Bubblews scam warnings have been posted on social media for a while now. Users of the writing site had struggled to get paid on time for more than a year. Now, Bubblews has publicly announced that they will be withholding pay from thousands of writers. In an announcement posted to the main site, it seems that they won’t be honoring the payment redemptions that hard-working writers had earned.
The site posted the following on Wednesday, Dec. 31:
“Bubblews recently changed its compensation policy to a flexible model to match our advertising revenue. Instead of the previous fixed rate, Bubblews now pays a variable amount, depending on local advertising rates in your country. This ensures that the site remains sustainable, and may allow us to process redemptions more quickly.
Unfortunately, due to extremely high levels of manipulation and fraudulent activity, Bubblews will not honor redemptions made before November 11, 2014.
Furthermore, all redemption requests submitted after November 11, 2014 will be processed according to the new compensation model.
We apologize to the Bubblews community for any inconvenience these changes may cause.”
Bubblews.com is a site where users could go and write about nearly any topic under the sun. The creators of the site promised a penny per page view or comment and urged users to post reviews there. When a writer reached a specific threshold, they could cash out their earnings and receive them through PayPal. The original threshold was low, but it was gradually increased to $50 before a user could “cash out.” It turned into a place where writers could blog, post about the news, or even give sports recaps.
Many users had problems getting paid on time and the delays started to mount for the site. Some people got paid on time, but many other users were simply told to wait for their earnings. Many of those users were promised repeatedly (in writing) that they would receive that money, but now the site isn’t going to honor that agreement made with its writers. This is why Bubblews is getting called a scam by many of its former users.
The writers that helped make the site a lot of revenue through advertisements and page views will not see the money that they earned along the way. Instead, it appears that the site is trying to find a way not to pay its debts. Numerous complaints to the Better Business Bureau can be seen on the internet, but that numbers is likely to increase quite a bit with the new revelation from Bubblews.com. It appears the end of the road has been reached for the writers that poured hours into helping the creators build the site.
So is Bubblews.com a complete scam? That determination will be left up to the reader. They entered into a contract with their writers to pay them and will instead not be paying them. It is the equivalent to someone going in to work one day and getting a note from the boss that they won’t be paid for the last two months of work.