I’m sure most of you have at least seen or heard someone mention Swagbucks in your travels throughout the Net and the blogging world.
Many of you may already be using Swagbucks to do your everyday Internet searching….or maybe you have been hesitant…..or not sure what it is all about.
Swagbucks first is a search engine similar to Google or Yahoo but not on that scale obviously. However the search index that Swagbuck’s uses is powered off Google and Ask.com and I usually find what I’m looking for.
Ok, so the real question. “What does Swagbuck’s do for me?”
As you do your searching, through Swagbucks.com or a Swagbuck’s toolbar, you will randomly earn or receive digital dollars called…….wait for it…….wait for it…….yes, Swagbucks.
You can receive the digital dollars in all kinds of denominations from $1 up to $100. There are also numerous other ways to earn these digital dollars which I will list later.
Great so I earn these digital dollars…..now what?
The Swagbucks can be turned in for a multitude of prizes or gift cards. One of the best deals I have found is you can get a $5 Amazon electronic gift card for 45 Swagbucks. Depending on how much you search this can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or two to earn.
Cons: Only two con’s I have really found so far.
First is you don’t get as many results as you would from a Google search (meaning you don’t gets thousands of pages). Most search results come back with 4 pages or so.
Second if you are searching for images the results don’t seem to be on point sometimes.
However in the few cases you don’t find what you are looking for it is real easy to just flip over to Google and try the search again.
Other Ways to Earn Swagbucks besides searching:
1) Refer friends – you get matching Swagbucks for any friends you refer up to $100 Swagbucks.
So if you haven’t signed up yet LOL here is a link to do so! Swagbucks sign up
2) Finding Swag codes online (they release codes you can enter to claim Swagbucks). Usually you will find these on their Facebook page or by following them on Twitter.
3) Sending in your old cell phones or video games / consoles – yes they recycle them for you and you earn bucks. Also they pay for the shipping. Details here.
4) Shopping through their shopping links (I personally don’t do this)
5) They have contests and polls where you can earn for participating.
My thoughts: At first I was very pessimistic about this and the fact that it could ever add up to anything. Than I decided to go for it. I mean why not try and earn stuff for something I am doing anyways (searching). I installed the FireFox toolbar which makes it extremely easy and I hit/earn Swagbucks a few times a day. It has really started adding up.
I promise you after a few months when you have enough Amazon gift cards to buy a Wii or something else cool that you will be hooked!