Bubblews- The Path towards Revival and some suggestions

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Hark back to the year 2013. An Online writing site was making waves, and doing the unthinkable till upto that time. It was paying people a great amount of money for writing Minimum 400 character Posts(akin to short articles or Blogs), sharing, commenting and Liking others' posts. People were making anything from $25 to even $150 a month.
Then, The Bubble burst and things have not been going great for the site. Yet recently there are some signs of revival.
Is it really the case?...

Bubblews: Its rise and fall

In Year 2013, yours truly was invited by a person whom he knew on Mypage5 and also has an account, though not used so frequently on Wikinut; to join a site which as per him was doing great. After some months, I joined this site Bubblews in April 2013. Initially, I could not make out much on this site. People were writing, clicking on like and commenting on each others' works. It did not seem much different from other sites. Yet, what was remarkable was that after two months and 58 posts(short articles), I made around $23.5($25- Paypal fees)!
This was much better than $25 + I used to make on Mypage5 after toiling hard for five to six months. On Helium also, I made $25 twice, once in a year and before that for more than one year.
So it was wonderful indeed!

Next, I made $25 and even more within a month's time, and once I even made the cutoff of $25 within 23 or 24 days.
It was also exciting to have other people sharing their life's experiences, suggestions when we used to comment on others' posts, or replied to their comments on our posts.

All looked so magnificent. The CEO Arvind's posts in between too promised exciting times.

Yet as so often happens with Big Corporations, individual houses and even Kingdoms of the yore, things started taking a downturn sometime last year. The number of spammers was a matter of concern. The site did a lot to control them. Yet sometime in late last year, it canceled payouts of many of its users(including yours truly) for some time till November due to reasons that it was essential to check the spammers. The move was a shock. Many people left the site.

Also, the payout rate was now (realistically) linked to the actual geographic earning from Advertisements, something which ought to have been done earlier.

The rate of earnings and enthusiasm has dwindled on the site since then. Also, the silence of the Admin in between also did not help the matters much, especially on the missing payouts of people before Mid-2014. The site looked like many sites before which were going great in their heydays but now are in sorry state.

An interesting video:

The Recent Bubblews revamp: A light at the end of the tunnel?

Recently, Bubblews had a downtime for a few days and the result after a few days was amazing-
A fresher site, with slicker user Interface, a look which though not so original looking(akin to Pinterest etc?) was much more appealing. Also, the notifications were now lesser in number, and more manageable.
The user activity has seen an uptick since June end, and some users have even written posts after a gap of many months. The average number of comments have increased.
I read the post by Kevin, who is almost the Full Technical Lead of the site, and programmatically, the use of Programming Languages like Redis, frameworks, and systems means that the technical team has done a lot of work. Yet, the core question, and a very "important" one is: Is it the light at the end of the tunnel?
Will the upturn last? Or will it prove to be just a flash in the Pan?

Bubblews: How can the revival be strengthened?

No doubt, The Bubblews team- both Administrative and the Technical has done an amazing Planning, Design and Implementation in revamping the site; along with a host of spam prevention steps.
Yet, for the revival to be long lasting, and to have a credible standing among the Online Writing sites, perhaps a few suggestions can help the site:

  1. Credibility requires hard steps at times. Many people had issues of missing payouts even in 2013(and perhaps before that), and in 2014, many genuine people did not get even a penny for their work. Perhaps Bubblews might have problems in paying many people $100+, or $200, or even the $50 odd amounts that are due to them, but how about paying all the genuine people say 10 to 20% of what should have been paid to them? True, it might even require Mr. Arvind to go in for some kind of external funding, but it will be a great step towards winning the trust of the Bubblews users, even of those who have left the site.
  2. Since now the earning rates are linked genuinely to the SEO-worthiness and advertisement rates, it would not be a bad idea to reduce the payout rate to $25, or perhaps $35, from the existing $50. The reason is that it is tough to wait for an year or so to wait for making the $50 payout. Some people might argue that they could reach $50 faster, but that would either require very great SEO skills or high number of referrals, which very few could make.
  3. Make sure that people no longer miss on payouts. Personally, I can wait for even 10 to 15 days from Redemption date to the actual realization in my bank account, but missing something obviously upsets anyone.
  4. Since technologically the site has already done a great deal in revamping, features like Automated payouts won't be too tough to implement.
  5. Have Transparency and perhaps share an annual statement of Profit and Loss and External VC(Venture Capitalist) funding. This would mark out Bubblews from many other Online writing sites, and would be great in Medium to Long Term.

