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Keywords and Quality Content are the lifeblood of niche websites

What are keywords?

A keyword is the search term that people plug into a search engine. Most of the times, they go to Google looking for information or the answers to a problem or question. And here’s where keywords come into play. Google indexes billions of pages on the internet. When, people make search queries, Google uses a software program called ‘spiders” to find the most useful and relevant webpages. So, if a searcher types in a word like “baseball bats”, Google will return the results of webpages which contain that keyword.

As an internet marketer, you will want to familiarize yourself with the relevant keywords and vocabulary of your niche. It is important to get inside the minds of your target audience and understand their wants and needs. What is the language of your audience? What are the types of search terms they would plug into Google or another search engine? You attract more visitors to your niche site by answering the questions that your visitors are asking.

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You will also attract highly targeted traffic from the search engines by creating good quality, relevant content around long tail keywords. It does no good to have high traffic to a site, if the visitor is not getting what they are looking for. The idea is to get highly targeted visitors that are ready willing and able to buy things. And even if the traffic is relatively low, there is still a good chance to make money when the conversion rates are high for that traffic.

So, if a person were to plug in the term “baseball” into Google, they would get a search result with millions of indexed pages. These results would be very broad and will contain any webpages related to the topic of baseball. The results could contain information on baseball gear, baseball games, rules of baseball, how to play baseball, baseball memorabilia, baseball ad infinitum. Now if the same person were to plug in a more targeted term such as “wooden baseball bats”, he’d receive a list of webpages specifically targeting that search term.


I mentioned the term, “long tail keywords” It is a very specific, low search volume term, that people query in the search engines, as opposed to a head term (sometimes called short-tail), which are usually much more broad in scope, and more heavily searched. For example, a head term is usually just one or two words, like “new cars”. A long tail keyword would be “new Toyota dealership in Orlando”.

 

An added benefit of zeroing in on a niche is that it gives the website a better chance of ranking well in Google.  There are many factors that go into how Google ranks websites in SERPs.  But, it is much easier for a website to rank in Google by targeting the low competition, long tail keywords, as opposed to trying to rank for a head term. In other words, a niche website containing the keyword phrases that your target audience is searching for in Google will show up in the first few pages of Google (if researched and constructed properly). The goal is for the website to reach the first page of Google and ideally the first few results on that page.

 

Information marketers implement keyword research tools in order to find the best long tail keywords and find a worthwhile niche. There a few effective free tools, such as Ubbersuggest and the Google Adwords Keyword tool. There are more robust keyword research software available like Market Samurai, Long tail Pro, and Jaxxy, but they aren’t free. Although keyword research tools are not 100% precise and accurate, they do provide fairly close approximations of data culled from major search engines.

What is a niche website? What is niche marketing?

A niche is focused on a specific interest or target audience. People often confuse mass markets with niches or subniches.  A market is a broad or general topic or industry, while a niche is more highly targeted to a particular audience or customer.  An example of a market is healthcare.  A niche or sub-niche of this market may be focused on nursing education or even more specifically, continuing education for nurse practitioners.

 

A niche website displays content which encompasses a given niche or sub-niche.  They can be in the form of static websites, blogs or e-commerce sites.  They can be used to make direct sales of a product or service that you create or to the promote products and services of others (affiliate marketing).

 

There are an abundance of niche opportunities available.  The possibilities are endless. To find a good niche, examine your interests, hobbies and passions.  Take a close look at your talents and areas where you are highly knowledgeable. Also, consider trends and what is happening in the world around you and in your local community.  You can get some good ideas from observing topics that pop in social media, current events, the news, magazines, catalogues, brochures and store shelves at retailers.  You may just get your “Eureka!” moment by talking with a friend or watching TV.

 

 

For example, when my siblings and I were growing up, we would always spend hours on the weekend watching “Kung Fu theater” on syndicated TV.  You know, those older martial arts movies with the poorly dubbed English were televised often in those days. We’d always try and mimic the fighting moves used by the actors in the movies during our play fights.  Up until this day, is still enjoy Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li action flicks.  I almost consider the martial arts as a beautiful art form.  Although I don’t know the first thing about martial arts, I am intrigued enough to be able to research and write about the martial arts.  And, there are plenty of niches to be found within the marital arts markets, such as UFC jui jitsu gear, Gracie grappling techniques, tai chi for relaxation, etc.

