Should I Join Bubblews? A Review
An Introduction To Bubblews
I think the entire online writing community has heard about Bubblews now, and most of the writers I know have given in and joined, hoping to add another egg to one of their writing baskets.
Bubblews is easy to sign up for. There is no writing test or sample. All you need is an E-mail address. Anyone with an internet connection can feel free to join. They pay via PayPal or e-check after you have accumulated $50. All payments are made in US Dollars.
You can write on virtually any subject on Bubblews, as long as you don't violate the TOS. The TOS is listed right in the payment section, labeled "Bank." Posts have to be at least 400 characters (yes, characters, not words). Unfortunately, you are only allowed to post 10 articles per day.
It's the most simplistic writing site I've ever signed up for, and shouldn't be a problem for anyone.
The Good: Bubblews Pays Well
The fact of the matter is that Bubblews pays very well
You are paid one cent per view, like, dislike, media share, and comment. One can easily make $50-100 per week, or more--much more, in fact. My best post earned me $18, and was only about 200 words long. Took me a whopping 10 minutes to write. Most of my posts average about $1.
The upfront pay is great. As soon as you post an article, you get a ton of views and likes. This is where the bulk of your earnings are going to come from. There are people on this site making many thousands of dollars per month.
The residual earnings aren't that great, but I'm currently earning about 75 cents per day. I wish it were at least 5 times that amount, but I'll take it.
The Unsteady: Will Bubblews Last?
This seems to be the billion-dollar question. Nobody knows, and the CEO hasn't explained it. I get the impression that the place can crash and burn at any given moment.
The servers are slow, the site is clunky and amateurish, and the payment system is...well, I don't know. How can they afford to pay everyone such an astronomical rate? Through ads? And if so, how does liking someone's article give them ad-sharing money? To me, it makes no sense.
There have been a ton of people trying to figure this out, and no one seems to know how this site remains operational. Most armchair experts are predicting Bubblews will die off. I hope it doesn't die, because I've earned $150 doing a bunch of nothing there--and that's more than most of the people there do.
If anyone has a legitimate explanation as to how Bubblews is able to pay these rates, I'd be happy to hear it.
The Untrustworthy: Bubblews Doesn't Pay Some People
There is an immediate red flag for Bubblews.com. This is the fact that there is no automatic payment system, and no way to track your last redemption (redemption is when you claim your money). Money doesn't automatically get deposited into your PayPal account as soon as you claim it. Your balance drops to zero immediately, and all you get is a little green banner saying that it could take up to 7 days, and to please be patient. No verification email, no nothing.
Several days later, you will get an E-mail telling you that Bubblews.com has deposited an echeck into your paypal account. It's always a sigh of relief (you shouldn't have to feel relief for getting your money). One time, my payment was late. After a week, no money. I emailed them (several times) and they cleared it up within three days.
Some people haven't gotten their payments. I've read several horror stories on the internet, and a lot of the people are saying they never did anything wrong. I find it hard to believe that every one of them violated the Bubblews TOS, but some of them surely have. Either way, it's not cool that people didn't get their money. Even if they violate the TOS, Bubblews should send them the money before terminating their account.
The Bubblews CEO, Arvin, says it's all growing pains and that it'll all be cleared up and remedied in due time. We shall see.
I haven't had a missed payment yet.
The Quality: Bubblews Has A Lot Of Junk
I'll put this frankly and as bluntly as I can: a lot of the material posted on Bubblews is absolute, stinking drivel. Many of the "articles" are glorified Facebook posts about breakfast, or going to do laundry. You know, the mundane stuff that no one cares about.
There is also a lot of spammers. Those who are just looking to exploit the payment system for every last cent. They write complete and total nonsense, leave nonsensical comments on your pieces to gain attention, and follow as many people as possible in hope of getting more notoriety. Bubblews is a numbers game, and they're out to play it. This unfortunately drowns out many of the talented writers.
Yeah, there are some talented writers there. I think they're what is keeping the whole site afloat, to tell you the truth.
The Bubblews Community
The Bubblews community is active and vibrant. You will learn a lot about people from all over the world, and get a glimpse into many of their lives. You'll start to like some of the people on there as well.
I'd say there is more good than bad on that site. There are spammers and there are people who run around trolling and arguing, but the conversations are usually refreshing.
Bubblews Opinion Poll
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Should You Join Bubblews?
I'd say yes, you should definitely give it a try. It's a quick way to make a buck, the community is growing and booming, and it is easy to build your catalogue on there. Just don't expect much in the way of revenue sharing, unless something changes. You have to work there on a daily basis, but you can watch your money stack up as you do. It's almost like writing for one of those old content mills that produced fluff, only easier.
The more connections you make, the more you earn. And the earnings ceiling seems to be very high right now. Matter of fact, with enough hard work, you could probably make a decent living; some people already do, like this woman named Adrienne Jenkins.
I will say this: proceed with caution. There is still some shadiness on the site with payments. And if you value content and quality, you might want to avoid the place. You aren't going to see literary masterpieces there, and English isn't even the first language of a good portion of the writers (not that that's a bad thing).
Update About Bubblews
Unfortunately, I have come to agree with many that Bubblewsis a bit of a scam. Here's why
- The rules are constantly changing
- How much you earn from revenue is constantly changing
- It's nearly impossible to communicate with the staff
- Earnings per article suddenly plummeted and stayed down
- They don't want you emailing them about missing payments
Lastly, they haven't paid me a redemption from July 2nd. I've sent them several emails. No response. Recently they have added a feature that lets you fill out a form detailing the missing redemption. I filled this form out over a month ago, and it says they're "Investigating" my missing payment, but there's still no payout.
I'd steer clear from Bubblews for the time being. Maybe one day they will improve.