Is CGP Gallery a Scam – Do Not Join Until You Read This
There are several Writing Sites out there and some need to be avoided. In this review I will answer the question, is CGP Gallery a scam? I joined CGP in December 2014, about 3 months after joining Bubblews, another writing site that basically started this trend.
Why did I join CGP Gallery?
I joined for two reasons. One was the same as to why I joined Bubblews, to see if it was a scam. NOTE: You may have heard that Bubblews is a scam but those claims are false. Mismanaged yes, but not a scam.
Exposing online scams are one of the areas I write about here on my website. Unlike many others who write about scams, I like to actually join these sites so I can get a first-hand look at what they offer, to give you facts and my honest opinion.
After Bubblews went through their recent revenue program crisis, many members started complaining and jumping ship, like passengers on the Titanic. The majority of them went over to CGP Gallery, which was paying the same rate that Bubblews was paying when it first launched.
My other reason for joining CGP was because I had become friends with many people on Bubblews and they were all leaving for CGP, so I figured that I would follow them there. This way I could keep the connections and see if this new writing site was legit or a scam.
Here is my Review of CGP Gallery
Name: CGP Gallery
Price: FREE Membership
Owner: Jaber Shah? – Nobody really knows for sure
Launched: Approximately October 2014
Overall Rank: 5 out of 100
Immediately upon joining I noticed some Red Flags that told me that this was a questionable writing site, but I still needed more proof. They are a new start up and like many start ups there will always be problems. What were these Red Flags?
When I joined their user interface looked exactly like that of Bubblews. Same layout, same graphics, same icons. I was pretty sure that was placeholder graphics, but anyone who has any brains would not blatantly copy another registered websites graphics. So that left a bad taste in my mouth right off the bat.
Some things have changed, but not all
A couple of weeks after I had joined, CGP Gallery finally changed their user interface into their own unique look. Copying the Bubblews interface was obviously a copyright error they were breaking that needed to be changed before they got sued.
The website started to look like a legit website, but it was obvious that they were making things up as they were evolving. They were getting a ton of new members leaving Bubblews and coming there. The Rules within the FAQ Page has changed at least 3 times within the past 7 weeks.
What are my lingering concerns about CGP Gallery?
There are many concerns I still have. After 7 weeks here and 14 days past the point in which I should have been paid for my first of two redemptions, the warning bells are going off in my head. Here is a list of my concerns about CGP Gallery.
• No one knows for sure who the owner is. There was a post made by a Jaber Shah around Christmas & New Years that said he was the CEO, but no further confirmation exists.
• In regards to the above, the website does not have an About Us page. EVERY reputable website has an “About” page. I have one!
• They do not state anywhere on their website how long it will take for you to be paid. Though they originally claimed on their less than active Facebook page that they were paying in 7-10 days, they raised it to 30 days and said they would soon return to the shorter turnaround time. That has obviously not happened.
• Of the 3 members on their Facebook page who have “claimed” to have received payment from CGP, none of them seem to be active in the site anymore. Their last posts were more than a month ago.
• CGP stands for Connect to Get Paid. Well NONE of the current members, approximately 90%, who have redeemed at least once have not received payment after their 30 day waiting period. I am one of them. I think CGP should stand for – Cannot Get Paid.
• CGP Gallery is located in Bangladesh and PayPal is not supported in Bangladesh. So why does CGP Gallery claim that they will pay via PayPal? They do offer Skrill and Payza, but PayPal is what I and many others use. Didn’t they know when they started that PayPal was banned in their own country?
• Lack of communication when it comes to questions about payment. Yet you get a fairly quick response when there is a problem with use of the site. However within the past 2 weeks prior to the posting of this review on Feb 5, 2015, communications have gone somewhat silent.
Is CGP Gallery a scam? My answer is…
YES! CGP Gallery is an outright scam. Though they started out with good intentions, it quickly became obvious to those who know what to look for, that CGP was not operating with any real business sense. There is no transparency as to who is really running or associated with the website. Communications from the staff, what little there is, does not show a name nor a real picture.
Between the copying of the Bubblews user interface in the early days of the website, all of the negative concerns I listed above, and the fact that NO ONE has been paid yet, leaves me to believe that at the present time February 2015, CGP Gallery is not a writing site to get involved with. STAY AWAY!
If they intend to pay their members using PayPal as they are claiming, CGP will more than likely have to set up a payment office in another country outside of Bangladesh. Reports on the CGP Facebook forums have suggested it will be Dubai in the Middle East. Who knows what kind of hassle that can cause in the payment process?
If you are joining these websites strictly for the money, you will not get a good return on investment. You can make more money writing elsewhere, even for your own website like I do with my two other affiliate niche marketing websites.
