Worst Ways To Make Money Online

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Are you looking to make money online? Join the club. Thousands of people are looking to make their fortune online. The dream is to be able to work from home, just a few hours a day and rack in thousands. It is a good dram, but is is possible? For most, no and that is because they choose the wrong way to make money online. Take a look at some of the worst ways to make your fortune online.

Paid Surveys

If you have done searches on making money online, you have probably been inundated with paid survey offers. It sounds awesome. Review products or services online, in your spare time, and make $50 to $100 per survey.

It’s a scam. You will never make that much money. You can make some money doing these surveys but it is closer to $20 to $100 a month and that is if you are very motivated.

What most people do not realize is that paid surveys are not about companies looking for feedback. What they are really interested in is marketing to you. If you sign up for a survey website, you will be hit with offers almost right away.

Earn points for signing up for a service, for watching an advertisement or for downloading an app. You will find that you earn far more points for being a consumer than you do for being a reviewer.

And, about these points. Why do they pay in points? Primarily to make the rewards sound better than they really are. You might be more wiling to spend a half an hour earning 100 points than you would be to earn $1. Even if they are the same amount.

You can actually make a bit of money doing surveys, just realize how much money that is. If you walk away with $20 a month, consider yourself lucky. Don’t spend too much time on the surveys but if you want to do them in your spare time, have at it. You will not get rich though.

Mechanical Turk

Have you heard of Mechanical Turk? It is an online crowdsourcing platform where people pay you to so simple tasks online. It is brought to you by Amazon, so it has to be good, right?

Well, not so much. Yes, you can make money with Mechanical Turk but you will probably make less than minimum wage.

Most of the tasks that you will be asked to do will be highly repetitive stuff that computers can not do yet. Most of it is searching for specific types of data online and recording it. Tasks are extremely repetitive and pay just pennies a piece.

Most workers on this service live in areas of the country where they can not get work locally. It is a last resort and they struggle to even make minimum wage. You would be much better off finding a job at Walmart. You may not get rich working for the big W but you certainly are not going to get rich working for Mechanical Turk.


You hear about blogging all of the time about a way to make money online, thousands of dollars. Well, guess what, others have heard about it too. Unless you come up with something very special, you are probably not going to make a killing online.

Now, there are, of course, a lot of successful bloggers out there and many of them will tell you that it is easy to make money. All you have to do is sign up for their program. The truth is that by becoming a blogger, you are far more likely to help somebody else become rich than you are to get rich yourself.

If you blog because you like to blog, go for it. Just do not expect to get rich, the odds are stacked against you because of the sheer volume of people doing it.

It can be a terrific hobby though, so if you have something to say, say it.

Tina’s Last Word

So, can you make money online? Of course you can. Everything is moving online and if you want to find something, the internet is the first place to look.

The best, most surefire way to make money online is with a real product or service. If you have a skill, put it out there on the internet. If you know how to cook, start a catering service with a great website to get customers. If you know how to make invitations, start an Etsy store.

Whatever skill you have, start promoting it with a website. If you are good, your odds of making money on the internet are much better producing something real.

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