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The Truth about Bubblews from a long-time Member

Updated on January 2, 2015
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I joined Bubblews on December 19, 2012. I’d heard about the site several weeks earlier and toyed with the idea of joining. After reading mixed reviews I was uncertain whether to trust the site, but finally decided to give it a try. You can read more about my early experiences of Bubblews in a hub I wrote at the time: “RedGage versus Bubblews – First Impressions”. In that hub I mentioned my doubts about the sustainability of the site, but for a long time it seemed that I was wrong.

My best ever day at Bubblews came in March 2013. I wrote a short post about a trending topic and it managed to get a good placement on Google. That post earned me over $20 within its first few hours online. I finally felt that Bubblews was a great place to write.

Although I wasn’t as active as some members, by April 2013 I’d successfully cashed out three times and had earned nearly $100 and I felt certain that the site was legitimate. Other people were still complaining about not being paid though, so I wrote my second hub about Bubblews: “Making Money the Bubblews Way”.

Everything went well until June 2013, when I decided to republish an article I’d recently removed from HubPages. I was delighted with its early success and even used it as inspiration for a post about the importance of choosing the right site on which to publish an article. I’ll never know for sure whether it’s coincidence or not, but my next redemption, made that same day, was never paid. Nor were the next five.

As it became clear that my money wasn’t coming I gradually slowed down my activity on the site, but I searched my posts for possible mistakes on my part which had led Bubblews to distrust me. I edited all links out of my posts and removed every stock photo I’d ever used as well as adding a copyright statement for every photo that I’d created myself. Perhaps foolishly, I wrote about my problems getting paid and my attempts to check for unintentional violations.

Eventually I stopped writing altogether.

A turning point of sorts came on the day that Bubblews deleted one of my posts. I was quite surprised when this happened as the post was one in which I had expressed my optimism that my problems would soon be behind me. This was written in response to a post by their CEO, Arvind, in which he indicated that they were going to get the backlog in order soon. This inspired me to make one last ditch effort to get back into Bubblews good books. I went back to my archive and deleted every post in which I’d ever mentioned problems of any nature at Bubblews. The site deducted every cent of the money those posts had earned me, and in one day my Bank dropped by $18.64.

A few weeks later I received a payment of $50 from Bubblews. It wasn’t the full amount they owed me, but it was enough to make me decide to give the site a second chance. I’d seen my friends earning hundreds of dollars in the period I’d been inactive and I wanted a piece of the action too.

It was with some trepidation that I made my next redemption in February 2014, but I was paid promptly. Between then and the end of July I received over $400 from Bubblews and assumed that all was well. Then the payment for my August redemption failed to arrive. By the time I realised it was late, I’d redeemed again, so I thought I’d wait to see what happened to that one. My two September redemptions were paid on time, so I reported the missing one to Bubblews and waited patiently for them to sort out the problem.

During October 2014 Bubblews suddenly removed the view counter from posts and income started dropping. While users from countries like the US, UK and Canada were still earning a decent income, so-called international users were now being paid a pittance, apparently due to lesser advertising revenue from those countries. In addition, Bubblews stopped supporting users from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam altogether due to high levels of fraud from those countries. No doubt the accounts of some honest members were deleted in the process.

On December 18, 2014, the CEO admitted that there were problems when he wrote a post in which he stated that “Bubblews has distributed over $1 million to date, considerably more than our revenues.” (*)

Then came New Year’s Eve, and just when people were celebrating the arrival of 2015 and their hopes for a successful year of online earnings, Bubblews announced that they would not be honouring any unpaid redemptions made before November 11, 2014. Naturally this led to a flurry of posts by disgruntled members who announced that they would be leaving the site immediately.

Conclusion

I don’t believe that Bubblews set out to be a scam site, but rather that the owners bit off more than they could chew. Now, due to the incompetence of their staff, many people have been cheated out of hundreds of dollars. The writing seems to be on the wall and I don’t see much chance of the site recovering.

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(*) as per CEO’s report, which is subject to deletion at any time: “Learning Curve”. I have kept a screen-shot of the relevant section of this report in case my quote is ever questioned.

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    • Gina145 profile image
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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Samoretz. I think part of the problem was the fact that Bubblews spent too much time and money on updates and didn't pay attention to the basics. They allowed some cheats to stay on the site even after they were reported, and paid members for every comment they made on their own posts, which in some cases was huge numbers of comments. What's happened now was inevitable.

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      Sam 2 years ago

      I joined Bubblews about eleven months ago, which I thought it was one of the few sites that actually paid more than I expected. Ever since the update that it took place in July, 2014, I knew Bubblews started to have some financial issue, but I thought one thing was that Bubblews did the best to bring the new look to us. But then, Bubblews changed its revenue policy at least once a month from then.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      LindaSmith1, I'm not planning to close my account right now. I'll leave my farewell post as well as the posts I wrote about the violators I reported. Might as well let people see what kind of member I was!

