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RedGage versus Bubblews – First Impressions

Updated on January 2, 2015

Bubblews is no longer the site it once was. Please treat this article as a historical document.

I've just published a new Hub giving my full history with Bubblews, reflecting both the highs and lows: "The Truth about Bubblews from a long-time Member".

Currently my most popular photo on RedGage
Currently my most popular photo on RedGage | Source

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First came RedGage

I joined RedGage on 29 October 2012 with two goals in mind:

1. Create backlinks to my Hubs

2. Earn a little extra money.

Learning my way around the site has been an interesting experience.

The first thing I learnt is that photos are popular on RedGage. That suited me fine because I’ve got thousands of photos idling on my computer that are perfectly acceptable for internet use but aren’t technically good enough to submit to the microstock sites I belong to.

RedGage pays you approximately $0.60 per thousand views. If you’re lucky enough to get one of your contributions featured, it will appear on the front page and you’ll get a few dollars bonus.

I’ve submitted 43 photos so far. Not surprisingly some of them have done better than others. I’ve yet to establish what makes a photo popular on RedGage. I’ve seen some featured photos that I’d be embarrassed to submit if they were mine. I’ve also seen wonderful photos that receive very little attention at all. I suspect the time of day you submit anything to RedGage may have an influence on its success. If people don’t notice something soon after it is posted, it can quickly fade into obscurity.

Links are a whole different story. I upload links to some of the more interesting articles I read online as well as links to some of my Hubs. I’ve also uploaded links to some of my awarded answers on WebAnswers.

An interesting experience involved one of my HubPages questions. I recently asked the question “Do you wear a wristwatch?” It generated a fair amount of interest early on. When I found interest at HubPages slowing down, I posted a link on RedGage. Surprisingly this post attracted more attention than anything else I've submitted to RedGage so far, including my photos, with over a hundred views in a very short time. But I confess to being very confused. The full post can be read from any page on which it is listed, so why open the post unless you want to follow the link to HubPages? But the question has received no extra activity on HubPages since I posted the RedGage link. In fact my Hubs haven’t received much traffic from RedGage either. So goal number one isn't really being accomplished. The links are out there, but nobody seems to care.

So what of goal number two? The pennies are trickling in. And I do mean trickling. At the current rate I should reach my first $25 payout late in 2014. I’m also concerned about whether I’ll actually receive my payment when I get there because RedGage have this strange system of sending their contributors prepaid credit cards. That’s fine for American contributors, but I’m in South Africa, so I’m not sure how satisfactory this system will prove for me.

There’s one further problem which all RedGage contributors seem to face. The site is very slow and unstable. When you hit a link, the site may or may not respond. There’s no guarantee you won’t have to upload an item two or three times before the upload is successful. Making and replying to comments is no easier.

I’m not giving up on RedGage just yet, but I can’t help feeling there must be better options out there.

Enter Bubblews

This week I read two Hubs about Bubblews. Both indicated that there was some money to be made there, so I decided to have a look.

Reading through their terms of service, two words bothered me. The license you grant them is perpetual and irrevocable. Clearly this is not a place you want to post your best work. None the less I decided to give it a try.

The first thing they don’t tell you is that there is a $1 bonus just for signing up. It took me over a month to make $1 on RedGage. I suppose they feel once you have money in your account, you won’t want to leave empty-handed.

Earnings definitely come more quickly on Bubblews. They offer a relatively generous 1c per view, plus a bonus of 1c per like or comment. So for each viewer who likes and comments on your post, you make 3c. If your posts are popular, the cents can turn into dollars quite quickly. The $25 payout (by Paypal) shouldn’t take too long to reach. Sadly what I’ve found is that you’ll get a few views within minutes of posting but interest dies down very quickly. Maybe I just haven’t posted items that Bubblews users are interested in!

Four of my five posts so far have been links to HubPages. So far I’ve encountered the same problem as I did on RedGage – the users don’t follow links. In two days I’ve had one reader following a link from Bubblews to one of my Hubs.

What’s even more disturbing is that a lot of Bubblews users seem totally disinterested in doing anything more than promoting their own posts. Your followers “connect” with you. I’ve received several messages on my profile saying “please connect back”. Bubblews regards this as abuse, as, in their own words, “why would you want to connect with someone if you are not interested in their posts?” Yet it happens all the time. I ask myself what happens if those members are banned. Will I lose the pennies their activity has contributed to my account? When I request payment will Bubblews suddenly decide I don’t have as much in my account as I think I have?

