Writers are franticly logging in to the once popular revenue sharing writing site, Helium. Only now, instead of producing content, writers are flocking to remove their works. Something that in the past was never allowed.
Helium.com was founded in 2006, starting as a question and answer user generated content. By 2009 the website began its stand-alone article module. It began to offer writer’s the opportunity to earn y revenue share, flat rates and upfront payments, and resources to enhance writing skills. Helium.com was one of the first revenue sharing websites that offered educational and experience credentials along with a writer enrichment and mentoring program.
In 2013, Helium.com went through substantial changes, switching from one website, to many, smaller, niche networks. On May 21, 2014 it was announced that the revenue share portion of will be closed down. It is now a read-only site. The primary business, buying and selling of articles, will remain. The final date for revenue sharing is December 15, 2014. If you have reached the $25.00 payment threshold, Helium is encouraging users to cash out. There is no notice on whether or not Helium plans to eventually pay out those who did not meet the $25 requirement by year’s end.
Helium.com sent users an email with instructions on how to download their articles from the network. Users are then given the opportunity to remove the content from Helium permanently. As of May 21 users are released from the “Grant of License” portion of their contract which previously prevented them from removing articles and republishing elsewhere.
Once writers have removed their content from Helium, they should allow Google to crawl the website and delete missing content from their data so that writers can post the content elsewhere. Otherwise, it will turn up as duplicate content to Google, and some writing sites will not accept it. One can also use Google Webmaster Tools to have the data delegated.
Those seeking alternative websites to resubmit their work should check out Examiner, HubPages, Squidoo, Bubblews, and Yahoo! Voices. All have their own rules and submission guidelines so be sure to read the fine print. All programs offer revenue sharing residual income.