Been reading lots of posts and it does get a bit confusing in here. So many choices, so little time!
OK, here is my situation.
I started a site about 2 years ago through SBI (yeah I know ). After working on it for about one year I quit SBI, redesigned the site and took my hosting elsewhere.
I have tried AdSense ($70 to date), affiliates (Amazon, B&H) with no success. Tried the free ebook and mailing list thing, and gave up on that.
I know my niche is awkward, as it is a small niche within a very big one. ie "landscape photography". Not a very good money making niche unfortunately, but it something I am passionate about.
I was on position 4, page 1 for Google, before I stopped working on the site for about 6-9 months. I have just started rejuvenating it over the past few months. Traffic is slow, <100 UV per day, and always been the same.
I have just added a forum to the site, which is, I think, is the way to go forward. Members create the content, you get their email addresses and when it builds up it can be monetized (64 members so far, in a couple of weeks).
The question is, what is the best way to get the forum page on to the first page for Google?
Like everyone else on here I want to get some online income, and I am not greedy, anything from $50-$100 per day would be a life changer for me. I am prepared to spend some money to get things happening (not too much though!).
Any suggestions to get this site happening or just forget about it and move on to something else?
PS Not sure if I can put a link to the site here.