Frustrated with Associated Content...back to Helium

United States
November 5, 2009 1:01am CST
Am I the only one who suffers from these writing sites? One month I will be frustrated by Helium, the next by Associated Content. Right now, I am reeling from rejection by AC and I am back with Helium looking like a better site for writing. Maybe it's just the effect of a nice payout this month (since I didn't make it last month)? Does anyone else go back and forth between these two sites like a yo-yo, or am I the only one?
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@Trensue (5259)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I keep trying AC, but they can not seem to offer me the money that Helium does. My more heartfelt articles are on AC ~ where no one reads them and I don't get paid for them there either! Did twitter really help your page view?
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I'ld love to know if Twitter really helped anyone. LOL I didn't join, but someone must be tweeting my articles because I made over $40 this past month. YAY me. LOL I can't do anything on helium compared to AC. AC has changed their payments and article acceptances, but I don't know what's going on. I can't get any money from Helium worth mentioning, but I am finally getting a little for writing to empty titles. Of course, I writing against you and you are ahead of me. I'll catch you. LOL (somehow I doubt it. LOL)
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@Trensue (5259)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I am sure it is just me reading every one of your articles over and over. What do you mean writing against me? I am so confused. Yes, I twitted your articles - don't know if it helped though.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
I actually make more money on page views from Helium, but then I have more articles there. If I ever get my numbers equal on Helium and AC, it will be a real test. As for Twitter, I do think that the Tweeting helped for that month that I did use Twitter. I was doing it every day and at the end of the month, my page views were up. However, I never saw any comments by anyone other than people already on Associated Content, so I am not sure it was really getting more attention from outside folks (ie, those not on AC already). I think that Twitter has potential, but it is one more thing to take up time that probably would be just as well spent writing articles. It doesn't take that much effort, but you have to be conscious of doing it, and I tend to forget about Twitter. Do you think it works for you???
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Hey anythng. As you know I am always big on AC because I can't seem to get the hang of Helium to make money. LOL I'm surprised you can at least do one one month and the next the next month.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
Well, whatever works is what I say. I usually make more from Helium in the page views category, but I am not sure if that's because I have more articles there, too. Anyway, I am a long way from Trensue, with her 1,000+ articles. If I ever get to that point, I will be singing. Just wait, however, in a couple of weeks, I will be complaining about Helium and the star rating system! Then it will be back to AC for me. Actually, I decided I would just post things I had already written to AC instead of new stuff. That way, I won't get mad when they reject it. Writing really makes me crazy, but I do like it or I wouldn't keep on with it. Instead, I just drive everyone else nuts by complaining all the time. MyLot becomes my outlet for the madness!
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
6 Nov 09
HEHE. That is what I am doing with Helium. I am taking my articles from AC and putting them on Helium. Hopefully someday it will work out well. LOL I would like to see more page views. LOL
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@mommaj (22878)
• United States
6 Nov 09
I find that a worse type of rejection. I know ac is only reading a little of the article and putting it in a computer program. I hate to think someone doesn't like my writing. That type of rejection is harder. LOL Most of the articles I put on AC I get upfront payment for.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
6 Nov 09
I know how you feel with the upfront thingy, although I'm not eligible for it, but sometimes writing sites can make me go crazy. And so I stop for 2-3 days and come back to it whenever I have writings to upload. I've never been active on Helium anymore, don't know why, but the reasons must be the star thingy, although I did cash out once only.. So, back to the yo-yo thing, yeah, I do feel like that too. Although my yo-yo is invariably from the lot to AC and then to blog writings. The lot is of course, a relax portal. But for those writing sites, oh yeah, and I am also on Hubpages, sometimes I feel like I just wanna stick to one site. But the boredom makes me come back to the other each time. Maybe it's just me...
• United States
6 Nov 09
Boredom is another factor. I guess it is an internal balance, switching between sites. I keep telling myself I am going to try a new site (like Triond) instead of just going between Helium and AC, but I never do. I started with HubPages, but that seemed like so much work to set everything up, and then you need at least 3 of those pages to start earning cash. Yowsa...in all that time I could have been writing somewhere else, so I just abandoned HubPages. I guess I keep hoping there's some "perfect" writing site out there that I haven't discovered, but that's no doubt an illusion.
