Small project update:
About a week ago, I made some small changes in the body text and the title of the main page. This week the site jumped 1 place up in google.be and 3 places in google.com for the selected keywords but I don't know if that is because of those changes. Pages in the English language were also added some time ago.
In google.be there are 2 (local) taxi companies + google's Local Company results (comes with the map) in front of my site now . This places my site at a # 4 position.
In google.com there are 3 (local) taxi companies + google's Local Company results in front of my site now . This places my site at a # 5 position.
In other related searches i noticed that it is possible to outrank the Local Company results which usually rank # 1.
Currently Yahoo.com/Live.com/msn.com/msn.be are all at a #2 position for selected main keywords.
Just over 80% of the site visitors are from Belgium (as expected). About 13% visitors of neighboring country The Netherlands (same language). The remainder of visitors are from different places in the world but mostly Europe. There have been up to 19 visitors a day but it actually varies a lot.
Adsense revenue is almost nil (few $ cents/day), it has been better before although i haven't made any changes in the position or format since then. At least it paid back for the domainname + some of the hosting at about us $13 since the site went online. Monetization should probably be from offline work.
I'm brainstorming about more things that can be done. Last night i happened to come back late from work and at 1 am I was standing in front of the gate of one of the mayor taxi companies here. When I called them to ask for a ride home they told me that i had to wait for 20 minutes before they could pick me up. Eventually, my colleague dropped me off at the central railway station where I was able take a cab home immediately. This kind of waiting must annoy people a lot. Wouldn't it be possible to have a place -possibly on the net- where you can just select the fastest pickup from different companies? Will it be possible to create such a system on my site and would such a system on my site benefit from the power of a #1 position of the most sought after taxi keywords in this city? Above else, will any profits (if at all) justify all the time and effort spent? For now, i will just keep going as the taxi site is not a full time occupation.