The Bubblews Challenge for the Writer
A few writers have been talking about the "new kid on the block" bubblews.com. This is a commentary on my discoveries, good, bad, and ugly. Whether you use the site is a personal choice - truth is this writer will continue to do so, but he also questions its future.
- Introducing Bubblews
- New Bubblews Stream
- Bubblews, Some thoughts
- How Good is it?
- Poor, Poor, Quality
- The Future of Bubblews?
- Bubblews Articles
While reading and moderating many articles here on Wikinut there have been a few references to articles written on a new site called Bubblews, pronounced exactly as seen - "bubbles" with a 'w' to slightly change the sound. I set off to find out more about this site and one of the best ways to do this was to explore and find out just what it is, to do this you can certainly use the power of the web or perhaps go to the site and actually find out.
If you have found Bubblews then you may have a different view and you should feel free express yourself in a comment at the end of this article.
New Bubblews Stream
The first thing that you notice once you sign up for Bubblews is the "New Bubblews Stream" it is front and centre of your site experience, this is a stream of the latest published articles by any writer on the site and can be update at any second by pressing the refresh button on your browser.
Where the writer has included a picture then this is included in the stream, otherwise the default Bubblews logo is displayed, certainly a reason to add a relevant picture to your presentation, in the same way that Wikinut encourages the addition of pictures to submissions, it is clear that pictures do add value. On the right of the screen, you will see that it is possible to like or dislike an article without even reading it, just by seeing it on the stream.
This picture shown here also shows one other aspect that is not permitted on Wikinut - advertising and inclusion of contact details are permitted by Bubblews.
Bubblews, Some thoughts
A couple of videos that may be of interest
Contains a particularly important segment about adding pictures.
About residual income, which is important to all on-line writers.
How Good is it?
The "New Bubblews Stream" is important for informing people who are on the site right now of the articles that are currently being published, but that is only the first aspect of being read, one of the important aspects about writing is turning your efforts into a residual income - the point being the desire to earn money while you are sleeping. Part of the reason people write is that their efforts will continue to provide an income for months, even years to come, in order to achieve this aim then your articles need to be found through a search engine such as Google and this is where Bubblews performs particularly badly.
Firstly to test the visibility of articles I have taken articles titles from items published more than 24 hours ago and search using Google for the page title - recent articles should always be on the first page or search results, unless you have selected a title that is so common, such as "I Love You", where any search is hopeless; truth is articles from Bubblews hardly ever turn up in the first five pages of search results - not good for that residual income.
Secondly most writers on the site are unaware of how to include keywords that make articles searchable, this is done by prefixing specific words with a PLUS sign, such as +keyword and few article include keywords.
It is my conclusion, based on observation, that the majority of readers come in the first few minutes of an article being published - by not contributing to the site for a couple of weeks the number of views has increased by one or two (consistent with people clicking on links from other articles), in comparison whether I contribute or not readership of my articles on Wikinut or Triond is actually consistent and ongoing because articles can be found in search results.
Poor, Poor, Quality
It is clear that many writers on Bubblews are blissfully unaware that for Google to recognise any article and parse it ready to appear in search results is that a page must have some value - and here having value means that the original article (ignoring any comments and surrounding words introduced by site owners) is at least 300 words in length. You should note this rule also applies to articles in Wikinut.
Writers put in a paragraph of thoughts, select a category, then click the "Submit News" button, if they have thousands of followers then they may have their thoughts read, but otherwise their tiny insight will never be found on the web; truth is so many of the articles I have seen on the site fall into this category, which is one of the reasons the site seems to be full of low quality junk. Now if you are one of those authors that produce quality articles and also submit to Bubblews them please do not be offended, as I am simply pointing out the fact that there is no quality control on the site that will publish anything in a tenth of a second.
The Future of Bubblews?
Right now is does seem as if Bubblews is a good place to earn add an article a day and you are likely to earn $25 quickly and redeem your earnings, but it is right to question the future of the site, which has the same number of adverts on a page as most other writing sites, yet seems to offer little of value to Google. This commentator is always keen to improve writer's income, yet the promise of a fast buck may be more short-lived than anything because the site will find it hard to develop on the basis of the limited Google visibility. Truth is that on the internet people love things that are new but they also tire quickly when it fails to live up to expectations and I suspect this will happen in the case of Bubblews.
Some of the articles by Peter Giblett on Bubblews include:
- Writing is a Voyage of Discovery with Each New Site
- Glass Half full or Glass Half empty?
- Why is the Weather Forecast is always Wrong?
- A Very Melodious Cat
I do encourage everyone to express themselves and start writing, but do remember that in doing so you should think about your contribution, that should have an introduction, several points to be argued, and a conclusion. You can make your own personal contribution and you can do something about it now, the first thing you can do is add a comment providing your own feedback, which is always appreciated by any writer, however your thoughts will often transcend the limits of a simple comment. You have reached the point where you need to make your own contribution of 300 words or more; create your own article where you can make your own views felt.
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