This article is written for those who are new to Bubblews and who want to make money there. You may have heard about members not receiving payment for their posts – due to accidentally or intentionally breaking some rules — and so you want to make sure that you don’t follow in their footsteps.
These 10 “commandments” are not official Bubblews rules (okay, well, some of them are), but many of these are more like strong suggestions. They are based on the official rules and communications from Bubblews staff and on the experiences of other bubblers, and following all of them is the best way to get paid consistently on Bubblews.
THE BANK AND BUBBLEWS TOU
There are a lot of bubblers who have lost out on redemptions because there was some activity on their account that Bubblews decided was against their rules. Those bubblers might have thought they were following all the rules, but THE BUBZ ALMIGHTY thought otherwise.
There are some gray areas about what is and isn’t allowed, and there are also many bubblers who will speculate about what is allowed and what isn’t. Some will kind of read between the lines when interpreting the official rules, and they’ll insist that you cannot do certain things and still get paid. An official FAQ is in the works – and has been for some time — but it’s not complete yet. You can find the official post about it here…
The bottom line is this:
These 10 Commandments of Bubblews will help you do that…
I. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER WEBSITES BEFORE BUBBLEWS.
Bubblews is protective of its members, its traffic, its advertisers, and its earnings. They work very hard to attract people to this website, and when they get new members here, they want to keep them here. Bubblews really doesn’t want you diverting readers to other websites just to make money for those other sites.
Affiliate links (links where you insert your own tracking code to receive some benefit or reward) are expressly forbidden, but any link to another website that Bubblews considers competition could also get you in trouble, even if you are not an affiliate and have nothing to gain by linking to them. I have heard of this happening to many, many bubblers.
Do not recommend that readers go check out other online services (the TOU specifically forbids this), writing sites, or money-making opportunities on other websites. Even if you don’t link to those sites, simply inviting others to go to those sites could some day cost you your redemptions.
II. THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY SCREENSHOT IMAGES.
A lot of bubblers lose out on redemptions because of image issues. Posting screenshots of the Bubblews logo or your Bubblews earnings and stats is a no-no. These are all trademarked images, and Bubblews does not give us permission to use them in our posts.
By the same token, posting screenshots from other websites could also cause problems for you if THE BUBZ calls you on it, as those websites are also protected by trademark. Play it safe and create your own infographs and charts.
III. THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF BUBZ IN VAIN.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, even if it doesn’t always feed you. You will lose even more money. Would you pay somebody else to talk trash about you on your own website? Well, THE ALMIGHT BUBZ is a jealous Bubz, and He will not tolerate criticism. Bubblews won’t pay you to talk trash about Bubblews on Bubblews. Sure, you might get away with it on occasion, but once you’re on their naughty list, you can kiss those missing redemptions goodbye.
So if you can’t say anything nice, you’re better off not saying anything at all.
IV. REMEMBER THY CHARACTER COUNT, TO KEEP IT WHOLLY ABOVE 400 CHARACTERS.
Including less than 400 characters (letters/numbers) in a post can cause you to forfeit redemptions. That is an official rule. A single sentence or image won’t cut it. You should post at least a couple paragraphs every time. And more is often better! If you don’t want to bother with character counts, then shoot for a word count over 100 words. If you still don’t want to bother with that and just want to type up your posts right in the bubblews browser/box/thingie, then make sure you have at least 5 full lines of text (that should work out to be over 400 characters).
(Note: that paragraph above contains a little over 400 characters, FYI…)
Besides, longer posts engage your audience more, and they also give search engines like Google and Bing more “meat” to bite into, and that can mean more page views trickling into your posts over time. And sorry…spaces, punctuation marks and link URLs don’t count. BUBZ said so in a reply to a bubble’s question on that subject.
V. THOU SHALT HONOR THY WEBSITE’S TONGUE.
Bubblews prefers that you write posts in English, but if it’s not English, then it must be accompanied by an English translation. If you sometimes switch back and forth between English and your native language as you write, that’s okay. Just be sure to translate those other sentences into English. This is also an official rule. No gray area here.
VI. THOU SHALT NOT ABUSE THE SYSTEM.
Don’t ask for likes. Don’t ask for comments. Don’t ask for social media shares. Don’t ask for connections. Don’t team up with people – even off-site — to trade likes-for-likes. Don’t ask people to help you out, and don’t offer to help them out. Don’t tag tons of people in your posts, either. That will be interpreted as asking for views, likes, comments and shares.
VII. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT CONNECTION FORNICATION.
Going on a connection spree – randomly connecting to hundreds of bubblers without even reading their posts – could get you into trouble. And you don’t need to comment on their profile, “Connecting!” either. There is no specific rule against this practice (yet), but some bubblers will flag you if they see you doing this, and Bubblews might interpret it as abusing the system.
Another new trend is to leave blank comments on people’s profiles. Like, it’s just…blank. But it has their pic and a link to their profile. So some bubblers are spamming members this way lately. Just don’t go there, okay?
VIII. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL THY NEIGHBOR’S CONTENT.
It doesn’t matter if you didn’t know copying and pasting from other websites is stealing. If you copy other people’s writings without their permission, it is copyright infringement. It is illegal. It is content theft. You are a stealer. And even if you have permission – and even if it’s your own content from another site – you could be accused of stealing. If you’re accused of stealing, Bubblews will cut your hands off and parade you through the marketplace.
Or they just won’t pay you. Either way it sucks.
IX. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR SPAM COMMENTS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR.
Spammers are usually deleted fairly quickly, once bubblers start reporting them. There are three types of comments that might be flagged as spam or inappropriate comments and should be avoided. Leaving comments like these could cause you to lose money. Even if you don’t consider comments like these to be spam, Bubblews (or the Bubblews community) probably does…
- comments that have nothing to do with the post
- comments that link to other websites
- comments that appear word-for-word on several different posts
X. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S PHOTOS.
If you see a photo in a Google search and want to use it in your post…
Use your own photos and artwork instead. You can’t just grab an image from Google or Wikipedia and link to it. You must have permission to use an image. Using an image from the Internet without the owner’s permission is illegal. Even if you have permission to use it, having to PROVE that you have permission could take up valuable time and delay your payments. And the burden of proof rests on you, not on Bubblews (that’s in your TOU too).
The use of images is where a lot of bubblers get tripped up and miss redemptions. For instance, if you attached a meme you copied off Google into your first post, and you keep writing more and more posts but leave that unauthorized image on there, you could end up forfeiting every single redemption going forward, because that first post will keep accumulating pennies towards every redemption as bubblers find it and as Google keeps sending traffic to it.
Technically, there are ways to get Creative Commons licensed images that you can legally post on Bubblews, and savvy bubblers use them legally all the time. But remember: if Bubblews even SUSPECTS you of using images that you aren’t supposed to use, they don’t have to pay you until you prove otherwise. If you want to keep those redemptions rolling in as smoothly and as quickly as possible, then you might want to just play it safe and use your own images.
One little old post with a rule violation on it can cause you to forfeit redemption after redemption after redemption. So play it safe, avoid frustration, and just use your own photos and images (or even none at all).
This is not an official Bubblews document, and I do not work for Bubblews. I’m just a bubbler trying to be helpful, because every single day I see posts and comments from new and old bubblers saying they haven’t yet received answers from the staff, so they’re asking other members for help. Just so ya know.
The link below will take you to the Official Bubblews Team post, and from there you will find a list of the various ways to contact Bubblews with whatever questions you have about the Bubblews rules, redemptions, or technical issues…