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• United States
7 Nov 09
Or maybe we are both crazy?
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
7 Nov 09
Perhaps so... But I sure am crazier than you...
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@Trensue (5259)
• United States
5 Nov 09
AnythingArt - how did tweeting work for you.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
I think it's beneficial, but it's hard to measure the results. My page views did go up for the month that I did the Twitter challenge at Associated Content, but I am not sure if that was just coming from other people on AC as I did not see any new commenters from the outside world. I did have new people find me on Twitter. For example, I posted info on an article on collecting watches, and suddenly I had these watch companies following me on Twitter or I wrote a review of a book about a woman lawyer, and had a few women lawyers wanting to follow me on Twitter. But did they read the article? That's hard to say. I haven't tried it with Helium articles or anything else for that matter. Do you tweet about your articles over on Helium? Do you get any results?
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@Trensue (5259)
• United States
6 Nov 09
I didn't do a whole lot of mine, but I think overall it was a waste of time. Know that sometimes I would sign in and there would be literally 100 tweets from one author on their articles. I would stop following that one just to clear things out and see if there was anything else interesting. I would tweet one of mine of two of others. I don't think it is something that I will keep up with.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
I have to laugh because I do exactly the same thing. If one person floods my Twitter page, out they go as a "friend." Most of the time, they are tweeting about contests...did you notice that? Anyway, I am about where you are with Twitter. I still try and go over there occasionally, but I can't really demonstrate any tangible benefits.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
7 Nov 09
There are definitely tricks to making them work for you. For the moment helium is what works best for me. At AC you are going to need evergreen articles that can generate page views year round and you're going to have to think about stuff that people are searching every day. Forget about upfront payments and concentrate on the type of content. If you want to be paid upfront don't submit anything important to you to any site paying you less than $10 for 400-500 words.
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• United States
7 Nov 09
Wise words, Canellita! I think I have found (well, at least for the moment) what satisfies my writing craving and helps keep the craziness at bay. I am trying to jst use Associated Content for reposting articles I have already written. That way, I don't stress myself out. If I make any extra money, great. I thought maybe doing the Calls for Content was the solution, and I did make money that way, but I spent way too much time researching things, even when I knew the topic very well. I still do research for Helium articles, but it's at my own pace and timeline and on topics I want to know about at the moment.
@adhyz82 (36256)
• Indonesia
5 Nov 09
wow. why? so do you think whats the best? AC or helium? iam member of bukisa, helium and shvoong. but only in shvoong, iam active.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
I guess the answer to which works best depends on my frame of mind at the time. AC can be good if you get upfront payments, but for strictly page views, I do better at Helium. Part of that may be due to the fact that I also have more articles over on Helium. I would need for the article number to be even to judge. I don't know Shvoong. Why do you like that site? Maybe I should give that one a try?
@adhyz82 (36256)
• Indonesia
6 Nov 09
because shvoong welcome our writing in my language. it can helps many of my country people write in svoong. but maybe the payment is poor.
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Right now I am just getting caught up with both of them but I prefere AC because they allow my poems with the curse words where as Helium will not. Keep writing and hey at least you can yo-yo between them and here. Ainge
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• United States
20 Nov 09
I didn't know that Helium censored the poetry like that!
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I like Helium, even though I have not put a new article up in a while...I still manage to make payout, by just rating. I think that there is something to that, especially when you are in a dry spell.
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• United States
15 Nov 09
Sometimes I don't have time to write there, and I forget about rating, but it is key to keeping your articles in circulation! I like to keep on a regular writing schedule, but the last week, I was busy with something else and now my mood is off. Oh, it's always a struggle to keep all this going, but you bring up a great point!
@WC1989 (595)
• United States
10 Nov 09
I go back and forth between AC, Helium, Bukisa, Squidoo, Epinions, and Textbroker like crazy. Then again I'm one of those people who can't do the same thing all the time.
• United States
10 Nov 09
Wow, you pursue even more options than I do, but I think it probably keeps things fresh. There's something to be said about going deep into a site because you learn all the ins and outs of how things work and can maximize your earnings, but there can also be a high frustration level because you also see the flaws in the system and what's holding you back that you can't control. Each of us writers is different and needs to find what works best for us!
