I'm a relative newbie to Internet marketing. Been poking at it for a little over a year. Have learned a lot, and have been 'pulling the trigger' in recent months - getting started with affiliate promotions and even developing some of my products.
As part of that, I'm taking a hard look at some of my hobby sites. I'm a huge history buff. I love history - pretty much any kind of history. But I have a special love for early American history -- Revolutionary War up through the Civil War.
One of the blogs that I run is this one...
American Revolution & Founding Era
I may have to let it go, because I haven't been able to generate a lot of unique visitors. Since October 2007, I've had a little over 11,700 hits. Most of that, I'm sure, is from repeat people. So, I'm averaging about 1,000 hits a month.
I've tried to monetize the blog with AdSense, Amazon books, and some other general odds-and-ends. But I'm not making much at all.
The page itself appears to be PR4, though I'm still learning page rankings and all that.
What do you all think? Should I let it go? Maybe put up a post a month as a labor of love, but focus my efforts on the stuff that can make me money?
Or...am I overlooking some obvious ways I could monetize this?
I've thought about re-focusing the blog around reenacting (those folks spend money!) or genealogy research or something like that. But...I'm not a genealogy expert, nor am I a reenactor. So, I would run out of things to write pretty quick. Though, I could outsource writing on that and try to sell an ebook or something.
Just thought I'd throw out my thought process here, and see if you all had any ideas.