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Making Money Online and Avoiding The Scams

written by John Chow on June 3, 2008

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The following was guest blogged by Steve from I’ve Tried That.

This is part one in a three part piece around making money online and avoiding the scams that are out there.

You and I have common interests. We’re after the same goal: making money online. It sounds simple and John makes it look easy, but if you’ve dedicated any time to trying to turn a profit on the web, you know it’s a lot harder than it looks. Unfortunately for you, as part of those looking to make a living online, you’re one of the most victimized groups on the web today. Don’t believe me? Google ‘make money online’ and just look at the sponsored ads. Nearly every single ad is spam.

What we do at ivetriedthat.com and what we intend to do with these guests posts is to educate as many people as we can about various work at home and make money online scams. Most scams operate under the guise of ‘Look! Everyone is making hundreds of thousands of dollars online and you’re losing money by not acting RIGHT NOW!’ They then show Clickbank or bank accounts with thousands of dollars earned, people holding bags of money, and flashy expensive cars. All the while, you feel like a sucker for not finding out about this website earlier.

In desperation you pull out your wallet and make a purchase before the text-box counter hits 0 and the ‘special 30-minute’ sale that’s happening right now ends. Before you know it, you’re out $7 or $27 or $47 or maybe even $197 and you’re left with a crappy outdated book on how to do affiliate marketing. Hell, just reading JohnChow.com is more educational and it’s free!

You were scammed. Swindled out of money that should be rightfully yours, but you were defrauded by a website that made you believe that you’d be given the secret formula to success. Unfortunately, there is no secret. The Internet operates just like real life. If you plan on making a living online, it’s going to take hard work and dedication. Nothing comes quick and easy in life. It sucks. I’m sure many readers can relate to the feeling of getting suckered out of money.

With the growing pressure of falling economies and rising gas prices, more and more people are looking to making money through alternative measures. A lot of people are turning to the Internet to make money, but sadly, Internet crime is on the rise. All hope is not lost however. The next piece will show you the common themes around these make money online scams and what you can look for to avoid future situations like these.

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{ 30 comments }

Bibokz June 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Always be transparent with your proposals, state every details clearly and point out the important matter that could benefit them. And in order to avoid scams, always remember that there’s no easy money in reality, you need to work hard for it, brain storm every idea. Just stay away from instant rich offer… check out more related details and consult experts before you jump in.

Affiliate Confession June 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I’m just finding this out more and more, there really is no secret, except focused hard work. Stop watching TV and start building an internet empire.

Abdul June 4, 2008 at 3:37 am

I totally agree, laziness doesn’t help at all and what is needed is focused hardwork in order to build a internet empire like John Chow Dot Com.

Flimjo June 4, 2008 at 7:10 am

The people who fall for the scams are usually lazy. Heck, I’m related to two people like that. They want the overnight payoff . . . when none exists.

Thiago Prado June 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Hell, just reading JohnChow.com is more educational and it’s free!

This sentence express everything we need to know before we waste our money in some crappy training over the internet teaching how to make money online. Good article!

Jacky Supit June 3, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Well I am lucky that I have been following this blogs since about a year ago. That time Make Money Online term and niche was just started and it all began from this site.

I started my blog with zero until now I make a pretty good income i have to admit that john has been teaching me a lot.

I think I can make a list of what i have learned from him :)

*back to make money online*

Ganesh June 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

That’s right. John Chow teaches you how to make money online better than any other ebook.

Abdul June 4, 2008 at 12:10 am

Absolutely right! I recently Downloaded the E-Book ‘Make money online with John Chow’, and I was certainly amazed by the valuable information I got, I must agree John Chow is the best!

XLOR June 10, 2008 at 4:49 am

Haven’t read it yet. You reaaly think that JC ebook is the best?

Stak Loaded - How to make money doing nothing! June 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Great post, I actually bought a few useless ebooks and things when I first started but now it’s so obvious that they’re just BS – although there are a few good books and “secrets” out there, I’d recommend buying on DP so you can see actual reviews of the method you’re buying.

Chessmaster June 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

It’s true we learn a lot from John Chow.
One rule to follow in order not to get scammed is never rush anything. There are so many offer that seem great but most of them are scams. Can’t wait to read the rest, would Zenzuu fall into this category too?

make150aday June 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm

On on another note—watch the ads on this blog..What do you make out of those ads?…Well can’t blame him either coz who wouldn’t want money?

