UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016 – Yup BubbleWS is long gone- the only good thing is that I have copies of most of the content I wrote there so I can reuse it. If you are still using 3rd party sites- PLEASE make sure you keep copies of content!
Yes – I know it’s been a while – life got busy – to great advantage of my bank account, not so much my blogs. Long story short, I got some lucrative freelancing opportunities, which were fun and paid well. Plus I found a brand new online distraction.
Friends on Facebook talked about it, and talked, and talked.
I ignored them, for weeks. They said it was more fun than Hubpages in the early days.
I ignored them, Hubpages made me my first $1 online, and broke my heart later when their business model went bad. I was well over third-party writing sites. I was focussed elsewhere.
And still they went on about it. After a 12 hour day, I took a peak.
They said it was a Facebook killer – that sounded good to me – Facebook is annoying me more and more with their intrusive ads, and my inability to contact my own followers without paying $5.
The new site was interesting – I went for a minute, I stayed for an hour.
I signed up – and posted something short about the earthquake we’d just had – earthquakes, even ones that cause no damage make it quite hard to concentrate.
I checked my stats – I’d made a $1.
I was hooked. Not for the $1 – but for the fact the site is fun. It is quite like Facebook – it’s not just another site to write SEO articles. In fact that might be worst thing you can do. Real people looking to socially connect with you probably won’t click through to an article titles “25 Ways To Attract Women” – they are far more likely to click on “Why my love life sucks”.
BubbleWS For Writers
What I do think BubbleWS is good for is that it’s fun for writers. If you have never written online- it’s the easiest way I’ve ever seen to get an audience. Plus you get paid for every view, every comment, every “like” you get.
Plus it’s bloody addictive – because most of the people there are real people. So they will give you real feedback – want to write humour or fiction – no problem. There are almost no restrictions.
It’s a great way to improve your writing – by practice. You will learn how much difference a compelling headline makes. You’ll see what works and what doesn’t almost in real-time. That’s an education you can’t buy.
BubbleWS For Cynics
I’ve seen plenty written about how this will fail, it’s not sustainable, and anyway they can’t be making any money. They probably aren’t making money (neither is twitter, tumblr, or facebook until very recently). They have investors, they have traffic, they have raving fans. That’s a bloody good start for a site which is only a year old.
They are getting ad revenue based on impressions not on clicks. 90% of their traffic is NOT from search. Though Google likes the site and seems to index my bubbles quickly.
That said, not every $25 (the minimum redeem level) is paid. Most non-payments are probably due to people breaking the rules. The rules are pretty simple:
- don’t steal – words or photos
- don’t use exchange groups to artificially increase your views
- don’t use traffic exchanges, proxies etc etc
- no porn
- minimum of 400 characters (NOT words)
- no pictures only
- use English
- no referral links to other sites.
Note I’ve played it VERY conservatively – all images are either copy-free, free to share with attribution, or mine. I’ve done very few external links. I’ve just asked for my first $25 redemption – should take 72 hours – we’ll see.
Why Use BubbleWS?
I still get emails people desperate to make money, any money online. If you can’t make money on BubbleWS then you probably can’t make it anywhere. Seriously, I’ve never seen an easier site to earn small amounts of cash. You need a Paypal account, the ability to follow the rules, and a lot of effort. I’ve seen people make money there that have tried for years. If this is you, give it a go.
But try it NOW, most of these sites get less generous as they mature – now may well be the sweet spot for revenue at BubbleWS.
If you need writing practice – the place is perfect. If you need to figure out what will engage an audience and what won’t – BubbleWS is your place.
Signup – yes of course that’s my evil affiliate link. It’s not worth it for affiliate sales though 20c one time. What I really want is for you to connect to me.
I’ll connect back – my current theory is that the single biggest thing (given that you can vaguely write) that drives income on BubbleWS is the number of connections that you have.
Remember you and I don’t control the site – it may disappear tomorrow. It does go down quite often because of over-loading – I strongly suggest that you write offline and keep a copy – I use Evernote for this and other reasons.
18 replies on “BubbleWS Review – Is This Really Easy Money for Writers? Or is it a Scam?”
This is something I’ve seen mentioned, but haven’t take the time to check out. I guess now is as good a time as any.
I’m your first connection 🙂 – now write 400 characters so I get my 20c LOL
Heh! I will, but not right now. It’s late at night here.
I wrote one post there. Needless to say, according to the “bank”, I’ve made more money today there than I have with AdSense on my blogs!
Yeah the give you a $1 for the first one – it is a clever approach which can hook you in! That said I made nearly $5 in the last 24 hours with 5 new posts
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I am a member since March and I am making decent amount of money for my bills and other expenses… you know, it’s really hard to cash out using Adsense now and that’s why I am so thankful with Bubblews. On Sept. 12, they paid me an instant payment via Paypal!
Do play it very conservatively. After being paid several times, Bubblews stopped paying me. The rules are simple but do leave room for (mis)interpretation. I hope it goes well for you. But after waiting 2 months for them to reveiw my account and inform me what my error is (if any) I am yet to hear from Bubblews Support.
