Is The Bubblews Website Over Now?

I won't come right out and call Bubblews a pyramid scheme.. you can decide that for yourself.
I won't come right out and call Bubblews a pyramid scheme.. you can decide that for yourself. | Source

I Fell For It And Thousands Of Others Did, Too

I have to admit, I took the old adage to heart about not putting all your eggs into one basket and I decided to look for another way to make money by writing on the Internet. I still wrote for reputable, good companies like Textbroker. And, even though I don't make much money writing there, I always know that I will get paid.

Now Textbroker has something on their website that says (they've been in business for) "10 Years"... I know that I've been writing for them for five years and I have ALWAYS, consistently been able to trust them to pay whatever I've earned. My experience is that they are a business that seems to be run with honesty and integrity.

I also love writing here on HubPages. I have met SO many fascinating, amazing people here! And I love that I can choose my own topics and receive passive income from writing. I've been writing here for over four years now, and I have always been paid here as well. Both of these websites provide good ways to make income from the comfort of your home. Textbroker is good for shorter term "now" income, HubPages is great for a longer term, more sustained source of passive income.

Money Was The Driving Force For Some

Money, money, money, it's a rich man's world (from the ABBA song).
Money, money, money, it's a rich man's world (from the ABBA song). | Source

I'm Not Sure Pyramid Scheme Is Even The Right Description

It's funny when I began writing this, I thought about saying that I think (in my opinion, NOT accusing them of anything) that Bubblews might be a pyramid scheme. After researching the definition of that, though, it might not be. I still have a tab open here about Ponzi schemes as I'm writing this, so now I'm thinking maybe that term would be a better fit!

I looked it up! A Ponzi scheme tends to entice people with promises of big returns that are true in the beginning, but as time goes on, the returns lessen or disappear. In the case of Bubblews, I'm not sure if this was the intent all along, or whether the people who began the website with big promises found later that they couldn't sustain what they had originally promised people.

Essentially, it seems now that Bubblews is using writers for free content and not paying any more. At one time, it seemed like they were paying out to anyone and everyone. They just couldn't sustain that pace over a long term.

I can remember reading stories of people in other countries, the Philippines comes to mind, about people who were actually using Bubblews to supplement their income and to pay daily bills. It became a way for people living in countries with bad economies to supplement income. I read about entire families who would "work" around the clock writing and earning money, just to bring in as much supplemental income as possible. Now, however, that source of income has dried up. I had a feeling it would.

The website just couldn't keep up the promises originally made about their writers getting one cent for every like and comment. Now, they say that the way they pay people is through clicks on the ads that are placed on the pages. And with that, the income people were making at one time shrunk down to almost nothing.

Dishonesty And Cheating Helped To Bring The Website Down

One big problem that Bubblews experienced was the dishonest way that some so-called writers would try to cheat the system. They found that people were cutting and pasting articles and snippets from other sources, usually from things that were already published on the Internet, and they would try to pass it off as their own work. There was a huge problem with plagiarism.

I think some of that may have been due to some of the writers not being native English speakers. Some people from other countries who couldn't speak the language, or write it either, still found a way (albeit dishonestly) to make money. Other dishonest actions on the parts of writers, like forming groups to like and to comment on each others posts to make more money, also helped to bring everyone down.

Working together in groups using strength in numbers like this also contributed to the website's downfall. I know that I noticed patterns where the same people would comment on each others posts. Eventually, Bubblews put a stop to people earning from these social interactions of liking and commenting on posts. This is when the payment amounts that everyone received went WAY down!

To give Bubblews some credit here, it seemed like they DID try to get rid of people who were found to be cheating by either plagiarizing or by forming groups to help them get money they didn't actually earn. I did hear about accounts being deleted and people not being paid if they cheated, but it must have been incredibly difficult to catch everyone. Some of the cheaters probably slipped through the cracks or got away with it for a while before they were caught. Then cheaters would simply open a new account using a new user name and cheat until their account was deleted again.

Now the higher-ups at Bubblews say that people are paid from ad revenue alone (from what I understand, correct me if I'm wrong!). I noticed that I went from making about $1 a day without a lot of effort to earning literally pennies a day for the same amount of effort. It soon became not worth it any more, so now I've left.

From what I've read, real Ponzi schemes often begin as legitimate businesses that begin to sink into Ponzi scheme territory when they lose money unexpectedly and can no longer keep promises they made, which may or may not be what happened to Bubblews.

