Writers: Your Experience With Helium.com

United States
June 7, 2007 2:34pm CST
Okay, I have ten articles up on Helium.com and I've been a member for about as long as I've been a member here. I've made $.07 . . . ugh. What am I doing wrong? What are your experiences with this site? It says in the FAQ that you earn more for being in the top ranking articles - I am - but I'm not experiencing this. Insight anyone?
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10 responses
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Helium is not an easy way to make money writing. I made some $5 wins on the contest that just ended, so I am approaching payout for the first time. I think that, for the money, you would be better off with a site like Associated Content or Constant Content. I use Helium as practice writing. It's shorter and more concentrated writing. Not a quick or easy way to make money. I think you could probably even make more money on MyLot than Helium over the same time period. I am not trying to deter you from writing for Helium, just trying to present an accurate picture of that site.
• United States
15 Jun 07
I haven't tried Helium yet. DO they pay for the articles or just for the hits? I submit to associated content and have made a fairly decent amount of money for only a few articles.
• United States
8 Jun 07
Two things: 1) The more you write, the more earning potential you will have. With only 10 articles, the chances of someone reading one of them is pretty slim, but with, say, 100, you increase your odds quite a bit. 2) Rate articles, so that yours will get shown to other people to rate. Apparently you have to do quite a bit of rating of other peoples' stuff to get your stuff seen. At least that's what I've been told. And don't despair. I think the pennies have been trickling in slower this month, and I've been writing and rating a bit more than previously. Either the site is getting more saturated with articles (thus decreasing the chances of ours getting read) or they are paying less for people reading our articles.
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@lillake (1634)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Its not just ranking, its page views. Higher ranking articles tend to get more page views, but if no one is reading it won't matter how high your rank is. :) Market, market, market. Invite people to read what you've wrote. Email friends and family. If you see someone asking about something you've writtena bout don't be afraid to respond and share the link. If you have a blog let people know there when you've got something new published.
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@emckee (465)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I hope everything works it's way out for you. I have not heard about Helium until now. So, thank you! I want to take a look at it. If I figure out how to make it work, I will come back and let you know.
• United States
7 Jun 07
Hi explorations. Nice to meet a fellow Heliumite on here! I have been with Helium since November, and with almost 100 articles up, I've reached and exceeded payout. I would love to read your articles that you have on Helium. The only piece of advice that I could give is to be patient. It does come with time. Another thing too is to put a link on your Blog, or MySpace page (if you have them) to Helium. This will help to direct traffic to your articles. Hope this has helped! Good luck to you. :)
12 Jun 07
Hi, I also am a member of Helium and have been for about a month now. I have 12 articles and have about .48 cents at the moment. I am relying on just getting hits to my pages but there is some good avice here about contests, will have to look into that and hope I am good enough. Don't give up on Helium, I have found it a great place to get ideas out that have been knocking around in my head and getting feedback. If you fancy dropping by to my home page there it is : www.helium.com/user/show/180869 Look forward to seeing you there
• United States
12 Jun 07
Here's my link, too, if you want to check it out: http://www.helium.com/user/show/128958
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@SarahPT (136)
• United States
12 Jun 07
The pennies are just starting to trickle in for me. Getting your link out there anywhere you can is helpful. My articles arfe pretty highly ranked, but I realized they still aren't being read that much. Putting your link in blogs and websites helps. Here's my link: www.helium.com/user/show/202645
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I post my content on Triond and I guess that pennies explain what I have earned there. Triond publishes content on several of its affiliated websites and pays you based on how many people view your works. Here is some of my work published by triond, feel free to check it out: http://www.authspot.com/writers/Vance%20Lethurin.7366 There is not much there because I only joined recently; thats probably why I have made pennies.
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@Sporean (58)
• Singapore
24 Jun 07
Hi, explorations, Don't despair, you are not doing anything wrong. I have been in Helium for about 2 months, had just reached payout and in all honesty, it wasn't easy. Besides increasing the number of articles, you might want to consider introducing their urls in your blogs and e-mails to get as many people as possible to read them. Take part regularly in the article ratings to improve your profile. But most importantly, concentrate on improving your writing and submit stories of good standards. One of the best way to improve your standards is to submit your articles for critique. I did that and the feedback helped me in improving my standards. So, be patient, have fun writing and the results will come.
@simpman (58)
18 Jun 07
I suggest you try to publish on Hubpages and Triond. I think Hubpages have more traffic than Helium and Triond pays in a more generous manner.
• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
I guess you have already come across the answers for how the earnings work in helium by the previous mylotters. I keep thinking about it just now. I think you have lovely and informative writings at helium. But do you have your own blog or something. If you do, probably you could write a short piece of entry in your blog with keywords linked to specific piece of your helium articles. That would enhance the keyword search for your articles in the search engines too! Just a thought!