How to Earn Money on LISTVERSE

Updated on September 7, 2016
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Listverse is an online writing site that pays you $100 for each article. Fascinating! Isn't it?

On the other hand, if any site is paying you that much amount for a single article. It means there are definitely some strict rules and guidance that need to be followed to earn that money. Do not worry; everything is present here in detail. You just need to follow the instructions carefully and everything will be alright.

Not forget to mention that Listverse pays you only through PayPal, other than this there is no option.

Listverse Home page
Listverse Home page

What Does Listverse Look for in Your Article?

There are certain criteria that your article needs to fulfill before getting accepted by Listverse. As Listverse is extremely strict in their choice of articles, a slight deviation from the following points can lead to the rejection of your work.

Listverse Rank

Currently, Listverse is at a Global Rank of 6338 and in United States, it is ranked 2941 by Alexa.

1. Enigmatic Dark, Humorous Content:

  • Writing articles about mysterious things and thrilling matters is what Listverse mostly demands.
  • If your article talks about enigmatic objects such as UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects), monsters, extra-terrestrial entities and other related topics, then it has a higher chance of getting published, but on a condition that it is your own research and idea.
  • Additionally, topics, such as “Ten Dark Secrets of (XYZ)” or “Ten Ways to reach at the Haunted Place, (ABC) in Night”, are majorly liked by people. They are sort of quite interesting and compel the readers to read from start to finish.
  • It is not only about scary things and haunted places, but also includes matters related to technologies, living or dead person or some historical events that are written in a manner to enlighten people’s knowledge and make them say “Wow! I did not know that. It is amazing”.


2. Ironical List:

  • If an article tends to break people’s beliefs and turn their conception into misconception, then there is no content better than that.
  • People have their own myths, beliefs and philosophies. If your article talks something which is contrary to their perception, then they will be keen to read it.
  • Everyone writes about some kind of facts and figures, you try to write something that disproves those facts and figures. In this case, it is a must that you have a solid reason for each of your ironical point.
  • For example, people believe that drinking lots of water a day will help them stay healthy. What if your article speaks in negation like “Ten facts that prove Drinking lots of water a day leads to Bad Health”? For bringing more impact on users by your article, add some sources with it such as you can add a news headline which states that “a man died due to water intake”.
  • Do not forget to add the date, place and the source name with it. This is just an example; there can be plenty of more.


3. Money hides in Past Events:

  • Each person 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 late celebrities or some may wish to learn about the inventions done in the past. So, writing about history is a great way of earning money.
  • You can choose the topics like “Top Ten Kings that died at an Early Age”, “Ten secrets behind the death of the late celebrity (XYZ)” or “Ten Inventions in History that are no Longer Known”. 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 your article to support the facts, then never make use of Wikipedia or any blogging site. Always give book or genuine site sources. You can see the example on Wikipedia pages where all references are shown.

4. Second to None:

  • Here, I mean to say “Bring Uniqueness to Your Articles”.
  • Write those facts which are hard to be found anywhere else on the Internet. If the topic chosen by you already exist, then focus on content rather than the topic.
  • If your content delivers more information and brings something extraordinary with it, then go ahead.
  • Not forget to mention, content related to pop culture, social media, film and music reviews are extremely common. Try something other than this.

Miscellaneous means to convey different kinds of information altogether.
Miscellaneous means to convey different kinds of information altogether. | Source

5. Miscellaneous:

  • Go through your article several times, remove tough and long words, and use simple and short words instead.
  • Forget about French, Latin, Spanish or any other foreign words; use pure English, if not 100%, 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. Do not forget your article should be humorous too, but to a limited level that should not break the consistency of the thought that you want to bring from your article.

Check out the below video of one of the top lists of Listverse that will help you get some idea.

In What Cases your List can be Rejected?


1. Plagiarism:

  • Plagiarism is the foremost thing taken care of by all the websites.
  • In fact, copying someone’s information and making it one’s own can prove to be a serious crime in many cases.
  • Indeed, Listverse also has strict rules against plagiarism.
  • According to the site rules, if your content is found to be a copied material, then any further submission from your side will be stopped by them, they will blacklist you.
  • And in most of the cases, no matter what you write next, your content is automatically thrown in the trash without even taking a glimpse of your work.
  • So, be careful, one wrong can lead to lifetime disappointment of $100.


2. Poor and Obscene English:

  • After writing your article, go through it as many times as possible, till the time you are sure by your heart that whatever you have return contains simple and Standard English without any grammatical and spelling errors as well as make sure that it does not contain “jargons”.
  • On the other hand, using obscene words is prohibited.
  • Sometimes, you tend to make use of some words which, according to you, are normal, but are derogatory for others.
  • If you face any such issues, then make use of Merriam-Webster dictionary. It will help you for sure. In fact, Listverse examination is also based on the words used in this dictionary.
  • Another important thing is that the content must be in American English.


3. Unverifiable Content:

  • Unverifiable Content refers to the topics, which are not globally known and are limited to your own knowledge, most specifically related to your personal matter. Such content is not possible to be justified in any manner and thus, will surely get rejected.
  • If you are writing an article about “Ten things you must have never heard about Royalty”, then it is verifiable since Royalty is something that everyone knows and will surely turn heads.
  • On the other hand, if you are writing “Ten things you can never expect from Me or My Friends”, then it is totally out of scope, crazy and why anyone would be interesting in reading it, when they do not even know you.


4. Duplicate Content:

  • By Duplicate Content, I am not trying to refer to Plagiarism; indeed it means that there are chances that the topic picked by you is already submitted by someone else on the site.
  • Even if you are trying to submit the same article with little modification, then also it will be counted as a duplicate content, because at the end it conveys the same meaning.
  • When you have selected a topic to write about, make sure it is not available on the Internet already, make use of Google.
  • Moreover, if you still wish to write about that topic even when it is already there on the Internet, then do not worry, use your creativity and write something more beautiful, add more unique taste to it and get it published.
  • For example, you wish to write about “Ten Facts about Politics”, but unfortunately, it is already available, then you can change it to something like “Ten shocking and unheard Political Facts”. Well, this is just an example; the rest depends on what you are writing.


5. General and Temporary matter:

  • Every year hundred and 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 and on.
  • Such subjects are incapable of attracting huge traffic every day as another year comes and with those other technologies are invented and new films are released.
  • Then, people started talking about those topics and the old top ten articles lose its fame. It is fine to write about such topics when you are blogging and you have full right to edit your content afterwards, but on a writing site where anything you can do is to submit your article once and then, you do not have any permission to modify it.
  • It is preferable that for such sites that you must go for evergreen articles which do not require any modification for the upcoming many years.
  • For example, instead of writing “Top Ten Movies” or “Ten Best Selling Music Albums”, write about articles such as “Ten Unknown Dynasties of the Medieval Era”, “Ten Best Kings in the 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 high readability factor. Click here to test.

Rules and Guidance are subject to change They might get stricter or become more lenient. Stay tuned & ALL THE BEST for your lists!

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      joi 4 months ago

      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