What is the Swagbucks?

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    What is the Swagbucks
    Are you looking for ways to earn online? Do you really want to know what is the Swagbucks all about? Here is my in depth review about the website.


    What is Swagbucks?

    What is Swagbucks
    Swagbucks offers rewards for those who wants to discover things that they are interested in. Basically you will earn SB(Swagbucks) when you answer surveys, shop on your favorite online store, play the most popular games, watch trending videos, or even just searching the web. You can redeem these saved SB for cash or even gift cards from over 140 brands from there rewards store including Amazon, Paypal and Walmart.

    How does Swagbucks Works?

    Most people think that Swagbucks are just for taking paid surveys. But let me tell you, answering surveys is not the only way of earning in here. There are plenty of ways that you could choose from depending on what your needs are.

    These are just some of the ways that you can earn in Swagbucks.

    1.  Search in the Internet

    What is the Swagbucks

    Swagbucks pays you when you use it as a search engine. Actually it is powered by Yahoo. You may be thinking that every time you do a search you will earn SB. Unfortunately, the earnings that you will get per search is in random. When I first tried the search engine, it gave me an instant 20SB (Try it for yourself). One thing that swagbucks recommend is to make it as a default search engine. So that every time you do a research you will get a chance to earn a SB.

    This is the simplest way on earning in Swagbucks. Just search and you will earn.

    Extra Tip: Downloading the Toolbar and using it once a day will earn you 1SB.


    2. Play Games

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    Swagbucks also gives SB when you make an in-game purchase. This means that when you register in a game and deposit money to play, you will earn SB. Usually you will be given 12 SB for every dollar you spend. Always remember that it only works when you login your gaming account using Swagbucks . The good thing in here is that  whether you win or lose, your Sb will be credited immediately. And no matter how you play the game, you will still earn the same SB.

    This is the one that I don’t feel using because there are already plenty of free games online that I can play with. Although I can earn SB for every game I play, I will still need to deposit money in order to proceed in the actual game. Usually the minimum cost to deposit is $9.99 and in exchange you will be given 5 spins for a chance to earn up to 1200SB.


    3. Watch Videos

    what is the swagbucks

    If you think that earning when you play games is out of this world, then you may be shocked because you are also paid when you watch your favorite videos using Swagbucks. There are dozen of categories that you could choose from including Comedy, Entertainment, Fashion, Fitness, Health and so many more.

    You maybe thinking that you can just stay at your home, watch videos all day and make it as a full time job. But let me tell you, there is a 150 SB limit per day for using their video channel. Usually you will earn 2SB per video.

    This feature is the one I like the most because I am fond of watching videos online. However, I am disappointed that they gave it a maximum amount for earning. I somehow understand it because everybody can just turn on their laptop and play videos all day right?

    Extra Tip: Just play the videos in your laptop when you do something else. 500 videos a day can earn you the maximum 150 SB.


    4. Shop Online

    what is the swagbucks

    If you are an avid  fan of shopping online, then this is the one for you. You will get back a percentage of the total money you spent when you click the store of your choice in Swagbucks.

    This is also one of my favorite because most often I prefer shopping online. It is less the hassle and I can just do it at home. Among my favorite online stores is Amazon. It used to give 3 percent cashback for every dollar you spend. But now it is already 4 percent! It may seem as a small amount but when you accumulate it, it will be bigger. As for the other stores: BestBuy (1%); Walmart (3%); Old Navy (6%); Macy’s (6%).


    5. Answer Surveys

    what is the swagbucks

    There are different kinds of surveys that you can take in Swagbucks. This includes Gold Surveys, Partner Surveys, and Peanut Labs. Keep in mind that most of the surveys takes from 10-20 minutes to finish.  You can see the SB amount to be paid beside each survey. In average, one survey pays 75 SB.

    Answering survey is my least favorite. Although the earning potential can be good, what I don’t like about it is you can still be disqualified in the middle of taking the survey. It is because your demographics may not match the things that the company is looking for. So even if you are already in the 10th minute of a 20 minute survey, if you will not qualify with their criteria, then you will be screened out. But you will still be given 1SB for the effort given.

    Extra Tip: Do the daily poll to earn extra 1SB per day.


    6. Try New Offers

    what is the swagbucks

    You can also earn SB with shopping offers, free trials, charity and donations . This is the most paid way in Swagbucks. However in return, you will need to register in the offer and provide valuable information into the company. Sometimes, they also ask for your credit or debit card number. Although you are given big amount of SB that can reach up to 20000SB, giving valuable information like credit card numbers is just too risky.

