Once you figure out how to use Swagbucks, then you can win points and prizes simply by searching the Internet. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. It is my family’s primary search engine and I can vouch for the fact that you do earn points that turn into rewards. Side note: my favorite rewards are Amazon gift cards.
What is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is an online search engine similar to Yahoo and Google, except it rewards it members with points, or Swagbucks, for searching the Internet. Each time you search using the Swagbucks’ web site or toolbar, you have the opportunity to win Swagbucks in various amounts.
What can I win?
The Swagbuck store offers many prizes to choose from including gift cards to popular retailers such as Starbucks, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Once you’ve earned the number of Swagbucks needed for the prize of your choice, you can redeem them. Check out the Swagbucks store (aka Swagstore) to see all the great prizes.
How can I earn Swagbucks?
The good news is Swagbucks doesn’t make you start at zero. The site automatically gives you 30 Swagbucks just for creating an account. Once you’ve set up your account, you can start earning more Swagbucks in a variety of ways including:
Rather than using your regular search engine, log into Swagbucks and enter your search in the search bar. As you perform online searches you’ll occasionally be rewarded Swagbucks in varying amounts. (Some say spreading your searches out will help you win more Swagbucks.)
If you do win Swagbucks during a particular search, a small screen will appear telling you how many you’ve won. You’ll have to enter a security/captcha code to confirm you’re a human and not a robot, then the Swagbucks get added to your account.
Search on Friday
Friday is known as Mega Swagbucks day to Swaggernauts (aka Swagbucks users). All day, every Friday you have a better chance to win higher denominations of Swagbucks for your searches. For instance, where you may normally only win 8 Swagbucks in a typical search on Friday you could earn 30.
Download the Swagbucks Toolbar
Installing the Swagbuck toolbar is a great way to make your searches easier and earn more Swagbucks.
You’ll earn more Swagbucks using the toolbar because it keeps a search box visible the entire time you surf the web so you don’t forget to use Swagbucks for searching.
Plus, each day you connect to the Internet, the Swagbucks toolbar automatically rewards you with 1 Swagbuck.
Finally, the toolbar contains more than a search box. One icon tells you when there a new code becomes available that gives you free Swagbucks without searching. You copy the code information, enter it on Swagbucks home page and you get easy bonus points. The thing is, these codes are time limited, so be sure to plug them into your account as soon as you see them.
When your friends sign up for Swagbucks using a customized link created from your account, you’ll earn 1 Swagbuck for every 1 Swagbuck they earn, up to 1,000 Swagbucks. In full disclosure, the links within this post are customized with my referral information so I will receive credit if you sign up using them. If you’re uncomfortable with that, then this link takes you to Swagbucks directly.
Earn 1 Swagbuck for every day you answer a simple daily poll. You can access the poll through the toolbar or the Swagbucks home page. Think of it this way – one daily poll multiplied by 30 days in a month equals 30 Swagbucks. Do know, however, that you will only earn a Swagbuck for the current day’s poll, not previous polls.
Become a Follower. Follow Swagbucks on Facebook and/or Twitter and you will get access to more codes that give you free Swagbucks. You might see something like this (these are examples and not currently valid codes):
Enter Swag Code “Happy Day” now to get a buck!
The Swag Guy had a great time eating “PepperoniPizza” today.
(Thanks, This Frugal Life for the examples)
Again, the codes only last a few hours so be sure to enter them into your account as soon as you see them.
Earn Swagbucks the next time you shop online. Much like you can earn cash back when you shop through sites like Ebates and Cashbaq and Shop at Home, you can earn points when you shop most major online retailers through Swagbucks portal. Instead of earning cash back, like you do on many other sites, you earn a certain number of Swagbucks for every dollar you spend online.
Swagbucks continues to add new and different ways to earn, including a birthday bonus, and we’ll do our best to keep you posted on them.
Your turn: How have you earned the most Swagbucks? What tips do you have for newbie Swaggernauts?