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Bogged Down in Bubblews - My Personal "Experiment", Good Times, and Present Disillusionment with the Writing Site

Updated on November 23, 2014
This sign post once pointed the way toward bubbling bliss, but of late all is not well in Bubbleland.
This sign post once pointed the way toward bubbling bliss, but of late all is not well in Bubbleland. | Source

I am a bit hesitant to write this post because I am not prepared to make a clean break with Bubblews just yet. I am cautious because the website's founder Arvind Jay Dixit and his minions have been known to be rather merciless about deleting the accounts of those who speak words of Bubblews heresy - this even though their motto is "Speak Freely, Write your World." So at the present time I keep looking back over my shoulder for the Bubble police while treading with very light steps through the Bubblews quicksand, hoping that my 230 pound frame will never again get sucked down into that quagmire..

I proceed timidly because a very good friend of mine on the Bubblews site was deleted twice for speaking "freely." He managed to sneak back in using new usernames, but for me it is not worth the effort to start over. Still, I just can't bring myself to cut the chord completely, because I maintain some worthwhile connections on the Bubblews site that I do not wish to abandon. All the same I write these words because I need to exorcise my own writing demons, and also because by sharing my personal experience maybe I can save another writer from getting sucked into the Bubblews quicksand, a veritable Bermuda triangle of aspiring wordsmiths who go in and are sometimes never heard from again.

This article, therefore, is an expose of my personal Bubblews experience, which was altogether a positive one until very recently, when the goose that laid the golden egg was finally sucked dry and unacceptable changes in the format caused me to quit wasting my time.

My bubble didn't exactly burst, it just sort of slowly deflated.
My bubble didn't exactly burst, it just sort of slowly deflated. | Source

Is Bubblews a Scam?

Over a year ago Hub Pages writer Thomas Swan wrote an article entitled "Bubblews - An Experiment to Test the Scam." Although this was an extremely well written and informative piece I took a bit of umbrage to it because in spite of its severe technical issues and payment inconsistencies I would not say that Bubblews is a scam. Nonetheless, there are serious problems with the Bubblews writing platform that Swan's article and many similar reports on Hub Pages have pointed out.

Although I have one pending payment that seems to have mysteriously vanished into the Bubblesphere, I still do not think that Arvind and his associates are scamming anybody on purpose. I think that when the Bubblews founder rolled out the red carpet on his brainchild he wasn't intending to deliberately defraud anybody, but was merely deluded by wildly unrealistic expectations about what he could afford to pay his contributors. At first Bubblews was a generous, bountiful bonanza and many writers were making excellent money by contributing up to ten posts per day. Some, but certainly not all of the Bubblews detractors who complained of being scammed I believe were plagiarists and other rule breakers whose accounts were deleted.

During my first year on Bubblews I was paid regularly and made a few hundred dollars writing about a post per day on average. No doubt I was one of the more casual users - if I had depended on that money to live I would have withered away from starvation a long time ago, but it was a bit of extra cash that accumulated happily in my Pay Pal account and eventually bought me this new laptop. The writing on the wall grew clearer, however, when the redemption amounts were set higher and the time required to process these redemptions dragged on interminably, suggesting that it is not all happiness and dancing in the streets behind the scenes in Bubbleland.

Although I don't have any data to back this up, I believe that Bubblews is financially strapped, and one doesn't have to be overly adept at reading through the lines to see it. To reinforce this theory, recently Bubblews stopped tracking post views and has now ceased paying for views altogether. To back up my supposition that the website may be going through financial woes, an article by fellow bubbler and hubber kalinin1158 pointed out that the site recently began setting payment amounts on a regional basis. This means that a Bubblews user in the Philippines, Vietnam, and other "third world" countries will be getting paid 1/3 of a penny per like and comment, while the rate in the western world stays at a penny a pop. Sounds like Western imperialism revisited, and if I was a hard working Bubbler in Manila or Kuala Lumpur I would not be overly motivated to keep working through this injustice.

