Associated Content (AC) and Helium are arguably the most popular websites for freelance writers who earn money online from submitting articles. They are both highly ranked by Google and other major search engines and receive a lot of search traffic. They are better ranked than most other websites that also pay for articles and writing for them ensures that your articles will come up much earlier in search results. Despite their similar rankings and earning potentials, Associated Content and Helium differ in the ways in which writers write for them and earn money. The following is a comparison of both websites:
Writing and Submission Process
– Helium accepts only text submissions written in English. Writers are allowed to submit content to titles to which articles have already been written and so you may see a single title with more 200 articles. On submission, your article appears on the site immediately and it is rated against other articles if it not the only one written to that title.
– Associated Content accepts text, image, audio and video submissions which have been created in English. If you are eligible for upfront payments (citizens and residents of the US), your article has to be accepted by AC before it is published. If you are not eligible for upfront payments, your submission is automatically published after your submissions have been accepted three times.
– On Helium, writers can earn in a lot of ways. You get upfront payments for being one of the first five writers to a particular title. Upfront payments depend on your number of writing stars and range from $0.50 to $2.50. If you are the first writer to contribute to a title, you receive an empty title bonus of $1. After submitting an article, it keeps earning for you based on page views and a share of ad revenue. For having 5 rating stars at the end of each month which you earn by completing at least 500 ratings in 90 days, you get a $3 rating bonus.
Helium has a Marketplace where you can submit articles to titles provided by publishers. If your submission is chosen, you can earn between $20 and $200. There are also regular contests organized on Helium where winners can earn as much $60. You also get paid when your article is licensed by a publisher; this is called Stock Content.
– Writers on Associated Content may earn through upfront payments and/or performance payments. Upfront payments are only paid to citizens and legal residents of the United States. Upfront payments range from$2 to $15. US writers also earn from their articles from performance payments i.e. payments for amount of page views.
If you are not a citizen or resident of the US, you can only earn via performance payments. Performance payments are usually $1.50 per thousand page views but increase as your “Clout” rises. You can earn as much as $2.00 per thousand views.
AC also has a Featured Contributor program where writers accepted into the program earn about $10 dollars each for three article submissions monthly. Higher paying writing assignments may also be offered to members of the FeaturedContributor program.
– On Helium you get paid via PayPal when your earnings reach at least $25. To be paid in a particular month, you must request payment before the 5th of that month and your earnings will be released by the 10th.
– Associated Content also pays only through PayPal. Upfront payments and payments for Featured Contributor assignments are usually made on the day of article acceptance. US Contributors receive their performance payments by the second Wednesday of every month. They are paid as long as they have accumulated more than $1.50 by the day of payment. International contributors get paid when their performance payments reach $100.
Other Points of Note
– Not all types of content on Helium attract upfront payments as it considers some topics relative non-earners. These include creative writing, entertainment, religion and spirituality just to mention a few. Upfront payments on AC also depend on the category of content you have submitted.
– Helium employs a rating system carried out by the writers on the website where articles written to a title are rated against each other. Articles which are rated as better are ranked higher. The top-ranked articles typically receive the most page views and consequently, earn higher than lower-ranked articles. AC does not utilize such a system.
– Both websites accept articles which have been previously published elsewhere. Previously published content on AC is not eligible for upfront payments and can only generate performance payments. Helium pays upfront for content whether duplicate or not as long as it is one of the first five articles written to the title.
AC provides excellent earning opportunities with its upfront payments for US citizens/residents and its Featured Contributor program for all writers. Helium on the other hand, provides equally excellent earning chances for writers from any country in the world with its upfront payments, rating bonus, empty title bonus, contests, Marketplace, and Stock Content.
Both websites pay through PayPal which may be a disadvantage for writers from countries that cannot use PayPal.
You can always decide to write for both of them as they both accept articles which have been previously published elsewhere. Thus, you can enjoy the benefits of writing for both websites.