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A while back I wrote about just what a swagbuck is. At the time I hadn’t earned enough bucks to get any Swag out of the deal and to be perfectly honest with you I wasn’t entirely convinced of the usefulness of the site. It turns out you can really turn those bucks into cash. Figuratively anyway. I recently converted my earned bucks into $15 in Amazon gift cards which I used to by a car mount for my iPhone. It was something I wanted but wouldn’t normally fork the cash over for. Here is how I earned the bucks:

1.) Straight Searching

Straight searching is the easiest way to earn SwagBucks. I have configured swagbucks.com as my default search engine in Chrome and installed the toolbar in FireFox. This way I am always using their engine to perform my searches.

2.) Referrals

Right now I have a total of 5 referrals  but only one of them is really cranking out the bucks. Referrals have netted me a total of 627 swagbucks. That is five bucks for not even doing anything at all.

3.) Other Stuff

Every now and then I get a few SwagBucks for having the toolbar installed, or on a rare occasion I will pick up some using a SwagCode I found. Most of the “other” stuff takes a lot of effort that I just haven’t found myself willing to exert. I am sure i could get SwagBucks quicker if I looked for the SwagCodes everyday but I prefer to just keep on keeping on.

The fact is you can easily earn enough of these SwagBucks to convert the pretend money into tangible objects you actually want. So what is stopping you? Get out there and start earning some swag today.

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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.

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