Bubblews is a website where users can submit short articles and earn money when they are viewed, commented on, liked or shared.
Several people from completely different sources have contacted me regarding a new revenue-sharing website known as Bubblews. Obviously, revenue-sharing article websites are nothing new and the internet is filled with such websites including Hubpages, Infobarrel and Squidoo. Registration on Bubblews is very easy and completely automated, meaning that anyone with a working e-mail address can sign up and get an account.
The terms of service certainly do make Bubblews appear legit and the site itself states that it shares its revenues from advertisements in a 50-50 fashion with its users, which is why it can pay out such high amounts to the users. The earnings are registered by Bubblews and the users can monitor their earnings in real time through their The Bank page. It should be noted that the redemption process is manual and every user who requests for redemption are reviewed by the Bubblews team to ensure that all posts and activities are within the rules. I gave Bubblews a serious chance and has today a total of 83 unique, and original posts with my own images, making sure that all posts were within the guidelines and terms of service of Bubblews. I decided to give Bubblews a third chance and continued to post contents there and participated actively in the community.
To me, based on my own experiences, Bubblews is definitely classified as a scam, but I believe that the situation is more complex and Bubblews is actually running a very elaborate scam scheme that has many similarities to a pyramid scheme. At this point, it is difficult to argue that Bubblews at best is a suspicious site and at worse a very elaborate scam website under a facade of being legit. First of all, Bubblews does not allow anyone to post articles about their payment issues on the site. Therefore, it appears that Bubblews is running some sort of elaborate scam scheme where certain individuals are paid, but the vast majority are not. In a nutshell, Bubblews can choose to not pay a user without any motivations and have a small army of favored users defend their actions.
While I am convinced that Bubblews is a scam, I am sure that some of you may not be entirely convinced at this point, therefore I have compiled the following list of facts which support the scam scheme that Bubblews is employing.
Payment rates: The single most obvious giveaway of the scam scheme is the promised payment rates. Domain under privacy protection: The Bubblews domain is registered under privacy protection which is something that always raises a red flag. Classified as high-risk by Scamadviser: Bubblews falls under the category of top 10% high-risk websites per data collected by Scamadviser.
User complaints: User complaints are moderated and may never be published on the Bubblews site. Poorly managed website: The website is filled with junk, some of which are blatantly plagiarized. Allow very short posts: Minimum length of an article is as low as 400 characters which does not make any sense at all since it breaks all common search engine optimization (SEO) principles. No matter how much I want to believe otherwise, Bubblews does indeed fall within the category of a scam website.
In the end, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is, and this absolutely applies for the case of Bubblews. This nostalgia wave has created a huge demand for anything collectible from those good old days. That’s created an opportunity for entrepreneurs to scout for those old magazines in their local attics, basements and garages, then sell them online to the boomer collectors who are snapping them up.
Today, eBay is the best place to sell old magazines, thanks to a well-deserved reputation as the go-to spot on the internet for collectibles of all sorts. While finding old magazines is fairly easy, the secret is in knowing which ones are profitable and which are dogs. 3 Secrets of Selling Used Books OnlineWhat is the difference between an online bookseller who struggles to make a profit and one whose sales and profits grow month by month? If you love books and have always wanted to get paid for buying and selling used books online, consider starting an online bookstore. Earning money through survey websites is one of the most common ways to make some extra cash online.
But with tremendous popularity of such websites in last few years along with few other similar ways to make money online, the internet has also become the breeding ground for the scam websites.
Opinion Survey is an online survey panel that allows subscribed members to provide their opinions to surveys for points that can be redeemed for cash and other rewards.
With more than a decade working in the same industry, Opinion Survey is considered among the pioneers of online survey websites. No unnecessary personal information to sign up with them and no need to provide your credit card details, so there is absolutely no issue signing up with them.
Once you have access to surveys you are qualified for, you can have a lot of surveys to fill one after another.
This is one of the things I like about Opinion Post, their rewards that are specific and something that users are always looking for. The one thing that sets apart Opinion Outpost from many other survey websites is the lowest cash limit in the industry to redeem your cash which is just $10 equivalent to 100 points.
Again, all you need is 50 points equal to $5 to request Amazon e-gift code or iTunes gift cards. It is rewarding as users can select surveys based on the points they offer in return which ranges from 5 to 50 points.
Even though you get regular emails with a list of surveys, but you are not dependent on only emails to do surveys. Options to earn through multiple options which include online surveys, mobile surveys and referring a friend.
The primary mean of sending surveys to users is email, so be prepared to get emails after every couple of hours. Even though there are multiple rewards options, but if compared to few other survey websites you may find the rewards options limited.
The number of reviews available on the internet is always a good indicator of the website’s popularity.
The problem starts when you start reading those feedbacks as many are just outright complaints.
Readers need to understand that it is natural for a survey website to receive at least some negative reviews. If the users have tempered their profiles to get more surveys, the website will shut them out, resulting in poor feedback from users. Some people just join with wrong expectations, that these survey websites will make them richer within a month, and gets disappointed very quickly.
