything.

    Good luck with the journey.

    Tho Huynh

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey Tho!

      Thanks for your support :)

      It can be scary stuff moving out of the comfort zone, so I wish you the best of luck with your own adventure and plenty of success too!

  6. says

    Just great to find this blog from one of the Quick Sprout mentions. Really like the idea and will be keeping an close look at this site on how you go about building a 9K per month Authority site. I’m at http://fernandobiz.com/ and will be regular read on this blog from the first day.

    • Richard Marriott says

      Awesome Fernando!

      Hope you enjoy the adventure. I don’t update much but will make sure it’s an interesting read when I do.

      The authority site is going well. We’ll probably be launching on Dec 16.

      See you around soon :)

  7. says

    Hey Rich,

    You would probably be surprised how I found your site. I was digging around someone’s backlinks and saw you site. Ha.

    At any rate I will be checking out your journey as well. I really like this kinda thing. Just do us a favor and don’t quit after a few Weeks of doing this like some others who have done the same. Just sayin :-). Best of luck!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Hey James,

      Hehe that’s a funny way to find me but glad you did!

      Thanks for your kind comments about what I’m doing and the motivation to keep going.

      Although my updates aren’t very frequent I can assure you things are going very well. Looking forward to emailing you about the next stage in the adventure!

    • Richard Marriott says

      Great stuff Ankit, I hope my story entertains you! Looking forward to updating you on the next step of the adventure soon. Take care and chat soon :)

  8. Mindlesswizard says

    Hey buddy, just finished reading your article and i loved it !! Changes are good !!

    Would like to know about your journey ! How is it going ??

    Good luck mate

  9. says

    Can you ad a next blog post on your post… Subscribing and going to read to catch up. Very Cool and Brave… Or Really Awesome that you saw it the way you did.

    No waiting, Push forward and make what you want to happen.


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