Thanks for the information, the stuff about Amazon affiliate links is really useful and I don’t know how I missed it before.
Can’t agree with you on Google and content however, the very last thing Google are interested in is good quality content. They always have and always will promote the content that is most likely to bring in most revenue for them. The only other way to improve traffic numbers is to update frequently, and nobody can create ten new items a day that are worth reading.
On the other hand I totally agree about advertising. The harder it gets to persuade users to click through, the more ad servers try to bully us with intrusive ads. It’s never going to work.
But I think that like me most writers do it for the love of writing, not with thoughts of earning vast sums.