My Experiences Writing Online with Bubblews

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The Prodigal Son Returns

I feel like the prodigal son after posting this hub following a 13 month hiatus from Hubpages. For about a year, I have not been an active hubber because I was busy chasing pennies on Bubblews.com. This social media blogging site rewarded me with faster earnings for a while until things started turning sour there in October of 2014.

This post relates my experiences writing and earning online with Bubblews. After detailing the nature of Bubblews, bubblers, and types of writing found on this site, I will sum up the advantages and disadvantages of writing on Bubblews.

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What was Bubblews?

Bubblews.com was a blogging platform for any English language writer to create media-rich articles and express opinions on almost any conceivable subject. It was also a social media site where users met and interacted with like-minded people. Bubblews members were compensated for views of their posts by available generated advertising income and received a penny a piece for each like and comment other Bubblews members gave their posts.

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Who Were Bubblews' Bubbling Members?

Bubbling members or bubblers were those persons who had joined and had formal accounts with Bubblews. I believe anyone over the age of 16 could join. You didn't have to pass a writing test or submit a sample of writing for review. Therefore, Bubblews attracted members and users from all over the world, and especially in countries where English was not used as a native language. Many of my followers or connections on Bubblews were from countries like the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Kenya. They were mostly students, housewives, retired persons, and a few professional writers who were all trying to earn a part-time income.

What Types of Articles or Bubbles Were Published?

As a blogging platform, each submitted article or post which was known as a bubble needed only be 400 characters long. Bubblews encouraged its members to write their world; therefore, you would see a lot of short bubbles about members' everyday activities such as eating, doing housework, babysitting, and feelings. There were also some more serious articles like what you would find on Hubpages, but they weren't as popular as inspirational, entertaining, and other feel good posts.

Advantages of Writing on Bubblews

The advantages of writing on Bubblews were too tempting to resist. For that reason, I wrote and was active on Bubblews from August of 2013 until December of 2014.. These advantages included:

1. Fast and Easy Way to Earn Money

Up until October of 2014, it was very easy for a lot of people to make a great deal of money in a short time bubbling. Everyone was getting a penny for every view of their posted articles, and an additional cent for each like or comment they received on their posts. It was amazing to read about a number of bubblers earning $10-15 a day just by writing short blogs about topics such as having a dream, taking a nap, washing clothes, and eating dinner. This easy money also attracted many cheaters who got a lot of money by manipulating the system until they got caught in a crackdown by Bubblews in October of 2014. Many of the cheaters were getting $7-10 for each 400 character of nonsense they were writing and publishing.

2. Posts Were Easy to Write

It was so much easier blogging on Bubblews than hubbing on Hubpages. This was because you were just basically writing down your thoughts on mundane topics which didn't need any research before publishing. I wrote mostly about my past experiences, and summarized them into articles of between 500 and 1,000 characters. Usually I could compose a bubble in 15-20 minutes.

3. Allowed to Write Up to 10 Posts a Day

The people who were earning a lot of money on Bubblews were consistently writing 10 short blogs per day. With each post earning about $1.50, a top-notch earner could get around $15 a day, and put in a redemption claim for payment of $50 about every 3-4 days. Over one month, some bubblers were earning $400.

4. No Quality Control of Writing

Unlike many other online writing sites, Bubblews had no quality control of submitted articles. If you go through some Bubblews posts, you will find a lot of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization errors. There are even some posts with sentence structure so awkward that I couldn't even understand the meaning. This of course attracted a lot of people who couldn't write very well whom you would seldom see on Hubpages.


Disadvantages of Writing on Bubblews

Writing on Bubblews also had its disadvantages which had made me think seriously of devoting more of my time to Hubpages. These disadvantages were:

1. Uncertainty of Getting Paid

After I joined Bubblews in August of 2013, I was not paid for my first $25 redemption or money that I earned from writing. Following this, I consistently received payments for my redemptions until September of 2014. As of now, I have outstanding redemptions totaling around $270 for the months of September, October, and November of 2014. Since Bubblews folded during the end of 2015, I will never get paid for the money owed to me.

2. You Couldn't Really Write for Yourself

If I wanted to earn more than pennies on Bubblews, I had to write for the interests of my viewers and not myself. Posts written in my niche of teaching and learning and languages had not earned nearly as much money as my blogs on dreams, feelings, food, and restaurants.

3. Bubblews Was Not a Place for a Serious Writer.

It was amazing to see the amount of garbage on Bubblews in the past which had out-earned some really great serious writing you see on Hubpages. Viewers on Bubblews were more interested in trending sensational news, articles about personal lives and entertainment, as well as motivational and inspirational blogs.


Summary

Writing on Bubblews was an interesting experience which I now regret.. If you are interested in doing mostly serious writing and creating articles in your niche, Hubpages is the place to be. However, if all you were interested in was selling your soul to the devil and sacrificing your writing interests in chasing uncertain money and popularity, Bubblews had a good place for you.

