not2easy - 5:22 am on Jan 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
When I saw this:
They offer quality ads, and even sometimes add some content enhancing my sites.
I could see the problem. Affiliate income is made to work first by your content drawing in traffic, then by creating a path through your content that leads the visitor to what they came in looking for. If your content writing is targeted and you can show how this widget answers a question, solves a problem, then the clicks are targeted, the visitor is motivated and conversions take place. Most banners are invisible due to AdBlockers. Rely on analyzing your traffic to get insight into what they are looking for. Show them where it is and why it is the best choice for a widget and they do buy. It is not as simple as it sounds, but it does work although it takes a lot of trial and error for success. There is no step by step to follow to riches, those days are gone, but you can earn good money if you are willing to build a valuable resource that solves a problem.
If all the content on your site is what they give you, it is the same thing they can find on 2000 other sites and it is hard to rank that way. Check your site's access logs your 2000 uniques could be 1900 robots and 100 image scrapers. It is hard work to get pages and sites to rank, to invite natural backlinks and stick with it all through the learning process. It is not passive income but it honestly is something anyone can do.
I would suggest that you look through the interfaces of the networks you have signed up with, check your stats every way you can. Even try test purchases if the program permits or ask a friend to order. Some networks will close your account if you aren't productive, then you are sending them free traffic. Also try and read around for other people's experiences dealing with them, there are a lot of cheats masquerading as businesses the same as there are a lot of crooks disguised as affiliates.
Good luck to you if you decide to make it work!