I know that most of us are here mainly to talk about how to make money online, how to get somebody signed up under you as a referral and how to sell an eBook, that claims to teach you how to make a million overnight (but has those top secret tips that you have read 100 times already).
Today, I would like to spend some time talking about a few things that you could do online to help the Internet community around you. Yes, I am talking about some of those non-profit jobs that can help grow the abundance of free information on the web further to new levels.
Wikipedia content provider
I doubt if any of my readers haven’t visited wikipedia at least once in your life. For me, wikipedia (other than probably Google), is the bare minimum requirement to live a life online. Wikipedia is a great concept where anybody could edit information and this will be periodically validated. And most of the time the information is kept updated at unbelievable speed thanks to thousands of dedicated editors around the globe.
Contributing towards the biggest known wiki’s cause is one of the things that you could do if you are willing to think away from making money online.
Just like wiki, the ODP (Open Directory Project) is another area where one could contribute as an editor to approve the new directory listing and changes. One needs to be really honest and balanced and make sure that vested and business interests are not taking priority while being a DMOZ editor. I tried to become one a couple of times, but they somehow don’t people easily! Why don’t you try your luck?
Answer online or work in forums
Well, answering online can be in any of your favorite forums or communities. I must say that, sometimes it has got certain benefits like getting traffic or backlinks. However, it can be done with genuine interest of serving people around you as well. I have been active in Yahoo Answers even before I realized that it could be used as a mechanism to build backlinks. Similarly, working with WordPress support forums etc can be a great online community activity to support the free blogging platform cause.
OSI – Open Source Initiative
Go open source if you have a great idea that can be leveraged to the benefit of millions of people. Though I have been a big Microsoft fan and did not quite recognize the power (and need) of open source software, I am trying to change slowly. I think, contributing to the open source software is one of the most virtuous things one could do in his/her programming life.
This one is tricky… Is there anybody out there who do it on a regular basis? All of us know that time is precious. While one could bill for many of the services that you offer online, you could as well offer some free services to those who are underprivileged. Oh, well… that may bring me back to the Make Money Online topic.
Over to you…
Have you done wikipedia editing yourself? Is there a DMOZ editor amongst my readers?
And I would like to know if there are any other ‘good samaritan‘ roles online, than the ones listed above.