    Extra Tip: Join Bing rewards to earn 500 Swagbucks code for 475 points


    How Much can I Earn?

    what is the swagbucks

    After you accumulate enough Swagbucks, you can now exchange it for gift cards or even cash. My favorite gift card is from the amazon which is a 3$ gift card that you can redeem for 300SB. It is a good thing that there are gift cards that you can get in small amount of SB because there are times that it is really hard to earn points.


    How about the Cash?

    what is the swagbucks

    If you are asking about a pay out that is in cash, then you need to redeem your points in Paypal. The minimum amount that you can get is 25$ which is equivalent to 2500SB.

    You may be wondering how much can you earn in a day given that you do everything that is needed to be done. Let me tell you, Not that much!

    To make my point clear, let us make a small computation on what will be your average earning if you put full effort in here. By the way, one swag buck is more or less equivalent to one cent. Now let us do the math.

    Assuming that in one day, you did every single way to earn. Let’s say it is your first time to use Swagbucks and you downloaded the toolbar and made it as a default search engine, that is 1SB + 20SB . You also made an in-game purchase worth $10 which earns you 120SB. You watched 500 videos for that day that earned you 150SB. You also bought something in Amazon worth 35$ so you will be given 140SB. Then you took 10 surveys for 75SB each. Lastly you also joined the Bing rewards that earned you 475SB.

    Let’s add it all up : 21 + 120 + 150 + 140 + 750 + 475 = 1656SB. That’s equivalent to $16.56!

    If you think about it, It is still less than the amount that you can earn if you work on a job with minimum wage. Of course, we cannot expect to get a high pay in doing such simple tasks right?



    Swagbucks is definitely a legit way to earn online. If you have so much extra time and you want to use it to make extra cash then, Swagbucks can help you.

    Although it offers money in exchange of doing simple tasks, you can’t deny that the payout for answering surveys, trying offers or playing games is not enough. Even if you spend so much time in it, there are still limitations on how much you can earn in a day.

    If you think about it, the time and effort you are exerting is not proportional to the amount you are receiving. And based on the computation that we had made earlier, Swagbucks can’t earn you a living. I am not saying that it is no good, what I am saying is that it can’t substitute your full time job in financing your daily needs.


    is there other way to earn online?

    I know that you are eager to try Swagbucks because you want to find another way to earn some extra income. I feel that you are already exhausted of going to work from 9-5 and you already want to try some other ways to earn money. Unfortunately, this is not the answer to your problem.

    Actually, I was also in the same situation as yours before. I thought that survey sites is the answer to my money problems. I was thinking that it can be a good source of income but I realized that the earnings that I can get is not worth it. I also got discouraged about it because even if I work more hours per day,  I still can’t get the extra earnings that I desire.

    Now, your next question is, how can you really make money? My best suggestion would be through building your own online business. Basically it is a modern way of earning at home. Did you know that Amazon is the biggest affiliate business online? They earn commissions from promoting other people’s products. They don’t own any product but they are making money from them.

    Right now, I am on my tenth month in this program and I am already enjoying the fruits of my labor. So, I want to share my success with you. Let me end this review with one question.

    Why waste time in survey sites, If You Can earn more from your own online business?

    Check out my review on the #1 Recommended Online Training Program.

    If you have more questions and concerns about Swagbucks, feel free to comment it below and I would be glad to interact with you.

    Let me hear your experiences on the comments below!

    Best Regards,

    John Rico


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      14 comments on “What is the Swagbucks?

      1. Hi, this is very interesting article about Swagbucks. I have heard about earlier but have not searched about it to really see what it is about. From your text I see that it can be fun using it; earning money by watching videos does not sound bad for me. Though you say they put some limits for this particular way of earning. I wonder how would you compare it with CashCrate? Many thanks.

        • If I am gonna compare swagbucks from cashcrate, basically there is no difference. They are both get paid to site that offers various ways for its members to earn online. But if you would really insist, then one thing that I can think of that they differ is the way they reward their members. As for the crashcrate, you are paid through paypal or through check while in swagbucks, you can redeem your points into gift cards.

