The world used to be a very big place. Long distance travel could take months and was expensive and dangerous. Few people in ancient times traveled much of the world, aside from a few traders in search of raw materials and armies led by a general in search of glory. The scant information they could gather from distant locations was frequently filtered through numerous retellings. And with each telling, the tales about foreigners became more bizarre.
Here are ten humanoid tribes that were once believed to inhabit the outer reaches of the known universe.
What Makes Listverse Different?
- The website offers premium rates ($100 per list, an amount that hasn’t changed in years).
- Unlike most other sites, the submission page never closes.
- Anyone is welcome to submit a list to Listverse; writers don’t need a fancy degree.
- Theres a free Authors Guide to help you succeed.
- Financial rewards are frequently increased for successful published lists.
- You get your own author page.
- You can advertise your other lists and articles on the platform after they are published.
- Youll get great exposure—Listverse is viewed by millions daily.
What You Need to Know
- You must have a PayPal address.
- You must be a citizen of a specific nation (as of right now, only entries from South Africa, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada are accepted)
- Your list is the sole property of Listverse once it is sold; however, you will always receive credit as the list’s author.
- You must have native-level fluency in English.
- Not all lists are accepted.
- Theres a 1,500 to 1,800 minimum word count. Shorter articles will not be considered.
- All lists need credible sources (see more on this below).
- The competition is extremely tough.
How to Listverse Works
Every day, Listverse picks one to three lists for publication. The decision of the staff is influenced by a number of variables, including internal trends and holiday themes like Christmas and Halloween. Listverse will add the s and videos once a list has been selected. You just need to write a great list.
On the home page, new articles are published every day. If any of them are written by you, your name will be listed on the authors page. When this occurs, you’ll get an email letting you know that your work has been published. Business then wraps up with a PayPal payment.
To stay in touch with what the audience wants, read published lists. Listverse readers tend to favor the unusual, surprising, dark, and quirky aspects of life.
How to Get Started on Listverse
There are two crucial steps you should take before beginning the research and writing processes. You’ll be better prepared to produce content that is likely to be successful after reading the author’s guide and conducting some trend research.
Read the Author’s Guide
Do yourself a favour and get the Authors Guide. This handy PDF outlines what Listverse expects from you, some examples of popular lists, and—most importantly—how to create your source list. Any article submitted without a source list is automatically rejected. But dont worry. Once you know how, making your source list is very simple.
The Authors Guide can be found as a PDF entry in the search results for Listverse or near the bottom of the submission page (more on that page later).
Finally, kick off your shoes and grab a snack. Here comes the fun part. You must get a sense of what the site wants in order to increase your chances of selling a list. Just take pleasure in reading the lists that have recently been published, and you will soon begin to recognize the themes and genres. That being said, be yourself. Listverse also adores original authors who do not follow the crowd
How to Research Your Topic
Many Listverse authors have their own way of gathering material. Through trial and error, youll also develop your own system. For today, I can only offer my simple technique. Feel free to poach or ignore it!.
- I visit websites about topics I find interesting, such as earth sciences, technology, animals, and humor.
- I keep links that catch my attention in a special file on my computer.
- I eventually go through the links and try to group the ten best ones into one list.
- When I group a few but fall short of all ten, I’ll look for the rest online.
- Always use reliable sources; the Authors Guide contains examples of this.
How to Write Your List
- Summarize Content and Include Sources. Once you have your ten items, give each source some time to sink in. For instance, if your source is a BBC article, condense the article into a 180–200 word entry. This amount is just a personal guideline, but it helps me reach the 1,500–1,800 word minimum required for a Listverse list. The word count includes your main title and introductory paragraph. Any lists with a lower count won’t be accepted as of this writing. Again, take your time. A good list cannot be written in a few hours.
- Format Your List. When you’re done writing, the next step is to organize every entry according to a specific format. Give each section a number and a catchy title. Reading other people’s lists will help you quickly learn how to do this. The entries also go from number 10 to number 1 from top to bottom. Since this is a ranking system, the best entry must be at the top.
- Including a Source List. Complete the source list at the end of your essay.
Editing Can Give You an Edge
Listverse is very popular, so there are a ton of submissions on the site. The staff is extremely busy managing the daily tasks and does not have time to edit every list, particularly ones with numerous errors. Listverse appreciates lists that are polished and publish-ready. You’ll stand out from the crowd if you do a flawless job with your self-editing.