 

 

A few good websites that will inspire some niche ideas are mazagines.com, Yahoo Answers, Quora, eBay and Google Trends. Brainstorm on how you can produce content, a service or a product that will actually add value to the niche and help the end user at the same time.

 

 

Starting your research with things that you are interested in or passionate about is helpful.  This is because you will be less likely to get bored and abandon the project.  It won’t feel as much like a chore when you are trying to consistently come up with fresh ideas and content within the niche. But, your research shouldn’t stop here.

 

 

Just because you like a particular niche doesn’t mean that it will be worth your while to pursue it.  That last thing that anyone wants is to invest time, money and resources into building a website in a niche that isn’t profitable.

 

Some people trip themselves up from the beginning by starting with too broad a topic.  They make the mistake of assuming that they are capable of serving every audience in a market.  Then, they later realize just how overwhelming a task this is and some give up.  They also don’t consider the fact that broad markets tend to be highly competitive and difficult to thrive in.  They are already dominated by well established brands and companies.

 

Are Writedge and DailyTwoCents Suitable Alternatives to Bubblews?

I am currently researching alternatives to writing on Bubblews.  This led me to a couple of revenue sharing websites called, DailyTwoCents and Writedge. They are jointly owned by Danielle McGaw and Michelle Harlow.  Writedge (WE) and DailyTwoCents (DTC) are partner sites. DailyTwoCents is a website similar to Bubblews and it allows people to write and publish short articles of at least 100 words.  One of the site owners is a former member of Bubblews, who didn’t get paid by Bubblews and I think they deleted her account.  She “fought back” by starting her own website.

 

Bubblews has many issues with delayed payment to its contributing members.  Bubblews have raised their cash out threshold from $25 to $50 last year.  They also increased the amount of time that it takes to be paid, from roughly a week to about 35 days now.

 

I have been checking online for what people are saying about DailyTwoCents and Writedge.  The reviews are overwhelmingly positive; Other than low traffic (compared to similar sites), I have yet to find anything that raises a red flag for me.  There haven’t been any complaints that I know of about delayed or missing payments from DTC or WE.  They have a Facebook page set up, where the owners are active.

 

They are much more responsive to the questions and concerns of their writers than Bubblews tends to be.  Some members on Bubblews report that they don’t receive good member support and very ambiguous and often rude answers from Bubblews support staff on issues. Some members had their accounts deleted without notice along with their accumulated earnings.

 

Writedge and DailyTwoCents has a PPV compensation system, which pays a little lower compared to Bubblews.  DailyTwoCents and Writedge pays ½ cent per unique view, while Bubblews pays 1 penny per view, like, share or comment.  WE and DTC doesn’t pay for likes, shares, or comments.  The payout minimum at WE and DTC is only $5, which is much lower compared to Bubblews’s $50 minimum payout threshold.

 

WE and DTC allow something that Bubblews doesn’t allow; Their contributors are permitted to insert affiliate and self-promoting links.  You are allowed to insert a few links, within reason. This offers contributors more opportunity to make more money and get increased exposure on other projects.  The  sweetest part is that the contributor gets to keep 100% of the revenue from their affiliate sales.

 

They are also accepting content that was previously published on other platforms like Squidoo or Hubpages.  The previously published content must be deleted from other places on the web and de-indexed from search engines prior to re-publishing.

 

Another thing that I like about WE and DTC is that they have standards. Bubblews doesn’t edit any post, which results in higher degree of plagiarism and low-quality garbage getting published there.  This isn’t a good practice in the long-term for search engine optimization, relevance and rankings.  I have actually seen several posts published on Bubblews with a string of incoherent nonsense, stuffed with keywords.  Not good.

 

DailyTwoCents edit posts prior to publishing them, which results in higher quality content.  You aren’t allowed to publish any and everything there.  Editors will check over the first 3- 5 submitted posts in order to ensure that they meet a certain quality level before the posts are published.  So, it is not possible to submit plagiarized, spammy content, filled with spelling and grammatical errors.

 

There is an unspoken rule that members on Bubblews are not allowed to write on subjects that entail making money.  Or, subjects that can lead the members away to competitors.  DTC and WE doesn’t seem to have any issues with publishing submissions related to these topics.

