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List My 5: A further Update

Updated on September 10, 2011

Making Cash with List My 5

It would be nice if your computer turned into a free ATM!
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Recap of Experiment

Back in mid April 2011 I opened an account with the site, List My 5.

The site offers a means of earning cash for publishers of lists, each list appears with ads provided by Google AdSense. A month ago I posted the first update, and promised to take a further look after May had passed.

This is my updated assessment.

I produced 10 lists during April. Two of the lists were produced using SEO suggestions and a third list as control with no research into keywords , the lists were Uses for hard boiled eggs (that days hot search topic), The European Robin Redbreast (suggested by a user who claimed searches which included the tag word breast returned more visitors) and Five inventions that changed the World (control with no SEO).

Initial results after about three weeks showed little difference in views. The full result appears in List My 5 Update, link below.


  •  Joined List My 5:  4/17/11
  • Total Lists:  13
  • Total Views ALL lists:   1,204
  • Total Cash Earned as Posted 6/3/11:   $3.07

Statistics for Experimental Lists

Name                            Views Cash

Uses for Hard Boiled Eggs 98 $0.00

Facts about the European Robin 112 $0.00

Inventions that changed the World 126 $0.00


 The first conclusion one can gain is that these lists are pretty poor at obtaining revenue. Non of the income gained was from these lists, infact all income came from older lists from late April 2011. The views for those lists are only slightly different from these lists so volume of views doesn't seem to matter one might assume that the readers on those lists found an item of interest.


There also seems little increased traffic for SEO planning. The Inventions which changed the world list has a greater number of views but was not planned for SEO or keywords.

The European Robin did use the keyword BREAST but there was no significant difference in its viewing numbers from either the control nor the other older lists.

The hard boiled egg list was based on the hot topic of the day on Google AdWords and so it did as I would expaect and came in lower in views as that source is lagging behind the search figures, it tells you what has been and not what will be.

For later use I might look at those keywords not at the  top of keyword lists but those lower down the list, maybe watch over several days for those that are consistantly in the lists not there and gone.

Third Conclusion is that time counts with List My 5 just as with publishing spots like HubPages. I enjoyed making the lists and it is fun seeing them bear a small but not insignificant fruit. I will continue to increase my list numbers and it could provide a small income stream. It is not a get rich quick scheme, it is a drip scheme. Lots of little drips make a lake. So fine by me.

Be prepared for payoff taking a little time but I am sure it will pay-off.

Last Couple ofe Niggling Complaints

 There are two factors that irritate me a little with List My 5.


  • There is no means to find out where your viewers are coming from. It would be nice if I could get some background stats other than which list has made some cash.
  • There is no edit feature. Once a list is made and posted, that is it. You can't change grammar nor spelling mistakes. The only recourse is to make another list which is then a waste of time.

A Final Positive Note

 List My 5 is preparing to add a new feature. Listers will be able to write "How to's" as well as write lists in the near future.

This will benefit people who enjoy writing longer pieces giving information.


It will be interesting to follow through the changes.

Please Leave a Comment, Share your view of List My 5

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    • davenmidtown profile image

      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      you are welcome my friend.

    • Bretsuki profile image

      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello davenmidtown, yes that is a nice thing about hubpages. I write on a few sites myself. and find each very different. If I feel like working on something, I come here, but if I just need to write something quickly, for me, List My 5 does the job.

      But I still come back to HubPages because the community is much better than most others.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It's much appreciated.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Great hub... very interesting. I wrote for a long time for and made good money. It is not the same as writing here. I like writing here more though the money is less. I think that is because I have to think about what I am writing and not writing an article for someone else.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      hello Sharyn, Thanks for taking the time to comment. I wish you all the best with There are so many ways to work online. Here on HubPages, List My 5 or textbrokers. Luckily you can set your own goals and work towards them. I am playing with cafepress at the moment too. I enjoy the challenge, being blind and designing! Watch out for the hub, it will appear in a few days. Again thanks,

      All the best.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Bret,

      Thanks so much for this update. I never did try List My 5. Not sure if I will. My most recent place to make a little money is So far I've wrote 5 articles about 350 words each. I've made around $16 total so far. FYI.

      Have a great weekend!