At least once a month, I talk about Swagbucks in one way or another because I’m such a huge fan personally. It’s a site that I’ve always done really well with so I do talk about it quite often but I realised that I’ve never actually posted about it on its own. So… here’s how to make money with Swagbucks!
I originally signed up to Swagbucks as part of some kind of Blogger challenge way back in the day when five or six of us all competed to try and get the most Swagbucks with the winner getting a prize of some extra Swagbucks (I think).
(Swagbucks are the name of the points that you earn on there which can then be converted into vouchers.)
I was never one for these challenges so after the initial flurry of activity when I was feeling all competitive and enthusiastic, I earned enough to get myself some cheeky little Amazon vouchers but not enough to win the challenge so I wrote my post, took my vouchers and moved on.
A while later, I checked back in on Swagbucks with the intention of spending a little time each week on there to gradually grow my Swagbucks balance and was absolutely astounded to see that I had a balance with enough Swagbucks to buy £270 worth of Amazon vouchers!
I couldn’t believe it! I had a look at why my balance was so high and saw that so many of you guys had signed up using my refer a friend code and had been earning Swagbucks happily – you get the equivalent of 10% of what any of your referrals earn as well as both of you getting a 300 Swagbucks bonus after a certain amount of points earned.
That really got me back into Swagbucks at that point – I could see how well so many of you were doing earning points which brought it home how easy it was to use the site. Ever since then, I’ve tried to spend a little bit of time on there every week – even just twenty minutes or so – and every Christmas, I have a nice little chunk of points to convert to Amazon vouchers to go towards my Christmas shopping.
This is how much I redeemed this Christmas (taking into account, I did redeem some earlier in the year for something random that I can’t remember now so can’t have been that important):
How to make money from Swagbucks
So basically, you earn points (called Swagbucks ‘SB’) for completing simple online tasks like watching videos and completing online surveys among other things. You can redeem your SB for one of the hundreds of different gift card options or if you prefer, for a few extra Swagbucks you can actually get the money paid into your Paypal account.
To put it into context so you know the sorts of SB you need to redeem for a voucher – a £5 Amazon voucher needs 700 SB to claim at the moment.
First of all, you need to sign up to Swagbucks – if you use my refer a friend code then I’ll love you forever and you’ll also get a cheeky bonus.
1. Use the Swagbucks search engine
Set your default search engine to the Swagbucks engine and earn SB when you do your usual searching online. You can expect to earn 10-20 SB every 20 searches, dependent on what you’re searching for so using the Swagbucks search engine on a day-to-day basis is going to slowly but surely increase your SB total. This is something we all do on a pretty frequent basis so these points are literally points for doing what you would normally do.
2. Complete Online Surveys
Completing online surveys about various different products and services is maybe not the most time-efficient way to earn SB as the can take up to 20 minutes to do with a reward of around 10o SB for the longer ones so maybe to that while you’re sat in the car waiting to pick someone up or when you’re watching Netflix on a night.
3. Download Apps and Games
You can actually do really well for SB by downloading Apps and games to your phone or tablet but bear in mind that the points are rarely just for downloading something. I downloaded a game a while ago that promised a ridiculous number of SB if I played to a certain level but aside from getting me addicted to a ridiculous game, it also took way too long to get anywhere near where I needed to be so I ended up deleting it off my phone before I got the points. I would definitely recommend sticking to the free ones rather than the paid ones unless you’re confident you can make them worth your while.
4. Shop online
I am a huge fan of Top Cashback for earning cashback on any online shopping and I have their browser extension to make it even easier for me so I must admit that I never use Swagbucks in this way but I do know that lots of people do so it’s worth having a look before you buy anything to see if they’re a Swagbucks retailer – it’s super simple and they have a lot of brands on there so you should be able to add to your points total this way.
5. Check out the Swag Codes
Swag Codes are random words or phrases that Swagbucks release every now and again to stir up a bit of a buzz and get you on the site. You can download a browser extension that will notify you of any Swag codes as soon as they’re announced and let you know where to go to find the code – you’ll usually find it either on the Swagbucks blog or on their Twitter or Facebook pages. All you do when you find it is to type the code into the ‘Swag Code’ box in the sidebar on the left side of the page and you get the points.
6. Complete your Daily Goal
I must admit that I NEVER manage to do this as I prefer to just do what I want when I’m on the site but there is a daily goal shared on the site that features a number of different tasks or a minimum number of points to earn that day and if you do, you get a cheeky little bonus!
7. Sign up to free trials or services
This is the bit I’m reluctant to go into too much detail about as it can be tricky! There are lots of offers on there that you can sign up for different things like online gaming, TV streaming, and other services and the points are really good for these but I steer away from them as they usually cost as much money as you would earn or they involve online gaming which isn’t for me.
The free trials are definitely something I’m all over though and I’ve pretty much mastered the art of signing up, getting my points, and canceling before renewal when the charges come out. I always check how you can cancel and would never sign up to something I can’t cancel online or by email.
8. Watch videos
This is another one where I personally don’t think the time is worth the rewards but I might watch the odd video here and there in the background – some people literally play them with the sound down so they’re not watching them
9. Refer your friends
If you love Swagbucks as much as me then you’ll want to tell your friends about it – why wouldn’t you? If they sign up using your refer a friend code then you both get a sign-up bonus and you earn points when they earn points.
So that’s nine ways to earn money on Swagbucks – go give it a go and get started!
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