As a result of the popularity of my HubPages question on RedGage, I decided to link to it from Bubblews too. “Do you wear a wristwatch?” asked the heading. In my post I mentioned the discussion on HubPages and supplied a link. For the benefit of Bubblews members who don’t belong to HubPages, I added that they could answer the question right there in the Bubblews comments. So far I’ve had a few views and a few likes, and one very interesting comment to get the discussion going: “GOOD”. I doubt the person who wrote that comment even bothered to read the few lines I posted.

I also noticed shortly after I made my fourth post this morning that one user had hit like on all four of my posts within the space of one minute, obviously without reading them either. This is something else that Bubblews regards as abuse. But some of their users don’t seem to care.

So how does Bubblews do in terms of my goals? As far as creating backlinks to HubPages is concerned, it seems no better or worse than RedGage. When it comes to earning money, Bubblews looks like the easier option, though I’m unlikely to get rich there either. Yet I’ve read of people who are earning substantial amounts of money on both sites.


If you’re considering joining Bubblews, I’m not sure what advice to give you other than to follow the rules. My balance after two days is almost identical to what I’ve made at RedGage in nearly two months. That includes the bonus for joining, but if I submit as much as Bubblews allow me to (a maximum of ten posts per day) then the first $25 payout shouldn’t take too long to reach. My concern is the sustainability of a site on which so many people seem to be trying to cheat the system.

For now I’ll keep trying at both sites, but I’m reluctant to put too much time or effort into either. I just hope that in time they will drive some traffic back to HubPages.

RedGage Update

On 24 December 12 I got my first featured photo. I received a nice bonus of just over $4 for Christmas. My photo stayed on the front page for six days, during which I saw a substantial increase in traffic. Since then traffic has returned to its normal level.

I really need to be more active on RedGage, then hopefully I'll be featured more often.

Featured at RedGage
Featured at RedGage | Source

Bubblews updates

On 5 January 2013 someone signed up at Bubblews using my referral link. My reward? $0.01 for their first post. According to their referral page, the reward varies according to the time of day. So what would I receive at a good time? Two cents? Maybe five cents if I'm lucky?

As I update again on 16 January 2013, Bubblews are offering $0.25 for a referral's first post. A lot better than the $0.01 I got. Knowing my luck, by the time I get my next referral the reward will have gone back to $0.01, but that's insignificant unless I get enormous quantities of referrals. Far better to concentrate on contributing there and if I get any referral income, it's a bonus.

I've made over $10 so far with very little effort, so for now I'll keep on contributing there. But I won't be putting any effort into promoting the site. It's just not worth it!

Since my last update Bubblews have started putting a lot of effort into getting rid of spam and plagiarism. They recently imposed a minimum post length of 400 characters. Remarkably some people are complaining that this is too much. With the potential to earn $0.03 per view if someone likes and comments on your post, I don't think 400 characters is much at all.

6 March 2013: It's taken me a lot longer than some people, but I did eventually reach $25.00 and have received my payment without any problems. I'm nowhere near payout at RedGage yet despite having started there a lot earlier.

If you don't already belong to either of this sites, which would you try?

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    • formosangirl profile image

      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Gina145, I have never heard of Bubblew. I will look into it. Thank you.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for reading my Hub.

      If you join Bubblews just don't get involved in all the connect and like trading that seems to be going on there.

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      Scottie Futch 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I've made around $100 on Bubblews since Christmas Eve without resorting to all those spammy connect and like trading rings that so many seem to think are good.

      Use your social bookmarking sites, connect with and engage with people on bubblews like you would Facebook or another site and the income increases. I'm planning to test a few SEO options on some of my lengthier posts on the site soon in order to see whether I can rank some of my posts in the search engines for high traffic keywords.

      I interviewed Arvind Dixit The founder of Bubblews and posted the Interview on Hubpages here: https://hubpages.com/business/Write-Your-World-Arv...

      I had considered using Redgage but I am not sure it would be right for me. After seeing your experiences I am still uncertain. Hmm.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for your informative reply. I will have a look at your Hub about Bubblews later. I'm interested to know more about the workings of the site, as I haven't been motivated to write any lengthy posts there so far.