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      I requested that my account to be closed. It took over 6 months to get them to shut it down. I sent email to asanine dixit, to support, on FB pages and even nasty posts about them on Bubbles. I couldn't delete anything, then suddenly I could. I deleted every one of my posts on there. Funny, they delete accounts at random for some stupid reason, but when you request that account to be deleted, the won't touch it. So, delete posts and give them your empty account which he won't make a penny on.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      I think that is he wanted people to think. Imagine if you are trying to sell a company as the next Facebook in the making?

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      That's a really interesting idea SarahFriedman, and not one I'd have thought of. You may be right, but I'm not sure. Arvind often writes as if he wants to change the world. I think he was hoping to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      I think that they were looking to build a site that they could sell. They offered some of the best incentives in the industry to attract visitors, content writers and advertisers, but the business model failed and they found no buyers when they had the most members and now they are left with a craptastic site and a very shady reputation

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      I made some money there that I was able to use for gifts and donations to our group that helps single moms. Hearing about not getting paid by writers from HP and other sites that I know are decent and understand rules getting worse, then the raising of minimum and the wait and wait and wait to get paid, I grabbed my money and ran. I feel bad for those who fell for the crap, stayed,posted, made money for him, and now are getting cheated out of it by his own admission in his post about not paying out any redemptions before Nov 11. I am thankful that I never let my money sit and accumulate there. I let mine sit and accumulate in my Pay Pal til I needed it. I know I warned people to put in for redemption as soon as they reached the threshold.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      LindaSmith1 - I still made over $400 after they raised the payment threshold. The decline really started in about July 2014.

      I haven't deleted my posts yet but will delete all those that aren't specific to Bubblews. However I may write a post with a link to this article. I know Bubblews don't allow us to promote our work on other sites, but there's no reason to protect my account there any more.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Yep and I just went to tell them to delete my account and you cannot write a help ticket like it states to do. I just will not go back there again.....EVER!!!

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      His post is laughable. He has allowed plagerism, low quality writing, etc since day one.

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      Well, they say "Know when to hold em, know when to fold them" "Take your money and run" which are words from two songs. Thankfully, I was able to take my money and run. I feel bad for the decent writers who were cheated out of earnings. The second Arvind raised the payout threshold, I was done. That was a big red flag. Squidoo did the same thing, before the announcement that they were shutting down and content being moved to HP.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Bubblews recently changed its compensation policy to a flexible model to match our advertising revenue. Instead of the previous fixed rate, Bubblews now pays a variable amount, depending on local advertising rates in your country. This ensures that the site remains sustainable, and may allow us to process redemptions more quickly.

      Unfortunately, due to extremely high levels of manipulation and fraudulent activity, Bubblews will not honor redemptions made before November 11, 2014.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I have gotten many e-mails and invitations to join other paid to post groups and pages. I am not going to join anything other than here. Once burned twice shy as they say. Albeit I do not get paid lots here but it isn't just the payouts. it's the hard work that you put into something and the friends that you make and the trust that you gain from others. Oh yeah they say that you make friends there and not expect payout, but when you put almost your whole day into posting you have to get some kind of redemption from that. Heck near the end I was only getting 5 or at the most 8 comments, but a heck of a lot of likes. That was per day of 10 posts, not per post. I also only did the 10 posts for three weeks and then gave that up for obvious reasons. I write for a purpose--to spread truth and to help others and well Bubblews failed in all of that.

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      I missed part of it for forgot about reading it. What kills me is that people are still posting there.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      LindaSmith1 - I mentioned that near the end of the article, only I omitted the reason. However I'm not convinced that Bubblews did enough to stop the fraudsters.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I just read the notice and now it does make that site a SCAM!!!!!!!

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      Lady Guinevere: "Unfortunately, due to extremely high levels of manipulation and fraudulent activity, Bubblews will not honor redemptions made before November 11, 2014. &BubblewsMemberSupport, posting dated 12/31/14:

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      I hadn't heard that theory before but anything is possible.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I, too, was there for almost two years. I am still waiting on my last $100.95 redemption on November 5, 2014. I stood up for them and all that for a longs time when things started going bad and then I lost all my views too and then the 2 month payout...I quit writing there and also deleted all of my 1035 bubblews from there.

      From experience of running my own business years ago, I put some things together and think that they were embezzled by one disgruntled emplyee that they fired and blasted all over facebook about it. His rants last a week and then he was gone from facebook too...then all the payments started going bad. The staff took some unrelated trips too across the world and I did mentioned to them about that. The last bubbles that I posted there was how to start up a small business and I am going to be posting them here. They will not listen. Arvind is still at the stage that he will listen to his instincts only. He never took or learned anything about running a small business...his major was Biology.