These days there are a multidude of ways to earn extra money online, whether it be via affiliate marketing, freelancing or website creation to name jsut a few. Anyone can make money online just as long as they are willing to educate themselves about the methods involved.
The most popular method at the moment is most likely internet marketing, as although it can be quite difficult and have a steep learning curve, the financial rewards are undeniable. We have all seen various advertisments for services or products by internet marketers who claim they earn huge amounts of money each month on the internet.
Another very popular way to earn money online is via affiliate marketing. An affiliate is someone who advertises someone elses product and is payed a commission for each sale they generate. Once you get the hang of it and are generating good traffic to a page with good copy, the financial rewards can be immense.
You will see many sites offering paid surveys, or more accurately sites which for a fee will direct you to paid survey opportunities. These sites should be avoided plain and simple, the most you will ever get paid for a survey will be around the $3.50 and it will take you at least half an hour to fill out normally. Compared to other online opportunities these sites are simply not worth your time or money.
Many people try their hand at Ebay buying and selling, which can turn out a good profit if done properly. Although it can be a bit of a gamble as if you make a purchase in order to sell it on for profit and noone bids on your auction you are then out of pocket for that purchase. Many people source their goods and hold the auction then purchase the item after the auction has ended in order to remove the risk from the transaction.
Any search for ways to make money online will turn up an endless amount of options. For this reason it is important to know your strengths and weakness in order to pick the right way to go about your online career. If you are a good writer you should aim to maybe get some copywriting work while building your own personal article portfolio at the big article sites.
If you are more comfortable with the technical side of internet technology then maybe you should consider creating your own product and finding someone else to market it for you ie/ your own affiliates.
All in all you will need to decide what your strengths and weakness are and work towards a plan that takes advantage of both. A good starting point will be to get an indepth guide to affiliate and internet marketing on the internet, there are many of these available and a simple search for affiliate marketing e-book on Google should find you something worthwhile.
John Samuels is a full time internet marketer, his personal blog about making money online is at http://making-you-richer-everyday.blogspot.com/