Africa is one of those continents that I still haven’t visited. I hope time comes soon that I can. I would love to travel by bus and train from South Africa to Kenya for example. I wanted to go last year but it didn’t happen. Too many unfortunate events kept me from going. But I would love to visit soon.
But how come Africa is on my horizon? Well, it started a year and a half ago with a new project that I was helping to build. For that financial website we needed new authors, and we found them in Africa, in Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. From one thing came another, and I delved into the world of sub-sahara Africa. One of the topics that I started getting into was money transfers.
I still remember very well the old days of international payments and money transfers. Sending money abroad used to be cumbersome, slow and expensive. How different that is from today. It is generally fast, cheap and reliable.
The authors and editors need to be send money for the work they do. What really struck me is that sending money to Africa, in this case Kenya, is simply faster than sending money between my own bank accounts. Within 10 minutes the money arrives. Sending the money doesn’t even cost much, often only €3 to send around €200. That’s the same as a price of a coffee here.
And even then it can be faster and cheaper so we discovered. For example, if people use the same digital wallet. It doesn’t even matter which currency you use, whether it’s Euros, Shilling, Dollars or new cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. You receive it at once, and you send it from anywhere. For this reason I took the initiative to start a new Africa money transfer website.
So who knows how much longer it will take for me to visit Africa. Hopefully in the new year.
Living without money is a fun thing to do. It challenges you to live beyond the limits the current society imposes and it makes the best of you come out. How will you still eat, where will you sleep, how do you move around?
For a while now I am running a website in Dutch that covers these topics, and I provide examples of people living this way. The website is becoming a nice success, with around 5000 visitors a month.
For Kasper this was a clear sign he wanted to bring the website over the language border and make an English version of it. And so here it is: Moneyless.org. It is still fresh, and it isn’t as well covered as the Dutch version, but with every new article it will become a better guide on how to live a free live without money.
There used to be a time I wasn’t aware of how valuable a link can be. Now I am. Since I got my head into SEO and started making money of my websites through advertisements, I recognize how much value a link is: it could mean a big difference in terms of income.
But not all links are equal. Some are really valuable while others are of less value. My links from my Flickr profile for example are of no value. Flickr censors the hyper links with a “no-follow” attribution. This means that search engines pay much less attention to those links. The pain for me is though that my photos are used quite a lot over the Internet, and hence I receive a lot of links to my profile. While those links technically belong to me, Flickr doesn’t share the value of those links with me.
So I have been thinking how I can still make use of all the value that sharing my photos on the Internet brings. And there is a way. I hunt down websites that use any of my photos and ask them kindly to change the back-link from Flickr to the photo-galleries on this website for example. Or if there are photos on it about Istanbul, to my Istanbul website. Like this I will build up a better ranking for those websites directly and sharing free content pays off directly.