A dear friend of mine has this site - Bloodyloud - on which he has made 5400 posts of curated art, photos and video.
His traffic is 57,000 unique visitors per month, 124,000 visits, 732,000 pageviews.
And there is NO monetistation.
He was turned down for Google Adsense - anybody see why? They said 'unsuitable content'. This would be my preferred method to monetise but unless he can work out why they have not approved the site he doesn't know what to change.
I have suggested that he add the affiliate program from Art.com.
You guys must have better ideas.
Many thanks for your time.