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the best way to make money online without being scammed

Updated on August 25, 2009

Make money online

So, you want to make money online? A lot of people say that it can’t be done. They say that everything you hear on the internet regarding money is a scam. And to some extent you should be very careful about what you get into with anonymous people online. Steer away from campaigns that promise more than they can possibly deliver. These campaigns often get to you by e-mails or are handed directly to the customer in another way.

Watch out for scams

The general rule to not getting scammed is to consider what is offered to you. If a proposal seems too good to be true, it usually is. One of the most common examples of this is the so called Nigeria letters. This is a scheme where someone claims to have a fantastic way to make a boatload of money. In the letter they say that they only need a small amount of money from you so that they can go through the process of getting the money. Usually the small investment made by you will get you millions of dollars in return. Or so they say. After a while you receive a new e-mail. It says that there are some initial problems with getting the money and they would need another small amount, usually a bit more than the original amount you sent them. Most people then think that since they are already invested in this project, it can’t hurt to send a few more dollars. So they do. The big surprise comes when another e-mail arrives claiming that they need even more money. This just continues forever and no one will ever see any money, except for the scammers of course who will be rich in the end.

In my experience, the thing you have to look for if you want to make a buck online is methods that only require your own participation. In other words; a method that is not depending on anonymous people online. This is at least the safe way that ensures you of not getting scammed.

The problem with games

This usually leaves you with very limited options. A very popular dream that many has is to play games that involves money online to make an income. And this is by no means impossible. Games such as poker and backgammon are games that can be beaten if you have the skill required. Many people actually make a living out of playing games online. There are two problems with making money this way however.

The first thing is that you have to risk something to earn that buck. As most probably know, in games such as poker and backgammon people wage their own money. And everybody will lose sometimes no matter how good they are. They might be winning players in the long run, but everybody will lose sometimes. This is where the problem lies. You have to be very disciplined to continue playing your best through the losses. The majority of players just lose more.

The second problem with making money on games online is the time. First you will have to learn how to get good at the games. Of course it is easier for some than others, but you still have to read some books and play a lot before you know how to beat the games. Beating these games does not mean that you will win every time, it means that you win in the long run. In other words it means that you make more good decisions than your opponents. The problem is that you will have to make a lot of these good decisions to make a living of it. And you have to continue doing it day after day. In the end it gets boring and you will probably lose all your social life in the process.


Another way of making money online that is rapidly becoming popular is so called “get paid to read e-mails” deals. Actually this is not a bad idea. It is so easy that everyone can do it, and it does work. I am sure that everyone has heard of this so I will not get into the details of how it works. I admit that I have tried it myself, and I can say that it is not the worst money that I have made. However, it gets really boring after a short while. And you will never get rich by doing it. I think you can compare it to selling tickets on the subway; you have to do the same thing day after day and you are not paid very well for it.

There are a lot of other ways along the same lines that you can use to make a buck or two. I will not mention more of them because they are so similar to the one I have already talked about and the same principles apply to them.

How to really make money

Now to the essence of this article. The reason that you are reading this. Let me start by asking a question. What are most people doing online? You don’t know? The answer is that they are looking for information on a subject.

Why am I telling you this?

The reason is pretty simple. We would like to make money from all these people looking for information online. The process of doing this is actually pretty simple. We just have to set up a website or even a blog that deals with one of the subjects that people are searching for. It is the basic principle of giving people what they want.

Well, how does this make an online income?

Through advertising. There are virtually unlimited ways getting companies to place an ad on a site. The best and easiest way of doing this is by entering Google’s adsense program or something like it. In these programs you get paid every time some clicks one of the links that the program provides to your site.

Now, let me tell you right now that this is neither the easiest nor the quickest way to make money. Having said that, it is really simple. All you have to do is make sure that your site is as high as possible in the rankings in the search engines, and you will automatically receive a lot of traffic. Some of this traffic will click the links on your site and make you money. The best thing about this method is that the traffic you get and the money you earn will keep coming in as long as you keep you site high in the search engines. If you want to know more about the how to earn cash online, visit one of the sites below. They are packed with detailed information and will be well worth your while.

And one last thing; good luck making money online.


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    • profile image 

      8 years ago


      A good way to make some money online is a site called Varolo. It is completely free and all you have to do is view ads and rate them. Its very simple and easy to use. They do not ask for any person information, just an email address. If you want to try it out you can go to this site and watch a short video to learn more about it and join after if your want to give it a try:

      Good Luck!!

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      Jackson Riddle 

      9 years ago from Melbourne

      I think with the emails its all about how many people you have in your downline because they are the real money makers. I.E You can only earn $0.5 a day but if 100 referrals make that for you thats how you can make money.

    • cutedoll profile image


      9 years ago from new york

      You can make money online, if you invest some money your income is better than all the paid to programs.

    • Fransie Botha profile image

      Fransie Botha 

      10 years ago from Colchester UK

      I agree with Caleb, but I do think that researching Internet Marketing can be very confusing, almost too daunting. I think it is wise to sign up with one of the trusted affiliate sites for a small charge - they are fantastic and have really helpful forums. I have received critical information within minutes on these forums. Have a look at

      I hope this helps - I think we all deserve a chance to make this thing work.

    • Caleb Anderson profile image

      Caleb Anderson 

      10 years ago

      You can make money online but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. No ebook will give you the kind of income you are in search of. Most of the info you need is freely available online so as long as you are willing to put the time in then you should be ok, good luck.

    • simple_pinay profile image


      10 years ago

      wow that was great,,,thanks for the information,,,now i know what i true and what is scam,,,thanks

    • dsletten profile image


      10 years ago from United States

      Good tips!


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