There are three very important things that you should have in mind before playing online poker. First you should know how to choose a table, second you should know were to sit at table you choose and last but not least you should know when to live table.
How to choose an online poker table.
First of all when you are choosing an online poker table you should think of choosing one with players who are of a lesser skill level than you. So when you select a table statistics will appear. Usually you will be given following info:hands per hour, percentage of players seeing flop, and average pot size. An important thing is that hands per must be very high, because when game is fast you can make more money.
The perfect table is a loose one. So you should carefully look at of players seeing flop. So if percentage is at least 30 at a table with 10 players than it's good. You should look for lower limits.
The next thing you should check before sitting at an online poker table is pot size. You can tell by pot size if it's an active or an passive table. Here are now rules, because you can win at a passive table as much as you can at an active table.
The last thing you can look at before choosing an online poker table is stacks of other players. If they are playing with much money usually means that they are serious players. But many great players sit down at table with small stacks in order to remain inconspicuous. There are also many poor players with lot of money to spend.
Where to position yourself at an online poker table
The best thing for you is to have stronger players on your right. This way you can act after they do. If you never saw those players playing you should try to watch them for a while. You should observe and take in mind if a player is loose or tight. After this try to position yourself in order to have tight players on your right.