Other than self-editing, there are other ways to differentiate yourself from the competition:
- Run your list through a US spelling and grammar checker
- Use a plagiarism detector in the same way; Listverse checks every list for plagiarism. Writers who submit stolen work are banned for life.
Few writers adore editing. Make your favorite cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath, and start crunching to make the experience more enjoyable.
How to Submit an Article to Listverse
- Google the phrase, “Listverse submit a list.”
- This should lead to the submission page. Copy your list (with sources) and paste it along with your name, email, and PayPal address.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click the submit button.
Their page is very user-friendly. When you submit the form, a smiley face appears. This means that your list was received. Additionally, you’ll receive an email acknowledging your submission and details about how long it will take to receive a response.
How Long Will It Take to Find Out if Listverse Will Publish Your List?
The waiting period isnt carved in stone. Acceptance can occur quickly, sometimes hours after submission, and occasionally weeks later. The amount of lists Listverse receives determines how quickly they respond (there is almost always a delay).
But lets say Listverse wants to publish your work. Heres what you can expect.
- An email will deliver the good news!
- Another waiting period follows; this time to get paid. As of this writing, Listverse pays after a list has been accepted within 20 to 30 days.
- A third email will announce your list has gone live.
- You’ll receive another email notifying you of a $100 PayPal payment.
Listverse is a rare gem. The websites that lock their submission pages or only accept writers with journalism degrees are a problem for writers in the world of freelancing. Freelancers can use Listverse to expand their clientele or to break into this competitive field.
Even when you are repeatedly rejected, give it your all and persevere. My first five or six lists were all turned down. But I persisted, reading lists and honing my work to satisfy Listverses’ internal requirements. The result? To date, Ive sold close to 300 lists. Anyone who is persistent and adaptable enough can succeed at Listverse, in my opinion. Good luck!.
To the best of the author’s knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate, but it should not be used in place of formal, specific advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jana Louise Smit
On May 31, 2020, Jana Louise Smit (author) will be in South Africa:
Hi Isimba. Yes, thats true. But two things to note here. First, that might alter in the future, and Listverse might once more pay for lists. Second, if you carefully read what the editor wrote, you’ll notice that they said you could submit and, if they chose your list and received positive feedback from readers, you could join their team of paid writers. I am aware that conducting research and creating a list for no pay is labor-intensive, but the decision is ultimately yours. I wish you all the best with your writing.
Isimba Gumbs on May 31, 2020:
They stopped paying though. They recently removed all references to receiving $100, according to their write for us page, which I just checked. Additionally, it states on their submissions page that they do not pay for entries.
On November 12, 2019, Jana Louise Smit (author) sent the following message:
Hi Joyette. I wish you all the best with Listverse. Despite the fierce competition, it is undoubtedly among the highest-paying websites for writers. I love your positive attitude. Youll do great, Im sure!.
Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on November 12, 2019:
This is a fantastic hub with excellent advice. I am certainly going to use some of that advice.
Here I come Listverse!
Thank you Jana Smit!
South African author Jana Louise Smit on November 8, 2019:
Thanks, Linda. Sincerely, I’m hoping it will aid aspiring writers on this site. Many people have questions, so I decided to compile all of my knowledge into one article. :).
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2019:
Thanks for sharing this information, Jana. Its very useful as well as interesting. CLOSECLOSECLOSECLOSE.
Listverse Review – Can You Really Get Paid To Write Articles For Them?
Is it easy to write for Listverse?
As long as your article complies with Listverse’s submission guidelines, getting it accepted is as simple as breathing. However, since most authors fail to read the submission requirements, you often hear statements like “it’s very competitive.” Listverse is not difficult; do not believe any report to the contrary.
How long does it take for Listverse to accept your article?
Usually, she hears back in two to four weeks and is published about a week later; however, once, her submission was accepted in less than a day and was released two days later.
How much can you make from Listverse?
Get Paid $100 Listverse was created thanks to the efforts of readers just like you who want to make money online. Readers who didn’t have any writing experience but still decided to compile a list and submit it The deal is that you will receive $100 in compensation for your efforts.
How fast does Listverse pay?
Listverse will compensate you right away, but don’t anticipate getting paid right away. The typical wait time is two to three business days for it to appear in your PayPal account.