Earning Money Online by Blogging on Bubblews
Earning Money Online Writing Or Blogging
If you love to write or blog there are two ways to earn money online doing just that. One way, of course, is to start a Google blog, write some content for it, and then monetize it with Google ads. This, however, requires you to sign up for Google AdSense. There is no guarantee that you will get approved and so you may never be able to make any money writing online on your blog.
An easier way to earn money online is by writing or blogging on Bubblews. Bubblews doesn't require you to join Google AdSense or any other program. All you have to do to start earning money online with Bubblews is to create an account on their site, which is absolutely free. Then, before writing anything, you should familiarize yourself with their terms of service and site rules so that you don't end up violating one or more of the rules and as a result end up not getting paid your earnings or even getting banned from the site. Once you are familiar with the do's and don't's of the site go ahead and write your heart out.
Upate: Bubblews Has Shut Down!
As of now Bubblews is no more. Going to the Bubblews website you get a message saying that Bubblews will be shutting down. Clearly it's already shut down because all we get is that message. We can't login, can't recover our work, and all of our earnings are gone too. Clearly this is very unprofessional on the part of the site owners. It is what it is though. Nothing can be done about it. So, if you were thinking of finally giving this site a try you are too late. Still, if you want to find out about the site and how things worked there read on.
What You Could Publish On Bubblews And What The Minimum Is For Each Post
Each post you published on Bubblews was called a bubble. Unlike on HubPages, each bubble you published could either be an actual content rich article or simply a blog post, whether it'd be short or long in length. Most people preferred to write blog type posts on the site (and short ones at that) as those seemed to be more popular among readers.
What you published on Bubblews didn't need to be very long in length, as the minimum requirement for each post was only 400 characters. Remember it was 400 characters NOT 400 words. You could go ahead and write 400 words if you wanted to, or more than that for that matter, but you didn't have to do so if you didn't have as much to say on a topic, or if you just didn't have the time. You would not be penalized for writing a post that was only 400 characters and would be able to publish it without issues.
Of course when you wrote your post there was no way for you to know how many characters your post actually was as there was no count feature available. So, to know if you actually had reached the 400 character minimum in your Bubblews post was to simply copy and paste your content into MS Word, click on the word count feature and look at the option that displays the character count. I am not sure if the Bubblews character minimum was with spaces or without spaces, so making sure that the character count without spaces was at least 400 was a good idea. Once you saw that you'd reached the minimum you could easily publish your post. After Bubblews underwent a drastic makeover a character counter was introduced so you were able to see how many characters you were writing.
What you wrote about in your post was entirely up to you. You could blog about anything you wanted so long as it wasn't pornographic in nature. Or if you preferred you could actually write an informative content-rich article about how to do something or just to educate people about something you believe they should know about.
Some of the popular posts on Bubblews included the following topics:
- Redemptions - how long it took to earn the minimum threshold needed to get paid; how long it took to get paid after hitting the redeem button; what redemption it is (first, second, ... fifth, etc.); the stats you've reached for the redemption (posts published, views, likes, comments and how much actually earned, average earnings per post, etc.); not getting paid the earnings (this usually means one or more of the rules were violated).
- Experiences on Bubblews
- How the day went...
- Personal experiences with relationships and love
- Posts that offer tips on how to be successful on Bubblews when it comes to establishing good connections, increasing activity on your posts and earning money faster, etc.
People have also shared poetry, lyrics, and even fictional stories on the site.
When you wrote your posts you had to include tags (aka keywords) at the bottom of your post. To do that you had to type in the + symbol and then without any spaces write your tag. If the tag was more than one word you had to separate each word with a dash.
One of the tags you should include in every post is your username.
When a person clicked on the username tag he/she was brought to a page that listed all the posts that have that tag in it. Most likely they were going to all be your posts as hardly anyone would tag you in their posts. They were, however, able to link to your profile by replacing the + sign with a & symbol.
After the Bubblews change the + symbol was replaced by the # symbol like on twitter.
How To Actually Publish A Post On Bubblews
Publishing a post on Bubblews was easy.
- To start you click the SUBMIT button at the top left side of the Bubblews site when you are logged in. You can access that button no matter what page you were on.
- Write the title for your post.
- Choose a category for your post from the drop-down list.
