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Freelance Writer - Bubblews Bubbling for Extra Online Money Income

Updated on January 14, 2014

Introduction

Having written online since 2009, I was dubious about trying out another new writing site. I've seen a couple of them come and go over the past four years and read agonized forum posts from other writers who've put massive energies into these failed sites.

Anyway, against my better instincts, I did sign up for the Bubblews site and it has re-ignited my writer instinct. Well, this is the first hub I've ever posted even though I've been registered to HubPages for over a year now.

The bubbling site is fun and addictive, though it can take up hours of your day, if you let it. I think Bubblews is here to stay.

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Bubbling with Bubblews can be fun
Bubbling with Bubblews can be fun | Source

How it Works

It's easy to get started on the Bubblews site, just a case of logging in and completing a very short registration form. Then you'll be a registered user, can read the simple six-point guidelines declaration and have the opportunity to write your first bubbles, read the bubbles of other users and like/dislike the work, or make comments.

You can also connect with other "bubblers" and, if they connect back, then it's highly likely they will read the posts you submit to the site and generate some income for you. Building up a large list of connections seems to be essential on the site, as at heart it really seems to be all about social networking, rather than a site for posting keyworded articles that are geared to receiving views from external Google searches.

Just about every activity on the site is paid for with a one cent nominal credit and it's amazing just how quickly that income can mount up. Once you reach the $25 redemption goal, it's just a case of hitting the redeem button and waiting for the check to arrive!

Update at December 12, 2013 - it was announced yesterday that redemptions can only be made when Bubblers reach a goal of $50, this is due to amounts of time spent by Bubblews staffers checking accounts and authorizing payments, apparently.

Bubbles only need to be 400 characters or more, so they are quick and easy to post. I would comment though that the quality varies immensely between writers.

In some respects the site is a little like Xomba, but it does have the guaranteed payments facility that is an unusual feature.

One heartwarming story posted on the site was about a writer from one of the Third World countries who had managed to buy her first ever refrigerator with her Bubblews earnings. It really does work for people anywhere.

In Practice

I'm still a beginner on Bubblews so I cannot really comment in great detail yet. The site can be slow at times and it also gets "clogged" often, as I don't think it can handle the immense popularity it has achieved.

Some users complain about not receiving payment or slowness of payment too. I haven't tried to make a redemption yet so I can't comment. I do think, if users follow all the rules, redemptions are honored, but the small staffing levels make Bubblews administration pretty slow.

Low staffing also means that messages to support don't seem to get dealt with, or are handled very slowly.

Other than that, it is a fairly straightforward site to use and a great way of spending some relaxation time in a busy day. Some of the posts made by writers in far flung corners of the globe can be disturbing at times, but they do teach a lot about life and culture in other countries.

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Bubblews Global Ranking & Visitor Statistics

I thought it would be interesting to look at the Bubblews ranking and visitor statistics again a few months down the line. You can see from a comparison of the tables below that Bubblews is starting to show slightly lower ranking figures for the United States. The site has moved up significantly for global ranking in the past few months though.

It looks like the global growth of the site ranking has snowballed, though whether the slight drop in ranking for the United States is a sign that its popularity is beginning to wane remains to be seen. Certainly the Alexa comparison of Bubblews ranking compared to other sites seems to show quite significant drops over the last few weeks of 2013, though it is still a fair bit higher than it was at the beginning of the year.

Statistics at 7 December 2013

Alexa Figures
 
Country Rank
Global Rank
1,416
 
United States Rank
1,162
 
US Visitors %
29%
1,162
India Visitors %
25.1%
568
Philippines Visitors %
6.4%
131
UK Visitors %
5.1%
1,090
Alexa Stats on Bubblews accessed on 7 December 2013

Statistics

Alexa Statistics
 
Global Rank
2,295
United States Rank
1.147
US Visitors
28.2%
India Visitors
20.4%
Philippines Visitors
7.3%
UK Visitors
4.3%
Bubblews Statistics from Alexa on August 28, 2013

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Site and Writer Feedback

Many of the writers on the site are totally committed to the Bubblews ethic and payment model. Their bubbles highlight the commitment they feel to making the site a success. It's great to be a part of a new writer site that has such an optimistic feel to it. Of course, there are critics and writers who have had problems with payments or had accounts deleted for non-compliance with the rules too, and a quick search on Google gives an idea of the type of complaints and problems that some people experience.

