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Bubblews Review - A Scam

Updated on December 4, 2015

Bubblews, the highest online paying site that turn out to be a Scam

From the title you can imply I am not a happy Bubblews user. And that is because I used to love the site so much that it really hurts to no longer write with passion in it. They owe more than $500 dollars since October 2014 (and you can view my Bank screen shots on the last part of this article), when they first gave their sign of death. Many writers there feel the same way and have left to other look-alikes that are VERY look-alike, like 99% in terms of design and revenue model. I won´t even bother being active in those, they will either suffer the same fate as Bubblews or are made by hackers who just copycat the site and will run away to Barbados in a few months not paying its users.

But let’s start from the beginning.

My avatar in Bubblews - RamblingMan

My avatar for online ventures has always been RamblingMan, Johnny Depp in the character of the famous 60´s writer Gonzo. The snapshot is from the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
My avatar for online ventures has always been RamblingMan, Johnny Depp in the character of the famous 60´s writer Gonzo. The snapshot is from the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. | Source

From Hubpages to Bubblews

I began writing in Hubpages when I became unemployed starting 2013. I was desperately looking for some online earnings, anything that would allow me to be independent from companies where I never felt comfortable in, something where I could earn as much as I wanted based on my input, where I could work as much as I liked or as little… I wanted to be free.

Doing a quick search for “10 best sites for online writing” Hubpages came in first. I remember Squiddo was in there but I stayed with Hubpages as the reviews stated it as a stable company. Bubblews wasn´t in the map by that time although it existed by then as a Beta site.

I started writing in Hubpages in a frantic way, an article a day and by 2 weeks I had 15 going. My eyes almost came out of their sockets as I watched my first earning report…

<0.01 cent

Wha…ttt?

Is that even possible?? Less than a cent for all that long article writing? I had a baby to maintain, how could I reach a decent earning to pay for all my expenses with less than a cent a day? I gave up telling myself this is too much work for so little.

After 2 weeks those earnings spiked up to 15 cents a day. Ok, there is hope, it just seemed Google took around 2 weeks to index my content and begin to position it accordingly on its search engine. I continued to write, although the length and all this photo and video capsules tired me to the point that I was producing 1 article a week.

If you check out some of my work you will realize I focused on products review. During that time I was making some Canada Goose Parka´s reviews for an affiliate marketer… and I confess I have never tried one on. I didn´t copy paste content online mind you, I just researched a lot, mostly on Amazon reviews and produced a good 360 scope of each product. Not the best way to produce content, certainly not enjoyable, but they do gather most of my traffic during winter times. Just for the record I will no longer do this, I will focus on topics I have a strong relationship with and if I approach product reviews once more it will be from my affiliate marketing approach and not pretending I have used them. I have found you can´t trick Google that way.

Bubblews logo as seen during Errors

Some of the new layout design by Bubblews
Some of the new layout design by Bubblews | Source

And then Bubblews Happened…

I believe it was around July 2014 that I began to read a lot about Bubblews on this site. Users were making articles about it like “Hubpages vs Bubblews” and discussing a lot on the forum.

People kept saying it was a scam site, that it wouldn´t last, some people were getting paid others didn´t, bla, bla, bla. But many Hubbers did move almost completely to Bubblews and were making tons of money almost from day 1. They were making more money in their first week in Bubblews than months of writing long articles in Hubpages, and you only had to write 400 characters per post!

It was a dream come true.

I dipped myself into Bubblews as RamblingMan (and I am still there), published a few posts not understanding very well that this was more of a social writing site than an article one. I made a few dollars and yes, it was fast but I still believed they would never pay up. I mean, they paid a cent for any interaction on your short meaningless post about “I just woke up”. They paid for views, likes, comments. When I reached my first $25 dollars I hit submit and guala, my money came in 5 days later to Paypal.

From that day on I was a Bubblews addict. I would post as much as I could and made thousands of connections. I was making $5 dollars a day after my first two active weeks. Then $7, $8… I got to $13 dollars a day on my highest point, including weekends. That is $390 dollars after almost a year on the site and I would retrieve that money every 10 days. I was paying my credit card debt entirely with Bubblews money which I only had time to write during my lunch time as I was working full time in a company. Those were the online writing Golden Days.

