Getting Paid Online
How you get paid online will be determined by how you plan to generate an income with your site or blog.
Affiliate Programs / CPC Programs
If you make money by displaying Google ads (AdSense) or earn a commission from referring other company's products on your site (affiliate) then you will either be paid by check or direct deposit in most cases.
When you sign up for the program, they will ask you for a name to make the checks payable to. And if there is a direct deposit option, you can provide your bank information.
If you have specific questions about payments, you should ask the individual companies.
I know a lot of you outside the U.S. may have questions about getting paid in your currency. You should e-mail the companies you are interested in affiliating with to check on this. Different companies generally have different policies.
If you plan on selling products from your site and collecting credit card payments, it's best to setup some kind of merchant account.
Most web hosting companies have merchant account options you can use to collect payments from your site. So when you register your domain name and select a web host, you'll have the option of signing up with a merchant service.
Once you have this in place, you can arrange for your funds to be sent to you through direct deposit, check or whatever the merchant offers.
A lot of people opt to use PayPal for collecting payments from their site or blog. It's a lot easier to setup than a standard merchant account, and it doesn't cost you anything other than the transaction fee PayPal collects from every order.
Another benefit to using PayPal is you don't have to complete a long and drawn out application like you do for a regular merchant account.
Also, you do not need to have a business name or license to use them. Many merchant account companies require you to have this in order to sign up.
If you can absorb the preliminary information on this site, you will have a huge advantage because most people rush and don't take the time to plan and educate themselves before they begin.
If your goal is to make money with a website or blog, absorb the content on this site like a sponge.