Earn Money Easy Online

Earn Money Easy Online – Really?

Don’t let the title mislead you, this is not about making money fast online, rather it’s about helping you to avoid falling prey to the ‘easy money’ type scams.

However; You can earn money online and you can do it easily – but it takes a little time and dedication – on your part.

I will show you exactly how to do that soon and exactly how to work at home and make money, but first I need to warn you about the many get-quick-rich scams that are so prevalent on the internet, I know because I too have been taken in by them.  

Get-Rich- Quick  

A get-rich-quick scheme is a plan to acquire high rates of return on a small investment. The term “get rich quick” has been used to describe shady investments since the early 1900s. Beginning with the ‘Ponzi Scheme‘ named after Charles Ponzi, who became notorious for using the technique in 1920.

Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator pays returns to its investors not from profits earned but from the new capital paid in by new investors. New investors are enticed into the scheme by offering higher returns than other investments that are abnormally high and extremely profitable in the short term.

People were attracted to the promise of fast easy money. Hence the lure to things like gambling, theft, blackmail, politics and at its extreme, war.

The promise of fast easy money

Earn Money Easy Online

A David Rhodes Type Chain Letter; from Perth, Australia in 2006

The original “Make Money Fast” letter was written around 1988 by a person who used the name, Dave Rhodes. The letter encouraged readers to forward one dollar in cash to a list of people provided in the text and to add their own name and address to the bottom of the list after deleting the name at the top. 

By 1994 “Make Money Fast” became one of the most persistent ‘spams‘ around with many variations (such as claiming to be from, a retired lawyer or claiming to be selling “reports” in an attempt to make the scheme appear lawful) and rather than sending the money by post you could send it electronically via the likes of PayPal.

Pyramid Schemes

Using the theory behind pyramid schemes, the resulting flow of money would initially deliver a reward of thousands of dollars to the people participating in the scheme as their chain spread and more and more people sent money to their address.

You may have seen or heard of other examples of these chain type letters /emails that became more and more sophisticated as time went by; (see examples below)

  • Bill Gates Email Beta Test;  An email chain-letter that first appeared in 1997 and was still circulating in 2007. The message claims that Microsoft is conducting a beta test and each person you forward the email to, you will receive a payment from Bill Gates of around $200. (Used to gather email addresses)
  • The Lottery scam involves fake notices of lottery wins. The winner is usually asked to send information such as name, residential address, occupation etc. The scammer then notifies you that releasing the funds requires a small fee (insurance, registration, or shipping). Once the victim sends the fee, the scammer invents another fee. (without you even entering the lottery in question)
  • Nigerian Scam/419 scam – An email scam attempt popularized by the ability to send millions of emails. The scam claimed the sender was a high-ranking official from Nigeria with a large sum of money that they cannot claim but must divest and they need your help to do so. They require a smaller sum of money up front to access the money before it can be sent to the receiver.

(See a variant of this type of scam in the example below)

Earn Easy Money Online

There are many variations on how these scams can work. Some of the more commonly seen variants involve employment scams, pet scams, romance scams and online sales and rentals such as those advertised on websites such as Craigslist and eBay.

They want to get your personal information so they can instigate identity theft in order to get lines of credit or credit cards using your identity or sell the information to someone else who will do this or similar. Or worse they can access your bank account and clean you out.

A Common Theme

Essentially, however, all these scams are similar in that – YOU are suddenly presented with an opportunity to make “FAST” & “EASY” money.

When it comes to the internet there are more specific characteristics such as, they typically promote “secret formulas” and will usually claim that the system requires no special IT or marketing skills and an unrealistic timeframe in which you could make hundreds or thousands of dollars a day and they usually have catchy titles and images of wealth and luxury to encourage potential victims into signing up.

However these types of scams all have the following warning indicators that include, but are not limited to:

  • They imply that anyone signing up will become rich within a few weeks or months
  • They claim the route to success is to follow “the secret” that no one else has
  • They use pressure to get the victim to sign up quickly claiming that time is short.
  • They often make a point of displaying testimonials from “previous users.”

