Update - 5/24/13 - I requested a payment from Bubblews on Thursday, May 16th. To date I have NOT received this payment nor even a notification of an e-check sent. After multiple emails, they have finally responded asking me to email them again on Monday and they will “clear this for me.” So we will see what happens MOnday. I have removed all outgoing links to Bubblews in this article until I am paid.
I must say I am a little excited about doing some writing for Bubblews. I was browsing around the Freelance Writing section of the WAHM forum yesterday and saw where it was being discussed. Most of the feedback was very positive and it sounded easy enough, so I decided to give it a try. I am pretty pleased so far!
International Readers – Bubblews is open worldwide! However your posts do need to be written in English.
How it Works
First off, this is writing for revenue share, not upfront pay. And at this point in time I’m not going to consider it as anything other than extra money, but it does appear that it may pay much better than many of the other revenue share writing sites. I’ve only been on there for a day so far and I’m already up to almost five dollars. This is far better than I’ve managed to accumulate in a day’s time with sites like Hubpages, InfoBarrel, etc.
You sign up as a writer and begin creating articles. There is no approval process — you just sign up and start writing. You can write about anything you want as long as you follow the rules – no plagiarism, manipulating the system to increase your page views, and so forth. And the best part is that your articles only have to 400 characters long. You can usually crank out 400 characters in about five sentences, maybe less depending on how long your sentences are. So these articles don’t take long to write. You may also include links inside your content. I wrote ten articles there yesterday and most of them did not take me longer than a few minutes to create. To get an idea of how the articles look, feel free to check out my profile page with a list of posts I’ve written so far. Keep in mind you can only write ten articles per day.
Tagging Your Articles
Bubblews also has something called “BubblePulse” where you can create tags and kind of sub-categorize content. I found this confusing at first. I labeled one of my articles as +WorkatHome (you have to put the + sign in front of a tag to make it show up as a tag), and it said I used someone else’s tag in my article. I was afraid maybe I wasn’t supposed to do that, but all it meant was that another person had already created that tag on Bubblews and I had used it. Apparently another person using a tag you create is a good thing because it helps grow your “Bubble” and earns you more points in the long run.
How You Earn Money
Bubblews splits their ad revenue with writers 50/50, and they pay you for every page view, comment, like/dislike, and social media share your content receives. So it’s a very social site. If you make an effort to promote the content you create regularly via your own social media channels, you will earn money. If you make an effort to get social on the Bubblews site and comment, like, and share the articles of others, they may do the same for you — thus earning you more money. But even if you are not social, the articles you write may still continue to earn you money residually as people find them through Google search or from exploring Bubblews. But I can see how it would definitely help your efforts to spend some time being social on the site each day.
How You Get Paid
Bubblews has a $25 cash out minimum. You can choose to be paid with either a check, Paypal, Visa gift card, or pick out an item for Bubblews to buy for you with your earnings. I’ve looked all over the site and on the web to find out exactly how long it takes them to pay you after you request your earnings, and I can’t find anything concrete. Some say just a few days, others say it’s taken them over a week plus having to prompt Bubblews via email to send the requested payment.
Although I have not yet earned enough to get paid myself, I have seen countless reports online and payment proof photos of others who have been paid, so I am confident Bubblews is the real deal. If you want to see some payment proof, check out the proof Danielle McGaw (another blogger that I follow) shared on her Bubblews review. Very impressive! She also gave an awesome rundown of how Bubblews works and her overall opinion of it if you want to read the full article.
I did see that you can earn by referring friends to sign up for Bubblews, but this is not that lucrative. Apparently you only get one cent for each friend who signs up after they write their first post. The site says something about the amount paid per referral will vary depending on the time of day. But it does look to me as though the real money to be made here is through views and interaction on your content, not referrals.
Nothing is perfect. Bubblews does have some problems, but I don’t consider these problems to be deal breakers. First off, the site is sometimes super slow. They have server problems. I looked this up and apparently it’s been going on for a few months. I do hope it’s fixed soon because Bubblews would be much more enjoyable to use if the loading time were faster and didn’t occasionally stall.
The other problem is that unfortunately a lot of other Bubblews users are clearly spammers. If you dig around in there, you’ll see a lot of useless, spammy content. This is a problem that all the other revenue share writing sites have dealt with, too, but I think it’s worse for Bubblews because they don’t have that many restrictions in place and it’s just so easy to create articles there. They also have a lot of writers who are getting by with copy/pasting even though it’s against the rules. The owners are aware of these issues and are trying to get them sorted out.
Another thing is that your content gets buried fast. People post new “Bubblews” non-stop, so your content won’t stay on the front page for very long. This is why connecting to others and making an effort to promote your own content is so important there.
My Overall Impression
I am going to continue to use Bubblews. Unlike other revenue share sites, I can actually see being able to earn possibly an extra fifty per month (maybe even more) through fairly little effort. I plan to create content daily for a while, spend some time sharing my content and doing a little bit of socializing on Bubblews and just see how much I earn. I don’t have time to spend hours on it per day, but I don’t think that will be necessary anyway to begin earning some substantial extra money.
Will Bubblews be around for the long haul? I don’t know. The site is fairly new and just got started last year. If they can deal with the current problems they are experiencing, maybe it can stick around. I wouldn’t be surprised either way, but lets hope it’s here to stay.
Update 3/8/13 – I have now been Bubblews for three days and am just over $11. One thing I’ve discovered (thanks again to Danielle McGaw) is to use something called the Bufferapp to help you share your content regularly. You can use Bufferapp and set it to Tweet or FB share your Bubblews articles (or any other articles) at different times throughout the day. This way it will promote for you! Bufferapp will let you share four times per day, but you can add times to it so you can share more than that. You do NOT have to pay for Bufferapp. It’s free unless you want to add more than one or two social media accounts. I’m good with just a few. Also, interacting with other people definitely helps you earn more money. I’ve been doing this — liking others posts, commenting, connecting with others, etc. and it has paid off. When you do these things for other people, many of them feel inclined to return the favor.
Update 3/11/13 – I just reached the $25 cash out threshold today and redeemed my earnings. I signed up on March 6th, so it took me about six days to get to the $25 mark. I will update again here on the day I receive my earnings so you will know how long it took me.
Update 3/12/13 – I got notification of an eCheck payment from Paypal coming from Bubblews today! Getting paid by eCheck is more of a pain because it takes longer (usually two to five days), but I’m pretty impressed with how fast they processed it since I just cashed out yesterday.
Update 5/25/13 – I requested a payment from Bubblews on Thursday, May 16th. To date I have NOT received this payment nor even a notification of an e-check sent. They will not respond to my emails, either. Until I am paid, I am asking you to use Bubblews at your own risk. I have removed all outgoing links to Bubblews in this article until I am paid.