Bubblews Review Before And After

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After the buzz and the hype I decided to join Bubblews. I saw quite a number of hubs written and forums posted about this new venture where I could easily earn money by posting 200 words per day, or something, and being broke, I thought I could earn quick cash.

I quickly followed a link posted on a hub but got an error when I tried to sign up. I gave up. Then I saw another forum post about it and numerous links on my FB feed so I decided to give it another try. I signed up and thought, "okay, lets make a little extra money."

The look of the site

They say first impressions last and I think that's about right. I like pretty things and it's no different with websites. I believe that a web page I publish on whether it be my own or a content site like HP, it needs to be attractive. In my opinion Bubblews is not.

I actually don't know what to compare Bubblews content pages to. It's not like anything I've ever seen but it doesn't seem like a place I would like to get information. It makes me wonder if readers actually see articles on Bubbles as an authority for the information they seek.

Though at the time, I hadn't created any articles yet, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Another impression was that it didn't seem as if I could place links within my content. It also seemed to lack a text editor which is very important for formatting your content. The fact that there is no text editor means no grammar checker as well.

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Spam

I have never rushed anything especially writing on any site. It took me a long time to write anything serious on HP. I have only two articles on Squidoo and one on InfoBarrel. I like to take my time to know about the site before I place any confidence in it and it took me a long time to place any content there.

But what came as a big surprise to me was that recognized writers on HP were the ones going all gong-ho about Bubblews. It surprised me because upon further inspection of the site I found it full of crap.

Most of the members are not writers, they are social networkers and have no idea how to create an article for profit. They write crap and get paid for it. This led me to wonder how long this hype will last.

My stolen content

Because of the fact that many of the people on Bubblews are not real writers they may feel pressured into getting quality material to post as their own. This will ultimately lead to either purchasing work or scraping content.

Though I am a freelancer who write articles for clients, I cannot place these people I write for in the same class as myself. The fact that you have to contract out what you publish is proof that you cannot write.

When you have good articles online you run the risk of them being stolen and it has started to happen with Bubblews. I was emailed by a hubber who found my article word for word on the site. I was not surprised as I was in the process of inspecting articles to see what people publish there.

I must give kudos to Bubblews staff for removing my content after I emailed them telling them of my lost revenue and threatening to file a DMCA complaint with their hosting provider and the search engines which serve their site. My article was removed ASAP.

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Is Bubblews worth my time?

To be honest, I was broke and I needed cash fast but was Bubblews worth the time and effort?

One can almost always tell when something is a fluke and when it is real. At the rate at which Google is going and their idea of quality content I doubt that Bubblews will last unless they change their terms of publishing and become a full content site which monitors publishers and content alike.

I honestly do not believe it is worth my time or effort to publish on the site. Not at the moment anyway. Should they become a real content site which monitors content for plagiarism and manages publishers more closely, then maybe I will give it a try.

For now Bubblews is just a social network which earns you money. Beware members, the site may be Google slapped real soon.

To sum it up

I decided to write this hub on a whim. It was solely to give my honest opinion but by the time I reached the end it sounded like a review. Well maybe it is.

My final opinion is that Bubblews may thrive while it's hot but given a few months, if things don't change, they will get penalized by the internet boss, Google.

The owners need to decide what exactly the site is about and focus on building that. Are they creating a content site with serious publishers or are they looking to build a revenue sharing social network? The sooner they decide the better things will get.


Update: October 9, 2013

After some deliberation with a few friends I decided to give Bubblews one more try. The consensus was not to think of the Bubbles as a content site but rather what it is...a social network.

I went back and created a few posts; twelve to be exact but I don't have time to post frequently at the moment. As soon as I reach payout I will post another update.

Note: This is just an experiment because I have seen more negative reviews online than positives about the site. Many people complained that their accounts were cancelled just before payout so I am watching to see what happens. I really need to get that new phone!

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rebeccamealey profile image

rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very well thought out and insightful. I have been supporting my FB and HP buddies that have been "bubbling", but like you, I am somewhat leery to join at this point..that may change, and I HOPE it does, we all need cash. Let's hope it is an avenue to stroll down after cashing in on Hubpages money. LOL!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

It's always interesting to hear the viewpoints of a writer I admire. Your impressions were the same as mine. If all one wants is to make money then I guess they should ride Bubblews until it self-implodes....but if one is a serious writer who is trying to improve as a writer? Well, I don't see Bubblews as that venue.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I will only last until I see if I get a payment. I don't do much a day on there so it will take me awhile. Voted up.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rebecca, I hope it changes as well. I wouldn't want my fellow writers to have wasted their time. I don't think I'll be publishing there any time soon but let's just wait and see what happens.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

I agree with you Billy. I don't think it's the right place for serious writing. I don't think writers who have built their reputation online should publish there. I only see it hurting them in the long run.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

I hope it works for you Moonlake. I heard that they pay promptly. My problem there is the spam compared to actual content.


