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If you’ve been looking into making extra money online, you’ve probably come across Swagbucks, which is a get-paid-to site.
As far as online surveys go, this has been one of my best earners. Last year I was able to buy all my Christmas presents using Amazon vouchers I earned from Swagbucks alone- and I only started using it at the end of July! I like it because you can make money even if you don’t do surveys. You can sign up to Swagbucks using your email address.
How To Use Swagbucks
With Swagbucks your aim is to earn swagbucks (SBs), which you can exchange for a variety of gift cards, Mastercards, or a PayPal payment. I usually go for Amazon giftcards, because you can use them to buy almost anything and they’re slightly better value than cashing to PayPal.
You earn sb by completing various different tasks and activities.
Here are the ways you can make money on Swagbucks.
Swagbucks gold surveys
The first and probably most popular way to earn sb is through completing online surveys. This basically involves simply answering a series of questions to share your opinions and experiences.
You’ll see a list of available surveys, along with the reward offered and the estimated time it will take to complete.
My top tip for earning from surveys on Swagbucks is to always check the amount of SBs it offers against the time it will take. If you feel it’s worth the time, try it, if not don’t bother or you’ll just end up frustrated.
Check your gold surveys first as these count for your daily ‘To do’ list (you get a few extra points for completing your list). There is also an Answer section on your home screen and you can use Peanut Lab surveys too, these will also check off the ‘complete a gold survey’ on your to do list.
You can find Peanut Labs in the drop down menu when you click Surveys. If you don’t qualify for a survey you get 1sb. (Not much I know, but better than nothing!)
Swagbucks Daily Goal
In the top menu bar you can find your daily goal. It’s worth trying to reach your daily goal each day as you get a bonus (usually around 10% of the goal for doing so. You also get a second goal that’s higher, but the first is more important.
You get a streak bonus for completing your goal. 7 days in a row gets you 25sb, 14 gets you 100, 21 gets you 200 sb and the whole month (called monthly master) gets you a bonus 300sb. These bonus sb are added to your balance at the beginning of the following month.
Use the Swagbucks Video Apps
There are 7 Video apps you can use to earn SB on Andriod, or 5 if you’re on iOS. You can earn 10sb for each app. That’s 70 sb a day for android, 50 for apple. Just running the apps alone will get you enough points to cash out up to £15 a month – for very little effort. Find the Apps in your App Store by searching for ‘Prodege’.
iOS apps are – MovieClips, Sportly, EntertaiNow, Lifestylz and Indy Music.
Android apps are the above plus SBTV and Swagbucks Watch.
Each app contains lots of categories and lists of videos. I recommend selecting the ‘Short Clips’ list, as it will take less time to complete. If you have the option to ‘favourite’ a video, choose the shortest you can see, add it to your favourites and just play that -it will repeat automatically.
Swagbucks Discover offers
There are lots of offers you can complete that give you SB, usually for signing up to something or taking a free trial. Find these under ‘Discover’ on the menu.
Always make sure you completely understand the terms before signing up to anything and always remember to set an alarm to remind you to cancel any trials you’ve put payment details in to.
Partner Offer Walls
Swagbucks has lots of partners, where you can earn more sb for completing their own offers, surveys and tasks, such as trying out mobile apps or entering sweepstakes or trials.
These include Offer Toro, Revenue Universe, Adgate Media, Ascend Media and more.
Play the Games
There are 3 games to play and you can earn up to 10sb on each. Swagasuarus Run, Swag Jump and Swag memory. They’re really simple click games, you don’t even have to win to get the points, it’s just random, so you can just let your dinosaur fall of the cliff if you like. Just try every so often until you get some sb.
I only really try the games if I need more points to reach my daily goal.
Searching the Web
It’s worth using Swagbucks Search for your normal searching because you can win SB. Just search anything in the Search box and if you win any it will pop up with a little congratulations message and a claim button. You can win anything between 3 and 100 SB.
Shopping via Swagbucks
Swagbucks offer cashback in the form of SB if you click through to retailers via Swagbucks Shop section, so if you’re buying something online it’s worth checking what cashback is available. I usually find that Quidco or Topcashback have a better rate, but sometimes Swagbucks comes up better.
Swago is a bonus game run by Swagbucks usually twice a month. It’s a grid with different tasks in each square and you need to tick off as many as possible to earn bonus SB. Tasks are things you do on Swagbucks anyway, such as ‘complete a gold survey’ or ‘complete your to do list’.
When you’ve completed as many squares as you think you can, you submit your board. There is also a smaller versions called shopping Swago where all you need to do is click through to various shops; completing this board gets you 50 SB.
The Swagbutton is something you can add as a browser extension, and gives you the opportunity to earn more sbs. Every day Swagbucks release Swagcodes, which you can enter into the Swagbutton for bonus points.
There are loads of options to choose from to cash out your SBs. You can get paid into PayPal, get a pre-paid Mastercard or choose from lots of gift cards including Amazon, Argos, New Look, M&S and more. Just click on your Swagbucks total (right hand corner) the click redeem, then you can browse through the choices. Once you’ve redeemed your reward it can take a few days to receive payment.
Swagbucks Earning Tips
- Try shorter surveys with higher payouts first
- Always join Swago, as you may be able to collect bonus points for the tasks you’e already doing. Same goes for when you see Team Challenges.
- Complete your daily goal and to do list to earn bonuses.
- Keep an eye out for Instant Surveys: these are easy and quick earners.
Already a Swagbucks pro and looking for another good earner? Why not check out my guide to earning with InstaGC?