I have a short story (fiction) website. I worked on it pretty heavily a while back, building traffic and content and such, but never found a way to effectively monetize it.
I have not updated it in almost two years and have not promoted it for almost three years. It pulls in anywhere from 7k to 30k unique visitors per month.
AdSense is out, because Google does not like some of the content. And, even when I did have it, it didn't amount to much. About $25/year, I think.
I've tried promoting magazines, eBooks for writers, even dating services--none of which has produced anything. I may have tried a few other things too; I don't remember.
The thing is that it's original fiction. No fan fiction, so I'm not attracting viewers or readers of specific series and such, from which you might be able to promote DVDs, t-shirts, posters, etc.
I'm open to suggestions and ideas. It just seems there's potential here, and I can't help but think there is money-making potential here, but I can't seem to see where it is.
The one thing I do not want to do is turn it into a membership site. I want to keep the content open and accessible.