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You’ve heard of listicles, right? They’re a short-form of writing (usually around 1,000-1,800 words) presented as… well, you guessed it! A list.

In most cases, these lists are a top ten.

For example, you might have “Top 10 Films of All Time” or “Top 10 Ways to Pet a Cat.” They’re fun to read (and pretty addictive, too).

Now, Listverse is where these listicles live. It’s where they’re published, and it’s where readers from across the world go to read them.

Yet, despite what you might believe, the listicles on Listverse aren’t written by an unidentified ghostwriter in an office downtown. They’re listicles written by you.

In other words, Listverse is a way for you no matter your experience to get your writing published online. 

Even better, Listverse pays you for the privilege. Listverse pays $100 per published article. Not bad, eh? 

Though like any website that offers money, it no doubt raises questions:

  • Is Listverse trustworthy?
  • What can I write about on Listverse?
  • How quickly will I get paid?
  • How do I get started?

Let’s explore these questions one by one so you’re fully prepared to see your wonderful lists published online.

Is Listverse Trustworthy?

Yes, Listverse is trustworthy. They’ve been operating since 2009 and are the first site (ever) to feature top 10 lists. 

In fact, Listverse is so trustworthy, they’ve even been featured on some of the most authoritative news outlets, including:

  • BBC
  • CNN
  • PBS
  • New York Times

In other words, with good quality work, you’re bound to get published on Listverse. In fact, here’s what one user had to say. 

To date, I’ve sold close to 300 lists. I’m confident that anyone with enough persistence and flexibility can be successful at Listverse. Good luck!” —Jana Louise Smit, Tough Nickel

Some users have reported difficulty getting published on Listverse, but honestly, how successful you are depends on the quality of your writing.

You might think Listverse is untrustworthy because they rejected your article but they only accept those that are unique and likely to bring in traffic. 

As Jana from Touch Nickel said, keep at it and be flexible. Open your mind to writing new topics that are more likely to get published.

What Are the Best Topics to Write About on Listverse?

The table below explores the best topics to write about on Listverse. These selections are based on the most popular topics on-site and give you the best flexibility to write while bringing in the most traffic.

Topic Why It’s One of the Best Example Article
Mystery When you hear the word mystery, you automatically want to know more. The topic entices readers and allows maximum imagination. 10 Royal Mysteries Solved by Science
Weird Stuff The world is full of weird stuff, and it always elicits different reactions in readers. Whether it makes readers raise an eyebrow or cringe at their screen, readers can’t help but want more. 10 Weird Things Found at the Bottom of the Great Lakes
Crime Our population is growing, and new crimes happen every day. There are constantly more crime topics to explore, and readers can’t help but indulge in those who break the law. 10 Parents Who Committed Heinous Crimes With Their Children
History History is timeless, and there’s always more to explore. You can talk about great Kings, world-renowned, or smaller fry who spark an interest in readers. Top 10 Real Basis for Mythical Creatures
Movies & TV This is one of the biggest industries in the world and sure to bring in traffic. Make this one unique, and put your own twist on it. Ask yourself, what lists haven’t been done before? Top 10 Cartoons Banned and Censored Around the World

How to Get Paid on Listverse Quickly

You only get paid on Listverse if you follow their publishing rules and write an article worthy of publication. 

Listverse rules are simple to follow, and there aren’t many

So to get paid quickly, you have to think outside the box. For example, if you choose to write a list in “Movies and TV,” you’d want to avoid writing: “Top 10 Movies.” It won’t get published.

The title is boring, and the chances are 10,000 other writers submitted the same list to Listverse in the past month. The editor won’t even read it.

However, if you write “Top 10 Movies That Were Never Released,” that’s going to catch Listverse’s eye. 

It raises questions:

  • “Why weren’t these movies released?”
  • What movies have we missed out on?”
  •  “Will they ever be released?”

In other words, the list will get more traffic, and that’s what Listverse wants. You need your content to be unique and engaging. 

Ebrahim Mbokazi talks more about Listverse below.

A simple guide on getting paid on Listverse

How Does Listverse Pay You?

Listverse pays $100 per published article via PayPal. It’s the only platform Listverse pays on, so if you don’t have a PayPal account, you need to set one up for free.

Here’s a quick guide on how to create an account:

  1. Log into PayPal, and click “Sign up
  2. Choose a personal account
  3. Enter your desired email and password
  4. Fill out the necessary account details (name, address, phone number, etc.)
  5. Accept PayPal’s Terms and Conditions
  6. Link your credit or debit Card

Just like that, your account is ready to use. Here’s a short video by PayPal showing this process:

How to set up PayPal

Unfortunately, if you live in a country that doesn’t allow PayPal, you can’t write for Listverse. Ensure you check the list of countries with available services before you start writing for ListVerse. 

Get Started With Listverse Today

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With this quick primer, you’re well on your way to writing for Listverse.

You’ve learned:

  • What Listverse is
  • Whether Listverse is trustworthy
  • The best topics to write about on Listverse
  • How to get paid on Listverse
  • How Listverse pays its users

You’re now ready to begin writing some amazing top 10 lists. 

However, if you want to learn more first, check out Small Revolution. Our community is the home of online workers, and you’ll learn other great methods that’ll help you make a living working from home.

Pro Tip: You can even enroll in a course to get you ahead of the competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take to Get Paid on Listverse?

Once the Listverse publishing team accepts your list, you can expect to receive payment via PayPal within 20-30 days. 

You should note that the time it takes for an article to get accepted varies. If your list is publishable, Listverse can sometimes take a few weeks before they’ll accept it.

Why Did Listverse Reject My Article?

There are various reasons Listverse may have rejected your article. Normally, the editor will give you feedback, but here are some common reasons:

  • The article didn’t follow Listverse’s publishing rules
  • The article was poorly written and contained errors 
  • The article wasn’t factually correct
  • The article didn’t have an interesting, unique title

Before submitting to Listverse, be sure to follow their publishing rules, proofread your article thoroughly, and ask yourself, “is your topic unique?”.

What Kind of Website is Listverse?

Listverse is a listicle website started in 2009. It contains thousands of entertaining lists for you to read, and they even pay for you to produce your own. 

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I'm Katrina McKinnon, founder of CopySmiths and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.