 

Though I am reluctant to call them a scam, I don’t feel 100% assured in writing for Bubblews.  They have the reputation of not paying for articles that go viral- even, when the poster follows all of their rules.  I’ve got the lingering feeling that one day I may not get paid for all my contributions or that my account may be mysteriously deleted without warning.  Diversification is important to me and I dabble in many different platforms to spread my eggs into different baskets.

 

So, I am seriously contemplating whether I should delete all of my better quality posts which I have published there, and find other platforms to republish them.  I have about 200 posts published on Bubblews.  I will likely re-write and tweak the content before moving it.

Bubblews: They continue to have issues

Bubblews is still receiving many criticism and complaints regarding delayed or missing payments to their members. They were 3 weeks late with the payment of my latest redemption. According to their rules (at the time), members should expect to be paid around 30 days after redeeming the money in the bank. I decided to give them an extra week before contacting member support about the late payment. They seem to be very inundated with a backlog of payment processing and other issues.

 

There was no “human” response to the first message that I sent to member support about the late payment. The typical automated response to the initial inquiry was sent. Then, I waited another couple of weeks and they still didn’t pay me. So, I sent a direct e-mail to member support with a screen shot of the redemption. The following day Bubblews support sent an e-mail which stated that they were sending the payment. Shortly thereafter, I received another e-mail from Bubblews via PayPal that my e-check was on the way.

 

I am happy that they held up their end of the bargain and eventually paid me. But, the experience makes me much more reluctant to continue submitting content on Bubblews. In fact, I am slowly deleting some of my best posts published there. I will most likely find somewhere else to put them for residual earnings.

 

Bubblews have made more changes to their payout structure and website that I don’t like. They increased the redemption payout time from 30 days to 35 days. In some countries the payout time is as high as 90 days. They are saying that they made this decision because of the amount of time that it takes for them get paid by advertisers on their website.

Then, there was something else that I noticed: Bubblews no longer covers PayPal fees, and a 5% charge is passed on to the member. Basically, the PayPal fee is deducted from Bubblews e-checks deposited to PayPal.

In addition, the earnings aren’t as transparent as they used to be. Members are no longer able to see the amount of views to each post.   It is also not clear how much each member will earn per unique page view to their content.  We have to just trust that we aren’t being shafted on the unique views (uhhhhh, right).

In some countries, the pay per view is something like $.001 per unique page view. The amount of money that the advertisers pay for ad placements in certain regions comes into play. I know that Bubblews implemented this in order to prevent “gaming the system” and get rid of the cheaters but that totally sucks.
It looks like member activity has dropped significantly since the changes were implemented. Low activity= less page views= less ad revenue=money. Perhaps, people have started to bail and seek greener pastures.  Will this website last the many changes? Who knows?

 

In the past, Bubblews actually deducted all earnings on deleted posts! That was not fair because Bubblews have already earned advertising revenue on the page views from those posts. But this changed; They are now allowing members to keep the earnings from deleted posts (which is the way that it should have been in the first place).

 

I dislike the way that they handle their member support and payment processing. I don’t know whether there is a cash flow problem or if Bubblews is simply short staffed and disorganized. It doesn’t make them look good. They really need to tighten up in those areas of member support and sending out payments on time.

 

I already look at my activity there as a hobby rather than a sustainable money-making venture. I check in every few days for a few minutes. That’s just to keep connected with other members and to see what is going on there. I won’t be spending that much time there because it is not worth it in the long run.

Get Started With Building a Website or Blog-Part 2

After you purchase and register a domain name and hosting service, you are ready to build your website or blog

Common Ways That People Build Websites:

Using a text editor: Building a website totally from scratch can seem like a daunting task, because it requires that you learn a bit about HTML (HyperText Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and perhaps, FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

To the untrained eye, HTML and CSS look like a bunch of gibberish.  HTML is a coding language which communicates to web browsers how the webpages of a website or blog display in web browsers, like Internet Explorer and Chrome.

HTML involves the use of “elements” such as tags and attributes (example, <b>OMG</b>).  CSS gives the designer much more creative ability to jazz up webpages than does HTML.

HTML and CSS aren’t as complicated as they appear to be.  Yet, building a website with raw code from scratch is a very time consuming and tedious process.  It also requires attention to detail and patience.

Working with raw code doesn’t require the use of any special or expensive software. You can actually start the process of building webpages, within a simple text editor, such as Notepad.

