Helium has an advantage over Triond when it comes to additional source of quick income.
I am a member of Helium and Triond and as of yesterday an Associated Content member, and I have found that both Triond and Helium have their positives and negatives. From my personal use of Triond it seems to promote your content more and you seem to have a better chance of having your articles read on Triond than at Helium. I believe this has something to do with the ranking system at Helium. If your article is ranked at the top you will be read more times than the lower ranked articles.
Lots of writers who write online has tried most of the writing websites that give freelance writers a chance to be heard, be published and earn an income from their writing. Writing websites such as Triond, Associated Content, Helium and PayPerPost are quite common among online writers and often you see writers of the different websites knocking the other sites as scams and something not worth their time and energy as a writer.
On the other hand, the problem arises with the Helium ranking system when you come to observe how people search the net. Web users do not have time to sit around and sift through the all information available out there. As a result, web users are more likely to read the top three, at most, articles on a topic, if they read that much. Therefore, if you have an article ranked 5 out of 20, with the Helium ranking system you are not likely to get a lot of page views based on how web users search for information.
Though on Triond, your content has a better chance of being read as each article is given its own page and is not ranked by how valuable Triond users think the article is. Consequently, I have made more on Triond from page views with just five articles than I have on Helium with 18 articles.
On the other hand, this is not to say that Helium is without any perks or positives. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I joined Helium in August and have not been writing as consistently as I have hoped or as other writers have. And with a poor writing consistency I was able to earn $250 in the Helium Marketplace in addition to my trickles of dollars from total page views.
I do have more confidence in the Helium Marketplace and contrary to my initial belief you do not have to be from or have visited the area on which you write. I say this because I write mostly travel guides and tips in the Marketplace and thought that I couldn’t submit to the titles because I’ve never visited those places. One day I just wrote to a title and to my surprise I was chosen for a $44 article for writing about 550 words. The thing is just to follow the guidelines, research the area you are writing about and write with some passion and you have a good chance at being selected as publishers sometimes choose two to three writers to a title, or sometimes even seven.
What Helium lacks in wide readership for all its ranked members, it sure does make amends for in the Marketplace and in the weekly contests. I have never won a contest myself because I don’t feel the contest page is really my thing. I must admit that it hurts to see my article plummet to the bottom of the ranking, only to see them rise to their right place at the top at the end of the contest when I have already lost!
As it goes for the weekly contests page I couldn’t really give any information on how to win one as I have never, but in my defense I have only participated in one contest. Sad, isn’t it? However, there are many articles on Helium from writers who win these contests almost every week on the website. All you have to do is just use the search tool and search for how to win Helium contests and attempt it yourself.
Helium has an advantage over Triond when it comes to additional source of quick income. The Helium Marketplace and contests provide Helium members with a way to supplement their income from the page views they generate.
As a result when it comes to Triond and Helium, Triond has better readership as well as more flexible payment options. I talk about flexible payment options as some writers who write online do not live in countries where Paypal and the banking system work together. So if the option is Paypal only, it excludes great writers from sharing content. Triond, however, has the option of payment by check or Western Union and which is another positive.