Go to the sitepoint.com marketplace and check out the premium sites. Look for a site that is making something around the figure you are looking for. Lets say for arguments sake 10K per month.
Ask the seller the following information, be professional so they think you're a buyer:
- Where is your traffic coming from, traffic stats
- Time Spent
- Money made each month over the last 6 months
This will give you a good understanding of how much work you need to put in for your rewards.
For example, if its a review site review all the same products. Add a little more content to flesh the site out. Don't flat out copy it, give it your own spin and make your content unique.
Make it better when you can. If they aren't using h1 tags, add them to yours. If their internal linking is no good, make yours better etc.
By now your site is up and full of content. run a link:www.sitepointmarketplacesite.com and see where all of their inbound links are coming from. Aim to get a link on every page that the original site has.
Then follow SEO 101. Blog comment, forum post and link build your butt off.
In no time at all you'll have a site that is doing just as much if not more than the original.
No need to reinvent the wheel, just follow the steps that have already worked.
This ends todays forum activity. Back to work for me