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Earn Money Online Without Getting Scammed

Would you like to earn money online but don't know where to start? Have you tried some money making ideas on the internet only to find out that they are all scams? There are legitimate ways to make money on the internet and there are also lots of scams. The trick is finding the real opportunities and then making them work for you.

Here's a run-down of legitimate ways to earn money online. You won't get rich overnight from any of them, but there is money making opportunities in all of them. It depends on what interests you and how much time you invest in your endeavors. You can make grocery money, or you can work hard and make a full-time living.

Create Your Own Website Creating a content-rich, niche website is a great way to make money on the internet. Lots of mom's have things that they are passionate about or know a lot about. Creating a content website allows you to give that information away while making money from affiliate programs and ad programs like Google's adsense.

You don't need to be an internet guru to create your own website and earn some money online. You don't even need to know HTML or any other code. If you are just a beginner, consider buying a program like Site-Build-It to create a website. There is an up-front cost to building a website - at the very least you'll have to buy a domain name. If you choose a program like Site-Build-It, the cost is higher, but it's well worth it and if you are serious about making a website, you will easily see a return on your investment. The nice thing about a website is you can work on it for an hour a week or 50 hours a week.

Blog for Money

Earning money online from a blog is similar to doing so with a content-based website. You choose a topic to blog about and earn your money by selling affiliate products, or using pay per click ads on your site, like Google Adsense.

You can set up a blogging account free at a number of places, but if you are serious about blogging, you should buy a domain name to place your blog on. Doing this does not stop you from using the blogging tools available at any one of many free blog sites, such as Word Press, eBlogger, etc.

Blogging can be a lot of fun, and for some people it's extremely lucrative. However, it does take a long time and a lot of posting and promotion to get your blog noticed. Many blogs fail but it's because their owners give up before they give their blog time to get enough traffic to start to see income.

Writing Content for Money

There are tons of places where you can write content for cash. Some of them will pay you an up-front fee for submitting an article on a specific topic, others will pay you a percentage of the revenue that your articles generate. These have gotten extremely popular recently and there are writers who do quite well. The benefit to content writing sites is that they are free to sign up and write for. Another benefit is that, when you write for sites that share a portion of revenue, you can continue to earn money long after you have written an article. That's called residual or passive income and it's a beautiful thing!


Freelancing has become very popular and there is definitely some money to be made by doing freelance work. Opportunities range from coding to transcribing ebooks, and from writing content for others to being a virtual assistant. Sites like eLance allow people to sign up and bid for jobs that they'd like to do. The person who listed the job then chooses who to hire.

The benefit is that you know what you'll make before you start. The downfall to freelancing is that lots of people bid on these jobs and the prices can sometimes be driven quite low, making it not worth your time to do.

Virtual Customer Service Rep

There are a lot of companies that are hiring virtual customer service reps to answer phones for them. This is a great way to earn money online. You should not have to pay a fee to apply or get hired, but you do sometimes need special equipment like a headset or 2nd phone line. They usually pay a per-minute rate, so you are paid for the time you are on the phone. These jobs range from taking orders for infomercial products to taking orders for Pizza Hut and much more. You can view some of the most popular companies here.

Completing Surveys Online

You won't make a lot of money completing surveys online, but they can be fun and you can get a few dollars for your time. Just do a search on Google for "get paid to take surveys." Remember, you should never have to pay to sign up for anything!

There are many more ways to earn money online. Get creative and see if you can turn what interests you into a way to make some extra cash. Just make sure to always read the fine print and never to pay for anything, unless you understand and agree with exactly what you are getting for you money! Always use your common sense and if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Remember, even when you are trying to earn money online, work is going to be required!

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