Writing is a business

@scheng1 (24725)
Singapore
February 13, 2009 11:23pm CST
After signing up for Helium and AC a week ago, come to realize that writing is actually more a business than a passion. A product, no matter how good, is worthless if there's no demand. Same for writing. Not much use posting your feelings, thoughts and complaints in perfect English when nobody wants to read. Guess a little bit of marketing knowledge is helpful for earning money on helium and AC.
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@paid2write (5202)
14 Feb 09
You are right. I spend as much time networking and promoting my articles as I do in writing them. Some of my writing income is paid upfront, but I also rely on residual income from page views, so the more I can get my articles read, the more I earn from them. I have set up my own zone at Helium, called Web Writer (my profile shows the link), I use blog posts to link to my articles, and I am about to set up a website that will feature extracts and links to them. Writing without promoting is not as profitable, but marketing is fun too,.
@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
15 Feb 09
Hi, can I join your zone? How do I do so? I'm still a newbie in Helium, in fact a newbie to writing, need guardians at the moment. Still very confused about the rating and all the stars. Submitted only 10 articles and got 2 writing stars, with funny statistics in % and dont know how on earth they compute. Earn only 18 cents so far, please guide me on the marketing. Thanks.
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15 Feb 09
Writing at Helium http://www.helium.com/items/1301825-how-to-link-helium-articles-for-traffic-and-increase-earnings Writing jobs http://www.helium.com/items/1275004-how-to-make-money-online-for-writing-articles Marketing & Selling Writing http://www.helium.com/items/1286613-how-to-make-money-online-writing-articles-for-residual-long-term-income
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@iamsolucky (1243)
• Philippines
14 Feb 09
I like to write but i only write topics i like, for example beauty tips and all - i can really write a lot of articles about it. I would like to try the sites AC and Helium but i dont know where to begin. can you help me how to check that site. Many thanks
@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
14 Feb 09
Hi Iamsolucky, I joined both sites a week ago. Initially signed up for AC, but AC took so long (exactly a week) to process my articles, and then rejected 3 of 5 articles. Even though I'm not entitled to upfront payment, and the FAQ mentions that usually they process within 2 days. They did give very good advices to improve the articles, so I got to edit a bit here and there and re-submit. Helium is very different. My submitted articles were approved almost instantly. It seemed to me that the articles were then routed to the "Rating" system, where other writers would rate your work. As long as they didn't reject your articles on any ground, the articles lived happily there. In Helium, your article will not earn any page view bonus till you got your first "rating star". So my advice to you is, before you ask your friends to read, get the rating star first. And make it a habit to rate enough articles to keep your rating star. At first, I hate the rating system in Helium. But now I love it so much. You see, I get to see so many lousy articles that I don't feel so bad! AC allows you to give them exclusive rights to your article. If you choose that, then you can't post it elsewhere. Articles post in Helium can be posted elsewhere. So advice from the many "experts" here is that, post your article in both place.
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@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
14 Feb 09
Forget to add another important difference. AC allows you to post any articles you like. You can choose your own titles. But in Helium, you got to stick to their titles. You may submit your title for their approval. After rejecting my suggested titles twice, Helium sent a long email explaining that they only want titles like "How to do" "What to do".
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• United States
16 Feb 09
I submit articles, and as a Search Engine Optimizer I can confidently say - if you aren't writing about what is popular then you are just writing for your own enjoyment. Even if you are writing about a popular subject, with all the competition out there, you won't get that many hits to your website from your articles. Article submission is a good way to get some incoming links, but as I have found, it is also a way for people to just rip off your work and give you no credit for it. I have tried to get a lot of websites to stop using my articles without the crediting and links, to no avail.
@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
17 Feb 09
Oh dear, that's really bad experience. As if someone kidnaps your baby. Anyway just keep on writing, someday will get great reward.
@sunita64 (6472)
• India
16 Feb 09
I feel there are two types of writers one who write just for hobby sake and others are professionals. If you are a professional then only you can earn from these sites helium, triond and AC. I have wrote all together 8 articles and only some of them I earn remaining it seems no body reads. I feel just like any other commodity you have to know that in the world of writing what is it that sells and then only one can earn.
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@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
15 Feb 09
I've learned that if I want to write purely for the joy of writing, I'll create fiction or I'll chat away on my blog or on here. I write because I love it and I don't care who reads it. But if I'm writing articles, I'll double check that I'm getting paid for my efforts before I write even one word. I'll make sure the research is correct and the spelling is right. Time is money and articles are my business. I have a mortgage to pay, so if I'm working, I need to be paid for my time and effort.
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@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
15 Feb 09
I'm still a long long way from a full time writer. So far, earn 18 cents in Helium for page views. At this rate, I will see my heavenly father soon.
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@Informer (803)
• India
14 Feb 09
I am blogging for more than a year and getting decent traffic, I blog just for fun. Thats y never get any amount for that creative kind of writing what people say that. After this experience I am also agree that writing is business and a real business if u want to earn otherwise fun if u don't want to get a penny for it.
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@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
14 Feb 09
Hi informer, if you want to add business element to your blogging, then have to think of ways to attract traffic. When I say writing is a business, it's not just pertaining to the content written. I also mean the ways and means to attract people to read the articles. That's the real business part of it. Otherwise, might as well keep a diary and lock in drawer.
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• Singapore
14 Feb 09
Well, there are writers who solely write for leisure and do not really care if anyone would read their work. Sometimes I'm that kind of a writer. I don't think anyone would care that my family and I went to McDonald's to have breakfast on a Sunday morning, but I did write about it and post it, not on AC or Helium, but on Triond. At other times, I try to look for more serious topics to write about, but the traffic is very difficult to come by sometimes. I just try my best to write on my interests.
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@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
14 Feb 09
haha, that Sunday breakfast must be very exciting. Otherwise 10 words can do. "We go McDonald. We order. We pay. We eat. Finish." I'm sure you have a lot of things to write about. Grocery shopping, an hour bus journey, quarrelling with family members etc. Sometimes folks love to read this kind of articles. Good luck to your writing.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
i totally agree. I too am on AC and helium, and though I do post things that I write for fun sometimes, I try to gear my writing on those sites to be what the site editors want, and what people will want to read. i tend to keep my more creative, personal writing separate. i wish there was a way to incoporate the writing i love to to (the creative kind) and the potential to earn in those places!
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@soulist (2986)
• United States
16 Feb 09
You are right that marketing can help your content on both sites. I have been reading and commenting on other producer's articles so they see me and then possibly read my stuff as well. I also write about things that others may be interested in reading such as improving relationships.
@scheng1 (24725)
• Singapore
17 Feb 09
I like to write things that I am interested in. Guess subjects like money, love, home, hobbies etc are forever popular. Thousands and thousands of years later, people are still interested in all these. Hmm, would people living 2,000 years from now dig out the old hard disk and read my writings? Hope so, if unable to get famous now, at least there's a hope to get famous in the future.