      Although the money per view is better on Bubblews, the bonuses on RedGage make a difference and so far I've enjoyed my experience there more than my minimal use of Bubblews.

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      Scottie Futch 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hmm, maybe I should look into Redgage more then. I was strangely excited when I posted a pic of me with blue hair on Bubblews yesterday and it garnered a lot of attention. Who knew that a paragraph or two about me dying my hair would be worth $1.50. Lengthy posts about interesting content may be good to post but I highly suspect that people who treat it like lengthy social networking opportunities where they tell people about their day and breakfast will do better early on.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      If you've got a lot of photos to post, RedGage is certainly worth trying. My flame photo has now been viewed 522 times and has earned me $4.41.

      Take a look at this Hub for a real RedGage success story: https://hubpages.com/money/RedGage-pennies-no-scam...

      His reported earnings in his Hub are way out of date.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have tried RedGage and honestly only lasted about a month. I found it so slow to navigate through and was disappointed in the slow earnings. Like you, I thought backlinks would be a good idea. I hope you keep writing because this is a good hub!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I've been a bit less active on RedGage of late because I've been trying to find better backlinks for my Hubs, but I do plan to continue posting photos there.

      I certainly find it easier to make money on Bubblews and they do seem to be trying to get rid of the spam and plagiarism.

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I never heard of Bubblenews. Sounds like it might be worth the effort to sign up. Thanks for making me aware of it. I will go through your referral link above, if I decide to sign up. I am already active on RedGage. It would be a better site if they fixed the backend, and the payouts are pretty meager. RedGage has always had serious connection problems since I started using it a year and a half ago. At times it just wasn't working and I would just give up. Does Bubblenews have any technical problems?

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Errr, I see it is actually called Bubblews. I checked it out via your referral link. I have come across that site before in the past, but never signed up. Sounds enticing since the payouts are far higher than RedGage. One thing RedGage has going for it is that links posted on that site show up on search results, which can continue to drive traffic to links long after they are posted and forgotten by the internal RedGage community.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Rock_nj thanks for reading my Hub and for your interest in Bubblews.

      It's funny that you ask about technical problems right now, because I've been unable to log in to Bubblews for the last 24 hours. I sent them a message but haven't had an answer yet. I know there has been the odd issue that they've reported on their Facebook page but those have been fixed. I suspect this may be due to problems with my computer and will try to log in on another computer before deciding how to proceed.

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      PushMania 4 years ago

      I can't work with Redgage as it's so slow...

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Yes, RedGage is slow. But when I see how much some people are making there I persevere in the hope that one day I can do as well.

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      I'll have to try Red Gage sometime for photos. I think you are right, sites like reddit, red gage, and others don't really seem to steer traffic though maybe the so called SEO link-juice might still be beneficial if they remained do-follow. Nice post. I like Bubblews and post there somewhat regularly.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Do try RedGage, though it's much easier to make money at Bubblews. I really need to write another Hub to update my experience there.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. I've previously heard about RedGage but I've never heard about Bubblews. Both sites seem interesting. I'll have to check them out sometime.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Do have a look. I didn't take it seriously in the beginning but Bubblews is a lot of fun and with a bit of effort there is money to be made there..

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      Pierre Eustache C. 4 years ago from Haiti

      Great! I use redgage for years, but never mind getting paid, i do it just for the traffic because i don't like their way to pay. But BubbleNews is a little different, maybe should i try it! let's see...

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Bubblews pay through Paypal, so now problems there! And the site runs much more smoothly than RedGage.

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      glockr 4 years ago

      I've been signed up with Redgage for over a year now and just signed up for bubblews today. One thing that keeps me from using Redgage is it's so clunky to log in and so slow once I do log in. First impression of bubblews is the site is less clunky (no need to press "submit" 2 or 3 times to login or upload photos) and much faster.

      glockr

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Your impression of Bubblews is right. They did go through a slow stage recently but the servers have just been upgraded, so there shouldn't be any more problems.

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      fanfreluche 4 years ago from France (but Canadian at heart)

      I got paid countless of time on Redgage, I do very well there. It's annoying to put up with the bugs sometimes but it's worth it. I am also on Bubblews, not sure if their site is viable tho. I won't put much effort there at the moment. When I joined a few months ago it was overrun by scammers and cheats, seems better now.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Bubblews are working hard to get rid of the cheats.

