The Bubblews Challenge for the Writer

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 21st May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/cqm2mlrm/
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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

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.

Bubblews Articles

Some of the articles by Peter Giblett on Bubblews include:

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.

Join Wikinut today and have some fun telling the world about your views and how the world needs to change.

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Bubble, Bubbles, Bubblews, Bubblewscom, Google, New Bubblews Stream, Writing, Writing Articles, Writing Web Content

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st May 2013 (#)

Yes, I have seen many horrid articles there too, some short, but mostly some copied (which is never allowed).
People can write for Wikinut, and Bubblews and submit the same article on both places but I STRONGLY suggest making both somewhat unique, changing parts if you are going to do this, or better yet, be original on both

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd May 2013 (#)

I also agree about uniqueness of articles. As moderators we see so many articles re-published from so many sites - all identical. It is clear that people do not understand how damaging that can be to being viewed and of-course he bottom line; being paid.

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th May 2013 (#)

Hi, Initially I re-used my articles of Wikinut on Bubblews, with some minor modifications. However, later I am not re-using them. Instead I re-wrote one article as a post on Bubblews, and later also planning to rewrite the same idea in a different style and with unique content. Not sure, how much will this strategy be successful for me.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
21st May 2013 (#)

I found this article to be very helpful. I am checking out Bublews.

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author avatar kaylar
21st May 2013 (#)

One of the things you'll find is that your articles are published immediately...HOWEVER when it is time to pay out, then the Mods check the articles. So much of the crap doesn't get the $$$.
This is why it takes some time from submission of your payment request, to payment. That's when you're checked.

It pays very high...1c for 1 view...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd May 2013 (#)

That is interesting to know.

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author avatar irenen1
22nd May 2013 (#)

As a member of Bubblews, I understood that the 400 character posts were more like forum posts or tweets rather than professionally written articles. The + preceding a word is akin to the Twitter #.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd May 2013 (#)

Of course professionally written articles will always be longer because we understand the value of creating valuable content.

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author avatar johnbee
22nd May 2013 (#)

Brief content, not withstanding, can be rather lengthy. It all depends who is writing the article.

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author avatar Susan Jane
22nd May 2013 (#)

Thank for this insight, Peter. As an experienced professional writer, I aim for writing contracts that pay by the hour. I treat writing sites as a hobby and a place to meet very nice people from all over the world. Wikinut is a really nice place to be.

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author avatar K Dawn Gamble
22nd May 2013 (#)

Thank you Peter. This was a good overview and makes one think about whether or not to even get involved.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd May 2013 (#)

Thank you Peter for insights, and information...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd May 2013 (#)

Though I like a new kid on the block raring to take off, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Maybe, they are going through trial and error to get their acts right in due course. I have time only for Wikinut now and I love my fellow writers here. Thanks Peter for knocking some sense to make our own decision - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd May 2013 (#)

You are so right Siva, Bubblews is currently like the new kid on the block, but does it have the staying power? Time will tell.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
22nd May 2013 (#)

Thanks for sharing the information. Why would any wikinut go there?

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author avatar Buzz
22nd May 2013 (#)

Regardless of what is said about Bubblews, I have just been paid my 75th dollar through PayPal, though I have not been active there. $9.00 is up and coming when I got there now posting and socializing. So hold your breath...

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author avatar Buzz
22nd May 2013 (#)

I mean $75 dollars is now on my PayPal. $9.00 up and counting.

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author avatar Buzz
22nd May 2013 (#)

you'd better believe it, Peter! Johnny is there with me awash with cash already!

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author avatar LoriAnne Hancock
22nd May 2013 (#)

Thank you for this article. I doubt that I'll go to this writing sight because I haven't become a complete wikinut yet. My little man needs to climb and climb the ladder. Thanks for the white pages, feedback and encouragement.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
26th May 2013 (#)

I am also on there. It will be interesting to see how this site goes. I hope that it sticks around for a while. Thank you for the information. Between you and Johnny is helping out by keeping me informed by what to do on that site. It is an interesting site though.

