Helium is a website where active members earn a share of the site's revenue (Helium is monetized by Adsense) for writing articles.
Earnings are calculated according to ratings and rank determined by a voting system based on peer review.
Writers submit articles according to current topics. Topics are set by Helium HQ, but writers can submit a title for consideration by staff.
These articles compete for votes. Fellow members vote on which they feel is the better written article.
Voting, and therefore reading, articles is a requirement of members.
Members can also flag contributions for plagiarism and poor quality.
Writers are ranked according to the number of articles they've written and their ratings for which they get 'writing stars' These qualify the writer for upfront payments, competitions, promotions and being able to participate in the Marketplace.
Helium's model continually pits writers against each other. It's not enough just to write a quality article, but how much that article can earn is dependent on how others vote for it in comparison to similar articles.
If the same article were published at HubPages it's profitability is determined only by how many people click on ads on the authors share of the ad impressions.
While Helium also earns income through Adsense, a formula involving page views, rank, voting and other unknown factors determines the amount a writer earns. And this formula can be changed at any time. And this is the simplified version. It's actually a lot more complicated than that.
It is said that the average article earns between 5 and 20 cents per month. An average article at HubPages can earn that with just one ad click.
To improve your earning capacity you'd need to promote each article individually, by linking from your own pages on Myspace, Facebook, other social networking sites, as well as forums and social bookmarking sites.
Competitions are of course, also competitive, and prizes vary from vary from $5 to $60 in Helium contests. Winners are determined by ratings.
To be eligible for the Marketplace section you need to achieve a minimum standard so you can sell your articles to publishers (Helium takes a commission on each sale). If sold the article is removed from Helium. Unsuccessful submissions are moved to the main Helium site.
All in all, you can make money at Helium, but you must be talented and prolific. Considering the amount of hoops you need to jump through I'd find HubPages far easy. Certainly less stressful. As I'm not competing against my fellow Hubbers, but writing for an audience who will get some benefit from my writing (be it entertainment, educational or informational) and also appealing to search engines, the result being $$$ without it being a title fight each and every time.
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