© 2014 Paul Richard Kuehn

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I so agree with you. I also feel the same way about Bubblews. I never got paid for three months I gave up on that site. You said it here. I know that HP is my best place.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Hubpages is much more professional than Bubblews. At least writing here, we know we will get paid after our earnings reach $50. Thanks for your comments!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thank you for enlightening us on another site. Can you write a customer review for me please check your facebook message?


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I think Bubblews was started by a couple of very smart, ambitious men who had a great idea. I think they just grew too fast, and were completely "over their heads".

They are receiving some pretty bad publicity right now because they are not paying their writers on time, and they keep changing their rules, but who knows? I hope for their sake, their success will not be their downfall.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

Hi Paul. Thanks for returning to HP. I have tried Bubblews and was not really impressed. I didn't find that writing quick meaningless blog posts is my style so I have not flourished on that forum at all. Great article and thank you for the personal perspective and information.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Bubblews is a constantly changing and growing site and has tons of growing pains. So far, they have not missed a payment to me, but the payments have been getting smaller and further extended. It's now around 45 days between payments, where it used to be three days! So, yes, their reach has overextended their grasp.

Although there is a great deal of fluffy bubbles, there are a few serious and competent writers.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Very interesting to read about your experience on Bubblews and your inventory of that site. I really just didn't have the time that seemed necessary to participate on Bubblews and when I kept hearing about some people not being paid, I wasn't impressed. It just seemed to me to be a gamble regarding the pay, and my time is so limited that I didn't want to risk wasting it.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing with my followers. Glad you're back!


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, it is really a gamble getting paid now. God knows how long I'll have to wait for my outstanding payments. Thanks for voting this article up and sharing it with your followers!


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

The advantage you have is writing from the United States where you will get paid sooner and receive more compensation for views on your bubbles. Being in Thailand, I'll be lucky to receive a payment in 90 days under the new rules. I agree that there are a few serious and competent writers on Bubblews, but I guess blogging isn't my preferred method of writing. Thanks for your views.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

&mdscoggins I appear to have the same attitude as you about writing quick meaningless blog posts. It's a quick method of earning money if you are assured of being paid, but I really don't enjoy writing this way. Thanks for your comments.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

You have said it in a nutshell: Bubblews is not paying its writers on time and they keep changing their rules! Thanks for your perspective on this topic.


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HeatherBlesh 2 years ago from Monterey, CA

I was curious about Bubblews when I previously read a hub by another Hubpages member that mentioned it as an additional source of income. I also spend a little time a Facebook at least 2-3 times a week. After reading your hub it reminded me a little of Facebook in a way. The only difference is that Facebook doesn't pay you. It's strictly a social site but you can post whatever you want (with a few minor limitations), and there is a NOTES section that you can use as a mini blog area.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, Bubblews is definitely like Facebook with the exception that you are compensated for what you write and who likes and comments on your posts. Thanks for your great comment.


bypasser 2 years ago

Hi, just tonight learned about bubblews (what a silly name) first time. I was already about to visit it to sign up and give it a try. Then after a bit more research I read about constant problems with the functionality (bad coding?), the rules and payments there. Now it doesn't look like so great idea at all to try it. Looks like they have problems even cumulating.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Although Bubblews paid more than other writing sites up until a couple of months ago, I am very uncertain whether I will ever get the $270 that is due to me. No, I wouldn't join now if I were you.


Mills P 2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

I have been unable to sign into my Bubblews account since July. I'll try to make some sort of writing name for myself here.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I initially had a hard time signing in too in July after I had been gone for about three weeks. I remember contacting Bubbles support and getting a new password. It's easy to make a name for yourself writing here, but the money comes in a lot slower than on Bubblews.


Mills P 2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

Bubblews hasn't addressed my issue at all. I'd rather be here, patiently waiting to earn money than wonder if my efforts will be rewarded by Bubblews.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, I agree with your reasoning. If I don't get my money from Bubblews by the end of the year, there is no way that I can continue writing there.


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rajan jolly 24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is a fine summary of your experiences at bubblews Paul. I too have a lot of outstanding redemptions unpaid from August onwards and presently I am not writing there till my dues gets cleared though I doubt they will be.

But in all earnest it was good while it lasted.

Hope you get your payments too!


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

writing at bubblews is a bliss but not for the payment. Unless you can close one eye and forget about the payment, you can carry on writing.


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Paul Kuehn 23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

&peachpurple I really did enjoy writing on Bubblews up until October of this year. When it stopped paying, writing there just didn't seem that exiting.


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Paul Kuehn 23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

&DDE I have been very busy lately, but I will check out your facebook message and see what I can do about the customer review.


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Max Johnsan 23 months ago

Bubblews is a pyramid scam. Arvind dixit is a fraud.


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Paul Kuehn 23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, Bubblews is truly a pyramid scam. It's a shame I didn't get out before I lost my earnings from writing. Thanks for commenting.


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany

Hi Paul! I agree to what you have written here and it was also my experiences. I am no longer active there but still visiting there to delete my posts every now and then. It was a good time when they were still paying. Have a nice week ahead.


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Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Nice to hear from you again, Thelma! It still bothers me that I have not been paid $300 for past redemptions and other people are still collecting money for redemptions. I guess there is really nothing you and I can do but delete our posts and try to move on. Thanks for your comments!

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