Well, it’s been almost two weeks and I’ve written two articles for Helium.com. You can see them here. One is about Linux, one is about raising teenage sons. For my efforts on those two articles (about an hour total), I’ve earned…three cents! I’m in the money now! Click on the image to see a larger screen shot of my earnings and of the important fine print.
I started to wonder if this is what I could expect for all my work at Helium, so I poked around the members forum. I found an informative discussion about the pay, where one long-time member stated the following:
I’m just trying to keep things in proportion. Every time someone posts to ask where the money is, there are writers who appear to say you CAN make money. Well, you can. But the people who make really good money have contributed several HUNDRED articles, including articles on topics outside their existing knowledge (which means they had to do research, too). That means they must have spent long hours devoted to Helium. If I had that much time I’d have finished my non-fiction books and I’d be busy promoting them. I might also have finished my novel. And I’d be selling on eBay. All those things have the potential to be more lucrative than Helium.
So the correct answer is, yes you can make some pin money on Helium, as a nice bonus to doing something you enjoy. But if money is your priority, go somewhere else.
You can follow the full discussion here.
For even more detail about Helium earnings and how some people are making pretty good money, see this discussion. (Scroll down to a post by Paul)
So I still think Helium.com is a very impressive site and a great way to gain some exposure and learn to write. It can even make you some money. It won’t become a full-time income, though. Sign up with that in mind and you’ll have a good experience.
Next week we’ll feature a guest poster who has written over 900 articles for Helium and is making good money.