Trying out a New Writing Site: List My Five

Lots of my old writing buddies from eHow are trying out the site List My Five. Many of them felt rather lost after eHow forced them over to Demand Studios to publish their how-to articles. They didn’t like the restrictions on topics and the editorial meddling.

I’d encouraged them to try Squidoo which was working out great for me. I don’t know if they were daunted by learning the module system on Squidoo or what, but few seem willing to try it. That’s why I started my Squidoo lens about my earnings on Squidoo so they could see how it pays off.

I was curious about all the buzz being generated about List My Five, so I took a look at some of their articles they were posting there.  What the heck, I thought, I’ll try a few. After posting a couple of articles, I could see what was exciting them. You can choose any topic you want, so my first one was The Top Five Reasons to Love Squidoo and my second one was The Top Five Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks Without Killing Them. Within a few days, I’d made 3 cents on the chipmunk article. A few pennies doesn’t sound like anything to get excited about, except the eHow crowd remembers how they started with pennies on there.

As I built up a library of over 400 articles on eHow, it went from pennies, to dollars, and now I earn residuals of over $300 monthly. Think of it like a savings account. You bank your articles, then wait for the interest to accrue. Maybe that’s a bad example with interest rates being so low. The really great part is that they articles keep paying back over months and years, so eventually the pay is quite good. In the short-term it looks petty, so you need to remember to keep the long-term in mind.

I’m compiling comments from fellow eHow and Squidoo writers plus other information about the site on List My Five: A Fun Website Where Writers Earn Residuals.


5 thoughts on “Trying out a New Writing Site: List My Five

  1. Zinger September 22, 2010 / 8:21 pm

    Gave this a bump on my alrady blog…. YOU ROCK.. I do remember jumping around the room as soon as I made 17 cents on ehow – because I knew I could replicate that over and over. GREAT blogpost !

  2. Joan Haines September 23, 2010 / 1:17 am

    Virginia, this is exactly why I’ve started there, too. Have checked a couple of yours, and will look at more. (I’m MiddleSister on there.)

  3. Kidgas September 23, 2010 / 11:47 am

    I also joined LM5 within the past week after reading Maria’s (WriterGig’s) blog post about it.e I, too, had been a part of eHow and got really discouraged when the sweeps started happening and stopped writing. So I only have 38 articles there and never could get into writing for DS even though I am an approved author.

    I am excited about the prospects of LM5 because the format is so easy to use and the topic selection is up to me. It is a quick process to put up a list. The only thing I don’t like so far is that there is no mechanism to save your list and work on it piecemeal. That is not a huge turnoff. It just means that I will have to write offline and copy/paste when finished.

  4. Debbie Hirshson September 23, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    I just joined — VERY excited about that. ~ I did briefly notice a “save” button at the bottom, to the right of the “publish” button. Looks as though you’re able to save/edit before publishing. We’ll see…

    Thanks, everyone.

    • Kidgas September 28, 2010 / 10:18 pm

      Yes, I see it now. Thanks for pointing that out. It seems to work well.

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