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Make Money By Answering Questions with WebAnswers

make money answering questions on WebAnswers

Do you like to write? Do you enjoy trivia? Do you consider yourself to be a fact junkie? Then you could make money by asking and answering questions at WebAnswers. This is a website very similar to Yahoo Answers.   The main difference is that WebAnswers is a revenue sharing website and their members get paid for participation. It is free to register and ask questions.

Members get paid through Google AdSense.   Members can either set up a new AdSense account through WebAnswers or link to an existing AdSense account. New members need to answer at least 50 questions before they are eligible to link their AdSense account to WebAnswers. Once there is $100 or more accumulated in the AdSense account, the member is paid by Google.

 

More detail about AdSense Earnings on WebAnswers

Quality Score

Each contributing member is given a Quality Score rating. The more thorough and accurate answers that you provide, the higher your Quality Score will be. Quality is much more important than the quantity of questions answered.   Quality Scores get a boost when answers are lengthy (not just a few sentences), logical, and written in proper English grammar and spelling.

 

WebAnswers does not reveal exactly how they determine members’ Quality Scores. They won’t divulge the intricacies of the Quality Score system, since they don’t want any members attempting to manipulate the system. It is safe to say that your Quality Score is heavily impacted by level of participation and the quality and completeness of answers.
There is a direct correlation between Quality Score rating and the amount of money you will make. WebAnswers tend to show more ads with a member’s AdSense ID when their Quality Score rating is high. This translates into more AdSense impressions compared to members who have a lower Quality Score. More page impressions increases the possibility of more AdSense clicks on a member’s AdSense ads.

 

In order to get the most out of WebAnswers, you will need to be very active and participate regularly. Successful members stick to answering questions from topics where they are knowledgeable. The members who make the most money are the ones who provide very thorough, detailed answers to several questions per day. It goes almost without saying that members who participate seldom, do not make as much money as the most active members. So, quantity, quality and consistency are very important to the Quality Score rating and earnings potential.

 

Awarded Answers and Adsense earnings

When someone asks a question, they have the option to “award” one person who posts an answer to their question. The Awarded Answer is the answer that the asker chooses as the best answer.

A member makes a percentage on of the AdSense revenue from webpages displaying their Awarded Answers. The asker also earns a percentage of the adsense revenue until the question gets an awarded answer.

 

As mentioned before, members are paid through AdSense. The amount of money earned is based on factors such as the number of clicks to your AdSense ads, the number of page impressions, CPC (Cost per click), and eCPM. Certain advertisers are willing to pay more money per click from the ads that display on WebAnswers.   Ad categories such as Health, Legal, Finance, Beauty tend to have higher AdSense CPC (cost per click) and eCPMs.

 

Please understand that you aren’t allowed to click on your own ads or ask others to. This will get you kicked off WebAnswers and banned from the AdSense program. WebAnswers doesn’t tolerate plagiarized content on their website. Plagiarism could result in termination of a user’s account.

 

Copying and pasting is not allowed. They use a software which detects when users have copied and pasted a group of text from somewhere, even word processing software. Any posts containing copied and pasted text will be flagged and checked by moderators for plagiarism.

 

How much can you earn on WebAnswers?

Don’t expect to make big money on WebAnswers. There is no real way of knowing how much money you will make on WebAnswers, because of the unpredictability of AdSense revenue. Some members are able to earn several hundred dollars per month. What I gleaned from reading forums and responses from members, is that the average member makes about $50-$150 per month by answering a 5-10 question per day. This is just a rough estimate, because people aren’t allowed to give exact figures on their AdSense income and CTR’s.

 

Also, WebAnswers shows member’s ads on different pages through out the website- not just on Awarded Answer pages or questions asked. They don’t tell members where their ads are shown. As far as I know, you can’t track your earnings in Google Analytics. So, it is pretty difficult to tell which webpages are earning more money.

You can also make money by referring traffic to WebAnswers and others to join WebAnswers.

Cons of WebAnswers:
Some of the members who ask questions take a very long time to award answers or never award answers. Each member who participates in answering a question, will receive AdSense impressions on a rotated basis until the question is awarded. The more people who answer a question, the more dilute the earnings potential of the question. So, if 30 people answer a question the asker and all 30 of the members who’ve answered the question will have their AdSense ID rotated on that webpage until an Awarded Answer is selected.

