If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ve likely heard me talk about this thing called Swagbucks. And some of you are probably scratching your head wondering what it’s all about. So I thought it was high time I did an in-depth tutorial complete with 15 simple ways to earn more Swagbucks.
What Is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is a search engine which rewards you with Swagbucks for searching. You can use it just like Google (though I still like Google better) for searching and you will be randomly awarded Swagbucks for searching, usually around five to 10 Swagbucks once or twice each day.
These Swagbucks can then be redeemed for a variety of different free items, such as Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards and much more.
While Swagbucks started out as solely a search engine, over the past few years, they’ve morphed into much more. In fact, they now offer many different ways to earn more Swagbucks making it much easier to earn enough Swagbucks to cash in on their prizes.
How Do I Sign Up For Swagbucks?
It’s very simple. Just fill out the form here and you’re all set.
Does It Really Work?
Resoundingly yes! I’ve earned many gift cards plus some electronics from them since I’ve been using them for the last few years. In fact, we were able to lavishly bless our families with Christmas gifts this year thanks, in large part, to the gift cards I’d accumulated through Swagbucks.
And I’m not alone. I know dozens of friends who’ve also had great success with Swagbucks — earning at least a gift card or two every month and sometimes much more than that.
Since I’ve introduced many people to Swagbucks through my blog, I have a great advantage because Swagbucks has an incredible referral program (you earn matching Swagbucks up to the first 1,000 each referral earns). However, even if you don’t have a large blog readership, there are many ways to earn Swagbucks without referring others.
1. Install the Swagbucks Toolbar
You can conduct internet searches directly on the Swagbucks homepage. Or, you can make it much easier on yourself and just install the Swagbucks toolbar. Then, when you want to search for something, you can just go to the Swagbucks toolbar and search without having to open up the Swagbucks homepage.
In addition, you’ll sometimes receive notifications of free Swagbucks codes in the toolbar which you can enter on the homepage of your Swagbucks account in order to add free bonus points to your account.
2. Follow the Swagbucks Blog
If you’re not following the Swagbucks blog, you’re missing out on many opportunities to snag free Swagbucks codes. They have been releasing at least one free code almost every day. Plus, you’ll be in the know about giveaways they are running and everything that’s new at Swagbucks.
3. Bookmark Pages You Visit Everyday
If you have sites that you visit every day (such as MoneySavingMom.com, Facebook, etc.), search for those on Swagbucks and then bookmark the results page. Go to the bookmarked results page every day instead of going directly to the site and it will instantly re-search for the page and you’ll likely rack up quite a few randomly-awarded Swagbucks each week by doing this.
Update: One commentor said that she got a warning that her account was going to be disabled since she searched the same thing every day. So if you are searching for the same terms each day, make sure that you change things up and don’t just always search for the same three things every single day. Otherwise, your account could possibly be disabled.
Here’s what their policy says, “Use of any robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method or searches that are not deemed by the Sponsor to represent legitimate use of the Search Services will void all entries and result in disqualification. Such non-legitimate uses include, but are not limited to: searches for letters of the alphabet, random numbers, or other irrelevant search queries; searches for the same word or phrase; any other searches which do not appear to represent a legitimate use of the Search Services.”
So, they don’t specifically address or forbid the bookmarking of pages you visit and search for, but it’s possible they could interpret it as being non-legitimate, especially if that’s all you ever search for.
…To be continued next Wednesday