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Bubblews: Cult-Like Mentality?

I have been a writer on Bubblews for about a year, and one thing's for sure: people don't trash talk that site.

They don't trash it on that site, that is. Posts I've read and such are all very positive and hopeful about the site and its earning potential. The compliment the Bubblews team, and they say they are "waiting patiently" for their next redemption, despite that fact that they have been waiting weeks. A few brave bubblers will write, saying that they are tired of the run around and are leaving the site. I doubt they ever see those missing payments.

But then, once writers are away from the scrutiny of Arvind, they readily bash the site. Hub Pages, Persona Paper, and tons of other writing forums are full of negativity and hate words all directed at the site.

Even people that have never had problems with payments are angry about the way the site is run. There are spammers, people who barely speak/write in English, blatant plagiarizing, and all kinds of other people over there that abuse the system and make the writing experience a little less enjoyable. But no one talks about it there. They all just put on a smile and continue writing about what they had for dinner.

The site has been going downhill for quite some time, in my opinion, and I have been considering leaving. But that's the thing. Writers won't leave. Even if they are missing payments, they continue to write. Why can't I leave? I'm scared about my next redemption and whether or not I will see it. But I still write for them. I still interact with others. Why can't I just stop?

It's like a weird addiction or an abusive relationship... there is very much a cult mentality over there. We just can't walk away. Once you're in, you're in!


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indexer wrote on July 26, 2014, 12:28 PM

When I joined BS (it seems to be an appropriate abbreviation) in June 2013 one of my very first posts was on the theme of how sustainable the BS concept was. It struck me at the time that the business model looked to be extremely risky, given that they were promising such generous payments for what they were getting. However, it seems that they can be profitable because they get the advertising due to having such a large membership and therefore readership; and by having only a skeleton staff that never bothers to answer any questions, their overheads must be relatively low. Like it or not, they seem to have a model that works - or, at least, it will work until the day that its advertisers get fed up with the stigma of its terrible reputation for low quality.

Like you, I still write for them. However, I don't write anything that's worth reading! I use BS to produce the pennies that allow me the luxury of being able to write more sensible stuff in places like this!

WordChazer wrote on July 26, 2014, 12:56 PM

The spammers are a cult all of their own over there, really. I pounce on every spammy comment on my posts and am often tempted to do the same on other people's as well. Lazy, thieving, conniving plagiarizers are treated with even deeper contempt. In some countries it's a criminal offence if you plagiarize in your degree, because it's stealing intellectual property and copyright. It should be instant ISP blacklisting in the internet world as well.

sconstantino wrote on July 26, 2014, 1:20 PM

I agree completely. I would leave if they stopped paying me. But until then, I'm gonna keep posting my random thoughts. :)

(and your abbreviation is definitely appropriate haha)

sconstantino wrote on July 26, 2014, 1:21 PM

I totally get that. I can't stand plagiarizing, and I think they should be filtering for it much better. I didn't know that is was a crime in other places! Crazy! (But it makes sense)

sconstantino wrote on July 26, 2014, 1:22 PM

I know what you mean. I do see people talking badly. But they are either saying it with a follow up of "but I still love you!" kind of thing, or they are simply speaking their mind before the bail on the site. :/

Bensen32 wrote on July 26, 2014, 2:09 PM

In my opinion why people don't bash the site there is cause if they do either the post gets deleted or they just stop paying you or both. So to bash them on their own site no matter how truthful it might be only leads to post being deleted or non payment. Even when you email them asking them why they just don't reply. It's actually quite a way of doing business, if we don't like your post we will delete them, and if we don't feel like paying you, we wont and we wont bother to tell you why.

LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 4:18 PM

It's all quite confusing to me. They've paid me many times and have even let me speak on topics which seem to anger the simple and the dishonest. I can't say they're bad.

Kasman wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:35 PM

&CSMcClellan - I agree that writing worthless posts just perpetuates the problem of a poor quality site - no matter what that site is. Most of my serious work goes to Squidoo with an occasional foray into Blogger. Bubblews is the site I make the most money on and I have been quite critical of it but they are getting on top of the spam problem with new improvements recently and more to come. I have many good connections on Bubblews and I will stay there for the foreseeable future.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 3, 2014, 2:14 AM

I beg to differ. I have seen a number of posts on Bubblews that are critical of the site. In fact, I've personally written some of them. I've not had any missing payments, so I can't speak to why people are continuing to write there after one or more missing payments, but I'd suspect it's much the same as not wanting to just give up on a marriage that's going through a rough patch. When you've invested in something, you don't want to walk away while you believe it could still be salvaged.

As for those who are criticizing Bubblews away from the site, a goodly amount of the trash talk seems to be coming from people who have left the site. In a lot of cases the person writing the critique admits to having only been on the site a short while and leaving because it wasn't the get rich quick scheme they thought it was. Others who talk trash about Bubblews freely admit they were removed for a rules violation. Not exactly a shining example of the average user who is simply losing faith in the site.