Quite frankly, it is advisable to at least learn the fundamentals of these two languages.  In doing so, you will have more flexibility and design control over your website.  It will also give you an edge if you decide to upgrade to more advanced techniques or use professional software programs to design websites.  You will also have a greater understanding of how to troubleshoot technical issues when they inevitably arise.  It’s either that, or be prepared to spend an arm and a leg for help with set-up, design, and technical support issues.

There are many tools available that make the process much simpler.  These are some software programs which can assist people in building and designing websites:

WYSIWYG Software Editors:  A WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editing program eliminates the requirement to learn a programming language in order to build a website or blog.  These programs allow users the option to work with raw HTML and CSS or to work with text.  The text editing option feels similar to working with a word processing program, which shows you what the webpage will look like after it is published.

Still, there is a learning curve with any software program that you use.  Some examples of WYSIWYG editors are Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Web.  These are not free and some of these programs are very expensive.   Coffee Cup has both free and paid version of their website editing program to help people build websites.

CMS (Content Management Systems): 

  • WordPress- Free open-source blogging software; WordPress users can install themes and widgets to the dashboard in order to customize the appearance and layout of the blog. Plugins are used to expand on the functionality of the blog.  There are thousands of WordPress themes and plugins available (some are free and others have a cost).  Some people are wary of WordPress, for it is prone to security breaches.  Hackers are adept at inserting malicious code into outdated WordPress plugins and themes.  So, it is imperative that WordPress themes and plugins are kept updated.

Online Website/Blog Builders:  These allow users to build a website by use of drag and drop widgets.  The advantage of using them is that they are very user-friendly and easy to learn.  You can create a website literally in minutes.

  • Wix– Free and premium paid versions available. They insert their own ads on free hosted blogs. A wide array of very nice website design templates are available. There is no need to manually edit the source code of the website. WYSIWYG editor and user-friendly building tools are included.
  • Weebly– Free and premium paid versions available. Weebly places their own ads on free hosted blogs. Weebly has a catalog of website design templates, although their catalog is not as extensive compared to Wix. WYSIWYG editor and building tools are included, so hand coding is not necessary.
  • Blogger– Owned by Google; Free-hosted blogging service; Allows users to change the look and functionality of the blog by use of widgets and templates. You can also make changes to the HTML and add CSS to Blogger blogs. Google does not automatically incorporate ads on the blog even though the hosting is free. This is a nice touch for people who don’t desire any ads on their blog.

I am neither an internet whiz, nor a tech guru.  I know just enough HTML and CSS to do a little damage.  There are some free resources on the internet, to help you gain a firm foundation for building a website from scratch using HTML and CSS.  You will have access to many tutorials that walk you through the beginning process, step-by-step.

Additional resources:

W3cschools

HTML Goodies

Massive Changes at Bubblews

The entire look and feel of the website was revamped. Here are some of the major changes that occurred. In general the changes have made the website more enjoyable and easier to navigate.

1. The dislike button was eliminated. That’s cool, since I didn’t hate on or troll other members like that. If I don’t like someone’s post, then I just move on to another one. Some people were abusing it.

2. Members can no longer like or dislike comments.

3. Bubblews added the ability to delete comments. Yay! Members are more empowered to get rid of people who leave spam or idiotic comments.

4. They limited the ability to edit posts. The option to edit posts is only open for a short while, although I can’t be sure how long. I wanted to update some old posts but that option is no longer available.

5. It now takes about 30 days to get your money after cashing out. It used to be around 72 hours after hitting the redeem button that you would receive an e-mail notification about your payment. Then, members were supposed to receive their payments within about five business days after that e-mail. Bubblews started having problems with delayed payments to members. Hopefully, this will give them a chance to get caught up with paying their members.

6. The website moves much faster now, with fewer errors and less downtime. The 504 error is a thing of the past. It is now easier to leave comments, without double posting them.

7. It is easier to upload pictures from Pixabay. Members can search through Pixabay for free images in the public domain to put on their Bubblews posts.

8. The notifications page is improved. It is broken down into different tabs, with a tab for “likes ” received on your posts and a tab dedicated to comments left on your posts. The confusing “commented on your comment” thread in the notifications was removed.

9. They removed the ability for members to leave comments on another member’s profile page. I was happy about this, since the comments cluttered the profile page and most of the comments were spam.

10. It seems that spammers and plagiarists have dramatically decreased. I think that Bubblews staff will eventually weed out all of most of them as they continue to refine their system. The other members are taking a stand by deleting the spam and reporting members who violate the rules.

