How to Make Money Reading Email

By braniac

If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet, you have probably come across websites that promise big money for doing very little. In truth, you're not going to make "big money," but you can indeed earn cash for doing something as simple as reading email. There are sites that pay you a few cents at a time to read email offers from third-party companies, but before you know it pennies add up to dollars. Read on to learn how to make money reading email.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Patience

Step 1

Research online to find unbiased opinions of which sites are legitimate and which ones string you along with promises of money that they never deliver. A couple of legitimate sites are MyPoints and InboxDollars.

Step 2

Verify the site on McAfee's SiteAdvisor website to determine if the site might have spam or virus issues.

Step 3

Read carefully through the program guidelines. You should be able to access them through links marked "Learn More," "How It Works," "FAQ" or maybe "Help."

Step 4

Determine how money is accrued. Do you receive actual monetary credit for each email (like InboxDollars), or do you receive points that are later converted into credit at online retail stores (like MyPoints)?

Step 5

Determine how many emails you can expect per day. Too few and you might not make much money. Too many and they could become a nuisance.

Step 6

Find out how often payments are made. Do you need to accrue a certain amount before you can be paid?

Step 7

Sign up. You may be asked to identify topics that are of interest to you so that you may be sent emails that meet those interests.

Step 8

Make sure your junk email filter isn't set to delete emails from the site.

Step 9

When you receive an email, click on the link verifying that you have read the email. (You don't actually have to read the email.) The link will send you to a website asking you to take advantage of an offer, but you usually don't have to accept the offer or buy anything in order to get credit for the email.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although you don't have to read the emails to receive credit, they may actually have offers that interest you, so don't necessarily dismiss them without briefly looking over the information.
  • Sites like MyPoints and InboxDollars also pay for taking surveys and for shopping at certain retail websites.