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A Potentially Profitable Home for Freelance Writers
Listverse is an online writing site that pays you $100 for each article. Fascinating, isn't it?
Of course, any site paying you that much for a single article will have some strict rules that you will need to follow in order to earn that money. But do not worry; everything is explained here in detail. Follow the instructions carefully, and everything will be all right.
You need to know that Listverse pays you only through PayPal; there is no other payment option.
What Does Listverse Look For in Your Article?
There are certain criteria that your article will need to fulfill before getting accepted by Listverse. As Listverse is extremely strict in its choice of articles, any slight deviation from the following guidance can lead to the rejection of your work.
1. Mysterious, Dark, Humorous, or Amazing Content
Listverse likes articles about mysterious and thrilling ideas.
If your article talks about enigmatic or supernatural topics such as UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects), monsters, and extra-terrestrial creatures, it has a high chance of getting published if it is based on your own research and idea.
Readers enjoy scary topics such as “Ten Dark Secrets of (XYZ)” or “Ten Ways to reach Haunted Place (ABC) at Night." People are likely to read these articles from start to finish.
Beyond scary things and haunted places, readers enjoy reading about technologies, living or dead persons, and historical events if what they are reading is written to enlighten them, broaden their knowledge, and make them say, “Wow! I did not know that. It is amazing.”
2. Counterintuitive, Unexpected Facts
The best content on Listverse tends to challenge people’s beliefs and expose their preconceptions as misconceptions. If your article challenges the reader's myths, beliefs, and philosophies, they may be keen to read it.
Everyone writes about some kind of facts and figures; you need to be different by trying to write something that disproves those facts and figures. Of course, you must have a solid reason for each of your controversial points.
For example, people believe that drinking lots of water a day will help them stay healthy. You might want to write an article to negate this belief, for example, “Ten facts that prove drinking lots of water a day leads to bad health”?
For more impact on users, add some sources, for example, a news article with a headline saying a man died due to excessive water intake. Do not forget to add the date, place, and source of that information.
3. Hidden Income in Past Events
Everyone is interested in historical events, though those events vary from person to person. Some may want to know about kings and queens, some may be looking for information about the latest celebrities, or some may wish to learn about the great inventions of the past.
So, writing about history is a great way of earning money. You can choose the topics like “Top Ten Kings Who Died at an Early Age”, “Ten Secrets Behind the Death of (late celebrity XYZ)” or “Ten Inventions in History That Were Almost Forgotten." These are just a few examples. It is possible that they are already on Listverse.
Adding Sources to Your Article
If you wish to add sources to support the facts in your article, never use Wikipedia or any blog as a source. It's much better to use books or primary websites as sources. Look at Wikipedia pages to see how they display their sources.
4. Articles That Are Second-to-None
Bring something unique to your articles. Write about facts which are hard to find anywhere else on the Internet.
If the topic you chose has already been written about, then focus on the content rather than the topic. If your content article has more information than others and brings something extraordinary with it, then go ahead.
I have to break it to you . . . there is a lot of competition for content related to pop culture, social media, and film and music reviews. Try other topics.
5. Careful Review
- Go through your article several times: remove long and difficult words and use simple, short words instead.
- Forget about French, Latin, Spanish or any other foreign words. Use pure English: if not 100% pure, then at least 95%.
- Try to use “we” as much as you can, rather than “you” and “I”.
- Add facts and sources to prove your points, if required.
- It's good if your article is humorous, but limit the humor to a level that doesn't distract readers from the thought you want them to bring away from your article.
Check out the video below illustrating one of the top lists on Listverse; it will help you get some ideas.
Currently, Alexa gives Listverse a global rank of 6338 and a ranking in the United States of 2941.
What Will Cause Listverse to Reject Your List?
All websites that accept content from the public hate plagiarism, and Listverse has strict rules against plagiarism.
According to the site rules, if your content is found to be copied material, they will blacklist you. And in most cases, no matter what you write next, your content will be automatically thrown in the trash without anyone even taking a glimpse at it. So, be careful; one mistake can lead to $100 worth of lifelong disappointment.
In fact, copying someone’s information and making it one’s own can prove to be a serious crime.
2. Poor, Jargony, Obscene, or Non-American English
After writing your article, go through it as many times as possible till you are sure it consists of simple standard English without grammatical and spelling errors and without jargon.
Using obscene words is prohibited. Some words you are accustomed to using that seem normal to you may well seem derogatory to others.
If you have questions about word choices, then consult the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It will help you for sure. In fact, Listverse bases its review on the words used in this dictionary.