Losing the payment for views was what really made me take a few reflective steps back from the site, because my Bubblews posts used to accumulate up to a dollar a day just sitting there taking random Internet hits, even when I wrote nothing. Since I recently ceased contributing articles to Bubblews there has been virtually no "residual" income, and the accumulated dollar amount in my bank is stuck somewhere around 32 dollars and creeping upward slower than the San Andreas fault is carrying California into the ocean. One positive I take away from this development is that I will be spending more time on Hub Pages now, since there is no way I can find the time to do the prodigious amount of liking and commenting that Bubblews presently requires to make real money.

The anonymous Mailman takes refuge in many different haunts.
The anonymous Mailman takes refuge in many different haunts. | Source

My Bubblews Experience

I joined Bubblews on August 7, 2013, at a time when I was disillusioned with Hub Pages because I had not been paid a plug nickel here yet. I was thrilled to see my Bubblews account climb almost immediately, penny by penny, as I composed mostly postal related articles and shared them on Facebook and Twitter with fellow postal employees. In the beginning I relied mostly on these social media generated views and did not spend too much time liking and commenting, as a great many "Bubblers" do, some of them full time. In spite of the more comparatively "casual" nature of my own Bubblews experience, I gradually collected an intimate group of fellow Bubblers whose accounts I would visit regularly and religiously.

Eventually I got to the point that I was writing and posting "Bubbles" from my smart phone, taking advantage of Bubblew's emphasis upon brevity. Sometimes my postal lunch break was spent hashing out one of these micro-bubbles (although most of my Bubblews friends would still say that I am tediously long winded), and I have to say that I am damn proud of many of these writings. I edit everything I write at least once, and this included everything I wrote for Bubblews as well, all 400 posts to date!

I also tried my hand at a little poetry on Bubblews. Meaning no insult to all of our wonderful Hub Pages poets, I maintain that the overall quality of poetry is a little better over there. Hub Pages seems to discourage poetry and unfairly penalizes poets with a lower hub and hubber score, but poems are perfect on Bubblews, which has a 400 character minimum and no frowning Pandas to slash a poem's score. The concept of a score or grade for a bubbler or bubble simply does not exist on Bubblews; so many capable poets have migrated to the Bubblews site and have produced some really delightful work there.


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Scammers Paradise

It doesn't take the regular Bubbler long to realize that many of his counterparts and compadres are scamming the system and being rewarded for it. I would often sit scratching my head and pulling on my whiskered chin as I contemplated how someone with only 100 "connections" could already be getting 300 likes on a post, where here I was with some 2000 plus connections and I could barely rake in 30 or 40 likes on a good day when the bubble winds were blowing perfect.

Then my jaw dropped to the floor as I realized that a great many of these overnight Bubblews success sensations were cheating! Fancy that! There were rumors of illegal Bubblews Facebook groups, connection strings, and traffic exchange sites. Stories of computer based "bubble-bots" were in circulation; these being computer programs that would surf Bubblews and automatically dole out likes and comments by the thousands as the human bubbler behind the bot slumbered blissfully away, probably dreaming sweetly of redemptions that required very little work and absolutely zero writing skill to produce.

Many Bubblews shysters manage to steal away with hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars before they are discovered and have their accounts deleted. After deletion the lion's share of the scam artists still manage to sneak back in under a different username to begin the cheating process anew.

Unfortunately, Arvind and cronies seem to encourage the malicious activity of this seedy lot. Unlike Hub Pages, where front page posts seem to require a certain level of quality, on Bubblews articles make the front page based only on the number of likes. Therefore, although this may have been remedied recently, the front page of Bubblews is littered with crappy posts that got there mostly through ill-gotten likes generated by responses to the Bubble-bots.

I'm not saying it was as tough as being President, but at times understanding the logic behind Bubblews policy could be a real head scratcher.
I'm not saying it was as tough as being President, but at times understanding the logic behind Bubblews policy could be a real head scratcher. | Source

Counter-intuitive?

The scam artists were just an acknowledged part of the Bubblews culture. Like ants and flies at a picnic, they were an annoyance that had to be shooed off, an ugly and undesirable part of the landscape that did not deter me from trying to make my own honest income on the site. The policy change that really did cause me to drift away occurred in recent weeks, when Bubblews elected to stop paying users for post views. Prior to this bubblers were paid a penny per view, and random search engine or social media hits could produce a fair amount of income for the writer who had a mediocre flair for SEO and/or a reliable social network following.