They don’t like for people to put links in answers, especially affiliate and self-promotional links. Therefore, posts that contain links are flagged by their system and moderated. It is a measure taken to reduce spam.

Google has removed their ads from WebAnswers quite a few times. I am not sure why this happens and it could be due to many reasons. My guess is that Google may find some posts on the website that they don’t think are appropriate. When this occurs all members lose AdSense revenue until Google decides to reinstate WebAnswers‘s AdSense account. The last time that this happened the ads were gone for nearly a week.

 

Their support forum for members is not very active. It is supposed to be a place for members to voice their concerns in an organized fashion. The members seem to prefer to just post direct questions and concerns through WebAnswers. That’s okay, but I think it would be easier for members to access this type of info in the dedicated support forum. The owners of the website don’t seem to be very active over there. Since I joined, I haven’t heard any updates from them, including when problems arise.

 

One thing that should be pointed out is that WebAnswers is not open to people in all countries. Check the terms of service to find out whether you are eligible to register.

 

I am a firm believer in not putting your eggs in one basket, so I spend just a few days a week there. I do it to keep my participation levels up and my account active.  Some people complain that as their participation drops, their earning levels and AdSense impressions decline.  Another thing that I should add is that once you submit content to WebAnswers, you lose copyrights to what you publish there.   So, be sure to keep this in mind.

 

I joined WebAnswers in March 2014 and expect good things from them. I plan to experiment with it for some time and see what develops.

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.

Make Money Online Writing for Textbroker

 

make money writing for Textbroker

Textbroker offers a legit way to make money online by writing.  It is owned by Textbroker International, LLC which is headquartered in Nevada.   There is also an office in Germany.  The company operates a U.S. website and a UK website. Textbroker provides businesses and individuals with unique written content.

The company refers to its writers as “authors”. Registration is free for authors and Textbroker doesn’t charge their authors any fees.  They accept only United States residents as authors (at the www.textbroker.com – the United States site, that is).  English speakers in countries outside of the United States may be eligible to write for Textbroker UK.  This article is derived from my experience in working with Textbroker US.

Textbroker registration requirements

After registering with the website, authors are required to submit proof of residency.  You can submit a copy of a government issued driver’s license or I.D.  You are allowed to obliterate the I.D number.   They are interested in verifying your address, your birth date and the expiration date of the I.D.

Textbroker rating system

A writing sample is required from prospective authors. They give the authors a short list of topics to write about for the sample submission.  An editor will review and rate the sample and notify authors by e-mail within a few days.  The author is assigned a rating based on the writing sample and this also determines how much authors are paid for their submissions.  Textbroker’s rating system is a scale of 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest rating. Their star rating and pay scale is as follows:

 

Rating  Pay Per Word
5 star 5.0 cents
4 star 1.4 cents
3 star 1.0 cents
2 star 0.7 cents
1 star You can’t write for them

 

Most authors start out at either a 3 star or 4 star rating.  The 5 and 4 star authors are paid more money and they are offered more opportunities to write through Textbroker.  There are opportunities available for level 2 authors on rare occasions.  1 star rated authors aren’t permitted to write for Textbroker.

You don’t need to be a professional writer in order to be accepted.  You need to have a very strong command of the English language, with a firm grasp on Standard English grammar and spelling in order to pass muster.  It seems that they prefer native speakers of English.

 

How does Textbroker work?

The type of writing assignments available through Textbroker are considered “work-for-hire”.  The writers on Textbroker basically work as ghost writers on behalf of Textbroker’s clients.  This means that the client retains the copyrights to any work produced.  Textbroker is also granted rights to reproduce, edit, or rework any content submitted through their website. The content that writers produce must be good quality and original.  Textbroker doesn’t tolerate plagiarism.

Clients request writing on a specific topic.  Most of the time, the client will detail exactly what the requirements are for a writing assignment (word count, for example). The client generally provides the title and instructions for the article that they want written.  Some clients will specify that certain keywords are used for an article, a specified number of times.  There are normally deadlines for writing assignments.

