Perhaps it is your dream to earn your living online. Odds are, if it is, you have conducted several Google searches, revealing numerous sites all of which claim to provide you with the means to achieve this dream. You may have felt overwhelmed at their number, and unsure of where to start.
The best place to start, is, just as in all other forms of business, understanding the mindset of the person who is supposed to be paying you. What service are you providing them which they will be willing to pay for? Unlike a traditional job, online, people do not meet you face-to-face, meaning they do not know much about you. This lack of knowledge is both a good and a bad thing. The good news is, everybody will face you with few preconceived notions, and you have the potential to earn without a middle-man such as an employer taking away much of the profit from your work. The downside is, that you will have to take on nearly all of the risk associated with your online endeavors yourself. Someone online who hasn't even met you face-to-face will not be willing to do it for you.
Thus, in order to be a successful online earner, it is essential to know how to manage risk, and to understand the level of risk associated with various online earning opportunities. On the one hand, we have opportunities such as "Pay to Click sites." These sites are advertiser-based. In other words, all of the site's profit, and by extension, all of your own profit, is provided by advertisers who wish for their ads to be viewed. However, instead of, or in addition to, providing content to attract viewers, they pass on some of their profit to those who view the ads. As such, these websites pay you to click on their advertiser's ads. There are numerous spin-off businesses that do not call themselves PTC sites but employ a similar model. Such an example is a "Pay to Post" forum, which pays you to post, or, from the admin's perspective, pays you to spend time on a forum with banner ads. Another such an example is the "Pay to Surf" website, which pays you to view advertiser's websites.