It seemed to me that paying Bubblews users for views was a perfect symbiotic relationship for Bubblews users and management alike. Bubblers made money, and the site raked in advertising revenue from outside visitors. I think it is safe to say that contributors to writing websites become jaded by ads and avoid them like West African vacation packages, so it made absolutely no sense to me when Bubblews decided to end this practice. The Bubblews brain trust released a statement in which they called views "counter-intuitive," which if it is not the most meaningless euphemism in the history of the Internet it has to be at least in the top ten. It could be possible that I am missing some important facts about how writing websites operate, but Hub Pages seems to thrive on encouraging and generating outside readership, whereas Bubblews finds it "counter-intuitive," an expression that still has me scratching my head like good old George up there.

So where is the motivation to try to create search engine friendly titles for my Bubblews articles and to share my bubbles via social network if I'm not getting paid for views? Quite frankly there is none. I had a few posts that topped over a thousand views, almost all of them generated outside of Bubblews. Alas, those days have sadly departed, and it looks like I have too.

There were some days when trying to pull myself out of Bubblews felt something like this.
There were some days when trying to pull myself out of Bubblews felt something like this. | Source

Stuck in the Bubblews quicksand

Therefore, since Bubblews no longer pays for views; only for likes and comments from other users, it seems to me that it has been reduced to a mere paying social network, which sounds nice except that this payment requires an immense amount of time and effort that I do not have, literally dozens of hours weekly in order to accumulate the 50 dollars in the piggy bank required for redemption. By contrast, Hub Pages is more "fire and forget." I'm not saying it's a good idea - I am very fond of my friends here in the Hub Pages community; but a skillful hubber can, theoretically, make money from articles without interacting with a single Hub Pages user. It is a great deal less labor intensive.

Does the serious writer have time to get bogged down in the Bubblews morass? I love my Bubblews connections, but since my objective is to become a published author I think I am better served steering clear of that quicksand, that perilous suckhole in which writing ambitions are traded for a pocketful of pennies. I have wasted away many precious hours watching the Bubblews penny counter click enticingly upward as I read and "liked" one nauseatingly repetitive "redemption" and "I love Arvind" post after another, then wondered where all the daylight went.

It's time to smash the Bubblews piggy-bank, pick up the pieces and move on.
It's time to smash the Bubblews piggy-bank, pick up the pieces and move on. | Source

Is Bubblews in my Future?

I intend to stick around Bubblews for a while at least. Since I started this article the site finally came through with one of my missing payments, which increases my motivation a bit. All the same I will become increasingly stingy with the pennies I dole out on the site. I don't mean to be elitist, but I'm going to save my pennies for my small circle of articulate friends who write meaningful, interesting posts. I just can't afford to waste time trying to swim in that quagmire anymore. I can only afford to wade, and carefully at that. It's time to move on.

Afterword - Life after Bubblews!

The most positive thing that has come out of my Bubblews withdrawal is that I have seriously started to submit articles to various publications. My good friend and mentor Bill Holland (billybuc), who is someone of a rock star here on Hub Pages, urges his writing disciples to go out and get a by-line. That is what I have been trying to do, and I have made a good start in that direction.

On Thursday an article I submitted to Counterpunch Magazine was accepted, and has now been published on the online version. Counterpunch is edited by Jeffrey St. Clair, a former journalist for the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several books. I invite you to read my article via the link below and to sample Counterpunch for yourself.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent review. I think I will stay here and see what these technical difficulties reveal. Bubblews sure sounds like it is a get paid to play social website more than a writer's site.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice job, Mel. I don't really have much to say about Bubblews...but I'm ecstatic that you got a byline, and thanks for the mention. Hooray for you. Now build on it. :)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Yes Eric Dierker even though it is harder to generate income right out of the gate here on Hub Pages overall I think it is a much better managed site and a better long term bet. Thanks for reading!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Bill you have done more than anybody to shake me out of my comfort zone and I thank you for that. Sometimes we get distracted by the allure of short term gains but Im going to try to refocus now. Thanks for reading!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for this review of Bubblews Mel. I have toyed with the idea of checking it out but something keeps stopping me. I don't really have time for more than one writing site and I think you have convinced me to keep concentrating my efforts here even despite the recent traffic and stats problems. Congratulations on having an article accepted and published in "Counterpunch" magazine.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Jodah. I think the brief glory days of Bubblews are in the past so you are much better off toughing it out here through the good and the bad. I am hoping the Counterpunch gig will lead to bigger and better things. I appreciate your visit.

