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Writing Online: Hubpages vs. Helium

Updated on August 30, 2013

Make money online

If you’re a writer, perhaps you’d like writing online. You’d probably also like to make money online with your skill. This is entirely possible because of several reputable writing online sites. I’ve explored several of the free writing online sites and have narrowed my choices down to two – Hubpages and Helium. While the two sites are similar in some aspects, they also have their differences.

Hubpages

Hubpages is an online writing site that’s free to join. It’s a good way to make money online. The way you make money online with Hubpages is from Google Adsense. Members can also sign up for Kontera. You can also make money online by adding Amazon capsules to your hubs (articles). For example, if you write a hub about fishing, you can include ads for fishing gear in your Amazon capsule.

How do you make money online with Google Adsense? Once you’re accepted by Adsense, Google will place related ads on your published hubs. When a reader clicks an ad, you get paid. Kontera works the same way. To make money online with Amazon, a product must be purchased while someone is visiting your hub. When that happens, you get a share of the purchase price.

Hubpages gets a share of all your revenue. For 40% of the time, their ads are on your hubs, and for 60% of the time, the Adsense revenue goes to you. Hubpages also gets the share of Amazon sales and Kontera for 40% of the time.

Other capsules you can ad to your hubs include photos, videos, newsfeeds, and links to other hubs and sites. Hubpages gets a lot of “Google love,” so your articles are indexed quickly.

Anytime you want to remove your articles from the Hubpages writing online site, you’re free to do so.

Helium

Another place for writing online and making money on the internet is Helium. With Helium writing online, you choose from among thousands of topics or create a new one. Your articles earn from Adsense, much the same as with Hubpages. While Hubpages reveals how much your share of Adsense will be, Helium does not.

Helium does not allow writers to post photos or videos to articles. Furthermore, on Helium, your articles are rated by your peers. You’re also expected to do a certain amount of rating each month in order to receive your Adsense. This is easy to achieve if you do a little rating every day.

Unlike Hubpages, the Helium writing online site keeps your articles forever. You can never remove them.

Helium also has writing contests. Helium members can win cash by earning the most points in the contests.

In my opinion, the best part of Helium is the Marketplace. This is a great place to make money on the internet. Publishers post titles on Helium Marketplace, and writers are invited to write articles addressing the topics. The publishers provide guidelines and word count for each writing job posted. If your article is selected by the publisher, your account is credited for that amount.

Purchase prices vary. Some sell for as little as $10 each, while others might sell for $120. I’ve actually sold articles on Helium for $200 – for a single article. I would say that most of the writing jobs posted on Helium are in the $40-$50 range.

Another way to make money online with Helium is by selling stock content. This occurs when a publisher sees an article that he wants posted on Helium. He purchases the article for $5, but you keep the rights. You might sell the same article several times.

If you treat writing online like a real writing job, you can do well on Helium. Helium was the first site in which I tried to make money on the internet. I started slowly, with low-paying Marketplace titles. It wasn’t long, however, before I began to make money online in a significant way. There have been numerous months when I earned $1,000 on Helium. I make money mostly from article sales on Helium.

Payout from your writing job

When writing online with Hubpages, you’ll get paid once a month from Google. The threshold is $100. With Amazon, you must earn $10 to achieve payout in the U.S.

When writing online with Helium, the payout threshold is $25.

With both writing online sites, if you don’t make the payout level in a single month, your earnings are rolled over to the next month.

The forums

Both Hubpages and Helium have forums where members can chat, debate, and offer and receive advice. Both writing online sites have guidelines for forum posts. If you break the rules, you get banned from the forums for a while. I’ve never received a ban or warning from either site, so I really don’t know all the ins and outs of not following the agreement terms. I do know that neither site allows personal attacks.

Which writing online site is best for writing online?

It really depends on what you’re looking for in the way of a writing job. Perhaps you’re looking for writing online just for your own enjoyment instead of a writing job. For residual monthly income from writing online, Hubpages is better. They seem to pay substantially more for Adsense clicks.

If, however, you want to make money on the internet quickly, write for Helium Marketplace. If you have writing skills, are disciplined, and treat it like an actual writing job, you’ll make money quickly with Helium.

Warning!

Once you’ve been accepted by Google Adsense and ads appear on your hubs, NEVER click on your own ads! Don’t ask your friends or family to click on them, either. Google is smart, and you’ll lose your Adsense account quickly by participating in such activities.

Make money online

Do you want to make money online? Are you looking for a writing job? If you’d like to join Helium, drop me a line. Just click on my profile and you can contact me via email. I’ll send you an invitation to join Helium.

If you want to make money online with Hubpages, click here.

I enjoy both sites. I also use both to make money online. I like the quick money I earn from Helium and the monthly residual income I earn from Hubpages. If you’re fairly proficient, I suggest you join both writing online sites!