11. Many members are complaining that their earnings have decreased, while others are saying that their earnings have increased. My overall earnings per post have dropped a little. I haven’t quite figured out what I need to do to get it back up.

12. Members can no longer hog the front page of Bubblews for days at a time. Now, more members have a better shot at getting their posts on the front page of Bubblews for at least 10 minutes.

13. Bubblews removed the categories. People are compensating for this by using more tags. The “+” and dashes are used for tagging words and phrases. “&” is used to tag another member in a post or comment.

14. Some of the interlinks and tags disappeared in older posts. This is a glitch that will probably be fixed.

15. The archive wasn’t great before. Now it has gone from bad to worse. I don’t know how to easily access many of my old posts. If I run a title search with their search tool, I may or may not find some of my old posts.

16. The like icon is now a star. When you click it to like a post, the star turns yellow.

17. The bank is cute now. It displays how much earnings are currently there and how much you have to earn before the next redemption.

18. I think that their referral program is gone. I don’t see any information on the site regarding the program. I don’t have access to my referral link.

19. Some Bubblews members are reporting that they were paid some of their missing redemptions.

20. Views to posts and earnings per post aren’t as predictable. Some of my newly published posts are making less than $.50 after the first few days published. But, other posts perform much better and earn much more. It is hit or miss in trying to figure out the types of posts that will earn more money now.

Yahoo Contributor Network Shutdown and Squidoo is Merging with Hubpages

Yahoo! shutdown the Yahoo Contributor Network and Yahoo Voices the end of July 2014 and all of the published articles were deleted from their servers.  I wrote a short review about the Yahoo Contributor Network in another blog post.

Even though I wasn’t active there, I am a little upset to see them go. This was one of the first websites that allowed me to publish my content and get paid for it.

I published less than 40 articles, and continued to receive a few dollars in Performance Payments every couple of months. It’s not much, but every bit helps if you want to buy a cup of Starbucks.

I had stopped publishing for YCN over a year, ago. I developed a bit of a distaste for them after I submitted an article to them and never heard anything back (even after 10 business days). I deleted the article from YCN and published it on my personal blog instead.

There are some contributors who published hundreds and even thousands of articles on Yahoo Contributor Network. Many of them were making hundreds to thousands monthly in Upfront Payments and Performance Payments. To see all of that residual income vanish with short notice has to be devastating. Not only does this impact their income, it also impacts the amount of time that it will take for them to download those articles and come up with another plan.

The contributors are going scramble to find somewhere else to put their writing. They will do this in order to keep their residual income stream flowing.

And another one goes down in smoke… Squidoo is shutting down, too!

Squidoo announced that it is closing down. Helium is closing down in December and I hear that Zujava lost their Amazon Associates account. Suite 101 is no more. I see a recurring trend here. As the saying goes: “The only thing that is constant is change”. Many user generated content mills and revenue sharing websites have either shutdown or have problems paying their contributors.

Squidoo is a writing platform founded by Seth Godin that allowed individual authors to publish articles called “lenses”. I joined in 2010, but decided not to publish there, because I didn’t like some of their rules and standards for publishing. I lost interest in Squidoo a few years ago when I noticed how much poorly written stuff was published there. Plus, I didn’t like the way that they treated some of their publishers. Lenses (the articles published on Squidoo) seemed to be locked in an arbitrary fashion, without warning.

Squidoo was acquired by Hubpages (another publishing platform). Lensmasters (the publishers on Squidoo) with at least one featured lens are permitted to migrate their work over to Hubpages, if they wish to do so.

Squidoo was hit really hard by the Panda update, along with many other similar websites. So, the update caused a reduction in search engine traffic, which led to reduced readership and revenue. Hubpages was able to bounce back a little from the Panda update. I don’t think that Hubpages ever made a full recovery of most of its high ranking in Google and traffic. Some of the authors on Hubpages complain that they aren’t making nearly as much money as they were prior to Panda. Many of them have jumped ship due to this fact.

I am going to be honest. When you submit your content to a revenue sharing website, you are building up their internet property and adding value to their system. More good quality and relevant content and media added to a website tends to make Google happy.

The biggest takeaway that I get from this situation is that they can kick you to the curb, whenever they want. They don’t care about your bills and the amount of time that you have invested into producing content and helping their business. They probably won’t be moved if you were to scream “Murder!” and cry tears of blood about the debacle.