      I didn't put much effort in to start with either, but I'm trying harder now and I'm making more money there than on any other site.

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      Hi!

      Thank you for this hub. Have also joined Bubblews and already earned a dollar and 29 cents. Is it a good thing? Definitely! - but still doubtful. Have you tried to cash out? If yes, is it successful? Thanks in advance :)

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi writerjj.

      I've cashed out five times without any problems. As long as you stick to the rules you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

      Good luck at Bubblews. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      Thanks for the reply and useful info :)

      Last question: can i put external links to hubpages and other sites in bubblews or is it against the rules (didn't find any regarding this)

      Thanks again :)

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      writerjj there's no rule against putting external links in your Bubblews posts, but you're not allowed to use referral links that will earn you money. Please read my other Hub about Bubblews. It's got a summary of the Bubblews rules as well as information on how tagging works.

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      I am on the both site but bubblews is better than redgage but now bubblews have delayed payments issues.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      I haven't had any problems with Bubblews payments so far. It can take up to a week from pressing the redeem button until a Paypal payment has been processed and cleared, but I've used other sites where I've had to wait longer than that.

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      Karl 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, i haven't posted for ages. My wife is on her third payout of $25 without any issues, i am nearly up to $5 but i don't have the same quantity of articles. I will add that i have only reached $0.37 here.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi fildi. I'm glad your wife is doing well at Bubblews. With a bit of effort you can too. The important thing is to be active on the site.

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      DreamsInBloom 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing this. You said a lot of things that I have thought, clarified some other things and mentioned other things I didn't know about at all. I have to agree that I don't think Bubblews seems sustainable. It is fun though. RedGage takes more time to earn, but the amount they pay seems a bit more sustainable. But it is buggy and most of the time anymore they don't show any ads, so I don't see how they can generate revenue to pay us with.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for your comments DreamsiInBloom. This was written late last year and I'm not sure I still believe everything I wrote. That's why a published a new hub about Bubblews recently.

      Whether or not it's sustainable remains to be seen, but for short term income it's definitely worth the effort.

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      rahul 4 years ago from Bangalore

      gina14,you have given very googd insight in redgage and Bubblews.I will like to try hands in both.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      krbalram, I wish you luck at both sites.

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      Rodric29 4 years ago

      I recently joined Bubblews and posted an article on Hubpages about it. I appreciated this article and learned that Bubblews is not in anyway going to replace hubpages for me.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Rodric29. I agree that Bubblews cannot replace HugPages. The two sites serve very different purposes, but used together I think your work on the two sites can help each other.

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      RedGage has had a message on their site all weekend that the site is down and they are transitioning to a brand new version of the site. This is long overdue. Hopefully, RedGage will work after this upgrade.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Rock nj. I'm aware of that message. I certainly hope the site will still be running smoothly.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I'm glad I read this, I was curious about Bubblews whether I should join. I think I'm going to go ahead and give it a try. Thanks for sharing your experience with them =)

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks BNadyn. I hope you enjoy yourself at Bubblews as much as I do.

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      kislany 3 years ago from Cyprus

      I've just started on Bubblews and then came here to see what other hubbers say about it. I'm glad that you find it a legitimate venue. I'm curious to see when it's time to get my first payment if I'll get it without a hitch. I've talked with a few people who were waiting for weeks and some never got it. Others, like you, got it in a timely fashion. We'll see.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi kislany. If you've been following all the rules there shouldn't be a problem. Good luck at Bubblews.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      My experiences on RedGage are currently horrible. I can't even get the page to open anymore. I have earnings, but I don't like their PayOut system. They charge you for your gift card, and if you don't use it right away, they keep subtracting fees until there's nothing left.

      I love Bubblews. It wasn't designed for selling or getting backlinks. So people who are there for those reasons will be disappointed. I have been paid over $200 since I joined in the middle of February, and that's with an average of three posts a day, most of which are well over 400 characters. For me it's a stress-free site. Will it last? Who knows? What I do now it's that it's currently a gathering places for writers from almost every other site that pays people to write.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi WannaB Writer. My experiences of RedGage haven't been wonderful either, though I haven't reach payout yet. RedGage are supposed to be in the middle of a huge upgrade right now, so things may improve if that is done satisfactorily. I hope one of the changes will be to their payout system.

