A Beginner’s Guide to Swagbucks

Have you heard about Swagbucks?   I hadn’t heard about it until my friend, Jenny from Southern Savers, explained all about it at BlogHer.   Basically, it’s a rewards program where you earn points for searching the web and and doing other activities.   It’s actually a lot of fun (like a slot machine, I’m always wondering if my search will reward me points!), and when you get enough points you can exchange them for prizes including gift cards.

I’m still very much a beginner, but I have learned a few things, so I thought I’d put together this beginner’s guide to Swagbucks.

Earning Swagbucks from search

It’s easiest to download the Swagbucks toolbar and use it to do all of your searches.   You won’t earn points every time, but you can earn them several times a day!   Don’t oversearch though, or you’ll be shut out for a while.

Earning Swagbucks from Games

You can earn Swagbucks from playing a bunch of free games – you won’t earn them every time, but you can generally earn up to 10 points, 2 at a time for every few games.   You can also participate in tournaments for a fee, but just know that there are some very high scores achieved in those tournaments!

Earning Swagbucks from SBTV

You can watch SBTV video clips for points – awarded 3 at a time.

Finding Swagcodes

Occasionally, for a limited time, Swagbucks offer Swagcodes for extra points.   If you add the swidget (Swagbucks widget) to your toolbar, you can check to see if there’s one available.   Click here to learn how to add the swidget to your toolbar.

Daily Swagbucks

You can earn 1 point daily for using the toolbar, 1 point daily for doing the daily poll, 2 points for going through the NOSOs, and 1 point for viewing the trusted surveys.

The fun thing about Swagbucks is that you can really do as much or as little as you want.   Click here to sign up – you’ll get 30 points just for signing up!

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  1. Kim says

    I’m trying to make some extra income and started using swagbucks a little while ago. I was searching for guides and found your post. Can I ask what your average earnings a month is with SB? I’m having a hard time making a dent really so had to start using instantbucks .com for extra income as it’s been easier for me. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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