Does anyone here use Helium?

United States
April 18, 2007 3:42pm CST
I recently signed up with Helium.com and I have written a couple of articles and I have responded to a couple of them; however, I look at my account and it shows that I haven't earned any money. Do they only update your earnings once a month or am I doing something wrong or what. Do they not pay for certain things or what? If anyone can answer this for me, I would appreciate it. I had heard that they paid well and that it was easy to do. I just need to know how they pay and when.
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4 responses
• United States
26 Apr 07
I joined them recently too, for some writing experience and exposure. I'm not thrilled at all with the way they have other "writers" rate articles. I'm sure all of you have seen some of the very poorly written material...and just considering that folks who obviously haven't a clue are rating everyone else's work is a little off-the-wall in my opinion.
@legbamel (179)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I think the theory is that, if you are a poor writer, you will be exposed to good stuff and learn how it "ought" to be done. And if you are a skilled writer, you can rate down or flag the garbage to clear the road. You'll never get rich at Helium unless you're willing to write your behind off and then spend the rest of your day promoting your articles, but I've got about 80 articles over there (since January 23) and I'm about halfway to the initial payout. I haven't promoted myself for squat, but I'm still getting a few or small pile of pennies every day.
@simpman (58)
25 Apr 07
In Helium, you get paid based on the rating of your article as rated by other writers. So if your rating is not good, you will not make much. Also if the topic you've written on has a lot of articles, that lowers your chances to get a high enough rating. Apparently, this is a system they use in order to try to identify better articles.
@Jennifer21 (2476)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I also just recently joined helium. I posted four long articles and only recieved 4cents. I don't like that site and would not recommend it. That is my personal opinion. I think you get paid by grammer, length and how people rate you. I'm not quite sure though.
@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
18 Apr 07
Actually, the way Helium pays is a little complicate. first of all, they take anywhere from 5-10 business days to review your article for inclusion into the system. Once it is included in the system, other users rate the article, and then once it has reached the top ten, you start getting aid per page view based on the ranking. A #1 rated article will make more than a #10 rated article. They do not pay anything for articles rated lower than #10.