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My Experience on Bubblews: Legit or Scam?

Updated on April 18, 2014
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My online writing journey started back in 2008 when I began writing for what was then Associated Content (this is now Yahoo! Voices). Fast forward to 2013, I had written for several sites by this point and had just heard about Bubblews. At first I was apprehensive, but I decided that it would be worth a shot to at least try it out.

I've been a participant in the Bubblews community for six months now and have learned a lot during my time there. In the midst of the excitement, and sometimes the frustration, I decided that it was time to write my own opinions on the site. There are plenty of skeptics and critics, so please take this hub with a grain of salt and formulate your own opinions, but I do encourage you to do your own research and decide if Bubblews is the right site for you.

The Bubblews Basics

When you first go to the Bubblews website, you may feel like the site is a little dull. In fact, it may make you want to leave because it's not put together like the larger sites are (i.e. Squidoo, HubPages, Yahoo! Voices, etc.). Don't let this alarm you! Although Bubblews is still fairly new and the website isn't eye-catching, it's still worth looking into.

Before writing your first post, I highly encourage you to read the Bubblews writing guidelines that can be found in your bank area once you sign up. Here, you will find that each post must have at least 400 characters and should not contain any referral or affiliate links. The other rules, such as not using work that isn't your own and making sure you give credit to pictures that aren't your own, should already be embedded into the minds of any writers hoping to make some extra money online.

The rules seem easy enough to follow, but you would be surprised at the number of Bubblews members who don't follow them. This is often why redemptions are left unfulfilled and members are frustrated. As a precaution, I always encourage writers to go back over the rules briefly before submitting a post because just one wrong error could cost you your entire payout.

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Where's the Money?

If you are researching Bubblews, odds are that you have come across a few posts that have suggested that Bubblews doesn't pay out. In my own experience, I have received every redemption that I have submitted. I'm not sure why some members have such problems with it, but I have to believe that they are not following the guidelines that I mentioned previously.

In order to redeem on this site, you must have a minimum of $50 now. You get one cent for each like, dislike, view, and comment that occurs on your post, though two comments or two views by the same person will only count as one. The old threshold was set at $25 but the amount was increased in January. According to the Bubblews CEO, this was so that the staff could better assist its members and work on some other projects to make the site better.

When you request your money, you have a few options to receive it by, but I recommend going with PayPal. You will know your redemption has gone through once you get to a screen that has a green bar at the top saying that you will hear from Bubblews staff in the next 72 hours. Note: This communication is done via email by stating that your money is being sent to PayPal. I should mention that some of my redemptions have taken longer than 72 hours to process. I had one take an entire extra day and a half to be processed.

After you receive the email, check your PayPal account to see what day your money will officially be in your account. You can expect that this will take anywhere from three to ten days. Once that happens, you have the ability to use your funds in anyway you want through PayPal (I often have my transferred to my bank account).

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Bubblews: The Good and Bad

If you are looking for a site that offers a lot of writer interaction as well as some extra money, then I would highly recommend trying Bubblews. You will notice that members are quite active on posts and people get to know and follow each other (a.k.a. connections). I have several connections that I follow and comment on because I find their material to be interesting and informative. I have also found that the more active I am, the more views and comments I get on my own posts.

You will also discover that the Bubblews CEO, username - Arvind, has his own page as well. You can read posts from him and share your feedback with him. I'm not sure how active he is with everyone, but he has commented on one or two of my posts in the past. If you have a question about the site and why it was created or what direction it is headed in, Arvind's page is the best place to look.

With the good there is always some bad. For one, there are some writers who just want to make money and scam the site. They create a bad name for Bubblews and often write bad reviews on it. I agree that the site isn't the best at customer service and getting redemptions paid on time, but I don't think it's fair to bash a site when you are the one who didn't read the guidelines and follow them. As I said previously, I haven't had any issues with payments and I find the Bubblews experience to be a good one, especially if you are just beginning with your online writing adventures.

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Should You Try? I Say Yes!

Every writer has their own story and experiences to share. I have just one view of Bubblews, but it has been a good one. I feel like I have grown as a writer and have had the chance to share some inspirational things on the site. I never know who is going to read my material or if someone will find it interesting, but I hope that they do. I became a Bubblews writer initially to make some extra money (which I have), but it has turned into so much more than that for me now. Rather than making writing feel like a job, this site has allowed me to search deeper within the writer in me and pull out stuff that I never thought I would be able to put into a lens on Squidoo or another big site.

