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Bubblews Review: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

While many bubblews reviews have been surfacing online, this one is an unbiased and complete review of the site, from the good to the bad and even the ugly of Bubblews.

If you are eagerly searching all over the internet for various ways to earn money through writing, then most probably you have already come across a site named bubblews.com. Who would have not? Bubblews has been continuously making noise in the world of online writing and becoming bigger over the past few months since its launch early in 2012. Many contributors of the site claim that it is the best among revenue-sharing sites to date especially when it comes to pay rate. However, there are also written negative Bubblews reviews in blogs or forums most of which, if not all, came from former members of the site but eventually quitted due to a number of reasons which include missing payments. They believe that Bubblews scam people. So, who are we going to believe now? Confused? Read further and discover the good, the bad and the ugly about Bubblews and decide for yourself.

What is Bubblews?

Launched in February 2012, bubblews.com is a writing community and revenue-sharing site which follows a model of 50/50 advertisement revenue split with the members. Every member will be paid a cent ($0.01) for every unique view, like/dislike, comment and social media share his/her articles (posts) garner which can be monitored in “the bank” section of the profile page. Upon reaching the minimum payout, which is currently $50 (previously $25), a member can request for redemption of his/her earnings through check, Visa gift card, Buy-Me-This, or PayPal.

The GOOD

-Bubblews allows members to write anything they want as per their slogan, “Speak Freely, Write You World.” There is a bunch of categories to choose from, and basically, a member can submit an article from every category. No pressure on choosing a niche .

-Bubblews pays one cent per unique view, like/dislike, comment and social media share for every article . This is very generous for a writing site which operates on a revenue-sharing scheme (although from my experience, I did not get paid for dislikes and as for social media shares, it was uncertain). This is so far the only easy-money I know out there as other writing sites will take you forever to make significant figures on your earnings, and requirements are not hard to comply on. There are members I know who are able to request payout in just less than a week, or even in just two or three days.

-Unlike other writing sites which requires a definite number of words (ranging from 100 and above), Bubblews requires only a minimum of 400 characters for an article. Again, characters, not words. That means one can submit and earn from just a paragraph-long write-up as long as it will not be lower than the minimum character count excluding spaces (and too much, unnecessary punctuations). That is indeed easy to come up with, and one can even write on the spot in just five minutes.

-More like a social site rather than a typical writing platform, Bubblews has a very friendly community of members. Most people who got to experience being on the site will agree that it is a nice place to gain (virtual) friends. In fact, in a short period of time I spent there, I found a few friends and I have already met some of them in person.

The BAD

-Bubblews can be very time-consuming . That is true especially during the first few days where one has yet to establish “connections”, or much like followers. A member has to make himself/herself visible to other members through commenting on other articles (the deed they call “interacting”). During this time one can hardly see any movement in his/her statistics which can be disappointing most especially if submitted articles are of good quality.

-There is no exact payment for every article since it is a revenue-sharing site. One has to be effective in gaining readership in order to become financially successful in Bubblews. Quality, unfortunately, will not decide for a member’s success although it can somehow be a huge factor for a few.

The UGLY

-There is no exact place to find the complete set of rules of the site . There is a section located in “The Bank” tab which indicates a set of rules, but to my experience, it does not cover everything that a member needs to be aware of. There is only a regular account run by a Bubblews staff set to make necessary announcements regarding updates on rules, terms of use, etc.

-The sign-up process is easy as one, two, three. There are no pre-assessment of articles submitted or, at least, screening of new members so the possibility of having non-genuine contributors such as spammers, article spinners and plagiarizers joining the site is huge. This leads to a bunch of low quality write-ups and irrelevant comments posted in Bubblews.

-There are many low quality articles posted, and worse, there are even some featured on the home page. Blame it on the easy registration and article requirements!

-The staffs are unfriendly and unreliable . This may be a very tough statement but I do believe every member who has tried reaching out to them agrees with this. The first time I contacted them about my missing payment, I received only an automated message telling me not to spam them and that they were doing their best to process every request. I waited for their next response until I got tired of waiting and just accepted the fact that the payment would be forever missing. The next few times I contacted them for inquiries I received no response again. That was the time I asked other Bubblews friends if they were able to receive any word from the support. Their answer is NO.

-There are delayed payments . This is somehow tolerable that payment is still sent, only that it is a few to several days delayed. The first time I joined their processing period in reviewing redemptions was only 72 hours as they used to say although it was a few hours or days late. Then just recently, they updated it to seven days due to bulk redemptions to be processed (according to them). However, the updated did not do any better because the delay was only made worse. Payments arrive now 14 or 15 days after requesting for payout.

-The main reason a lot of former members stopped contributing for the site is that they receive no payment at all . In some cases, a member would receive payments three or four times then the succeeding payout requests would be unpaid. What is worse is that when the support will be contacted, there will almost always be no response at all, so it is barely known why the payment had not been sent.

