Helium Complaint - Beware Writers: Helium is a Scam!

Review by internetscribe on 2009-09-06
Helium is a scam. I feel that it is necessary to get the word out to all prospective writers.

As someone else on this site pointed out, they print articles that are innaccurate and potentially life threatening. Readers, please do not take any medical advice from this site! Go to a trusted medical site for your information. Helium DOES NOT EDIT ANY CONTENT. This means that you are reading information that can be harmful to you.
Writers: There have been numerous complaints that Helium has refused to pay writers. Helium uses content in conjunction with advertising for its chief source of revenue.
Please don't believe that the "Marketplace" is real. There are a few requests, but the majority of the requests are generated by Helium site owners. Why? Well, they utilize popular keywords and searches, prepare a fake request, and then proceed to use the numerous responses for free advertising. Yes, there are some requests, but you can be robbed there, too. The individuals who request this content can pick and choose information from hundreds of articles without buying a thing.
If you have any pride as a writer, do not affiliate yourself with this site. It will not do your career any good to be associated with the moronic substance that is placed on that site, and you will be a laughing stock.
I idiotically placed two things on there, which they will not return. While they are certainly not Pulitzer prize material, I am terribly embarrasssed to be associated with those morons.
I am determined to get the word out there, so that other serious writers are neither embarrasssed or scammed.
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-09-23
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-06:
i would not take medical advice from a no name website.

i trust some writtes prefer to NOT have their articles edited.

i am sure some people will find this helpful.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-09-06:
ah no wonder the other thread got resurrected.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-09-06:
Anyone who relies on information from only one internet site is a fool. If you really need good information you must gather information from several websites. You must also apply a generous helping of common sense (a commodity that seems to be in short supply many times).

Did anyone notice the OP added a comment to the original old review thanking herself?
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2009-09-06:
I guess it's just a lot of hot air.
Posted by internetscribe on 2009-09-07:

Your suggestion that individuals should cull their information from a variety of sources seems self-evident, but we cannot assume that everyone will do that. Any medical advice that inaccurate should not be printed, period. I have written on a variety of medical topics, which I researched thoroughly. I also had good editors who verified the veracity of my statements. And yes, there are "fools" out there who might just take information from a single site. Very ill people tend to grasp at straws.
Posted by sandj on 2009-09-23:
I wouldn't imagine most people believe everything they read on the net - but believe this - Helium has the art of taking your work no matter how poor it is and making money on the back of it - I just today questioned why I cannot delete my own articles and since then I have been locked out of my account - all my articles remain up there and the money accrueing from them is - well - not going to me -So there are serious copyright issues with Helium - if you want your work protected and not held by someone who is profitting in your name - don't write for Helium it is as simple as that - serious writers be warned Helium is not the place to sell your articles - On the other hand if you favour the vanity publishing ethic and get a kick out of the grade school star system, whilst earning your sweetie money - knock yourself out!
Posted by Pepper on 2009-09-23:
I've never seen this Helium before.

Personally when I need information I go to very specific sites. But I'm pretty good at searching online.

i.e. if I want medical advice I usually go to webmd or other sites that I've personally found to have a good reputation.

If I want official information - such as a legal information, I will use the following phrase in my google search:


And if it's printed at at dot-com site it is NOT automatically believed. Anyone can put out a dot-com site.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-09-23:
tnchuck100: I'll have to go back and look at that again.

Edit - No. Internetscribe was not the OP for the other letter. Theinvestigator wrote the other one.

what i DID notice at the other thread however was something very unusual... every single person who replied *against* the OP .... they all had one or two posts each.

Now I'm NOT the type to automatically say that people who disagree with a complaint are "working for the company"...

but when the post count is 1 or 2
or when the user ONLY writes in to defend a specific company....

it does raise suspicions

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