For the last several months, I have been using SWAGBUCKS to try it out before I wrote about it.
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 many of these and used them for gifts.
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 another search engine 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 contest, 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 keep searching until you get your message that you have “won” some Swagbucks.
These Swagbucks are awarded and credited to your account. You will see a pop-up window that says “you have been awarded x number of Swagbucks. Then you just click on “return to search” and resume your surfing. It takes all of one second. Sometimes you have to enter a code that they give you into the box to get your points.
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.
I know they are using this site to track my surfing habits, but I figure Google is doing that anyway, so I might as well get some free stuff for it. If this makes you crazy, then this probably isn’t for you.
I subscribed to their blog because they often put extra Swagbucks codes in their blog posts. When you see a Swagbucks code, just return to your home page of Swagbucks and type the code in the bar that says “enter a swag code” above the word “gimmee“. That’s it -more bonus Swagbucks for you. Always make sure that you are logged in to your account before you start so you get the proper credit.