And what did I write about?

ANYTHING!! There was no quality assessment on this site. Soon I learned to stay away from product reviews and SEO type content. This was too short and meaningless for Google, the money maker here was the community.

So I focused on building up a strong follower base of Bubblers who constantly interacted with me every day, some of whom I have a strong online friendship with and even work with.

I started the Friday Parties, ever tried this on Hubpages?

Friday parties where random parties that were held in the craziest places of the world and craziness happened. Be creative people, I just made post describing the entire event and followers would flock in the comment section bringing drinks, costumes and all sorts of strange happening. I would edit user photos and copy paste them on random online photos making hysterical posts. These types of posts generated lots of comment interactions and a strong followship (is that is a word) plus it made writing lots and tons of fun.

I also started posting riddles. Whoever answered the riddle correctly first would take a mystery prize, and those were just random strange products I found online. I would copy the photos of the thing and make a post about it awarding it to the winner who had a special mention.

Just thinking about these great times make me kinda nostalgic L

I know many users are here on Hubpages, many are following me after being my followers in Bubblews. But then Disaster struck…

Asylum Friday Party

The Asylum Friday Party was held on a burned down 1800´s building in London were orphans and later on a sanatorium used to be. A really spooky place to have a party in, that photo with my avatar and Gracieeeee, another user, was for a post.
The Asylum Friday Party was held on a burned down 1800´s building in London were orphans and later on a sanatorium used to be. A really spooky place to have a party in, that photo with my avatar and Gracieeeee, another user, was for a post. | Source

Good Old Times in Bubblews

October 10th 2014, A day that will remain in Infamy

Before October 2014 the site had begun to show its struggles.

Payments were being delayed each time more and more. Before users got paid whenever they wanted as long as they reached the minimum redemption amount that had shifted from $25 dollars to $50. Then when we hit redeem the money took around 10 days to get to Paypal.

Soon we began to notice payments started coming in after 30 days of hitting redemption and they began to accumulate. Many users who redeemed in July never got that money. Then, we got the memo…

Starting October 10th 2014 the entire revenue system would change. Users from the USA and UK would get paid in 30 days while the rest of the world would have to wait 60 or 90 days. Oh, and we users would no longer earn 1 cent per interaction as advertisers do not always pay a fixed amount, revenue would shift depending if the times were good or bad. By the time of this publishing it seems each interaction brings in half a cent.

My pending payments in Bubblews

They owe me more than $300 dollars since October, but this is not all the owe me. Even before that they owe me more! Check the next photo
They owe me more than $300 dollars since October, but this is not all the owe me. Even before that they owe me more! Check the next photo | Source

Missing Payments in Bubblews

These are all my missing payments before October 2014. Still no word from them
These are all my missing payments before October 2014. Still no word from them | Source

The Bubblews Exodus to CGP Gallery and greener pastures

I like to think I was part of the cream of the cream in Bubblews. We were the most highly active, creative and honest bunch of the site. Filipinos, americans, English, Indians… these were the prime population of the site. It was a delicious bunch of cultures who kept the site going from dawn to midnight. It became an addictive drug that was profitable to be hooked on. But almost as a flock most of these users left tired of not being paid.

I think the Bubblews team members failed to evaluate the psychology and social impact it had on its users. I mean, many people actually had Bubblews as its main source of income. Let’s not lie to ourselves, we the online article writers come from middle to low classes, are unemployed or need that side income to help with debt and in the best scenarios are college students and retirees. It is a blow when a revenue channel dies. In my case I had to undertake my credit debt entirely with my salary when I used to use my online earning for this. If I knew Bubblews would fail to give what was promised I wouldn’t have spent my entire free time on that site. Instead I could use it on rebuilding Hubpages or studying Forex… anything of better value.

Anyway, most old quality users have left Bubblews to try new sites that have copied its model and even its website design to the core. We still have our accounts open, mostly in hopes our owed money could still come in sometime in the future but I doubt I will renew my Bubblews addiction.

