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Why Did Everyone Migrate to Bubblews in 2013?

Why Did Everyone Migrate to Bubblews in 2013?

Was such a great site that people just couldn't help joining? Or was Bubblews the beneficiary of troubles at other sites that hundreds of people belonged to? As I remember, about the time I joined Bubblews in February, 2013, two sites were experiencing problems. One of these was Gather.

was a social writing site to which many of us were addicted. We formed groups centered around interests, posting our writing, photos, and even videos, and we got paid for our contributions as people responded to our work. It was fun, and we made some wonderful friends. But then Gather changed ownership and suddenly we couldn't get to it. It was unavailable for months. And when it finally came back not long ago, I think it had stopped paying its members for their participation. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) And it was not the site it used to be.

I can't remember how I found out about . I probably heard about it from someone on Gather. I joined because I thought it would be fun to go incognito and write whatever I felt like there, hoping it wouldn't be attached to my real identity. I made a lot of new friends there, many of whom I'd met first at Gather. MyLot also paid people to post and comment. There were some really good discussions there. It was more a social network than a writing site. And then it transformed itself into a new interface that most members didn't like, and it stopped paying.

The online grapevine became very active and was filled with information and referrals to this new Bubblews site. Refugees from both Gather and myLot who felt homeless embraced Bubblews and were happy to be paid once again for socializing – and paid very well. At least those who got paid. Not everyone did. Most people who followed the rules and got paid loved their new Bubblews home and earnings. Those who followed the rules and didn't get paid after several redemptions, quietly, or not so quietly, dropped out.

Many migrated to , but I don't know anyone who's still making money there. I haven't made even a penny since my last cash-out in March. I mean it. I've only made a fraction of a cent in almost six months. Of course, about May I saw the handwriting on the wall and stopped contributing more work until things turned around again. They haven't. Maybe people selling their work there are the only ones making money. But I digress.

Bubblews saw a huge influx of new contributors largely because they were starting to get their act together at just the right time to take advantage of the fall of Gather and myLot. Those sites are still there, but few of the people who made them what they once were are still active. They are too busy earning money at Bubblews.

So what site will benefit if Bubblews stops honoring its commitments to members who have redeemed and expect to be paid? Who will benefit if Bubblews decides to change its revenue plan as its new TOS indicate it might? What site will be waiting to welcome Bubblews refugees if there is an exodus?

I hope it will be this site, Persona Paper. Of couse, I hope these changes won't occur at Bubblews. Too many of us depend a lot on the money we earn there. We've made many friends. But many of our Bubblews, myLot and Gather friends are already here and waiting to welcome more of their friends. Let's get the word out to as many of them who are good writers as we know how to reach, and encourage them to come. Let's be ready to receive a lot of new people. The site is here. Let the writers come.

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UmiNoor wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:46 AM

With all the good writers, Bubblews also attracted many spammers and cheats who because of the high rate of pay at Bubblews tried to game the system by forming exchange groups and using bots to artificially inflate views, comments and likes. Bubblews rate of pay is so high considering that article writing sites don't really earn that much. To pay $10 per 1000 views is close to being too ambitious and even impossible. And also paying for comments and likes. I think it's the high pay rate that attracted a lot of writers to Bubblews and when the day comes that Bubblews stops paying, these writers will be hit by a reality check and discover that earning from writing 400 characters is much more difficult.

AliCanary wrote on August 6, 2014, 5:16 AM

When I joined Bubblews, it was just because my friends from Yahoo had joined and were talking about how splendid the money was! Yahoo wasn't having any problems at the time, but now I'm sure glad I didn't have all my eggs in THAT purple basket.

AliCanary wrote on August 6, 2014, 5:21 AM

The funniest thing is that Facebook, which doesn't pay us at all, is the place that most of us interact and learn about all these new opportunities, so maybe it does pay, after all!

Scorpie wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:14 AM

Scroogle started attacking ad farms and revenue across every site was dropping. Bubble ooze just had lucky timing.

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:33 AM

Well, I for one followed you. When your presence on myLot started to fade, it became clear that you had found something better so I went to see what it was, and hounded a couple of friends into coming along too. I don't think that Persona Paper and Bubblews are mutually exclusive, and I would hope they both stay around and grow and prosper. But Persona Paper has a more intellectual feel so I am more comfortable here. There is also a warmth here that is priceless.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 6, 2014, 12:57 PM

I hope bubblews doesn't stop paying. It will be interesting to watch and see what happens.

Ellis wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:29 PM

I stopped writing after AC kicked out everyone who wasn't American but AliCanary mentioned Persona and I looked them both up and found good comments for Persona but many complaints about Bubblews...Thus I gave Bubblews a wide berth...

indexer wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:04 PM

It seems to me that a site of this nature needs both quality and quantity if it is to succeed, and by 'succeed' I mean attract advertisers. I am impressed by how quickly articles here get indexed by Google - I discovered one of mine as the fourth entry on the top page of a simple Google search within 24 hours - so presumably that must mean that Google regards the PP imprint as being worthy of note. However, the quantity side will pose problems, because I don't see how MaeLou will be able to monitor posts for quality if the quantity increases to anything like that of Bubblews. I reckon that she is going to need help from other members in order to cope with the influx if a lot of writers from other sites come on board. Getting the balance right between being welcoming and maintaining the overall standard will be very difficult - but vital.

