My website (signature) compensates people to write articles and bookmark content. If you're familiar with Snipsly, Xomba, or even HubPages, you're familiar with my website.
I just set up a generous referral program, share the majority of revenue with authors, offer do-follow links, have a simple and SEO friendly site, etc.
So now what? The site is 6 months old and has 700 members and 6,000 content pages. It seems to just be stagnating at this number. Some of my members are trying to use those referral links, but not as many as I hoped. I'm trying to rank for a certain relevant keyword, but I fear even this won't be enough.
I've even offered 100% ownership of the site in the JV part of the site in exchange for marketing/advice/a business partner. It doesn't seem to generate much interest.
Do you think my "niche" is too saturated by the 10-20 real competitors I have (5-6 of them are big)? How would you ramp up your numbers if you were in my shoes?