Am trying to find out what is wrong with my blog and need some advice on how I can improve it, drive traffic to it, and make it profitable enough to sustain a full time income. Have been blogging for 9 months, have 167 articles of at least 300 words or more focused on Chinese history, culture, people and places.
Know that content is king. Nearly all of my posts are written through internet research, with Wikipedia being the primary source. Rely on other relevant articles to help write my content as well. All articles are original. Essentially, my site is a monetized Wikipedia on Chinese culture, history, people and places. Use Adsense, Amazon Affiliate, and Chikita for advertisements/products.
Some of my stats...
Averaging 4.63 articles per week.
Have a Click Through Rate of .25% on Google Adsense, (2% is average, I think). Some of the ads that appear on site on not China related. For example, ads for Furniture and Video games now appear on my site.
Have had 10 clicks on Amazon Affiliate in about 2 months but no sales.
Last thirty had 38 unique visitors per day. Would say that this number has been relatively close over the last few months and seen little improvement.
Over the last couple months have seen a pick up in people finding my site through search engines, primarily Google.
Needless to say, am frustrated mainly because haven't seen even a minimal upward trend in my Adsense stats, unique visitors.
Have 25 Twitter followers, use Chime.In to post content, and use Haohao Report, which is a Social Bookmarking Site geared toward China, to promote my posts. Have a FaceBook page, Google Plus, and RSS Feed.
Are these normal stats in the nine month phase of a blog?
Is my content strategy not working? Will it always be second fiddle to Wikipedia in search results? Is lack of voice not drawing enough readers?
If you have the time, feel free to check out my site. You can grade it yourself on content, grammar, spelling, cosmetic appearance, whatever you want. Just give me some constructive criticism on how I can make this the best site possible. You can be mean, just not too mean.