Helium newbie

United States
August 2, 2009 3:48pm CST
Well I tried to write my first article at Helium. I was so excited to finally finish it and maybe get it published. It was about things to do in San Francisco. I felt like I wrote a wonderful article. But the problem is a few of my sentences had I in them. Of coarse I read the rules about not writing in first person. I even reread and edited a few times and still didn't notice. It is almost impossible to write a whole article without using I. Did anyone else ever have problems with this on Helium? Also just wondering, you do you not get paid on the market place articles unless you have the top rated one? do you get paid at all for just random articles you write? I tried looking through the faqs it just didn't tell me very much.
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@Trensue (5256)
• United States
4 Aug 09
I would be happy to take you on a walk through Helium and let you know about some of the great tools they have. If you are having a tough time with first person community editors can help you with those articles. Some times I still fall, but I am much better to adhering to the rules now. You get paid if you have one writing star. There is an upfront payment if you write one of the first five titles written in one title, no matter how they end up ranking. Market place the company who is selecting the article chooses who they purchase and it is not always the top rated article. If they don't choose your article and it is one that can transfer to regular content then you will earn as people read what you write. So send me a pm and let me see what you have written. I would love to take a look.
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• Spain
5 Aug 09
Hello Trensue. Sorry to pick you up on that, but don't you mean 'you get paid for one rating star?' As yet, I don't have any writing stars, but I got paid last month, and earned the $3 bonus for having 5 rating stars.
@Trensue (5256)
• United States
5 Aug 09
No worries - in my haste I believe I wrote writing stars and instead of stars - set me straight anytime - heaven knows some one should keep me on track.
@mrtimharry (1180)
3 Aug 09
It is hard to think along the lines of how Helium wants you to write, took me a bout fifty articles before I was confident in my writing style, although even now I have lapses. With market place articles it isn't necessarily the top ranked that will get picked up by the purchaser, but rather the one the like best or fits their requirements the best. Some market place articles will see more than one purchased. I believe that most market place articles do not get upfront payments for them, although I could be wrong, I have only written to three marketplace articles in 18 months, none of which were picked up. I find that writing to the contests is more rewarding. You are more likely to earn more if you are prolific in the normal helium articles, and the more prolific you are and the higher rated you are the more you can earn. Thankfull I have five writing stars so get $2.50 per article and an extra $1 is I am first to write to that title. Thus made $240 last month, including $40 for one contest.
@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I have not been paid on Helium and I have not been there in awhile. I know people who have been paid, but there have been so many upgrades that I am not sure I know how to do anything there any more. I guess all I can do is wish you luck. I plan to start visiting some of the writing sites I have signed up for and not done anything with. I have some freelancing, but I would also like to be known for my own work.