Sgt_Kickaxe - 11:42 am on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
Don't tell Matt Cuts that, he's publicly stated that WW should allow specific examples :)
Working from principles should help a broader range of people as well.
It's not entirely impossible to turn 250 visitors a day into $5/day but yes, that's a small number of visitors to be trying to maximize revenue from and I have a fairly good idea as to why you can't seem to get more. The types of articles written on your site, while they are unique, relevant and helpful, are MASS produced online and Google sees them all with every imaginable variation covered.
but I only get 250 unique visitors a day which translates to pennies on ads
example: Have you ever visited a major news site and you simply don't feel like clicking on an article link because it's the same fluff you've read 100 times before with only a slight variation in the title and tone?
- Why Google does such and such
- Why Google REALLY does such and such
- Google did such and such
- Such and such by Google
You get the idea, while you see the world through your blog and feel it covers things well, Google on the other hand sees a bazillion similar pages with only minor changes and must choose between them all.
- backlink profile
- social mentions within your niche
- number of ads, or more specifically number of outgoing links to ad networks
You can always work on those to get a small increase in traffic over the long term, the fixes won't do anything short term. Just keep writing, keep being interesting and carve out your niche. Make your articles exactly what you would want to find if you were looking up the subject yourself.
If you need to read up on the subjects you write about before writing them perhaps you're doomed to keep re-writing what is already out there. Find an interesting angle and make it your own!