      For now I'm quite happy to continue posting at Bubblews as I do much better there.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      RedGage is back with the new look. It's a lot more visual now, like Tumblr. After Yahoo bought Tumblr, they probably got some money and motivation to upgrade their site. The site is not fully functional yet.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the update Rock_nj. It's looking good, but I'm having a bit of trouble navigating it at the moment.

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      codefore 3 years ago from San Diego CA

      I am signed up with Redgage. Is there something wrong with your site. I googled and hit a link to one of my articles and got the 404 message on all three browsers. I want to post another but can't get access.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi codefore. RedGage have just moved to a new site and there still seem to be a few glitches in the system. One day last week when it wouldn't accept my username/password combination. I tried to get a password change sent and it was unresponsive. An hour later I logged in without any problems.

      I think patience is needed with RedGage at the moment. I hope the problem doesn't last too long.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      RedGage definitely still has problems. Nice new look and feel, but still problems on the backend. It's too bad, a lot of people would use RedGage and it would be quite successful, if they could just get the site to work. Right now, I have trouble attaching thumbnails to my posts on RedGage and also there is no balance information for accounts.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Rock_nj I've noticed those problems. I also can't find my photos among the newest submissions any more. I hardly seem to be getting any views because my new balance is still only $0.01.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      RedGage would be a good study in how not to run a business. I wrote a Hub called "Is The Internet Broken?" that addresses the sorts of problems RedGage is having. Why don't they get their core business (website) to work properly and then expand and add features that they test first and actually work. Right now it's a total mess and is killing their business. How many people have given up and left RedGage? Even someone like me who likes the site is less likely to use it now that it's losing so many visitors due to these problems. Bubblews is looking more interesting every day.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      I have to agree. My first impression of the new site was that it looked like a huge improvement, but a few days later I'm not convinced. Hopefully they'll still fix what's broken.

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      aisha 3 years ago

      I agree with you and I have earned $75 over there but they won't pay , bubblews is only paying to some people only and the facts you mentioned about people not reading and just liking is damn true that's the reason I have starting hating that site

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      It frustrates me that some people don't read posts they like or even comment on, but there's no guarantees anywhere. I earn money from the likes and comments so I try not to complain too much.

      I'm never sure why some people don't get paid because I've never had a problem.

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      Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

      Thanks Gina145

      I have appreciated reading this hub. A friend suggested that I try out Bubblews, and I am going to. She has earned a substantial amount. I was amazed, but she writes constantly. I have learned a lot from you and the other commenters. Thanks very much. Keep those keys typing. :~)

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Nancy. Good luck at Bubblews.

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      Kent Maureen 3 years ago

      I used to be an active member of Bubblews. At first, everything went fine and I got paid like four or five times. However, they suddenly stopped sending my earnings and I really didn't know why. I followed their rules, didn't join on those "connect me back" schemes, sent a message to their support team, etc. Up until now, I didn't get any response and so I eventually decided to leave that site for good.

      Right now, I'm sticking with RedGage. My RG earnings may not be as much as the earnings that I used to earn thru Bubblews but at least I know that I won't be scammed.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      The new RedGage site is nice, but I still don't see any earnings tally and it still has functionality problems. It is taking them forever to transfer over the earnings data. Probably because they want to delay payments. I hope RedGage gets its act together because I've done well with that site, but right now there is no monetary incentive to use it since they aren't providing earnings data.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      officialkent87 I can understand your frustration with Bubblews. I must confess that I get nervous every time I hit the redeem button. I think the Bubblews admin are struggling to keep up with the growth of the site, and I sincerely hope they will sort out their problems soon.

      Rock_nj I agree that the new RedGage looks nice, but I'm starting to wonder whether they will ever get the site to where it should be. I really feel for people like you who were doing well there in the past.

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      Power Ball Pythons 3 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I'm on Redgage under the name BallPythonZ. I have a lot of reptile and nature photos that I post up there. I am so frustrated about the site. It is slow and buggy, so even though I love the idea of it, I don't spend as much time on it if it worked like it's supposed to. I can't wait until they update the earnings on our accounts. It's kind of demoralizing to know that you earned money but you don't get to see it. I think I'll check out Bubblews. I like that you said they pay by Paypal, which I think is way better than a prepaid card.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Laura. Good luck at Bubblews. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

      I share your frustration with RedGage, though I'm not active enough there to expect payout for a long time. Maybe when they get the site running properly I'll try harder.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Gina, Have you reached payout at Bubblews? Someone else I know who uses Bubblews is doing well, and I was wondering how things are going for you now that it's been 6 months since you published this Hub?

