Assuming that there is some value in a web site start up, no matter how small, the next question is how we grow what has been started. How do we grow  a clumsy beginning into an ongoing build and useful information resource?

Web site start ups

an incentive to make themselves useful.


The reason it is important. The reason it is a question that needs to be asked, is that, if it is possible, it will bring about changes that will slowly ripple through the established norms and challenge the way we percieve the internet to work.

And it would possibly make more sense to ask why a net based business not pay to advertise or rather to sponsor or incubate a useful resource? Something like venture capital but at a micro-grassroots level.

The Question?

One that I have asked many times. One, to which there is no quick or simple answer.

Despite the fact that in itself, it could not be simpler.

Micro-business incubator programs

Does an unfinished web site, one that is live, but still work in progress, offer value? Could someone start earning a micro income from a web site they are still building?

The simple answer should be of course, it has value.

It is a question about people making use of the internet to communicate. That is what the internet is, where it started, how it came about. So it is more a  question of how much value, rather than whether there is any value in an unfinished web site.

Once that is understood and accepted, the rest is simple.


Little Free Library

A few weeks ago, on a dog-walk around Emmarentia Dam in Joburg, I noticed something that wasn’t there. The Little Free Library, set up in 2015 by Tanya Meyer, who was then a scholar at Northcliff High.

She had been inspired by the global initiative of Little Free Libraries (feel free to take a book, feel free to leave a book in exchange) while on a Rotary Scholarship trip to Holland. 

Little free libraries
Back home, with the help of Rotary, the local residents’ association, and Joburg Parks, Tanya put her well-stocked Little Free Library in place, just beyond the main gate of this popular Joburg leisure spot. It was the first registered Little Free Library in Africa. 

So when I saw that it wasn’t there anymore, I sighed a little, surmising, at best, that it had been washed away by rain, and at worst, that it had been vandalised or stolen. 

I am happy to report, from my dog-walk today, that it is back. This is the new Little Free Library, bigger, stronger, sturdier, and beautifully crafted, complete with filigree design and a heart at the apex.

Libraries are one of the great institutions of democracy, a model for the time-sharing of knowledge, and Little Free Libraries are micro-versions thereof, adding an endearing community spirit to the ancient system.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, feel free to take a book, feel free to leave a book. And if you’d like to set up a Little Free Library in your own neighbourhood, you’ll find everything you need to know over here: Happy reading!

Gus Silber

Digital Nomads

Welcome! You have some awesome goals and you should know they are totally feasible. Here’s some forum threads that might be helpful to you:

– Guide To Being a Digital Nomad – viewtopic.php?f=27&t=383

– How To Find Location Independent Work – viewtopic.php?f=17&t=104

– Top 5 Remote Job Finding Platforms – viewtopic.php?f=17&t=35

Just wanted to share a list of some of the top websites you can use to find a remote or mobile job so that you can be a digital nomad! :)

remote ok –
Working Nomads –
We Work Remotely –
Angel Remote Jobs –
Work Away – – No money, but accommodations, food and amazing experiences

Hey guys,

If you are specifically looking for Customer Support jobs, check out

Hello, my husband and I are traveling through Central and South America long-term and feel that a virtual assistant job could be good for me. I’ve found lots of positions available however they request that I live and be based permanently in one location. This is a problem as we are always on the go. Do you know of any virtual assistant job platforms where this can be avoided? Thank you, Angelina



By Julien NomadSquare –  Sun May 28, 2017 6:12 am


Hey Angelina  Have you tried applying at Pana yet? They seem to be flexible:


I think, We can safely add website to the list. Since they offer You invoices for getting job done. It’s mostly for freelancers and single projects, but there is 2 sides of coin. You can always build Your portfolio quickly and sometimes find

a contractor who offers you plenty of projects one after the other

Searching Google


In our era of advanced technology and high-speed Internet connections, you can find information on virtually anything. In the space of just a few minutes, we can find recipes for the tastiest pie or learn all about the theory of wave-particle duality.

But more often than not, we have to sift through a vast body of knowledge to get the information we need, and this can take hours rather than minutes. This is why Bright Side has put together a list of the most effective methods for searching Google to help you find the precious material you’re looking for in just a couple of clicks.

