I spent a while researching various websites looking for a place to begin writing online. I didn’t want to pay any membership dues, especially since I had no writing experience to place on a resume. Many freelance bidding sites require fees in order to view or bid on projects. For those with extensive experience and an impressive resume, the fees may be worth it. However, you shouldn’t have to pay to work. At least, that’s my opinion.
I finally stumbled upon Associated Content or AC for short. Helium quickly followed. However, if I had to choose between the two I’d pick AC in a heartbeat. The main reason being AC offers upfront pay for approved articles. For anyone looking to explore freelance writing, especially web writing, it would be worth your time to check out both of these sites. (Please see the end of the article for links.) Now, for a quick overview of both sites.
- Allows writers to submit content on almost any topic, including poetry and short stories.
- Offers upfront payments, usually between $3-$8 for non-exclusive approved articles and higher rates for exclusive.
- The page view bonus program offers $1.50 per 1,000 page views on every article.
- Pays through PayPal, but only for US Citizens.
- The community forums are extremely helpful for expanding your talent and career.
- No upfront payment for most articles, but pays for page views.
- The Marketplace allows publishers to request titles from Helium writers. The pay is set by the publisher, but normally ranges from $10 to $60 for a 400 word article. However, these titles are available to all members and the publisher may or may not choose your article.
- Articles are all non-exclusive.
- Helium contests allow writers to submit content to a set group of titles for a chance to win $10-$60. The winner is based upon the ratings for each submitted article.
- Promotions occur several times a year that allow users to receive up to $3 per article submitted during the promotional period that fit the specific requirements for that promotion.
Before submitting to either site, please read the terms of service, FAQs, help section, and any information in the members sections to fully understand the site. This will help you make the most out of both sites. These two sites have helped me get my writing career off the ground. I now have a writing resume and plenty of other gigs.