25 February, 2014 Leave a comment
This blog is suffering from a bit of neglect of late, but only because I have been remarkably focused on my long-term goal of building enough of a from-home income stream to ease a bit of the pressure on my husband. His business is going well enough but the stress of the ups and downs of the last couple years is wearing on us both. Since there’s no practical way for me to work a normal job around his crazy schedule, not that I really want to anyway, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and start working on earning some money from home.
The tiniest, most insignificant of these steps started with a site called Bubblews. It is a revenue sharing site, like many others before it, but unlike the Associated Content and Themestream of old it is also a social networking site unto itself. Rather than writing full length articles and promoting your content off-site, the earning model is based around frequent, conversational posts and networking with other writers to build a community.
I was pretty skeptical at first. I made a few bucks at Themestream before they went under, and at Suite101. I posted some at Associate Content when they still offered upfront pay but have done little there since they changed to a pageviews only model. But a friend invited me to Bubblews and I found the community aspect interesting enough to give it a chance.
I just recently cashed out for the first time, so I figured now is a good time to post a quick review. Earning is slow, as with most pageview based sites. I joined in October but didn’t start using my account regularly until January, and it took until last week to build up enough earnings to cash out.
The social aspect provides a built-in audience to promote to rather than counting on Twitter and Facebook followers, search engines, and other less focused efforts. I appreciate this because it not only means not spamming other audiences, it also creates a fun atmosphere of interacting with other writers.
The minimum to cash out is $50 and Paypal is the fastest way to receive your earnings. Payout takes a few days. I submitted my request early Saturday morning and got notice today that the funds are in my Paypal account. This isn’t a bad turn-around time overall. From requesting payment until the e-check clears on Friday will be six days.
Some negative reviewers claim that Bubblews is a scam and cite unfulfilled payment requests as evidence. This stems from a clause in the terms of service that reserves the right not to pay out for content that doesn’t meet Bubblews minimum standards. Unfortunately there is no formal notification of rules violation, and this is admittedly a weakness of the site but not one that above-board writers need to worry about. The requirements for posts are simple – 400 characters excluding white space, not plagiarized or previously published, with proper attribution for any photo sources that you might use even if they are public domain.
I held off on sharing this site until I received my first payment because I wanted to see for myself, and I can say now from experience that Bubblews scam claims are unfounded. The site does pay if you follow the rules.
Bubblews will never replace more focused and lucrative earning efforts for me, but it has all but replaced Facebook and Twitter as my social media time-waster of choice and I make a few bucks in the process. If you’re looking to make some new connections and earn a little extra money on your own time, check it out. But beware – posting and reading there can be addictive!