MaeLou wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:42 PM

I think our registration process will help with the "quality" aspect. We just might have to be stricter than we have been because I've watched a ton of people get approved only to have poorly written work and we've had to delete them for incoherent English.

That said, the busier the site gets, the more likely we'll gather people to help us out.

Feisty56 wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:46 PM

For myself, I didn't go to Bubblews as a refugee of either Gather or myLot, but I do recall reading posts and comments by quite a few of those who had. I think it's prudent to have my eggs in more than one basket so to speak, so I've arrived here and another site.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:07 PM

I just wish they wouldn't treat us all as if we were spammers and cheats when they change their policies to thwart the real cheats. Those changes hurt everyone.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:08 PM

I somehow missed getting on the Yahoo boat.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:09 PM

Since I joined Bubblews, I have not spent much time on Facebook.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:10 PM

I'm smiling at that last sentence.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:11 PM

I also like the atmosphere here. I think part of it is that the owners are writers themselves and respect the work that goes into writing.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:11 PM

I also hope it doesn't stop paying.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:13 PM

I never tried AC, but Bubblews did look good, in spite of its glitches. I was concerned about some friends who reported several missing payments with no explanation.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:15 PM

Its always prudent to have a lot of baskets.

UmiNoor wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:41 PM

I wrote in one of my Bubblews post after I'm experiencing non-payment that rule-abiding Bubblews members have much faith in Bubblews but perhaps it is Bubblews who has no faith in their members and treat everyone as would-be rule breakers. That really hurts when the trust is just one-way. Bubblews could always put those real members in one list and pay them automatically but instead these members have to go through all the anguish of waiting to be paid. Now the anguish is stretched further to 30 days. How cruel is that?

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:59 PM

You're right. Trust and respect are very important. If both parties to a contract can't trust each other and communication between them breaks down, the business just may break down with it.

vserrao1 wrote on August 7, 2014, 1:03 AM

I joined in 2013 because I read about it in either Squidoo or Hubpages. I got hooked. Now I am disappointed with the management. I still will write but not seriously for Bubblews.

BarbRad wrote on August 7, 2014, 2:16 AM

I have always realized Bubblews probably won't last forever as it is now. I think we will have more disappointments down the road, just as we've had on Squidoo and HubPages.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 8, 2014, 1:54 AM

I never wrote for any of the sites you mention, but heard about Bubblews through friends who were Yahoo writers. When I learned about Persona Paper, it was also from a Yahoo friend. This whole phenomenon of migration from one site to another worries me, but of course it's what people tend to do. We share info about writing opportunities, and folks tend to go where they have the best potential to earn.

poddys wrote on August 8, 2014, 8:58 AM

I think it was the fact that the site appeared at the right time, when a number of other sites were having problems, partly due to the new Google changes.

A number of sites made changes, some closed down, Squidoo is hanging on but for how long? They now pay half for a top tier lens than they did when I joined 6 years ago.

Bubblews offered pretty decent payouts, and you could pretty much write just a couple of paragraphs and that would be acceptable. No editors, no approval required. That let to instant success of the site in my opinion, especially with people from Asia being able to earn "serious" money on there.

However, many people I know have had payout problems, and it doesn't look like this is going to improve any time soon. The site has had many performance problems, and although the new version is a lot better, my posts there (mostly older now) are not getting the traffic.

I think all that is holding PP back is finding decent revenue and having a solid group of people who want to add content. For one I am trying to spend more time on here than anywhere else, because I would like to see this site succeed. I think we all have to bite the bullet, forget "instant money" and do what we can to get more good posts and traffic on PP, and see things boom.

Seems in the last couple of weeks more of my Squidoo friends have been moving here, and I hope that trend will continue. That's potentially a lot of good writers and a lot of good content to come :)

poddys wrote on August 8, 2014, 8:59 AM

A number of people have suggested for ages that they can't afford to pay out at those rates, and that is why payments are being delayed (or just ignored). Time will tell, but I would rather write for less and know I will get my money, than write for more but run the risk that my work could be for nothing.

UmiNoor wrote on August 8, 2014, 10:24 AM

If you really think about it, it's logically impossible to sustain such a high pay rate. I think many members had questioned the sustainability of paying at the rate that Bubblews is paying but I guess Bubblews thought that the ad revenue can cover all expenses and also pay their members. If you were to ask any website owner, unless you're Google, Yahoo or Facebook, you don't earn that much from advertising and Bubblews has over 200,000 members. If all of them reach payout, they're going to be in trouble.

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:56 PM

I totally agree about the potential of PP. That's why I'm putting most of my time here now. If enough of us get behind PP, I think it will take off. I wish I had more time to put in today.