  1. Either this or that

Sometimes we’re not sure that we’ve correctly remembered the information or the name we need to start our search. But this doesn’t have to be a problem! Simply put in a few potential variations of what you’re looking for, and separate them by typing the “|“ symbol. Instead of this symbol you can also use ”or.” Then it’s easy enough to choose the result that makes the most sense.


  1. Searching using synonyms

Our language is rich in synonyms. Sometimes this can be very convenient when doing research online. If you need to find websites on a given subject rather than those that include a specific phrase, add the “~” symbol to your search.

For example, if you search for the term “healthy ~food” you’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating, cooking recipes, as well as healthy dining options.


  1. Searching within websites

Sometimes you read an interesting article on a website and find yourself subsequently wanting to share it with your friends or simply reread it. The easiest way to find the desired piece of information again is to search within the website. To do this, type the address of the site, then a key word or entire phrase from the article, and it should come up immediately.


  1. The power of the asterisk

When our cunning memory decides to prevent us from recalling that one key word, phrase, or number we need in order to find what we’re looking for, you can turn to the powerful “*” symbol. Just use this in the place of the word/phrase you can’t remember, and you should be able to find the results you’re looking for.


  1. When lots of words are missing

If it’s the lengthier half of the phrase you can’t remember rather than a single key word, try writing out the first and last words and putting “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)“ between them. For example, ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”


  1. Using a time frame

Sometimes we urgently need to acquaint ourselves with events that occurred during a certain period of time. To do so, you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three dots between the dates. For example, if we want to find out about scientific discoveries during the 20th century, we can write:


  1. Searching for a title or URL

To help find the key words and name of an article, type “intitle:“ before the search term, without any spaces between them. In order to find the words from a URL, use ”inurl:”.


  1. Finding similar websites

If you’ve found something you really like online and want to find similar websites, type in “related:” and then the address of the site, again without a space between them.


  1. Whole phrases

Framing the search term within quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in.

For example, if you type in the words I’m picking up good vibrations without quotation marks, the search engine will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website, as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them.

If, on the other hand, you type “I’m picking up good vibrations” within quotation marks, you’ll get only those results where these words appear only in the order you typed them in. This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line from it.


  1. Unimportant search words

To remove unimportant search words from your query, simply write a minus symbol before each one. For example, if you want to find a site about interesting books, but you aren’t looking to buy them, you can write the following:

GPS mapping

Get web addresses of each mapping company. The major mapping companies from which GPS manufacturers pull information are NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas, Express Update by Info USA and Google Maps. Use keywords “add POI” and name to find the submission page of each mapping company. For example, “NAVTEQ add POI.”

There may be other definitive resources for your particular niche – Fodor’s for restaurants, for example. Make sure you’re listed, so that any GPS manufacturer that licenses their database will get your listing.

Add your business to downloadable POI files

Start searching for sites that list POI files for your business category: “RV Park POIs”, “Antique Shop POIs Garmin”, etc. There are plenty of POI trading sites out there that would be happy to have your listing added to their POI database.


Opening doors

SEO Pro checking in – seeing as how most SEO’s are self-taught (including myself) I can give you some insight into how I learned this craft.

1. Read read read – start with these and you can’t go wrong:

The Advanced Guide To SEO … 5769?hl=en

From here you should have a good baseline of knowledge. From here you’ll want to dig deeper into certain topics, like how to conduct SEO audits, proper hreflang implementation, international SEO considerations, link building, etc.

2. If you’re looking for a course, check out The awesome folks at Distilled have put together a resource that will really cover anything you’re looking to learn in the SEO (that fits with Google’s terms of service that is… ) Another paid course that’s great for SEO (link building in particular) is

3. I was at Search Love Boston this past May and would definitely check it out again, and also MozCon. You should have a pretty strong knowledge of SEO in my opinion to make the most out of your conference experience. They are quite expensive!

4. After you’ve done these base readings, start applying it! Practice and experience is how you will learn how to use the concepts described in the articles IRL.

5. Follow some industry blogs (the Moz Blog, Backlinko, Hubspot Blog, and Search Engine Journal will give you a good start).