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      I found this really interesting to see how someone who has used the site for some time views it currently. I joined while my Squidoo pages were waiting to be transferred over here and thought I would 'blog' for a change and perhaps earn money doing it, but the recent changes surfaced only a few weeks after I started and living somewhere that's not the US, UK or Canada I'm less inclined to get myself involved - I only have a few pennies in the pot and don't want to get sucked into something that's not worth my limited time, so thanks for giving me more details. I'm heading for the hard work of creating my own site and taking things there as and when needed... :0)

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      Ruth Cox 2 years ago

      Your perspective here of Bubblews mirrors my own experience on the site. Yes, I earned well in the beginning but the changes that cut our content and images to shreds was the beginning of my publishing my work on my own blogs and elsewhere. I still post there, on rare occasions, in fact doing so yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks. (By the way, DreyaB shared this link to your article which brought me here.)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      DreyaB even living in the US it is not much worth the trouble anymore. It's a tedious way to earn a few pennies because it involves so much interaction with other Bubblews members, and outside a handful of really smart and good people there is just not that much on Bubblews that is worth reading. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you for the comment Ruth Cox. I am now also trying to launch my own blog. Why work so hard for Arvind when you can keep all the pennies for yourself? I haven't posted on Bubblews for probably three weeks now. I appreciate you dropping in!

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      bac2basics 2 years ago

      I have to say that since the latest bubblews changes it is getting harder to earn, but I still find it more profitable than here, and it´s fun too. It is social networking with pay, nothing more, nothing less really.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Mel, congratulations on the byline!!! I've been following that story for several weeks now, and I'm glad you brought it the fore and added your perspective. It was more cogent than many of the other bits I've read. Your article was punchy, provocative and the last two lines were great. Seriously, congratulations. Oh yeah, and interesting hub too. :) I've never done anything with Bubblews and don't plan to. I'm with you; it's all about the bylines. Kuddos!

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Here's what I don't get - for those seriously disillusioned with Bubblews, are you able to make even a tenth as much money elsewhere? I'm not. The payouts are not only considerably faster, but also considerably more lucrative than here or on any other writing sites I've used. To each his/her own, and if Hubpages is making you hundreds of dollars a month, consider yourself among the very elite here, but I think most people will have a different experience. My 2 cents.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      bac2basics Bubblews can indeed be fun in moderation, but it is fun that requires a lot of time I don't have to make it profitable and worthwhile. I think I have cast my lot with Hub Pages now, for better or for worse.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Your compliments mean a lot to me Iris Draak. I think my writing efforts have been a lot more worthwhile since backing away from the Bubblews addiction, which is what it can turn into, and I am focusing on better things. Thanks for reading!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I appreciate your 2 cents goatfury, which is about all I've made on Bubblews in the past week. I would have agreed with you a month ago, but since Bubblews discontinued paying for views I just don't think there is sufficient return on investment over there anymore. Hub Pages needs to be cultivated and even though I haven't reached the point where it makes a significant contribution to the bank account I think it will in the near future, if I keep working at it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Mel, that's actually incorrect. You're paid considerably less than a penny for the views, but it's definitely not zero. I can get as few as 10 likes and 5 comments on a post, for example, and still make more than a dollar for it, depending on social media shares.

