If you’ve read MapleMoney.com for any length of time, you’ve probably seen me mention Swagbucks at some point. Some of you may not know what that is, so let me explain:
Swagbucks is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called “Swag Bucks”. These bucks can be redeemed for things like gift cards, downloads and products in the Swag Store.
Does it actually work?
Yes – it really does!
In the last year, I have earned over $600 in gift cards by using Swagbucks. I was able to purchase many books and kitchen items that we needed with the Amazon.ca gift cards that I redeemed my bucks for.
How do I sign up?
If you’re interested in signing up to Swagbucks, visit the Swagbucks website and register. You will earn 30 free Swag Bucks just for signing up.
Please note that you are only allowed to have one account per individual (not per household).
How do I earn Swag Bucks?
There are actually many ways that you can earn Swag Bucks other than just using the search engine.
I don’t recommend trying to do all 15 of these things because it will probably be overwhelming and take up an incredible amount of time, but these are all ways to earn Swag Bucks that I feel are worth mentioning.
1. Search the Web
The most popular way to earn Swag Bucks is to search the web. Just visit the Swagbucks homepage and every time you search for something using their search engine, you will have the chance to earn Swag Bucks.
You will only earn bucks periodically as you search, so don’t try searching for things over and over again – it won’t work.
2. Watch Videos
Find some great content that you are interested in, and fill your Swag Bucks meter as you watch. Once the meter is full, you’ll have a chance to win Swag Bucks.
All you have to do is watch videos that interest you and at the end of each video you can earn anywhere from 1-5 Swag Bucks. Keep in mind that you won’t win every time you watch a video.
I like to run these videos when I am doing something in the office, such as cleaning or organizing paperwork. That way I am nearby to click to the next video. I don’t do this very often, but when I do, I usually earn about 4 Swag Bucks for every “winning” video.
3. Play Games
If you enjoy computer games, check out the free ones offered by Swagbucks and you can earn 1-5 bonus Swag Bucks just for playing.
If you want to play against other Swagbucks members, you can buy into a tournament (these are limited time or limited player tournaments) and have a chance to win as much as 2000 Swag Bucks or more.
I haven’t had much luck with these games, but I know a few people that claim to earn quite a few Swag Bucks by playing games a few times per day.
4. Take Surveys
Visit the “Trusted Survey” dashboard every day for great survey opportunities. When you give your opinion, you will be awarded with Swag Bucks.
You will only earn Swag Bucks when you qualify and I have found that I don’t qualify for many. However, it may be worth your time to check and see if you do qualify.
5. Complete Time Sensitive Offers
There are some offers that you can complete to earn bonus Swag Bucks, and many of them don’t require payment of any kind.
You can earn quite a few Swag Bucks by completing these offers, but be sure to only complete the ones you are sincerely interested in to avoid spam mail.
6. View No Obligation Special Offers
Visit the “NOSO” page to view special offers with no obligation necessary to earn Swag Bucks. You can look at all of the offers and not even sign up to one of them and earn 2 Swag Bucks per day.
However, if there is an offer that interests you, be sure to sign up for it to earn even more bonus Swag Bucks.
7. Recycle Products
Swagbucks has a recycling program where you can earn Swag Bucks for handing over your old cell phone, books and gaming systems.
All you have to do is look up the product that you’d like to trade in, print the pre-paid label and trade-in receipt, stick the package in the mail and collect your Swag Bucks (once your item has been received and processed).
Personally, I don’t think the bucks that you get for these items is very much, but if these are items that are just sitting around your home collecting dust, it may be worth it for you to trade them for some Swag Bucks.
8. Answer Polls
There is a new poll every day on the Swagbucks website. Every time you vote in the current daily poll, you will earn 1 bonus Swag Buck.
This is such a simple way to earn around 30 Swag Bucks every month. It only takes a few seconds to do. It is usually the first thing I do in the morning when I log on to the computer.
Once you see how easy it is to earn great prizes through Swagbucks, you will want to tell all of your friends so that they can start earning prizes too.
Make sure you get them to sign up through your referral link so that you can earn points for referring them. Swagbucks will give you 10% of their Swag Buck earnings for life!
10. Perform Tasks
When you do small “tasks” on the Swag Bucks website, you will be rewarded with bonus Swag Bucks. Small tasks include things such as testing online discounts and promotions, finding biographical information for celebrity actors, finding great things to do in a particular city, etc.
11. Use the Toolbar
Be sure to install the Swagbucks toolbar on your browser so that you can search for things on the web easily.
You can type all your searches into the toolbar instead of having to click on the homepage to do so. You are also awarded 1 bonus Swag Buck every a day, just for using the toolbar.
12. Follow Swagbucks on Facebook
Swagbucks will often post special codes and offers for their Facebook fans, so it’s a good idea to “Like” them on Facebook.
Check their page every day or so to see if there are any new promotions or special Swag Codes available.
13. Follow Swagbucks on Twitter
Just like on Facebook, Swag Bucks rewards their Twitter followers will special offers and codes, so be sure to add them to your list.
14. Read the Swagbucks Blog
The blog is always updated with news and offers and is a great place for you to find special promotions.
Occasionally, Swagbucks will pick a random follower and reward them with FREE Swag Buckd! Look for blog posts from “The Swag Guy” (TSG) or “The Swag Girl” (TSGal) to find exclusive Swag Buck opportunities.
15. Make a Search Your Homepage
Most people say to make Swagbucks.com your homepage, but I have a much better tip for you.
- Go to Swagbucks.com
- Search for something you search for a lot (maybe MapleMoney.com?)
- When the search results come up, make the search results page your homepage
- Now, every time you click the HOMEPAGE button (the little house) in your browser, you will end up at that search page
This means that every time you go to your homepage you will have a chance to win bucks – and you didn’t even have to manually search for anything.
After referrals, this is how I get the bulk of my Swag Bucks.
Swag Bucks is one of my favourite “money” making programs and I recommend it 100% to anyone who spends time online.
For very little effort you can enjoy free gift cards and other prizes for doing something as simple as surfing the web.
What are you waiting for? Click here to sign up for Swagbucks.
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