How to Make Money from Your Old Blog Posts With Helium.com
July 18, 2007 by Gaman
If you have old posts in your blogs collecting dust or perhaps you love to write, either way, you’ll be able to monetize your content and make money with Helium.com.
But before we go into that, let me explain what Helium.com is all about
Helium.com is one of the community based content generation sites cropping up recently to allow users write content in any topics they like . Some say it’s a combination of About.com, Q&A services such as Yahoo Answers, Wikipedia and Consumer Reports all rolled into one service. Currently the site gets around 8 million unique visitors a month and growing with 450,000+ articles published.
While you could write in any topics like pop culture or politics, I often find the articles incline towards advice, discussions and how-tos. Unlike Wikipedia though, your article will be published unedited by others.
How Do You Make Money From Helium.com?
In short, you get a portion of the advertising revenue for every article you submit to Helium.com. The amount you earn will depend on the value of the article which is determined by the following factors. Higher-ranked and popular articles will earn more than the lower ranked ones.
- Your articles ratings
- How many page view you have
- How much the advertisers pay to advertise on the subject
Your articles are ranked by other members by comparing one article to another to decide which is best. Consequently, higher ranked articles are often viewed more than articles ranked lower. Writing good quality articles will help you achieve better ratings and more page view.
You can’t choose which articles to rate. This is good because a member won’t be able to artificially drive up his own or his friend’s ratings so it’s harder for members to abuse the system.
However, the articles presented for ratings might not fall within your own areas of interest so there’s a tendency for one to just give them any rating without actually reading the articles.
While you can rate articles, the ability to leave a comment which could make the site livelier is clearly missing.
Can You Submit Your Own Blog Posts to Helium?
Yes you can. So the opportunity for you to make more from your own blog content is there. You can even funnel some of the Helium readers to your blog by including your blog’s URL in the profile and increase traffic to your blog.
However, you keep in mind that Helium.com will own the right to your uploaded content.
- You grant Helium, and its affiliates, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, delete in its entirety, adapt, publish, translate, display, create derivative works from and/or sell and/or distribute content posted to Helium.
- Helium’s rights to the content do also imply rights to use, in any way, the materials for our own internal business purposes, and reproduction and distribution for the purpose of marketing and publicity for Helium.
- Helium disclaims any obligation to legally protect your works or your copyrights, and you acknowledge that we will have no liability, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, for any infringement of any of your intellectual property rights.
- You acknowledge that we do not control other users’ actions, including but not limited to their use of your content. We will have no liability to you for any user’s violation of these terms and no responsibility to you to enforce these terms for your benefit.
- If your content includes one or more links to content hosted on servers other than ours, it will not be considered uploading or posting of content to the Helium site, and it is understood that we will have no right to use or distribute such content unless it is also uploaded or posted directly to the Helium site.
As stated in the last point, you are not allowed to upload articles which link out, perhaps for legal or spamming deterrent. Unfortunately this also prevents proper credit given to the authors whose work is used in the article.
If you are a prolific blogger who are struggling to make money from your blog, Helium.com is a good avenue to generate some extra money from your articles.
However if you are already making good money from your blog, there’s no much point ‘donating’ your posts to other sites. Your time would be better spent enriching your blog content with new posts.
Posting to Helium may be fun but it won’t make you rich overnight. That’s why I said earlier that it’s a good way to monetize your old posts that are collecting dust. Once you have uploaded your articles, they’ll continue to make you money passively. The more popular they become, the more you will make.
But from what I read, it could take your sometime to make a decent income unless you devote more time and efforts to it.
How Do You Get paid?
When you register as a Helium writer, you need an active PayPal account to receive payment. So non-US members can actually get paid if they reach the cash out level, currently $25, and payments are made after the 20th of each month.
As you can see below, I haven’t made any money from Helium yet. That’s not surprising considering that I’ve just posted one article and been with them for only a couple of days.
If you are not submitting articles, Helium.com can be a great place to get ideas for new articles for your own blog. Browse around the topics that interest you and when you see a topic that you could have written better, write it
In addition, you can use the Firefox Smart Keywords trick that I’ve described in my previous article to quickly search Helium.com for new ideas for your blog.
Check out Helium.com.