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How to Earn Money Writing on Helium

Updated on December 30, 2013

How To Earn Money Writing on Helium

 There are several ways to earn money writing on Helium, but like any freelance work, you need to tackle it as you would any business.  You are highly unlikely to earn straight away, as all new businesses take time to build.  However, the site is easy to join, and, like Hubpages, there’s loads of information to help you get your writing business off the ground.

How To Earn Money By Writing on Helium

Once you’ve joined the site, I would read absolutely every bit of it that gives info on how to earn money, because I can see that it would be easy to write a little stuff and not earn anything from it. 

Advantages of Writing on Helium

Revenue share – Again, like Hubpages, you earn a share of the ads that are placed around your articles.

Upfront Payments – The beauty of writing on Helium, is that in addition to revenue sharing, Helium will pay an up front amount for your articles, but you need to know how the system works, or you won’t get a bean from upfront payments.

Freelance copywriting – I know, this is my favourite subject and I’m becoming boring, copywriting online works for me. Helium has a section called ‘Marketplace,’ where buyers post projects they need writing and you write for them.

Low payment threshold – The site pays out monthly once you reach $25.00.

This article will focus on upfront payments and the Marketplace.

Writing Stars

 In order to receive upfront payments, you need to earn writing stars.  You earn writing stars by….. wait for it…….writing.  Helium rates your work and dishes out stars accordingly.  The more stars you have, the more you receive in payment, for example, if you have one writing star, you earn $0.50 per article, and if you have five writing stars, you earn $2.50 per article.  This is in addition to the ad revenue share.


However, not all articles are the same.  You need to ensure that you write on competitive subjects (ones with more than three articles written) and that your article is within the first five titles of that subject, or ranks within the first five.  Earnings are calculated on the 24th of the month, and any submitted on the 25th will go over to next month’s calculations.  The pay out threshold is $25.00, so once you reach that amount you can request a payment.  All requests received by 4th of the month will be paid on 10th, but you do need a PayPal account.


Not all subjects qualify for up front payments, and Helium has a list on their site, but it’s generally subjects that don’t earn much ad revenue, such as creative writing and poetry, although they can earn merit badges (no money attached).

Empty Titles

In addition, you will receive $1.00 for writing to ‘empty titles,’ i.e. titles on the site that no-one’s written about, providing your work is ranked within the top five as more are written.  They are easy to find, as there’s an empty title button to check when you search for titles.



Each day titles are posted to this part of the site, looking for copywriters to write to them.  Payments offered are clearly marked at the side of the work, and there is usually a detailed brief from the buyer about what is required.  The lowest payment that I’ve seen offered so far has been $20, and the highest $120 (for 1-2,000 words – not bad!).  Only writers who have at least one writing star can write for Marketplace, and some titles are asking for specialist writers from a certain group, although you can apply to join various groups.  These payments are added to your account as adjustments.

As all payments are calculated on 24th of the month, it really pays to make sure you have a good cache of stars and high-ranking articles at that time.

The rules may be a bit complicated, but they are transparent and are written on the site for all to see, so if you treat writing on Helium as a business and work the system as it’s set out you can earn money by writing there.


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    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      Hi Georgina, just popping in to suggest you update this article or add a statement to emphasise that it refers to the "old" Helium. Many of the rules have changed and I'm sure you wouldn't want people signing up based on the information you've given here, and finding themselves confused!

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      6 years ago from Dartmoor

      Hi Peachpurple,

      There are so many SEO resources online, that it's best to try some and discover what works for you. The best place to start is to go to 'Topics'on Hubpages and put in SEO, then read some of the great articles. That should give you plenty of great advice.

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Which good SEO would you recommend?

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      6 years ago from Dartmoor

      Hi Peach purple, if you copy and paste yur hub to helium, both sites will recognise your work as 'copied' and may not publish. It's far better to write original content and do some good SEO.

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Very informative hub about helium. Do you think I could copy and paste my hub to helium? Or do I have to write articles that I have not publish in hubpages?