In a way, I felt that they lured writers in with promises of money. No one had to actually invest any cash to participate on the website, that was all free. But I do know that a lot of people felt that they were working for nothing and have left now. What honest people did lose is their time, and some would say that time is money. Good people, and some very good writers have left.

This was actually part of the problem, too. There seemed to be either no, or very low, standards for people's writing, and it seemed as if anyone could self-publish there. Much of the writing there I found to be trash (for lack of a better word) that was full of grammatical errors, spelling errors and some of the writing just simply didn't make sense!

I think Google may have found this to be true as well, but I'm not sure how all that works. I don't know how the Bubblews website is "ranked" on Google, but I think it would be interesting to find out. I think if Bubblews keeps this up, not paying writers or paying them a lot less than the "bank" on their account says they've earned, eventually people will leave in droves. This might be already happening. I know that I've left because of non-payment and I'm sure others have too.


Not Paid, Not Writing

For the record, I cashed out through the Bubblews website to get a payment on July 16th of 2015 for $50.03 because you need to have earned over $50 to cash out, and with today being October 6th, it's been well over the 60 day window they said it would take to get paid. It's more like 80 days now, and I haven't been paid or heard anything from them. And I don't expect that I'll hear anything either, especially after I publish this! (Laughing!)

Let me know what your experiences were (or still are if you are still writing for Bubblews), below in the comments. I'm curious to see if others had the same experience I did. For those who have never written for Bubblews or have never tried earning money by writing there, my advice would be to pass on this one. There are other, more legitimate ways to earn money, from reputable companies, from your freelance writing on the Internet.

UPDATE


I did finally receive the payment that I cashed out for back in July of 2015, for $50.03. First, I was shocked that I actually got paid the full amount. I had heard so many stories of people who cashed out at around $50 and were only paid a portion of that, like $25 or $35. How they came up with the lower amounts that they paid, I have no idea. It has something to do with advertising.

I received payment on October 23rd of 2015, so it took over three months to get a payment. When I think that it took me over 6 months to get up to the $50 threshold to be able to cash out, then another three months of waiting for payment, I still think that writing for Bubblews is not worthwhile. That's just my opinion ~ you can draw your own conclusions and do what is best for you!

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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

Hi, I gave up on it long ago. They still owe me around 15 dollars! lol! to be honest I was bored sick writing rubbish on their, I lost the will to write!


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KathyH 14 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

I feel the same way, Nell Rose! Just glad I didn't lose more than I did there! I think people would be better off starting their own blog and monetizing it!


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teaches12345 13 months ago

It had potential. And as you say, they did try to weed out the terrible writing. I tried it for a brief time but soon found it lacked quality and support.


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KathyH 13 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Absolutely, teaches12345! I came to that same conclusion. I did finally receive the last payment, but it took three months to get it! Not worth it, since it took me over 6 months to earn the $50!!


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Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

I went through the Bubblews experience myself. It was a bit intoxicating, but all the liking and commenting became an obsession. I finally bailed out about a year ago, when they announced they weren't going to pay for views anymore. There was no way I could put in the time necessary to like and comment to get reciprocal likes and comments, so I decided to quit. I have since gone back and tried to retrieve some of my old articles, but they will not let you delete your own articles there anymore. I can't even log in to my own account. In effect, they have stolen my writing from me. I am much happier here, even though the income is significantly less. Great hub!


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KathyH 13 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Mel! I'm still able to get into my account, but I assume that will change the longer I stay away! Glad you're happir here, I am too!


Erin Nicole Cochran 12 months ago

I was with them for about two years of their 3 years, and made a little over 3,000. I'm one of the actual good writers, or was one of them, I don't know when it ended, but I went to check in on the site and it says that they are done with. I was at 40 something dollars, but with the barely a penny here or there, I was never going to make 50. What I am sad about is that all my posts are gone. Some people were saving the posts, I guess I should have done that as well. I write in journals, and that was like my journal at times for 2 years, so kind of sucks that I can't go back and reminisce, etc.


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KathyH 12 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, Erin! I didn't realize they had that message on there now saying they are done. It was a good run while it lasted (at least early on)... I am just grateful I reached that $50 mark in July and cashed out when I did. I think I had like 8 cents left in there!

I guess I wrote this hub at a good time. The original idea behind Bubblews was a good one I think, they just couldn't sustain it, especially with people worldwide using the site for income and finding ways to cheat if they could! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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