Just look at how much courtesy and respect that Squidoo paid to their contributors by dropping the bomb on them at such short notice. The owners of revenue sharing websites are obligated to look out for their own best interests; your interests and financial welfare take a backseat to theirs.

I won’t come down on user-generated content mills and revenue share websites too harshly; that would be like throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water. There are some benefits to utilizing them. Revenue sharing websites are fine for building up a portfolio and earning some residual income. They are not a permanent or dependable income stream. We should never become overly dependent on them. If you are going to use them and other third-party money making systems, keep in the back of your mind that you aren’t in control.

Like I said in my video, diversify your income and your efforts. Don’t make the mistake of putting all of your eggs in one basket. Again, look at what has happened to some of the people whom have published their content on Squidoo. Some of them published anywhere from hundreds to thousands of articles there. Those articles were netting many of them hundreds to thousands of dollars per month in residual income.

Now, they are going to hustle and scramble to find a way to replace their lost income. They are going to need to figure out if they should rewrite, repurpose their content, republish it or retire it. Some platforms don’t want content that has been published elsewhere on the web- even if the content has already de-indexed in search engines. So, it may or may not be a good decision to try and put the articles up on another website.

I would love to go on about this, but I think that I have rambled about it enough and beat this topic into the ground. So, I will leave you with this: You can either stop using revenue share websites/user-generated content mills or continue to use them. The choice is yours. If you decide to continue using them, get what you can out of revenue sharing sites, but make sure that you create your own internet property and other revenue streams.

 

Is Bubblews a scam?

Lately, I have been reading some really negative reviews about Bubblews. I wrote a blog post about Bubblews a few months ago, which you can read later. Most of the complaints eminate from members who either weren’t paid or had their account deleted. You’ve got your people who love and fully support Bubblews and your people who hate Bubblews with a passion. I sort of see myself in the middle, since I haven’t been burned by them. I won’t get into a knock-down, drag-out debate with any of these polar opposites. I think that they both bring relevant and valid points to the discussion.

 

Is Bubblews a scam?
I don’t see Bubblews as a scam website, but rather a system fraught with several flaws. Here’s some of the things that I’ve noticed in my time there:

 
Spammers on steroids– There are too many members leaving self promoting messages in comments. It seems that for every spammer that they get rid of, ten more come out of the wood work. Users can flag spammy posts and comments, but it takes up a lot of time and resources for staff to eliminate these spammers.

 
Bland and boring dashboard- It basically allows you to upload text and a few pictures. There is not much else you can do there, like add HTML tags or embed YouTube videos.

There’s no control on moderating comments

 
Poor quality submissions- Bubblews does not edit posts. So anyone can submit immediately after passing a CAPTCHA test. There are many examples published there of worthless drivel, riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. You can easily decipher that many posts are written by people who aren’t Native speakers of English.

 
It is not a venue for serious and professional writers. Bubblews is very lighthearted and casual (which is both positive and negative). Some of the members don’t accept criticism very well.

 
The fact that there aren’t any standards, brings down the overall quality of the website. Some of the crap posted there can’t possibly bring in truly targeted traffic from search engines. If Bubblews wants to increase its reputation in the eyes of advertisers and search engines, it should purge many of the poor quality posts.

 
Too many plagiarists– Bubblews is really good about getting rid of these people once they are discovered. At the same time, they need some sort of software for detecting copied content and blocking the content from submission. Copied content doesn’t sit very well with major advertising networks, like Google Adsense.

 
Compensation system is nebulous– Bubblews is direct in stating how much members are paid for posts submitted there. Bubblews pays a penny per unique page view, like, comment, or share to each post. I don’t understand how they’ve calculated that this compensation is a 50/50 split of advertising revenue between Bubblews and the member.
Lackluster member support- Many of the members complain that Bubblews staff does not respond to their inquiries regarding missed or delayed payments. According to the complaints, when they do respond, it is often vague. Some of the members whose accounts were deleted have claimed that they weren’t given clear reasons why.

 
504 errors- Most of the time there aren’t any issues, but Bubblews experiences too much downtime. It is really frustrating to log on to your account and attempt to post a comment and then get an error message. Obviously, downtime results in lost page views and advertising revenue. I think Bubblews administrators need to change their hosting service or get help from an IT company.

 
I could say more about my observations, but I don’t want to put you to sleep.

