Update: Bubblews has shut down and is no longer accessible. If you click on the link I provided for Bubblews creator Arvind’s profile page, you’ll receive an error message stating that the website is now closed. I will, however, leave the link highlighted so that you can see there was once a post there. Thank you to Andria Perry for pointing this out.
I’ve made it one of my jobs to track new announcements from Bubblews creator Arvind about Bubblews updates. If you are familiar with me on BlogJob, you know how I feel about Bubblews. I used to be a member two years ago (give or take a few months) when you could post your work in categories, when you got paid for views and likes, and when Bubblews had some dedicated, skilled writers that were always worth reading. I gave up on Bubblews when I realized that the rules of the website were arbitrarily enforced and you could get in trouble for violating a rule that wasn’t explicitly stated in the user agreement. In fairness to the current Bubblews, there is a help center for users to check the rules and it’s in theory more explicit in stating what’s not permitted. I track these new announcements from Arvind because I care about making sure writers get their fair pay. Every time I check, I want to see Arvind write “We’re able to start paying you for your backlogged pay”. This hasn’t happened yet, but I’m an optimist in that respect.
The latest announcement concerning Bubblews is that Arvind and his co-workers are testing the new incarnation of Bubblews. If you check out Arvind’s profile page here you can find the article entitled “Introduction” and read the (minimal) details. There’s still no release date, but he promises that it’s “close”. If you’re currently a Bubblews member and want more details (though you’ll have to accept that “details” don’t quite mean what you’d expect on any other website), keep checking back on Arvind’s profile.
Now, can we trust the impending New Bubblews? If we take Arvind at his word that it’s the best version ever, it’s something users will appreciate waiting for. Meanwhile, I’m skeptical. In a snippet from Arvind’s upcoming free e-book (which sounds like a stream of consciousness writing) he writes “…as long as you feel that you are on the right path and doing good, without harming other people,…”. It’s a nice sentiment, but Bubblews has been a harmful experience for users who have been nothing but honest and just want to collect the redemption pay that they’re due. If you read the comments, most of them praise Arvind for being an entrepreneur and taking risks in creating Bubblews but a few state that the user is fed up with waiting for pay that they should’ve received a long time ago and want to move on to better websites.
I am implying and outright stating that I don’t trust the New Bubblews given the Old Bubblews’ history. I recommend that current Bubblews users exercise caution in remaining attached to Bubblews. It’s not that Arvind can’t redeem himself and Bubblews. Bubblews did have potential once upon a time. When I first joined, I liked that it combined a writing website with a social networking website. It’s the same reason I love BlogJob now. More importantly is that a combination writing/social networking website that promises to pay its users follows through on that promise. If the New Bubblews will come with honest payments then it’s a positive start to redemption (pun intended and appropriate). I’m just saying that right now I stand by my statement that I don’t trust the New Bubblews.
I regret that I highly recommended BuxBery to my BlogJob friends and to any guests that have read my status updates. I would never intentionally mislead anyone about scammy or dying paid to click (PTC) websites and BuxBery made a liar out of me anyway. This is my apology post/the post where I tell you why you should not use BuxBery or get out now and find a more reputable PTC website, but let me start from the beginning when I joined BuxBery and saw its potential.
As any other user of PTC websites, I wanted another site to increase my potential of making supplemental income online. For that reason, I won’t go much further into that point. The important thing you need to know is the less obvious reason I signed up for an account. I was drawn in by the colors of BuxBery. The site has a dark blue background with complementary purple and white font. Think of berry colors and you’ve basically got the idea of what BuxBery looks like. I know it’s a quirky reason to find a website interesting, but the PTC websites I particularly like happen to be visually-appealing in some way to me. In addition, they don’t give me “invalid login” details like BuxVertise…but that disaster is a different story for a different time. Just keep in mind that BuxBery’s color scheme caught my eye and I was sold.
This is important to know now when I tell you that I registered for an account with BuxBery before checking the reviews for it. That’s technically my fault since at this point I’ve been burned so many times before that checking the reviews should be automatic for me. I didn’t and, well, now I’m writing this post for all of you.
Everything was fine with BuxBery for about six weeks, give or take. I’d click on the advertisements and at the end of my session my account balance would increase slowly but surely. Not that I really need to say it, but this is how PTC websites should work. Well, at the end of last weekend (we’ll say on Friday, March the 20th) BuxBery was shooting out hundreds of ads. PTC websites do not do this. In a day I can make a couple cents on NeoBux and maybe five cents on ClixSense, which is not worth mentioning because it’s not a lot of money except that the two above-mentioned PTC websites are considered legitimate as of this writing. With BuxBery I was able to make close to 50 cents if I stayed glued to the computer long enough. At first it was exciting, but my BlogJob friends “Dick” and “Henry” had some suspicions about the website and as I trust them to know about PTC and website scams, I began thinking “You know, maybe there is something wrong with this.”
If you, like me, have online friends that know about scam websites and have their suspicions, trust them. Trust them even if you want so badly to believe they’re wrong.
So get this: On Sunday, March 22nd “Dick” had a post about BuxBery being in trouble. They had removed two payment options, one that was ultra-popular PayPal. The only way that users can cash out is by using Perfect Money, whatever that is. In other words, it’s not worth using the website anymore because it won’t benefit me. To conclude my woeful story, Sunday was a day where I used the word “UGH!” way more than necessary except that you’d forgive me for it because that’s the appropriate clean response to being scammed.
There you have it, the story of why you should not use BuxBery. Once again, I deeply regret signing its praises and encouraging others to check it out. On the plus side (not much of one if you’ve lost your hard-earned money, admittedly) maybe I can save those of you who were on the fence about BuxBery some trouble and wasted time.
Full disclosure: I haven’t cashed out at NeoBux yet, so I will not be speaking to its validity as a money-making website in this post. I will absolutely write about the first time I cash out and if I receive the money, but today’s post isn’t about redemptions.
So, let’s talk about NeoBux. It was the first paid to click (PTC) website I joined and so far I would say I have a good relationship with it. I haven’t cashed out yet because I want to hit at least $10 and that’s a long way away, but it’ll happen one of these days. I keep returning to NeoBux because it’s the easiest PTC website to use and there’s a guarantee of making at least two cents a day. It doesn’t sound like much, but keep in mind that this is two cents a day that you didn’t have to do physical labor for (unless you consider clicking a mouse physical labor). Back when I worked my retail position, I had to bust my butt for two cents. When I say ” let’s talk about NeoBux”, don’t take this the wrong way. Sometimes we have to have a serious talk about good things too.
NeoBux is considered the king of PTC websites. If you’re familiar with other PTC websites, maybe you’ve seen the advertisements for NeoBux calling it such. It’s been around for at least six years according to the FAQ and it’s been paying members for all six years. It’s one PTC website that is considered legitimate in “Is this site a scam?” websites. I still have questions about the definition of being king of PTC websites. NeoBux may be legitimate but it’s not a quick money-making option. My favorite PTC website is ClixSense and I’m currently up to 5.19 there. On NeoBux I’m only at 2.65 and that was my first PTC website (as I said in the previous paragraph). If NeoBux isn’t a quick earner, that makes it like any other PTC website in my book.
I’m not telling you all this to warn you away. More than anything, I just want you to know that if you aren’t already using NeoBux and you want to join, join knowing that it might take time or you to accumulate enough money to cash out.