What is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks.com is a relatively new search engine, with the bonus that they reward you for searching with them. Swagbucks uses Google and Ask.com to generate its search results so it’s not really any different if you already use either of those. Except that you can get rewarded for it!
You sign up for an account with them, and they reward you with points as you perform your searches through Swagbucks. When you get enough points, you can turn them in for gift certificates or other selected products. If you want to sign up, follow this link. If you do, it’ll show that I referred you, and I’ll get extra points for doing that. 🙂
And I can vouch from my own personal experience that Swagbucks is 100% not a scam. Swagbucks is legit. I’ve been using it for almost two years now, and have accumulated thousands of points which I’ve redeemed for more than $100-worth of gift cards.
What kind of prizes can I get?
There are a plethora of prizes to choose from and it seems like they’re continually expanding the options. Most of the rewards I’ve chosen have been for Amazon.com gift certificates, however you can also choose from gift certificates to Starbucks, Target, iTunes, Macy’s, Restaurant.com, Red Envelope, PayPal Cash…
They also offer products as prizes, including perfumes, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, reusable water bottles, video games, school supplies, and even electronics.
My experience using Swagbucks
Since I’ve started searching on Swagbucks I have cashed in more than $100-worth of rewards.
From my experience I have noticed that you can earn enough points every month to cash in for at least one $5 Amazon gift card. The $5 Amazon card is worth 450 points. I tend to get between 8 and 13 points for my searches, although not every search will result in points. It’s usually random, but if you search a few times a day, one of them is bound to add points to my account. And make sure you definitely search on Fridays, because every Friday is Mega Swagbucks Day where they award extra points. I recently was rewarded 45 bucks on a Friday!
I personally use my Swagbucks toward Amazon gift cards so I can save on non-perishable groceries and use towards Christmas presents!
Best ways to increase your Swagbucks
- Set your search toolbar to automatically direct any searches through Swagbucks. (Usually in your internet browser window/toolbar, there should be a place where you can change your default search-engine options.)
- Refer a friend and get point for point that your friends earn for searching (up to 1000).
- Swagbucks has been expanding, adding a variety of ways to earn additional points beyond just your regular browsing. You can download their toolbar, answer surveys and polls, shop through the Swagbucks site, earn points for trading in old electronics, as well as complete specific tasks (called “jobs”) that you can cash out for Swagbucks.
Even without taking advantage of every way to earn Swagbucks and sticking mostly to just the normal everyday search engine usage, I do quite well!