Bubblews is a micro-blogging/social media site where you write posts about pretty much whatever you want and earn a penny or so for every page view, like, comment, or share that your content generates.
I first heard about Bubblews back in April or May of this year. A bunch of disgruntled HubPages folks were jumping ship and heading to Bubblews to make some easy money. All my hubs combined were only earning me a few dollars per month at the time, so of course I also went to check it out.
(NOTE: My HubPages earnings are currently at an all-time high, so I guess I love HubPages again…)
Bubble Wars: Episode I…
I wasn’t all that impressed.
There was no quality control, short, poorly written posts were the norm, and it just seemed like the kind of website that gets chewed up and spit out every time there’s a Google update. But what really pushed me away was the alarming number of members complaining about non-payment and non-communication from Bubblews. That was a big red flag for me.
And then (that’s not all)…on top of that was the unprofessionalism (i.e. bitchy attitude) that the Bubblews staff demonstrated when addressing members who complained about not being paid or complained about not receiving responses to their email queries. These folks at Bubblews don’t know shit about customer service…or maybe they just don’t care. I know there’s no law that says you have to be nice to your employee/customers, but when you throw in the non-payment issues, there’s reason for concern.
So after writing a dozen little posts (which earned me maybe $3 or so) I called it quits.
Until a couple weeks ago…
Episode II: Return Of The Bubbler…
Then 2 or 3 weeks ago, I poked my head back in for a peek at my account and saw that my “Bank” was up to around $10…almost halfway to the minimum payout threshold. Several other bloggers I know have been doing pretty well on there (like Terrye Toombs), receiving regular payouts and having a good time, so I gave it another chance.
Two weeks later, I had earned over $25 and hit the “Redeem” button. I checked today, and my payment is in my Paypal account. So my faith in Bubblews has been restored. Mostly. Well, I mean, I still have my doubts about the longevity of the site, but at least now I know that it’s worth my time. It’s not a scam. I’m not sure that I’m ready to make it my permanent place of residence, but I think that an hour or two a day would be well spent on there. Maybe three =)
After doing quite a bit of research on why people don’t always get paid (it boils down to rules violations), I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to do and not do to clear those payments. I’ll follow before too long with a post about it, for those who are interested.
It’ll be nice when Bubblews gets their own OFFICIAL Bubblews FAQ published, but for now all you can do is go over the Terms of Service with a fine-toothed comb, read posts and comments by the official Bubblews accounts/members, and try to sort out the fact from fiction in all the posts by members on the subject.