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My Thoughts on the Bubblews/FaceBook Issue and Some Advice

Oh, there's so much buzz right now because of FaceBook banning Bubblews links. Conspiracy theories abound, and people are all up in arms. I have tried to stay away from the Bubblews mania, but I'm going to throw my two cents in. People probably won't like it, but here it is anyway:

FaceBook is doing the right thing by blocking Bubblews. Yes, there are legitimate writers being hurt, and that sucks. However, the vast majority of the site is plagiarism, incoherent junk and spam. The users creating those bad pages are also spamming social networks. Between those two factors, it is better for links from there to be banned. Squidoo, Delicious and StumbleUpon banned them some time back, it was just a matter of time before the bigger networks caught on.

Bubblews has a bad reputation, and it's well warranted. I left quite a while back because of their underhanded practices. They delete legitimate content without warning. They delete legitimate users without warning. They owe countless thousands of dollars to legitimate users and won't pay them, and the non-payment issues continue to this day. They are a breeding ground for plagiarism and scamming. There are more issues, but you get the idea. With all that, it's amazing that they're even in business at all.

Bubblews makes money off the scam, spam and plagiarized posts. My theory on why it stays up so long? They make money. When they remove the posts or the user, Bubblews keeps the revenue that they generated. It's actually profitable for them to allow the bad content to sit, so they maximize what they get to keep without paying a share to anyone.

FaceBook banning Bubblews is going to get a lot of attention, and it's only a matter of time before others like Twitter and Google follow suit.

So my advice?

If you don't already have copies of all your content, make them now . Yes, it may take a lot of time and effort, but if you don't do it and Bubblews closes, you'll lose all your content. I recommend saving all of your articles into documents on your computer, to Google Drive, or both. You do not want to lose content. Not to mention, if you get deleted for any reason, you want that backup.

I also recommend starting your own blog and monetizing it as soon as possible. You can use AdSense, LinkShare, Amazon or other monetization options. It's not that hard to have your own blog. You can do it for free through Weebly or Blogger, or WordPress.com. If you can afford hosting and a domain, I highly recommend setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog. They're easy to use with lots of flexibility. In the end, owning your own content and putting it on your own site is the safest and most profitable choice. It takes time to build, but you don't have to worry about a site closing down, not paying you or any of the other issues.

I know a lot of people are huge supporters of Bubblews, but the writing has been on the wall for well over a year now. Their time is limited. If you're a legitimate writer, now is the time to save all your content and start preparing for the inevitable. Most of us that have moved our content to our own control are very happy that we did. If you have the dedication, your own blog will be much better for you in the long run than a writing site.

You probably noticed that I didn't mention moving your content here to PP. The reason is this: while I do hope that PP can get through the trials facing them right now, writing sites are becoming a thing of the past, and without massive user support this site will not survive long. I wish PP the best, but in the long run, all of us taking control of our writing and using it on our own sites is the best choice.

For all those still holding on to Bubblews, I wish you well, but if you're smart, you're going to start making those backups today. It's better to be prepared for a storm that never comes than to be hit by it and be devastated.

Content written by Briana Blair (brianadragon). © 2014 All rights reserved.


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Comments

LynnWrites wrote on August 31, 2014, 4:11 PM

I have to agree. The site is a breeding ground for spammers of all kinds. It is full of junky, plagiarized, and incoherent English articles. The site does have some awesome writers there, sadly they are hard to find and read amongst all the junk that is there. While they are making money off the junk and plagiarized articles they should be smart enough to realize that a quick buck will disappear just as quick. By setting higher standards, eliminating spammers, non-English writers and plagiarism they could really have made Bubblews a successful place. A place, in the long term that would have brought them much more money then the quick buck obtained by allowing junk.

BrianaDragon wrote on August 31, 2014, 4:52 PM

I fully agree with you. I had such high hopes for Bubblews. I was a major cheerleader there for a while. Unfortunately, talks with Arvind in combination with everything else, proved to me that they're not looking to provide a good place for real writers. It's especially sad because it was the place where a lot of people found their voice and realized that you don't have to write dry, SEO crap to make money and be a "real" writer. It did help a lot of people, but slowly and surely it's screwing them all too. I hope everyone gets out in time and finds greener pastures.
My blog is going slowly, but I'm glad I left and started my own thing. It was little surprise when Yahoo and Squidoo closed their programs, and I see many following. I hope for the best for every writer out there.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 31, 2014, 10:33 PM

It is too bad about Bubblews. I had high hopes for the site too. It just seemed too good to be true.

allen0187 wrote on September 1, 2014, 1:46 AM

Thank you for your valuable insight. I had wanted to put up a blog myself but I didn't for one reason or another. As for the other site, I agree with what you had written. Too many red flags appearing for that site and people are just blind to it because they are getting a paycheck, albeit a very late one, from the site.

Bensen32 wrote on September 1, 2014, 10:58 AM

I often wonder when I do to sign on if there is going to be a closed sign in the window :) There are to many issue there to try to name them all but I guess your right eventually it is going to catch up to them and they will close their doors. I have thought about starting a blog many times but just unsure where to even start at. Maybe it is time for me to really look into it.

BrianaDragon wrote on September 1, 2014, 3:48 PM

It's not hard to start. If you can afford your own hosting and domain, get that, then install WordPress. Most hosting will do that for you. Then just get a theme and start posting. If you can't do that, you can go to a place like Blogger. All you need is a place to do it and then get started. :)

zebra2222 wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:12 PM

A lot more things have taken place since this article was written. Facebook is accepting Bubblews. However, payment changes by Bubblews has threatened its viability.