so I have been out of the game for a couple of years, used to make bank with the usual blackhat stuff. Unfortunately checking the SERPS a bit and simply bombing the site with some link service doesn't work anymore... bummer.
Now, I'm in a pretty bad situation. Depressed and more or less unable to work too much or focus, I need a way to make some bank with what I do best: Writing content and publishing it on a site, mostly in the form of an HONEST and real review, and making some bucks from affiliate commissions.
Unfortunately making an "authority" site hasn't worked for me too well... wrote a website with very detailed reviews and content in my old niche and it actually earns less than the old write-500-words-and-get-traffic strategy. In terms of earnings per click.
Kinda unsettling. I got a niche in which the top-ranking sites have not-too-many links and only a few articles, and they rank just fine, while not looking as if the creators have too much SEO knowledge or an expert on their site. Wrote my own article with a lot more content, and it doesn't rank. At all. Not even for some long tails.
What would you suggest? What is the game these days, what gets people ranked - I mean for real, not the usual "create good content and people will come" which we all know usually doesn't work, especially not if you have a very special opinion about the niche you write for and don't like creating "content" which doesn't suit you just to get some links.
What I'm looking for is a way to get traffic and rankings without investing more than my time, with my own content, and make some $$$. No matter how much, a few hundred after 2-3 months of work would be more than fine.
Any way to achieve that? How does Google work these days anyway?