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SubRon7 3 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good job, Carolee, you have a real feel for what is good on the internet, and what may not be, and judging by the comments, I think a few other people agree.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I am having such mixed feeling about bubblews. I joined, I didn't like it, I went back. I am going to try it for another two weeks and monitor my own writing, but I don't think it's somewhere I'll stay. It does average a dollar or two per day, but the connections that are made don't seem to get to know each too well (for most). I'll judge it another few weeks and see if I am staying. :)


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi James, yes, I have come to know the internet quite well and I believe I can tell when something is not working. I think there is too much hype about the site and not enough truth, hence my hub.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Epbooks, to tell the truth, I probably would have published something if I didn't find my article there or if I didn't see too many non-writers. God luck and I do hope you find success there.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I also came and left and came back again. Some of the writing on the site is amazing (ly) bad. It is often hard to follow and sometimes things don't work well. I wrote a few just to see what would happen. I have heard too many times people are not getting paid. Lots of writers...And I think you are right. Google will have a say on this.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Carol, I was hoping I was wrong but the more I hear people talk the more I realize that I am right. Don't invest too much there because it wont last. I hope you get paid when the time comes.


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MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

Hi Cardisa, I think you have written an excellent post. But there is always a big IF in life. You must be one of the well paid writers on Hub( I presume so ), but 90% of the writers including me just make $ 3-5 a month. Such writers in case they make money on Bubblews, is a good thing. I have been hearing about the collapse of Bubblews for months , but nothing has happened. Perhaps the site has some faults as well, but the CEO of Bubblews (Arvind) has blazed a trail, which others should follow and pay the writers which most sites don't, including hub.


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SimeyC 3 years ago from NJ, USA

Cardisa - I think if people look at it as a cross between Facebook and Twitter rather than a professional writing site they may feel better about it. My experience is that it is a fun site where I can write what I want, when I want and not have to worry about keywords, SEO and anything else related to more 'professional' writing! I also earn while doing this! It's the social interaction that makes it work, rather than the quality or the 'craft' - is there plagiarism - absolutely, but this is minor problem that is being worked on - all I know is that it's a great additional revenue stream for me - I'm earning about $10 a day and do a lot less work on there than I did on HP when I was fully active.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello MG Singh, that is the very reason why I titled this hub "My impression of Bubblews." This is totally my opinion based on my personal experience. I cannot speak for other users. My opinions are also based on my knowledge of how online content sites work and what will last from what wont. The site is new and probably hasn't gotten under Google radar as yet but we will see. Maybe I'm wrong.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Simon, maybe I am too picky or am I spoiled. I think writing professionally for so long has made me choosy. Plus I am not a very good social networker. It's just me but I do hope it works for those who like it.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I joined and was paid promptly. I learned that they do not want serious content posted, they like jokes, how was your day?, a few how to bake a cake, etc. I am bored with it, but i am bored with HP also. I think i just need to take some time off..Great article Cardisa..


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Ruby, at least you got to make some extra money. I think I would be bored posting stuff like that all the time as well. What you could do is your own blog where you post whatever you like, whenever you like. It will take some time to make money but at least you have total control over what you post.


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Alexander Mark 3 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I too am leery, the way it looks is just spammy and cheap. But one hubber here lauds the site, says he is making good money. But like you say, it could be fly by night and gone tomorrow. Plus, it isn't a site focused on quality articles, it's more of a social site and that doesn't lend itself best to well written and thought out articles, nor a readership that searches for those kinds of articles. I'm still thinking about giving it a try, who knows? I'm not making much here either.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Alexander, if you are looking a for a quick way to make money and not to concerned about long term turn around, then maybe it's a good place to start. Maybe if I didn't find my article there and see all the nonsense posted I would have gone for it. Who to tell maybe I'll change my mind..lol


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Hi, Cardisa. It really is more of a social networking site than an article site, but there is good writing there, too. It's a different kind of venue, one that I feel is actually improving my writing. It's more creative. I can just write and not have to worry about what hoops to jump through, what formatting and polls and videos and other stuff I have to add. I can just write. I'm starting to feel more creative now, plus I made more in my first month than it took me nearly two years to make on HP. I'll still publish longer articles on HP, but Bubblews has its place, too. It's been around a year and a half, so it may have some staying power, and I'm sure they are working on any glitches they have. Plus, there is possibility for residual income, as I have made as much as $3 while I sleep. It has possibilities. In the mean time, it's fun and lucrative--and a refreshing change of pace for many. :-)

