For whom the Bell Tolls ? Most writing sites are in disarray because of Bubblews

M G Singh By M G Singh, 20th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The world is changing and the old writing sites better revamp their business models to survive.As one can see many big sites have closed.

A New Message to Writing Sites


A few days back I received a cryptic message from Helium Network that the site was going to close down as the business model it had adopted had failed. Helium Network was an important site and it paid reasonably well with upfront payments, but soon writers began to migrate away and the site collapsed. The fact remained that apart from upfront payment for a few articles, the rest got a pittance. Add to this the demise or near death of suite 101 another site from Vancouver and one wonders what is happening.
I have counted another 10 sites ( not worth naming here) which have shut the door and gone bankrupt( I wrote on afew of them). All this is because of one site Bubblews that has stormed the net and made unheard payments.
Most editors for the last 3 years have been writing that Bubblews will close down. But this was just a fond hope as Arvind Dixit has literally set the Thames on fire. I think most writing sites and editors should have tried to follow the good points of Bubblews than just writing some trash about the site. Anyway all these editors are eating crow.

But there is a positive facet of Bubblews and at least half a dozen new sites have come up which are following the Bubblews business model with slight variation. The bottom line is better payments. Even sites like Wikinut must beware. Many writers are leaving or left and it will have to do better than pay a small amount. The bell tolls for all writing sites. Even Hub pages the doyen of writing sites has viewership reduced by half and writers have migrated to greener pastures.
The world of writing sites is changing and old business models are no longer valid. I hope the message is loud and clear.

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Bubblews, Helium, Hub Pages, Money And Writing, Wikinut, Writing Sites

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan - reinventing the business model is the name of the game everywhere. Bubblews is proving it is no flash in the pan though I am only here - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th May 2014 (#)

My wife wrote for Helium, she wrote less after they stopped the upfront payments.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
20th May 2014 (#)

So many are going to Bubblews. But the Bubblews articles recycled here are not worth the electrons they inconvenience. I suppose every site gets what it pays for, as does every person. But great job bringing your case to the public view.

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th May 2014 (#)

I wrote an article comparing the two sites. In cricket terms, Bubblews works like T-20 and ODIs while Wikinut is a bit like test cricket- testing yet enriching.

Yet I feel Wikinut can perhaps reduce the payout to 2 GBP, or perhaps give some kind of a half-yearly bonus(even if it is 1 GBP) to retain writers, and compete with Bubblews.
is 1 GBP very big amount?

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th May 2014 (#)

I too was on helium once and it is surprising to know that it is also shutting down.

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author avatar WOGIAM
20th May 2014 (#)

I am slightly shocked to read that Helium is closing down, i know a few writer who were consistent there. I am a semi active member of bubblews and have received at least 6 or more payments, however I do not see them getting any better as members are leaving also with the network /system problems. I agree with you, Wikinut needs to consider paying a higher amount.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
21st May 2014 (#)

Good morning, Madan, I'll chime in as well. I do wish Wikinut would compensate differently for featured or star pages - it would provide incentive for us to all improve. My 2 cents worth. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd May 2014 (#)

I endorse your comments- Star Pages could get a higher payout rate!

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author avatar micheal
23rd May 2014 (#)

good article, bubblews is a great site

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th May 2014 (#)

big deal for the pay, I love Wikinuts for the people and the way we can expose our work. I do credit this site for all of my writing abilities and the way my work has been admired. Good post mate!

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author avatar Pollyal
1st Jun 2014 (#)

Wikinut pays less, but is consistent, in bubblews you may never know whether you will get paid or not

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Jun 2014 (#)

I have been paid 21 times

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm not much bothered about payments, and I write for wikinut. I used to post in Helium but comparing articles was time consuming and I left it. I found Bubblews awful as the members who post articles ( most of them) have no knowledge of English and grammar.

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Dear GV, so nice to read you after a big gap. One must understand that Bubblews is not a classical English writing site. It gives a chance to writers all over the globe to express themselves, even from remote area like Laos and Botswana, who know just enough English to post in about100 words. No other site gives that sort of exposure. This is the genius of Arvind Dixit.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Jul 2014 (#)

If people are keen on making money, they can try Fanbox, and I will be too happy to provide a referral code if in stock.

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