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Rock_nj, I've been paid by Bubblews several times since I started putting more effort into it. However I'm nowhere near to being paid by RedGage yet and I sometimes wonder if I'll ever get there.

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      sabrebIade 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I haven't been able to access my money section on RedGage in over two months.

      No way to contact them.

      They are pretty much dead to me.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      sabreblade it's like that for everyone. Very frustrating. I haven't tried to contact them because I didn't have anywhere near enough to get paid, but my balance is currently at $0.10 for the last two months income.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i just joined bubblews yesterday and posted my expertscolumn articles which was closed. I had earned $1.37 for posting 3 post and it seems that earning 37 cents per day is far better than HP but I will wait for the 1st payment before deciding whether to pay more attention at bubblews or HP. I tried Redgage, i had reached the minimum payout but couldn't redeem the money because the visa card cannot be use in Malaysia. So it is a scam for me.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi peachpurple. That's always been my concern about RedGage too. I haven't reached payout yet, so I don't know whether I'd get my money but at the moment there's so little happening there that I'm not too concerned about it.

      Good luck at Bubblews. If you are active there you should make a lot more than 37 cents per day.

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      sabrebIade 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      As far as Bubblews goes....

      I am making more in a week there than in a month on Squidoo and they are about to beat what I am making a month on HubPages.

      And yes I have been paid every time so that's real money not promised.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      sabreblade I agree that one makes money a lot quicker at Bubblews than other sites. Unfortunately I have a payment issue there at the moment that I'm waiting for them to resolve, so I haven't been very active lately.

      I hope they sort it out soon because I want to go on contributing there.

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      Eileen Kersey 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks, an interesting read. I shall be checking BN out

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi ethel. Thanks for your interest. I hope you like it there.

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      Aswin Rajeev 3 years ago from Cochin, India

      Great article and very informative. I just joined Bubblews today. Hope it turns out to be good.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for reading my article brajeev. Good luck at Bubblews.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      If I wasn't focused on doing some serious writing right now, I would sign up for Bubblews (probably in a few months, I will).

      Regarding Redgage, I sent them another email about the lack of Account Balance info, and they sent me a canned response. I responded by saying, please give me some real information, and they actually did. They said that the Account Balances should be updated over the next few weeks.

      Perhaps RedGage will be an option again soon. It is different than Bubblews since you don't have to post blog entries on RegGage, just links.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the update on RedGage, Rock_nj. I hope they will stick to what they told you.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Gina,

      FYI - RedGage is showing Account Balances and earnings through June 2013 again, which is progress compared to their months-long blackout. They told me via email recently that they will be fully operational regarding Account Balances and earnings in coming weeks and users will be able to withdraw funds again. They also said they are working on correctly the bugs on the site (which there are still quite a few, hire some real help already RedGage).

      I know a lot of people like Bubblews and are doing very well using that site, but RedGage is a different site than Bubblews. It's more of a sharing and backlinking site than a writing site.

      I am getting active again on RedGage now that it is coming back online. If anyone wants to connect with me, look up: Rocknj

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Rocknj.

      I had noticed that my balance had increased at RedGage a few days ago, though the amount is short by approximately the amount of the one bonus I received. I hope that will still be corrected. I've nowhere near enough there to withdraw funds, so it's not a real issue for me at the moment anyway.

      My big issue with the new site is that when I submitted something new I could never find whether it was visible as a new submission, nor can I find featured photos. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but I'm really confused.

      I'm also a bit concerned about whether their payment method works in South Africa. I really wish they'd use PayPal.

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      HSanAlim 3 years ago from Indonesia

      My father left Hubpages 3 years ago when his money from Hubpages dropped from $900 per month to less than $50, which he does still get from Hubpages due to old posts still active.

      He now makes, consistently $800 per month on Bubblews and could not be happier. He gets paid EVERY DAY direct to his paypal account and feels Bubblews is a revolutionary website. The revenue is NOT dependent on Google except for one important thing. Bubblews posts are, for some unexplainable reason, indexed by Google almost immediately. He says there are MANY writers there who claim they also came from Hubpages. I am happy here on Hubpages, even though I have not added many posts recently.