With their speedy payment options and low limit to redeem points, users are happy that they can redeem their points within days of joining their website.

Many users on different forums and review websites rated them as the “best”, “most rewarding” and their “favorite” survey website.
Just like many other survey websites, users are not happy when there are told in the middle of the survey that they do not qualify for the particular survey. In some rare cases, users claimed that the points were not transferred to their accounts even when they successfully completed the survey. According to Alexa, the website is ranked among top 28 thousand most visited websites in the world. As the following graph indicates, the website was once among the top 20 thousand most visited websites in the world a year ago which shows a significant drop in rankings as well as in traffic which is alarming.
According to another source of online traffic, SimilarWeb, Opinion Outpost is visited by 1.6 million visitors in June 2016 which is almost the same number that visited the website in January 2016. Opinion Outpost is a legit online source to earn some extra cash by filling out surveys, there is no doubt about it, so YES.
But here is a catch and something I find very alarming, almost all the recent user feedback mentioned one thing, “it was once the best survey website on the internet but not anymore”. In the end, we learn one thing in this Opinion Outpost review, the company is legit, pays money but it not as great anymore as it was a few years ago. The promised earnings for the users are very impressive and the question is if Bubblews is too good to be true. However, what apparently sets Bubblews apart from the rest is that it promises extremely high earnings. Furthermore, Bubblews states that it is novel in the sense that it encourages its users to interact socially in a social-network like scheme which is why it rewards its users with high earnings if their posts are commented, liked or shared. Upon redemption, the user is given a notification that the Bubblews team will get back to them within 72 hours. I was given the notification that the redemption was in process and Bubblews would get back to me within 72 h. While my story alone certainly can be questioned, it does not take very long to find countless of other users who also claim that they have never been paid. Those few who are paid will subsequently run to the rescue and defend Bubblews claiming that those who did not get paid broke the rules.
This small army will then contribute to building up a hype around Bubblews to attract even more users to provide more contents for Bubblews.
Disregarding earnings from likes, comments and social-media shares, Bubblews is offering its users a $0.01 earning per view of their posts. While there may be legitimate reasons for this, usually such domains conduct activities that are, at best in the grey-zone. For a site that deals with money, the number of articles claiming that Bubblews is a scam site by itself rings some bells, in essence regardless of the contents. Bubblews never provides any reasons for a denied payment and does not communicate with its users in any way that would make it appear as a legitimate service. It does, however, differ from conventional scam websites in that it employs a rather elaborate scheme involving favoring certain users and in this way attract new users to write and provide more contents for it for free.
Old magazines are hot because they are affordable nostalgia, and a boomer can purchase a collectible issue of a favorite magazine from the 50s,60s, or 70s for as little as $12-$30. It’s not a get-rich-quick business, but ideal for those who enjoy browsing local garage and estate sales to find the magazines.
According to one book on the subject, Old Magazines Into Gold, there are about two dozen common magazines that sell well and are in plentiful supply. These can really boost a magazine’s collectible value, especially if the celebrity is on the cover and an article about them appears inside.
Magazines occasionally publish an issue with an insert, which can raise the value substantially.
There is a sizable number of collectors who collect magazine covers, in particular the New Yorker, Life, Time and the Saturday Evening Post. To learn more about this little known, but very profitable business, read Old Magazines Into Gold. With some of the survey websites having millions of registered users, there is no other online money making method that comes close in popularity. This is exactly why you need to learn about the authenticity of websites making such claims before trying them out. The website is owned by Survey Sampling International (SSI) which is a global sampling and survey company. It is also easy to subscribe to them as you only have to provide your name and email or you can join using your social media accounts (Facebook, Google+, Linkedin).
Scam websites often use the sign-up process to get the details of users during the sign-up process, so not a scam.
If you are their registered member, you are presented with tons of surveys to provide your feedback. You can also donate your points to American Red Cross as Opinion Outpost works in partnership with American Red Cross. If you have completed a survey that offers 50 points, you can immediately redeem it for the Amazon and iTune gift cards or if you have completed just two of 50 points each, you can redeem cash using PayPal. You can access your account on the website anytime and can choose from the available listed surveys. Not only you need only $10 in your account to redeem which is the lowest and much less than the industry norm of $50, it is also quick to process the rewards once requested. This many feel like spam for those who like to do surveys through website dashboard once or twice a day.
Well, I don’t know if anyone from the upper management visits Opinion Outpost website, but seriously, you can do a better job with a free template. In terms of this, Opinion Outpost is doing great as there are literally thousands of reviews spread over different review websites, so a check there.
Even though the feedback is a mix of positive and negative, but there is a growing number of complaints which is alarming. For example, at one survey review website, Opinion Outpost received more than 1000 reviews and scored almost 3.5 out of 5 which is by any standards is good for a survey website. This is why I said, 3.5 out of 5 feedback score is a good one for a survey website but not for any other industry. Some users were amazed that they can see the amount in their PayPal account within minutes of redeeming their points. The website is also ranked among the top 7 thousand most visited website in the United States which reflects they are mostly popular in the United States. This reflects that the survey website is not gaining any popularity but also enjoys a loyal user base. It is working in the industry for more than a decade now with a loyal user base and hundreds of success stories spread all over the internet.

