Thanks for a sharing this articles. That's pretty interesting.
Do you think your websites worked for you more for the contacts that you made than the content you wrote initially ??
I am not sure contacts can apply much to a traveler. I have friends because of my website, however I have more friends I just meet traveling.
Making money on a website is not the least bit dependent upon having contacts, anyone can do it. A person only needs to work. 99 percent of webmasters a wanting fame, this makes them not work in an honest and deliberate manner.
Fame sells advertising, work makes a site, contacts can teach you. Find people who you are 100 percent sure are making money to follow. 99 percent are lying when the say they are making money.
I wish I had the contacts now to get 1 million dollars in Venture Capital to invest. I know how to make money now, I can use the money wisely. When I first started I was clueless. The dot com failures happen because people invest before anyone proves he or she can make money.
It is almost impossible to write content, you need free content because of interaction.