Authors can find assignments by clicking on the “Assignments” tab, and then on the “Show Orders” tab.   The Open Orders are organized according to the categories that they fall under (e.g., business, fashion, technology, etc.).

The types of requests made by clients are usually for content meant to be published on the web.  However, the client has the right to use the content as he please.  Rarely, I see assignments which entail creating spreadsheets or press releases.  I presume that most of the assignments are articles for blogs, newsletters, or websites.

The client has 72 hours to accept, reject an article, or ask for revisions.  If the client takes no action within this time frame, then the article is automatically accepted after 72 hours.

When a client accepts an article that an author submits, a payment is deposited into the author’s account. It’s a process that takes a few days. If an article is rejected, the author is offered an opportunity to revise the article and resubmit it.

How and when does Textbroker Pay?

Textbroker pays authors every week on Fridays by PayPal.  Authors can request payout, provided that there is enough money in their Textbroker account.  The payout threshold is really low at only $10.  As long as payout requests are made by Thursday, 11:59 p.m. PST, the money is sent to the PayPal account by the end of the business day on Friday of the same week.

I must point out that Textbroker requires their authors to fill out and submit W-9 tax forms before they will make any payments.  Authors are considered independent contractors, rather than employees.  Authors must also remember to pay taxes on their earnings.  Textbroker does not withhold taxes from payments.

 

What are some of the pros of writing for Textbroker?

No experience is required.   Anyone can write for Textbroker, provided that their writing skills meet Textbroker’s standards and the writer has a strong command of the English language.  Most of the assignments that I saw in Open Orders are fairly short at 500 words or less.

Writers can work for Textbroker as much or as little as they like.  You can work from anywhere that there is a computer and internet access.  The website is usually up and running 24/7.

The writers are paid weekly.  You don’t need to wait a month or more for your money, like you would need to on other websites.  I haven’t done much writing for Textbroker, but I have earned enough to make at least one cash out.  They are a legitimate company since I was able to cash out my earnings with no problems.   The earnings were sent to my PayPal account very quickly.  PayPal didn’t deduct any fees from the money deposited, either.

The established writers earn more money by joining writing teams and through Direct Orders.  Basically, some clients make requests for Direct Orders from a writer if they really like the writer’s work. With Direct Orders, the writer sets the price per word that he or she wants to be paid.   I have visited a few forums wherein some writers brag that they made good money over the years writing for Textbroker.

What are some of the cons of writing for Textbroker?

Textbroker US does not allow writers who reside outside of the United States to write for them.

The pay is very low compared to other freelance writing platforms.  Being that the pay per word is so low, slower and deliberate writers (like myself) may have some difficulty maximizing their time and profits writing for Textbroker. You could spend two to three hours researching and writing on a topic and get paid a few measly dollars for your time.

Many of the topics listed in the assignments tab are not interesting.  Writers are allowed to claim and work on one assignment at a time.

Unless you are a 4 or 5 star writer, there aren’t very many writing jobs available.   At the present I am a 3 star writer.  I’d like to continue writing there to increase my star rating.  The editors do a new Quality Assessment rating on their authors every so often.  So, there is still the possibility for a rating upgrade.

Another problem here, is that the writing assignments available have dwindled. I check in a few times per week and seldom find anything worth working on since joining.

Since it is all work-for-hire and the writer doesn’t retain any copyright ownership in the work once the work is submitted, accepted by the client, and paid for.  The copyright ownership is transferred over to the client that requested it and the work can’t be reproduced by the writer.   Therefore, the writer has no opportunity to earn residual earnings from the work produced.

One of the chief complaints that I hear in some forums, is that the editors are very picky, especially when it comes to comma usage.  Writers can get downgraded for grammar which does not meet their standards.  This is understandable, since the objective is to provide high quality content for the clients.

Writers are rated on the first five articles that are submitted through Textbroker.  The account is then placed on a temporary hold until after the articles are rated.   During that hold, writers aren’t allowed to accept any new writing assignments or to submit any new articles through Textbroker. The editors will determine whether to raise the writer’s star rating, leave it the same or lower it.

Textbroker does not allow clients and writers to form outside business relationships.  All communications must be done through their internal messaging system.

Final thoughts about Textbroker

Textbroker is a good place to start for people who are newcomers to freelance writing.  It sort of trains newbies to keep up with deadlines and meet client expectations.