      I want to be clear about two things: I enjoy making articles here on Hubpages and don't intend to stop, and I make ten times as much on Bubblews as I make here.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      goatfury unless things have changed in the past couple of weeks I know that they have stopped payment for views, because my bank account has been stuck at 32 dollars for the past month, when it used to climb upward at a steady pace even when I did not contribute. I understand a person can make much more money there than they do here, even though there are old time hubbers here who are also on Bubblews that swear that with time and patience Hub Pages income can far outpace that of Bubblews. Can we agree to disagree? Thanks for commenting again.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i am still at bubblews daily, never give up yet even though kiv payments are accumulating

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you peachpurple for commenting. I was just tempted to go over there and hack out a bubble. My bank is currently at 32.97, and I suppose I should do something to push it to 50, but I dread the time and effort involved.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      We can agree to disagree that it's worth it or not to write on Bubblews, but it is a fact that they do pay for views. It's up for discussion in the same way that, say, evolution or gravity is. Thing is, you have to actively promote your Bubbles. They're not going to show up in Google's search results or anything like that.

      I agree, though, that Hubpages (and Infobarrel) are very good long term investments. I am absolutely interested in passive in come (in fact, I've written extensively about that).

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I have never heard of Infobarrel. That's a new one on me, and I will have to check it out. My bubbles used to do well without much promotion. I just checked my account, and it is still at 32.97. Perhaps they are paying for views, but it is not the penny per view that it used to be, most definitely. I don't think that our discussion about Bubblews rivals the relatively vs. quantum physics debate, but it is engaging nonetheless. Thanks again.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Glad to chat! It's good to talk about this stuff, being as how we all want to write and learn about earnings and so forth. The thing I really miss over there is transparency. The 1 penny for each view, like, and comment was too good to last, though.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I think you are right goatfury they milked that cow dry.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this interesting assessment of Bubblews, Mel. I should log in to see how much money I have in my bank. When I was writing at Bubblews regularly I did discover some interesting writers who wrote good articles, but the site also contains a lot of less worthy articles! It was certainly very labor intensive to earn money there. I just don't have the time to write posts at Bubblews and then perform the activities needed to earn money on the site.

      A big congratulations to you for getting your article published!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you AliciaC. Although I have found many of my Hub Pages friends over there I had no idea you were on Bubblews too or I would have connected. You are right, it certainly is labor intensive and somewhat addicting, which is why I had to get away. Thanks for reading!

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I am also a writer for bubblews. I write under (delightful dee) I have just got to the point where I am .50 cent away from payout. I would have stopped when I realized how time consuming it was, but by the time I realized this, I was so close to payout it was silly for me to not just get it. I have been contemplating if I would continue after I push the redeem button. I cannot work that hard and then wait all that time for my payment. I do agree with you in believing the intentions were good in the beginning. But the scamming, and links to like friends and so forth has cause them to make many changes. I guess after I redeem I have to see how it goes.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Dana Tate Bubblews was a dream come true for many English speakers all over the world but then reality set in and I think the site is riding off into the sunset under its current format. Definitely too much work for those of us who take writing seriously. Thanks for reading!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I wrote for Bubblews a while back and never got my payments. I forgot about that site. Bubblews is a scam for me. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I did get paid DDE but it could have been the people in the USA were getting paid more consistently than in other countries. To me it was more of a waste of time and I am resisting the temptation to go back. Thanks for reading, I hope you are doing well.

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      PsychGeek 2 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing this, really interesting and informative. I have been toying with Bubblews this week but really cannot make up my mind about it. This article has helped me decide whether it is worth my time. I think I will passively continue and see what happens but doubt it is going to be any more than that. Congratulations on your byline, that sounds wonderful and proof hard work can and does pay off!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you PsychGeek. I'm still just dipping my toes into the writing world but I will keep trying. Bubblews is just not worth the time for me anymore, although if one has a lot of extra time it can still pay off I suppose.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      they do pay but not all of them. I wish they pay to international writers too

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Peachpurple I have heard that international writers have a hard time getting paid, which seems cowardly and wrong. Thanks for reading!

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Mel

      Well written Hub.

      My personal view is to totally forget about using social media or any other device to get hits and "earn" on HP.

      I only put out ideas I think are urgently important for others to take on board. These hopefully will be used by others free of charge without worrying about accruing.

      Many entertaining money making original HUB ideas can easily be purloined by others regardless of alleged copyright. This process reminds me of the way poor graphic design students have to freely give away their original ideas to rich businessmen so they can complete their assignments.