When really none of these things are true. It all lies and B.S. designed to get you to give them your hard earned cash, using the lure of Fast & Easy money.

(To see how I made this video see tools)

 YOU Can Earn Money Online Earn Easy Money Online

You can learn how to honestly make money online. You can create your very own piece of the internet real estate from which to connect to some of the 3 billion people who are searching for information online.

By giving these visitors what they want and in many cases providing solutions to problems, by fulfilling their needs and in the process of satisfying them, you might earn revenue from any products or services that they freely elect to purchase as a result of your recommendations.

You are going to earn MONEY by providing solutions to problems. Your website (and don’t worry because you will learn exactly how to create it) is going to help these people by providing them with the information they are looking for by having content that they are interested in seeing.

So without using any tricks or B.S  you simply satisfy the desire of the visitor and show them how they can find what they are looking for and providing the appropriate solution in an honest and straightforward way.

You will learn how to build a successful, honest online business, by following this proven process…

Getting an Education

While there are many affiliate training courses online to choose from, with the Wealthy Affiliate program (you can start for free) you are going to be working through a process that not only gives you a solid foundation but will lead to long-term success and creation of your very own website (or multiple websites) in any niche of your choosing.

The community at Wealthy Affiliate really do want to help you build a successful online business. You get to follow step-by-step video based training that will teach how to build an incredibly successful business. There is no other community like Wealthy Affiliate in the world. Best of all you can try it out for FREE

The Choice is Yours


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Learn exactly how to work at home and make money and how to earn money easy online in an honest and sustainable way for the long term without scamming anyone or being scammed.

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About Peter

An International Speaker, Writer and Internet Marketer, living in Shanghai, China, teaching Business / English at a Chinese University and making a difference to the world, bringing you great information and recommending awesome products that will make earning online while living internationally - a breeze. http://onlineaffiliatewealth.com


  • Jess

    My own parents were unfortunately taken in by one of the “Make Money Fast” letters that you spoke about in this article. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is unfortunately.

    I love your video at the bottom of this article! And thank you for sharing a link on what you use to create your videos.

    Wealthy Affiliate is amazing! I love the community and support. The training provided is the best of its kind, in my opinion.

    Thanks for the great article! Keep up the great work =)

    • Peter

      Hello Jess Thank you for your comments about my site. Sorry to hear about your parents unfortunately they will not be the only ones which is what makes Wealthy Affiliate so powerful because they really are very good and anyone wanting to learn how to make an honest living online will find all they need to succeed here. All the best. 🙂

  • Eric

    Hi Peter,

    The history of internet scams is really interesting. I remember getting a couple of the Nigerian money scams back in the day. To bad it wasn’t true! I think a lot of people fall for scams because they don’t want to work at legitimate ways to make money online. It sounds like Wealthy Affiliate fits the bill of a legitimate way to make money online. I will check them out!

    • Peter

      Hi Eric Thank you for your comments. Yes Unfortunately the internet is full on online scammers who make it difficult for real people to be trusted online. Fortunately WA makes learning the skills and getting the education necessary to create an online sustainable income much easier than one could imagine. Thanks again for the feed back 😉

  • Mac

    I hope this not a silly question do you give one and one help? You seem to be a very knowledgeable guy. If you can send me an email at
    Anyway thanks for the heads up on IMSC rapid auto res ponder. I will do some research on its capabilities and decide if I can use it.

  • Shafiqul Islam

    Great site you have here! Looking for a quick and easy way to get some money is what most people are looking to do However you tell us that’s not how it works. It takes time and effort and getting an education via Wealthy Affiliate seems like a nice way to do that.Thanks for sharing such a nice informative article. Looking forward to reading some more updates from you soon.

    • Hi Shafiqul Yes many people think that the internet is a way to get-rich-quick but that is just not true. The only people getting rich quick are the scammers who push this delusion and they get rich quick from the very people they are ‘pretending’ to help. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • Leonard

    Hi Peter,
    This article is really very important to readers especially those looking for ways to earn money online.
    I see this as a good warning signal especially with the pyramid schemes you have shared. Many have been a victim of this schemes.
    The best way to really earn is to have a good training and knowledge about how websites are developed and the ways to earn from it.
    You have presented a well balanced article!

