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How to Make Money Writing Online for Helium

Updated on August 8, 2013

Make Money Online Writing Articles for Helium

What is Helium? Helium is an online writing publishing company that pays their writers to various articles on numerous topics.

Helium has several ways to earn money. Contests, pageviews and other factors can pull in a nice part time income or even a full time income once established. Theirs no catches, gimics or other schemes.

Say goodbye to countless hours of sifting through emails, clicking ads, and taking surveys for just pennies a day. Join Helium and have some real fun while earning real money.

UPDATE: Helium May Not Be the Best Place to Write

Since creating this blog I have decided to quit writing for Helium. I don't agree with their practices and many people have left.

The main reason I have decided to quit is because you do not get paid unless you rate other articles. I want to write for a living not critique. An addition, you get paid based on pageviews and how well your article is rated. With that being said it is only rated by thousands of other Helium writers who have to rate to get read. Many writers will read and rate fairly, while others will skim through clicking on either article A or B being the best. It's not rated on a level of how well it is, it's rated against another article side by side. I have often seen some of the most brilliant, well-written articles fall well below an article that is non-informative, has bad grammar, no punctuation or spacing, and numerous errors. The reason for this is because of the quick-click rate and go so that they get their required amount of rates in order to get their rating quotas met so that they earn on their articles.

I do NOT find this to be a fair practice and can no longer endorse Helium. Sure there are some great things about them like their weekly contest and Marketplace but again, the articles in the contest are by ratings which are usually a 'click-and-go'.

How do You Earn Money With Helium?

There are a few different ways to earn money with Helium. Helium doesn't offer upfront payment for your articles but, you can still earn limitless amounts of money with pageviews, contests, Marketplace along with a few other opportunities.

Pageviews

Helium pays their writers a certain amount for pageviews. While it has never been said how much, it's figured to be between $1-1.50 per 1,000 pageviews. I know it doesn't sound like much but when you have a handful of articles that are bringing in a few thousand pageviews a month it can eventually lead to big money. Plus, you will continue to earn your pageview 'bonus' for ever.

Marketplace

Ever read some fancy piece on the Internet, or seen an article a dog magazine? Chances are that those same articles came from an online publishing company. One just like Helium. Helium has connected with several partners to include Michael Jordans new steak company, Dog Fancy, fishing magazines, gardening magazines and much more to find authors to great articles. They can pay from $16 up to $150 or more. It just depends on who wants it and how quick.

Contest

Once of the biggest ways to earn money on Helium is the contests. Helium as a number of contests going on at any time. They can pay from $60 for first place up to $150 and even higher sometimes. There is almost always 5-10 sometimes more contests.

The contest usually consists of a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner along with three 4th place winners. All of those will receive cash!

Be sure to check out the Contest section below to understand just how they work!

How Do You Get Paid?

It's the 21st Century Folks! How do you think you get paid? That's right......

Paypal is quick and easy!Paypal is an online bank that allows you to send the money to your personal checking account or you can get a Paypal Debit card that works just like any other debit card and it pulls it right out of your account. You can use it at Wal-Mart, to buy gas, pay bills or just support your online eBay addiction! The choice is yours!

Is There a Limit to How Much You Can Earn?

Nope, you can earn as much as you possibly can. Your account information with Helium is live and up to date. When you click on your earnings it shows just what you have earned up until that point.

There is absolutely no limit to what you can earn. However, you do have to reach $25 before you can get a payout. This helps Helium cut down on transfer fees for small amounts. Most people are making much more then that every few days.

Once your account hits $25 simply request payment by clicking on the "Request Payment" button before the last day of the month. You will receive payment by the 10th day of the following month.

What Can You Write About?

You can find titles on just about anything you can think of. From computers, landscaping, reviews, automotives, how-to's, crafts, recipes and much more. Helium has thousands and thousands of article topics.

In addition to writing articles, Helium accepts poetry, short stories, memiors and prose.

If you can name it, they will take it!

What Are the Requirements

Helium has very few requirements but, the ones that they do have are very important.

There is a 400 word minimum for all submissions with the exception of poetry and recipes. 400 words isn't much.

And the most important rule is no plagiarism. Helium does not and will not tolerate it.

Can You Make Money with Referrals?

Yes! You earn 5% of what ever your referrals earn. However, that's not going to bring you in much money unless you find serious writers who are looking for away to earn money. Each little bit helps so it is worth it but you won't see a major earnings from it. But again, each little bit helps right?

Other Online Writing Sites That I Write For....

In addition to Helium, I also write for a few other online publishers.

Associated Content is another great online site that I write for! AC actually provides upfront payment and pageview and there is no specific topic. I have made a fun amount with Helium as a hobby but I primarly right for Associated Content. I have seen where I can actually make a living writing for AC. Check out, How to Make Money With Associated Content

And of coarse Squidoo. Squidoo has been very beneficial for me because not only does it allow me to create 'mini sites' for myself it gives me that chance to link all my articles in a central location and then branch off with my articles to a specific topic such as Gardening.