My view of third party writing sites is that all I can control is whether I write there or not. My assumption is I’ve done something wrong. They do pay well, when they pay. For me going through my posts and analyzing what I may possibly have done to upset Bubblews Support is not worth the effort. I will simply move that content to my own site in the same niche.
I wish you luck with Bubblews. It certainly is fun!
Yup they are paying me consistently -but everything I have there is backed up in my own systems – and some of it will probably become a book (or 2). It’s fun and largely dumped wasting time on FB for it!
Bubblews.com pays few people just to show that they are paying but the fact that they are deleting the accounts which is near redemption is not acceptable. Bubblews earns through ads impression and views which the users brings but at the end, there accounts were deleted and bubblews gets all the credit. Please share this fan page reveal bubblews’s true identity and that is to scam people. Thanks
You’re wrong. They are a bit amateur, the software is struggling, but they 90%+ of people who don’t get paid it’s because they broke the rules. The other 10% have fallen foul of a glitch – and most of those get sorted in the end. I’ve been paid 7 times
I have been reading a lot of mixed reviews about Bubblews lately, and I … For one thing, the amount they pay their writers is absolutely unbelievable. … That also brings me to my next point: there is no way Bubblews is making enough money with … Not really.
Bubblews didn’t work for me. First time I hit minimum payout, I didn’t get paid. This was before they introduced rule #8 about using referral links. It wasn’t a rule at the time. I’d used referral links but sparingly and in the body of well-written detailed reviews.
I chased Bubblews for weeks. The only reply I ever received was upon first contact asking for my username (or something to that effect. It was some time ago so I don’t recall exactly). I didn’t hear from Bubblews again, not after a couple more chase-up emails from me, and not after contacting support on the actual site.
I stopped writing there. I wasn’t willing to continue if I wasn’t going to get paid.
If referral links were a no-go area for Bubblews, it should have been made widely known by placing it under their rules. It wasn’t when I was there.
Months’ later, I returned to Bubblews and resumed. I immediately removed all referral links before I started writing again. It didn’t take me long to reach minimum payout again as the cents had been adding up from all the articles I’d previously written.
I requested payment. And didn’t get paid. Again. What was it this time? Who knows? There was no rule that I’d broken. They’re pretty straightforward to understand, the ones that are there anyway.
So, I left, and deleted all my content as I didn’t want Bubblews to make money off it while I wasn’t.
I feel Bubblews is a scam at worse and very dubious at best. I felt it when I first joined, but ignored it. They pay some and not others. The ones they don’t pay don’t always break the rules. I’m not the only one they’ve done it to.
The ones that get paid are naturally going to defend the site; they’re getting paid. The ones that don’t get paid, that feel they’ve stuck to the rules, will beg to differ — it’s a discord that works to Bubblews’s advantage.
I hope you continue to get paid, Lis. I hope Bubblews eventually proves me wrong, for its sake and the sake of those who’ve put their faith in it.
While it is true that historically, most non payments on Bubblews have been to because of rule breaking, it has become increasingly common for writers who have not broken any rules to fail to be paid. Some eventually do receive their money after months of cajoling emails but many are just quitting and leaving in frustration. For example BrownCat a professional writer such as yourself has not received her last 7 payments. I myself have yet to be paid after three redemptions. Communication and organization amongst the management types is almost non existent. Bubblews is a great community and a great way to practice writing skills but as far as making and receiving money, don’t count on it. I remain because of my relationships there, however, I can not recommend them as a legitimate income stream. For the record, I’ve never even used a photograph, link, tweet, or any other method which intentionally or inadvertently could possibly violate any terms of service there.
I’ve only written eleven posts at Bubblews, and they’ve accumulated $50 in total, which would be great if I ever seen the actually money.
My first redemption for $25 was over four months ago. After sending countless emails to them, It has never been paid to me.
I left the site after that to concentrate on doing other online work. I returned a couple of weeks later, and I was quite surprised to see I had another $25 earnings in my account. I hit the redeem button again and waited for over two weeks, but, again, they never sent me any money.
They even ignored my email I sent to them after I requested my account to be closed.
I don’t know what to do from here. They ignore me and won’t pay me. I can’t think about it too much because it upsets me and makes me feel quite depressed.
I don’t know how the owner can sleep at night. How can someone get away with doing this to people.
Did you follow their rules? Did you fail to attribute any images used? Did you drive traffic to the posts? Did you include affiliate links? Did you participate in traffic generation tactics? Just asking because it’s hard to know where the right is with anonymous poster.
If you want to move -on remove your content and use it elsewhere.
Bubblews is a scam! They have selective payments. I had 6 missing payments ($160), deleted 4 of my most viewed, liked and commented posts without explanations at all. My posts were consistently featured in the front page and top news. I haven’t violated anything. I emailed several times but didn’t get a proper response from them. It’s not worth our time! They are definitely a joke!
Informative article, thanks! I’m thinking of giving Bubblews a try and I was just wondering if you’re still using it regularly. Have you been paid everytime you requested payment? Just asking because of the controversy you mentioned above and I’ve read about eleswhere. Would be interesting to get an update from you on this subject.