 

Most of the posts that I submitted to Bubblews were written in 20 minutes or less, with little or no research required. Many of the writings that I submitted there consist of my opinion about current events, things that I see on TV, or random ramblings about my personal experiences. In other words, I don’t see Bubblews as a platform where I would devote copious amounts of time researching and drafting articles. I always proofread the articles for errors and try to make my submissions interesting or funny. However, I won’t waste time submitting my best content there.

 
I don’t invest much time there, so I wouldn’t go bezerk if they deleted my account or failed to pay me. I would join the masses of people complaining about Bubblews and spread the word about their misdeeds, though.

Bubblews payment proof
Bubblews payment proof

 
I won’t bitch, moan and gripe about Bubblews because they have allowed me to earn some extra pocket change for something that I would probably do anyway. There are people in emerging nations who see Bubblews as a chance for them to come up and make a decent wages (by their standards). The CEO is saying that big changes are coming to Bubblews which will make people like it better. So, I won’t be too critical of them.

 
My activities are limited mostly to commenting on the posts of my strongest connections. I will continue to submit posts once in a blue moon, when I am in the mood. I will take what I can from the experience and move on when I feel the need to. People who consider joining should, proceed with caution.

Get Started With Building A Website or Blog-Part 1

Disclaimer/Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. If you click through on a link and decide to make a purchase, I may receive a commission.

Choosing A Domain Name and Web Hosting Service

Building a website or a blog is a bit intimidating in the beginning, and there is a learning curve when it comes to this topic. Before your start to build your website there are some things that you will need to take into consideration.

 

You should spend a fair amount of time planning what your website will be about. Another point, It is more effective to stick to a specific theme or a niche rather than jumping all over the place with different or very broad, general topics.
For instance, let’s say that you want to create a blog about the martial arts. Unless you hire a staff of writers working in your behalf, you’d probably find that this is an overwhelming subject to tackle. Perhaps, sticking to a more narrow topic, like kung fu techniques and jiu jitsu would be more feasible to work with. Also, choose a niche that you are passionate about and one which is in demand.
Also, what will you name your website or blog? The name of your website will be the domain name or web address. Domain names usually end in .com, .net, .org, or .edu. This is what people will need to type in to the web browser to arrive at your website. It will be your “www.whatevernameyouchooseforyourwebsite.com”. I know that is a little long, but you get the drift.

 

You should also choose a domain that is related to the website niche and includes key words for that niche. This will help the website to rank better in the search engines. It also helps if the domain name is easy to spell, easy to remember, and is not too long. You can purchase a domain name fairly cheap at hundreds of different web hosting companies like, Godaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, and DreamHost.
After purchasing a domain name, you will need hosting for your website or blog. The website can be hosted for free or it can be self-hosted (paid). I get into some of the differences between these two services in another post. Some web hosting companies offer free domain names with the purchase of web hosting. On average, a domain name costs $15 or less for a year.
A web host stores the website or blog on a server (high powered computer that remains connected to the internet 24/7). So you are paying for the space that your website occupies on the server. There are many types of self-hosting service available. For the sake of simplicity I will list the three main services used by new website owners:
Shared Hosting: The website is stored on a server along with thousands of other websites. This solution is usually sufficient for small websites with small to moderate amounts of traffic. Shared hosting is the lowest cost hosting service available.
Virtual Private Network: This is similar to shared hosting, but is more suited to websites with huge amounts of traffic. A greater level of access to the server is offered to clients. This service costs more than shared hosting.
Dedicated Server: Your website (or websites) is stored on its own server. Some people prefer this option, because of concerns about potential malware infection from other websites, which can occur with shared hosting service. These servers are capable of handling massive amounts of traffic. This is much more expensive than the other two services.

 
Shared web hosting is available for as low as $7-9 per month. Some web hosting companies offer billing on a monthly basis. Others offer the option to pay yearly or semi-yearly at a lower cost than the monthly billing option.

 
I purchase my domain names from Godaddy. This blog is hosted with Blue Host hosting service. So far, I haven’t experienced any major technical problems with either company. Both companies have a c-panel dashboard for easy installation of software, like WordPress.

 

I received good customer support with GoDaddy when I first started with blogging.   I can’t speak to the quality of Blue Host’s customer service, since I never had to contact them. Their Knowledge Base was pretty helpful to me when I sought out information on how to set up and transfer hosting.

