This is to do with Helium... a real concern that a writer comes from Helium to ask for comments. It suggests that they dont have the same level of support that hubpages have. I was thinking of going to helium for backlinks... not a hope now! lol
No it's good for backlinks. The rating thing really messes with you though. It is very hard to figure out why you are rated the way you are. All my writing seems to me to be of equal quality as my other articles there but some hit number and others just don't move. And I don't know why!!
Helium is a scam! Don't waste your time there. The rating system is crap! Many lose their rating stars just before payday. You then lose all of the pageview money your articles have earned. Guess who gets it! Read about Helium on HP. There are several helpful articles here.
Beware of the stewards, Jean. They have the ability to affect your article ranking if it competes with theirs, specially in the writing contests. You must rate with the masses in order to maintain rating stars. This means rating randomly and not spending much time on the process. Sad, but true!
But their system is quite unstable, especially when it comes to writing stars. Bad luck happens and you might lose it at the worst time possible, or good luck can happen and you'll get an extra star at the best time possible (last one happened to me. went from 1 to 2 rating stars at the time of upfront calculation. Only happened once, but that was neat).
But that's why I now only rely on the shared revenue, where I actually do earn a lot of money from. ("A lot" being relative to the fact that I only have 30 articles, more than half of which were from my beginner writing days and way before I even looked for good searchable topics).
Losing rating stars before payday is really rare nowadays though. All you have to do is log in 1-2 days before calculation day and rate 10 articles. Or be like me and log in about once a month and do 20 rates just in case.
It was my writing star, not rating star. It means I have to write another article that places well before I can put in my paid article, which is due tomorrow. Not sure it's worth it. Maybe I'll just turn it into a hub and take a chance at it earning some revenue. Although the $50 would have been nice.
You obviously have not experienced the same treatment many others have on Helium. The site is corrupt to the core. They refuse to respond to the Better Business Bureau about many, many, complaints filed against them. Still sound like a reputable site?
But since I only care about rating stars, I wouldn't know as much about the faults of writing stars. I haven't cared about writing stars in ages.
I also don't participate in contests and the marketplace because I hate writing for a chance at being chosen. I'd rather go to textbroker and earn less, but at least be guaranteed a payment without other competition.
But since I only use the shared revenue (rating star) portion of the site nowadays, I never have problems. Even with only 30 articles, most (about 15-20) of which were written back in 2007 as a beginner (Helium was my first writing site), and a large amount of the non-beginner articles written back when I still didn't know much about seo, I still manage to make about 20-60 cents a day.
Helium was my first writing site too. Boy, did I learn a few things about writing sites there. Although I made three or four hundred dollars in my almost 1 year experience there, most of it was for Marketplace sales at $50.00 a pop and some contest money too.
When I discovered the stews had certain privileges, (this was denied by the staff) I dug deeper and found out why some things appeared to be not quite right. It cost me over 100 articles to find out the site was dishonest. Losing the articles was worth it though!
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