- Choose a layout for your post (single photo, gallery, or multiple photos).
- If single photo layout chosen, click Browse next to Upload Photo, find your photo and click Open to insert it into the post. You won't see the photo until the post is published.
- Write the content of the post. At the bottom include relevant tags (aka keywords) including one for your username, as mentioned in the previous section, and give photo credit - that is where you got it from and who it belongs to, etc. If the photo is your own simply say it's yours and point to your profile by typing the & sign and your username without any spaces. Ex: &lovebuglena Do not include any characters right after the username or the link will not be created. Ex: &lovebuglena. is wrong!
- Enter the CAPTCHA phrase. It can be a phrase or a question you have to answer by selecting the answer from the drop-down list.
- Click the SUBMIT NEWS button to publish the post.
How You Earn Money Online With Bubblews And How You Get Paid
The way you earned money online with Bubblews was of course through ads according to what Bubblews said on the site. We were told that Bubblews paid you ad revenue for views, likes, and comments. How much you earned depended on how much ad revenue the site was pulling in at the time. The revenue was split 50/50 with 50% going to you and 50% going to Bubblews.
I thought that this was how we earned money on the site but after examining the stats in "the bank" page under my own Bubblews account I noticed that when we add up the views, likes, and comments stats that are displayed on that page and multiply that amount by a penny we got the exact amount that was displayed in the earnings stats on that page. That meant that we got a penny for every view, like and comment that occured on any of our posts.
A number of other people who were members of Bubblews have said in their posts that we earn a penny for every view, like and comment so this confirmed that that was actually the case. If this was all true though why then were we told that we earned based on ad revenue and that it was split 50/50 with us? Or was it simply a coincidence that the sum of the stats multiplied by a penny added up to the earnings amount?
To me it didn't matter if we earned based on ad revenue or if we earnrf a penny for each like, view, and comment as long as we earned and were actually paid our earnings, which for me has always been the case, except for one redemption.
Before you needed to earn $25 minimum on Bubblews in order to get paid. Starting December 14th, 2013 the minimum became $50. The earnings were not paid automatically; you had to request to get paid. So, once you'd reached the minimum of $50 you had to go to "The Bank" page of your account, click the green REDEEM button and follow the steps needed to submit your redemption, one of which required you to specify how you wanted to get paid. There were actually four options:
- Get the money via PayPal
- Get a check
- Get a gift card
- Ask for an item to be bought and shipped to you
I personally wasn't a fan of option #4. I think if you wanted to buy something for yourself it was better to get the actual money and then buy what you wanted on your own. The best options were 1 and 2, though I preferred option 1 and it seemed the most popular choice among the Bubblews community. If you didn't have a PayPal account you had to sign up for one.
Once you submitted your redemption and chose the PayPal option you received two emails. One let you know that the e-check payment was in progress. The other let you know that the e-check payment had been cleared. Once you received the second email you had to log into your PayPal account and if you saw the money there you could go ahead and transfer that money to your bank account by clicking the withdraw link.
I am not sure what emails you received and how many of them you got if you had selected other redemption options as I only used PayPal.
The Rules You Must Follow On Bubblews So You Get Paid Your Earnings
There were a set of rules that you had follow in order to remain on the site and get paid your earnings. Violating one or more of these rules would result in you not getting paid your earnings and also getting banned from the site. Here are the rules that were set in place.
- The minimum length of each post MUST BE 400 characters. Before you publish each post make sure it is at least 400 characters long (without spaces to be safe).
- DO NOT publish more than 10 posts a day as the maximum number of posts allowed to be published per day is 10.
- DO NOT publish one post after the other back to back. Allow some time to pass between each post. I'd say give it a few hours between each post.
- If you upload an image or photo into your post make sure to specify, either in the beginning of your post or at the end of it, where you acquired the image or photo and who it belongs to.
- DO NOT copy and paste content (word for word) published elsewhere on the Internet. That is not allowed and will get you in trouble. It is not clear in the rules whether your own content is allowed that's published elsewhere, but to be safe I would advise against it.
- DO NOT publish posts that have many pictures and very little content as advertisers do not like to pay for that kind of content.
- DO NOT publish anything that is written in a language other than English. If you do include something in a foreign language be sure to include an English translation of the foreign text.