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
6 Nov 09
I go back and forth between triond and reviewstream. I stopped doing helium a while ago, I don't know why. Maybe I'll wander over there.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
I've signed up for Triond, but never written there. Maybe I should explore that site for awhile. Do you like it? Helium can be frustrating because of the rating star system, but if you look beyond that, you can make some money there. I usually make payout every other month without too much trouble.
• United States
6 Nov 09
I know what you mean. I have had people harassing me on AC, and so I just decided to leave. I still have my work on that site, and I still collect some money on it from articles that I have published before, but I am not posting anything on there right now. I had to take down one of my article because people were getting angry about it. It was really frustrating. I love to write, but these people are making it so hard for anyone to write because they are so critical of every little last thing.
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• United States
6 Nov 09
Sorry that you experienced harassment over on AC. I know that there are a lot of very opinionated folks there, particularly when it comes to politics. I try not to get in the middle of it because I usually seem to be on the opposite side. I mostly write about art, books, and travel. I guess in that sense, Helium is best because people can't leave comments. Well, they can comment directly to you, but no one else will see their comments if they happen to be rude...but I have never received a trollish comment over on Helium. I think people should not throw stones. I don't always agree with what people have to say, but I try not to be rude even when I completely disagree with them. I don't know what people get out of that kind of rude behavior? Does it make them feel like a big deal? It just shows everyone else what a jerk they are.
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
hello, if there's one thing that i enjoy writing in a site so much is this site mylot.i tried to be active in associated content but they didn't accept my article and besides i was a lot of articles there discouraging people to join mylot, which gave me the reason not to join there site. i don't even know helium, am not that a professional write.
• United States
6 Nov 09
Yes, MyLot comes without complications, like writing sites. However, you have to spend a lot of time here to make any money. It's quicker to make money on writing sites, but it's a lot more work (researching information and putting it all together into an article). MyLot is someplace I come just to enjoy myself and see what's new.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Wow, I seen this discussion after I responded to the other one, but I will respond to this one also!! I do go back and forth between the two sites. Some weeks I am hot. I can come up woith title after title for AC, get $3 upfront payment for them all, then either go blank with ideas to write about, or they stop with my iupfront payments. I have written several about volunterring that have been rejected and I am not sure why that is when I have written about volunteering in other cities and been offered upfront payment. ANyways,when I go blank I can go to Helium and find tons of things to write about, and it is a lot different than what you can wirte about on AC and get upfront payment for/. Ayleast with Helium you know all of your aticels will be accepted,and I love trying to increase my star level,and am styarting to try some Marketplace Titles.
@trisha27 (3496)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I see what you mean about yo-yoing back and forth through out the sites. I have spent more of my time on helium, because I see that I make more money on there then I do AC. AC in a way just kind of bored me, I guess from me not earning so much on there and I have posted articles up for upfront payments but they just get rejected they only accepted one of my articles and thats it. But I have been making good money over at helium, better than AC. I haven't reached payout yet from that site but I think the main reason I just need to write more, but I'm planning on doing that now, and watching my earnings and stars go up. So I think that I will be sticking with Helium for awhile, and maybe post my articles from Helium to AC. I guess my other reason for writing to Helium is the fact that there are already articles provided for you, or if you have an article idea, it'll get accepted. I kind of don't like the fact that on AC you have to come up with an article yourself. So I guess that another reason why I don't stick on there alot.
@Torrs13 (217)
• United States
26 Nov 09
I write for both of these sites and I agree that it can be frustrating at times. I try and keep a monthly goal for each site. Although my articles don't always get accepted by Associated Content, I still get good offers from the articles that they do accept. My problem with Helium is that your writing percentage can fluctuate a lot, which can affect your stars. At least you can make $1 for each empty title you write for. I think that as long as you have patience and persist to write, both of these sites will be beneficial to you. If not, there are plenty of sites you can write for. Check out Textbroker or Constant Content. Otherwise, you can always stick with MyLot :)
@sblossom (2169)
25 Nov 09
just joined AC website and feel it's so complicated. I feel the website is not good. i wonder why so many people are talking about it. i felt i made a mistake. anyway i will fixed on helium then just cross posted my articles to ac. if it works then it's good. i will get paid. if it's not,then i will give up as a bad job. it's really tirering to deal with them. I completely understand your feeling and agree with you.