I recently had some visitors coming here looking for answers about the new payment structure on Bubblews. They’ve made some changes recently that have a lot of people very upset, and there is a lot of misinformation being passed around on there that is adding to the confusion. So I figured I’d write up a quick little FAQ to try to help confused bubblers figure it all out.
If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments section at the end of this post…
Does Bubblews Still Pay For Views?
Yes, we do still get paid for every single view of our posts. This has been stated very clearly by Arvind and other staff members in official Bubblews posts and comments.
How Much Does Bubblews Pay Members For Views?
It varies, depending on which country readers are viewing your posts from. It does NOT depend on which country YOU are from, it depends on where YOUR READER is located.
The reason for this is that advertisers in most countries do not pay Bubblews as much as the advertisers in the US, UK, and Canada pay. So since Bubblews is SHARING their ad earnings with us, and since they receive LESS earnings from advertisers in other countries, that is why views that originate in other countries pay less than one penny.
Many bubblers are trying to crunch their numbers to see how much they actually are earning per view, but this is practically impossible, since we can no longer see views and since we cannot know which country every single viewer is from. But some bubblers are estimating anywhere from 1 cent to 1/20 cents per view that I have seen.
I am seeing less than 1 cent per view, but I estimate my earnings per interaction to be well over 1/2 cent each. I suppose the reason for that would be that many of my followers and viewers are located in countries whose advertisers pay relatively well. If all likes and comments are still 1 cent each, then views is maybe like 1/3 or 1/4 cent per.
Is Bubblews Cheating Their Members?
No, I don’t think so. Bubblews never claimed that the 1 cent pay rate would always remain in effect.
We used to get paid one cent for every view, like, comment and share, but that has changed. In fact, for a long time now (at least a year or more), Bubblews has specifically stated that they share their ad revenue 50/50 with their members, and that the amount was currently adding up to about 1 cent per view, like and comment. But Bubblews has always stated that the amount could vary, depending on how much the advertisers were paying Bubblews.
But we have all been used to 1 penny per view and interaction, and we were all telling our friends that they will earn 1 penny per view/interaction, so everyone just got used to it and assumed it would always continue.
But that was not sustainable, thanks to spammers.
Why Is Bubblews Making All These Changes?
Basically, to protect the business from running out of money and having to shut down.
Members were spamming Bubblews with spun content, stolen content, duplicate content, promotional content, copy/pasted comments, meaningless comments, and they were also trading likes, views, and comments and shares. All of these cause Bubblews to lose money.
People were cheating. In fact, I just recently heard that it got so bad that entire countries have been banned from Bubblews. And just last night I got a message on Pukitz asking if posts from Pakistan (one of the banned countries) were accepted on Pukitz (no they are not, because Pakistanis are not eligible for Paypal).
So, the bottom line is that you cannot run a successful business if you are paying people for cheating. The spammers were literally taking the money that rightfully belonged to all the legitimate members. And they were in effect stealing from Bubblews as well.
That is why Bubblews had to make these changes in how they pay us. They wouldn’t be able to stay in business otherwise.
Why Did Bubblews Stop Showing Our Views?
Again, to protect the business from people who were trying to manipulate the business model.
Do not forget…
Bubblews IS NOT a job or a professional writing site. IT IS NOT a writing site. It is not a content directory or article farm. It is a SOCIAL NETWORK that simply shares half of its earnings with its members.
When writers come to Bubblews to make money, how do they judge their effectiveness? By checking stats and earnings and trying to earn as much as possible for every hour they put into it!
But this is not the purpose of Bubblews.
Bubblews is a social network. You’re supposed to use it like Facebook and Twitter and stuff. Hang out with friends. Make new friends. Write your world (remember that?).
Bubblews is not HubPages or Squidoo or Textbroker or Pukitz (sorry, couldn’t resist). It’s a place to socialize with people from around the world. When you focus on something other than socializing (i.e. focusing on stats and earnings), then you are misusing the website.
Most of us were misusing the website.
Many of us still are.
And many others were straight up abusing the website. That is why they had to make these changes or face extinction, just like Squidoo and Yahoo Voices and many other sites.
Should I Quit Bubblews?
If you are an excellent writer and want to make money by writing long, high quality articles, then I would advise putting those articles on other sites besides Bubblews.
But if you want to just write short little posts about anything and hang out with other people online — and pick up some extra money in the process — then Bubblews is perfect for that.
Bubblews is a business. And they will do what they have to do to stay in business. If you can’t handle that, then there are lots of other places out there where you can make money. And of course, if you don’t like any of those websites, then you can start your own!
I’ve been writing online for almost 3 years now. I’ve written hundreds of posts for Triond, Yahoo Contributor Network, HubPages, Squidoo, InfoBarrel, SeekSuccess, Textbroker, WriterAccess, Zerys, Bubblews, and about 20 of my own blogs and niche websites.
Whenever I find myself frustrated with changes and rules and any kind of problems at these other websites, I just remind myself,
“Their house…their rules.”
I’ve earned hundreds of dollars by writing articles and publishing them on other people’s websites. They didn’t charge me to sign up. They let me decide what to write about. They even let me retain ownership of those articles and move them to other websites if I wished.
That’s a pretty good deal, and when I find that I don’t like the way one of these sites treat me or how they run their business, then I take my content and go somewhere else.
I’ve updated my posts 10 Commandments For Beginning Bubblews Members to reflect the recent changes, so if you want some basic tips for getting paid on Bubblews, go check it out.