Content on Listverse must be in American English.
3. Unverifiable Content
Unverifiable content refers to information that is not globally available and can only be verified using your own knowledge or your own personal history. Such content will surely get rejected.
If you are writing an article about “Ten Things You Never Heard About Royalty,” then it can be verifiable content since royalty is a subject that everyone knows something about and can find out about. On the other hand, if you are writing “Ten Things You Can Never Expect from Me or My Friends”, that is totally out of scope for Listverse. No reader there would be interested in reading it because they do not even know you.
4. Duplicate Content
By "duplicate content," I don't mean plagiarism; I mean that the topic you picked has likely already been submitted by someone else to the site. If you try to submit the same article with a few modifications, it will be counted as duplicate content because, in the end, it conveys the same meaning.
When you have selected a topic to write about, find out whether it is available on the Internet already. Make use of Google. If you still wish to write about a topic that is already there on the Internet, then do not worry; use your creativity and write something more beautiful and unique, with more taste to it, and you may get it published.
For example, if you wish to write about “Ten Facts about Politics”, and an article like this already exists, you can try writing about “Ten Shocking and Unheard Political Facts.” Well, this is just an example; the rest depends on what you are writing.
5. General and Temporary Subjects
Every year hundreds of thousands of websites talk about the latest technologies of the year, best movies of the year, hottest celebs of the year, and the list goes on.
But these subjects can't continue to attract huge traffic every day, because as another year comes, other technologies are invented, and new films are released. Then, people start talking about those new topics, and the old "top ten" articles lose their fame.
It is fine to write about such temporarily interesting topics when you are blogging, and you have the right to edit and update your content afterward, but on a site like Listverse, all you can do is submit your article once; you do not have any permission to modify it.
It is better, on sites like Listverse, to write "evergreen" articles which won't require modification for many years. For example, instead of writing about “Top Ten Movies” or “Ten Best Selling Music Albums”, write about timeless topics like “Ten Unknown Dynasties of the Medieval Era”, “Ten Best Kings in World History” or any other relevant topic that strikes your mind.
One important thing is that your article must be readable. Make sure it has a high readability factor. Test its readability on webpage.fx.
Remember that these rules and guidance are subject to change. They might get stricter or become more lenient.
Stay tuned, and ALL THE BEST for your lists!
5 Sites Like Listverse
Here is a list of other sites that will help you earn at least $100 and, hopefully, even more than that.
- Toptenz.net: Top 10 Lists
- WOW! – Women on Writing
- The Layout
- Thriving Families
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: How to add a photo in your article in listverse?
Answer: You can't add photos in listverse. They decide the appropriate photos by themselves to prevent copyright issues.
Question: How to sign into Listverse?
Answer: Listverse doesn't have a sign-up/sign-in facility. You can submit your articles through "Write & Get Paid" section and receive the payment through PayPal.
Question: Can we write about anything without pics?
Answer: Of course, pics are not at all required. But make sure, your article follows the mentioned rules.
Prachi Sharma (author) from Seattle, WA on February 28, 2020:
I understand they've recently modified the list of countries. This may be because of the quality of English speakers.
Shivam Gupta on February 27, 2020:
Listverse has mentioned the countries from there only they accept articles and India is not mentioned there .
Prachi Sharma (author) from Seattle, WA on July 19, 2019:
Hi Aman, the answer is both yes and no. It depends what topic you're writing about. It'll be better if you check out their site and read related articles.
Aman Deep on July 18, 2019:
Do I need to explain each and every fact in detail; like how and why it is or simply I'll have to write only ten fact plzz help me
Taylor tim on July 07, 2019:
I want to participate in this
Prachi Sharma (author) from Seattle, WA on July 05, 2019:
Hi Rahul, I don't think if you can mold some articles from verified sites into your own words and send it to listverse, but there are a few magazines that can help you like WeirdNJ, Nexus, Living Paranormal and Lobster
Rahul V R on July 05, 2019:
Can anyone please let me know as to where can I get verified articles about paranormal Encounters or bizarre, creepy facts so that I can publish in listverse ? Since they only accept the articles from verified sites.
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Prachi Sharma (author) from Seattle, WA on March 29, 2018:
I don't know why so many people are facing such problem. I know one of my friends has received the payment in the past month. This is sad to know.
joi on September 22, 2017:
Are the punctuation marks in the writing of articles important in this site a task or not and what if I wrote a recurrent topic entitled Do they accept it or not Is writing sources important and where to write sources and thank you