It is no secret that I've been raving about SwagBucks, but some people still find it confusing, are worried it is a scam or aren't able to make the most of what SwagBucks has to offer, so I thought a guide showing what I do to earn SBs might be useful.
Using the above downloaded toolbar, or the search bar on the SwagBucks site, you can be randomly awarded SBs for your searches. It is important to note that the search results aren't as good as “normal” Google – when searching to log into my online banking, the correct result is usually near the bottom of the page, with a few adverts/sponsored links first. You also can't sit and search all day – they must be genuine searches. On average I randomly win SBs twice per day, with an average of 12 searches per day. If you refer people to SwagBucks and they win SBs by searching then you receive the same amount of SBs up to 1,000.
Vote in the daily poll and earn 1SB per day. The polls are usually American-themed (as seen below with a Thanksgiving poll) but it takes a few seconds to vote.
Found on the home page, or sometimes a link in your inbox, there is a daily survey for 70 SBs. These surveys can be from a variety of sources, including Toluna, and being screened out happens a lot. Some days I have to attempt 7 surveys to get one, other days I complete my first survey in 10 minutes. This is limited to one per day via this method.
Found under earn>Trusted surveys. Here you'll find a list of available surveys for you to complete to earn SBs, as well as some shorter profile surveys to top up your balance. There are also surveys located in Special Offers>Payment Wall but I find these tedious and I never manage to complete one and be rewarded my SBs. Another good survey is often found in Peanuts Lab regarding consumer goods for 60SBs. This is there most days.
Special tasks appear in your inbox on a daily basis. At the moment I'm having to view a video, click an advert and then answer whether the advert took you to the correct site, or links to videos or special offers that are applicable to you.
You can refer friends by providing them with your unique referral link, sending them an e-mail via Swagbucks, posting the link on Twitter or Facebook as well as other unusual methods (such as sending your friends a spoof e-mail). The great thing about Swag Bucks referrals is that they will match what your referred friend makes, meaning you can earn SBs for sitting back and doing nothing.
Located under Special Offers>SuperSonic or the home page, you will be presented with some videos you can watch to earn 1 SB. Videos are often posted daily and are short (usually under 2 minutes).
Throughout the day, SwagBucks launches special codes for extra points. These are usually time sensitive and can be found on their Twitter, Blog and Facebook. There's also a new Facebook page for Swag Bucks UK which has special UK only codes. By “liking” them on Facebook you often see people posting thanks for the code, which should help you locate the code.
NOSO stands for No Obligation Special Offers, which you can find under the “earn” tab. Click through the special offers daily (no sign up required) to earn 2 SBs per day.
You can earn up to 10SBs per day from playing games. Under earn>games, after each game you play, click on “back to game details” . After doing this twice you will earn 2SBs, up to a maximum of 10 per day.
Tasks is a really difficult area for me to write about, simply because I've never got on with them. The idea is that you do a simple task first to make sure you understand the requirements, then get SBs for doing things like categorising Twitter users or locating something on a certain website. I can't seem to get anywhere with the tasks though, and I seem to do countless tests and never get marked for them and never progress.
The special offers sections of SwagBucks has lots of great offers to earn you SBs. Offers include free trials (remember to cancel!), 5-8SBs videos in Peanut Labs, or signing up for lots of competitions (perhaps using an email address you're happy to receive lots of emails to) to name a few.
SwagBucks has recently been setting daily earning targets with bonuses for hitting your targets. The current daily bonus target is the carnival's Test Your Strength where if you hit your target you receive 10% of those SBs on top, as well as more for hitting your target for the duration of the promotion. I love having a daily target and it really spurs me on!
Now on to the good stuff! Knowing how you can spend your SBs on SwagBucks. The shop is full of great products for you to buy. My favourite is 849 SBs for a £5 Amazon voucher, and I seem to be able to redeem one of these per week, sometimes two if I've been very lucky. Alternatively, 1,049 SBS gives you £5 via Paypal. These are just two of the prizes available from the Swag Store.