Helium relaunches, sinks fast and is closing down

The balloon bursts
The balloon bursts

Helium's lack of respect

There have always been some negative reviews about Helium but for me it was a great site, at least for a while. All websites have to undergo changes at times in order to survive and continue to make money but what sets some above others is they always respect their writers.

Helium sadly does not.

Some years ago it decided to implement a steward scheme and the rot started there. If the keepers of a zoo hand the keys over to the monkeys chaos will soon descend. Need I say more?

Well maybe not on that score but let's review the website.

Helium?

Are you an active member of Helium.com?

  • Yes
  • No
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Helium sinking fast

Helium, like all websites began as a small venture. With the dedication of its writers it has grown.

Early in 2013, or maybe late 2012, the site announced it would be relaunching later this year. However, unless you were one of the select view what form this relaunch would take was a mystery. It still is to many writers.

It decided to call itself 360 degrees which apparently means it covers a wealth of subjects, in quite a few micro-sites, all with a curator in place-a former site steward.

So not only have those stewards who are unscrupulous screwed the site and its system for sometime they now get rewarded with, in effect, their own site.

Writers work was shifted onto the sites, but some such as zones which tried to be hubs, were ditched.

Helium's stats plummeted. Now they are looking at ways to encourage writers to contribute but their method is to hit the writer's earnings.

The latest change is that passive income is well and truly dead at Helium.

In order to accrue and receive any earnings you MUST write, rate or at least edit your work. Don't hold your breath though as, if that one does not work, further changes will follow.

And surprise, surprise, this change does not apply to those chosen few at Helium. As "hard-working" stewards, come curators, come staff at Helium they are exempt as long as they continue that work.

Making any money?

If you are a member of Helium.com do you make money?

  • Lots
  • A little
  • Sometimes
  • Never
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Helium hangs on to fake agreements

Those of us who joined Helium in the early days agreed to the site's terms. Most people rarely read these rules in depth, but the one constant with Helium is YOUR WORK CANNOT BE DELETED FROM THE SITE.

Helium may choose to delete it if they think you have broken their terms of agreement, or for example, if it is old work that no longer meets their ever changing guidelines, such as length of the report.

Helium also maintains that any work you post on the site cannot be used elsewhere, unless it has been on Helium for one year or more, but you still cannot remove it from the site. Of course, as many other sites will not accept reports which appear on other sites, you are pretty much stuck.

However, as Helium has changed the goalposts so many times can they really claim that your original agreement, if made years ago, still stands?

Making any money on the new micro-sites?

Have you made any money since the re-launch of Helium? Only answer if you are an ordinary member of the site

  • Tons
  • You gotta be kidding
  • A little
  • Now and then
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Fancy writing for Helium? Don't bother

Helium has grown fat off the work of others. It has paid out but if a writer's account became inactive the money stopped. Then they introduced a rating system. You had to rate and accrue at least one writing star to get paid. Now it is, come and play on Helium or screw you.

Harsh?

Yes harsh but true.

No doubt those privileged writers who are now curators are reaping the rewards. This is obvious when you see their accounts on other sites inactive as they spend all their time on Helium. The new rules, of course, guarantee them good money off the back of other writers.

The problem as I see it is, by the time you get wise you have wasted your time on Helium and given them a great deal of your work, for next to nothing.

If you still fancy writing for Helium good luck to you.

Suck up to the senior stewards on the site and get yourself a curating job in order to make any real money.

To those who said Helium was a scam, and I said no, apologies. Better late than never, I realized that is true.Perhaps this hub will act as warning to many. Hub-pages allows its writers flexibility and the chance to earn money--that has to be valued.

Helium did not consult any of its member about the change, except for its cronies. Employers know that change is always more successful in the workplace if the employees feel included and have some input.

Good employers that is, and Helium has shown it is not a good place to invest time and effort.

Rate Helium here

1.3 out of 5 stars from 8 ratings of Helium.com

Conclusion

Helium micro-sites are still in their infancy and so they could pan out. However, do you really want to chance that? If they do not your work will be stuck on that site making money for a select few.

Does Helium want a reputation as a site that screws writers? It probably does not care as long as the money comes rolling in.Right now though it looks to be struggling to survive.

Still as you sow so shall you reap!

Note: This hub had some old comments as the writer revamped an old hub about the positives of Helium, rather than deleting and starting afresh.(Most comments are now deleted)

Yes writers have flexibility on Hub-pages, which is why it will continue to outclass Helium time and time again.

May 15, 2014, updates, Helium is closing down

This hubber hates to say "told you so" but the latest news is that Helium is closing down.

Those of you who have work on that site may find their announcement useful. It reads:

NOTICE: The Helium Publishing 360 sites will be available on a read-only basis effective May 21, 2014 and will continue to be available on a read-only basis until December 15, 2014. During this period, if you have an existing Account, you will continue to have access to your Account and accrue potential Minimum Amount Threshold, but you will not be able to add more articles to the Helium Publishing 360 sites or create a new Account. If you have attained the Minimum Payout Threshold, which currently is set at $25.00, we strongly encourage you to withdraw your Minimum Amount Threshold because the Helium Publishing 360 sites will terminate on December 15, 2014 and you will no longer have access to your Account.

  • Why are the Helium Publishing 360 sites shutting down?

    Changing market conditions and the proliferation of competitive publishing outlets and free blogging tools, as well as declining usage and revenue, were all contributing factors. After careful consideration it was determined that the existing business model cannot be sustained. Detailed information can be found in the FAQ.

    On May 21 you will be able to remove, download or copy your articles. Instructions for doing so will be posted here on that date.


Remember those links

If you have your own blog or website you may have added links to your work on Helium. You may have even taken the time to change them when Helium relaunched. Now you will need to remove them if you are going to remove your work from Helium.

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Comments 3 comments

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ethel smith 18 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Sad news I know-gets harder all the time - Thanks for reading


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

Helium is gone now. It was fun while it lasted. So many article sites are going away. Orble can't be far behind.


Chase29 5 years ago

Before contributing to Helium, be warned. I posted some articles on there, then decided that I would like to delete them. This is not allowed. So I asked them to delete my name from them, at the very least. They told they would do so, but that it takes a while for the changes to appear. I waited and waited and finally reminded them. Eventually my name disappeared and was replaced with "author name withheld." However, when I go into Google, Bing, Ask, or other search engines and type in my name, I am still directed to these articles. It may say "author name withheld" but anyone who knows me can decipher that I wrote the articles. When I brought this to the attention of helum's "helpers" they told me that this is an error with Google and that I should contact Google directly. Dumbest thing I have ever heard. I wish I had never gotten involved with helium. Take it from me: What you post there will haunt you permanently, so if you take part in writing an idiotic essay on winter crafts or shoe trends, it will follow you to your grave.

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