Thanks to a comment placed on my other blog, I discovered Helium. Because of my curious and experimental nature, I am now playing with the site to see if it’s a more viable way to make money than 451 Press or Pay Per Post.
So far, it’s a lot more user-friendly than 451 Press but possibly not as lucrative as Pay Per Post. I’m not sure if it will make as much money, because I’m not exactly sure how the earning system works. But, like 451 and PPP, earnings are sent to PayPal.
The site is easy to register with, and it has a detailed user guide to help writers navigate things like building a profile and tracking their earnings. Instead of receiving a set amount per article, writers get royalties based on how popular and well written their articles are. Although, there is a marketplace where publishers ask for submissions, pick the best, then pay a set rate for those articles.
My favorite aspect so far is the earnings breakdown. I know, after one day, that I have earned $.01. I also know, thanks to the same page, that two articles I’ve written are ranked No. 1 in their respective categories, and the third article I’ve written is ranked No. 6 of 25. The earnings and payments page packs a lot of info into an easy to read format.
The biggest problem I have is the site’s emphasis on rating, and the addictiveness of ranking others’ articles. This is one of the things I tried to avoid, years ago, when I was a member of Writing.com. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the rating system there, I think it’s better than the Helium system. Another plus: unlimited room on Helium for showcasing work. On Writing, the last time I logged in there was a space limit for portfolios.
Helium looks like a great resource for new writers who haven’t built up clips. The marketplace is also helpful for writers to gain recognition. A skilled writer with even a glimmer of talent will stand out. The user guide is also a great resource for writers to learn the dos and don’ts of self-marketing for their site.
I’ve set up my articles and about me page; it will be interesting to see how this particular site will pay out compare to the amount of work I put in.