The Recent Closure of Bubblews, Among Others
Just the other day, writers went to Bubblews.com, only to see this message: “Greetings,
After being up and running for almost 3 years now we regrettably need to inform you that we will be shutting Bubblews.com down. The climate for display advertising has drastically changed and made it impossible for us to sustain the business model and operations. We want to thank everyone that was a part of this journey. We wish you all the very best. –Bubblews”
Prior to that, it was YCN, Squidoo, and Helium. At least those sites gave warning beforehand and there was some time for writers to gather up their content and decide what to do with it. Allegedly, this wasn’t the case at Bubblews. It seems to have just closed without preparing writers or giving them the chance to save anything. Though, with all the problems surrounding Bubblews (such as not paying many writers), even without seeing a warning, most aren’t surprised in the least.
Where Can Writers Post Content for Pay Now?
Some writers have been scrambling trying to figure out what to do. Not to worry, though. All is really not lost. There are, in fact, many other venues still in the mix. Write W.A.V.E. Media has a good list of gigs that is updated regularly. In fact, writers can also submit guest posts or apply to be a blogger. Both options allow earning via ad revenue, among other benefits. Your non-exclusive content (that which you previously published at other venues and still hold rights to) is welcome.
There are benefits to guest posting, as well as starting your own blog. Many successful writers choose to do both, as the audiences will vary and it gets your name and links in multiple places. Some sites, like Write W.A.V.E. Media, allow links to your other work, which is great for promotion and backlinks. These sites can get your name out there and even recommend you to additional clientele. Because some of these sites accept non-exclusive content, this helps you continue earning more from the work you’ve already done.
If you don’t already have a writing website, you should try starting one. This can be an excellent way to gain new clients just from search. It also gives you a way to share your writer’s resume with those who are interested and a hub to link back to from guest posts. It helps you look much more professional when you have your own dot com.
You can also sell reprints from your own site, link to sale pages for them from guest posts, and even sell them on sites like constant-content.com. These are far from the only options out there. Writers just need to be a little more persistent in searching for and finding what works for them.
If you have any questions about writing, finding and keeping clients, creating a website, web traffic, or web community management, you can always Ask Lyn Lomasi.