Quantity Rules

reader - reading
United States
January 27, 2008 5:30pm CST
As some of you know, I've written articles at helium.com. i have published 18 articles there since April 2007. I've earned $4.38. Wow! right? LOL I've been on mylot for just over a month. I've earned $4.12, and posted a LOT (250). Here's what mylot has going for it. I'm not required to post a minimum number of words and I still get credit. A penny here or a penny at Helium -- same pay scale. At mylot, my choices for subject material are unlimited. At Helium, there are some parameters. They have to fit into a category. Successful articles at Helium depend on how many people read them or even find them. Here, I've got a larger audience of interested readers and I'm grateful to each of you. Your responses have let me know I have written something of value. I LOVE MYLOT!!
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
27 Jan 08
You have a very positive attitude, I like it! It is wonderful to hear you are happy here. It is a pleasure to be co-member with you, I quite enjoy mylot too.
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• United States
28 Jan 08
I hope the administrators of mylot see our praises. They aren't easy to get in touch with. I'd like them to know that they've done an awesome job creating and maintaining this site.
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
28 Jan 08
Not to worry, they're always lurking about, LOL! I think they know they have a winner! You truly are great fun.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
27 Jan 08
Thank You girlfriend, I too love myLot. I have totally given up on anything other than myLot. If myLot goes to hell so do I !!!
2 people like this
• United States
27 Jan 08
We'll all band together and keep mylot alive! Thank you grandma!
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28 Jan 08
Yes MyLot is undoubtedly a great site,a great community,but I really think that users (I think they are the most relevant part...) who don't have any referral activities are deeply "handicapped" in terms of earnings...Especially if you consider that they are the "essence" of the community, the most active and creative part of it (both for their higher number and for the fact they can only count of themselves to increase their income): write on a site for hours to earn (more or less) only a pair of dozens of cents it's not really worthwhile, so if it wasn't for the often interesting discussions and the opportunity to keep in touch with people worldwide, I think this site wouldn't last 'till tomorrow...So it's not about money,it's all about people! :)
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• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you for your comments. I agree that it's all about people. The panies for our thoughts is good, but I owuld post even if I wasn't getting payment. I consider it a "bonus." I'll be posting here 'til my fingers fall off, mylot goes away, or I die. :)
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
28 Jan 08
I guess that's what makes mylot unique than any other blog or writing sites, you come to enjoy the interaction and the sharing of ideas which you don't get to experience on other sites. Plus, you are payed on the posts you make and gets credit from the members that responds to your thread. It's a two-way relationship, they get to scratch your back and so do you. It's better than reading and writing, for just a tip of what you used to do receive on other sites..
• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you for your comments -- as you say, we're scratching each others' backs. Like drannah mentioned above, royalties -- such as they are, it's better than nothing. I am not satisfied because not many people are looking at my stuff on helium so royalties are pretty stagnant.
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
27 Jan 08
You are right on when you are talking about just starting out, but I have over 100 articles on Helium and I make about $.20 a day to do nothing. Plus, I've gotten other more lucrative writing jobs, using my Helium articles as samples. I think that there is merit in going both directions.
• United States
28 Jan 08
You must have some big hits at Helium -- kudos! Thank you for your feedback, kd.
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• United States
27 Jan 08
I love mylot too. It is a place of friendship and value. You get opinions and can tell people things that have happened to you and also get advice. I love this site and find a lot of interesting things to read and respond to. The people are caring and emphatic when they read some of the discussions. And as I would say in my younger days, "Mylot, you are the cat's meow!
• United States
28 Jan 08
LOL sunshine. Thank you for sharing your delight with mylot.
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• United States
28 Jan 08
MyLot is awesome. However, Helium still earns a penny here and there even when you aren't there! If you write here today on myLot you make a penny for each post (maybe two), but then you are through. Helium money keeps earning for you while you are away. If you have a big enough base of articles you can make a lot of pennies each month. Also, they only require that you write one article every 180 days to keep getting pennies for the articles that you have written. Eventually your articles make more then pennies, those pennies turn into dollars and so on.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you for the insight.
• United States
28 Jan 08
I just thought I would take a second to let you know that according to myLot guidelines you don't make any money when you just say thank you. The only way myLot pays is if you have something more to add. In fact they say not to just thank people who respond for your post.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
28 Jan 08
you would get a lot more money else where, I post 20 research articles which is just two more than your 18 and the least I get meaning I could get a whole lot more depending upon how much each assignment pays is 85.00
• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you winterose. I'd like to find out more on that possibility.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
28 Jan 08
email me at winterose@videotron.ca
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Jan 08
I do not do that much posting, I have to have something to write about, but so far I have no made out bad here at myLot. I make the minimum payout each month, and now that I have my friends' list and interest lists sorted out, I will do some more. I will be gradually increasing my posts and responses, and I do not like Helium. It seems on Helium and the other sites like Associated, they only pay Canadians for page views.
• United States
29 Jan 08
Thank you for your feedback. How 'bout that! Making payout without much posting! I disagree with you that Helium and AC only pays Canadians for page views.
