Friday, May 1, 2009

Making money writing online

If you're anything like me these days, money is hard to come by. In recent months I've been looking in all different directions to make ends meet, including getting a second (and third) job, writing greeting cards, doing odd jobs, and writing articles online.

Of these, writing articles online is certainly not the most profitable, but it is relatively easy and kind of fun. I enjoy writing anyways, so it's not really "work." If you're looking for a way to make a little extra money online, is a pretty neat site.

It's one of those sites like Epinions or eHow, where you write articles about different things and get paid when people read them. But Helium offers many different ways to get paid, which makes it more interesting to use.

You can write an article or review on virtually anything. If you want to write about a topic that isn't listed on the site, you can suggest your own title. Once you qualify for upfront payments, you get paid between 50 cents and $2 per article you write (depending on how many articles you've written and how well they're rated), plus you can earn extra money for new topics, plus you get paid residual income when people read your article. Helium also offers companies the chance to purchase one-time rights to use articles in newsletters or on websites, and if a company wants your article, you get an additional five bucks. (Which isn't much, but it's something.) They also have a marketplace where you can write specifically for publications, and I think those articles start at $20. And there are periodic writing contests on many different subjects.

If you're looking for a way to make a little extra passive income, Helium is a pretty good way to do that. The only catch is that you have to rate other people's articles in order to get paid, but you don't have to rate very many in order to meet their minimum. Your articles only have to be 400 words long. Here are a couple I've written:

How to get more space on your computer
How to find magazines that publish haiku

Anyway, enough rambling. Check it out and earn some extra pocket money (so you can buy copies of Bits and Pieces or bird ku).


Charles Gramlich said...

Hum, that sounds interesting. I'm going to check it out. I'll have a look at your pieces as well.

I've made quite a bit of money over the years writing nonfic. A lot more than I've ever made doing fiction. And I enjoy it but I get more emotional bang from doing fiction.

Greg Schwartz said...

yeah, i like writing fiction better, too. (you can post fiction on the site, too, but they barely pay anything for it.)

this site's just neat 'cause i can sit down and bang out a 400 or 500 word article about anything and get paid for it.

Rhonda Parrish said...

I read and enjoyed your haiku article. I wanted to like rate you or something, but couldn't find a way. I must need to be a member for that.

Greg Schwartz said...

yeah, it's kind of weird that way. if you're a member, you have to rate articles, but you only rate random ones -- you can't pick them. overall it's a pretty good site though.

thanks for reading the article - glad you enjoyed it!

Kate Harper said...

I have a blog writing and designing card professionally. I've worked in the handmade card industry for 15. years.

Greg Schwartz said...

Kate - thanks for stopping by! I'll check out your blog. I think I submitted some card ideas to you a few years ago.

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