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      Carole 3 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Thanks for this - never knew this site existed! I signed up for RedGage and still waiting to receive notification of my sign up -- then read this about Bubblews and signing up - pronto! :D thanks again.

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      Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

      Good luck ccholai. I hope you do well at both sites.

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      Carole 3 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Thank you Gina145!

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      supervoice 3 years ago

      Hi. I am an active member of Bubblews and I earn at least $50 a week there since Nov 2013.

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      Peter 3 years ago from Canberra

      I've been earning a consistent $50 per week on Bubblews since January. Yes, the site has some problems and obviously a lot of members blatantly rort the system - I see some rubbish posts with hundreds of "likes" and many meaningless comments, "Nice post, good work!"

      For me, it's fun, and a little easy money for a retiree. I'm not going to get rich there, but there are many interesting writers apart from the pointchasers. Such as yourself.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I haven't even been able to log into RedGage over the past week. Back to the typical problems at that site. Given their low payout and huge drop in users / viewers since all the technical problems, I have a hard time seeing RedGage surviving without some deep pockets coming in and straightening the whole mess out and upping the payouts. Not worth the time with higher paying alternatives out there like Bubblews.

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      THIRD STONE 2 years ago from On an island in Maine, Acadia National Park is my back yard

      first off, to become a top earner at sites like Redgage, you have to do a lot of tweeting, each and every day, that's how the top earners do it.

      As long as I have been at redgage, they have had never ending problems. Some days your photos won't upload, sometimes only the photo title uploads, other days you can't leave comments, or worse, you keep getting logged off the site faster than you can log back on. Little has changed between the old redgage and the new, other than the photos now appear in a much larger size.

      Money is a huge problem at redgage as well. Many have said since they switched over to the new site, they have had much of their earnings wiped out. They say they keep contacting redgage and keep getting told the problem is being worked on. I only know what took place with my earnings there, beofre they switched sites, my earnings were showing close to $700 and now my earnings show $177 - and I don't contact them and complain because I know from past experience it does no good.

      And many who were once high earners there complain that they are now earning very little.

      The one point I would make is that when it comes to actually being paid, I have never had a problem at Redgage - with a couple weeks of making a withdrawal request, the money comes through.

      Due to the continuing problems at redgage I will at least look this other site up and give it a try -

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi THIRD STONE. Thanks for your comment.

      I've never been very active at RedGage but I've certainly noticed some of the things you mention since the move to the new RedGage.

      Good luck at Bubblews.

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I enjoyed posting my Squidoo links on Redgage a few years back and sharing my photos. Like you, I have thousands of internet-worthy pics. Then they had a format change and I gave up on the site.

      Friends enthused about Bubblews about the time that Squidoo was sinking, sinking, sinking. It was fun writing about anything and everything plus there were lots of my writing pals there to interact with. Now with the upheaval bubblews went through, it pays almost nothing.

      I did make a few hundred dollars there during its heyday. My understanding is that they don't allow links to your own content, so I've not used them to steer traffic to Hubpages, It is definitely not a place to earn since they've had their payment fiasco.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Virginia. Thanks for your comment.

      I still occasionally try Redgage as a promotional tool, but usually encounter technical problems, so I don't often bother. I've given up on ever trying to reach $25 there.

      As far as using links at Bubblews is concerned, with the state the site is in I'd be tempted to break that rule if it wasn't for the fact that I'm hoping that they'll eventually drop their redemption rate so that I can claim the $40 they owe me. If they can break their rules regarding payment, I'm not sure why that particular rule should matter any more.

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      molometer 16 months ago

      Hi Gina, Bubblews was good for a while, then it went pop.

      I made $150 in a very short time on some photo journo posts (30) which I deleted before it went belly up.

      Redgage is not a very attractive site. I haven't posted anything there in years and when I did. They made virtually zero. Good review Gina

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      Gina145 16 months ago from South Africa

      Thanks molometer. I wish that Bubblews had been sustainable, but unfortunately the cracks started showing pretty early. I still made a few hundred dollars there though, and I know some people did a lot better.

      As for RedGage, I've never come close to cashing out and only occasionally use the site to post a link to something I've written elsewhere. Sadly those links don't bring me much traffic, but every bit helps.

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