50 Ways to Make the Web a Better Place

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Popularity Comes From People

When people want to get popular on the Web they often have the popularity itself as a goal.

What’s wrong with that? In reality true popularity beyond fame is just a by-product of doing the right thing.

What is the right thing on the Internet? Of course it’s making the Web a better place itself.

You can help people a lot online without even meeting them. Also

you can help a lot of people at once without having to write, call or meet everybody individually.

When you take a look at people who are really popular on the Web other than celebrities who are already well known outside of it you’ll notice one thing.

Popular personalities in real life have contributed something of value that was so important that people simply adore them.

Just consider the term popular which in essence stems from the word people itself.

So you have to impress many people to become popular.

Focus on Improving the Web

Ideally you forget the popularity contest completely!

Just focus on improving the Web in order to reach that goal.

Improve the Web for its won sake and you will become popular.

While at it you may even discover that you don’t need to become popular anymore!

You may notice that you are already popular enough but do not want to stop helping people and improving the Web.

In order to help you help other people and make the Web a better place I made a list of actions you can perform to actually improve the Web right now with little effort.




  • Share an inspiring real life story with your readers or followers
  • Take a picture of something you love and upload it
  • Make a case study or a tutorial displaying how you tackled and solved a problem
  • Publish a list of the best resources from a particular field
  • Print out your favorite blog post or article and give it to your co-workers, neighbors or family members


  • Make a list of your favorite charities and link out to them
  • Recommend a follower of yours to other people you know or know you
  • Show appreciation to someone you look up to by writing an article about them
  • Link out to someone new in your niche, industry or subculture who is just starting out
  • Say “thank you” to someone who linked to a great site you didn’t know before


Speaking out

  • Criticize a monopolistic corporation that attempts to dismantle the Web as we know it
  • Express your distaste with articles that are openly attacking people or trades
  • Report shady sites on Web of Trust in order to warn others
  • Like a righteous comment on Facebook, LinkedIn, X-Twitter or your favorite community
  • Amplify a dissident voice that does not agree with the mainstream opinion


  • Write a friendly and thoughtful comment on someone’s site (I don’t mean “thank you great post” bot-like comments)
  • Send your favorite site an email explaining why you like them
  • Send a letter via snail mail to express your fondness with a webmaster
  • Take an image of yourself smiling and dedicate it to someone on the Web
  • Cite someone not very well known yet as if s/he was a famous philosopher



  • Create an IFTTT applet and share it for everybody else to use
  • Create a WordPress plugin an offer it for free download
  • Create a Firefox add on and let people get it for free
  • Program a piece of standalone open source software to give it away
  • Notify a hacked site and offer free support to clean it up


  • Write a piece of satire about some all too powerful entity
  • Draw a comic about something from your daily life that other can relate to
  • Ridicule yourself a bit publicly – nobody is perfect – not even I am!
  • Photograph your cat, dog or hamster while looking stupid and share it with the Web
  • Take a misogynist, racist or otherwise offending joke and retell it without the offending part

Celebrity vs Financial Stability

You may not become a celebrity over night doing these things but I assure you that people will notice and remember you.

Not all people will do it but some will. Enough people will know who you are and what you’ve done.

You just need the proverbial “1000 true fans” on the Web anyway to thrive as a creative person nowadays. Sheer popularity is way overrated.

You can achieve financial stability by inspiring hundreds, dozens or sometimes even just a few people depending on what you have to offer.

Popularity or fame do not equal financial success either.

Many of the Instagram influencers who have millions of followers still struggle to get by.