I have decided to maintain my online writing ventures here, on Hubpages, were earnings are slow but secure. I got another online full time job now and do need side income as desperately. I also study Forex very intently and expect to be in the market in less than 3 months. I wish my best of lucks for Bubblews and its users, I hope they survive this setback and that they do not meet the fate of so many writing sites.

This is how Bubblews looks like...

Bubblews final design afte their first ugly platform. Now check on the next photo CGP Gallery, a rival site that copied its model exactly.
Bubblews final design afte their first ugly platform. Now check on the next photo CGP Gallery, a rival site that copied its model exactly. | Source

CGP Gallery design

Here is how CGP Gallery looks like. Fishy, isn´t it?
Here is how CGP Gallery looks like. Fishy, isn´t it? | Source

But Bubblews did give me something awesome…

Besides all the money I made with Bubblews in 2014 I got a greater gift during my final days there. I needed to find online writers for my present affiliate marketing venture with a friend. Finding English writers in Colombia (my country) is no easy task. After one month trying out with friends and relatives it just took one post to find an Indian who loved the Premier League and wrote perfect English wish UK slang, exactly what I needed. I know I just need to publish a post and dozens of writers will send emails to work with me. I know them from social interactions, I know their writing skills and creativeness. For this I thank Bubblews most than anything and it will be a reason to maintain my account going, if not as actively.

Lastly I would like to say Bubblews was never a scam site or any such thing. They were the real deal, they wanted to share as much revenue as they could with its users but were very blind in the sustainability of their business model.

Cups up for Bubblews and its Golden Days in writing!

It was a fun time after all, no regrets.

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    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Sounds like you had an interesting experience.

      Namaste

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      I did, it was awesome but it came to an end too fast. You know it has died even if the site remains there because most of the valuable users left.

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      Nathan Bernardo 2 years ago from California, United States of America

      Yeah, I've mostly given up on Bubblews too. I used to cash out every few days, every week, etc. in the old days. Now my earnings are super slow and I also haven't been paid for some of my redemptions. Too bad, it really was fun for awhile. And it did help with groceries for sure.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am still there and they have always paid me. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I think it was your cut and pasting that might have stopped your payments. Bubblews doesn't like that at all,.in fact it is a rule.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Same story here. It wasn´t a stable business model from the beginning. Mostly because the content wasn´t what advertisers like, although I do believe it could work out. If they had given out payments every 30 days from the beginning and controlled spammers then the site could have survived.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      What copy pasting? All my content is my own.

      If you are talking about my photos I doubt it. I never claimed them to be my own and gave proper mention of were I got them. NOT EVEN Hubpages bothers with photo ownership, last I knew. And many people stopped receiving their payments and they do not take photos from the internet. Mainly, my account never got deleted and I got payments time and time again ever since I used those photos.

      No, I believe is just the fact that I am not american. They are paying americans first and I also think that they stopped paying those who made posts complaining about Bubblews. They pay the loyal few that continue to post no matter the low income. But we have a right to complain for what we worked for, and that´s in their welcome video. We can express ourselves however we like without the tyranny of corporations.

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      Rota 2 years ago

      hey there, yeah, i love bubblews, but...i just don't trust it. like you i have decided to focus my efforts back in hubpages where i am assured of a return, however small.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Yeah, it was a dream while it lasted.

      I am back here to do 1 long article per week and enjoying it.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I never ventured over to the bubble sphere but have certainly read lots of reviews, both positive and negative. I enjoyed reading about your experience and wish you well.

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      Jade Griffin 2 years ago

      I guess is that I am another one of the lucky ones. I have been paid everything they tell me, and just got another payment. Still, because so many people have left the earnings are very low now. I find myself refocusing my attention here on Hupages, even though I have not stopped writing on bubblews. I'm weary of CGP gallery, I haven't decided if I'm going to try it.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      I do not know what happened to me and others. I could say they are focusing payments on Americans mostly, but I know a lot who didn´t got paid and they wre the best advocates of Bubblews. I mean, they didn´t even complain about payments. My only sin if I procastinate a lot about the payments.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      No regrets. It was a very profitable 2014

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      Jade Griffin 2 years ago

      No, no regrets about Bubblews. I made a lot there. I just know I can't neglect Hubpages. It's been more consistent.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      agreed, what is your username in Bubblews?

