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It is impossible to spend more than five minutes on the internet without being subjected to some sort of money-making venture. “Send $6 to this PayPal account and get thousands of $6 payments into yours,” “You are an international lottery winner, cash this check and then send us a processing fee to collect your millions,” and “We’ll pay you to mystery shop” headlines have littered my desktop. So much so, I grew to ignore them and any other claims of people making money on the internet. I believe that the majority of internet users are still at this stage. Any talk of making money online is quickly dismissed as a scam. Of course, in a majority of cases, they are correct, the advertised money making method is indeed a farce.

Being an extreme skeptic, I shared the above viewpoint. This all changed after a conversation with my brother, who had recently been laid off. While collecting his severance package, he had found some websites that allowed him to enter a large number of contests and sweepstakes simultaneously. Although he did not win any grand prizes, he won a couple of 2nd prizes with his best prize being a $600 watch. As a result, I was intrigued. Could I do the same thing? While searching, I came across Evergreen Wealth Formula by James Scholes and a forum in which people discussed their favorite contest sites to visit. One veteran user’s post really caught my eye. His post indicated that even though he had enjoyed some success entering online contests, his real source of income came from a website called CashCrate.com. Reading on, this site pays its users to complete research surveys, complete free offers, and refer others. Despite my scam radar going off at full blast, I decided to look into it. What did I really have to lose except for a little of my time?

Thankfully, I was in a curious mood that day and spent some quality time at CashCrate.com. In just a few hours, I had made my first $20. However, at this point, I stopped–I would need to actually see a check in my hand before I invest any more time completing offers and surveys. About a month’s letter, I received a real check in the mail that I was actually able to deposit. CashCrate was not a scam! I had really made money on the internet. I was instantly hooked and thirsty for more money-making ideas.

Fast forward ten months to the present, and I still playing the money-making game on the internet. Am I rich and living on an island? Unfortunately, that answer is no. Still, I have made a little over $3000 online and learn something new each day. Best of all, its been fun. I view making money online as a hobby, something I can even do while watching television.