Intro to Swagbucks – Free Stuff!

Being a writer, I do spend an awful lot of time at home on the internet. It can sometimes be a little counterproductive, but the other day I stumbled on a website that seems to make all my useless web searching worth it. It’s called Swagbucks.

If you don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website were you earn Swagbucks (SB) points through searching, games, watching videos, and special offers you can choose to participate in (or not). Once you get a certain amount of SBs, you can trade them in for things like giftcards to Amazon.com, Starbucks, even paypal. It’s surprisingly easy to get points, and I gotta say, I may be a little obsessed with this site.

It’s kind of nice that I can get points for things without doing much different than I would normally. So I thought I’d share the joy today and go a little different route than normal. Instead of talking about writing, I thought I’d put together a little helpful Swagbucks tutorial. I’ve been reading up on a lot of them since I started and they’ve been great.

First things first, go sign up at Swagbucks. It’s free and takes almost no time at all. Be sure to fill out your profile as much as you can since that will get you SBs right away.

 How to Earn Points with Swagbucks without Paying

There are options that involve getting SBs for buying products or services, both on the internet and outside of it, but you don’t have to do any of these. I’ve been on the site for 10 days, have gotten over 1000 SBs already and haven’t done a single paying option.

The easiest and fastest ways to earn SBs are

Daily Poll
Special Offers

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  1. Daily Poll: The daily poll is an easy, 1SB option that only requires you to answer a question. 2
  2. Toolbar: the toolbar is something you can install on your internet browser and use it for searching. It is powered by Google and you use it like you would any normal search. You get 1SB per day just for having it installed. I don’t have it installed because I use Google Chrome and I prefer keeping it streamlined, but that is an option.
  3. NOSO: No Obligation Special Offers. You don’t have to do any of the offers. All you have to do is click through them once a day and you get SBs.
  4. Special Offers: Special offers can be paying or not. Sometimes they are just asking questions. Other times they want you to like  a page on facebook or something. Be sure if you’re using any kind of ad block like Google Adblock, you turn it off when you do these so it can trace it back to your account and credit you. 4
  5. Surveys: Surveys can get you big points, but qualifying for surveys isn’t always easy. If you’re disqualified, you will get 1SB up to 5 surveys. Filling out the profiles also gets you points and allows you to hopefully qualify for more surveys.
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  8. Vids/Links: On the homepage, there will usually be a few free options to earn a few SBs. Just click and watch or click on the links. Lately, it’s been Junvids or Encrave links/vids.
  9. Games: If you like playing games, Swagbucks has that option for you. You can play for free or pay a few SBs to join a game with other people and try to win more points that way.
  10. SBTV: Swagbucks TV is like youtube except that for every 10 videos you watch, you get 3 SBs. Here’s the trick: you don’t have to sit there and watch the vids. You can play them and do something else. Also, you get credited for watching after about the first 30 seconds of each video, so click on the next one and get through faster.
  11. Codes: Swagbucks codes are strings of text that Swagbucks puts out periodically, usually one per day or so. If you find them (on Twitter, the Swagbucks blog, or Facebook), you can enter them and get free SBs. Swagbucks lets people share them these days, so you can get them from others.
  12. Searches: This is probably the easiest way to get points. You won’t win with every search. Usually you can get a couple bucks by doing a few searches in the morning, a few in the afternoon, evening, etc. It’s really luck of the draw. If you see a bunch of people getting search points on facebook, try switching your browser.


 These are all easy ways to get SBs, and I think I may have a problem. It’s a little addictive, but hey, it’s helping pay for Christmas gifts. I’ve already got enough for $10 worth of Amazon gift cards in less than two weeks. If you go with the paying options, you can get even more points. Shopping online at Target.com, Walmart.com and numerous other places can get you points.

 I realize this probably sounds like some weird advertisement, but it’s not. I made my friend join and in three days, she has over 700 points. That’s enough for some Starbucks or Amazon. The average $5 gift card runs at between 450-500 points, and if you live in a larger city, there may be local deals you can get with your points. There are also Southwest Airlines gift cards, store gift cards, and lots of other things to get.

 If it’s something you’re interested in, definitely check it out. You’re already on the internet anyway, right? Might as well get something out of it.


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