So, should you give it a try? I think you should. You never know until you give it a chance, right? Remember, follow the guidelines, get some good connections, and just write about things that matter to you. Don't worry about posting long articles on Bubblews because a majority of the posts are on the shorter end. Save your longer pieces for HubPages and your other sites but if you have a quick idea and want someone to hear about it, post it on Bubblews and see what response you get.

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

      That's interesting news, Glenn.

      I'm not writing or participating at Bubblews much because they haven't paid me for a couple payments and the earnings have slowed way down. What Glenn says here makes me think I probably won't get those missed payments, but I wasn't holding my breath anyway.

      I really can't imagine spending significant time on the site these days.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Arvind just posted on Bubblews two days ago admitting that they went through a learning curve and discovered that due to fraud among certain users, they paid out more money than they brought in and now need to adjust that. But he didn't say what that meant for all of us who are waiting 60 to 90 days for the last payment. Sounds to me like they can't pay it.

      He also promised in that post that new and special things are coming in 2015, but I kind of remember hearing that song before.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      most people are saying that bubblews are paying the canada , usa, uk writers but delaying international writers. Although we had waited over 90 days, we don't get any reply even though emails were sent

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      anette_sam 2 years ago

      Me too I tried bubblews from june23, 2014 until now, they pay me for my first payment and it really helps me a lot and waiting for my second and third payment. Sad to say most of the members is doing the auto likes and it took us 30-90 days before we receive our payment. Everyday day always doing there maintenance to trance those people not following rules.

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      Charm Baker 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I agree with your comment and the way you put them, but as Hubber "HSP Connections" points out, Bubblews is more about current thoughts and participation, NOT about evergreen content that stacks up passive income from previous posts. However, unlike his comment, I do have time for that, because once you understand this concept, and you couple it with the need to interact, you have the successful Bubblews formula. I'm almost averaging 2 per posts right now, and I DON'T have to bubble all day, simply submit the 10 short posts. The amount of Followers I've managed to build up enable me to generate this daily average, without excessive interaction. I've earned several hundred dollars in the past six months. I try hard to help other conventional writers and new Bubblers understand this concept here:

      http://cash-writing-bubblews.blogspot.com - You can read more and even view my Proof of PayPal Payments :-)

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      Peter Messerschmidt 2 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      I've been on Bubblews for about 18 months, and I have never had an issue with getting paid. That said... I don't put much effort into the site because (a) it's really not a "writing" site and (b) the potential for residual income is close to zero... Bubblews is about "current social participation" and I don't have the time for that. If you like to spend you days clicking buttons and writing 10-word comments, it's great. If you like to write in-depth articles that earn passive income for months and years... it's the WRONG venue for that.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the update Mary! Sounds like things might be turning around for the better. I will have to check it out so that I can write an update.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I just came back to see if you had updated this Hub. As of July 30, they have a new TOS. We are no longer able to post more than one photos, and I am sorry about that. I loved to use multiple photos. They are now very strict about photos! Has to be one of our own of one they are now supplying through Pixabay.

      The site has changed so much for the better, now. I still enjoy writing there. I've never had any problem being paid.

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      kellytruths 3 years ago from Singapore

      My experience with them was not positive. To start with, there were some cranky members there who find it their jobs to tell ONLY ME, to add health disclaimers on there. This insistence happens over a period of a few weeks. I wrote a rant of a post to tell my bullies to BACK OFF!

      And then when I redeemed for the first time, they said I had violated. For 2 weeks now, I have asked for clarification on my violation warning and received no email whatsoever.

      After not being on there for 3 days, suddenly the number of comments and like are MINUSES. The $63 is no longer there, it is now -$4!

      Not one single payment I had. Finally I posted my last there saying I am ALMOST Sure that Bubblews is a scam. I gave the CEO 5 days to respond but I am already warning everyone of it.

      They could not prove to me what I had violated (not any of the Big 8 Nonos). And they did not inform why the number of likes, comments and posts were deducted.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      It's nice to read a positive article about Bubblews. I've been there almost a year and I find it's a good place to write short posts. I've always been paid. They just changed the entire site and it really is much better now. They still have glitches, but on the whole, I'd say they made great improvements.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I never did figure it out. I wrote a bubble about the staff over there being racist, since most of the complaints have been from non-European/US countries, but it was rude and inflammatory and of course they deleted it. (I had actually thought they would delete my account, but they did not.)

