TopTenz is a website that pays writers a specific amount of money for their top-10-list articles, rather than offering them the opportunity to earn through a revenue-sharing scheme, for example, based on ad views (CPM), etc. Of course, this could change in the future.
I had a look at the webpage where there is a brief description of the TopTenz’s best writers, and I realized that they were university-educated, and/or had a genuine and passionate interest in a specific activity, hobby, knowledge field, and many more. Most people may think that TopTenz is a site where you can only send one top-ten article, and wait for it to be approved by the TopTenz’s administrators, but the truth is that there are a handful or more authors who earn a decent income by sending quality articles, and having them approved, on a regular basis.
As I already have stressed, you need to be well versed with the particular field of interest that you are going to write about; otherwise, I believe that you shouldn’t even try to get your article approved. On top of that, you need be charismatic in sparkling the readers’ interest and turning them into regular visitors and fanatic readers of the site. This is the old saying: “It is not only what you say, but how you say it”.
Actually, there are many other specialist websites, such as Wonderslist.com, Sporteology.com, TMSPlug.com, Topfivebuzz.com, Topsixlist.com, Historylists.org, Listverse.com, Cracked.com, and Knowledgenuts.com, where you can send your top-10-list article, and get paid for it, once it is approved. So, it could be a good idea to try your luck with every single one of them. For example, you could start with Wonderslist, and if your article is rejected, you can try Listverse. If they reject it, too, you can attempt to have it approved by the next one, for example, Listverse, and so on. In the end of the day, you can try to publish it on one of many revenue-sharing websites, such as Hubpages, or even on your blog.
In this way, if you are a talented writer, and knowledgeable of the subject, about which you are going to write, you will finally receive some bigger or smaller financial compensation for your effort. Good content can always find its way to publication.