Teaching wannabe working nomads

I thought about this idea about a year ago and it came back to me while reading the newspaper today. I wonder if it is possible to set up a course on working and the Internet?

I guess there are a number of questions involed.

How to to go about approaching a college / night school about including a WN course as part of their adult learning program?

How to do this indepentantly? How expensive would it be hire somewhere to conduct the classes?

Would anyone actually be interested?

The course as I envisage it would involve everything from basic web design to online marketing.

As far as I am aware the only courses similar to this are web design courses. There does n’t seem to be much in the way of earning from the web.

I would have certainly been interested in this a few years ago but I am wondering whether it would be applicable now particularly as a lot of info is available on the web.

Any thoughts, both positive and negative are welcome!

One week away from the web

Sad as it is true this has been the first time that I have been off the Internet for over 7 days for a long long time. I am currently in Morocco having just completed a memorable weeks trek in the High Atlas mountains hiking through traditional Berber villages untouched by the modern world.

After the first day I thought very little of the web and the business that I have built up over the last three years. In fact I did n’t really care at all what was happening to it and never worried once.

It was not until we returned to Marrakech that I started to think of the web again and logged in to an cybercafe to check things over.

It is very hard these days to get away from the trappings of modern life and I guess that is a good thing if you are running an Internet business.

So I am currently in the coastal surf town of Essaouira and about to complete the fourth leg of my dream of having surfed on every continent. Only the Americas and Antartica remain and unless there is a serious acceleration of global warming, the latter will stay unsurfed!

I no longer flog my dead horses

There was a time, in the early days, when I use to register a domain name, throw up a site then work hard on content and getting links to make the site an income generator. I would then continue to work hard on the site even if I was getting little traffic after weeks or months.

These days I give a site two months to earn it’s corn. If after this time it is not covering the cost of the domain and hosting then it bites the dust and I take the site down.

I will then use the content to create a new site with different twists to see what works and what does n’t. This may smell slightly spammy but I am not churning the same site over and over again. I am basically working by trial and error.

Domain names are cheap these days. I pay $8.00 a year for my .com(s)! I have wasted so much time on sites that have not performed at all always hoping one day that they might get into the search engines and create a nice profit.

So my advice is that if a site is not working don’t be afraid to ditch it and move on to a new one. In my experience, if the search engines don’t take to your site early on then the chances are they never will unless you are extremely lucky.

There are some people who might argue against this but I am just relaying to you what has worked for me.

So try not to become too emotionally attached to your sites. If one is not pulling it’s weight then move on.

A different approach to working and travelling

I haven’t posted for a while because there has not been much to write about. I have been back in England now almost one month working away on Webby’s second wave of websites. Work is currently a seven day week and I am back to taking my job seriously again.

For the foreseeable future I see myself evolving into a new style of working nomadness where my laptop stays at home along with the work itself. The work and travel combination has proved very successful but my priorities are shifting a bit now.

One thing I have learnt from this WN project is that it’s not easy to work and travel at same time. I have achieved my goals financially but I must have been lucky along the way to work so little and still have a very decent income from my sites.

I have probably done more work in the last 3 weeks than I have in the last 3 months. That may be a surprise but it’s the truth.

I don’t want to put anyone off working and travelling at the same time. People are different and not everyone will be so easily distracted as I was. On the road I found a lot of distractions! I guess that’s part of the fun.

So I am off on two trips over the next month or so. Firstly to Scotland for a few days of midge-free hiking around Fort William to get in shape for an organised hiking holiday to the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco at the end of this month.

That’s why I am working so hard now.

My laptop will be staying home during these two breaks and my world of affiliate schemes, adsense stats and HTML code will be temporarily forgotten.

Another (much smaller) earnings report for April

Now that Webby’s chimed in with his inspiring earnings for the month of April I thought I’d fill you all in with my earnings too. Sadly, mine are nowhere near the mighty Webby’s, but I have had my best month so far – by about $3.50.

I earned $744 for the month with most of my earnings coming from selling a link directly to a company for £200. This works out to be about $400 US and without it my earnings would have been closer to $350. This amount seems to be a monthly average for me when direct link sales are taken away. I’ve got another link sale lined up for £200 so that’ll get me off to a good start in May but counting on direct link sales makes me a bit uneasy (especially since I hate sales!) so I’m going to work hard at increasing my other income streams including affiliates, Adsense, Linkworth and Text-Link-Ads.

Affiliate sales have also been pretty sporadic but I’m sure I can put more of a push on these and search for new programs so hopefully they’ll only rise over the coming months. I had my best month ever with Hostelworld but that still only adds up to $17 so nothing to write home about.

But overall I’m pleased. Traffic on my sites is slowly increasing and I’ve got a few things up my sleeve for