CPA and PPD have been taking the internet by storm for the past few years, with teenagers reaching their first million and people regularly publicising their “$1000+ days”. They’re both quickly turning into a dream income-source for many people.

Although some might question whether doing CPA or PPD is their dream job, for many it’s an alternative to a huge range of jobs that are somewhat less desirable. There are huge range of success stories of people going from rags to riches, and there’s no reason why you can’t either.

The World is moving away from television towards internet streaming. This means that there is an ever-growing flow of people looking for content, mostly on YouTube. This provides ample opportunity to take advantage of this massive influx of traffic. If you don’t know how to upload a video to YouTube then here’s a guide, written by Google themselves. Uploading videos will be a vital part of this tutorial. I can promise you that PPD is not difficult for the majority of people, especially if you’re at least a little computer literate, but the more the better.

What can you expect to earn?

As with every money-making guide on the internet people want to see figures and earnings, so here’s a few that I’ve managed to pull together for you. Each image has been taken by people employing the exact tactics that you’ll be learning in this guide.

CPAGrip Earnings
Alexander Ceed’s CPAGrip Earnings After Being Paid $1925.31
josh canoe cpa
Josh Canoe’s earnings from back in 2014. They’re a lot bigger now but he doesn’t publicize them any more.


I’m not going to preach that you can earn this type of money in a few days, but it’s quite possible to be earning more than someone that works full-time at McDonalds in less than a month; as you progress you will become more efficient and be able to increase the amount that you earn. Some people will start earning on their first day, for others it may take longer. If you have any questions then use the comments section at the bottom of this guide!


These requirements are easy to complete but are necessary (unless otherwise specified) for you to complete the guide.

  1. A Google/YouTube Account which you can create here.
  2. A CPAGrip Account
  3. An SEOClerks account (vital for this guide and fantastic asset to know about, sign-up now)
  4. A computer that is able to render a video (any computer made within the last 5 years should do)
  5. A little money to invest in yourself (not essential but to follow this the guide its advised; the amount you invest is entirely up to you, you could start with as little as $5)

Now that you have the initial info, you’ve signed up with CPAGrip and SEOClerks (do it now if you haven’t already) and you’re ready to invest in yourself, lets talk about how you will make the money you’re looking for.

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with any terms so far, everything is explained as you progress through the guide.

What is PPD?

If you don’t know what “PPD” is, it’s an abbreviation for pay per download. It is form of internet marketing where you’re paid for every download that you get. I will be discussing what content you can promote and some ways to do it later on in the guide. If you’re not familiar with the term Internet Marketing then here’s a definition from

While different companies may use the term (PPD) to mean slightly different things, a PPD network or site is a system that lets you monetize downloads.

You can charge users to download the file, or require them to unlock the content by completing an action – such as a survey or quiz – which then generates revenue from a third party advertiser.

There is some overlap between the two services, and some online monetization networks offer both systems to their subscribers.

Just to remain completely transparent, you will not be charging people to download your files; this guide will teach you how to successfully promote and get people to “unlock your content by completing an action”. For some of you that might be a frightening concept because you have to reach out to people through cyberspace and get them to do something. Although this might seem a little scary for any newbies out there, I can assure you that you’ll soon find it easy and yes, you can stay anonymous.

Why PPD?

Unlike many other internet marketing systems, you can choose exactly what it is that you are promoting. So in essence, you can make money promoting practically anything that is downloadable. This can be an image, song, ebook, text file and any other file that you can possibly think of.

Only distribute files that you are legally allowed to. If you don’t know what is legal to share then here’s a great guide on how to share to without stealing by .

Now, lets talk figures…

How Much Will You Get Paid per Download?

This really depends on the “network” or “host” that you decide to go with. You can earn $10+ per download in some cases. These are some of my past earnings which are  quite easily achieved and were generated over the course of 15 days without any significant effort.

CPAGrip Earnings
$123.65 for only 90 downloads on CPAGrip


What will your CPAGrip Account allow you to do?

From our perspective, they are the companies that offer the “locking systems” and the ones that will pay us.

How CPA Marketing Works Backlinko
Explanation of how CPA marketing works (Backlinko, Jun. 1, 2015)

The locking system is a form of cost-per-action marketing. So, people will have to complete an offer to get access to your downloadable file. The reason that you will be using a CPA Network is because they will aid you in generating a locked-web-page (like in the image below). Using their services you will be able to create multiple “landing-pages” with ease.

