I just received the following announcement via email from Helium publishers:
“NOTICE: The Helium Publishing 360 sites will be available on a read-only basis effective May 21, 2014 and will continue to be available on a read-only basis until December 15, 2014. During this period, if you have an existing Account, you will continue to have access to your Account and accrue potential earnings, but you will not be able to add more content to the Helium Publishing 360 sites or create a new Account. If you have attained the Minimum Payout Threshold, which currently is set at $25.00, we strongly encourage you to withdraw your earnings because the Helium Publishing 360 sites will terminate on 12/15/14 and you will no longer have access to your Account. “
The full blog post is here: http://www.heliumnetwork.com/helium-publishing-shut-faqs/
Looks like writers who rely on Helium as a source of income will need to look for additional places to submit their work.
Unlike traditional freelance jobs, sites like Helium typically only pay if your content gets enough views from website visitors.
Other content-generation sites, like Demand Studios, offer pay-per-piece pricing but their hiring process is more strict – you’ll need to have writing skills + verifiable credentials to qualify.