Helium is an online venue where writers can earn money for contributing articles on topics of their choice as well as on pre-assigned topics. The site uses a peer rating system in which Helium writers themselves rank the quality of each article. All content is available to be read for free by visitors to the Helium website, so highly rated articles are destined to get more page views and thus earn more for these writers. Top Helium writers also benefit from Helium’s partnerships with the National Press Club and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. R.R. Donnelley, the world’s largest commercial printing services company, recently purchased Helium and is expected to generate additional demand for Helium content through its clients.
Helium writers must be at least 13 years old and must register and select a pen name. Writers can then provide information about themselves including personal blog and website links as well as information about books and articles they have written elsewhere and how these may be purchased. Writers must agree not to manipulate ratings or cause artificially high traffic to articles. They also must agree to give Helium one-year exclusive online rights and perpetual non-exclusive rights to everything they publish on Helium except certain creative writing material.
Writers are paid through a combination of upfront and residual means including ad revenue sharing, freelance assigned content writing, licensing of stock content to outside publishers, bonuses and incentives, and becoming managers of various writing categories on the Helium website. Helium pays writers twice a month through PayPal.
How to apply:
To sign up as a writer for Helium, go to https://www.helium.com/registration/signup and fill out the registration form.
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