For more about writing online and how to make money on the internet, click the links below!

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      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      I second Casimiro - now that Helium has undergone such a huge change, it would be a good idea to revise this Hub to reflect the new setup. Since our Hubs aren't dated, many people will assume this Hub is current.

      How have your earnings been on Helium since the relaunch?

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Great info on Helium, thanks for that! Looks like this must've been written a while ago (mention of $100 payout threshold on HP), so perhaps you could do a refresh and tell us how your experience on Helium is going.

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      Michael Larry 5 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      Nice information. I got deep knowledge for source to get money online especially blog/websites that give us chance to get benefit from them. Thanks Habee

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      TNSabrina 5 years ago

      Great Hub! I just signed up at Helium, but I wasn’t sure if it was for me. This explained some of the questions I was wondering about. Thanks!

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      messy marshella 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the useful information!

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Habee. Thank you for such a wealth of information so freely give. It is greatly appreciated.

      Voted up / Interesting / Following.

      Graham.

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      twocuriousgeorge 5 years ago from GA

      Great Hub! You have managed to answer most of the questions I had regarding Helium vs. Hubpages in one awesome Hub:)

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      Great advice! I really needed this information! Vote up!

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      Kenny Ng 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Enjoyed your post. very nice. keep up the good work.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Random!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you for the information! I have heard of Helium but didn't know much about it. It's great to have some more in sight!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Best of luck, Auto!

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      Auto Traffic Tycoon 6 years ago

      thanks for your nice information.Time to write some quality content to make some money.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Cookie.

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      CookieB 7 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Gosh your hub made me check out Helium, unfortunately Helium doesn't offer member registration for my country. I guess it must be for the US only. Still, I'm glad there's Hubpages :D

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't tried Squidoo - there don't seem to be enough hours in my days! lol

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      habee....sorry, I've not been on HP too much the last several weeks. Anyway, I would put Squidoo and Hubpages on an equal level. I make much more money on Squidoo but I've been there longer and have more content there too. I think they are a great compliment to each other.

      I have met plenty of chefs, artists, photographers, crafters, home schoolers, and so forth on Squidoo, but few future novelists. But the community is strong there also.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Nancy!

      Thanks for reading, Easy!

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      Amelia Griggs 7 years ago

      Hats off to you, Habee, for writing such a well-written, informative, great hub article! Thanks for the information. I will definitely remember and use your advice!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. I didn't know that much about Helium. Thanks for the information.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Shaz!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I am already a member of Helium, I dont know why I haven't gone into it more. Thanks for your informative article Habe

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Team, I have to have your email addy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, MM! I've never tried Demand, but I've heard they don't pay much.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rui, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So true, Nyamache!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Plumber, I'm not sure. I think you can, but you might want to check with Helium.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Saket!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you sooo much, Multi!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Learner, thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Lannie!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked it, Map!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Katie!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Jazz, glad you stopped by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lender, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Belliott, thanks a bunch!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I have more fun on Hubpages!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I like it, too, Leander!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Chuck!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hope you like it, Cons!

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      TeamSTM 7 years ago

      Sure, that would be awesome!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Teresa, sign up for Adsense ASAP!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Dobson. Don't give up!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mardi, I have no idea about the search engines. A couple of my hubs don't show up, either!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Homey - it's always nice to make money from home!

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Habee,

      This hub came up first when I logged in today. No wonder you're making good money -- almost 700 hubs and you've only been here 15 months AND you still find time to be active in the forums!

      Great piece of advice.

      I was invited to join Helium in 2008 or so (I forget -- didn't do it at the time). But I respect your judgment.

      Question: What is your experience with/opinion of DemandStudios?

      Thx, MM

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      rui paiva 7 years ago from Somewhere in the world

      Great info, did not know Helium. Thanks

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      Joshua Nyamache 7 years ago from Kenya

      Very well explained and I agree with you. Making money easily on the internet is not all that difficult. One needs to write something that is useful to surfers.

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      Austin Plumber 7 years ago

      Can I post the article I bought from Helium in more than one of my sites?

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      saket71 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Pretty informative article, will check Helium as well.

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      multimastery 7 years ago

      Vote UP & Awesome! Hi habee, I'm very happy to hear that you're earning substantially online. Continued success!...

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      learner99 7 years ago from United States

      Did not knew about helium. Will check it out. Thanks

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      Lannie Briden 7 years ago

      I have not tried helium. thanks for all the info!

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      map65 7 years ago

      great info. - thanks!

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      Katie Wells 7 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Helpful information! As a newbie, I really appreciate it!

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      milesofjazz 7 years ago

      Good article, I've never been to or heard of Helium before this. Thanks!

