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Swagbucks is a website where you can earn rewards by doing activities you normally do, such as shopping, searching the web, watching videos, playing games, printing coupons, and taking surveys.
Every time you complete one of these activities, you can earn points called SBs, which are redeemable for cash and gift cards.
How Swagbucks Works
Becoming a member of Swagbucks is very simple. Start by joining their website or downloading their mobile app (available on both Android and iOS). You can then collect points (known as SB's) by participating in a variety of different activates including taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos, and more. You can then exchange your SB's for gift cards or PayPal cash.
Joining is free (and new members even get the $5 joining bonus!), and is available to residents of the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, India, Australia, and Ireland.
After logging in to their website (or in the app), you will see links to Shop, Search, Watch, Play, Answer, Discover.
Online ShoppingReceive “cashback” for making purchases from major online stores through Swagbucks. These include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and more. Simply log in to the Swagbucks shopping page and click on the online retailer you wish to make a purchase from. Swagbucks earns a commission from your purchases, but will return a portion of it back to you in the form of SBs which will be earned for every dollar spent.
SearchingSwagbucks has a search engine called 'Swagbucks Search'. You can use it just like a regular search engine to earn bucks. If you conduct a lot of internet searches in any given day, this can be a great way to easily earn SB's. You can install the Swagbucks browser extension for Chrome which can make it easier to get into the habit of using the Swagbucks Search over Google, Bing, etc.
Watching VideosUsing Swagbucks watch, you can watch videos about music, news, entertainment, pets, travel, and more, to earn credits to your account. The earning potential for this is on the low side, but it's still a method of collecting SBs if you're looking for some entertainment.
Answering SurveysAccess Swagbucks Answer to take surveys and earn points. Swagbucks lists a ton of different online surveys that can be answered for rewards. Each survey will list the estimated time it'll take to complete, the topic of the study, as well as the number of SBs you will earn. Product testing opportunities occasionally become available. Expect to earn approximately 40 - 200 SB points per survey (100 SB = $1), with earning potential up to $50 (5000 SB) for longer and hard to qualify for surveys.
DiscoveringThe Swagbucks 'Discover' section is one of the fastest ways of earning SB points. You can earn a significant number of points for signing up for product and service trials (things like TIDAL music streaming, audiobook trials, gambling website trials, etc.) or for opening new credit card accounts or bank accounts. If you're currently looking to switch credit cards, banks, or try a new financial product (such as a new type of investment account), log in to your Swagbucks account before signing up! You might be able to earn thousands of SBs just for clicking through to the service provider via your Swagbucks account.
Printing Grocery CouponsUnder the 'Shop' section of Swagbucks (depending on your country of residence), you can find printable coupons for things like cleaning products, diapers, toothpaste, candy, etc. Each time you print a coupon, you will earn 1 SB. It will take a few weeks after the redemption for the SB to show in your account, however without the added bonus of receiving SB points, the printable coupons offered on this part of the website are generally for products that you probably already purchase and from big brands such as Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Febreze, Pampers, Crest, Becel, etc.
Referring FriendsIf you have friends who would be good candidates for Swagbucks, make sure you refer them so that you can earn 10% of what they earn (as they remain active). For instance, if your referral earns 5,000 SB ($50) in their first month, you will receive a $5 bonus (500 SB) credited to your account. Simply log in to your Swagbucks account to get your unique sign up link which you can then share with friends, extended family, on your blog, etc.
Entering Swag CodesSwag Codes are promotional codes that can be entered into the Swagbucks website which give you free SBs (Swagbucks). Find out where to find swag codes that can help boost your earnings.
Payment and Rewards
Millions in Rewards Awarded
You can redeem your SB's for two main reward options: cash, or e-gift cards. One SB is worth approximately 1 cent, so 2500 SBs = $25.00. To date, Swagbucks has awarded over 800 million dollars to their members!
If you're a fan of cold, hard cash, you can exchange your SBs for money by requesting a PayPal payment to your PayPal account. Payments take approximately 10-14 days to process and are issued in US dollars, regardless of where you live. If you are outside of the USA, PayPal can automatically convert these USD into your local currency, or you can keep a separate USD balance in your account if you wish. You can request a PayPal payment in the following denominations: $25, $50, $100, and $250.
