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28 sites to make money online - Outsourcing, Micro Tasking, Cloud Sourcing and Revenue Sharing

Updated on July 2, 2012
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"How do I make money online?"

Whenever I tell anyone that i work as a freelance writer online, this is the first question I get asked. The truth is that today there are a multitude of jobs that can be done online to earn money. Most of these fall under four main categories. These are Outsourcing, Micro Tasking, Cloud Sourcing and Revenue Sharing

In this hub I attempt to explain what each of these employment methods can mean and just which sites you can visit to get these jobs. Of course a passing knowledge of computer usage is essential. Some of the more specialized skills can also help you earn better, but I digress.

Let's get back to the main ways to earn money online and the sites where you can find jobs. I had written an article on the topic over a year ago, but as with everything the sites have changed and a number of new ones have come up, so I decided to write another hub instead of correcting errors in the old one.

1. Outsource

Definition - When a business decides to hire someone not employed by the business directly to deal with some aspect of the job. For instance if a person is selling ebooks on his site he may outsource writing sales copy for the website to someone who is an expert in the field.

Sites to find Outsourcing Projects

1. Guru

This was the first site that I got an outsourced project from. It involved writing an ebook for a gentleman who was looking to popularize his own website. I've worked on the site for more than 6 years and have made good use of its escrow policy.

2. Odesk

This was the second site that I got paid from. On this site I wrote the entire syllabus for training a weight management expert. It had chapters on specified topics that I had to explain and also come up with questions that would test the reader's comprehension of the topic.I have not been using the site of late as I've got fixed with my present set of employers and am quite happy with the work at hand. Also I preferred to work fixed price projects rather than downloading their software and have them monitoring my work timings.

3. vWorker

When I started out with the site it used to be called Rent a Coder, but nothing stays the same and specially not online. About a couple of years ago they changed the name and spruced up the site. They make it easy for you to both buy and sell services with a single profile. I've written a set of articles which were short order and low paying. Not done much writing on the site but yes I have had a good experience with them.

4. Elance

On elance I was approached by someone who had bulk rewriting work to be done. It was keyword based and very boring, but easy enough to do. I thought of my time on that project as time spent in the sweatshop of learning the ropes online. The site works well enough and has a very user friendly set up.

5. Freelancer

I have not had much experience with these sites but yes I have heard that they work out just as well as the ones that I have been using. So I am going to give you a list of names and links, but please understand that these are not personally whetted.

6. People per hour

Another site where projects are regularly outsourced.

7. Jobs 8 home

You can get a list of possible jobs here as well.

8. ScriptLance

Outsourcing to Freelance Programmers is their specialty.

9. Samasource

Another site that I've heard of but never tried out.

10. Get a freelancer

Another site for freelance projects

11. Get a coder

Okay I'm running out of stuff to say here!


I have not given all the links to each site, but they are easy enough to trace with a Google Search.

Please be careful before working on any site. Read up all the terms and conditions before you take on any projects.


2. Micro Tasks

Definition - When a complex task is broken up into a number of small steps that can be completed by a large number of people. For instance an hour long audio transcription is broken up into five minute segments and posted as individual five minute projects as micro tasks.

12. mTurk

This is a concept I came across very recently. I mainly use this to augment my amazon gift certificate balance so that I can buys books to read on my pc-kindle. You can easily make the requisite 10 dollars a month by working barely an hour a day.

13. Microworkers

This is a site where you can work on or offer a micro task. Similar to the one above. I've not tried it but it seems to have good reviews.

14. Short Task

Another mirco tasking site which you can find work on once you create an account and log into the site.


Again I've not tried the site, but its supposed to have ample number of micro tasking jobs available for those interested.

16. MobileWorks

They call themselves the world’s most accurate virtual workforce. Of course its just a matter of who you get to do your project.

17. Fiverr

You put up gigs and who ever is interested in the small service you offer will buy the gig. Get offered feedback and rise in esteem on the site. I offer Tarot readings and article writing on the site. Have had moderate success with both.

3. Cloud Source

Definition - When a single project is done by a number of different people and the person who put up the project gets to pick who complied with all his instructions and did the best job. Only the person picked by the employer gets paid. For instance a company asks a group of people to come up with company logos individually. All the logos have to be submitted by a deadline. They are then reviewed and the logo which is finally chosen is paid for.

18. Constant Content

The oldest example of cloud sourcing I know is Constant Content. People ask for articles to be written on specific topics and a number of writers respond to the call. Then the person picks the one he likes best and pays for it. The rates on the site a very good if you have an established profile.

19. Daily Article

I've had some success here I suppose considering that all three articles that I put up on the site got sold out. Must go back and write some more original content to submit for them. They take a cut off the articles so price your work with care.

20. Helium

Another site which uses crowd sourcing for cloud sourcing. They are unfortunately not open to Indians. Mostly US and Canadian writers found on the site. Like constant content you can have your stock articles ready for sale and also write for new requests that come in. They specialize in how to guides.

21. Clowd Croud

This site works via Facebook and you need to have an active account to work here. I've been messing with getting some of their qualifications, have not yet done any work here.

