Advice on Helium use please.

@thea09 (18275)
Greece
January 8, 2010 8:49am CST
Hi all, I have just put a couple of articles on this site but am completley baffled by all this rating system they have. It isn't clear at all when one gets paid, or how much. What do you do, just keep writing articles and then one day some money will magically appear. So far I have one star which says Market place. Does that mean I can now write in there for money?
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@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
8 Jan 10
Wow, that's awesome, Thea. How many articles have you written that you have managed to obtain the Marketplace status. Fabulous.. Anyway, why didn't you join Associated Content? They pay page views for international members and upfront for US. At least, it's more straightforward there and I could pm you my link so you have an idea of what to write and etc.
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
9 Jan 10
Hi Zed, I think I'd put 7 up when they gave that star but it's only one and I need to get some rating done and get those up. Is it usually difficult to obtain this marketplace bit - I'm clueless. I just threw 3 more on but one was a recipe and I don't think they count. I was reading about the AC and they only pay pennies for people outside the US so it doesn't seem worth it. Have you used Helium? I need to make some steady online income fast and that sounded like the best way to go as I can write quickly.
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@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
9 Jan 10
Just a note.. the $1.50 per 1000 views is for AC, not for Helium. And one more thing, in Helium you can't delete your articles. But in AC, you can use it to resubmit to other sites. If you want a better idea, I'd say you create an AC account and write articles there. And after that, you can resubmit to Helium too.. so you'll earn nice from both.
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@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
9 Jan 10
Here's the link, just in case you need to read up on the marketplace: http://help.helium.com/marketplace-premier-titles-program (not referral link)..
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@malamar (784)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Hi thea, how's your world turning today? I also write at Helium and would be happy to answer any questions you have. We are required to "rate" the articles of our fellow raters, and actually it is a good way to get writing ideas for yourself. Helium has partnered with many different publishers who request writing projects. These articles are always listed under the Markeplace title you will see on the lefthand side of your helium page. Helium also pays page views but keep the calculation method secret. Once you have more articles posted, you will start accumulating stars. This is were it gets fun as each star is worth 50 cents to you each and every time you write a new article. There is tons more info, but would take too much time and space on here. Let me know your user name at Helium, and I will be glad to assist you in learning your way around the site. Regards, malamar
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Hi Malamar, thanks for that. So the star I've got now will earn me money on future articles. I haven't worked out yet if its better to write articles where there are none or few, or where there a lot. Shall I pm you the link as I did with Sandra?
@malamar (784)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Your link is not working thea, just send me the name you are using on Helium, and I can access you that way.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Ok I've pm'd you.
@ShepherdSpy (8565)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Jan 10
Sorry,Thea..I thought You were looking around for some advice on your new found hobby of making balloon animals,or talking with a squeaky voice!
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Oh get real ShepherdSpy, do I really sound as though balloon blowing would be one of my hobbies, I can't even blow the things up properly, far too much energy needed.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Jan 10
Yay! First with the Helium gag!
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@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
8 Jan 10
I just wrote a long response and it disappeared!! Anyway, I can write again. I used to write in Helium but unfortunately, it doesn't work here anymore. They have locked it for Indians. so, I hardly go there unless some friend asks me to read his/her work. Yes, we can still read and rate. when I started off, I thought Helium is just fantastic with superb writers and amazing articles. Having said all of that, I have little idea about how the earning logarithm works. Do send me your link, would love to read you.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Hi mimpi, do I have a link in there, I'd no idea. And someone told me we can't rate people but only rate what they put up to rate. I must say they get bottom scores for making it simple to understand. Tingtong just said that they are still accepting articles from Indians. I'm more than happy to send you a link though Mimpi once I work out how to do it.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
I think I've sent it you Mimpi.
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@mimpi1911 (25467)
• India
8 Jan 10
Thanks for the link Thea. Now, I need to clarify: 1. Yes we do not get to rate, we are given randomly between two pieces, as you must be knowing, without the writer's name on it. I cannot rate my friends' but still read them. 2. I still cannot log in and the same message is coming. which means, it's still not working in India.
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@AnythngArt (3305)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Helium pays you in two ways: one is for writing articles, particularly new articles to empty titles (there is bonus money for this). The other is for page views. In order to make any money, you must have at least one rating and one writing star, but the more stars, the more money. Rating stars are the easiest to earn. Simply rate articles. As you rate more and more, new stars will appear. If you get 5 stars in one month, at the end of the month, then you will receive a $3 bonus. Writing stars are harder at Helium because they are based on how other Helium writers rate you. All you can do is try and write your best article every time (without grammar or spelling mistakes). Eventually, when you have accumulated enough articles, they will begin earning page views on their own when someone looks up your topic on a search engine. The minimum for payout each month is $25. It took me quite awhile to get to that, but now I normally make payout. I am not making tons of money, but an extra $25-30 per month is good. All the while, I keep adding articles. Eventually when you have a big enough accumulation of articles, the money will continue to come in without much work at all. In the beginning of course, it is a somewhat hard and long process. No pain, no gain. Good luck with Helium!
