Swagbucks is a search and win site that, if you're not already involved, you should get that way as fast as you can! It's definitely one of the best ways out there to profit for doing next to nothing. You can participate as much or as little as you want, but even with little participation you can still likely cash out your SB (Swagbucks) for something at least once per month.
Swagbucks is currently open to the US, UK, AU, CA, and IE.
How It Works and What You Get
Once you've signed up with Swagbucks, you can do all sorts of different things on their site to earn SB, the virtual bucks which are redeemable for various rewards.
The most popular item that people tend to redeem for is the $5 Amazon code. This is probably because it only takes 450 SB to get it, and getting yourself up to 450 SB isn't at all hard to do. But if Amazon isn't your thing, you can also cash out for money in your Paypal account and lots of other merchandise and gift cards to different retailers.
It's also possible to donate your SB to charitable causes or enter them in Swagstakes (sweepstakes) for some high-dollar stuff. I like to save my Amazon codes up and use them at Christmas — it definitely helps out with the shopping because we order a lot from Amazon.
Even though there are a ton of options for redemption, your $5 Amazon code is the best value on this particular rewards site. You may be tempted to hold out for actual Paypal cash, but you have to have more Swagbucks to get that (2,500 bucks for $25 to Paypal — that's the minimum.)
How Long It Takes to Get Rewards From Swagbucks
This is the only area where Swagbucks is lacking compared with a few other rewards sites. It can take 2-3 weeks for your rewards to be sent to you once you request them. I'm not sure why this process isn't a little faster since Swagbucks is so major. Other sites, like InstaGC for example, can process payouts daily.
Ways to Earn Swagbucks
- Searching the Web
- Filling Out Offers
- Answering the Daily Poll
- Following Offer Paths
- Taking Surveys
- Completing Short Tasks
- Watching Swagbucks TV
- Downloading & Redeeming Coupons
- Playing Games
- Shopping (Daily Deals)
- Trading In Games, Consoles, Books, Cell Phones, & MP3 Players
- Putting in Swagbucks Codes
- Downloading and Using the Swagbucks Toolbar
- Referring Friends
- NOSO offer path
- Swagbucks app for Apple/Android
How to Make Swagbucks Work Well For You
There are a lot of people who are extremely active with Swagbucks and are able to cash out for things multiple times per month. I personally know someone who was able to cash out five to six times per month on average, but she did have a lot of friend referrals.
If you really want to do well here, I suggest using Swagbucks as your primary search engine. If you're on the web a lot, this will give you the opportunity to win multiple times per day.
You can also make Swagbucks part of your daily routine. When you have time, answer the daily poll (it just takes a second), play a game, look through the coupons to see if there are any you could use, fill out a few offers, make sure you have the app installed on your phone and use it.
If you do all these things daily or even every other day, you'll be surprised by how quickly the SB add up! I do a lot of shopping on Amazon, and I really enjoy cashing out for the $5 Amazon code to use against our purchases.
Swagbucks Referral Program
One of the best things about Swagbucks is the Facebook integration. You can set it up so that you log in to Swagbucks through Facebook, and after you do that, it will show up on your Facebook feed every time you win Swagbucks. I've gotten lots of referrals this way because people see the postings and get curious, click, and then sign up.
You will earn 100 percent of the SB your referrals earn up until they reach 1000 Swagbucks, and then it cuts off. I really wish there was no cap on the earnings, but I guess that's all the more reason to continue to seek out active referrals.
You can also get referrals by posting Swagbucks banners on any website or blog you might have as well as inviting your friends manually through email, Facebook, and any other social networking sites you're involved with.
If you do have a blog, make sure you write about Swagbucks and let people know how you're doing with it. People are a lot more likely to sign up for something after reading first-hand experience.
My Swagbucks Payment Proof
When I get paid, I like to share payment proof to show something is real. I have received many, many Amazon codes from Swagbucks since I've been a member. Here is an example:
Is Swagbucks Worth Your Time?
Honestly — it really is, especially considering that it takes so little time to participate overall. If you try it and aren't impressed, you can always just stop. But you will be pleasantly surprised once you see how quickly your bucks add up, and that will probably hook you for good!
Want to sign up? Go here! Good luck!
This post was originally published June 13, 2011. Updated and re-published on October 24, 2017.