Bubblews - The Speak Freely Writing Platform

by JoHarrington

Bubblews is a writing platform which encourages its writers to pen whatever comes to mind. It then appears to chuck money at them.

My home for on-line writing is Wizzley. Simple as that. But common sense directs us to diversify in order to survive the slings and arrows of outrageous Google updates.

It was in the spirit of that wherein I ventured into Bubblews. Forty-eight hours later, I'm still not sure what hit me. It appears to be in a state of very lucrative pandemonium. Everything that I thought I knew about internet writing is challenged there. Yet it seems to be working.

Every time I refresh the page, I appear to have made another cent. Is it too good to be true? I suspect so, but I'm yet to find the actual catch.

What is Bubblews?

It's a writing platform, where you're paid based on hits, likes, dislikes, comments and other interaction.

Image: BubblesThe name Bubblews is a portmanteau of bubble and news.  Therefore it's pronounced Bubble-ews. While the news bit is self-explanatory, it's qualified by the first part of the word.

Articles appear like bubbles rising from various minds. Some of them actually read as a stream of consciousness. Others seem like posts more suited to Facebook. Dotted here and there are longer, informative pieces on, for example, the tragedy at Aberfan. Yet more are short introductory paragraphs alongside a link to the wider story.

In short, it can be quite difficult to gauge what is expected of writers there. The rules state that posts must be 400 characters, but very few seem to take heed of that. The only no-no is pornography. 

My puzzled searching uncovered that the most popular topic on Bubblews is apparently Bubblews. I encountered endless submissions along the lines of 'I've been paid at Bubblews!', 'I've not been paid at Bubblews!', 'Bubblews went down for three hours, I nearly didn't cope!', 'Bubblews is updating its server. I love you Bubblews!' 

What can I say.  I recognize a bandwagon when I see one, so I jumped right on it.

Is Bubblews Easy Money?

At the time of writing, Bubblews has around 16,000 writers. As soon as any of them produce an article, it zips across the front page stream and disappears within a minute. That's a lot of bubbles passing by.

Yet it all seems to be so very lucrative. Every time someone views your article, or leaves a comment, or likes/dislikes it, or forwards it to their social networking, or - so it appears to me right now - breathes anywhere in the vicinity of it, the author gets money.

I haven't engaged nearly as much as the regular writers. I added one experimental bubble, then left it. Most of the money in my bank is from that single article. It was amassed within an hour of that article's publication.

My Bubblews Bank

Image: My Bubblews Bank after 48 hours.
Image: My Bubblews Bank after 48 hours.

The site doesn't require their writers to have affiliate links with anyone. You don't need an Adsense account to make money there. You merely have to turn up and write. Bubblews does the rest.

It all seems too good to be true, which leads me to believe that it is.  Yet a couple of days clicking through the site leaves more questions than answers.  Where is all of this money coming from? How can the administration afford it?  Where is the catch?

Some of the answers come when viewing the site without Adblock enabled. The articles are shown to be swarming with Adsense blocks. Yet the rules and terms and conditions don't seem to have Adsense in mind at all.

There too are the posts about people not getting paid.  Yet examining their profiles reveals a profusion of thin articles, which aren't close to being 400 characters long. Their shrill voices are tempered by the delighted ones waving screenshots of their Paypal accounts. People are getting very rich here.

Which renders it about time to throw in my referral link:  Bubblews.

What is your Opinion on Bubblews?

Right now, writers and those after a quick buck will be strongly contemplating trying this out. Have you anything to add to the debate?

Bubblews is bad, because...
Nyima_Damchoe on 07/08/2016

Hi Jo. Just thought that I would let you know that Bubblews shut down late 2015. They did so owing thousands of members - myself included - a lot of money.

cmoneyspinner on 07/29/2013

It confuses me a little. Not the posting. That's easy. The connecting and commenting and liking and sharing vs rules about "traffic exchange" and ... My brain neurons don't fire like they used to. Maneuvering seems complicated.

Bubblews is great, because...
younghopes on 08/23/2013

I liked bubblews and have been posting too there, i got my first redemption but not the second one, i waited for more than a week but no response till now, but i have read many successful stories too where people have been paid all redemptions.

informer on 08/21/2013

I'm a Bubbler, Hubber sitting on the side and waiting, happy Bubbler - and now a Whizzler (is that what I am?)) ,.....

younghopes on 08/15/2013

i love it for its simplicty and the fastest way to earn money. You just connect with others, submit a few posts and there you are...

cmoneyspinner on 07/29/2013

You don't have to create detailed posts and anybody can talk smack in 400 characters. The thing is will people lick it.

LindaSmith1 on 07/26/2013

Bubblews is a way to make a decent extra income. One issue I have is that they don't allow affiliate links, but do allow you to link to articles outside of bubblews. Don't count on traffic though from them.

They are not cracking down on poorly written posts, making me wonder how that will affect their standing with Google in the long run.

We have more writers coming from sites like Wizzley, Seekyt, and Squidoo, etc, so the quality is going up.

If you have an article somewhere that is not doing well, simply delete it and place it on Bubblews, but also acknowledge that you are the original author.

