My journey into the internet/money-making world began my freshman year at college. I was trying to find a job that would pay a few bucks a week. I was dumb enough to have fallen for those 'Pay' for survey affiliate sites... it stills upsets me of my "freshman mentality". I guess when I was younger, as many people are, I thought it was legit, but as they say... if it's always too good to be true, then it IS. I did find a couple survey sites that did pay me, but it was in pennies and wa soverall not worth my time.
So for $25 I learned to NEVER pay for anything... and that you gotta really search into the internet to find something. You cannot put a price on experience and wisdom, so I cannot say I regret anything.
I am certain that majority of you readers are saying 'DUH' right now, but I am hoping that this post, my words, will have allowed at least one person to stay away form any scams.
As well, I know that there are freelance sites, such as elance, odesk, etc. that have membership fees... but those are not worth it either.
The philosophy I follow is 'Don't pay, Get paid.' A little lame, but it's true.