For most users, it is going down in quality after it was bought by Survey Spot, another survey website.
There are few complaints and issues and customers are getting frustrated, but it is still counted among the top survey websites, so you can try it, they are still better than many other survey websites when it comes to overall user feedback. Is Bubblews a scam or a legit and revolutionary novel way for users to monetize their articles? For example, Bubblews promises its users $0.01 per view, and for each like, comment or share (social media) that a post receives the users can earn even more money depending on how much advertisement revenues that Bubblews pulls in.
As most websites dealing with user contents, there are rules on Bubblews, most of which are common sense. Therefore, users should connect to other users and in this way interact to boost the potential earnings. By participating actively socially with other users, I reached the payment threshold of $25 already within one week and 20-ish posts. This time, Bubblews actually got back to me and I could see the payment as pending on my Paypal account.
To no surprise, no follow-up was given by Bubblews and this fourth redemption was a failure as well. Therefore, complaining users are found through third party sources, that is, Google search. Since Bubblews itself never communicates why a payment is denied, this of course places the users who are not paid in a limbo, not knowing exactly what went wrong. At arbitrary and given times, Bubblews will then "award" some additional users with proper payments and the whole thing just continues, benefiting primarily the site owners while in essence stealing the work of the majority of its users. For anyone remotely familiar with web-content advertisements, it is easy to realize that this simply makes no sense whatsoever. For any legitimate websites, removal of plagiarized contents and low-quality contents should be of utmost importance in order to not risk being penalized or banned from search engines. In the end, by participating in Bubblews, you are only filling the pockets of its owners and simultaneously contributing in ripping off hard-working people who have written original articles for Bubblews. They were several payments behind and did not get in touch with me after over 70 emails from me. Some, like Life magazine, were mass-circulation magazines, hitting a peak of 8 million copies sold every week in the 60s. Deceased celebrities tend to bring more than those still alive, but let’s use Madonna as an example anyway.
For example, an issue of Sports Illustrated with a baseball card insert can bring 5X to 10X the price of an ordinary issue.
A cover of a famous person, Marilyn Monroe, for example, or illustrated by a famous person like Norman Rockwell can bring many times the price of an ordinary issue. All you need is to provide your true details to qualify for some of the surveys, you cannot qualify for all surveys, but again this is how survey industry works, nothing different.
It allows users to enter their name into the quarterly prize draw every time they complete a survey. Now this is quick, I don’t think you can redeem your points anywhere else by completing just 1 or 2 surveys, or are there?
In most cases, the rewards are transferred instantly or you have to wait for only a few hours in some rare cases (The industry standard is 4 to 6 weeks). First, survey websites usually have thousands and in some cases millions of users, you cannot simply keep everyone happy. Another reason when users get offended is when they were told they do not qualify for the survey after an initial questionnaire but again, this is how survey industry works. For example, the contents are to be family-safe topics, meaning that adult, violent or other illegal topics are prohibited.
However, strangely, after approximately 1 week, the pending payment was cancelled and according to Paypal, the cancellation was initiated by the payer, that is, Bubblews. The surprising part is the sheer number of users who also claim that they are paid in a timely fashion.
This also means that the Bubblews website itself is filled with posts of users claiming to have successfully redeemed, flooding the search engine results similarly. The payment rate advertised would result in a CPM (cost per 1000 impressions) of $10, which is an amount far from even the best paying advertisement networks, and this is even without considering the fact that the earnings are split 50-50 by Bubblews and that far from every post view corresponds to an ad unit impression.
For Bubblews which even runs AdSense ads, clearly this shows how little the administrators care.
She was on the cover of only one magazine in 1983, and just seven magazines in 1984, so those issues have a high value. As a result, old issues are a very difficult sell, unless they are leather bound volumes with map inserts. Their current website looks very ordinary and not something we can call a great first impression.
Second, survey websites work on one basic principle, surveys connected to users based on their qualification. They are dropped in traffic rankings in last one year as it is more than evident that not many new users are joining them. After doing some research I decided to give Bubblews a go to evaluate if it is truly a legit website or yet another scam website. Instead, I was told by other users and other sources on the internet that I must have broken some kind of rule.
Naturally, I attempted to contact Bubblews, but once again no response was provided by Bubblews. Not too surprisingly, third party stories of successful redemption are, on the other hand, very difficult to find. Therefore, for Bubblews to offer this kind of high earnings, they must simply only pay a small portion of its users unless they intend to run the website as a charity. For example, you might pay $1 each for a stack of old Life magazines at a local sale, then list each one individually on eBay for $10-$15 each. Finally, Bubblews requires all posts to be at least 400 characters long to prevent short non-sense posts.
I personally think that it is very sad that you actually had to go through the trouble of contacting an attorney and also to make it public on Facebook just to get what you rightfully deserve, own and earn through their (Bubblews') own terms of agreement. However, I am happy to know though that you actually did get paid and that you are continued to do so.

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