-They delete articles with no prior notice . Imagine if you have garnered about two or three dollars for an article and they suddenly deleted it, what would you feel? Did I mention once an article gets deleted, be it because they deleted it or you did, all your earnings made from that particular article gets deducted from your current earnings? I have never experience it myself but a few friends that write for Bubblews have. It could have been understandable if they delete articles but at least matched with a little note stating why they are deleted. But then, so far, Bubblews seems unable to employ that in their system.

-The ugliest thing about Bubblews that I experienced myself is the sudden account deletion . After almost four months of actively participating and properly following rules, they deleted my account. Good thing was I only made about three dollars by the time they deleted me. Another friend, however, got deleted the same day and she already made more than $40. That completely banished like a bubble popped. Ouch! Worse part? We were not given heads up prior or any sort of explanation as to why we were deleted. Be it that we violated a particular rule (which I am very sure myself that I did not) or any other possible cause, we were only left to make guesses. Take note that it is not a rare occurrence in Bubblews. A lot of accounts have been deleted. Most are understandable as those members were obviously violating rules like plagiarizing or spamming, but the rest had the same fate as mine.

UPDATE : The site is currently under maintenance but still the site is up.

So… Is Bubblews Scam?

Again, many claim that Bubblews is a scam. However, personally, I don’t think it is a scam. I have seen more than a hundred who have been keeping up with the site because they have been receiving payments. Proofs are out there. I had been receiving payments too until they had me deleted. The only question that remains in me is that why can’t they answer inquiries regarding missing payments and account deletions? I believe, if they will be able to suffice that particular concern, the issue about it being a scam will be cleared out.

Tips and Recommendations

Patience, dedication and time are the key to success in Bubblews. During the first few days or weeks, you have to be patient to see very slow improvement in your earnings. You have to allot time for “bubbling” and that you have to be dedicated in writing and reading articles. Being friendly with the community helps bring in more supporters too. So, if you think you can give these three things, then joining Bubblews will be worth a try for you. Who knows? You might enjoy it too just like many of the members. Just keep in mind, though, that Bubblews is far, far different from HubPages.

Image used is mine. :)

Previously posted in HubPages (but I removed it) and DailyTwoCents (by me: forevergrey)

Everything expressed here are purely of author's.


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Comments

shaloowalia wrote on June 13, 2014, 12:47 PM

an unbiased review...only if they could work on the errors, the site would be much better!

grey-love wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:02 PM

What hurt many contributors are the glitches. If they make necessary changes they can survive the online world. But if they stay as what they are, I'm afraid to see them in the list of online writing platforms which closed down.

grey-love wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:03 PM

Very true! I agree that's what's hurting the site so badly right now. I hope their "upgrade" by July will present better changes. :)

faith wrote on June 13, 2014, 1:06 PM

let's agree to disagree :3 .. I mean, yes it is true that bubblews is a good site. And at first I thought of it as a scam, but after tons of debate with babe (and clearly she won hundreds of them) I finally accepted. Although I have nothing against this site, I just hate it when you have soo many errors and errors all at the same time. And most of the users doesn't care what you post :3 .. and clearly they don't even care what they post (Im not saying all, but most of them)

and they would leave SPAM! hha :) too bad it's not the food im talking about

Gina145 wrote on June 13, 2014, 4:54 PM

My experience at Bubblews hasn't been all good, but despite that I've made a lot more money than at any other writing site I've tried. One of the problems is that the rules aren't clear enough. I suspect the majority of people who believe themselves to be honest users have read the short list of rules but not the TOU, so they may be breaking rules they weren't even aware of.

allen0187 wrote on June 13, 2014, 8:01 PM

Bubblews needs to fix the errors. Who knows by July, they will be able to turn a leaf and get rid of those glitches? As for the low quality articles, yeah, that makes the site really look bad.

Dealt with the staff before and I was satisfied with their reply so there.

Good, impartial review for the site which is all one can ask for really.

Cheers!

grey-love wrote on June 14, 2014, 1:55 AM

Wow! You're so lucky to have heard from them. That's rare. LOL! I hope July is better for all bubblews members. :)

winter wrote on June 14, 2014, 2:32 AM

It seems that a lot of members here are members of bubblews as well. I might want to give that site a try. I hope the errors you're talking about here is not present when I decided to join. LOL

grey-love wrote on June 14, 2014, 2:43 AM

Come and join by July. The admins promised there will be big changes which I assume include the eradication of errors. :)

grey-love wrote on June 14, 2014, 3:07 AM

Let's face the fact that most people everywhere, online or not, don't give a fudge about people. :P That's magnified in bubblews. As for it being a scam, you can't say it is, at least by definition. BUT its credibility remains questionable. :)

grey-love wrote on June 14, 2014, 3:14 AM

Yes I am aware of the Terms of Use. I just wish they put everything in a single section. No bubblews support updates on rules or what. I guess that calls for an upgrade but... Anyway, if they can resolve the glitches plus a more user-friendly contact support, it will be better. :)

grey-love wrote on June 14, 2014, 3:16 AM

True. It is not very clear plus the "discretion" thing is subjective that it creates confusion among members. That led to speculations about certain issue than answers. I have made money in Bubblews too. Hehe. :)