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Making Money the Bubblews Way

Updated on February 7, 2015
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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 Please treat this article as a historical document.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".

When I joined Bubblews in December 2012 I didn't take it very seriously. At the time my main focus was on finding ways to create backlinks to my Hubs and the possibility of earning a little money for my backlinks seemed like a huge bonus.

You can read my first impressions of Bubblews in a Hub I wrote at the time.

I soon discovered that most of my Bubblews readers didn't click on my links. My post promoting one of my Hubs about cameras is my most liked post there yet it hasn't really served the purpose for which it was written.

I'm not sure when I started treating Bubblews as a serious site to earn money by publishing my writing and photography. I suspect it was around the time my earnings reached the minimum payout amount ($25) and I finally saw the fruits of my labor in my PayPal account. Until then I had been concerned about the legitimacy of the site after reading many posts by members who were complaining that they had not been paid. However many members don't follow the rules.

I have proved to myself that if you play by the rules, Bubblews does pay.

The Rules

To any serious writer it should be obvious that plagiarism is unacceptable on any website. It never ceases to amaze me how many people who join Bubblews seem to be unaware that it is illegal to copy someone else's article off your favorite website, paste it on the submission page and hit the publish button. In the past Bubblews would allow members a second chance if they were caught submitting plagiarized material, but wisely they have now adopted a policy of zero tolerance. Get caught just once and your account will be closed.

Something Bubblews really hates is spamming. Bubblews version of following an author is called "connecting". Despite the name, this is one way traffic. The aim is that you will connect to users who write articles you enjoy reading. However many users connect to others with no aim other than to promote their own work. They make hundreds of connections and then leave a message on their connection's profile saying "connect back". Or they leave a comment on someone's article asking them to read, "like" or comment on their work. Leaving this kind of message is an easy way to ensure you don't get paid. Leaving links in the comment section is also against the rules, even if they are relevant to what you have read. You can however use links in the body of your posts as long as you are not doing so for your own financial gain.

Bubblews only requires a post to be a minimum of 400 characters, so it is possible to start earning money quickly without putting in a lot of time or effort. You can also add photos to your posts as long as you have a legal right to use them. Make sure that you give a proper attribution if you are using a photo that is not your own.

You may publish a maximum of ten posts per day.

Bubblews will allow you to publish an article in a foreign language provided that you include an English translation.

You are not allowed to publish anything pornographic or semi-pornographic.

You may republish posts from your blog provided that you add a link to the original blog post. Note: If you are a member of HubPages, please do not republish your Hubs at Bubblews. While Bubblews will allow you to do so, HubPages will not.

Tagging

Keyword use in your posts is optional. If you choose to use keywords they can be tagged either in the body of your post or as a list at the end. You tag a keyword by adding a + sign immediately in front of the word with no punctuation either before or after the word. Correctly tagged, a keyword will become a clickable link.

If you want to refer to or address another user in either the body of your post or in the comments section below, you add an & sign immediately before their name. Again you must avoid punctuation. If punctuation is required, be sure to leave a space between your +keyword or &username and the full stop or comma following it.

Correctly tagged, a reference to another user will become a clickable link and the user will receive a notification that you have mentioned them in your post or comment.

Your Username

You are not required to register under your real name though you will be required to provide valid contact details before you are able to start posting. Bubblews will keep these details private, so you can remain anonymous if you want to.

Choose your username carefully as you will not be able to change it later.

Earnings

Bubblews pays a generous $0.01 per unique click on your posts and an additional $0.01 each for likes, dislikes and comments. If you are able to attract a large audience earnings can build up quickly.

My most successful post was related to a cricket match which was about to start at the time of writing. As the match lasted a full day, interest was high for several hours. Somehow the post managed to attract a lot of attention from outside the site, receiving over 2000 views in one day. Although interest has died down since then, it was well worth the effort as this short post took only a few minutes to write.

If you're looking for passive income, Bubblews is probably not the site for you. Most of your traffic will come from your latest posts so it is essential that you publish new posts frequently. Interacting with your readers in the comment section will help your income and keep your readers coming back for more. Many people use Bubblews as a sort of blog in which they write about everyday occurrences and real connections on Bubblews can quickly become your friends.