In the meantime, it's another way to diversify. And my grammar posts over there have shown up in Google searches, so go figure.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Victoria, I'm glad it's working for you. As my title suggests, this is just my personal impression of the site. Another friend has also told me is is making as much as $10 per day which isn't so bad. i'm still contemplating my decision. I think I was initially angry to find my work copied there as well.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I am impressed with Bubblews figures, however I am busy working on my own stuff, and I have always felt that one must be careful when someone "rolls out the red carpet. "


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

lol...I agree with your last statement Rebecca. Proceed with caution. Buy I guess if one isn't putting their best there and just doing it for fun while making money it can't really hurt.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

I am impress and I am a big fan now of your way of writing. I am also thankful that i found your hubs, it's helpful to me. I am just starting my online writing journey. And my medium was bubblews, bubblews is totally different from hubpages for it is a social blogging site. The site was great like us "newbies" after months of experience i decided to continue my journey heere on hubpages.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi there again KenDeanAgudo, I see that Bubblews seem to be helping a lot of people. If you can practice your writing there then that is a good thing. Have you made much money there?


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

yes friend, almost 900$ for nine months but i have 200 plus unpaid. But I am still redeeming but i often write now there, but i still accumulate 25$ every 10th day


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I started writing there again..and today one of my articles was gone and it was same topic I had been writing..GO figure.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Carol, did somebody steal it or did Bubblews delete it? What happened?


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

It was just no longer on my writing page. It shows I wrote 4 articles but only 3 will appear...Very strange. The first time I went on Bubblews I could not get access and I wrote HELP about 4 times...I just wonder..and yet some people are making some dollars.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have a couple of articles out there on Bubblews and have decided to wait to see what happens with the site. My view is similar to yours, the site may be a short duration due to the number of people posting so much content with little concern about quality.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

I hope it works out for you Carol. I heard people are making some money there too. I may just change my mind and make some money too, if I could just swallow my pride...lol


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Teaches, I know a lot of people who have the same views but some are just there for the short term. But I don't see it lasting a long time if they don't change the rules.


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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I signed up with Bubblews after seeing it mentioned in a hub. I joined this past July, and now have 156 articles there. I've had 3 redemptions so far (you must accumulate $25 to redeem). I can put up an article there containing my reaction to a news event, or perhaps recounting something that happened in my life in 10-20 minutes. For example, my first article was a review of the Jackie Robinson movie "42" after my wife and I watched it. For me the key is to keep to my own personal quality standards. So far, Bubblews has worked for me.

BTW, this comment is longer than many Bubblews articles.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Congrats Ron. So I went against my own decision and have put up some posts there as a test to see whether or not it will work for me. Don't know how it will turn out but will post updates on my progress.


Ritesh Nishar 3 years ago

I don't think bubblews is the right platform for writers. Be careful as there are many who did not get their payment ever.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Ritesh. I agree with you that the Bubbles isn't for writers. Good luck to those who make money there. I tried it but am bored with it already and I have only made $5...lol


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Alexander Mark 3 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

It is good to see these comments, I am not going to consider writing there anymore. We can always waste time writing on our own blogs or even here and I think it would be much more satisfying. Thank you Cardisa for putting up this hub.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Alexander, I agree with you. If I was to waste time writing I have quite a number of my own sites and blogs which desperately needs updating...lol. Thanks for stopping by.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I started out with one bubbles, which disappeared due to a glitch. I then stayed away for a while. I Kept hearing about it, so I did two bubbles and made four dollars so far. I am kinda impressed. The traffic is not from google. It is from fellow bubblers doing networking. Therefore, if google penalizes it, they may not take a big hit.

It makes money but it has no authority. I don't think people would regard me as a serious writer on bubblews. Hubpages on the other hand provides a background where prospective employers will take me serious. You are not going to see a Billy Buc or a Carol7777. I think the intention of Bubblews is to create a platform where a crappy writer can boost their self confidence and fit in with the stars (The stars want to make money too).


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Rasta, Carol77777 is there. I signed up and made $5.52. I thought i would do it to make some cash for a phone I wanted but not working out for me. Maybe I'll make some time next week...lol.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I am there too as virtualhuman. That's why I said "...fit in with the stars (The stars want to make money too)".

