Back in January I uploaded an article on the three top sites where writers can submit articles and maybe get paid – Triond (Get Out From Under Debt and Stay That Way), , Helium, and Associated Content (How to Pay Off Your Debt and Live Debt Free in 3 Steps).
Although each site encourages at least some promotion, I’ve done none at all because I wanted to see what, if anything happened if I simply wrote the articles and let them sit there. Here’s what I’ve earned:
- Triond – 8 cents
- Associated Content – 99 cents just for submitting and I may have another 2 cents coming.
I had, of course, slightly different log ins and passwords on each system – their requirements, not mine – and had to retrieve both in all three cases.
Triond was the easiest; on request I was simply sent the password which worked.
Associated Content had me go through a fairly simply password reset procedure.
Helium requires I answer a security question I apparently picked when I signed up – my mother’s maiden name – and it’s not recognizing that. No clue if I mistyped in the beginning or it’s something else. I’ve sent a query to their help, but for now I can’t get in.
I’ve got to wonder at Helium’s seeming excessive security – I mean who is going to do what to my account? And I doubt if a security question solves any problem. I like Triond’s approach the best because it means I don’t have to go through any significant goat dance to retrieve my password, making their system again the easiest to use.
While waiting for Helium to send a password I explored Associated Content’s Assignments a bit. There are 35 assignments today. Most are requests for healthy food articles/recipes or Cinco de Mayo stuff. Pay offers range from $4 to pay by performance only. I hadn’t realized AC also accepted video clips. The two I looked at offered $5 each.
It’s been 20 minutes since I sent the request for password help to Helium and no response yet. This makes me want to eliminate Helium entirely! Ease of use is a must to make these systems even close to sustainable. I’m guessing the purchasers of articles will have about the same experience with each service.
Anyway, when and if I get a response from Helium, or even if I don’t by end of day, I’ll let you know.
I can see if you are willing to work these three systems you might get in a position to earn $500 or more per month on a residual basis – but you’ll have to promote and promote and it will take not only promo time but time for the income to build. I don’t know how long it would last. I suspect the more the articles you post have no dated material the better. In other words, making money this way requires an understanding of writing so-called evergreen material.
Again, I’d love to hear from anyone who has had any experience, good, bad, or indifferent.
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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