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.