How to Make $ with Swagbucks

Mon, Nov 7, 2011, by timerunning

Money Making

How to earn Amazon gift cards or PayPal money through Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is a website where you earn digital dollars called Swag Bucks for doing things like searching the web, doing special offers, surveys and shopping online. Once you start collecting Swag Bucks, you can use them to get cool, free prizes, such as gift cards, electronics, etc.

I first heard of Swagbucks in August of 2009. I participated for a bit and earned one prize ($5 Amazon gift card) and then I pretty much abandoned it after that cause I still wasn’t quite sure if I “got” the way the site worked.
But then, I decided to give it another chance and I picked it back up this year in June and let’s just say, I have earned wayyy more than just one prize.

What I Have Earned From Swagbucks since June 2010 – June 2011

$5    Amazon Gift Cards – 72 – $360.00
$25  Amazon Gift Cards – 01 – $25.00
$50  Amazon Gift Cards – 01 – $50.00
$5    PayPal Gift Cards   -  01 – $5.00

TOTAL = $440.00

With that money (and other sites that I earn Amazon gift cards from, that you can see in the tabs above on my blog), I was able to purchase a brand new laptop FOR FREE!

Is there anything better than that?

Swagbucks can be a little confusing at first. For me, to understand how to get more Swagbucks, I got more into the community and got advice on ways to earn Swagbucks faster.

Ways to Earn Swagbucks

1) There are 6 Swag Bucks that you get easily get daily.

a. Use the Swagbucks Toolbar
b. Answer the Daily Poll
c. View the No Obligation Offers under “Special Offers” tab. Click “skip” through a few offers.
d. Click on the Trusted Surveys tab
e. Invite a Friend

2) Search!
Use the search engine daily to search for things, like you would with any other search engine. You can usually win this way 3-4 times a day. However, sometimes it’s less, once in a while, more. I’ve never won more than 4 times a day searching. The amounts range from around 5 SB up to 59 SB for a search. And this could be more on Fridays, that is Mega Swag Day, where winning bigger bills is more likely.
It is more rare to win a big bill but it does happen. When I first started using Swagbucks a year after I stopped, my first search was for “Lost Series Finale” and I hit 50! Granted, the only other bill I’ve hit higher was a 59 bill. So it does happen! And all those little swag bucks wins add up in the long run.

3) Special Offers
Doing special offers is probably one of the best ways to make your total number jump up but it can also be stressful because a lot of times, you have to e-mail and fight for your swagbucks depending on the advertiser. There are 6 companies that provide Special Offers for you to do: Gambit, OfferPal, TrialPay, gWallet, Paymentwall & Super Rewards.

I have done numerous Special Offers, which is why I have earned so many Swag Bucks. The higher paying ones usually require some type of purchase but there are MANY free offers for you to do. I have also completed offers that required you to sign up for a free trial of something and then, you can cancel your credit card after a few days. I have only done this with offers/names that I trust.
4) Shop & EarnPersonally, I have used this option twice and I’m never going to again because I shop through Ebates to earn cash back. They give you 2 Swagbucks for every $1 you spend and it takes 30 days to go to your account.
5) SurveysYou fill out your profile and earn some swagbucks that way. Afterwards, there will be available surveys for you if you qualify. Lots of times, the survey will ask you a few questions to see if you qualify or not. It can get frustrating when they ask you a bunch of questions and then you don’t qualify but I still have managed to earn a decent amount of swagbucks from this feature!
6) Swag CodesThese are codes that are released (usually at least one a day) that can earn you some swagbucks! You can find out if there is a Swag Code by checking the widget that you can download. Here is my widget —>

7) ReferralsIf you get a referral, Swagbucks will match whatever they win on searching to your account! It is only on searching, nothing else. This is a great way to earn some Swagbucks and you don’t have to do anything except get some people to sign up.
Community The Swag Bucks facebook page is the BEST place to get advice, help, find out if there is a code or ideas on what to search for! The people there are decently friendly and there is always someone willing to help a newcomer out.You will be able to tell if there is a Swag Code out when you see a bunch of “Thanks TSG” on the page. In that case, check your widget! Don’t ask what the code is on the facebook page because users are NOT allowed to share Swag Codes. If you post a code, you can risk getting banned.
PrizesThere are MANY prizes to choose from on Swagbucks. The best deal is by far the $5 Amazon Cards for 450 Swagbucks. It’s better to get these than saving up for a BIG prize cause in the long run, it’s cheaper to buy it from Amazon. The rule of prizes is that for the gift cards, there is a limit of buying 2 a day and 5 per month. I have definitely maxed out on gift cards before and gotten my limit of 5 per month so then, depending on how many swagbucks I have left, you can opt for the bigger cards, like the $25 Amazon or $50. However, it’s better to FIRST get the $5 ones, cause they ARE stackable and a better deal, since the $25 ones are 3150, which is SEVEN $5 ones, so you’re actually losing $10 when you get this. However, if you have reached your limit for the month, that is an option. Once you get the gift card (which is delivered electronically), you can stick it right in your Amazon account and pile them up!Another gift card is the $5 Paypal option, which is 700 SB. This is more SB for the same amount of money but if you want cash instead of Amazon money, this is the best option! You could always save up your swagbucks but if you do decide to do the Amazon cards, it’s better to redeem them right away so you don’t have to worry about the monthly limit.

All in all, Swagbucks is a great site that I am the most active on. I definitely recommend signing up so you can start earning great prizes right away!

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  1. Erin Miller Says:

    Welcome back and I have just started using swagbucks the other day.

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