 
Horror stories are prevalent from people who had problems transferring their domain name and hosting service over to a different company. This happens most frequently when the domain name and web hosting service is purchased from the same company. So, it may be better to order these services from separate companies.

 
Make sure that you do your research and shop around for the best plan to suit your needs. The level of customer service and technical support that you will receive are very important things to consider. Ask for recommendations from other website owners.

 

© Copyright 2014 Susan Broadbelt

Earn Some Extra Cash Writing For Bubblews

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  If you decided to join this website through the link, I may receive compensation.

I stumbled upon this website in December 2013, while doing Google searches for ways to make extra money online.  It is a revenue sharing website and social blogging platform that allows people to express their thoughts and ideas on just about any topic (within their policy agreement).  Bubblews is open to people in the United States and all over the world.

What are some of The Pros of Using Bubblews?

It has a very user-friendly interface.  You aren’t required to learn any HTML coding or be a professional writer to make money there.  You can write about almost anything that comes to mind, and make money off it.  The website design is very clean and uncluttered.   Most of the other “Bubblers” or people that participate on Bubblews, are cordial and will make helpful suggestions to other users.

Bubblews is a revenue sharing website, meaning that writers are paid some of the advertising revenue generated from Bubblews.   Members are credited a penny for each unique page view to their posts. You are credited a penny whenever someone “likes” a comment or post that you wrote.  You are credited when someone shares one of your posts, too.  Members are permitted to make up to 10 posts per day.

Each post must contain a minimum of 400 characters (not words).   You could easily come up with something to write about as there are no assignments, and the webmasters don’t tell anyone what to post.  Their rules appear fairly straightforward and  simple to follow.

Members can redeem earnings once “The Bank” reaches $50.  The earnings can be redeemed by e-check or PayPal.  I takes about 72 hours to receive an e-mail notification from them that your e-check is on the way.  After that, it takes another 3-5 business days for the e-check to clear in a PayPal account.

It seems that the more posts that you make, the more page views and earnings you make.  Also, the more “Connections” and interactions you make there, the greater your earnings.

The average member making posts occasionally, will make a few pennies or dollars here and there.  Nothing to get excited about.  There are quite a few members who claim to make several hundred dollars per month (or more).  These are very active members, with thousands of connections on Bubblews.  You need to put in a lot of work and remain active in order to reach regular payout thresholds.

What are Some of The Cons of using Bubblews?

Bubblews is glitchy at times.  On many occasions, I have attempted to log on and got a “504 error” or some other message that the website was offline.   You can end up wasting time browsing through the “Notifications Page”.  For example, I am not very fond of the so-and-so ‘commented on your comment” notification.  This notification appears each time that someone comments on a post that you left a comment on.  It is not very clear whether any person even commented on a comment that you made.

Also, there is no control over who is allowed to leave comments on your posts.  In other words, you can’t moderate your posts.  So, anyone can leave offensive remarks on your post and you can’t remove them yourself.  However, you could make a complaint to the staff at Bubblews to have spam and offensive comments removed by sending an e-mail and clicking on the “Flag this” button.   It is rare for people to harass others there, as it is against their policy and could result in account removal.

There is no editorial oversight on Bubblews. So, anything that you write can be submitted instantly.  Although there are members who submit very engaging and informative posts, many of the people writing posts there tend to submit posts which are very dull and uninteresting.  Others submit posts filled with spelling,  grammar and syntax errors.

Another thing is that some of the writers there have complained that either their payments were delayed or that they did not receive some of their payouts.  It is possible that some of these people violated Bubblews terms of service agreement in some way.  Several others whom have run into this issue say that they followed all of the rules to the letter, but still had the problem.   Some people complain that their accounts were deleted for no apparent reason.

I have never had these issues and most of the people who have been using the website for a number of months haven’t had any of those issues, either.   So far, I have been able to cash out once for a little over $50.  I will continue to make posts there and participate unless I start to have the same problems.

Some people “connect” with other members in the hopes that the other members will connect back and start reading their posts.   Many of them have no intention of reading your posts.  It can be annoying when you catch on to this tactic.  I usually stick to reading the posts of members who submit educational or interesting content.

Overall, I really do like Bubblews and I recommend it as a way to earn a few dollars here and there, while having a little fun.  But, remember not to put all your eggs in one basket.  Join today!   www.bubblews.com

 

 

© Copyright 2014  Susan Broadbelt