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author avatar kaylar
26th May 2013 (#)

BTW....an article I wrote on Bubblews is on the Front Page of a Google....so Google is picking up Bubblews....

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th May 2013 (#)

That is great. What is your username on Bubblews?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th May 2013 (#)

my username on Bubblews, for anyone that wishes it is pgiblett.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
24th Jul 2013 (#)

My user name on there is c.schreiber

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th May 2013 (#)

That is good to know - of course the searches I completed could only be for specific articles or authors that interested me, but this experience may be different for different writers.

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th May 2013 (#)

Hi Peter, you mentioned "300 words". Does Google prefer "300 words" + or
"300 characters"+ . Please clarify.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
28th May 2013 (#)

Ptrikha, it is normally 300 words or more.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th May 2013 (#)

Definitely words.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Well, on Bubblews, I have certain posts with 1000+ characters, but the number of words are less than 300 mostly. (Sometimes 300+ ) . Yet, I feel even 250+ "words" should be enough.
At Bubblews, the criteria is 400 characters- not high. May be they can keep it to 500.
I recall Helium had something like 600 characters. But do not fully recall!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
14th Jun 2013 (#)

Remember this Google is ONLY interested in words, and although it should not be the case but what GOOGLE SAYS MATTERS.

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author avatar johnbee
29th May 2013 (#)

Interesting information for all who are in to writing articles.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Good article. I have learned more about other sites to write articles for since joining Wikinut than I have trying to Google for relevant information. At first, I was surprised that Wikinut allowed their competitors to be reviewed like this, but I'm glad moderators see the value in sharing the information.

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author avatar renukakkar
6th Jun 2013 (#)

I am also there on Bubblews. The articles posted should have a minimum of 400 characters. There is no limit to maximum characters. However, some people there do not read properly. They just come like your post and go. It is you contacts (friends I would say), who actually read your posts. I have about 110 articles there and most are long posts that I have split into parts. eg.What is Day Dreaming? and My memories of Ethiopia etc.
I have got two payments through paypal and the third one i redeem button on 27th of May. It is under process. That means checking for unique content through their own plagiarism checker. I always check my posts through such a checker to ensure that no thought of mine has been expressed in the same words by someone earlier, and I change wordings to ensure my posts uniqueness.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Jun 2013 (#)

In that case, you would find that I read most of those long posts well, even if my comments might not be that huge!

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th Jun 2013 (#)

And just to share, my payout from Bubblews is on way. And I wish all those who have pending payouts there, reach there soon.

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author avatar OWriter
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Although i use Bubblews and i have redeemed for the 9th time now, Bubblews still need to improve on communication as many questions go without response.

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author avatar MMD
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Because bubblews staff doesn't review every article that's the reason of spamming.

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author avatar julieanne
8th Aug 2013 (#)

I've only been on Bubblews for a few weeks - my first impression 8 weeks ago was that there was a lot of poor writing there. However, the more I explored (I was intrigued) I found some great writers. Over the last few weeks I sense that the overall quality is improving as good writers seem more intent on flagging bad writers.

I also find that the support staff are open to suggestions - especially when such suggestions are presented as well written articles and therefore open up a discussion within the community.

I have no complaints re: payouts and finally, just over the last few hours, there has been another major upgrade of the platform.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Aug 2013 (#)

Yes, Julieanne yesterday the site have problems it would not say working and finally died with an error - good to see they have fixed that and moved on.

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author avatar johnbee
26th Aug 2013 (#)

Bubblews has paid every time and they keep their word and their integrity by paying when promised.

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Nov 2013 (#)

While people are submitting excellent articles on Bubblews and we see some great success stories, a few people at times do not get their dues, and that saddens me at times.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Ptrikha Sir, The problem with payment of dues seems to be one that relates to whether people obey the rules of the site (which I will not repeat here) and the odd way in which Bubblews validates only once you request payment.

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author avatar johnbee
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

I write on Bubblews now and I have found them to be an excellent site to write on. I like then because they do pay and I have been paid several times and they pay. I like Bubblews Contrary to what others say.

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