It’s a cool thing to make extra money online out of doing stuff you love to do, but with a lot of shady sites (like e-books, coaching and infobiz sites) proliferating out there, how do you avoid getting scammed?

Well, the web is full of legitimate sites and ideas that are just waiting for you to take notice, and if you do, you might find out that it’s the real break that you have been waiting for. For beginners, there are several crowdsourcing sites to start with. These sites deal with all sorts of stuff that one can make money out of, such as writing, web designing, just about anything! Yes, even stuff that you might call crazy can actually be a source of money. Just make sure that you’re on the right site that actually pays you money for a work done online.

Listed below are some sites of such sites worth your time if you are keen on earning that extra buck:

1. PickyDomains

Are you good at giving things a real cool name? If you are, this site is for you. Come to think of it, you really don’t have to do anything but submit even the funniest term that you can ever come up with. Who knows? Someone from the other side of this planet may come to like that funny name that you invented, and if that is the case, it means you just earned extra money which may range from $25 to $40. While that amount won’t make you rich, it’s not as if you really worked hard enough to earn it. You just made it out of having fun.

2. Microworkers

Did you ever know that the time you spend in social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be a source of extra income? All you have to do is to register at MicroWorkers, where they get to assign you a microjob. A typical example of a microjob is befriending a Facebook account, upvoting a video or picture, and following someone on Twitter. They typically pay 10 cents for each microjob which is not a large sum to speak of, but why not enjoy being logged on to your account while earning those extra amount?

3. oDesk

This site is one among the popular freelancing sites. Here all you have to do is to show off your skills, and a client that needs it will take notice. You can start as a contractor, wherein you offer your services to clients. If you like, you can be an agency, in which case you offer the services of contractors under you to clients. You make a profit out of hiring specific contractors for specific clients. oDesk deals with all sorts of online work that you can ever think of, such as writing, web design, programming, logo making, and many others. You don’t even have to show off a degree to get to work. All you need are relevant skills and you can get started.

4. Elance

Elance is a site similar to oDesk. Here, contractors can advertise their skills and services to clients from all over the world. Writers are especially on demand in this site. The kind of writing needed starts from the most simple like short articles to the most complex like academic thesis and dissertations. Any person who has the right skill should give this site a try for an extra income.

5. Paid Blogging Sites

While blogging is not an easy way to make money online, there are sites that actually pay just for making a blog. An example of such site is PayPerPost and ReviewMe, where advertisers pay for the services of qualified bloggers to blog about their products or services. You get your pay right after a sponsored blog has been published.

The list above is not yet complete. Now, why not start taking these chances of earning money out of the net?