I wasn't comfortable using any of my known names.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I've been trying out Bubblews. I've earned one payout. The site has some good stuff and some articles that are so poor that I can't stand to look at them. Some articles are about what they ate for breakfast!

My experience so far is that you earn almost nothing for your time, just over a dollar an hour. I do have a friend that is earning residual money there though. She gets $100 a month even though she no longer writes for them. She took the time to write good articles and it is paying off.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Barbara. I don't know if I should bother. I am so busy that it's hard to find the time to post there. Your friend is very lucky to be earning residual income. I got the impression that that was impossible since it's basically a social network, but good for her.


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

I earned one payout and am halfway to my second. I have only written about 8 posts but I have spent a lot of time commenting on other's work. It bores me to tears as most of the stuff is so badly written that there are times that I can't face the thought of doing it. I do think that there have to be more constructive ways of earning money. In retrospect, it might be easier to write a quantity of decent posts and then take a break to see if you can earn residual income from them without endless liking and commenting. I have always had the attitude that if you are not enjoying it, then it certainly is not worth your time.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Sallybea, I agree with you 100%. I hate it there...maybe hate is a strong word but I certainly don't enjoy my time there. I want to leave as soon as I log in, plus the site takes forever to load. I am not much into connecting with people I don't know and most of the posts I come across are boring to read. I may give it another try but very unlikely.


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SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

I too joined bubblews after reading about it here in the forums after hearing that some people make $700 or more a month. After just 15 70 word posts (about the same amount of content of just one Hub with a lot less effort) I have made $10. You cannot compare it to HP as it is a very different format except in the sense that you make money from adverts being shown. If you think about Facebook and how much that is worth because of the adverts and the quality of content is even lower!

I guess if it has been around for 18 months or so the advertisers would not still be paying if it didn't work for them. As for people not being paid (I actually made a post about it) I think it is simply that people don't follow the rules and I see it all the time, incorrect photo attribution, copied content, affiliate links and people requesting likes/comments/connections.

To make money there and make it bearable you must choose your connections carefully, I only connect to writers who post stuff that I want to read and comment on. And as you have shared interests they will do the same, earning you more money.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you SpaceShanty. I think Bubblews is for people who love the social scene. I don't mind socializing but as a writer I don't think that's the best way to make money. For me, I wasted my time there. I spent more time connecting, liking and interacting with people I don't know than I spent writing informative content. Bubblews is not for me.


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Alexander Mark 2 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Well, I commented last year I wouldn't waste my time there but I couldn't help it and tried it out. It's horrible. The majority of writers pump out sheer garbage and money is made by the writers visiting each other and connecting. I learned very quickly that my abilities are completely wasted there as far as good writing is concerned. If you see it as a social site, that is a little better, but not much. I think you can make money there though, but I don't understand how that's sustainable because I was instantly making money as long as I made connections with other writers. If a business only did business with its employees, how long would it take before it would fold? I have to believe that Bubblews is scamming its advertising partners.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Alexander, I agree 100%. I also tried it after hearing so many wonderful things and I must say, I can't see what all the hullabaloo is about. I hate it there and I felt like I wasted my time.


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easylearningweb 2 years ago

Hi Cardisa,

I tried Bubblews in recent past but I was turned off by the style, and also the content of other writers. I don't think it's for everyone, especially for those of us that are more serious writers looking to do more and network with professional writers.

I posted a few articles on Bubblews but I wasn't too motivated to continue and spend a couple hours each day. It seems that you have to devote a lot of time to it. It's more for quick little articles and some use it like a blog.

I occasionally check back on Bubblews but I will stick with HB which has been and continues to be a great platform. I also love the hubpage community, which is filled with such talented writers!


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Easylearnignweb, I totally dislike over there. You are right, it's not for everyone and certainly not for me. I still occasionally read Bubbles that my friends share on my FB timeline but I won't waste my time there...unless I am truly desperate.


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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I am thinking of bubblews, but the time it will take to make money makes me unwilling to try. I get the idea that it is more social media and maybe not for me as I am not that mad about social media as it is.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Hendrika. Bubblews is not somewhere I am willing to encourage people about. It was designed on a social platform but somehow has decided to become a content farm. Haven't been there in months.


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Sherrye Barrow 14 months ago from Duncan, AZ

Thank you for the heads up...I just went there to research it and my being a novice writer I thought I might get some practice in there.


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Cardisa 14 months ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Sherrye, NOPE, you don't want to go there. The best online platform to practice your writing at the moment is Hubpages.

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