What are the benefits of 'leapfrogging' on Helium?

@oldchem1 (8144)
July 10, 2010 6:23am CST
I am a relatively new member on the Helium web site. For a while I was getting no where then when I read a discussion on here about the site I asked a few questions and the member was extremely helpful and 'showed me the ropes' so that I seem to be doing a little better on there. I just wondered if any of you are members on Helium, and if so what are the benefits of 'leap frogging' an article? Do you do it? When do you do it? And is it worth it?
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
12 Jul 10
Hello, Sue. Leapfrogging was definitely worth it for me. I'd been a Helium member for over 2 years, and only earned just over $100 in that time. My writing score was 62% and I had no stars. A friend who joined Helium encouraged me to leapfrog, as she said I deserved a better ranking for my writing. Until then, I'd never bothered, as once an article was 'out there' I preferred to writen new stuff rather than tinker with old articles. I spent 2 weeks leapfrogging the older articles and the results were amazing. I had my first writing star within a week, and 2 weeks later, I had 4 stars. This meant I could earn upfront payments, and it made a big difference to my earnings. That first month I earned $50, now I regularly earn over $200. I think it's worth leapfrogging older articles that may be, say 25 out of 40. If an article is 2 of 3, it's probably not worth bothering. Hope this helps.
@oldchem1 (8144)
12 Jul 10
Thanks Sandra once again you have come to my aid!! I have noticed a BIG difference in my account since your help, I went from earning $6 in nine months( including the $5 starting fee!!) to $17 in just over a week after your advise. A lot of my articles are 2 of 4 or something so probably not worth doing, but I shall certainly keep an eye on them. Thanks again for ALL your help, you have been my Helium saviour!!!!
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• Spain
13 Jul 10
Hello again, Sue. Glad I was able to help, but it wouldn't have been much use to you if your writing wasn't up to standard, so you have to take most of the credit. I love your new avatar, by the way.
@oldchem1 (8144)
13 Jul 10
Thank you - it was taken at my granddaughters christening
@Trensue (5265)
• United States
14 Jul 10
First please share your pen name on Helium as I believe in reading and supporting all Helium members any way I can. Yes, it pays to leap. Lots of times taking a second look at an old article makes one realize that they have learned something new, have a new perspective or they have some corrections to make. It is a good way to get more writing stars - which in turn means more money. Put a link to something you have written. I would love to read it.
@oldchem1 (8144)
14 Jul 10
Hi Thanks for the advise!! My name is oldchem on Helium, http://www.helium.com/knowledge/380877-food-and-dining-in-prague
• United States
10 Jul 10
Here is what leapfrogging is: When you write an article and your rank is very low (lower than 50th percentile) you should check and modify the article to make it more appealing. You leapfrog your article and submit a better and revised version. What leapfrog does is this: Both the articles you submitted are rated by three users. Most often than not, the user rates both article as same to give benefit to the writer. When an article is rated 'same', benefit is given to the newer article. The article which gets more rates will finally be published. Mostly the newer article is the one that gets published. What happens after leapfrog: When you leapfrog an article, the final selected article is placed in the original rank of the former article. If the rank was below 50th percentile, it is placed at 50th percentile. Then the article undergoes another round of rating like a normal article. Advantages of Leapfrog: If your article is below 50th percentile, leapfrog is definitely advantageous as it gives you the opportunity to be ranked above that. If your article is already in top 50 percentile, depending on the quality of your replacing article, it's rank may go up or down. My suggestion: If your article rank is below 50 percentile, definitely leapfrog your article. If your article rank is within top 50 percentile, and you feel it deserves better ranking than what it already has, leapfrog it. My experience: I once had an article that was rank 2 . That was my second article submission. My first one had become rank 1 out of 60. I leapfrogged the second one coz I wanted it to follow the footsteps of it's predecessor, and now stands at rank 3. I hate myself for doing that leapfrog and am afraid to again do a leapfrog on it. I had another article at rank 27 out of 197. I leapfrogged it (it's a poem) and it's now at rank 20. PS: You can leapfrog your article without making any changes in it too. I've tried to cover all the points here. Hope this helps.:)
@oldchem1 (8144)
11 Jul 10
Thank you for that very detailed post, that is a big help and I will certainly take a look very closely at my articles
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
10 Jul 10
Leap frogging an article jump starts the rating process. I have used it on several occasions when mistakes were made in the original article. It is worth it even if you are only making minor changes. Mostly I leapfrog when I look back at my earlier stuff. But you really can use it to get those writing stars and improve your percentages.
@oldchem1 (8144)
11 Jul 10
Thank you, I will take a look at some of my articles
• United States
10 Jul 10
Leapfrogging is a way for you to improve your article. The idea is this, if you are unhappy with the score helium has given you for any particular article you can choose to leapfrog that article by rewriting it, it will then be voted on by Helium users and compared to the original article. The article which the majority of voters feel is better will be shown on the site and if the best one is the second one then you have just leapfrogged your article. The downfall of this technique is this, many people do not enjoy comparing articles as you will notice you have to vote on several articles after you write anything at all and many people will just skirt around this by guessing. This fact makes leapfrogging somewhat of a misguided process.
@oldchem1 (8144)
10 Jul 10
ah thank you - so it is the 'rating' that we do that are leapfrogged articles!!