My own opinion is that the site is a great way of taking a short break from writing more demanding pieces of work. The only drawback is that it is such good fun that it can become the best way to spend a few hours of the day.

Update on August 30 2013, "Bubblews is not a social networking site"

Well, having just read an update from the CEO of Bubblews, I thought I would post a further comment on here. Apparently the vision for the site is not that it is or will be a social networking site or an articles base site. It is unclear at present just what the vision is, the CEO states the categories posted to site are for users to organize their thoughts, rather than post articles with typical reader-based content. The following quote is lifted from today's announcement:

"Not many other companies out there are willing to do the BOLD things that are required to bring competition back to the internet. Please continue to write about us and share our philosophy with your friends and family as together, we can honestly make the internet a lot more transparent and compassionate."

I will be interested to see the direction this site takes and at present am taking a more strategic approach to the articles I am posting on there.

December 2013 Update

Well after a few months on the site I've not had any trouble with redemptions so far. I am taking it very slowly -- well in all honesty I've only posted six or seven pieces on Bubblews over the past two months. However, I've made two redemptions so far for the minimum amount and have almost 300 followers.

I do find Bubblews a little time-consuming. I can see that in order to achieve high numbers of page views, likes and comments I have to reciprocate by reading, liking and commenting on posts from my followers. There is opportunity for some Google search income on the site, though. I didn't do anything on Bubblews for around five weeks and was surprised to see I'd earned nearly $5 in new income when I did finally go back to the site.

I don't think this site is likely to give me high income levels as I'm not really prepared to put in the time to collect regular followers and follow the articles they post. Some of the pieces on the site are pretty dire too, and have obviously only been posted for payment clicks. It is interesting to read about how different people in remote parts of the globe live their day-to-day lives though. On the other hand there are also some excellent posts from some of the people I'm following, so I will continue to post on the site and read articles from my favorite connections.

It will be interesting to see just where the site goes in future!

Bubblews update - January 2014

Bubblews have now implemented a minimum redemption of $50. I haven't been very active on the site lately, but am still earning a few cents here and there. I think earnings increased by about $4 in December and I gained ten or more new connections, with no articles posted at all and no site interaction such as reads or comments from my side.


© 2013 Dawn Denmar

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    • 2uesday profile image

      2uesday 3 years ago

      I agree with many of the things you say here. It is useful to be able to post short pieces of writing as well as having other places to add longer content. Sometimes a short posting or even a comment that you leave can lead to inspiration for a longer piece of writing.

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      Dawn Denmar 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks.....

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love Bubblews and am learning more how to post there. Great Hub!

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      Dawn Denmar 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suziecat7 - thanks for your kind comment! I am slowly getting to grips with Bubblews too......

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      I became a member of Bubblews nearly 6 months ago. I'm still enjoying it and have been paid each time I have cashed out (redeemed).

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      Dawn Denmar 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Teresa, thanks for comment. I have been paid fine each time too. I don't do much on there at the moment but it's a great way of interacting and some of my connections have interested tales to tell.

    • CarolynEmerick profile image

      Carolyn Emerick 2 years ago

      I joined Bubblews summer of last year and spent some weeks on it. It was before the $50 cash out minimum, I think it was $10 or $20 at the time. I admin on several FB pages and use them and pinterest to promote my HP and did so also with Bubblews. According to my earnings, they owed me about $70 or more, I kept cashing out, and they NEVER paid me. I gave up. It turned into a massive waste of time. -- But, after reading this... maybe I will cautiously try again...

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      Dawn Denmar 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh sorry to hear it Carolyn, I never had problems cashing out but did it slowly and I know a lot of people did have some troubles. I suppose if you cashed out it no longer shows as owing on your account so you won't be able to get the earnings they owe? Perhaps you might want to check out on the forums and put a post to see if people are still having problems with them now before you potentially waste any more time. There was a forum post about Bubblews a couple weeks back, I cannot recall what it said though :)

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      They are working on paying those pending payments. Most Bubblers already got their e-check. There is also a portion on their website - on the bank area where you could file a claim to get your pending payments.

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