Perhaps, I am saying and asking for so much. Yet, in modern day Business, such steps are often essential in maintaining a good market share and keeping pace, if not being ahead of the competition.

Any comments, positive or negative on what I have suggested above?


Image Sources:
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https://pixabay.com/en/light-tunnel-urban-city-774662/
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Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMhKgz6qHq8

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author avatar brendamarie
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Great Article

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks brendamarie

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author avatar Althea
20th Jul 2015 (#)

I also write for Bubblews and decreasing the minimum payout would be a good idea.

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author avatar vandana7
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Yes, this would bring back many people to the site because it target becomes easier to achieve.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Yes Vandana

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Yes Althea that would be great.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Ptrikha, thanks for sharing this article. I've heard a lot about Bubblews but I've never ventured there.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Perhaps you can give a try, at least you can have some accumulated earnings over a period of time, and some more people linked up.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jul 2015 (#)

I was with them for a year and wrote 2000 posts and made around a $100 a week with the potential to make a lot more; and then they didn't pay me the $200 they owed and ended my account for no real reason.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Interesting post Ptrikha, I am not in this site but everyone has heard a lot about it.

I feel we should know where we stand at any point in time and not at the end of the race that one is disqualified. Everything should be upfront and clear and minimum quality should be endured - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Well, for me, Honesty, Transparency and fair play is a must whether for a small or Big Corp, small or Big business- offline or online.

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author avatar vandana7
20th Jul 2015 (#)

I forgive Arvind for whatever it is I lost. I am not expecting it back either, because I believe I received something that was not due to me. I would not like others including Arvind to be at a loss because of me. Having said that, I would definitely appreciate...1. Trouble free site, and 2. Lower payout.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Well Vandana, we the honest users did lose a lot, but I am asking just for a fraction, which morally should be given to us. We cannot be made accountable for some spammers' bad deeds.
But yes, if Arvind and his team are honest in their future plans and they listen to their users, I am ready to believe and support them and the site.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jul 2015 (#)

I have just been there and the site was very, very, sow (probably because of the traffic you just gave them).

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Ha ha Then they owe me a lot, including some of the "cancelled" earnings because of some spammers whose guilt they want us honest guys to share!

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
20th Jul 2015 (#)

As far as I am concerned a site that makes accusations against their contributors and fails to explain and elaborate is not a credible site.

Deleting an account WITH NO WARNING, making accusations of copyright infringment, and then not explaining what the issue is when asked is nothing less than thuggery and bullying.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Well, I hope rationality dawns upon them and they are fairer in their customer (site users) dealing now.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Great piece mate, very hard to get to the promised land, cheers!

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern, but I still have some hopes.

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2015 (#)

If they have mended their ways, all well and good. However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and it remains to be seen if their new promises will be kept.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Indeed John we will have to wait and see in Medium to Long Term.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

It is really unfortunate dean moriarty, even I lost nearly $100+

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Frankly the site is dead and gone. Its daily slide in Alexa rankings is a pointer. There are writers making one dollar in a year !!

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jul 2015 (#)

Yes and only some serious and prolonged effort, and a professional approach.

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author avatar peachpurple
26th Aug 2015 (#)

this site is a goner, made too many broken promises, they had yet pay me $400 USD

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author avatar Ptrikha
31st Aug 2015 (#)

I hope peachpurple that they mend their ways somehow.

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