Helium listened to the writers!

Spain
December 12, 2010 5:05am CST
This week has been a traumatic time for Helium writers, what with the change to payments and the new '3rd person' ruling which meant that articles with the occasional 'you' for easier reading or connection with the reader resulted in summary rejection. In addition, the number and quality of articletitles eligible for upfront payment decreased dramatically. It's been a bit intense on the discussion boards there, but Helium has listened to the concerns of its loyal writers and reinstated the use of 2nd person point of view. There are also 50 pages of titles to write to, spread over all the channels, with upfront payments of $2 - 5 and transition credits of $1 -3 for up to 4 other writers. I managed 4 articles yesterday, and 2 so far today, and I feel much happier. My confidence and creativity took a bit of a hit this week. How about you? Are you more optimistic for the new system now, or have you decided to bypass Helium? Even with the new changes, it still appears to be one of the best payers online.
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6 responses
12 Dec 10
I really don't know what to do. I have never written for the Market place although I have four stars. I don't see if there is any advantage to me writing my normalarticles now, this is really goiung to make a big diffrerence to what I earn on Helium!!
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• Spain
12 Dec 10
Hello, Mandy. If you have four stars, you have the writing skills to write for MP, so go for it. Today, there are titles for all the channels, so I'm sure there'll be something for you to write to. Normal articles where there are a lot of page views, such as Health and Fitness, Computers and Personal Finance should still be worth writing, particularly if it's a 'hot' topic. Give it time, and don't give up on Helium until the new system has had a chance to prove itself.
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12 Dec 10
I will give it a try, nothing gained nothing lost!! I'm also thinking about poutting someof my Helium articles on Bukisa, I believe that you can put any (not MP) ones on both!
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12 Dec 10
I hope that you don't mind but I've copied your idea of putting your Helium pages on my profile on here!! I'm trying hard to get as many views as I can now with this change of payment debacle!
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@oldchem1 (8144)
12 Dec 10
I have never tackled the MP articles before so it is very new to me and daunting! I attempted one yesterday and one today, I shall have to see now if they are accepted. They don't tend to be in the areas that I usually write about which is a big disadvantage to me! I can't see making the sort of money I was making on there as it was the adjustments that made my money for me - I only earn about $0.40 a day apart from them. I will stick with it and see how I get on, but I am dreading my articles being rejected!!
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• Spain
12 Dec 10
Hello, Sue. Don't worry about being rejected - you won't be alone, although I'm hoping after the controversy this week that those grading the articles will use a little common sense. Lots of 5 star writers had articles written in their normal style rejected, and we didn't like it. It's not that we were arrogant about and expected to get articles accepted just because we had 5 stars, but when you have hundreds of articles on Helium, you know what people enjoy reading, and that's how you develop your writing. Just remember never to use first person - including 'we' or 'us' - and don't pepper the articles with 'you' and 'your.' Editing needs to be tight, as articles could be rejected for too many typos, or poor spelling and grammar. I don't think that will be a problem for you, though - we just need to check more thoroughly before submitting. I tend to read my articles out loud, and then you pick up phrases and sentences that could be improved. Good luck with the new system, and don't give up on Helium just yet. Some of the veterans have told me that each policy change so far has resulted in writers earning more, so fingers crossed!
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• Canada
20 Dec 10
Not to point fingers at anyone (and certainly not you, as I don't remember reading any of your articles before!) but I have read plenty of articles on Helium from members with 5 stars that were full of appalling errors, or were written very unprofessionally. Since the raters on Helium are not professional editors, it is easy for a terrible article to be rated higher than a superior one. I see it all the time.
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• Spain
21 Dec 10
Hello, Rebecca. Yes, you're quite right, and this is another bone of contention. If Helium truly wish to raise the standard, they must employ professional editors. Of course, the rating system doesn't help in its present form. People will just skim through without reading the articles properly, and even rate an article over another because one of their friends wrote it! Rating is supposed to be anonymous, but it's fairly easy to find out who wrote what. I have no problem with an article being rejected for being not good enough, or if someone else gets a better rating than me, but when the 'better' ones are obviously not up to standard, you wonder what's happening.
@mommaj (22773)
• United States
12 Dec 10
Hi sandra! I received the email about the payment being calculated differently. I don't really understand it, but I am on mylot looking at all the discussions to see everyone's feedback and what it is like. I'm mostly writing just for AC still. I haven't put anything on Helium for a couple of months. You seem really enthusiastic about the change though. Is this a good thing?
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• Spain
12 Dec 10
Hello, Mommaj. It's not that I'm particularly enthusiastic about the change, but I am pleased that Helium has reversed the decision not to allow 2nd person POV, and that there are more titles available on MP. I don't think it will mean more money for most of us, but, as a European writer, I can't earn on AC, so my options are limited. I have to make the best of it, and hope it works out.
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@hestylim (1211)
• Indonesia
12 Dec 10
I don't know what to say actually. I am one of the writer there, but lately I cannot write. All the titles seem hard for me. And words don't come my way. I never sold any articles on marketplace as well. I think it is harder to earn writing star now. I don't know why. I just managed to keep at least one rating star, so that my articles can earn. I lost my writing stars already.
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• Spain
12 Dec 10
Hello, Hestylim. I think Helium are raising their writing standards, which is a good thing, as there are lots of content sites with frankly dreadful articles. If the quality is there, it's still possible to earn on Helium. If you're struggling with your writing, you can ask for a mentor at Helium to point you in the right direction and get you earning again.
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@Arioch (190)
13 Dec 10
Yeah it has been intense on those boards. Well finally out of my four articles I wrote last week two have got accepted with $3 upfront payments and two have been rejected completely. The stock automated emails they send out do not really explain why in particular as they are in a similar style to the two that were accepted (though in different channels). The fact they are making some changes to it is good though they still have some way to go yet. When suggesting titles should let you know if they are off to the Market Place and a better selection of titles to write too would be appreciated. I still dont know how it will work out for more specalised niche writers and more casual writers though.
• Spain
13 Dec 10
Hello, Arioch. I had 3 of my 5 articles rejected and two transitioned. However, it was a bit confusing, because first I got a message saying all 5 had transitioned, then more saying 3 had been deleted. I've been with Helium for over 3 years, and only ever had 4 articles deleted. Now 3 have gone in one day! Helium needs to sort this mess out - and quickly. I'm a 5 starred writer, with lots of positive feedback, and 2 of the 3 articles were at number 1 when MP closed, yet they're deleted? Has my writing ability taken a dive south in a single week?
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@Arioch (190)
13 Dec 10
I added one of my "deleted" articles to the rest so i will be interested to see how it ends up ranking in a few days. I think this deleted/rejected article email should be rewritten I mean you can just post the artcle afterwards for no upfront payment if you want and the rejection explaination is very vague. Plus one of my articles seems to have been written to a title that has never appeared at all!
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@Arioch (190)
13 Dec 10
Currently it is sitting at number one under "tips for using snow chains" though lets give it a few more days.
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@divalounger (2276)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I have not yet decided what to do. I wonder in the long term how happy I will be there as I really believe that residuals are the way to go. I will keep watching the boards and checking out people's responses I guess. Sad!
• Spain
23 Dec 10
Hello, Divalounger. Since the initial problems, all my articles have either been purchased or transitioned for credit, so I'm getting upfront payments, but not as much as before. I don't earn a lot from residuals - I average just over $2 a day, and I have over 1000 articles at Helium. Helium is still the best paying site for writers, so I'm sticking it out. I'll just have to produce more articles to make up the shortfall, and hope that, as Helium said, the new Marketplace titles will perform well for page views.