Are you unhappy that your site is making 500/m @Big Ron ?
Don't listen to people that you should be making 10k a month etc.
Making 5000 a month is a full time job, and mostly probably can't be done with a hobby site.
I am sure your website has damn good stuff and it will be your legacy...
I use cision's stuff, works for me. Cheap PRs work for some people too, Seo mostly depends on the competition that you have. If there's 0 competition (is you catch a FAD early, you will rank with spammy backlinks too)
If it's an ecom site, find affiliates and blogs are cool, you will gain extra...
You have to strategise on how to increase authority of the site first then ranking individual pages come later. The authority prolongs your keyword's rankings.
$1000 is a small budget if the keyword you are trying to rank is somewhat competative keywords.
Skip all the fake packages.
Only difference between Hooker vs Game:
There's a process to game a girl and then you get in her pants (it's challenging and fun)
Hooker (no challenge to get in her pants if you have money)
My goal in life was to woo a stripper coz i thought it's not easy to woo them without money :P well I...
Running a business is too much work. You are responsible for everything that happens and most entrepreneurs fail.
Entrepreneurship is also a rat race these days.
Getting a 9-5 job can be interesting af if you're in the right line and with less responsibilities.
So I will vote for...
You started a website in blackhat niche, get some link baits in and get news sites to link to you (yeah, difficult af but that will a lot of whitehat gurus will say :P)
You have to learn some blackhat stuff if you want to rank and bank using this mate.
open your website as domain.com/sitemap and if a sitemap opens up with 403 error and a bunch of Japanese URLs. You still have to remove the malware and reset all the cron jobs if fixed, a normal sitemap should open up with your urls.
i will just give you an example: (if you google: affiliate marketing case study)
https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/guide/affiliate-marketing-strategies/affiliate-marketing-case-study/ (content sucks as a case study, it's how affiliate marketing should be done. Ironic?)...