Helium got back to me un-snarling my security question way faster than I followed up after I got squared away. They have some truly nice, interesting and helpful people there. (You know who you are.) And just to be clear, I’m the one who made the initial mistake, mistyping my mother’s maiden name of all things.
Anyway, it turns out that, at least in theory, I’ve made way more money so far with Helium than with Associated Content and Triond. The total at the moment is $5.04. I say in theory because in order to collect I’ve got to earn $25 accumulated. And I’ve got to have something called a rating star. As I understand it to get my first star I’ve got to get 40 “rates” within 90 days.
As I recall, part of the Helium game is to rate other people’s articles. I assume that’s where my rating might come from. Rating takes time, not a whole lot of time, but it does require some effort. I frankly don’t understand what Helium is trying to accomplish with the rating system. It seems unlikely people who buy the articles would be too concerned, but maybe I’m wrong.
Helium, like Associated Content, let’s publishers post writing needs complete with price. I didn’t look at all of them, but it looks like most are around $20-$25 which is certainly better than the SEO articles for $3 we see so often.
If I were going to work these sites for real experience and profit I’d probably do something like I did this time. Write one article that I can spin three ways. I’d study the rules and I’d do what I could do to promote myself, including having my own website where I’d point to all three services and to my individual articles.
It’s entirely possible that if I were just beginning my freelance writing career I’d even be a little excited about these sites. After all, I waited for 6 weeks for my first two rejections from magazines. In that length of time I might have made a buck or two online.
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