In the grand scheme of things, the internet is a relatively new concept, and in its rapid growth over the last 10 to 20 years it has made its share of millionaires and even billionaires, but is it just a select few who make money through the internet, or can almost anyone go ahead and make cash through online avenues?
Of course there are always going to be scams in life, it is a sad truth that people will always be out to rip you off and you need to be careful. The internet is no different. I know many people who have been burned paying for online courses that barely existed, giving credit card details when they shouldn't have and more. One way people scam is to promise an income, you know the ads you see such as "I make 0 a day scratching my legs". Some aren't so blatantly spammy and scammy, and can look perfectly legit, but you can still get your fingers burned getting involved.
The real question is, though, are the majority of the ways people claim to be making a living online scams? The answer, fortunately, is a resounding "no!". Think of how much money changes hands every day on the internet. I wish I could give you an exact number but all I know is that it is well and truly into the millions, and even tens of millions. People buy televisions, furniture, cars, diamond rings and just about anything else you can imagine online.
It's not just the big guys making money when cash changes hands either, it is also the blogger recommending the product or the forum owner allowing adverts on their site and selling them directly. People make money selling physical products, digital products, advertising space and their skills online, and though there are no 'get rich quick' schemes or magic pills that work, there are ways you can legitimately make a living online.
If you need proof of money changing hands, you just need to look up the stats on how much Amazon paid out to their affiliates last year, or read Problogger.net or smartpassiveincome.com and check out how Darren Rowse and Pat Flynn make huge amounts of money online. These guys aren't fakers, and they have honed their methods over many years. Alternatively, head over to buysellads and see how much adverts are changing hands for on sites, it might just surprise you.
Whether you're looking to publish online, create a digital product or sell your skills, the internet is a viable place to do this, and do it profitably, just watch out for a few sharks trying to con you along the way.