Bubblews might be saying buh-bye unless they change their ways... If they can figure out how to get their act together the site might make it but I'm not sure they can do that. They need to learn some communication skills and how to deal with people and maybe even attend a business class or two.
Here's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly regarding my experiences with
After 12 days at Bubblews I reached my first
Before starting there I did a little research and you can definitely find some unhappy people talking about Bubblews. I decided to give it a go anyway because I was seeing a few of my online writing friends sharing a lot of posts.
I got started and was hooked pretty fast. It is pretty fun making a post and watching the pennies turn into dollars! That doesn't happen on any other site that I've tried.
After 19 days there I have made 173 connections and I found out early on that some of those connections were people that I had connected with on other sites like Alrady. She and I originally connected when we were writing on Ehow (stay away!). We continued to connect in places like List My Five and now we're both on some of the same Facebook groups like The Profit Prophets and Let's Blog Together. I'm sure I'll keep seeing Alrady around. She and I both love writing online.
After 3 days of waiting after hitting the redemption button I received notice that I had a payment pending from Bubblews in my paypal account. This is probably the fastest online money that I will have made if the payment goes through tomorrow...I'm not so sure it will. Keep reading.
After being on Bubblews for a few days I connected with Bubblewssupport1 and Bubblewssupport2 as well as Avi (Arvind) Dixit, the creator/ CEO and that's where I started seeing a lot of people asking why they weren't being paid. I thought, well, maybe there's some rule they broke.
Then I started seeing some of my good connections, the ones that I always see writing legit posts, that are playing by the rules talking about missing one, two or several of their payments. This was alarming but not alarming enough for me to stop yet. I had to see for myself if I would get paid. After all...I was playing by the rules.
I haven't written on Bubblews since the 19th of July. Before that I was averaging 2-4 posts per day. It was either on the 19th or the day before that Bubblews decided that they would DELETE all the posts in which the author had used html code with no warning. Let me just say that I had zero posts with html coding. I had been thinking about it but just hadn't gotten around to doing it yet. Then I started hearing about these authors on Bubblews and on other groups that these posts had been deleted and that their account now showed a negative balance!
No where and I mean no where on the rules or TOS (Terms of Service) of the site does it say anything about it not being ok to use html coding. But and this is a big but...Avi uses the phrase "alteration of" from point 3. in the disclaimer to cover what he and his company did.
Here's the way that part of the disclaimer reads.
THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORDS, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT Bubblews.com IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU."
Arvind said "Please specifically notice 'alteration of. ' "
See for yourself in the screen shot I took of the comments that Arvind made to an author in regards to this issue. (If you can't read this click on the picture and press ctrl + to make it bigger.)
I am not on a mission to destroy Bubblews. (They're doing a good enough job on their own.) I just want people to be aware of what's going on. Do you want to write for a site that might delete your posts with no warning? Do you want to write for a site that might not pay you?
If you want to start writing on Bubblews or you want continue writing at Bubblews do so at your own risk. I might test the waters here and there with a post or two and I'll try to stay connected with some of the writers there but the site has issues. If you decide to keep pouring all your online writing time into this site just don't whine about it when things go wrong because right now that's the way things are going there...wrong.
P.S. I just read a status that said that someone's pending Bubblews payment suddenly cancelled clearing with instruction to contact good old Avi. Paypal did not issue payment from Bubblews because the account had no funds. Oh boy. My payment is due tomorrow. Crossing my fingers...
Update: My payment cleared today! The first screen shot is from my notice that I had a payment pending and the second screen shot is what I saw today letting me know that my payment cleared. Well that is definitely a step in the right direction. I still am not going to spend large amounts of time there for now.
This is my last post about Bubblews for a while. I tried it out to give it the benefit of the doubt and you might see me posting there on occasion (as ElaineK) but I am not going to devote a lot of time there. I'm on to a new adventure. I'll be on Bubbajuju (VERY new site) and Examiner and here. Let me know if you'll be trying either of these out and we can say hi to each other there.
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