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Why you should stay away from Bubblews.com (Case study) [Update]

Major update: 

Today (July 29, 2013), I received an email from Avi Dixit who personally apologized for what happened with my account and missing payment.

Here is his message below:

Greetings,

First and foremost I want to apologize for the lack of service you have received from us here at Bubblews. We went through an intense growing-pains period which took us some time to get on top of. We are uncovering which moderator removed your account and we will also be clearing some of your payments today. If you can find it in you to give us another chance I will personally monitor your account and ensure your experience is grand.

Please let me know.

Again we are deeply sorry.

Sincerely,

Senior Bubblews Moderator

Avi

Of course, I accepted the apology and am willing to give Bubblews.com a second chance. However, the site will be on my list of platforms to watch for red flags.  

I joined Bubblews.com in November 2012, after following the advice of a fellow writer. 

Bubblews is based on a promising slogan (“Speak freely. Write your world.”) and pays you for every view, like, comment, and social media share your content gather. The minimum payout is $25.

Here are the rules: 

We have the right to remove (and not pay out) any account that partakes in the conduct listed below:

1. Submitting content that you did not write yourself. Copying content from other websites around the internet is stealing and Bubblews will never pay you for that.

2. Abusing our likes/views/comment system by partaking in exchange groups and requesting for them through other Bubblews’ members.

3. Utilizing Traffic Exchange, Bots, Proxies, Virtual Private Network and other forms of IP manipulation is stealing from Bubblews.

4. Submitting posts that only contain pictures and/or containing very limited text is prohibited as this is not content our advertisers like to pay for.

5. Posting Pornographic/semi-pornographic images and/or content to Bubblews.

6. Posting LESS THAN 400 characters per post.

7. Posting material not written in English (Only exception is if you supplement your post with an English translation).

8. Posting links within your bubbles to cite/source/enhance your work is fine, but please do not post Referral or Affiliate links to other websites. Use your best discretion and if you are unsure please email in.

The first four or five months ran smoothly with my being able to redeem three payments. It was good money for only minimum effort on my part, and I could write about things that I would not share on my other blogs at times. 

And then, this is what happened:  

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A week later, after hitting up Bubblews repeatedly on Twitter and Facebook and them not responding, I decided to write another article where I expressed my frustration.

This time, Arvind Dixit, the CEO of Bubblews.com, responded right away. Apparently, my payment would be cleared a few days later. And then, he proceeded to delete that article!

My second attempt was also met with an immediate deletion. 

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I decided to try my luck again the following day. 

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The good news is that my article stayed on the site. The bad news? Arvind left comments that say a lot about what’s going on behind the scenes.   

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Oh, and guess what I discovered once I was done deleting all my articles from the site? Apparently, I owe them money. LOL

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So, there, you have it. Stay away from Bubblews.com. They will pay you the first couple of times, and then suddenly “forget” you because they are swamped.

Meanwhile, Arvind spends his time writing articles for the site…

Good luck to Bubblews.com. You are going to need it if you want to stay in business. 

UPDATE: Bubblews has decided to delete my account with no explanation. I was right to get rid of all my articles, apparently. 

UPDATE 2: I still have not been paid what I’m owed. I received payment in my Paypal account today (August 1, 2013)

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