7 Ways to Make Money Online
Without Being Scammed…


It’s estimated that for every one legitimate online opportunity there are roughly sixty scams. The reason is that quite a few people seem to believe that there’s a magic package out there which allows one to make a lot of money on the internet with very little effort, and there’s always a less than reputable website willing to sell it to them.

To be perfectly honest there are many different ways to make money online, and working from home can be extremely rewarding. But there’s a big difference between a legitimate online job or opportunity and the unsolicited offers that often find their way into your inbox.

This is why we’ve put together a list of real ways to make money from home. These are all legitimate companies and methods which allow you to start getting paid for a wide range of activities with little or no investment on your part.

Feel free to explore the ideas on this page, join the discussions & leave your response below, or suggest an idea we haven’t thought of yet…

#1 Get an Online Job…

If you want to earn income at home then you may think the most obvious solution is to get a work-at-home job. Well you’re right! Unfortunately many internet scams specifically target people searching to work at home. To avoid falling for any kind of schemes the best thing you can do is go directly to the source. Find forums or job boards that focus on the kind of work you want to do. For instance there are many legit jobs in the customer service industry.

You can get a job as a customer service representative and earn money by fielding customer’s questions and providing them with support. This type of work will require some brief training and the ability to pass a background check.

If you’re the creative type, you can find work at home opportunities in almost any industry. If you have technical skills such as programming or graphic design, then the door is really wide open. In addition to full time work at home jobs there are a plethora of freelance jobs.

Check out our lists of legitimate work at home jobs below:

#2 Make Money Taking Surveys…

Surveys often get a bad reputation online because many people are confusing legitimate survey companies with other fraudulent online offers. The most important thing you need to look for in an online survey site is that it’s associated with a real market-research company.

There are many false “survey” websites out there that attempt to charge money for survey opportunities, but participation in real market research should always cost you nothing.

In addition, many fraudulent websites claim extraordinary earnings from taking surveys, which is not how real survey companies operate. You should have reasonable expectations and understand that you’re not going to make a full-time income taking surveys.

Big-name brands pay research companies to get their members to take various surveys. Often times they’re looking for very specific demographics which means you may not qualify. The best way around this is to be honest in your profile and sign up with several websites to increase your chances of qualifying.

Check out our list of free online survey companies.

#3 Get Paid to Browse the Net…

With more and more retail and advertising dollars being spent online studying people’s browsing habits has become huge business. Insights into online behavior are worth thousands, if not millions, of dollars to large companies who do business online.

This is why there’s been a significant rise in research firms that study how and why people do certain things online. In order to get this data they’ve developed websites that reward people with gifts and prizes for contributing to their statistics.

One of the most reputable companies offering this opportunity is www.SwagBucks.com. They’ll pay you for doing things online such as browsing, shopping, or even playing games. Any info they collect is anonymous and unidentifiable so your privacy is protected.

Working with Swagbucks will certainly not replace your dayjob, but why not get a little something extra for doing many of the things that you’re already doing anyways?


#4 Make Money With Your Own Website…

If you’re looking to work hard, be your own boss, and create a full-time income for yourself then making money with your own website is the route you’re looking to take. With a website you open yourself up to a variety of income sources, primarily making money through advertising networks such as AdSense or affiliate marketing.

You no longer need to be a computer or programming expert to make money with a website. Services such as blogger and wordpress allow you to quickly create your own website and even host it for free. Keep in mind that you will not make money on your first day, or likely your first month.

Making money with a website is a lot like starting your own business. It can be a lot of work and you often don’t reap the benefits till much later down the line. However, if you’re willing to work hard, have an idea or vision, and have a passion for self-employment then there’s nothing stopping you from succeeding.

Many people get intimidated just by the thought of creating their own website, which is why we put together a step-by-step, easy to follow guide that’ll show you how to do everything from creating your site to earning your first dollar online. Check out our free make money online guide

>> Keep Reading: 7 Ways to Make Money Online Part 2.


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Average Rating for " 7 Ways to Make Money Online " is 3.75 out of 5 based on 8 reviews.

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    teresa deloach says:

    August 19th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I do surveys online to make a few extra bucks. I make around $200 a month or so. It wont make you rich but it is easy. Check out cashcrate it’s the best.


    Ramesh Sawant says:
    August 20th, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I am from India. I am making a very small income . Will you please suggest me some genuine sites ?

