I have questions about Hellium

United States
November 5, 2011 10:10am CST
For mylotters who are on or have been on Hellium. Help. I do not understand the site. What does it mean to write TO a title? I do not understand the concept. I also could not figure out how to save. How do you save your work if you have not finished and need to go? How do they pay? Any tips or suggestions?
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4 responses
5 Nov 11
You'll get better answers from people who use it extensively but the basics are: It's basically revenue share. You earn per view on your articles. They pay in the usual way - a bit per view, per article, to Paypal every month. To get paid you have to earn a writing star (sort of like Clout 1 on AC) and maintain a Review star (by reviewing 10 articles every 30 days or something). "Writing to a title" means writing an article about a title that already exists: this is how Helium works. You can suggest a new title but mostly you write about things they have listed in any category. I don't know if they have a save feature - if not, write in Notepad and save locally, then copy/paste when it's done. They also have a marketplace which is like Assignments in AC: you write to the titles suggested and can earn a bit extra. Hope it helps!
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• United States
5 Nov 11
As always, thanks for your help. I did write and submit to Helium. And then I got to rate some articles. I am having a little success on AC and Triond but I want to venture out. Some of the sites seem to complicated for me.
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5 Nov 11
With absolutely no offense intended to Helium (which is a very reliable site), it's off my list. It just takes too much work to maintain payments - the writing itself plus regular visits to maintain the Rating star. For the returns, it wasn't worth it.
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• United States
5 Nov 11
Well, guess what happened to me. I got a message from Helium saying that my article was deleted. They said it was well written (which it was) but that I had written to a wrong title. And suggested that I create my own title or find a different one. This is what happened when i first tried to write for Helium some weeks back. I submitted a title which was rejected, I gave up back then but I thought that i would try again today. I have submitted another title for my article. I have searched Helium for a more appropriate title but can not find one. it is already too much work.
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@scheng1 (24982)
• Singapore
6 Nov 11
Hi Bostonphil, Helium does not allow you to use your title. You have to use the title already created in Helium. That is the challenge of writing for Helium. On top of that, you have to write in magazine style, and that means cannot use first person perspective. The best is to write in Word, and save in your computer. After that, just copy and paste to upload the content. Do not ever use the template for writing articles, you will lose everything.
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• United States
6 Nov 11
Helium liked my article. They told me that it was well written but that I had written to the wrong title. I spent a lot of time trying to find a more appropriate title but could not. Supposedly, you can create your own title and submit it for approval. That is what I did. I tried this a couple of months back and my title was rejected. Why do they make it so much work to write for them? What is this thing about writing to a title? Why do they not just read your article and place it to a title?
• United States
7 Nov 11
Thanks for the info. I am not all that tech savvy so what you tell me does not quite take root in my brain. it is not what you have said. It is my knowledge level. it is a little beyond me. But It seems that you are telling me that Helium is trying to help me -- that they are looking out for me. So why doesn't Helium write a title for me?
@scheng1 (24982)
• Singapore
7 Nov 11
Hi Bostonphil, the team doing the title is not the same as the team managing the website. In future, just check through the available titles in the marketplace before you start writing. Do not waste time writing, and then cannot post because no suitable title is available. That is the way Helium works, and it will not change.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
7 Nov 11
Hello, Bostonphil. I write solely for Helium, and I earn between $200 and $300 a month. I only pull in around $40 - $50 from revenue share, so most of the rest comes from incentive payments. I think the first thing you need to understand is how Helium works. Spend some time on the help pages to get an idea. It's not a site where you just write what you want to and then find a title. It's best to browse the titles, then write an article around the chosen title. If there isn't a title you want, you can suggest your own, but it needs to be crafted in the Helium format, or it won't be accepted. It's easier - at least at first - to write to the titles on site. There are new ones appearing every day. When you're more comfortable with how the site works, you can then think about suggesting your own titles. I'm not being patronising here, and I hope it doesn't come across in that way, but I think you may be trying to run on Helium before you can walk. I'm a Channel Manager and an Editor there. Contact me through the link on my MyLot profile page and I'll help you to get started if I can. There's also a new member mentor there. It's worth sticking with it.
• United States
7 Nov 11
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my discussion. I will send you a mylot friend request so that we can message each other. I have read of some persons doing well on Helium. That is why and how I joined. But I find this concept of writing to a title confusing. And I do not understand the idea behind it. Why are Helium members needing to write to a title.? You do do well on Helium. I find $200 - $300 a month very acceptable. How many articles have you placed on Helium and how long have you been with the site? I will look into their help pages and I will send you a mylot friend request. Thanks again for your feedback.
• Spain
7 Nov 11
I've been on Helium for 4 years, and I have 1600 articles up there. That's not the whole story, though. For the first two years or so, I was just 'playing' on Helium, writing what I wanted, when I wanted, with no thought for page views or earnings. I suppose you could say I was indulging myself. At the same time, I was relocating, so I didn't have much time to devote to my writing. Since February 2010, I have been trying to boost my writing earnings. I'm more organised with targeting the writing for page views and earnings, although I still write stuff just for me now and again. I want to enjoy my writing as well as earning from it. As to Helium's model of providing titles to write to, it's the way they've always done it, and it's not likely to change in the near future. It has its advantages, though. Browsing the titles can inspire you to write, and it ensures that there are not too many similar or duplicate titles. Personally, I think it can focus writers when they have a title to write to.
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• United States
7 Nov 11
You accepted my friend's request. Thanks. I will be in touch. I have a p.t. job and am needing to get ready for work. I did check out your Helium Web Site. Thanks for the encouragement. I was ready to call it quits on Helium
@bagarad (7509)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Nov 11
I don't write on this site myself, but have a friend who wrote a lot for them. I was going to look into it, but read some very bad reviews on HubPages. Before you get in too deep, I suggest you go to HubPages and do a search for Helium. Some love it and some hate it, and it might be good to find out why before you invest too much time into it.
• United States
5 Nov 11
Thanks. I will do that. Helium deleted my article because I wrote to the wrong title. The first time that I tried to write for Helium, they did not approve the title that I suggested. Helium said that my article was well written but that I had written to the wrong title. I have read reviews and some persons love Helium and have done well on the site. That is why I tried again.