      Urgent socially relevant ideas need to be scattered freely. Best to forget about money and instead give the social conscience a swift kick to the googlies;or inspire others to see the light re some very pressing issues that are way beyond monetary considerations

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Oztinato, even if I were disseminating my "socially relevant ideas" for free, and lets face facts - we are not bringing home vaults full of cash on these writing sites - I don't know how these ideas can be distributed if not through social media. I believe worthwhile ideas can be shared and a little money can be made too. Nobody is getting rich here. Thanks for your comment.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Fair enough.

      Perhaps I mean "anti-social" media. That part of it that deals with cliques and selfies.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Yes Oztinato there are plenty of the chronically narcissistic on social media, but I have met a lot of good, intelligent, supportive people on there too. Thanks again for reading.

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've not missed a payment yet, but Arvind did finally admit that the site is strapped for funds. As you say, posts are lucky to earn 20 or 30 cents now before dropping off the radar. Most Americans aren't willing to write for such a pittance.

      I'm hanging in as I've made some good online friends there and use it like a journal to share with my Facebook family and friends.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I am not surprised to hear that Arvind is coming clean about the financial situation. I just don't think advertisers are willing to pay top dollar on posts that are mostly read by other Bubblews members. It was fun in its glory days, but we may be writing its epitath soon. Thanks for reading Virginia.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to see that things are working out for you on the publishing front…I wondered where you had disappeared. Good things rarely come to those who simply wait. You must go out there and earn them.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Deb. I actually thought I was being more active here than usual and you were the one I had not heard from in a while. I miss your weekly bird report. I hope you had a great Christmas and thanks for reading!

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      Max Johnsan 2 years ago

      Bubblews is scam. i experience it personally. Thousand of writers internationally not paid by this site. CEO Arvind created a place for pyramid scam.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      In fairness to Arvind Max I got paid most of the time, but I understand international writers sometimes have a problem. Thanks for reading.

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      Sunshyne1975 2 years ago from California, US

      Nice article, and thanks for the fan mail. I haven't tried bubblews and don't think i will. Although my poetry doesn't go over well with hubpages it seems, i do like it here. Maybe I will venture out someday, but for now I am content. :) I got my first payment from hubpages recently and even though it was small, it was inspiring. You are a great writer and I am glad we found each other.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Sunshyne1975 for the nice comment. The glory days of Bubblews are gone now so you are better off not going there. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Anne Morrison 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Bubblews - I keep hearing about that site and was considering trying it out. Now I know that it's really not worth it anymore.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      A lot of people have bailed out Annuity Direct because it is just too much work for too little payout now. Thanks for reading.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I actually made good money on that site until Arvind made that decision not to pay out any pending payments prior to a certain date. 2 of mine were caught in that net and on one later payment it was shorted $30...so I lost a bit over $130. Considering that I was cashing out just about weekly when things were going well...I cannot complain that much about the money. It was the trust factor that was shattered. I regularly reported plagiarists and for the most part wrote good articles.

      Another thing that bothered me was when they arbitrarily went to showing just one photo and changed that format as well so that heads were cut off as an example. Many original photos were lost as a result as I had not backed them up. Lesson learned!

      I removed all but 6 of my posts. I am now spending more time here and am considering starting my own blog website.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Thanks Peggy W. I may have made 600 dollars tops on Bubblews, but it required too much liking and commenting to produce a steady income stream. I have my own blogs now which I am patiently cultivating, to see if they can eventually produce some real money. I appreciate you dropping in!

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      Lana Zakinov 22 months ago from California

      Hey, congrats on your article being published! I didn't know that. So well-written and thought provoking. This is the lesson I'm taking from Bubblews and HP as well - go out there and get published by REAL publications/outlets.

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      Getting published is dofficult Svetlana. I have a piece pending publication in Bird Watcher's Digest but they are backlogged. I really need to pursue that more but it's too much like work. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it.

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      Kimberley Clarke 21 months ago from England

      I haven't tried Bubblews myself, so this was very interesting indeed, thank you. And congratulations on your published work!

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      Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Kimberley. If I was you I wouldn't bother with Bubblews. Their lucrative paying days are over, and I suspect the site is not long for this world because the quality and reliability of the site are so poor that I suspect in the absence of good paydays not many people will be lingering on there. I appreciate you dropping by!

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