My Thoughts on the Bubblews/FaceBook Issue and Some Advice
Oh, there's so much buzz right now because of FaceBook banning Bubblews links. Conspiracy theories abound, and people are all up in arms. I have tried to stay away from the Bubblews mania, but I'm going to throw my two cents in. People probably won't like it, but here it is anyway:
FaceBook is doing the right thing by blocking Bubblews. Yes, there are legitimate writers being hurt, and that sucks. However, the vast majority of the site is plagiarism, incoherent junk and spam. The users creating those bad pages are also spamming social networks. Between those two factors, it is better for links from there to be banned. Squidoo, Delicious and StumbleUpon banned them some time back, it was just a matter of time before the bigger networks caught on.
Bubblews has a bad reputation, and it's well warranted. I left quite a while back because of their underhanded practices. They delete legitimate content without warning. They delete legitimate users without warning. They owe countless thousands of dollars to legitimate users and won't pay them, and the non-payment issues continue to this day. They are a breeding ground for plagiarism and scamming. There are more issues, but you get the idea. With all that, it's amazing that they're even in business at all.
Bubblews makes money off the scam, spam and plagiarized posts. My theory on why it stays up so long? They make money. When they remove the posts or the user, Bubblews keeps the revenue that they generated. It's actually profitable for them to allow the bad content to sit, so they maximize what they get to keep without paying a share to anyone.
FaceBook banning Bubblews is going to get a lot of attention, and it's only a matter of time before others like Twitter and Google follow suit.
So my advice?
If you don't already have copies of all your content, make them now . Yes, it may take a lot of time and effort, but if you don't do it and Bubblews closes, you'll lose all your content. I recommend saving all of your articles into documents on your computer, to Google Drive, or both. You do not want to lose content. Not to mention, if you get deleted for any reason, you want that backup.
I also recommend starting your own blog and monetizing it as soon as possible. You can use AdSense, LinkShare, Amazon or other monetization options. It's not that hard to have your own blog. You can do it for free through Weebly or Blogger, or WordPress.com. If you can afford hosting and a domain, I highly recommend setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog. They're easy to use with lots of flexibility. In the end, owning your own content and putting it on your own site is the safest and most profitable choice. It takes time to build, but you don't have to worry about a site closing down, not paying you or any of the other issues.
I know a lot of people are huge supporters of Bubblews, but the writing has been on the wall for well over a year now. Their time is limited. If you're a legitimate writer, now is the time to save all your content and start preparing for the inevitable. Most of us that have moved our content to our own control are very happy that we did. If you have the dedication, your own blog will be much better for you in the long run than a writing site.
You probably noticed that I didn't mention moving your content here to PP. The reason is this: while I do hope that PP can get through the trials facing them right now, writing sites are becoming a thing of the past, and without massive user support this site will not survive long. I wish PP the best, but in the long run, all of us taking control of our writing and using it on our own sites is the best choice.
For all those still holding on to Bubblews, I wish you well, but if you're smart, you're going to start making those backups today. It's better to be prepared for a storm that never comes than to be hit by it and be devastated.
Content written by Briana Blair (brianadragon). © 2014 All rights reserved.
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