Share your thoughts, ideas and tips on writing for Helium.

What do you think about Helium?

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      wjlambert lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for including the update and fairness issue. It's unfortunate that some revenue-sharing sites are slowly failing to maintain good quality and instead revert to less savory techniques

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      Muckypup 4 years ago

      I am trying Helium at the moment and to be honest the Revenue share seems poor however the fixed rate articles are easy to write with enjoyable subject matter, I think I will keep going for that very reason - Great Lens!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Art, go to Helium.com and click on join. I would advise against it though. You now have to RATE/Compaee at least 40 articles from other readers (that's a total of 80 articles a month) to get paid for your own articles. If you don't get your rating start with 40 articles you don't get paid. Since everyone is REQUIRED to rate to get paid you have several who will just click on a rating number without reading it which messes up the true rankings. Only the top few articles in each category make anything. I have given up on Helium and can NEVER get my articles back. They are exclusive to Helium even though when I joined 7 years ago I was not required to rate. I wasted that time and money for a few pennies. 7 years I have made less than $50 and that includes winning a contest. I would suggest Yahoo Contributors (used to be Associated Content), Squidoo or Hub Pages first. You know you get paid for what you work for then.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      OuHow do you get started on Helium, or shall I say we're do you sign up to start the process of making money.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Yes, i just rate at helium enough that I can still earn my tiny residuals. I tried a few of their contests, but the time v. money ratio was not good compared to Y!CN or HubPages. I'm just getting Squidoo up to speed, so I'm eager to see how well I can do here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been wondering if I should try Helium in addition to Squidoo and Yahoo Voices. I appreciate your lens - helped me make up my mind to pass on Helium. I don't like it that I won't get paid unless I meet some quota for rating articles.

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      wleon63 4 years ago

      I actually write for Helium, and have been with them since 2006. I think, like anything, it takes perseverance and patience. The rating system is not the best, I will say that about it, but there are countless other ways of earning on there.

      Articles that are written badly, will eventually fall, as top-quality articles will rise [the cream always rises to the top]. Better quality articles do earn money, I should know, I have around 948 articles on there, I have had no problems with Helium at all. I guess it is horses for courses, some people like the site, others do not.

      I do like the site, but it is like anything, put in the effort and you will get the rewards. Helium are always looking for new ways in which to pay their writers, so it is not just by ranking alone you get paid, there is more to Helium than that, as that does the site a disservice.

      Your post, however, is very good, although your experience of Helium is different to mine, you have written in-depth and with passion. And, that is how all writers should write, with passion and with writing to cause debate.

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      Kariuki EK 4 years ago

      This information confirms that the net is not a bed of roses. I'll stick with squidoo and Hubpages for now. Thanks for the update.

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      mercymathews 5 years ago

      Thanks for that update and for being honest about Helium. I write a lot for Freelancer. Do take a look at my story here: www.howtomakemoneyfreelancing.com

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      madnessmerritt 5 years ago

      Thank's for the update, I think I'll stick it out here on squidoo.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i want to write articals short story online and make money for this..

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      elpryce 5 years ago

      i still haven`t seen where on helium to add my paypal account to receive my payment. but i love your lense, it`s very informative. thanks

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      thegreenninja 7 years ago

      great lens! Thanks!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Tips. I registered with Helium and then was sidetracked! Here I am Squidooing! Thanks for the great info. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know I have linked to this from my own Helium Game Reviews article as I'm sure my readers will find it very informative :)

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      Life With Joanne 8 years ago

      Hello! Thank you for submitting this lens to the All About Making Money Group! We'll feature a different lens each week and I'll stop back in to let you know when your lens is being featured. I also gave you a five star rating. :-) Have a great day!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for giving mea clearer picture of Helium than I was able to get on my own. My problem is that I like to write, but not non-stop and with some of these sites, that seems to be necessary. But, I still plug along and will hope for the best wherever I write.

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      DreamWeaverJan 8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens here, I too am a member

      of Helium , and after reading your lens here I think I need to go back and try it out more!

      thank you! 5*****! and thank you so much for

      stopping by my own first lens on here.

      I am loving squidoo more and more!

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      JustAls 8 years ago

      thank for for the information!!!!

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      CubicleJoe 8 years ago

      Something to look into. I have participated with Ezine Articles and Ehow.com. Good information.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Nice breakdown -- sounds like there are more ways to make money than with AC, the other one I see mentioned a lot.

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      Tammy Winand 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      I have been on Helium for over 2 years but have yet to receive a payout.

      :(

      Granted I no longer devote much time to it. I did not even know they had contests...will have to look into that.

      Here's the URL to my page:

      www.helium.com/users/65418

      5* to your lens

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I've considered joining Helium but time is a factor. I teach, have a book coming out, and I love to make lenses. I might go back and take another look

      5*

      Lizzy

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