Friday I challenged myself to go through the process with Triond, Helium and Associated Content. Over the weekend I wrote three short articles – less than 1,000 words each – on getting rid of credit card debt and learning to live debt free.
Actually what I did was write the first, then rewrite the original into two additional articles, each original and with slightly different facts, but alike enough so I could do them fairly quickly. I edited them this morning and began the submission process.
Associated Content – I had significant trouble even getting signed up. I don’t know if it was because, at first I was using Google’s browser (Chrome) or what. Monday morning after a couple of tries I was able to reset my password and I think everything will be okay from now on. Once I got logged in, publishing an article is fairly simple. Oh, they want things like no paragraph indents, and single spacing. They also have places for keywords, takeaways and other marketing items. Now that I know they’re there I’ll plan ahead.
I gather there’s some approval process because my account page shows I’ve submitted the article, but that’s all.
Helium – I had no problem registering and logging onto Helium. My problem was it took a long time to figure out how to submit my article. It’s not intuitive. You’ve got to work through their menu of topics and find a pencil icon which, when clicked, will take you to a submission place. Although it may not have honored my numbered points, I’m not sure because after submission I was taken someplace where I need to rate article. I rated the first one, skipped 4 and with 6 skips left, or was it the other way, decided to quit that time waster and see what happened. Double checking the directions on submitting articles I didn’t find any reference to rating others.
When I went back, the article is there and according to my account has already received 32 ratings out of 61. I don’t know how that’s possible given the short time it’s been up, but who really knows. Also, Helium didn’t actually let me pick my own title. Instead, it was derived from the category I chose.
Triond – dirt simple to submit because you can upload directly from your computer. You can also cut and paste. Nice to have the choice. You’re asked for tags or key words and a description of your article, but it’s the easiest submission of the group.
The article is now in my pending file, awaiting approval of some sort.
As you can tell, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time reading the rather extensive instructions and explanations available on each site, and none of the three make it easy to discover exactly how much I can earn. In fact, I have the sense that each site should consult with a couple of actual writer/users so they can make the whole process much more understandable.
I’ll keep you posted.
Also in this series: Checking Up On Helium | An Offer From Associated Content | Writing and Uploading Articles for Triond, Helium and Associated Content | Anne To Try Triond, Helium and Associated Content | Triond, Associated Content, Helium – One More Time
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