    • Springboard profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      As Sandyspider said, I'm on the fence with Helium as well. As my farewell hub suggested, I was looking (and really AM looking) for alternative places to write where I can also enjoy getting a little bit of money as well. Helium so far is a site I've joined, but have not written for. Someone mentioned when I mentioned it elsewhere on here that Helium doesn't give one their byline, yet I see articles with names alongside I'm wondering if that's really true? Of COURSE I want my byline on anything I write there. I'm sharing the work. Not giving it away. Call it 1st North American Serial Rights if you will, borrowing a paper publishing term. 1st North American Electronic Serial Rights because anything here is electronic. (Of course that phrasology also refers to mostly American and Canadian works). But the point is I'm only letting any of these site borrow my work. I want to be able to remarket my work, if that's possible to do so, at my leisure. Otherwise the fee, to my mind, would be something far more.

      Anyway, I'm rambling now. I'll let you share your thoughts.

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals - I like Helium, you write the article and you are paid the next month, but there are those who really struggle with it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think it's true of any plave you write for- you need to read and follow the rules. I have heard both good and bad about helium. As for me, I like hubpages.

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      ssDavis I agree, alot of online writing is low paid, but once you've built up a good stock of articles, they do keep income coming in without having to do much.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this clarification. Unfortunately, my experience with Helium has not been positive. I have been a pro writer for over 30 years and have been publishing online for over 10. I accepted an article in the Marketplace on a subject that I was very versed in. I'd written on that topic for many clients before. Their client asked for a rewrite. I did the rewrite, only to have it rejected. I can't waste my time writing on spec -- and I really shouldn't have to, for such low pay anyway.

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Money Glitch. The earnings can be slow to start, but then, so can the earnings at Hubpages. You really have to read their rules thoroughly, or you'll be writing loads and earning zilch.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Helium, is one site that I have not had a chance to check out yet. Thanks for sharing your experience with this site. :)

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks hypnodude.

    • hypnodude profile image


      8 years ago from Italy

      Very interesting, just like the other two on Helium. Rated and stumbled.

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      I think, like all ad revenue sites, some will work for you, others won't, but ALL sites will only pay out if you play the system and write exactly how they want you to. I love hubbing, it's a very slick site, but so far, my Helium earnings are building faster. Wherever you write, it's vital to spread yourself around and diversify. Content sites like Helium and Hubpages give you the opportunity to write what you choose to, but you may not make reliable money doing this, although it's fun. Copywriting can be dull, but it does pay - paid for me to buy some bonds this month and go out for a great meal. Whatever you choose, you really have to go through the rules with a nit comb and work that system hard!

    • JannyC profile image


      8 years ago

      You know I totally forgot about my helium account. Wonder if its still up...I might have to start all over now.

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      8 years ago from carthage ill

      very well written helium sucks I have written three different times unless you do it their way you work gets trashed I lost six hundred donation articles I returned to write of helium my work was trashed because it did not match what they need to sell their clicks. Hub has ten times the class of Helium

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have thought about Hellum. After reading the comments here, I'm still not sure.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thank you again for all your wisdom on how to make more money on line. People don't seem to understand that people write for a living, and they pay others for jobs why are we making pennies? Great hub

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      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      It pays when you discover the path that works for you and its nice of you to share info like this. I am a beginner at hub pages, but love to write. Thanks for information.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Georgina, for the explanation. When I straightaway questioned it they never gave me a correct and full answer.

    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Hello, hello. Aah, sorry you've had a rough deal with Helium. Unfortunately, you can't write all of your articles in the empty titles, as you need to have ninety percent of your work in competitive titles, those with more than three articles aldready written, so that could be why. also, stars fluctuate when you don't write for a while - some days I have one, some days two. I have to say it's working for me, but then I follow their rules exactly and write most of my stuff in competitive titles, with the odd one in empty (I tend to do a ratio of around five to one.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I am sorry I have to disagree with you. I did write 12 articles and all for empty post and on the account was $028 for all of it. I had one rating star and when I question this point about $1 they took off my one rating star. I wrote an article on hubpages and had other writers saying the same thing. They had more articles there then I had and were better writers than me. I don't think they are fair.


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