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Thank you AnythngArt, that's about the clearest I've heard yet on what is needed. So I've put a few articles up and have a market place star but now need to go and get a rating star I gather. I was also confused about where to write as thought it had to be where there were lots of articles but you say empty titles, I'll look for those next time I'm in the mood. I don't find writing anything difficult as long as I'm in the mood, I started an article today but wasn't with it and it just sounded flat so I'd rather do ten when in the mood than think I have to do one. I shall go on a rating spree this weekend, thanks for your help.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Sorry, a question. Would you bother trying to write for the marketplace with one star or hang on until there is more? It seems that they pay real amounts for writing there.
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• United States
8 Jan 10
Marketplace is definitely worth writing for. The only challenge is that it is very competitive in getting your work selected. When you do, it's a very nice payday. Often times, if your article is not selected, it will end up back in the Helium general articles, so you will earn page views for it. If you see something that interests you, I would definitely go for it. I have sold a couple of articles this way, but I have been rejected plenty too. Don't get frustrated. Just keep trying.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
8 Jan 10
Hello, Thea. I've just told off those naughty boys above me for not paying attention. It is a bit complicated on Helium at first, but I'm sure you'll soon get into the swing of it. I'd say build up a portfolio of articles. If you have anything you've written for other sites, you can post it on Helium and earn for page views, as long as you still hold the copyright. I'd like a look at your profile page, so I can see the star you have and the market place thingy. If it's a yellow star it's a rating star, and that means you'll now earn from page views. If you go to your Helium profile page, copy the link and PM it to me, I may be able to be of more assistance.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Hello Sandra, I know I've asked you before about this but it really is a complicated faff. I'll go and attempt the link thing now. I'm presuming it must be the same way as doing it here.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
8 Jan 10
Let me know if nothing arrives as I've pm'd you something Sandra.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
10 Jan 10
...Hi thea. Helium is a very interesting site, but very hard to earn anything. Once you write your article, it has to be reviewed and as I remember the rules, your article has to be rated in the top ten and start to climb to even be considered for payment. The higher you go with the rating, the more of a chance to earn money, but if you are not in the top five, eventually I believe, you are plum out of luck for getting anything. That is what I remember about the site when I was writing there. Too tough for me. Take care, good luck.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
10 Jan 10
Hi artistry, well I'm glad I had some positive feedback first as all I'd initially heard was that it was a waste of time but I've had some good advice now on earning on there. So far everythings I've put up there has been in the top five so maybe it will work and it's just as easy writing an article there as 10 responses here, so I'll see how it goes. I was going to say wish me luck but you already did.
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• United States
9 Jan 10
Yes, you can write for $$ now. You only need to maintain 1 star to be a 'marketplace approved writer.' I write for Helium just enough to maintain a star or three, and offer my due diligence in rating to stay on the up & up. I make on the low end $200/month. I often make up to $600/month. If you are just writing Helium articles you will be chasing your tail for a long time. Balance it out. I find that continuing on as an average 1 star writer and making money is much more satisfying that being a five star writing slave to the organization. I love the set up and refer people to it often, but don't plan on making real money in writing unless you're ready to bite the bullet and get real freelance assignments. Contact me if I can help.
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@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
9 Jan 10
Hi batcountry, well if there's the potential to earn like that it's worth putting some time into it. I don't know what you mean by being a five star writing slave to them but I'm going to do some more articles and rate, then see what happens. At least the responses here are postitive enough about Helium to make me think it can be turned into a reasonable monthly amount.
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• Philippines
8 Jan 10
I am also a newbie here. I will try to figure out things and will let you know once I get something.
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@stvasile (7313)
• Romania
24 Jan 10
You should use helium to make balloons float. It can also be used to have loads of fun, as it makes you speak funny after inhaling, but I suggest you don't overdo it. (I've no idea what the site Helium is like, just posted for a bit of fun )
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
24 Jan 10
Hi stvasile, you just caught me as I came over to pm. I am coming to the conclusion that Helium will be very lucrative after about 3 months up front work.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
22 Jan 10
I honestly gave up trying to understand there. I actually havent been writing much so i removed my Associated Content account (they only paid canadians per page veiw and took WAY too long to add up) and the helium account as i didnt understand how it really worked.
@thea09 (18275)
• Greece
23 Jan 10
Hi saundyl, I have to say they make it as confusing as they can. I've had some welcome help, but have really focused on working out how their system works for earnings but I don't think I'll have too much confidence until the first pay is drawn as it all seems to actually hinge on having the right number of writing stars in place at the end of the month. Once you get 5 stars though you're home and dry, so nearly there, only another 431 articles to go.