What Exactly is a SwagBuck

So I am not exactly a big Get Paid To (GPT) kind of guy. I know I have talked about CashCrate in the past but with 72 active first level referrals I have racked up a whole $1.93 this year. GO ME! Anywho, I have been seeing a lot of people talking about Swag Codes, and Swag Bucks so I thought I would check it out.

What is it

Swagbucks.com is essentially the MyCokeRewards of the search engine world. They incentivize search by rewarding you randomly with Swag Bucks. This isn’t the only way for you to earn but it is certainly the easiest and least invasive in your normal web browsing life. Like a rewards program you collect points called Swag Bucks and trade those points in for items of value whether it be an Amazon Gift Card or a DirecTV Poster. No really you can get a DirecTV poster, I don’ t know why.

How You Earn

Like I already stated, the easiest way to earn Swag Bucks is simply to make them your default search engine and do your regular searches using it. Very rarely do I find myself frustated and needing to actually switch over to Google to find my answers. It is really the only way I have been earning Swag Bucks and I have manged to amass 647 of them in just over a month. That isn’t the only way to make some extra “bucks” though, here are a few more.

  • Complete Offers – Much like CashCrate you can complete offers to earn “bucks”. This is where you can really get into the “bucks” but you are going to be signing up for things and handing over your credit card on a regular basis. Offers include things like Netflix, Identity Guard, CreditReport.com, and related type sites.
  • Shop – Like Upromise you can earn rewards when you shop online by using the Swag Bucks shopping interface to start your shopping. You get 2 Swag Bucks for every $1 you spend but that may not be worth it if you are getting a good chunk of change through Upromise.
  • Trade In – Through Flipswap they will take your old cell phone and “reward” you with some Swag Bucks. Sounds good but check out gazelle.com and flipswap.com directly to see how many real bucks you can get for your electronics. Odds are the real cash value is better than what you will get through Swag Bucks.
  • Referrals – Like any true GPT site you can earn by referring your friends. You get matching swag bucks for every friend you refer up to 1,000 per friend. The matching is only based on points earned doing searches but it is still free points.

Overall Thoughts

Like any GPT site it is all about them making money off of you, the thing I like about this is that I am earning Swag Bucks just by doing what I normally do, searching the web. I have managed to rack up 647 points in a little over a month. That is just through searches I would have done anyway. Right now I can cash that 647 in for a $5 Amazon gift Card and still have some leftover. So I essentially made $5 doing what I was going to do anyway. I could probably make earn more points if I try harder, but that takes time and I don’t have a lot to throw around. If you are interested pop over to SwagBucks and sign up to check it out.


1 Danielle March 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Whew. Thank you. Just yesterday I grumbled that I didn’t know what these were. I have no intention of using them, but now I can nod knowingly if the conversation turns to swag bucks again. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
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2 RainyDaySaver March 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

I like that I have the choice whether or not to use the Swagbucks search engine. It doesn’t give the best choices, but once you scroll down past the initial “paid” results, it’s similar to Google. And if it means I get $5 in an Amazon GC every month, I’ll use it now and then.

3 harvestwages March 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hey kyle,
this is the most easy system i know. Getting bucks just by doing your normal task. i will start using that too and hope many get on board.
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4 Simple in France March 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for the succinct (yet thorough) explanation. I myself had been wondering if I should look into this as I know some who seem to earn quite a bit of swagbcuks. But I found the search engine to be really slow–intolerably slow. And so I lost interest in playing around with it.

The idea of getting paid to do what you already do is interesting though. . .
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5 Forest March 18, 2010 at 1:50 am

I’m signed up but being that I am in Cairo they don’t let me use search yet, just image search which I rarely do… It’s a little annoying as I usually use USA Google anyway!

However a lot of frugal bloggers are doing pretty well off of it so it’s gotta be a pretty decent system.
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6 Gina March 22, 2010 at 12:12 am

Kyle, since you’re a blogger you have a great opportunity to earn a ton of SB through referrals. Remember that you earn the first 100 along with anyone who signs up under your link. Doing your own searches you’ll probably earn a $5 Amazon GC each month–and that’s the best trade-in ratio so stick with the Amazon GC–but by referring you can be earning even faster. I started in December 2008 and have seen a significant amount of income from SB. Good luck!

7 BD January 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Swagbucks is great and especially if you refer someone you earn “swagbucks” from them and their referrals.

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