The Bubblews experience can be a bit like using Facebook and being paid to do so.

Adding Photos, Illustrations and Animations

If you want to add photos or illustrations to Bubblews, the files must be no more than 1MB each. I normally submit my photos in .jpg format, but I have also successfully uploaded animated images as .gif files. I'm not aware of any other acceptable formats.

Modern cameras produce photos that are larger than 1MB, so you have two options to get your photos to meet Bubblews requirements:

  1. Set your camera to shoot at a lower resolution. I don't recommend this option because you may later decide that you want to print one of your photos and then discover that the image quality isn't good enough to get a decent print.
  2. Resize your photos using a program like Photoshop. If you don't have suitable software there are many cheaper options. Gimp is a free program which can be downloaded off the internet. It has a lot of features and may be all you ever need.

Your photos will generally be displayed in a smaller size than the files you uploaded, but users can click on them to see them at full size. I recommend that you keep them fairly small to prevent potential thieves from getting access to images of a useful size. Bubblews also allows you to upload photos which have a watermark if you wish to protect yourself further.

Bubblews' submit page is set by default to a 'Single photo' layout, with the photo being optional. If you want to add more photos there are two other settings:

  1. 'Gallery' - here the first photo will appear in Bubblews default size with the rest appearing as a row of thumbnails just below the first. I have never used this layout as I prefer all my photos to be properly visible.
  2. 'Multiple photos' - here all your photos will appear in the default size. The first photo will always be left justified, but you can choose whether you want the remaining photos to be left or right justified or centered. For each photo you add, a new text box will appear, allowing you to write about each photo separately if you wish to do so.

Photo Attributions

I have noticed that a lot of Bubblews members don't bother with photo attributions but this strategy is likely to cause them problems at some point.

Most of the time I use my own photos and I will often refer to the circumstances in which I took them in the body of my post. If I don't do this, I will add a footnote reading "Photos by Gina145".

On the rare occasions on which I use photos acquired off free stock sites or a site like Wikimedia Commons I will add a line which reads "Photo attribution" followed by the address of the webpage from which the photo was downloaded.

For photos from Wikimedia Commons it is essential to add a copy of their required attribution as displayed on the download page. If you are using a different site, check the terms of service to see if any other attribution is required.

Below is a sample attribution copied from one of my recent Bubblews posts.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Yes, it's very annoying. HubPages is now my main writing website, unless you know of better?

      I tend to write random hubs on here as it's only an article storage place for me. Until, I write at least 100 hubs on 1 topic, as one day I'd like to move all of those hubs to an entire website.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      I agree Jacobb9205. Bubblews was a really good site once. Unfortunately too many things went wrong and I doubt they'll ever be able to get that site back to what it once was.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Bubblews was good so this would have helped them, too bad it went bad, I was almost at a full time income from them.

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      Seiboi Misao 3 years ago from India

      This is amazing...every information require.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi lhale. There doesn't seem to be any place at Bubblews that's got all the information together. You can pick up a lot of information from other users and if you've got any questions it might be best to try asking them in your posts.

      I'd be a bit cautious with deleting Hubs and moving them to Bubblews. In theory it's acceptable but I recommend that you state at the bottom that it was previously published at HubPages. And it might be safer to wait a while before republishing deleted Hubs.

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      lhale 4 years ago from Georgia

      You have been really helpful! Is there a place at Bubblews to give you this information or answer questions? Also, I have several Hubs that get no views. Do you know if it would be acceptable to delete them and use them on Bubblews?

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      i love and enjoy being on bubblews, you have written a great review

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi SmartAndFun.

      Bubblews don't have a forum and I'm not aware of one elsewhere. The only way you might be able to get your questions answered at Bubblews is if you write a post asking for help.

      Just one warning because I need to update this Hub - Bubblews seem to have decided that any attempt to promote sites containing content you earn money from is a violation. So don't write a summary of one of your HubPages articles and link to it. If you do this Bubblews may refuse to pay you. Until I few days ago I was promoting this Hub on Bubblews to help newcomers, but I'm now waiting for two delayed payments so, after a recent announcement about this, I removed the link.

