Awesome Crowdsourcing Websites Around the Web

In the corporate world, it’s called brainstorming. In sports, it’s called teamwork. In the music industry, it’s called collaboration.  On the web, it’s called crowd-sourcing.

Crowd-sourcing for the layman is basically to ask participants to give their two cents on an issue or to solve a problem. It lets you leverage the “talents of the crowd”.

It could be anything like web design, article writing services, logo creation or even some help with administrative services.

Ultimately, the solution to the problem comes from the crowd of contributors –thus the term, crowd sourcing.

Here is a list of some of the best crowdsourcing sites you can find around the web:
1. Odesk – Employers post their job requirement and members apply for the job. It’s just like your typical matchmaking service without the mixed signals and the requirement for dinner and flowers.

2. Pickydomains – It’s not easy to think of a domain name that embodies your business to a T in 8 characters or less. Business owners post their requirements and contributors get to create a name for that business. It’s a name game, except you don’t sing “bananapana”. You can if you wanted to, though.

3. CloudCrowd – Members also apply for projects but with a referral program that makes it twice more fun. Here you can make more money when your referral completes a task. Sounds like something people do out on the streets, right? Only, this is done in the comfort of your home.

4. Poptent – Use this for advertising requirements. This is where you will find the next James Cameron. Ok, maybe not. But, you will find a lot of talent here.

5. Amazon Mechanical Turk – It is here because the list is not complete without it. Emblazoned on the banner are the words “Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work”. There you go! Many have been said about this site, both positive and negative. You be the judge.

If you feel like crowd-sourcing might work for you and your business, visit these sites. There are a lot more that are just as awesome (or even more so) as these sites.

Which ones have you tried? I’d love to know about your crowd-sourcing experiences in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. I was aware of Odesk and few of my friends from the online marketing sector have earned some clients who are trust worthy. Odesk’s qualifying tests make sure the right talent is given a fair change. So in case you are checking out on any of the crowd-sourcing websites I opine there would some kind of online entrance tests. Correct me if am wrong!

  2. Nice to see these crowdsourcing sites’ list. Hope you’ll add CloudFactory someday in your list.

  3. This is new to me, Crowdsourcing Websites, thanks for the insight, try to browse Odesk,Pickydomain,Cloudcrowd, and Poptent now

    Thank you JT

  4. Hi Jaie T, I haven’t tried any really but I’ve heard of people having a lot of success with these hire programs. It’s cheap on costs as you only pay when you need someone.

    • Hi Brian! Most of the sites work like that where you only pay when you need the service. I’ve tried them all but I have yet to explore their “powers”.

  5. I’d never heard of crowdsourcing – well as a phrase – but I’ve definitely noticed the effectiveness of what can be achieved from groups of people on forums etc. It’s good to see that sites have popped up to cater for, what should be, a thriving online business sector.

  6. I’ve used oDesk a number of times for graphic design, writing and other tasks and had great luck with them. Look for people who have 5 star ratings. I also have used people with no ratings because they usually bid lower to get their first jobs – many of them have been excellent. Be sure to give people a positive comment on their ratings if they do good work for you and do your part to be fair, pay promptly, etc. so you can get a good rating yourself.

  7. I have used oDesk before. There are many good people with great skills there, if you know how to choose them properly

  8. I see that most of us have checked out Odesk. Robert is right, there are many good people with great skills there. Thanks for the tips, Mimi!

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  10. I’ve used oDesk before, great for finding talented freelancers. Good tips!

  11. The buzz about crowdsourcing continues to get louder every day.

  12. Hey guy…This is really good and useful information. The sites you enlisted here are really an awesome example of crowd-sourcing. I will definitely try to know more about these all by visiting them individually. Thanks for useful sharing.

  13. Crowd-sourcing helps in gathering a group of people that can solve complex and expensive problems, it is entirely different from Outsourcing. Outsourcing allocates work to a defined organizational entity whereas crowd sourcing allocates work to an unorganized collection of individuals. These crowd-sourcing sites can certainly help you in massive cost savings.

  14. The buzz about crowdsourcing continues to get louder every day.

  15. Would you consider Fiverr as a crowdsourcing site? I agree, you can get good people from oDesk when you know how to filter through them.

  16. I have never heard about this websites before….very useful

  17. Hi Jaie that’s a great list, I just came across one crowdsourcing website payable.com, I found one special feature in it called “submit an idea” which might be useful for your readers..

  18. Hi Jaie, 4 on the list are quite new to me. The pickydomains.com model is really fun and I’m already checking that out.

  19. I got terrific list for best crowdsourcing sites. As of now I have use only Odesk, But I really like to follow other sites also, Thanks Jaie.

  20. Glad you find this list helpful, guys! Thanks for adding FreelanceDomain, Fiverr and CloudFactory to it. I may have to create another list to include all your suggestions.

  21. I wasn’t aware of ODesk, it looks really good. I am fond of Elance, which is pretty much the same and I have found some amazing contractors. Yet I have added all of them to my list. Thanks for sharing, amazing post indeed!!

  22. I came across Pickydomains only last week, I’ve always had a problem coming up with original domain names, and their service fee is reasonable. Hostobo and EyesOnFries were just two of the names I thought were both catchy and original; for $50, it seems a no brainer in comparison to spending days yourself, and coming up with something without the same ring to it.

  23. this is my first time to know this term…. what is the relation with outsourcing?

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  26. I enjoy using Odesk, the most. I think it’s actually the largest pool of designers, marketers, and IT. I think Odesk got it right by qualifying everyone and making sure everyone gets paid accordingly.

  27. The brainstorming, teamwork and the collaboration can discribe the meaning of Crowd-sourcing. It is very important term for the web desigers. The effectivness of the web designing can be check from the Crowd-sourcing.
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  28. HuMuch.com is the crowdsourcing site for prices. Consumers around the world can share their favorite items and prices. Then, the information is aggregated and presented to all for easy price comparison.

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  30. Thanks, Pickydomains.com is what exactly I have been looking for.

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  32. There are more places like eLance as well that you might want to add.

  33. Thanks for the insight on these! I will definitely check them out and use them. I have heard of a couple of them already, so nice to get more feedback.

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