Tons of e-Gift Card Options
If you choose to redeem your SBs for a gift card versus a PayPal payment, you'll find that you can receive it with a lower balance. Denominations for gift cards vary and depending on the retailer, but they can be as low as $1 and as high as $100. E-gift cards are issued within 10 days of request are available to a wide variety or retailers including Amazon, Home Depot, Starbucks, Facebook, iTunes, a huge variety of restaurants, hotels, and more. Denominations of as low as $1 - $100 are available.
Member's Tip! Look out for “sales” on gift cards, where you can redeem your SBs for around 10% less the SB's they normally require.
You may also donate your SB's to charities such as Unicef, Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, etc. Donation amounts start at only 5 SB’s ($0.05).Visit Swagbucks' website ›
Swagbucks offers daily goal points where you can receive bonus SB's if you reach the daily goal by the end of the day. Simply log in to your account to see what that day's daily goal is. Receive another bonus when you reach the daily goal 7 days in a row. Bonuses are paid on or around the first day of the following month.
Swagbucks is Immensely Popular and Offers a Huge Community
Swagbucks has been around since 2005 (the same year SurveyPolice was created!) and has over 13 million members and over 2.4 million Facebook fans. Incredibly, they have awarded over 800 million dollars in rewards to their members making them by far, the internet's largest GPT website! Every day, they award 7,000 gift cards to their members.
Eligibility: Swagbucks is open to residents 13 years of age and older who reside in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, India, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and Ireland
Joining Bonus! Swagbucks is currently offering a $5 sign up bonus to new members.
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If you're already a member of Swagbucks and are looking for something different to join to make extra income, there are literally hundreds of alternatives out there. Here are a few of our suggestions. TGM panel is popular survey platform with tons of survey inventory. Branded Surveys offers online surveys, a low $5 cash out minimum and a $1 joining bonus! Tellwut is a fun community where you can take surveys, create surveys and answer daily polls for gift cards.
Swagbucks Reviews (389)
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June 8, 2015 by Sarina from United States
I like to take the surveys that take about 10 minutes to earn points. I really like this size and have earned 30 dollars in gift cards so far
June 6, 2015 by sam from United Kingdom
I am from the UK and have been doing surveys online for over 5 years.
In all those years, SwagBucks is the worst survey website I have been a member of.
I completed all profiling questions on SwagBucks and went to the survey pages. On average, at any 1 time there will be 20+ surveys listed across all sections (including peanut labs).
The problem is that 90% of those you simply wont qualify for.
A few weeks ago I clicked more than 20 of their surveys. 17 redirected to the survey and without answering a single question, redirected back to swagbucks and said I didn't qualify.
This is not acceptable. They have my profiling answers, thus shouldn't show surveys that I won't qualify for the second I click on them.
I would much prefer to see just 2 surveys a week that I do qualify for and can do. Instead I really can't be bothered to waste my time clicking surveys that I already haven't qualified for before I even get to answer questions.
The rewards are also very inconsistent. Most panels will give set amounts depending on the length of the survey. I.e, £0.25 for a 5 minute survey, £0.75 for a 15 minute and £1 for 20 minutes. Swagbucks have all strange amount for the surveys. Some might be 10 minutes for 53 swagbucks, however others will be 30 minutes for 10 swagbucks (£0.05).
Another thing is that payments can take a while. I cashed out £5 paypal which took 4 days to arrive in my account. There are so many other survey panels that pay instantly so this is also a negative.
It's a shame really as swagbucks seems to have potential but inconsistent reward amounts and with 90% of surveys that instantly take you back to the "did not qualify" page (without even answering a question), I have had no choice but to terminate a survey account for the first time.
June 4, 2015 by Cloe from United States
I like it well enough, they payout quick and have reasonably low thresholds, many different ways to earn, just have to find what works for you.
June 3, 2015 by sagar from India
ITS A NICE SITE TO EARN WITH VERY HIGH VALUE ...I HAD BEEN THERE FOR LAST 1 YEAR OR SO, AT THE START I DIDN'T EVEN GET ANY THING BUT BY WORKING ON THE SITE I GOT NEW IDEAS AS WELL AS SURVEYS FOR EARNING. ITS AMAZING
May 30, 2015 by jeff from United States
Legit, most offers credit, variety of things to do, paid over $165 so far.
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