      Bubblews is making very little right now, but if they find another ad partner that might change.

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      WiredForSense 2 years ago

      It is going to be very interesting to see what the "awesome" news is they keep promising in January.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Were did you see that? I have looked on the featured posts yesterday and there was nothing from the team

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      littlecat2013 2 years ago

      Bubblews for me has had its ups and downs. I found a group of fun people I really loved there but the site kept changing its policies. Every month came new changes and lots of rage from users. The staff were horrible at communicating changes. These days people are purely unhappy there. I was paid over $1000 there but the site lowering revenue rates is destroying the community because all my friends are leaving. I have a love hate relationship with the site.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      They just turned $700 dollars that they owed me into $7.

      I compare them to Satan now

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds like a wild ride.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 23 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      It was. The worst were the lies. I believe it still exists, but it pays a misery

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I had ventured over there and made the easiest money ever for time and effort spent. When they quit paying what was owed, it did not take me long to pack my bags and head for greener pastures. Some time ago I closed my account. It was fun while it lasted!

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      Rhea Del Rio 21 months ago from Mandaue City, Cebu

      I'm also in Bubblews 2 years ago..but i stopped writing there ..and i've found hub..I hope i can grow more here as a writer

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Hubpages is the only serious writting site I know. It takes time to build and it is hard, but write a cople of articles each week, interact, share and follow, and you are golden. How are you performing Rheya?

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Peggy W, same happened to me, sight, I did have lots of fun there

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      Pranav 21 months ago from India

      Made a few good friends in Bubblews, and made about 250$ in months so it was nice while it lasted, missing you parties by the way

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      It was a great time. There are a lot of ex-Bubblers here. Hope you find them.

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      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      Bubblews was a disappointment. I think they knew what their plans were from the onset...they knew how they would reel us in and then after we were there they would make all of the changes that ended as it did...just my thinking

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Yup,their lies to steal my $500 are just... ughh!

      How much did you lose?

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was very informative David. Thank you for sharing about the demise of Bubblews. I often thought of joining but never made the move but glad I didn't waste my time...though the money would have been a lure early on.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      I did make like $300 dollars though... or more.

      In the present I am calling back ex-Bubblews users to join back here on Hubpages and we will help each other. Want to join Jodah? Soon I will open Google Plus and Facebook groups. That way we can share our hubs more easily.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Maybe I will join though i am not an ex=Bubblews. I often share my hubs on a Facebook group for Hubber, and did on a coupe of Google+ groups but they seem very inactive lately.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 21 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      I do as well. THey bring in some traffic, not all though.

      I invite as many people as possible so we can help each other, without breaking any spam rules here. I will leave a link to the social groups later on ;)

      My biggest goal is to actually subscribe people to Hubpages through the affiliate links, like get the group to invite their friends to join through their links. That way we can increase our profits more rapidly.

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      Gracieeeee 20 months ago

      I don't even have words to express how much I miss the unique thrill and excitement that the good days of writing created in the bubbles. There was a great feeling of virtual adventure and companionship. Ahhhh well as always all good things must come to an end

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      David Trujillo Uribe 20 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      How cool would it be for another project like that one. Maybe they should think of other ways of compensation that could still be appealing to us and profitable for the site.

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      Chris Desatoff 20 months ago from USA

      It was good while it lasted. I would have stuck around if it weren't for the way they strung everyone along, telling them that they'd all be paid of they followed the rules. And then all of a sudden, they just announce that they won't be paying anyone's old pending redemptions. That was not cool. I left months ago and haven't been back. I did leave my account (hotpocket) open though, just in case. In case of what? Haha idk. Now I'm just back on my own blogs, Textbroker and on HP.

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      Louise Powles 5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I wrote quite a bit on Bubblews and got a couple of payouts from them. It's a shame the site closed in the end. I'm glad I found this website. I also write reviews on Ciao, which I enjoy.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 2 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

      In the end I think I received like $300 in the lapse of almost a year. Then they failed to pay $500 accumulted in 4 months and only paid 8. But it was clear from the beginning it was a dumb business idea that offered no value to advertisers

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