      I had been a member since Feb. of 2013, but stopped, of course.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I'm sorry to hear that DrMark! I wonder why?

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I tried it, and enjoyed meeting some new people there, but after the first few redemptions they stopped. It was nothing to do with violations since the work was my own, the photos my own, etc.

      Anyway, I am glad it is working out for you. I hope they continue to send your payouts.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Au fait- Bubblews has definitely had its ups and downs, but I have always gotten my payments and think it's a good place to write about random things. I know they are getting ready to do an update next month so that the site doesn't keep crashing. Thanks for the comment!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting to hear what you have to say after the flurry of articles different hubbers who also write on Bubblews have published within the past year or so. There were articles both pro and con with the majority of articles by hubbers I consider credible being pro. I appreciate your candor here and I will keep what you have said in mind if I ever find another minute or two of my time that isn't already being utilized. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I wrote on Bubblews for a short time. I didn't like it. Here in Hubville we have a community of caring writers. I never did feel that i fit in, but a lot of Hubbers have gone there, so it's a choice. I don't write for money. I just love to write poetry and short stories. Thank's for sharing knowledge..

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I never had trouble getting paid on Bubblews either. I agree with you about not following rules. When I find someone complain that they don't get paid, I go and check their posts and I usually find where they did not follow one rule or another.

      Bubblews has given me the chance to write articles I would never have done otherwise, because I have a lot of things to say that are not many words. So this gives me the opportunity to create short posts. And the longer ones I put on HubPages.

      The only thing that troubles me is the constant crashes when the system goes offline. I do hope that is corrected with the new platform they say is coming in July.

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      John 3 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      Bubblews has been the best paying online opportunity for me to date. Some of the writing there is crap and serious articles make a little quick money and then disappear into obscurity. New rule for me: Writing practice on Bubblews, serious articles Hubpages.

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      I was writing for Bubblews a while back but I stopped. I don't remember the reason - I was probably just busy between HubPages, work and other life events. I've been thinking I should give it a shot again, though I am often at a loss of what to write about there. Voted up, thanks for the informative review. :)

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for stopping by zacharybrown! Let me know what you think of Bubblews!

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      Zachary Brown 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for the great post. I was not aware of Bubblews prior to checking out your Hub. I will giving it a try because of this post. Also, thanks for sharing your online writing experiences, I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      Hi Torrs13. Thank you so much. Yes, this helps a lot. Will definitely think about giving bubblews a try.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Hi Maggie.L! I know Bubblews has a strict policy against affiliate links, but if you link to a hub that is very relevant, I don't think you should have a problem. I would just be cautious. You can also put your Hubpages profile page as your listed website on Bubblews! Hope this helps!

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      I've never tried Bubblews but might give it a go. Thanks for highlighting the importance of writing within the guidelines set by Bubblews. I wondered too, can you write an article on Bubblews and link it to one of your relevant hubs on hubpages?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Tori!

      Glitches and errors are especially challenging, but like you, I have received all my payments. Currently, waiting times have crept upwards to 13 - 16 days for some. Frustrating if one dwells on it...but the "trick" is to keep writing and redeeming. Eventually, the income appears to be a steady stream. You did a very good job of writing about Bubblews while emphasizing personal accountability and the importance of following rules. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Totally understandable billybuc! Sometimes adding another site is too overwhelming when you have plenty of other things going on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just don't have the time for another site. I tried Bubblews for a week, but honestly I'm much too busy with my overall writing plan to devote any more time to a site like Bubblews. Nice review, though, and I'm glad you have enjoyed your time there.

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      I agree with you on all this, Bubblews is a great site and you can post about things you might not post about elsewhere; there's great freedom there and it feels good to get paid for the work too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I have had a great experience on Bubblews. I have made quite a bit of money (more than on HubPages) and have always gotten paid for my redemptions. I don't remember ever having to wait on a payment. Like you, I write short articles there which can be a lot of fun. I save longer articles that require more research to post on HubPages.

      You did a great job on this post explaining Bubblews and I agree with everything you mentioned. Everyone needs to try it for themselves.

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      Cathy Nerujen 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I am not a member of Bubblews. I am curious about it.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I'm sorry to here that kewldude :( I have never had an issue... When did you try to redeem? Was it recent?

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      kewldude 3 years ago

      I redeemed two times, but they never paid a single dollar. Glad that you got paid every time. I would never recommend this site to anyone.