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I couldn’t disagree more with much that has been said. Bubblews was the first pay to blog site I ever joined. I have been a member for 1 yr and 4 months and have been paid over $1,000 – every single redeem I put forth, I was paid for. Yes, they ran into problems – they ended up owing more money than they were bringing in so they were honest with the members, many who got pissed and left and joined the gallery. I didn’t leave bubblews because even though they ran into problems, the owners are young and i wrote it off to growing and learning pains. So while I make no where near what I once did there, they are still running and what about the gallery. Their page appears to have been shut down. They left everyone high and dry. So who is scamming here? A site who, when they realized their problems were honest – lowered the amount they pay and continued – or the site that simply disappeared? I’m glad I stayed at bubblews because now my friends who ran away when bubblews dropped the amount they paid to CPG gallery and begged me to come along are all BACK at bubblews. LOL
I agree and like I say in my review of Bubblews – http://legitimatejobfromhome.com/is-this-a-scam-2/is-bubblews-a-scam – Bubblews was mismanaged but is by NO MEANS a scam! I too stayed as a member of Bubblews and though I hardly write there much anymore, make more money writing here and training tutorials for Wealthy Affiliate, I have no intentions of leaving Bubblews.
I knew CGP Gallery was a somewhat dishonest site as soon as I joined. There were TOO MANY red flags. But I stayed a member so I could gather more information for this review. I certainly was not there, or at Bubblews, for the money. How can anyone get excited for the money aspect when it is less than 5% of minimum wage? I like the sites for the friends I’ve made and to post articles that are not relevant to my website here.
I too find it funny how many who left Bubblews, called it a scam, STUPIDLY deleted their content, and claimed they would never return, have indeed returned. LOL
I joined the site and have redeemed 3 times but there is no money coming. I was tempted to join when a few people were paid before Christmas last year. I havr not visited that site for over a month.
Thank you for your comment AbbyBiha. Yes, many people joined CGP after Bubblews had their payout problems and probably thought that because they saw pictures of PayPal payments made that they would be paid. However seeing how I deal with PayPal all the time for my website, I always check to see which countries are banned. I saw that around the beginning of December, PayPal had banned the country of Bangladesh. But I joined CGP anyways because many of my friends were there.
I have not gotten paid one cent at CGPGALLERY and I cashed out 2 times, on day 40 AVOID
Thank you for your comment Craig. I knew there was probably going to be a payment problem when I joined because I knew that Bangladesh, where CGP is located, does not support PayPal. Why didn’t the owner of CGP know this? Seems kind of strange that he or she did not know. Now I know of so many who are 15 – 30 days past the 30-day waiting period. I feel sorry for all those who are still there expecting to be paid anytime soon, if at all.
In regards to most of what you wrote I agree. My wife has redeemed 5 times and has received nothing and is well past the 30 days. I think maybe the only thing I didn’t agree with was the copyright part / copying Bubblews.
I know of 6 new sites that has started since Bubbkews flopped (I’m creating one too… but from scratch… very expensive in programming and coding etc. These sites are all doing the same thing, they are purchasing WordPress templates that have the basic layout already existing. I was with Bubblews for 2 yrs, their first layout was not a whole lot different than it is now, difference only being that they never used WordPress.
I see this as something you can compare with say a grocery store, they are all the same, one cant sue another because their isles are front to back rather than left to right.
At any rate, I do agree that CGP (and other sites) have many red flags. I refuse to join, my trust is long lost. My wife joins cause she likes to write. One of the biggest screw ups with all these sites (or most) is their payout plan. 1/1/1 is not sustainable, Bubblews proved that and if you know how many views it actually takes to earn a $1 from the advertisers then it doesn’t take long to figure the math doesn’t fit.
That being said, let’s assume they all have good intentions, they are still mismanaged, not well researched in the business and are destined to fail.
Thanks for your comment William.
As for the copyright issue I mentioned, it is OK to copy as long as it is not exactly the same. However that does not apply when using a WordPress theme template because those are free and many people share them. I have seen my 3 different WordPress website themes used by other websites too. But like I said, I was sure that CGP was using it as a temporary placeholder until they designed something that was more unique to them.
I agree that the payout plans of these websites, 1 cent per interaction, is not sustainable and especially with websites that are not in countries where the ad revenue is higher like in North America and Western Europe. As is with SEO, revenue results are a product of the environment, poorer countries yield lower results. As it stands now, Bubblews pulls in roughly $993 more per day than CGP, so that’s a pretty good indication that many CGP members are not going to be paid anytime soon or they will not get everything that is owed to them.
Based on the latest revenue income data versus payout, Bubblews is going to be around far longer than CGP unless CGP starts paying their members and paying them less. I blame Bubblews for setting this “1 cent per interaction” ball rolling. It is an unsustainable model for ANY writing site to pay that, and those that attempt to will surely fail. Because Bubblews was the first to do it, though it was the wrong approach, many are now expecting others to follow that payment plan.
My advice is if you want to make money online writing, do what I do and create niche marketing websites, and write website content for other people.