Make Money Online June 4, 2008 at 12:06 am

well, I 100% agree with you jouhn, and personally I have spend a lot and learnt a lot in the past 6 years, yes thats a lot of time, now I only stick to a few places that I know are worth visiting, and this is one of those places which can give me different views on everything. cheers

Miguel Cangueiro June 4, 2008 at 12:30 am

Nice post. We have to be aware of all the scams on the internet, not only about selling stuff, also about other harder thoughts.

Well, but that’s my two cents

Pradeep June 4, 2008 at 1:38 am

thanx for the article Steve :razz:

I have learned lots of thing simply following John and other bloggers
there is no batter teacher then your personal experience and there is no short cuts to success so stop digging google for tips and short cuts follow the path of ace bloggers like John and Darren Rowse

Noobpreneur June 4, 2008 at 2:11 am

Steve,

Great pointer :) – What I do is to seek what John Chow and other problogger has suggested about an affiliate program, and see whether their recommendations are worth following.

Thanks for your insight…

Cheers!

Monetize your blog June 4, 2008 at 2:32 am

I came across tens if not hundreds of such Scams all over the internet some of these “Scammers” even advertise on thousands of blogs, people get ripped off , they get rich , and nobody cares ! There should be some laws for avoiding these scams online , and just get their sites off-line.

Abdul June 4, 2008 at 3:52 am

Most scams are prmoted through Adwords. who gives a damn of whats being advertised, to the advertisers and publishers the only thing that matters is money!

Jacqueline van bierk June 4, 2008 at 2:50 am

Thank you, yes, I can relate. I don’t know how many unread ebooks I currently have. :shock:

waterbeatsgas.com June 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Couldn’t agree more. It’s so tempting to jump on every ‘new thing’ that comes along, and after a while you end up with all kinds of crap on your hard drive that you never get around to reading – let alone; forget you even had! :roll:

Make Money Talks June 4, 2008 at 3:42 am

I never can fall at those 500$ a day offers, why would anybody share his secret to make such money with you (if not selling your clickbank ebooks via adwords :) )?

Trent June 4, 2008 at 4:47 am

I am new to the author game having just put out my first ebook as well, and feel that “most” of what you say is true. However there are many little tips and tricks that might not necessarily be the “secret sauce” but perhaps that little tip sparks an idea or concept that changes the way a person does business. For instance, someone might read an ebook about generating traffic through craigslist… while that secret might be old, or not apply to their personal product or service, it might spark a concept in the readers brain about how they can promote their product or service differently than they were doing previously. That can make a significant change to their profits and they may not directly apply that to the book they read. Now, if you had to pay $499 for the secret, yeah it is going to be tougher to make it seem worthwhile. But alot of times what “I” think is a simple solution or redundant info might seem “brilliant” to a newbie.
Sorry for my rant, I just think that sometimes we forget that we were newbies once too, and we didn’t get where we were by only reading free stuff. Most of us have pulled bits of info from the books that we say were “not worth the money” and without us knowing they have helped transform our businesses to becoming more profitable.

Tresvanty June 4, 2008 at 7:00 am

Yeah i’d never pay any money to try and make money. That’s my motto.

$ Secret Money Blog $ June 4, 2008 at 8:04 am

Always take precautions before joining such programs, & i think one should have complete details of the Contact person & the company… :neutral:

Urban Wear Lookout June 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

If you pay to make money, you’re probably not going to make too much…

dutch schultz June 4, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I agree with the fact that there are no real secrets to any of it. There is knowledge and the ability to put yourself out there but it also seems to be a little bit about luck and allot about networking. Twitter and facebook your ass off is my suggestion.

make150aday June 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm

hwo about those ads on this blog?
What percent of those ads are legit?

Mike Huang June 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Scams are hitting hard on the Internet and sadly, it’s all on blogs and focusing towards bloggers!!! :evil:

-Mike

D June 7, 2008 at 6:16 am

Nice, it’s good to keep an eye on what are scams and what are genuine sites offering to help you make money. I’ve tried a few content sites in the past, like wordsofworth, and they pay out OK for writing content.

Sites that ask you send them money or deposit anything are well dodgy.

titan June 8, 2008 at 9:03 am

I love to make money online today. But when i figured its hard. I need to think again and again. But hope i manage to get more money next time. Make money online its not easy like we think. :mrgreen: