I joined Helium based on the many lists online suggesting that writers try their skill at publishing (and earning money) through the site. I soon discovered how much I really hated the site.
My biggest complaint is they own the copyrights once you publish. You can’t move, remove, delete, or do anything with your own articles once you’ve pressed that publish button. If, and only if, you get rated by readers above other similar articles, can you earn money. I soon found my articles falling down the list, bumped by off-topic articles that even have spelling errors! How do they get bumped up the list? Marketing, mostly.
In the two years of joining, I earned a whopping .33 cents. I admit that I don’t market the articles there, and I certainly didn’t write prolifically there either. Too often writers for these type of web sites short change themselves, when they could earn a better income through periodicals and magazines.
A few writers claim they make money via Helium.com. I don’t see how unless they’re prolific and throw themselves out there on the social sites. Too often the very authors that say to write for Helium.com and other sites do not provide how you earn money or that for a serious writer, its more of a waste of time.
Anyone who debates this opinion, by all means, leave comments and let me know your own experiences. I’d like to know.
Update: Found this article pretty interesting. If you Google “Helium reviews” you find many writers not particularly happy with Helium’s practices. http://www.writersreviews.com/2007/06/heliumcom-is-it-worth-it.html