The World Wide Web has opened up a wealth of opportunities for people who want to make money online by selling products and services, and for those who just want to start their own businesses. Unfortunately, the Web is now cluttered with work from home "opportunities" that are really just scams. Posting misleading claims about how much money you can make and charging fees to find jobs are just two of today's biggest online scams.
When you're looking for real ways to make money online, make sure you steer clear of the following:
Scam 1: Make money typing at home Ads for these types of jobs are usually placed in the writing section of craigslist.org and work-from-home job banks. The ads promise you will make hundreds of dollars each week typing at home by writing for companies that outsource work to you. Sounds simple enough, but the catch is you have to pay to get the company listings. These lists cost an average of about $50, and all you will get is a booklet or PDF that contains addresses and phone numbers of dozens of companies thatmight be looking for a writer. There's no guarantee that the companies will hire you as a contractor.
Scam 2: Get paid to surf the Web These programs promise to send you a check just for visiting certain Web sites throughout the day. All you need to do is click on certain links and banners to get paid. However, the catch is that you will be required to sign up for certain services and promotions to qualify for payment. In almost all cases, you will have to sign up with a credit card that will be charged until you cancel. You'll be very busy keeping track of cancellations and subscriptions, and may end up getting charged for much more than you bargained for.
Scam 3: The e-mail chain letter These seem innocent enough at first; all you have to do is send X amount of dollars to the person at the top of the list, add your name to the bottom of the list, and then forward it on to X number of friends. The letter promises that everyone who participates can expect to receive a payment from the next person on the list. This rarely happens because the creator of the chain often keeps his or her name (or his or her friends' names) at the top.
Scam 4: Get rich quick with Google Adsense Google's ad program can be a profitable venture for bloggers and Web site owners, but you can only benefit from it when you create unique content and promote your site ethically. Google Adsense "Web site kits" and "Adsense ready" programs are recent scams that promise you can make money online just by owning a template Web site filled with hundreds of pages of content. Unfortunately, these sites receive little or no rankings from search engines, which means your site never gets seen and your ads never get clicked.
Scam 5: Turnkey Web sites to put your income on autopilot Turnkey Web sites are part of the latest crop of online scams, promising to generate major profits. All you are required to do is purchase a Web site package and recruit other people who purchase the same package you just bought so you can earn a commission on the sale. It's the classic multilevel marketing (MLM) program in disguise, and definitely not worth investing your hard-earned dollars in.http://www.womansday.com/life/saving-money/5-scams-to-avoid-when-making-money-online-76986