The networks offer pre-set landing-pages that you can use, this is beneficial as many of you reading this guide won’t know how to create professional looking content involving JavaScript, HTML, XML, PHP and jQuery.

You can click the image below to see exactly what a locked page will look like. In this case, a text file has been locked. When you click the download button you will be asked to complete an offer before you proceed.

PPD Landing Page
PPD Download Page Offered by AdWorkMedia


How to Get Accepted to CPAGrip

These are just a few pointers to aid you in getting accepted:

  • Do not lie
  • If you don’t have a webpage then:
    • Give a social media profile
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • YouTube Channel
  • Say you will be using natural, organic search to promote your content
  • Try to contact them directly to fast-track your application

How do you set up your download?

This is really simple to do but here’s a video I made a while back introducing you to CPAGrip. In this video I will take you over different functions of CPAGrip and how to set up a file locker. If you’re comfortable so far then feel free to skip the video and carry on reading.

Setting Up Your Channel for Success

Don’t skip this part, even if you think you know how to do it. As mentioned earlier, YouTube is a site that gets a colossal amount of traffic, for this very reason we’ll be promoting the PPD links via YouTube. Make sure you follow these instructions in order..

Choosing a great niche

This should be the first thing you do before you even consider making a YouTube channel. You need to choose exactly what you want to promote. You need to make sure that you can actually get hold of the content that you’re going to promote.

When choose your niche you need to think of a topic that has a broad spectrum of content, especially if you want to get a lot of traffic.So instead of choosing “Free Rocks Songs by bands in Essex that are exactly 63 seconds long”, I would choose “Free Rock Songs” as my niche.

While yes, you can make a very targeted channel devoted to one thing, when you reproduce the same content over and over it looks very spam-like. You want to be fairly broad so that you can put out new content consistently without boring your audience.
If you are struggling then…

Here a few niche ideas that work

I have a youtube playlist devoted to CPA/PPD niches that anyone can use, however here’s 5 white hat niches that you could consider if you’re stuck.

After watching the video you should realise that you must think about the following things when choosing a niche:

  • What files people want
  • What files you can legally share
  • What files are in fairly high demand
  • What files are in fairly low supply
    • Or in low in high quality supply

If the “market” is very competitive (has a lot of people promoting the same thing) then consider whether you can provide the content with a higher degree of quality. If you can provide better quality content then take a shot at it, otherwise you should choose something else.

So once you have a good niche in mind, you can start your YouTube Channel.

Creating your YouTube Channel

This is going to save you a lot of time: You don’t need to create a new Google Account in order to make a new YouTube channel.

Click the image below and you’ll be taken to a page where you can create a new channel from the same Google account. Do not rush ahead just yet, as I’m going to tell you about choosing a good name in just a moment.

create new youtube channel

Making a new channel on the same account very helpful when you run more than one YouTube account as you can quickly flick between channels to check for any updates.

Choosing An Attractive Name

An attractive name really sets you apart from the crowd: When you’re facing the page seen below, you need to make sure that you’re naming your channel something relevant to the content that you will be offering.

There is an example coming up soon about what is an attractive name.

Create a new Channel Youtube Page

Understand this before you carry on… There is no use calling a channel that promotes YouTube Intro Templates a name like “Purple Flowers 2014”

This is going to reduce the amount of people who will click your video when they get their search results. So you should either choose a good brand name or choose a keyword related to your content.

If you can’t think of a good brand name then use the Shopify Business Name Generator and put in some keywords relating to your niche.

Make sure that you fill in, complete and add all the following things. I will explain why in a moment.

  • Social Links
  • Channel description
  • Channel location
  • Channel keywords/tags
  • Channel/Google+ profile image
  • Monetization
    • Even if you don’t use it, it’s good for ranking
  • Phone verification
  • Upload defaults
    • This will save time for you and keep your videos consistent
    • Make sure you that you set a good default description that has any links and explanations of your channel that you can

When you’re marketing downloadable products you need to look the part. In most cases people will not trust you even if you’re content is free to download without surveys involved. By filling out every possible space, linking to social media profiles and putting up good descriptions, you increase your brands trustability.

Going in half hearted will only reduce your potential to earn more. It’s not that much effort in the grand-scheme of things, every venture requires it’s initial work, the rest comes with ease.

Making The Content For The Channel is Easy

Once you’ve got your channel set-up, next you’re going to want to make some content to promote your links with. Here’s another important section you need to read through.