    • Peter

      Hello Leonard Thanks for your comments and yes you are right places like Wealthy affiliate make us less vulnerable to being scammed because of the education we learn to building a sustainable online business but also to spot scams a mile off. 🙂

  • Lynne

    Hi Peter. I receive emails like that daily. I have also been sent messages on Facebook, LinkedIn etc with the same sort of thing. Apparently I also inherit money weekly from wealthy relatives I don’t know on my husbands side that have left me millions.
    I really relate to what you say. Money can be earned online, definitely. But not overnight. It takes dedication, time and hard work.

    • Peter

      Hi Lynne thanks for your comments. Yes Scams have been around for a long time and probably will for some time to come. 🙂

  • Cathy

    There are way too many online scams out there and way too many people who are clueless (and greedy) when it comes to making money on the internet.

    Come to think of it, anyone can have access to the internet and as a result of that, they can do what they want, if they want something bad enough.

    The training program at Wealthy Affiliate is one that will keep the internet a safe place for personal and business use. It’s not really about making easy money or not. It’s about doing things correctly and help everyone achieve better experience on the internet.

    • Peter

      Hi Cathy Absolutely agree and The Wealthy Affiliate education also makes you less vulnerable to scams because you can right through them don’t you think? Anyway appreciate you leaving a comment 🙂

  • Randy

    Hey Peter
    Great article, I didn’t know the Ponzi scheme has been around since 1920, scams are not a new thing at all. But
    there certainly has been an explosion of them over the years. It is a shame that someone would catch a person in a desperate situation and take advantage of them. I’ve seen variations of the scams you mentioned, if someone is asking for money to get money red flags go up.

    • Peter

      Hi Randy Thanks for your comments. Oh yes scams are nothing new they come in all shapes and forms as an example the Government is a big legalized scam there is ha ha – enough said. Fortunately there are places like Weathly Affiliate that is an honest place to get the education we all need to make a living online. Thanks again for your comment. 🙂

  • survival chick

    Hey Peter, nice review of this program! Your post makes a lot of good points. I am wondering, have you been successful using wealthy affiliate?

    I am also wondering how you can figure out if a “make money online” is a scam or not. I tried a few things, most recently drop shipping. I ended up having to pay a few bucks out of my pocket to ship the project from amazon. not good.

    Your advice is appreciated!

    • Peter

      Hello Survival Chick to answer your question “ABSOLUTELY – YES” Prior to WA I had over a dozen affiliate websites and not one made me a penny (because I didn’t know what I was doing) and none ranked in Google. Now I have pages and posts on page one of Google and everyday money comes in 🙂 🙂 so yes it works!! But it doesn’t happen overnight it takes work and commitment but it’s worth it Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Hi Peter

    I love your site, it is quite neat and clean. 😉

    There are so many scam programs on the internet and I also have been scammed before in the past but it was not a lot of money, so thank God for that, lol. 🙂

    In the past, also, I had receive many emails from the Nigerian and Lottery scams and it can be irritating. 🙁 But fortunately, recently I found out about Wealthy Affiliate and I had been with them for several months. And indeed it is an amazing experience, with such a warm and helpful community and with many tools for anyone who wants to start an online business from scratch. 🙂

    Anyway, I just want to thank you very much for writing this wonderful blog post on “earn money easy online”.

    Jewel Carol

    • Hi Jewel I appreciate you visiting my site and thank you so much for leaving a comment. Yes unfortunately the scam artists are in many forms and as you say Thank Goodness for Wealthy affiliate giving us the education we need to build a lifestyle business SCAM FREE. I am pleased you enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Hi Peter, back in the day I was one of those who bought into those chain mail schemes and the David Rhodes letter. How naive!! I guess like others I was trying to make extra money and wanted so much to believe those scammers.

    Your blog post Earn Money Easy Online is an excellent tutorial for anyone who is new to Internet Marketing and/or is looking how to create an online home based business legitimately. It is also for that person who had been discouraged in the past and doesn’t know where to start.

