How To Make Money Online Honestly
Over the past few years consumers have moved much of their focus to the Internet and embraced e-commerce in record numbers. However, Internet marketers still face very much of an “up hill” battle in gaining the confidence of everyday people. And, in terms of strategies to make money online, there is, among some, a particular sense of caution and mistrust.
Much of this, I believe, is the fault of two groups: scammers, those who knowingly and purposefully endeavor to swindle people out of their hard-earned money, and to a smaller extent, Internet marketing novices that unknowingly follow the examples of “black hat” guides.
Most people who come to the Internet searching for income techniques are interested in learning to make money online honestly. They’re real people with real families, lives and dreams that they want to realize. So what’s the best way to find out how to make money online honestly? Do your homework.
When you come across a business or service advertising an opportunity, check it out. But realize that the sources for researching an online company, especially a small one, may be a bit different than checking the credentials of an offline company. For instance, although the Better Business Bureau has an online presence, a good number of Internet businesses just won’t be found there, even if they’re completely legitimate. The same goes for the Chamber of Commerce, which is usually an excellent source for researching an offline business. But again a great many online business that are absolutely legitimate are not registered with, or members of, their local Chamber. So how do you check out an online business? Here are a few tips:
- Visit related forums and find out if there are any threads (comments and discussion) regarding the reputation and service of the company in question.
- Look up the company on WhoIs.net to find out the identities of the individuals or companies behind a website.
- Check the company information on Alexa.com. This is sometimes a bit unreliable because Alexa.com is notoriously slow about adding and updating website and company information (I know this from personal experience). However, you may be able to glean contact information, learn when the website was first established, find out what kind of traffic (volume of visitors) the site has, and any comments or complaints listed with Alexa.com about the site.
And last, trust your instincts and the “gut feeling” you get about a company or opportunity.
Sometimes what you think is a scam is indeed completely legitimate. But also know that anyone promising you that they can teach you to make $200,000 in 30 days is just plain lying. While you can certainly learn how to make money online honestly, you have to be smart about it.