I am a bit of an addict when it comes to those quirky sites that have those funny, interesting, or surprising lists. Perhaps you know the ones I mean. These sites can be identified by articles with titles like: “10 Ridiculous Common Science Myths,” “10 Influential People Who Never Lived,” and “10 Terrifying Teenage Satanists.” If you clicked on one of those links you can understand why “list sites” get so much traffic. So, how do you get in on the action and get paid for your interesting, funny, quirky, or surprising lists? The list site I will be writing about in this post is Listverse and in a future article I will be writing about Cracked.
What is Listverse?
Listverse is “the original list site” that publishes interesting and educational lists. Listverse specializes in bizarre or lesser-know trivia, so most of the lists are off-the-wall and way-far-out-there kinds of lists.
What Do Lists Look Like?
The lists are in article form and all of the ones I have seen are titled as”10 Things That…” type of lists. All of the lists also have an introduction to the topic, numbered sub-headers for each item on the list, and a short, well written, attention getting body for each item.
What Are the Requirements to Write For Listverse?
To write lists for Listverse you simply have to have a great attention getting idea that you can write a “10 Things/People/Flying Squirrels That…” list about. If your idea isn’t all that interesting your list maybe rejected but don’t let that discourage you. You don’t have to be a published writer, a journalist, or have a long list of accolades or degrees. All you need is an interesting idea and the time to write a well written list about it. There is no limit to how many lists you can write but you do have to write quality content. No one is going to accept a list you just threw together.
All lists you submit must be your own original work.
What is the Format for Lists?
Though you do not have to be an accomplished writer, there are guidelines and formats for the actual lists that you want to submit.
If Listverse accepts your list, and a whole shit ton of lists are accepted, you will lose the rights to your list. However, your name or pseudonym, if you choose to use one, will be attached to your work AND you can submit a link along with your list (like your Facebook or blog link) that will get traffic from being posted on Listverse.
- Lists must be your own work
- Must include 10 items or more
- Links to pictures and YouTube are optional
- Lists must be at least 1,500 words (150 words per entry)
- Include quality online sources (not Wikipedia) that verify facts for each item on your list
- Format the sources according to Section 7 of the Author’s Guide (PDF)
- Don’t forget to read the entire Author’s Guide before submitting
The above and below quotes were taken directly from the Listverse site.
6. All submitted lists must:
a. Include an introductory paragraph for the list
b. Have a minimum of 10 items and 150 words per item
c. Optionally include links to YouTube clips or image URLs if appropriate
d. Be 100 percent your original content—do not send a list you modified or copied from elsewhere even if you wrote it originally
How Do I Get Paid From Listverse and How Long Does it Take?
Listverse pays via PayPal. I have been using Paypal for years and I have always had good experiences with the business. If you don’t trust my word just yet and do not have a Paypal I suggest you do your own research about the site.
I have not yet submitted a list to Listverse, but I have heard and read of people who received their acceptance e-mail and your Paypal payment at the same time. So, when you are informed that your list will be posted on the site you already have money in your Paypal account.
Is Listverse Legit?
So, you think Listverse is a good idea and you want to try and submit some lists? Well now, the $100 question is, is Listverse legit? Yes Listverse is legit, however you need to read the fine print. I have researched Listverse and they do pay but you should do your own research to see if you want to write for the site.
ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT!!!
A few things to be mindful of:
- You will not own the rights to your list if it is accepted to Listverse.
- Listverse is looking for lists that have not be done repeatedly.
- If your list does not have “popular appeal” you will likely be rejected.
- You retain the rights to your list if it is rejected.
- Rejection is likely.
- Listverse does not allow profanity.
- READ THE FINE PRINT.
If at first you do not succeed, try try again. There is a lot of competition for this kind of thing and a lot of popular list topics have already been done. If you do not get published the first time, and it is likely that you won’t get published the first time, try again.
Good luck! Remember to like and share my post. 😀