List My Five Questions from New Online Writers

Business - Make Money Online
By: ListMaker    

Introduction:A quick perusal of the List My Five forums will show the same questions asked time and time again by new online writers, and, sometimes, established writers too. The below list is an attempt to put all of the answers to the LM5 FAQ in one spot and will, hopefully, be a good resource for those starting to write online.

  • 01

    How Do I Get Paid and When?

    Everyone asks this question on the forums!

    How do I get paid?

    List My Five pays exclusively through PayPal so, if you don't have a PayPal account, get a move on! It's free to sign up at PayPal and free to receive transfers of your money to a bank account. PayPal does charge a small fee if you want to get a check instead.

    For more information about the benefits of PayPal, copy this link into your browser's address bar:

    When do I get paid:

    List My Five usually distributes pay sometime around the 10th of any given month. Note: The latest I've ever been paid is the 13th of the month so don't panic if your pay doesn't appear in your PayPal account by the 10th.

  • 02

    How Much Do I Have to Have In My LM5 Account Before I Get Paid?

    List My Five pays your PayPal account after you have accrued $10 in your account. This means that, if you earn $4.00 your first month at List My Five, the money will remain in your account for the next month (or months) until you have at least $10 in your account.

    Once you reach the $10 payout, you will receive two emails to whatever account you used to sign up at LM5:

    1. You'll receive an email from PayPal that your account has been credited with $XX.XX from LM5.

    2. You'll receive an email from List My Five that they sent $XX.XX to PayPal.

    Once the money is in your PayPal account, you're free to withdraw it any way you choose. It's yours! Free money! Yahoo!

  • 03

    Can I Use Affiliate Links?

    Currently, affiliate links are allowed at List My Five. Just add your chosen link to the "Supporting Links" section of your list before publishing. For example, if you're writing a list about the top 5 bird feeders, go ahead and add in an Amazon link for a good bird feeder if you're enrolled in the Amazon affiliate program.

    Affiliate links should be used sparingly as LM5 should not turn into a spammy site. Mix in just one or two links of your choice with other articles you'd like to promote.

  • 04

    Can I Use the Same Title As Someone Else?

    The answer is "Yes." List My Five does not prevent the exact same title from being written as each author has a different take on the topic. In fact, it's sometimes fun to read the different viewpoints as people are such individuals.

    In fact, if you go to the homepage and look on the right hand side, there's a section called "Need a Top Five List Idea?' If you get stuck on coming up with ideas, simply write one of the list titles that scroll through that area. Others will be doing the same thing but, in List My Five's mind, the more the merrier.

    From my personal experience, I like to change the titles a bit to make the article more unique. Some think that Google doesn't like the same title from the same site appearing in their rankings but that hasn't been proven. What has been proven in my experience is that a slight change in the title will get my list more views.

    For example, at the moment, there's a LM5 suggested title of "The top 5 places to retire." I would add my own twist on this title by writing "The top 5 places to retire in the Southwest" or "The top 5 places to retire on a sailboat" or "The top 5 places to retire when you can't afford to retire." You unique list is more likely to draw in the visitors if the title is more interesting.

  • 05

    How Do I Earn List My Five Points and What Are They Used For?

    How do I earn points?

    At the moment, points are awarded in three ways of which I'm aware:

    1. You'll get points every time you write and publish a list. More words in your list will gain you more points. I've gotten anywhere from 13 to 38 points for a published list.

    2. You'll get one point every time you comment on a list. If you've got writers block and want to get more points, just start reading and commenting on interesting lists. You can earn 25 points in no time using this method.

    3. You'll earn LM5 points every time you get an Accolade. Now, Accolades, like LM5 points, have no monetary value but they do get your point value up. More on Accolades below.

    What are LM5 points used for?

    Currently, there is no monetary gain from earning points. What points do give you though is a spot on the homepage and, hopefully, recognition.

    If you look to the left on the front page of LM5, you'll see a spot (for the month this list was written) called "March, 2011 Point Leaders." Under this area are the authors who have earned the most amount of points so far that particular month.

    The theory about why you want to earn points and be noted on the Points Leader section is two-fold:

    1. Hopefully, people who just happen to surf over to LM5 will see this area and click on your name. A quick click brings a visitor to your profile where they can see your latest work or all of your past work.

    2. If you're on the Points Leaders section of the home page after the 15th of the month, you'll get an Accolade. And, as a reminder, monetarily, accolades mean nothing but they are fun to watch pile up.

    There are Accolades that do give you points too. Some Accolades, such as the listing streak Accolade can be earned time and time again. So, if you post a list a day for 10 days, you'll get a "Listing Streak 10" Accolade and earn 10 points which may be enough to put you up on that prize Leader Board.

Final Thoughts

Another question that comes up frequently is taboo items. Articles written for LM5 should be tastefully done and written in a voice that is appropriate for any age, race or creed. As a rule of thumb, swear words should be avoided.

IMHO, you can write about anything you choose as long as you're careful to not offend others. There are many lists on LM5 where I have no interest in the topic, or I just don't agree with the authors take on the situation - I simply don't read them. If I happen to wander upon an article you disagree with just don't comment on it. That's what the back arrow if for.

If, however, you wander upon a list which is clearly not proper to have posted on the LM5 site, there is a "Flag This List" icon down toward the bottom, above the "High Five's", Facebook and Twitter links. Click "Flag this list" and a message is sent to one of the owners of the board who can then choose to remove the list or contact the author.

How much money you make on LM5 is up to you. Write quality lists and the money will follow. It's been my experience that earnings at LM5 are slow currently as we rank low compared to the big boys of online writing sites, like eHow or Squidoo. But, what I have found is that, even though my earnings here cannot compare to eHow in any way, shape, or form, when I link in my eHow articles in the "Supporting Links" section of each list, my earnings on eHow increase.

Note: LM5 authorities: I'm open to revisions as need on this article. Please let me know if any of this information is incorrect. Thanks. Lori

Supporting Links


  • SherriThornhill 7/12/2011 Flag This Comment

    I appreciate having all my questions answered by your list!

  • Tess1960 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent information here. I wish I had the ability to save this list to my homepage.

  • Snakesmom 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    What a great informative list for all the new LM5 writers! H5!

  • goodselfme 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great answers. At one time LM5 gave points for 100 , 200 and 300 articles. Then they did away with those points given for those respective accomplishments. At that time is when I lost 600 points.Thank you for pin pointing these.

  • ListingToTheLeft 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    I didn't know several of these. Thanks for the great LM5 info!

  • ListMaker 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Humming: I actually have a similar question about how some people seem to get so many points...especially the new writers. I'm not sure but there must be more to it than I've documented here.

  • patriciac 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks, as a newbie, I was wondering what the points were all about.

  • hummingbirdee 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    You must have been reading my mind because I have been wondering how some people got so many points. I knew most of it, but some of it I wondered about. I still do not see how some of you get on that darn leader board. It seems impossible. I am bowing to you as I write this.

  • snowfence 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Yes, excellent list! H5

  • clewand550 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent list of questions for newcomers and others that have been on lm5 as a refresher. Excellent job with this list.

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