List My 5 turned out to be a waste of my time, as the amount of money I made was pathetic. But this wasn’t the only problem I had with List My 5. The staff support is nonexistent, even though there is a contact e-mail on the List My 5 site.
But first I’ll tell you about the money making possibilities with List My 5. The site clearly explains that income is not guaranteed, and it points out that you may end up making absolutely no money with List My 5.
And that is true, even though I had 42 “lists” on this site. The first 30 days, I made only 18 cents. The second 30 days, there wasn’t even one penny earned. The third month earned just one penny!
I don’t know what kinds of top 5 lists generate good spare change, but there are many other sites where you can do a lot better in residual income than 18 cents the first month, nothing the second, and one penny the third. (List My 5 doesn’t pay upfronts; only residuals from ad revenue.)
I have only about 10 articles on Bright Hub, for instance, and every month without fail, just these 10 bring in on average eleven dollars. I’m sure that 42 articles on Bright Hub would bring me $40 a month, not 18 cents!
Virtually all of my pieces on List My 5 pertained to fitness, particularly weight loss, so it’s not as though I chose topics that get few searches. Of course, fitness topics always have tons of Web competition, but what puzzles me is that I do exceedingly well on the Yahoo! AC site with the same article topics; in other words, I have SEO and LSI down pat. So why weren’t things coming together for my List My 5 articles?
The trouble with writing for List My 5 doesn’t end there. I must have sent at least half a dozen e-mails to their staff concerning several problems, and never received a response. My e-mails were professionally composed and brief. In fact, the repeat e-mails were usually resends.
I was having problems with downloading an avatar; List My 5’s staff didn’t respond. I pointed out that the punctuation in my articles, when copied from Word, were incorrectly converted into their submission template. List My 5’s staff did not respond.
I kept reporting that every single time I logged in and then went to my accounts page or the “create a list” template, I was taken back to the log-in page and had to log in again. Sometimes this occurred twice, meaning I had to sign in three times just to create a list. List My 5’s oh-so-professional staff never responded.
I asked if the “points” that List My 5 writers accumulate are converted to payments in some way. Their FAQ page does not address points, which I find quite bizarre. When you visit the List My 5 site, you will see point totals after writers’ names. Yet nowhere in the FAQ or TOS is there information about these bloody points.
The List My 5 staff didn’t have the courtesy or professionalism to answer any of my questions, which were all politely posed. What’s the purpose of providing an e-mail contact if they won’t respond?
As for those points, I finally posted a question in the site’s forum and got an immediate response from another writer. The points do not convert to payment. They are simply a show of how involved a writer is on the site, and also must relate to fans, because I myself had some points. Some List My 5 writers have close to 10,000 points. Woopty-Do!
I’m sure this really pumps up some of their writers, which is a great mystery because who cares about points if you can’t take them to the bank? So Joe Writer for List My 5 has 9,087 points. Big deal.
This is akin to sticking those tiny gold, silver or red stars next to a grade school child’s name on a chart in the classroom. Remember those shiny stars? Young kids get very excited when they see the number of stars grow by their name. That’s because kids think like children.
Well, I think like an adult: Points are meaningless if I can’t take them to the bank. So how many articles would I have to post on List My 5 before I could earn, say, $20 a month in residuals? Hmmm — 42 articles, 18 cents. Forty-two articles, zero cents next month. Do the math.