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"Sir, I Want To Make Money On The Internet"

Updated on January 20, 2012
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I started a website about online businesses and how to make money from them a couple of years ago. Once in a while, I will get an email from someone who wants to make money on the Internet. With a few exceptions, it will contain just one sentence which will go something like: "Sir, I want to make money on the Internet."

The website in question is an informational site in which I try to keep as hype free as possible. On the site, I give the surfer an insight into home based businesses. I go into some detail about why people fail, how to start such a business, and what has to be done to make such a business a success. The main revenue of the site is from ads and I do not concentrate on product sales.

At first, I would take the trouble to reply. Painstakingly, I would craft out a few paragraphs, essentially repeating what was on my website. I would also ask about the background of the sender, so that I may be in a better position to understand what he wants and what he can do.

I can't remember ever getting a second email. After a while, I got the feeling that the sender was looking for some sort of business opportunity that he could register to, pay the membership fee, do a few simple tasks, and make real good money.

Come to think of it, there was an instance when somebody emailed me and told me he liked my site very much. And that he would very much like to join my site but he couldn't find the "join" button. It took me a moment before I realized that he was thinking that my site was some sort of business opportunity that he could join and make money.

I designed electronic circuitry and wrote software programs for a living. I studied electronics engineering for 3 years at the polytechnic to get my diploma, and it was only after about 5 to 10 years of working experience that I consider myself good enough to ask for a salary of a few thousand dollars a month.

On the Internet, many websites that advertise their business opportunities claim that a few thousand dollars a month after a few weeks or months is within easy reach. No experience or expertise of any sort is needed to pull it off. In fact, they will tell you that an unemployed odd job laborer made $1200 after his first month, or some other similar story. And what's more, the work will probably need only 1 to 2 hours per day.

All I can say is, "Wake up, people."

If somebody approached you on the street, and offered you $100 to deliver a parcel for him to a downtown address, would you do it? The errand would only take half an hour, and he would pay you the $100 there and then.

I can only hope that you will politely decline and walk away real quick. Actually, running will be an excellent idea.

You know that nobody is going to offer you $100 for a half an hour job that a 9 year old can do. There is definitely a catch. He is hoping that you will get greedy and accept the job.

The Internet has been variously called the most revolutionary development in the history of human communication, the great equalizer, or the information superhighway. Whichever superlatives you use, the same rules regarding money still apply. Money still has to be earned and competition for it is great. So, the sooner you get off your "the roads are paved with gold" mentality about the Internet, the sooner you will start putting in the time, ingenuity and work needed to make money on the Internet.


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    • wandererh profile image

      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Jim, same to you! :)

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi wandererh! Great realistic view of what it really takes to succeed online!!!

      To Your Success,


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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks zan baby!

      Welcome to hubpages. :)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks lindagoffigan. :)

      Yes, I have heard what they said about the gold rush. In fact, I think it's not only tools but anything that the miner needs including food and drink.

      I haven't found a business opportunity that lives up to its promise so I'm afraid that don't have a join button. Furthermore, I feel that each home business is unique and should be built up as such. It is up to the business owner to decide if a business opportunity fits the home business. Only if it does should the business opportunity be "joined".

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      zan baby 8 years ago

      Sir I Want To Make Money On The Internet

      Very nice hub. I really enjoyed it.

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      lindagoffigan 8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      wandererh, thank you for the informative hub about get rich scammers on the internet. You know during the gold rush, the people who made the most money were the people who sold the gold mining equipment. That is why there are so many scammers on line because they know that there are people out there who want to get rich quick.

      I have read a few of these get rich advertisements. I no longer read these ads now, I scan them and if I see a visa or master card logo then I make a run for it.

      If you had a join button on your information I would click on it to. I think that your honesty attracts people and you would guide them in the right direction to make money on the internet. I am still hopeful however that I can get above the three figure pay here at Hubpages even though I write mostly to inform also. Keep up the good work, wandererh

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks myway720!

      I learnt my lesson the hard way - through personal experience. I joined a couple in my time. The usual story: it was a forced matrix, newly launched, and I was just a few levels below the builders so there was no way I could lose.

      We all know how it turned out. ;)

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      myway720 8 years ago from Gresham, Oregon

      Hi! Great hub!

      I, too, used to be attracted to some of these scams, before I knew better, but I always opted out when I saw that they wanted money up front.

      The ones I tended to gravitate to were the ones that promised 'decent' money, ie $300 - $500 a week, as I knew that those sites that promised thousands weekly had to be too good to be true.

      But, these sites, too, were just as bogus in their claims as the ones that did promise thousands weekly.

      Also, to get people to sign up, these sites often include a statement saying that it's not a get rich scheme, and also testimonials, but these can be faked. I could say I made $1000 my first week, but who would know whether I'm lying or not?

      I've yet to meet an actual person, that I knew I could trust, who'se actually made even semi decent money from any of these offers. I know better now.

      I think the best way to make money online, and probably offline as well, is to 'build it yourself'. It takes more work, and patience, but if successful, you know you'll get paid.

      Again, great hub!

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks RVDaniels! :)

      I really hate it when I see an honest guy get sucked in by a business opportunity. You can say that it serves them right, but them those business opportunity sites are really very well done. :(

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Dear quicksand,

      It is great that you are so enthusiastic about making money on the web. But I really do not have a "join" button for you.

      However, there are many websites out there that do have a "join" button. You do have to be careful though as it is quite easy to get cheated of your money. So, I have prepared another hub for you to learn about the type of sites to look for. This hub will tell you what you need to know:

      Again, thank you very much for your interest in my hub and I wish you all the best in all your endeavors.

      Best regards,


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      RVDaniels 8 years ago from Athens, GA

      Always quality work from you Wandererh. I really like the common sense attitude as there truly is nothing worth having that comes easily.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Nevertheless, I want to join Sir!


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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Dear quicksand,

      I really appreciate your interest in my hub. It is a purely informational hub and I do not promote a business opportunity that you can join. And hence the lack of a "join" button.

      Thank you very much for visiting and I wish you all the best in all your endeavors.

      Best regards,


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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Sir, I like this hub very much, but I can't find the "join" button.

      :) :) :)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, that's fast! I just published like 10 minutes ago. :)

      You're right. Seems that everywhere I turn, there is someone trying to sell me his program. And I'm quite sure that that guy really believes in his program. Unfortunately, when you look at his program, you see the same old tired formula:

      - focus on the benefits and not the product.

      - they might not even talk about the product.

      - they are expanding in the region, so it is a great opportunity if you get in now.

      - first x members to get in will have special status.

      - and my favorite, the yellow bolded text. (I will stop reading after that.)

      It's gettting to be that the legitimate programs are lumped in with the scams and programs that just do not deliver. :(

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Sir, I want to thank you for this great article. :D

      Thumbs up!

      I was just thinking the other day about how it's too bad about how there is SO much false/mis-leading information online for business opportunities. It is simply poor information. Sure, there is some great info, but most of it is just people trying to sell programs that repeat the same, unimaginative, unpractical information! You have to sift for hours just to find anything useful. Those ads for "make $5000k a week!" are really starting to get to me. Even the people that sell the programs aren't earning that much! lol. If they are, they're probably spending $4,900 dollars per week in advertising.

      In some ways, people are way too trusting and naive. No one ever got extremely wealthy copying another's business plan, anyways. The fact that these 'internet millionaires' want to sell their secrets screams that they aren't making very much money if they need to do that!

      Great hub.