- You can include links in your posts but they CANNOT BE referral links or affiliate links for other websites. If you are not sure if you are allowed to use a link you want to include in your post contact support before including it in your post.
- DO NOT post content or images/photos on the site that are of a pornographic nature as that is not allowed.
- DO NOT participate in exchange groups where people exchange links to their Bubblews posts with each other in order to increase their post views, likes, and comments. That will get you in big trouble.
- DO NOT use the Bubblews logo or other images that belong to Bubblews such as the like/dislike buttons, for example, in your posts. They are the property of Bubblews and no one is allowed to use them anywhere. That includes taking screenshots of said logo or images.
- DO NOT use copyrighted images in your posts.
- DO NOT utilize IP manipulation software of any kind as that is considered stealing from Bubblews.
Earning on Bubblews by Referring a Friend...
Another way you were able earn money on Bubblews was to refer friends to the site.The people you referred to the site didn't have to be your "real" friends. It could be people you knew or it could be strangers. You would earn for the referral regardless of who you referred to the site.
When those people joined the site via your special referral link and published their first post you would be notified of both in the notifications feed. You would earn twenty cents for their first published post. The amount paid for the referral itself varied based on the time of day it was. You wouldn't actually see the amount you earned for your referral displayed in your account but your amount in "The Bank" would increase.
To get the referral link you had to simply log into your Bubblews account, click on the "My Hub" link on the upper right side of the page, and then click on the Referral link. You would be taken to a page that would show the post stats info you saw in "The Bank" page as well as the referral link in blue. The link would have the URL of the website plus the word referral along with the referral number. You had to copy that link and paste it into the email you would send to those you would ask to join the site. You could also paste the link into your Twitter account the next time you tweeted, on your Facebook wall or on any other social networking sites you were a member of. That may have been better than the email route because you would reach more people that way. You could always do both though if you liked.
Where To Find Your Stats And How To Keep Track Of Them
If you wanted to see your total stats - that is stats accumulated since joining Bubblews: views, posts, comments and likes/dislikes - you had to go to your profile page. You got there by clicking on your username at the top of any of Bubblews pages. If you wanted to know the current stats including earnings since the prior redemption you had to go to your Bubblews bank page. To get there you had to simply click on "The Bank" link at the top of any of Bubblews pages.
Bubblews didn't have a stats page like HubPages so if you wanted to keep track of your stats it was best to start an MS Excel spreadsheet for Bubblews. This was especially critical, if you wanted to know your total stats that had been accumulated for each redemption and be able to go back to them after you redeemed, as all stats would go back to zero once you hit the redeem button and submitted your redemption.
Before you hit the bottom to submit your redemption you had to be sure to write down all stats, including earnings, in "the bank" and date you redeemed into your excel spreadsheet. This way you would know when you redeemed and how much you were expected to get paid.
The only way for you to know individual stats for each post would be to go directly into each post and look at the stats displayed there. Each post page would show views, likes, dislikes, comments, and social media shares.
Was Bubblews a Scam or Not?
Supposedly If you followed all the rules you would always get paid! That is what I thought, especially since I had gotten paid my five redemptions. Then I made my sixth redemption, without breaking any rules, and I never got my money. It was during the time of the technical glitch that resulted in redemptions not going through. I had submitted my redemption info to the site as was requested by the owners and was told that I would get paid what was owed to me, yet that never happened. Many that did the same thing actually got their earnings. How come they got the money and I didn't when I had not violated anything? I will never know. I never got any emails saying I violated something. In fact, I never received any response at all. That was the only time I never got my money. The seventh redemption I made I got paid for. And that was my last one because I was not able to earn enough to redeem again.
Over the course of the Bubblews run many complained about not getting paid. And it wasn't always made clear why. But the reasons didn't matter. The fact was that they didn't get what they earned. And that was not a good thing.
Now that the site decided to shut down all the earnings that were sitting in people's banks were lost. I am sure adding all the banks together led to a hefty sum that was owed to the writers as a whole. Closing down the site without paying everyone what they are owed, regardless if the minimum payout was reached or not, is very unprofessional and can very well be deemed a scam because people were scammed out of their money that they rightfully earned, at least most of the people.
© 2013 Lena Kovadlo
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