4. Revenue Share

Definition - Here you don't sell the rights to what you write or create. You just post them up on a website where others can access it via search engines or by links you spread around. The hosts of the site pay you a share of the advertising revenue that they generate. For Example


Here is one site that I've been on for a number of years now and have seen improve with time. You can earn money on hubpages via four main sources. Affiliations with Amazon, and Ebay, as well as your Google Adsense ID,and more lately from the Hubpages Earnings Program. Besides that you have exciting contests taking place every now and then when you can win big money!

23. Info Barrel

The site gets my vote for second best. You have the usual Google Adsense revenue sharing, plus use your Chitika id.Of course I've just barely scraped through a dollar in the two years that I've used Chitika, but others have reported more success.

24. Expert's Column

When I was active on the site I got a fair amount of traffic and revenue. They had some trouble with making pay outs and I lost interest. However they have now sorted the systems out and you get paid via paypal. They run a revenue sharing model like Hubpages Earning Program and you don't need a Google Adsense Id to participate. Niks has done a great job with the site!

25. Triond

Again a site which pays you with clockwork regularity based on their revenue sharing model. You can also augment your earnings using your Google Adsense ID. Its optional not compulsory. Good place to get feedback on creative writing.

26. Knowji

Wouldn't blame you if this is the first time you are hearing of this site. This is what Factoidz has changed its name to. On this site you have the regular revenue sharing deal for any article you write, but can make money doing a number of other things. You can write Company Snapshots, Company Q&A, verify coupons, give referred customer reviews, and of course earn from your referrals.

27. Redgage

The site allows you to share links, book marks, photos, videos, and blogs. You can even sync up your social media activities and broadcast it from here. They have their own revenue sharing program which pays out to a physical credit card. Only trouble is if you don't live in the US activating the card is one major hassle. I have got the card but have not been able to activate it as yet.

28. WIKInut

I believe this is the only site which computes your income in Euros and not dollars. Have not yet reached the pay out levels and yes have not spent too much on the site so can't say for real just how good it is.


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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Is that so Hanna? I'll check it out then

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for all the sites, i think there miss one, it's still a small site but that's why it is more easy to sell services there the site is fiverr1 and the link are here i can sell 3 times more there than on the big sites like fiverr.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you.

    • tnvrstar profile image


      7 years ago from doha, qatar

      Wow! I am really glad to read about such long list of money making websites. I have got paid from Hubpages, Triond, expertscolumn, microworkers and webanswers.

    • billmarz profile image

      Billal M Mirza 

      7 years ago

      That's great information for Employers as well as freelancer. thanks for sharing. however, you forgot to mention , & as freelancing websites. :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      For Outsourcing projects I've had the most luck with Guru and Odesk. For Micro Tasks there is nothing to beat MTurk. Cloud sourcing means Constant Content and revenue sharing the best site is Hubpages.

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      Joseph Muendo 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      @cashmere which one do you recommend most in your experience

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you Indian Chef. I have now become a bit more discerning about the number of sites I work on so am not active on all these site anymore. However I had to go through them all to find what suited me best. So I decided to share what I found on all the sites in this hub.

    • Joseph Muendo profile image

      Joseph Muendo 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Awesome hub

    • Indian Chef profile image

      Indian Chef 

      7 years ago from New Delhi India

      Hi cashmere,

      This is really wonderful hub. You are active on so many sites. I find it very difficult to be active even on hubpages. voting it up and sharing with my followers.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you, hope you find the site which is right for you!

    • Lovelovemeloveme profile image


      7 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Good useful article!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this info! I have been a freelancer at odesk and and have been earning good amount of money there. I bet it does not hurt to try out other legitimate ways to earn money online, does it?

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Thank you everybody. Hope you find it useful.

      Earth Angel, actually Helium is not available to the majority of Asian and African nations. I think its part of their quality control system to ensure that no one with imperfect English gets through. But yes it is a bit unfair to those of us who have a decent command of the language.

      Ray, I have not heard of witmart and right now, honestly I have my hands full. I may review the site at a later date when I have more time.

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      8 years ago from Heaven 7

      This is a very informative for people like me who know many people who want to write blogs and earn. thanks

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      8 years ago

      There is one crowd sourcing site that you might like to check out called Witmart. They are a good site and treat their freelancers well. The standard of payments is above average compared to most freelancing sites.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you cashmere for your reply. I have printed out a copy of your fabulous list for future reference. Have a gr8 day.

    • myownlife profile image


      8 years ago from london

      Awesome information, useful enough and voted up

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      8 years ago

      Great article cashmere ~ Thank you for sharing such wonderful information ~ Blessings, Earth Angel

      P.S. Did I misunderstand your paragraph about Helium not being open to Indians?? What does that mean?? It sounds very unfair ~ and actually a bit illegal for a U.S. company??

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      You always have good and interesting information. Voted up, useful and shared. Appreciate your sharing...

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Glad to be of help beaddve1800 and UrsulaRose.

      I have the same problem, so most of the sites I have worked on may work out well for you, not being a US citizen is no problem on them.

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      8 years ago

      Very informative article!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you cashmere for taking the time and effort into producing such an informative list, it is very much appreciated.

      My biggest hurdle with a lot of these sites is that I am not a US citizen, but I will check through them when the time is right.

    • beaddve1800 profile image


      8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks for sharing this useful information!


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