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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.

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.

 

I was just reading a little post on Bubblews by my friend Mike Pugh (aka Cloud Explorer on HubPages and other platforms).  In his post, titled Never Let Anyone Define Success In This Life For You Or It’s Not Truly Yours, Mike talks about how important it is to not let anybody else tell you who you are or how to live your life.  Never let anyone else sit on your throne and dictate to you what matters in life, and never let anyone else take the credit for your successes and accomplishments.

I would add…never let others belittle your successes and accomplishments either, and never let anyone spit on your dreams.  You know what I mean.  Some people will pretend to be interested in what your goals are, but as soon as you tell them what you want to accomplish in your life, they start shooting you down and trying to change your ideas, telling you it’s not realistic and trying to make you come up with a backup plan already, “just in case it doesn’t pan out.”

And thinking about Mike’s post a little more, I also realized how important the flipside of all this is too.

Don’t blame anybody else for you failures.  You gotta own them too.  That’s the other half of taking responsibility for your life, owning up to your mistakes and not pointing fingers at other people and not making excuses.

Own it.

Analyze it.

Improve it.

Try again.

Nobody knows you but you.  Nobody.  I spent more than half my life letting others tell me who I am, what is important in life, what my dreams in life should be, how I should live, and what my purpose in life is.

They may have meant well, but by letting others define all of that for me instead of figuring it out for myself, I let them short-circuit my own creativity and my own ambition and motivation and identity.

Man, I feel like I wasted the best years of my life just trying to please other people and be who they wanted me to be, and now I will never get those years back, never get those opportunities back.  I had all kinds of opportunities to pursue my own dreams and ideas, but my creativity was locked away, deep down in a dungeon, and I never even thought that my destiny was mine to choose.  Never even considered the possibility.

So…now what.  I’m almost 40 and I don’t know what the hell I want in life.  I think back to when I was 18 and I think about how different my life could have been if I had given myself permission to make my own decisions and choose my own path and stand on my own two feet and fight for what I wanted.

Things would be so different.  So much better.

But what can you do?  Can’t go back and change it.  I’m still a lucky man, and I know it.  I have a wife and two awesome kids that make me want to be a better person.  So I’m not complaining about any of that.

But it’s just hard to look around and think,

“It never had to be like this.  I could have accomplished SO MUCH MORE by this time in my life if I had thought for myself and pursued my own plans and dreams.  But now my options are way more limited.”

Oh well.  That’s life, I guess.

I’m not dead yet, so as long as there’s air in my lungs and blood in my veins, there’s opportunity to succeed at something.

Show of hands…

Who dies of embarrassment whenever their credit card gets declined?

It doesn’t happen to us often, but it happened today when we were at the supermarket buying a handful of groceries.  We knew our available balance was down low, but we forgot about a hold placed on the card by the dvd rental company for the movie we rented last night.

So we were just a little short and decided to put the food back and just go home.  Sometimes we’ll play the game where you take out an item or two and then swipe the card again and cross your fingers.  But not this time.  We only had like 3 items, so it was humiliating enough.

Man, I sure wanted that Red Baron pizza though :(

On the bright side, we just saved almost $10 by not buying anything.  WOO HOO!

Last night I banged out a quick post regarding the current state of things at Bubblews, with the announcement that pay will no longer be 1 cent for every view, like, and comment.

Well, right after doing that post, I decided to do a couple quick test posts to see for myself what impact the changes would have on my stats and earnings.

What were my results?

As expected, I earned less per view/like/comment, but the interesting thing is that I got more views/likes/ comments than normal, so my earnings were actually just as good as they ever were.  And…plenty of new people started following me immediately.  I thought it was funny that I picked up so many followers within minutes after posting, and as I commented about that on one of my posts, one of my long-time followers had a great insight.  She said that the reason so many people were starting to follow me — at a time when many other bubblers are reporting LOSING followers in droves — was that I am a US writer, and as such, my views, likes, and comments will be worth much more than the interactions from non-US bubblers.

Interesting, huh?

So just by stating my location as “United States” in my profile, I am more likely to pick up followers, because US advertisers pay Bubz more to put their ads on my computer screen when I’m reading somebody else’s bubbles.

So this is actually decent news for US-based Bubblews members.  We are DESIRABLE, baby!  We bring the pennies!

Anyways, I just wanted to share that.

Aloha, Chris

Yep, it was bound to happen.

Bubblews CEO Arvind Dixit announced yesterday that the site would be adjusting everyone’s earnings going forward to compensate for the differing rates advertisers are willing to pay for traffic from various countries.  No longer will bubblers be earning one cent for every view, comment, like and share.

In other words…bye bye easy money.  Well, it’s still easy money, actually.  There’s just going to be less of it in your bank every day with the same stats.

So what does this mean for all those members who came to depend on their Bubblews earnings to pay their bills every month?  It basically means that they probably shouldn’t have become so dependent on their Bubblews earnings to pay their bills every month.  Such is the way of the Internet.

And this is consistent with what the company has said all along.

Bubblews was never meant to be a site for serious writers to write serious articles to earn serious income.  It was started as a social media site for people to come and hang out, and as they did so, the company would share some of its earnings with the users, based on the popularity of their content.

It was never meant to be a “pay-per-article” website.

It was never meant to be the next Squidoo or HubPages.

It was never meant to be anybody’s job or primary source of income.

And now it is none of those things.

Officially.

To be honest, I’m surprised the site was able to pay its members so well for so long.  I wrote an article about this on Hubpages a couple years ago — when I first took a look at Bubz — and I had predicted that the site would fall apart and go broke within a year if they kept paying that much money for the kind of content they were publishing, and if their crappy customer service didn’t improve.

I was wrong, obviously.

The site has survived for two years since then, and it is still going strong.  It’s just that now it isn’t paying out so much to its members, and many of the serious writers are jumping ship.

I honestly wish they wouldn’t, because it’s really too soon to tell exactly how much lower earnings will be going forward.  Everything will likely be wonky for a few days while everybody’s activity levels on there go up and down and people figure out what they want to do.

As for me personally, the changes aren’t affecting me that much.

I only occasionally posted content there, and I still plan to occasionally post.  But since Bubz was never really a great place for passive income, I always found it difficult to take it very seriously.  And now that all my views, likes, etc from readers overseas are only worth a fraction of what they once were, you can bet there’s no huge likelihood that I’ll be putting in lots of hours over there.

My best chances for making a good income online have always rested on my own sites, and that is where I’m continuing to focus my efforts.

How about you guys?

Have you noticed any significant ups or downs in your income yet?  Do you plan to bubble less — or perhaps more — now that these changes are taking effect?

Let us know in the comments below…