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    Kaen says:

    July 23rd, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve been a member of Swagbucks for a few years now! You’re right it isn’t enough to earn a full-time income, but for someone who still lives with their parents and just have a part-time on-campus job as a student it’s great for extra spending money. For years, I’ve redeemed for Amazon, but now I only go for paypal after having the means to activate one to use on sites I regularly shop on. The swagbucks back system (as to opposed to a cashback) is great even though yes you do have to wait for a month or so to get those points into your account which you can then spend on another giftcard, be it amazon or paypal cash. I am in no way affiliated with Swagbucks just a college student who has been pretty happy with Swagbucks so far and followed all their rules. If swagbucks decided to give you the boot, you must’ve done something to abuse their point earning system because swagbucks has done nothing wrong against me. :)

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    John says:

    July 9th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Swagbucks looks okay for someone who is thinking small and has the time to put forward the patience and could have a lot of fun in a reality world of the internet.

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    thy says:

    July 4th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    thank you very much….interesting

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    mark says:

    July 2nd, 2014 at 8:31 am

    THese reviews are a bunch of BS!!! most likely the company fabricated most of these testimonies. Shame on them.

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    TLS says:

    July 1st, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Swagbucks is awesome but it does require patience. Essentially every 100 an is a dollar. I’ve already claimed a $25 gift card to Amazon and it showed up as an e-gift card code. I redeemed it and everything was fine. The only reason why anyone would complain is if they are too impatient to save up their swagbucks rather than entering contests hoping for an easy payout.
    It has nothing to do with the dynamic of the general populace using swagbucks.com, and I know many people with regular, hard-earned income who simply do it for fun. The idea is to have an excellent strategy of limiting your daily time while maximizing your earnings. Surveys are the biggest payouts next to completing special offers. One survey could pay you 100 sb in as little as ten minutes. Complete one of those everyday for a month and you have earned a $5 and a $25 gift card. Viola, done.

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    George says:

    June 30th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Actually Swagbucks is an opertunist and doesn’t care quat about its users. They pick and choose who can and can’t benefit from their site. They will kick you off in a heartbeat if you do anything not to their liking and earning a decent amount of money through them is next to impossible. The only people that really benefit from Swagbucks are losers who are most likely collecting money already from the system, like those who draw disability when they’re not really qualified to do so, or the baby making machines drawing welfare off of honest working people’s taxes. There’s a lot of this sort on Swagbucks and they’s slit your throat in a heartbeat, if they could make a dime off of you. SWAGBUCKS????? Don’t fool yourself.


    Helen says:
    July 21st, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    What a load of crap. I’ve never taken a DIME from the government system, and last year I had over $400 to spend on Amazon for my Xmas gifts. Explain that, jerk. Swagbucks takes quite a bit of time and patience, but it’s legitimate.

    dingoateyourbaby says:
    July 14th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Never been on welfare and never took $ from anyone in my life. I retired early with a smaller pension, and I babysit my grandchildren (for FREE). I am on Swagbucks every day when the kids nap and after they go home. I’ve been doing this for several months.

    I’ve cashed in on 2 $50 gift cards, 1 $25 gift card, and have $65 on my account. I’m saving up for Christmas gifts.

    It does not pay well, but I’m online anyways. I do surveys, small tasks, play games, watch commercials and things like that. If I had any blocks of time, I’d probably do something else, but as it is, if I have 15 or 20 minutes of uninterrupted time, I’ll do something quick. It adds up-so long as you don’t get caught up in the sweepstakes.

    There’s a lot of disabled people who use this money for necessities, like toilet paper, shampoo… I think most people who are lazy bums and living off the system are too lazy to even do something as simple as Swagbucks anyways.

    I don’t work for Swagbucks, but it is legit.

    Auntie says:
    July 1st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hey, George. I do not remember how many years ago I signed up with Swagbucks but patience is the key. I have “cashed in” several times for different types of gift cards. It costs nothing and if you use a search engine you might as well get rewarded for it. For the record, I have never spent money on Swagbucks.
    I admit to being disabled but I am also gainfully employed and took slight offense to such a hard line regarding those who need help. Although mine is not, some disabilities are hidden and until something catestrophic occurs in your life you can not imagine what someone must endure to get through a day. I also admit to being puzzeled at your take on the Swagbuck membership. Do you have info the rest of us don’t?

  • geoway55 says:

    June 26th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    im on the old fixed income I cant give away money

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    Altamease says:

    June 26th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you so much. I have been looking for at several many money online working from home programs and have been extremely skeptical of them. It is great to find a resource that presents the truth in such a straight-forward and easy to understand language. Keep up the good work!


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