When I first arrived on Swagbucks, five years ago, I was confused. I have a feeling you are too, considering you’re on my blog. Well, it turns out Swagbucks is a really cool and a completely legal concept. There’s no Swagbucks scam.
Swagbucks is definitely legit: they’ve been around eight years and have dished out more than $122 million ($137 millions as of July 2016) to their customers.
What is Swagbucks?
Before I share my personal experience with Swagbucks, let’s talk about what it is. Swagbucks is an online rewards program where you can earn virtual currency called “Swag Bucks” – and you can turn these “Swag Bucks” into real gift cards.
Ways to earn Swag Bucks include: watching promotional videos, participating in polls and surveys, buying products (cash back), and playing games. The easiest way is through using their search engine. Whenever you’re signed in, and use their search engine you win Swag Bucks.
Quick tip: set Swagbucks as your default search engine on your web browser so that you don’t even have to think about it.
Daily Swagbucks Routine:
- Answer the “Daily Poll Question” (1 Swag Buck).
- Make a couple of searches using their search engine (between 6-50 Swag Bucks).
When I hit 500 Swag Bucks, I cash out for a $5 Amazon Gift Card. It normally takes about a week to get the gift card sent to my email.
How do I make my big money?
Two words: cash back. What is cash back? Cash back is a way of shopping online and getting rewards back when you make a purchase.
How is this legal? Swagbucks gets money from stores for advertising stores on their site. They take the commission they get from the stores and split it with you (in Swag Bucks).
Example: Let’s say you bought a new laptop from Walmart.com for $500. Walmart pays Swagbucks 8% of that sale ($40), Swagbucks takes this money and gives you half (4% or 2,000 Swagbucks).
How many stores are eligible for cash back? There are over 1,000 different online retailers. Quick side note: Amazon is on the list, but hardly anything there is eligible for cash back, so don’t even bother.
How do you activate the cash back? The first option is to go swagbucks.com and search for the store you want to shop at. Once you find the store, look to see how many Swag Bucks you’ll get per dollar spent. Then click the “Shop Now” link and you’re officially done. After the purchase is made, it will take between 3-7 days for the Swag Bucks to show up in your account.
The second option is the one I use personally. You download the Swagbucks browser extension (here), and then whenever you arrive on a site that offers cash back an activate button will show up on your screen. It works with most major web browsers (Chrome, Firefox & Internet Explorer).
Basically you’ll get Swag bucks in return for buying something you were already planning to buy. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?
Things I Don’t Love About Swagbucks:
- It’s frustrating that you don’t get Swag Bucks on every search you do. They normally give you Swag Bucks at three different times per day while you’re searching.
- I made Swagbucks my default search engine, but their search engine isn’t as good as Google because they use Bing’s search results. I would rather have slightly worse results in order to accumulate more Swag Bucks, so using their engine is still a no-brainer in my mind.
- This should be obvious, but you’re not going to become a millionaire using Swagbucks. But it’s definitely realistic to think you could earn $40 in gift cards, every month, by using Swagbucks for just a few minutes a day and using it for your normal shopping. Who wouldn’t want a free forty bucks every month?
- See all those surveys? See all those videos? They’re garbage! Please don’t waste your time. The key to remember is that one Swag Buck is only worth one penny. Most of these surveys are going to take a long time to complete, and when you’re done you’re going to be spammed with loads of emails in your inbox. 100 SwagBucks might sound like a good deal, but is 10 minutes of your time worth $1? I don’t think so.
Here are some of my recent gift card redemptions:
Is Swagbucks legit!? Is there a Swagbucks Scam!? Stop it!
Swagbucks is just like a normal search engine. You can search like you normally would and you will occasionally win Swag Bucks along the way. Save these up, and get yourself a couple gift cards. They also offer a killer cash back program.
Basically you get paid for doing things you would be doing regardless of Swagbucks’ existence. All you need to do is make a couple tweaks to your daily routine.
Try it and see for yourself that Swagbucks is not a scam! Also, I thought I’d let you know that I get a couple bucks if you sign up for Swagbucks through my link (this doesn’t affect you). Although, I’d appreciate it, it’s totally cool if you prefer not to.
Thanks for checking out my Swagbucks Review. Let me know what you think in the comments.