Helium members were stunned when they received the e-mail on December 2, 2010. Helium members that did not receive the email were even more stunned when they finally found out about it. Helium has decided to do away with a lot of the reason people wrote for Helium in the first place – MONEY.
Writing to concerned Helium members in the members-only discussion boards, Helium Administrator Jim Logan wrote:
“To begin with, Helium is a company that who’s primary goal is the success of all stakeholders. In order to achieve this, it is critical that we keep our stakeholders happy.”
Which has lead to the following changes for Helium writers, to which long-time Helium writers have referred to in such terms as “a crock” and “appalling”:
All empty titles with payments will now be found in Marketplace. These titles are approved by Helium. Out of all of the articles submitted for that title, one will receive an up front payment of $0 (I’m not kidding) to $5 while four others will get significantly less, such as nothing. All other articles will be rejected.
Up Front Payments
If a writer wants an up-front payment, even if that payment is $0, then the writer MUST give up exclusive rights to Helium.com. No more owning your own Helium articles written from December 2, 2010 onwards and doing with them as you wanted, such as posting them to websites like Associated Content, even though Helium itself promoted this idea for four years.
Suggesting a Title
Writers can still do so and even write to these titles, but no money will be involved, no matter what channel the article appears in.
Empty Title Bonuses
Gone, effective December 5, 2010.
This system will remain the same, with writers getting $5 for every article sold.
There has been conflicting answers from Helium staff, but it seems they will still be held, although whether any money will be involved is unknown.
Again, there has been conflicting answers from Helium staff. But pay based on star ratings is GONE.
Helium will be a predominately revenue-share, ad-share only site. Helium staff claim that the add revenue will make far more money for a writer than an upfront payment. However, this writer has 1319 articles up on Helium. In November 2010, I made a whopping $90 from revenue sharing. I made $110 from the old payment system of up front payments and empty title bonuses. What magical SEO spell Helium suggests it has done to raise the numbers is unknown and, according to anybody who known ANYTHING about SEO, highly unlikely in this universe.
In order to continue receiving revenue share, ad share or whatever sugar-coated euphemism Helium is calling it today, all members MUST CONTINUE TO RATE ARICLES.
Payments will be every two weeks, estimated to be the first and the fifteenth of every month. These will not be automatic payments. Members will still have to go to the Helium website and ask for their money. However, Helium’s minimum payout is $25 and so this payment change will not affect a lot of writers since they will not meet the minimum payout requirements.
Well, the stakeholders are happy at the expense of the writers. But then again, writers are now considered sub-human robots, undeserving of getting paid a decent wage. It’s only the stakeholders (or steakholders?) who matter. May they CHOKE ON THEIR STEAKS.