"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis

"Never part with your dreams. When they're gone, you might still exist, but you cease to live." - unknown

Author: Elaine Currie

If you want to make money online, you are not alone and there is plenty of help available on the Internet to get you started. The trouble is that it is not easy to know who you can trust to give you honest advice and who is just a big bad old wolf strategically shaved and dressed in a nice suit.

Once you have been around the Internet for a while, you will find it easier to sort the genuine help from the other kind. You will learn to check out the size of the teeth and ears of anyone who offers you help. You will find that you will be able "smell" a scam as soon as it appears on your computer screen. The attempts to get you to join a get rich quick scheme will all start to look very similar and you will pass them by without sparing them a second glance. Experience will enable you to ignore the hype, shut out the wolves and concentrate on finding a legitimate way to make money that you will enjoy doing. In the meantime, while you are gaining that experience, these 4 tips will help you on your way...

Tip 1

Think before you act. If you see a way to make money that appeals to you, take time to consider it. If there is undue pressure on you to sign up immediately, take that as a warning sign. If the program really offers a legitimate way to make money, the owner or sponsor will be happy to give you information about how it all works and to give you time to make an informed decision.

Tip 2

Trust your gut reaction. You might be lacking in knowledge and experience when it comes to recognising a legitimate way to make money online but you should still rely on your instincts. If there is something about a money making opportunity that gives you a bad feeling, trust that feeling and stay away. If you ignore your gut reaction and join the program, your original doubts will hang around like a toxic cloud and you won't feel comfortable with the program even if it is the best way to make money anyone could hope to find.

Tip 3

Use the Internet to research any money making program you are considering. For a quick way to get an idea of how good the program is, just do a search for the name of the program accompanied by the word "scam" and then start reading the entries. Don't be put off by the number of results: I just did a search for "Pope scam" and received 1,870,000 results. Does that mean the Pope is a scam? No, of course not, most of the entries relate to scammers attempting to exploit the Pope's image, and this is why you need to read the actual entries. Bear in mind that no company in the world has a 100% customer satisfaction rate (you can't please all the people all of the time etc) and this is where you will have to use your own discretion and instincts.

Tip 4

Forum (message board) postings are a good source of information about ways to make money online. The information is completely raw, so you need to process it carefully rather than just swallowing it, a large pinch of salt is often necessary. You can read input from disgruntled customers criticising a program, successful members defending the program, rival program owners trying to destroy reputations and the odd mad person who just enjoys stirring up discord. Don't forget, forum postings are not the work of experts, they are the opinions of ordinary people and opinions will vary. Use the different opinions to help you weigh up the pros and cons of any online business you are considering.

The period during which you are looking around and trying things out is a dangerous time. The wolves can scent an Internet newbie within seconds and, if you want to avoid being their next meal, you need to learn very quickly how to recognise a wolf when it comes huffing at your door. Following these simple tips will make it easier for you to keep the wolves from getting their paws on you while you seek out the best way to make money online.

A visit to Elaine Currie's Work At Home Directory will show you the
best make money online tips, ideas and resources.

Affiliate Disclosure
  1. Carl Coddington August 25, 2007 at 12:35 AM  

    I like your imagery of the big bad wolf. And I like the warning signs you provide.

    I think you should also add the disclaimer. If you need the "get rich quick" products, you are probably not ready to do business online.

    The people who are earning the money are the one's who are promoting those types of programs.. Not the one's who get blindly led into them.

  2. EJ Cooksey August 25, 2007 at 2:21 AM  

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks for reading my site.

    I really liked the article also and I will pass your comments on to the author, Elaine Currie.

    I have been bit by the big bad wolf a few times myself and have learned my lesson well.

    Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. Anonymous August 28, 2007 at 7:42 AM  

    I'd like to share this with you. Here are some legitimate ways to make money online. From doing make money online surveys to the forex system, these are legitimate ways to do so.

  4. EJ Cooksey August 28, 2007 at 10:19 AM  

    Thanks for visiting John,

    Yes there are many Legitimate ways to make money online...you just have to do some research and make sure that they are.

    Thanks again for stopping by.

  5. Armand Rousso August 28, 2007 at 11:13 PM  

    Making money online is just fiction for many. The true way to make money online is to export a complete off line concept that already exist to the internet.

    Armand Rousso

  6. Latarsha August 29, 2007 at 7:35 PM  

    It's amazing to see the amount of get-rich-schemes that circulate online.

    There is really only one tested way to make money - find a way to wrap your special brand of magic into a business that will make a targeted cluster of people go absolutely crazy.

    So...making money online is equivalent to what it takes to make it offline:
    First, you've got a way to produce a product or service that makes the lives of a targeted niche of people better and less stressed because you used your magic to

    * solve a problem,

    * make them feel better...

    * or both.

    Then, you must figure out how to slice it, dice it, and price it in a way that you can afford to produce it and they can afford to buy it.

  7. EJ Cooksey August 29, 2007 at 8:45 PM  

    Hi latarsha,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks for the tips!

    You have a great site with lots of ideas. I will be checking it out more.

  8. gilda August 30, 2007 at 2:51 AM  

    I guess Armand Rousso is right on this comment about "The true way to make money online is to export a complete off line concept that already exist to the internet."

  9. EJ Cooksey August 31, 2007 at 9:26 PM  

    Hi Armand and Gilda,

    I don't know how I missed replying to your post Armand, but i did. Sorry...

    I agree, somewhat with what you are saying, but there are lots of legitimate ways of making money online, besides exporting an offline concept, I think the key is to do plenty of research on the programs that are being offered if you are interested in them.

    I also feel you must believe that you can succeed in order for it to happen.

    Thank you both for visiting!

  10. affiliateman21 September 14, 2007 at 4:46 PM  

    I just wanted to say the information you leave on your blog is awesome. Start Living Life The Way You Want Proven Step By Step Success System... how to make money online

  11. EJ Cooksey September 14, 2007 at 9:50 PM  

    Thank you!

    Please come back and read my site anytime.

SuperAffiliateHandbookRead the amazing true story of how one woman, with no previous business experience, earned 436,797+ in 2002 and now earns MUCH MORE than that ... just by selling other people's stuff online!

In her down-to-earth, sincere and often humorous style, Rosalind Gardner guides you through the entire process of building an affiliate marketing business on the 'Net.

Frequently revised and updated to reflect industry changes, the Super Affiliate Handbook now consists of 235 pages and 235 screenshots that will show you step-by-step how to become a Super Affiliate. , you'll learn how to pick the best programs, negotiate a commission raise and save time, money and effort on everything from affiliate software to web hosting.

To learn exactly how she does it, Click Here.