Right now, you can get more Swagbucks if you sign up as a new user. Swagbucks is celebrating their 3rd birthday and new users can get 25 extra points added to their account in addition to the 30 Swagbucks that you normally get as a new user. Enter the code BIRTHDAYFUN.
For exising Swagbucks users, make it a point to log in to your account and do your searches this week. The birthday celebration will include more Swag Codes, and some new features.
Swagbucks has a search bar where you type in your searches just as if you were typing into Google or Ask.com. The answers you get, come from these two search engines. To reward you for taking this extra step, you get free points called Swagbucks.
One of the ways to redeem your Swagbucks is by getting free gift cards at retailers like JCPenney, Lowe’s, Barnes & Noble, Target and Starbucks. My personal favorite is Amazon.com. I have redeemed several of these and used them for gifts. You need 450 Swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card. This option is one of the best values on the site.
You can really get into this site and spend a lot of time on it – or you can just do a couple searches a day and earn some free gift cards. There are all kinds of prizes, contests, and multiple ways to redeem and use your Swagbucks.
You can find about 75% of what you are searching for by searching through Swagbucks. I still have to use Google or Bing to find about 25% of the information that I am looking for.
The site was a little confusing to me when I first started. I advise keeping it simple until you catch on, and then you can branch out and play games, enter contests, and do surveys.
If you want to just give it a try- just set up a free account and do two searches on anything like “iPod” and “tomatoes”. You don’t have to get into the sites or read anything or stay on them, you just need to do the searches to win the Swagbucks.
Generally, you are awarded your free Swagbucks after your second search, so if you try it, make sure you do two searches. These Swagbucks are awarded and credited to your account automatically. You will see a pop-up window that says “you have been awarded 10,20 or 30 Swagbucks. Then you just click on “return to search” and resume your surfing. It takes all of one second.
They don’t ask you for any personal information to set up an account, don’t require a credit card and I have not gotten any spam or unwanted emails as a result of using Swagbucks.