@kabes_20 (192)
• Australia
28 Jan 08
Oh well done Joyce, I too Love MyLot, I have looked at a few others like tihs a while ago and came to find MyLot was the best. It won't be long and you will up to $10 :)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Thanks for your comment, Kaylie.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Wow that is not much. Do they pay by paypal or with check? Where did you find out about helium? It seems from reading other responses that you submit a LOT and dont get too much in return. Im not a fan of that. I don't have time to just write 100 different articles for a few dollars. I agree about mylot being really cool. I love it here.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Helium pays via Paypal. I think there are other payment options. you need $50 to cash out. Thanks for your comments.
• United States
28 Jan 08
I do post articles in helium.com and I am also disappointed with payment method. Even though you need to post a lot but it is more certain in mylot.com. That is why I love mylot.com.
• United States
28 Jan 08
A writer must write...it's in our blood. Mylot is a good place to write, so is helium. In mylot, we're closer to the people and get feedback. I LOVE MYLOT! I appreciate your response in this discussion.
• United States
28 Jan 08
I love mylot too! I have heard other people talk about helium before but I haven't signed up there. I wrote a few things for AC and they didn't want to accept them so I just didn't bother writing anything for anyone anymore. I just figured I could write what I wanted to here and write as much or as little as I want and that's fine with me.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you for your response. *Smile* yay mylot.com. You have found a place to write and if AC turned you down, I have to wonder why. Do you know?
@kareng (7980)
• United States
28 Jan 08
Have you tried posting any of your articles at Associated Content? It doesn't sound like Helium pays very well. At Associated Content you will be paid for your article and also a bonus for number of times your article has been read. Let me know if you would like a referral to the site!
• United States
28 Jan 08
I'm signed up at Associated Content. Next step is to put some articles on the site. Thank you for your response.
• Australia
28 Jan 08
I love both Helium and MyLot for different reasons. Being a professional writer, Helium has provided a platform for my serious writing. I have made a reasonable amount from residual income, and even more from articles that were chosen as Marketplace winners. The key to making money at Helium is to write on topics that are not time specific. Things such as relationships, how to and beauty articles have been my biggest winners, as they're not linked to any particular event. MyLot is great, as you can actually interact with people. I've got no idea who rates me on Helium, but here, I can really get to know people, and form solid relationships. Also, there is a far more broad range of topics to comment on here, and less rules and regulations dictacting how things need to be written. For me, it's not so much about one being better than the other, but about them being different, and offering different platforms of communication.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Thank you for your thought-provoking comments.
@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
28 Jan 08
Yes I have noticed the same thing, MyLot has a lot to enjoy, and pays you for that entertainment :)
• United States
28 Jan 08
How cool is that?! Thank you for your comment.
• India
28 Jan 08
I love mylot too. Just coz I love writing I visited helium but like you, I did not like what I saw.the fact that I have to belong to some category and my writings have to have content in them, irked me a lot. I mean I would not be having creative freedom at helium, that is what i felt. maybe its great for seasoned or aspiring writers, but i am none of them. i just love connective with people and writing to them should be somewhat like speaking to them, you know. its not the same as writing like a writer. and when i write, i want to enjoy writing (like i do at mylot) it should not be too literary type. so here i am at mylot and not at helium.
• United States
28 Jan 08
It sounds like we are on the same page, sudipta. however, I do have a goal of writing articles that are more lengthy and appealing to a publisher. Thank you for your comments.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
28 Jan 08
You are welcome and I love myLot too, but bear in mind comparing it to Helium is like comparing apples and oranges because Helium income is residual, that is to say, passive, income like royalties and keeps coming day after day, week after week, and so on. Yes, it is true that Helium is more competitive and in order to earn it is necessary to have high ratings and to rate other people and to network and promote your writing there, non of which is necessary here. But I love both PTW programs and a few others as well, and would not like to have to give up any of them.
• United States
28 Jan 08
You're right drannah and I wasn't looking at the big picture of passive v. active. Thank you for the eye opener. If I sat around at mylot, my income would do zilch.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
28 Jan 08
Helium is not available in my country... so ... i can't really compare it with mylot... but based on what you wrote... i think i like mylot more than any other sites that pay... for me... here, i learn and earn at the same time... although i am fully aware that i will not get rich... but then it is the learning and meeting of friends from all over the world that counts... Kudos to Mylot...
• United States
28 Jan 08
Yes indeedy! Learning, making new friends, I could go on and on but I won't. Thank you for your comments.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
28 Jan 08
Today is a day to be positive. I like Mylot today. The more time I spend here, the more folks I find to "stalk". In a nice way haha. My little pennies earned here will add up eventually. Meanwhile, I feel like my brain is gaining back some of those cells I've been losing being able to communicate on all kinds of stuff here. (I know, I know, once the cells are gone, they're gone, but I'm using the unused ones now). Keep up the good work.
• United States
28 Jan 08
Unused brain cells sure come in handy! Thanks much for your feedback.