I tried an experiment today. The daily limit is 10 posts. I have never done 10 since I joined, not in one day that is. I was short about 10 bucks from payout. So, I posted 10 posts to see what would happen. RESULTS: I am now, $2 short of payout of $25. I will meet that by the next 2 days , if not sooner, since so many members daytime is our night time here in the USA.

400 characters, not words, is not difficult to do at all.

But, I am working on 4th Payout. I will be doing a lot more there. There are those who are making payout every few days at $25 a pop without having to rely on Adsense, or sales.

AlexandriaIngham on 07/26/2013

I've made payout once and on my way to making it again. It's really simple and fun. There's no need to create detailed posts; just enough to keep people engaged and make them want to comment or like.

vocally inkd on 07/19/2013

it works. and you can get paid doing what you do writing. more lucrative than others sorry wizzle

Msclick on 07/19/2013

Good luck with this venture :)

JoHarrington on 07/18/2013

I'd love to read any and all articles about Bubblews! (As well as other writing sites.)

PeggyHazelwood on 07/18/2013

I've made payout (minimum of $25) five times already. It's addictive and fun! And posts must be 400 characters (not 400 words).

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Updated: 07/20/2013, JoHarrington
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JoHarrington on 10/27/2013

Awwww! I hope that the Overwhelming Life Stuff sorts itself out soon.

Yes, I will learn to take this stuff on the chin better. And to just forge ahead. What other options are there?

WordChazer on 10/26/2013

Overwhelming Life Stuff means I have to take loss of bubbling income on the chin, as you said about dislikes. Not all good but who am I to complain? And what was that comment 'you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time'? Bubblews is subjective - we are, after all dealing with a site where some people think it's fine to post scammy words about marraige spells and love potions and others put far more effort into their posts - and the advertising revenue will tell who wins. I'm just wandering back over there in a minute as I am so tired tonight I can't think straight. I'm capable of reading, clicking and commenting though.

JoHarrington on 10/25/2013

Awww! That is very lovely of you. I feel strangely reassured by the fact that you'd protect me like that, even when I'm being an over-sensitive wuss.

However, we'll never know who it was. It could have been a misclick on a mobile display - the buttons are close together - or it could genuinely have been someone who disliked my post. What should really happen is me taking it on the chin like an adult and stop mithering over unknowables. <3

I hope that the Overwhelming Life Stuff was good.

WordChazer on 10/24/2013

I must find this odd person who disliked you, Jo. This Is Not On. I will have them removed at once from the site... I tend to read the notifications and dip in and out of posts as I fancy when I'm enduring the cattle class bus services of late. I can't tweet or text but with an arm hooked around the pillar holding the phone and the other ready to catch myself when I sway too far, I can at least read Bubblews and the news sites. I have my regular bubblers but also many more whose posts I enjoy when I have a chance. Have been off the site a few days for overwhelming Life Stuff and came back to find I'd made several new connections and a number of $s to boot. Happy Wordynerdyscribblertype here.

JoHarrington on 10/22/2013

The notification page has become so overwhelming for me that I tend to discount it. It's good for very recent heads up, but that's all, in my experience. I did use it to good effect when I was camping on the site last Friday though.

I do wish that there was a very simple list of rules. The staff go on about the simplicity and point to the rules on the bank page. Then you dig deeper and realize that there are all these shadow rules, which you only learn about through word of mouth.

Thanks for finding them out.

2uesday on 10/22/2013

I have tested twice that if you delete a post it alters the bank page, it did instantly.

If you connect (green button on their profile page) to the support teams ( one and two) and also the new staff teams on the site, in theory you will get notifications of their posts and updates. However, often when you visit the drop down on your notifications page the message about their new post has sometimes disappeared, this is because of the other new posts and comment notifications.

Here are a couple of the things I have noticed you might want to check out . The number of people signed up as members there and using the same IP connection/address.
Use of any copyright material without consent , best to read TOS/terms of use on this and it is a big chunk of text. The rules on the bank page are just a brief summary.

JoHarrington on 10/21/2013

Sue - I'm hazy on the minus points for deleting too, unless it's all about punishment for having deleted it.

Paula - It's my understanding that we own the copyright there. Though I too will stand corrected if we don't.

I've just had my first dislike on the site. :(

WordChazer on 10/19/2013

I think copyright technically remains with the writer, as the creator of the content. That should hold whether it's a bubble or a comment. And the site does seem to come down quickly on plagiarists so that idea of ownership would seem right. I'll stand corrected if needs be by those who know more than me - or have maybe read the small print more recently.

2uesday on 10/19/2013

I am struggling to understand the minus for deleting if you are paid for views on your posts. I suppose technically the comments and likes do vanish if you delete. However the ads. were there on the posts when the numbers for those things appeared in the bank. On most sites if you add content and remove it, it does not work in that way. Which reminds me that I am still not sure who owns the copyright of the posts and comments added there.

Sam on 10/15/2013

That is correct, when you delete a post the earnings that posts has accumulated will be deducted from your "bank balance" including a negative balance. If they would ever try to get the money back from you if you leave for got? Who knows?
What really puzzles me is that they didn't pay the mentioned author everything they owe her. In the end $1000 are the same like 40 normal redemptions of $25 and I am sure they have more than 40 redeeming regularly.

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