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      I have made significant money on Helium, over $400! However, my overall percentage is donw so far now I cannot compete in the Marketplace. That is an extreme downside to the site. It is easier to make some money, but annoying the way your articles can get rated down and it is so hard to get them back up.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You're very welcome, Eagels!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Daisy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      thanks for reading, Cerey!

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      I haven't tried Helium yet but I keep hearing great things about it. Thanks for the info; I may have to look into that!

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      belliott 7 years ago

      Great information. I personally like HubPages better. Voted up and useful. Thanks

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      Leander Domingo 7 years ago

      Just started hubbing. I like this!

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      Chuck RitenouR 7 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

      Very informative...thanks.

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      cons11 7 years ago

      nice....think im going to give helium a try..thanks for the info!!

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Hello! I like your avatar. Great picture! I enjoyed reading your article. It is very helpful. I just started an account with hub pages. I have four posts. I hope I am headed in the right direction. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I have not signed-up google adsense, yet.

      Thanks!

      Teresa Speer

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      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Great article and thanks. It is really important to read the fine print on the agreement on Helium and decide if it is right for you. If you are working with a publisher check with them as well since most publishers want exclusive rights.

      I did some writing on Helium, enjoyed the work and enjoyed rating as well, but for some reason the articles never showed up on search engines like hubs do. I also didn't do enough to get my "badges" and "stars" so couldn't do the marketplace work which seems to be the only way to make money on that site. You, on the other hand, have managed to do all that - way to go girl!!!

      Any idea why the Helium articles don't show up on search engines habee?

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      Homey19 7 years ago from Alabama

      Habee, what a well written article you have here. Thank you for the heads up about Helium. I have just joined this site today, as it was suggested on wikinut by a writer. I started writing on Wikinut ( Under Denise O)a little over a month ago, I like it but, the money is slow coming in.

      I am not doing this to make big time bucks but, it sure would be nice to be paid something more than peanuts.

      Once again, thank you for the info.

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      eagels 7 years ago from My Home

      Great post. Thanks for the Info.

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      DaisyChain 7 years ago from France

      Will certainly look into joining Helium and will do so through you. Busy with our Bed and Breakfast at the moment, serious writing and computer skills will be a winter task. Many thanks.

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      cerey_runyon 7 years ago from Galax Virginia

      Great Info. Thank You

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nicole, you can definitely earn money writing online!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      PR, I haven't tried Squidoo. With writing jobs on HP, Helium, and for several publishers, I just don't have time.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Matt. I really like the Hub community, also!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Best of luck writing on Helium, Jake!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Don, I know how you feel. I don't have enough hours in the day to complete all the online writing jobs I'd like to!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sara, if you're going to make money online writing, it's best to spread yourself around! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      West, glad you liked the hub!

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      nicole.reilly 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Never thought I could earn from writing articles. Thanks for this comparative type of hub.

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      PR_am 7 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for this informative review of Hubpages and Helium. May i ask if you also write on Squidoo. And if yes, where does Squidoo stand as compared to the two sites you reviewed here.

      Best!

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      Matt Joseph 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Interesting, I never even heard of helium before. It seems like HubPages is better for me anyway but it was certainly an informative comparison. Don't know about Helium but I like the community feel here. Also, I know that the search engines like good hubs!

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      JakeMcMurphy 7 years ago from Chicago

      Awesome post! I love writing online and had no idea about Helium. Going to give it a try right now. Thanks!

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      I keep meaning to go back and re-activate my account. I've been spread thin, trying to write for 4 different sites and keep a business blog going. I didn't have success in the past with the marketplace the way you have.

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      saraallen25 7 years ago

      thank you so much...your hub was very, very helpful. I am a member of both hubpages and helium and was very lost on how to use both of them. I think your hub was very insightful.

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      WestOcean 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Habee, thanks for an insightful hub. I have not explored Helium yet but will look into this as a complement to the excellent Hubpages. WestOcean.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, dorsi! Great to see you!

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      I started with Helium but stopped writing there after finding HubPages. I think I'll go back and check out the marketplace though, I had started to look into it but got addicted to HubPages...lol.

      Thanks for sharing about both. Great help for writers!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, I just two articles on Helium today for $80 each! Wanna join?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Jhone, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Marian, glad you learned something useful!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Team, want me to send you a Helium invite?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Awww, thanks, Amorea! With Helium, you don't have to worry about SEO. I think they must do it for you.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked it, Dink!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Art, glad you stopped by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Benjamin, let me know if you want me to send you an invite!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Vaidy, thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Mkayo!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks habee, I will keep that in mind as the prices offered I've noted are not bad... Peace :)

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      jhonemoore 7 years ago

      Hi Habee,

      I was not knowing much about Helium.

      I want to join that.

      Great hub for online money.

      Thanks

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      MarianG 7 years ago

      There is so much to learn! I have clicked on my Google ads... I didn't know... Yikes! Thanks for the warning about this!

      I will also check out Helium! Thank you!