Textbroker is good for people who have a natural knack for writing, but no formal training. If you are a fast writer, you will find that most of the writing assignments are quick and easy to draft and knock out.

I am not certain that this is a place where you can rely on a steady stream of work in the future.  There is no harm in using it as a place to learn and gain experience.  I highly suggest that once you’ve built up your confidence and improved your writing skills, that you move on to higher paying writing jobs.  They are out there.

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.

Just Write: A College Degree is Not Required to Have A Successful Career in Writing

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I visited a writing forum and one of the members said something that concerned me: She said that she wished that she had went to school to learn how to write. She had received several harsh and negative comments and criticism on her writing skills.

 
Well, my stance on her sentiment is that you don’t need to go to college and earn a degree in writing in order to master the craft of writing. If she continues on her present path, then she will eventually improve her writing skills, without investing thousands of dollars into a potentially worthless college degree.

 
People have a misconception that a formal education is required in order to become a professional writer. A formal education where the writer has receive extensive training in writing is very helpful, but it is definitely not requisite. There is no such thing as perfection in writing. What is required most is competence and an audience.

 

How to improve your writing:

Get started with writing. Purchase some pens and a couple of durable wire bound notebooks and just start free writing anything that comes to your mind. Even if your writing does not make sense in the beginning, that’s fine. The idea is to get something down on paper in rough draft form. You can always go back and build upon your original ideas and then revise and edit as needed.

 
Keep writing. Set aside a time during the day, specifically for the purpose of writing. Do it at a time when you are well rested and have some peace and quiet. I find that I am the most creative when I wake up in the morning. So, I freshen up and have a cup of coffee and sit down with notebook and jot down my ideas. Sometimes my initial ideas are very fragmented and written in stream-of-consciousness style. I do this for a few hours every day.

 
Set a writing goal. Determine what your objectives are. What type of writing are you most interested in? How long do you want your pieces to be? My personal goal is to write at least 1000 words per day for either my blogs or other writing platforms.

 
Edit and Proofread. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy as you write. There are free resources available on the internet to help you check for misspellings, word contexts and synonyms. When you are ready, type up your writings into word processing software. Don’t forget to use the spellchecking features of any word processing software that you use. You should also proofread your writing to ensure that it makes sense and properly conveys your message. Have a friend or colleague proofread your writing. Another person may catch the mistakes that you overlook.

 
Read other authors’ works. This will give you inspiration and ideas on what to write about. You don’t want to simply mimic other people’s writings, as this is plagiarism. Read from the perspective of learning what you can take from their writings, to help you develop your own voice and style of writing. Reading will also help you to improve your vocabulary and expand your knowledge.

 
Join a writing group or take writing workshops or webinars. The leader and members of the group will give your writing constructive criticism and feedback. Successful and published authors may attend writing workshops and can provide valuable insights and tips into the world of publishing and writing. This is also an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and professionals.

 
Use style guides. These are reference books which provide guidelines on the acceptable grammar usage, syntax, format, citation and styles of writing in different genres. The type of style guide that you need will depend on the type of writing that you pursue. Many style guides are revised annually. Each publishing company or organization has its own standard and rules for editing and writing. Webmasters make their rules available for internet copy writers and editors to familiarize themselves with them.

Free writing resources available on the internet:

www.dictionary.com
www.thesaurus.com

Grammar Girl
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Infoplease
http://www.infoplease.com/homework/writingskills1.html

Writersdigest
http://www.writersdigest.com/

 

Examples of Style Guides:


The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition: This is a well-known, concise, general writing guide. It can be purchased on Amazon.com or read for free over the internet at Bartelby.com.

 

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
:
It is a reference manual used in social sciences, humanities, and general writing.

 

The Associated Press Stylebook 2013 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law)
:
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law is produced by the Associated Press and is used mainly in journalism and public relations.

 

You can read a free, truncated version of the AP Stylebook here:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/02/

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
:The American Psychological Style Manual is used mainly for social science research paper writing.

 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition
: This reference is geared towards writers of academic research papers and scholarly works in the humanities.

 

© Copyright 2014  Susan Broadbelt

Earn Some Extra Cash Writing For Bubblews

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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