      2. I liked how you explained how people can make money online, but you also pointed out in a very clever way that there is a better alternative and perhaps their time is worth more. I loved that subtle twist.I’d like to offer one suggestion, you have room add more WA banners, why limit yourself when they’re free ? One reader may like one over the other, increase your chances give ’em options.

      3. hi there, I don’t think I will be retiring anytime soon with this swagbucks! Most people look into ways to make money online so that they can have more spare time. You are certainly not going to get this here. The internet marketing option is a much more efficient and lucrative option!

        • Swagbucks is really a legit way to earn some extra cash however, the time span on when you can earn a decent amount of money is not sure. I can say this because earning in survey sites takes so much time. Although you can do it on your spare time, the payout given per survey you take is just cents. I am not downgrading survey sites, because cents are still money. However, my point is why spend time in survey sites if you can use it in affiliate marketing where the earning potential is much bigger?

      4. I didn’t know there was so many ways to earn money with Swagbucks! It’s a good starting point to earn online. I like the calculation you made at the end, seems like you’ve really tested the service and you know what you’re talking about. I think like you that’s it’s not worth the ride, considering the very small amount of money that one can earn at the end of the day. Very good review!

        • I really make sure that before I make a review, i myself have tried the product or survey site. It is important to have a basis for your opinions and thoughts since reviews are primarily used to help those who have so many doubts about the site they want to join. Like for swagbucks, I made it sure that I understand every detail of it. The pros and cons. The ways of how to earn and also how much you can earn. This are just simple facts that have tremendous help to those who needs an idea on whether it is a good choice to join a survey site or not.

      5. I used to always look up how to make money online. I’ve tried so many sites with surveys and what not, and all of it probably wasted years of my life making pennies. It can be good for younger people but when you’re trying to earn a living, it’s not worth putting all your time and effort into making pennies knowing that it’ll never become consistent income.
        Learning how to invest in a business, knowing you will be rewarded in the future is the way to go.

      6. Great review! I’ve used SwagBucks and have recently cashed out an Amazon card as well. It’s extremely hard to earn money with the program. It almost feels like I’m giving them my personal information for free. I’ll probably stick to better paying websites that don’t require answering surveys.

        What’s your favorite task on Swagbucks?

        • What I like about swagbucks is the points you earn when watching videos. Even in my spare time, I can just open my laptop and play videos while I do something else. However as times pass by I cam to a point that I realize that the work I am doing is not paid enough. I spend much time and effort but earn just a little. Although I understand why Swagbucks pay that small because what they ask from us are all simple tasks that almost anyone can do.

          I agree with you to stick with other websites that dont require surveys. So what kind of website did you join?

      7. This is just one of the many online ways to earn money I have heard of in recent days. It is not my cup of tea because I spend enough time in front of this computer and I think if anyone sat and figured out the income per hour it would be a little thin. Keep searching and posting new finds. We are always looking for new ideas.

        • I agree with you. Taking paid surveys, just like in Swagbucks, is just one way to earn money online. Although like what you have said, even if you spend so much time in it, you will still not make enough money that can earn you a living. Actually Swagbucks is a great deal in terms of gift cards that you can redeem. I personally love the amazon gift card, because in just 300SB you can get a 3$ worth gift card. But in terms of making real cash, it is not my thing.

          As for a legit online business that really pays if you work hard on it, I already found it Jerry. If you want you can check my review about the #1 recommended online business that really helps. Scroll up and you will see the link at the bottom part of the review. Good Luck to you!

      8. Hello John,

        It is a very nice review you made there about SwagBucks. I personally never heard of it but now I do.
        I had the impression that you really tested everything, so you have a very complete review.
        It sounds like most of those survey/other things to do sites, where you earn some cents/dollars and after 2 or 3 days you ask yourself: What am I doing here?
        I love the last sentence of your review, where you ask if people want to earn cents or dollars…

        Thks for the info!

        • Hi there! Answering paid surveys is a legit way to earn extra money. But as what I have said in the review, its payout is so small compared to the effort you are exerting on it. Although most of the tasks that you have to do s pretty simple, the amount of the same work that you need to do, is just too many in order for you to earn a decent amount.

          I am glad that you understood my point when I asked the question on why earn cents if you can earn dollar. Actually I have also tried several survey sites when I was looking for legit online jobs. But times pass by and I got bored by the system and realized that it is not worth it for my time. That’s why I got into online marketing. Right now I am on my second month of developing the business, and everything seems going into right place.

          If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. And I will help you.

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