    I truly enjoy reading your “nuggets” of wisdom and love your easy writing style. It is evident that you enjoy teaching. I’m sure that Wealthy Affiliate has been instrumental in your success by the look of this website!

    Thank you for another fabulous post!

    All the best,

    • Hello Angela Thank you for your feedback. Yes it’s unfortunate that there are scammers out there taking advantage of naivety and exploiting our trust.
      I appreciate your comments and I myself am thankful I found wealthy Affiliate to get the education I needed in order to learn how to make money online. I try to inform as people people as I can about the great training they have. Thanks again 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Great Article Peter! I am one of many who have been scammed online, luckily enough I only lost a little bit of money to an online scam.

    But to me I looked at it like a lesson I needed to learn, because at that point in my life I was desperate to find a way to earn money online, and being eager like that only benefits the scammers out there to suck you in, because I didn’t do my research beforehand.

    Luckily enough I stumbled onto Wealthy Affiliate and jumped on the free starter membership that they offer I began working on my lesson’s and felt very comfortable with Wealthy Affiliate and its community as they all were very eager to help me with any questions I needed.

    To me, it was no brainer to sign up as a premium member because it was exactly what I was looking for. And I would recommend WA to anyone looking to learn how to build a business online for sure hands down. Thanks so much Peter for all your information as your article will definitely help someone looking to learn how to earn money online.


    • Hi Jennifer Yes Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome place to get an education about making money online. Thank you so much for your feedback 🙂

  • San

    Hey Peter,

    No need for fact check here, I have had most of these letters and scams attempted to be played on me. The pyramid scheme though is the oldest trick in the book and is sewn into the very fabric of history, there are accounts of it being played even during the Hellenistic period and before.
    Man is the only creature to prey upon itself financially, we don’t take your life just your possessions and pride. It is worse than how animals treat each other.
    Great article.


    • Hey San Thanks for the comments. Yes ripoffs and scams have been going on since… well forever. The internet is no different and that’s why places like Wealthy Affiliate are so awesome because they teach you to how to earn a living scam free. I am endeavouring to let people know about its existence to give hope back to the world of those searching to making money online. Thank you for your feedback 🙂

  • lorraine

    Hi Peter great post I also have been scammed in the past but fortunately thanks to wealthy affiliate I am on my way to making money online the safe way so thank you for that post. Lorraine

    • Hello Lorraine Thank you for your comment. Yes Wealthy affiliate is a great place to get the needed online education to earn a living on the internet. 🙂

  • Jazmin

    I’ve been scammed more times than I’d like to admit. There are some smooth operators out there who know just what to say to suck you into their scams. I was lucky to have found WA, now I’m learning how to do it the right way.

    • Hi Jazmin Yes I could not agree more Wealthy Affiliate is a life saver in the sea of scams. Not only do you get a great education but also the tools and the knowhow to make a great living online. The community is awesome and almost every question you ask get answered straightaway. Where else do you get that sort of ‘family’ huh? Thank you so much for the comments. 🙂

  • Marith

    I have never been scammed…..not because I am smarter than other people but because I use common sense. If it is too good to be true, it is……I am really surprised over how many people fell for this, it’s sad.

    I was lucky and found Wealthy Affiliate first time I was looking to learn about online marketing and since I could try it out for free I went for it. Nine months and 3 websites later I am still there, loving the community, getting help with any problem I have right away AND earning money. I had my first website up and running already while I was still in the first free week. I highly recommend WA to anybody that want to work from home and have their own business online.

    Thank you for a great article Peter, I always enjoy reading your posts.

    • Hello Marith Thank you for your comments. Yes its a sad fact that many get scammed online because they are sold he dream that making money is as easy as clicking a mouse. Fortunately there is a place like Wealthy Affiliate that give you the tools and the education to make it real. Appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • jo

    Good post really informative. I have had the Nigerian email and if it was true I would be stinking rich by now the amount of Times I get it..

    • Hi Jo Thanks for your comment. Yes you are right if even 10% of the promises from the internet scammers were true we would all be Millionaires many times over by now ha ha That’s why having somewhere like Wealthy Affiliate is so awesome 🙂

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