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Do a "best of" list, then sell the positions to the highest bidders

This is why you should never trust "best of" lists on the Internet:

the scam of list posts

Basically, this guy approaches me to ask me if "I'd like to be featured in their of best book summary websites".

My interest was piqued.
"What is he really asking me for?", I wondered.

Turns out, the ticket into their list is not quality -mind you!-, but money.

He also offered me to write my own description, making the whole list not just useless, but 100% deceitful.
Plus, he even saves himself the work of actually writing and researching his own article.
LOL, what a POS.


... Interesting to see that all other major summary writers did pay to be on that list (except Brian from Philosopher's Note, shout out to him, always liked that guy :).

Don't Trust Most Lists Posts

I don't think that all lists on the Internet all like that.
I hope that most lists on the internet are not like that.

But at least some definitely are.

Even the ones that are not directly asking for money might be biased towards the entries that offer an affiliate plan, or a better paying affiliate plan.

And that's even without considering who's friends with whom, who slept with whom, who's frenemy with whom, who hates whom, and the personal agendas and biases of each author.

Finally, the general quality of "best of lists" and "top ten lists" also tends to be low.

So I'd generally advise you to take each "best of list" as one of the three:

  1. Fun list, vying for your time with cute cat videos
  2. A  "who's paying more for marketing list"
  3. A "who's being more successful at social climbing list" (the "best under X Forbes lists", for example)
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