Screen Recorders

If you’re promoting a download like a game hack or a graphic template, then a screen recorder is going to be a vital part of not only making your video but also increasing the likelihood that someone will complete an offer in order to get it.

Why is this?

Generally people will want to see that what they’re putting their time into getting is going to be worth completing a short survey or signing up to something. If you don’t want to record yourself speaking, then I’ve got news for you next.


If you don’t want to use a screen recorder than you can use Microsoft Powerpoint to make a video. The video above was made using this technique and all I did was record myself speaking over the top of it.

It’s a feature not many people know exists…

Powerpoint even has an option to export into a video. The video exported by Powerpoint is amply sized for YouTube too so you won’t have to worry about any loss of quality.

Record a video using powerpoint

The benefit of using power-point is that you’ll easily be able to create top-ten-style videos where you can showcase multiple downloads in the same video. Offering multiple products in the same video will drastically increase your earnings as people may be interested in more than one product.

Now, understand that…

Including more than one thing in your video will also lengthen your video and set your video up to rank for more than just one search term. It is also more likely to encourage people to follow your channel as this type of content is far more informative.

Pay someone on Fiverr to do it for you

This is by far the easiest route!

People offer to do “testimonials” on Fiverr for $5 (obviously), all you need to do I send them a script with what you want them to say and they’ll say it.

Here’s why…

Now if you’re promoting an eBook this is a great service to be using, especially if you’re male and you’re trying to promote a product that is primarily for females. People of the same sex tend to relate better to one another.

fiverr testimonials

Now this is where the real magic comes in…

Promoting your PPD content through YouTube SEO & Ranking

You may be lucky and have a perfect niche where there is little to no competition but a massive amount of traffic, however this is not usually the case.

This part is what will make you beat your competitors, without lifting a finger. So here are a few steps that you will need to take to make sure that you are optimising your videos for YouTube’s search engine and ultimately Google.

How To Rank Your Videos Fast

These simple steps are so, so, so, effective that you need to watch this video and check out the links too. Once it’s done move on to the next component below, its essential to making these steps work…

YouTube On-page SEO

I’m going to be honest with you… The video above will enable you to rank (for the most part) against pretty much all competition. But, the most important factor here is definitely the on-page “SEO” and you need make sure that your title, description and tags all contain your keyword or some close variation of it.

The steps in the video work for me and it will for you too… 

Just remember – Your description should a be healthy length, descriptive and have a humanistic amount of your keyword and variations of your keyword included in it.

YouTube On Page SEO
OnPage SEO is HUGE factor. As you can see I am ranking 2nd with only 108 views as I have optimised my title and description appropriately.

Boosting Your Channel is Important (and a bit naughty)

If you want to take the game by the horns you can use this slightly unorthodox method of ranking higher. Now, using services from SEOClerks is a tried and tested method that works absolute wonders because YouTube’s ranking algorithm takes into account many factors when deciding where to place your video against your competitors. You see, some factors you can take into your own hands and make sure you’re performing the best.

  • Views
  • Subscribers
  • Fan engagement (comments)
  • Likes
  • On-page optimisation

This factors can all be controlled with SEOClerks.

If you do decide to boost your channel with views, make sure that you turn of any monetization settings while the views are sent to your video as you do not want to break any AdSense policies.

Even if you’re experienced you’ll want to read the next part too.

Other Important Places to Promote your Content

You can focus solely on YouTube, and while many people do, it is easy to get a lot more traffic by submitting your content to other websites and companies.

But I would really advise…

Promoting Social Media (some of the most visited websites in the world)

Use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ to promote your content, this sends signals to YouTube and Google that people are engaging with your content and is also a great factor when they consider where to rank your video on the search listings.

To make the whole thing easier though… Using services like Hootsuite, Buffer and IFTTT you can automate your social media pages so that you never actually have to go on them and everything will be posted to them automatically. Using automation services saves time and also makes sure that you are consistent and don’t forget anything that you should do.

And then don’t forget…

Search Engines (THE most visited sites in the world)

You should submit your video URLs to the following search engines

This is important as the vast majority of people on the internet get to the places that they want to via. search engines, so make sure that you’re on them.

Then we’ve got Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking sites are great for getting more traffic and also for getting backlinks to your content, again so that you can rank higher on search engines. Here are some great social bookmarking sites that you should submit your content to if their terms allow.

The above content should be enough for you to make money from PPD, CPA and YouTube. If you have any questions then please ask in the comments section below!

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