      Something else I need to add to this Hub: Connect with BubblewsSupport1 and BubblewsSupport2 so that you see any new announcements. Communication isn't very good there.

      If you've got any other questions, please leave further comments here. I'm always happy to update this Hub if it will help new members.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for posting this article. I joined a few days ago and have had trouble understanding the site. This article is the only place I've found the information I've been looking for! The information the site owners offers to members is very thin, or it is hidden, as I have found next to nothing on the site itself. Do you know if there is a forum somewhere where people can post Bubblews questions? I still have lots of questions! Great article, thanks again.

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      janethwayne 4 years ago

      I am quiet happy in Bubblews because I can speak freely,and they did pay too.It is really up to the members really if they are patient or not but for me everything are seems okay.I am not saying that it can make me reach but for me it is quiet a good site compared to others based in my experiences.That is only my opinion.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      christin53, I agree that it's easier to make money on Bubblews in the short term. I'm not sure what will happen in the long term though.

      sallybea, I've noticed the growing number of HubPages writers using Bubblews. Unfortunately one has to look through a lot of bad posts to find the good ones at the moment.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      I joined yesterday and it seems there a great number of writers from Hubpages willing to have a go too. The standard of writing on Bubblews should improve at a dizzy rate. Some great advice here thanks Gina145.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      I joined 2 days ago and I'm loving it. I don't normally have a lot of spare time so writing short articles really suits me. I have already earned more in 2 days than I can make in 2 weeks on Hubpages.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Teresa. Good luck at Bubblews.

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      Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Great tips for a newbie Bubbler, like myself - joined yesterday. Thanks!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Good luck Mark and Anamika.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I will also go and put a couple of articles there.

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      Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland

      I just spent my first morning at Bubblews and yep, it's fun! Good article Gina - helpful.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Good luck Annette. I hope you do well at Bubblews.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Gina. I joined Bubblews today. It looks like it could hold some revenue potential. Thanks for the review.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      It's a pleasure Nancy. I hope it's helpful to you.

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      Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

      Thanks again Gina145. I really appreciated this information.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for reading through the new section, Bedbugabscond. I'll try to come up with something about attributions.

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      Gina, thanks for adding the section about photos! It is fantastic, there is a serious lack of information about it. I am glad you are covering it. The only other thing I can think of is attributing. I saw some bubblews peoples (grammar lol) talking about it. Many don't do it. I use my own photos, but it would be nice to know if and how to attribute others photos as well as our own. Keep up the good work!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks NateB11.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      This is good break down of how the site works and how to use it successfully. I've been there a couple months and I'm loving it.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      It's a pleasure. I've written a post on Bubblews to see if anyone else there has any advice to offer. I'll try to write the new section later today.

      Good luck at Bubblews. I'm sure you'll enjoy it once you've got the 'bugs' sorted out.

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, that would be wonderful!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Bedbugabscond. No, there's no waiting period. The only reason I can think of for your pictures not appearing is that your file size is too big or the format is incorrect. Unfortunately Bubblews don't provide a section to teach new members everything they need to know.

      I'll try to work out the exact requirements for posting photos and add them to this Hub.

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      I have a question that I can not seem to find the answer too. I tried posting pictures with my first bubblews article and they didn't post? Is there a waiting period or something?

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for your comments MysticTurtle. I hope to see you at Bubblews.

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      MysticTurtle 4 years ago

      I'm glad I found this hub. I've been thinking about giving Bubblews a try. Thanks for the tips.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      I hope it's useful writerjj.

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      Found it. Thanks for the info Gina145 :)

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you Jay. Praise from you means a lot.

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      JayAquarianInsight 4 years ago

      This is an EXCELLENT hub and really sums up Bubblews perfectly. I imagine it will be extremely helpful to many people. Thank you!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for visiting VASS. Unfortunately HubPages do not allow their content to be duplicated on other sites.

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      VASS 4 years ago

      you should post this on Bubblews too. it's a great guide for newbies!