Tuesday, February 8, 2011

OK I Signed Up! But How do I Earn??

Signing up may seem like the easy part but honestly, most things about Swag Bucks are easy. Here are the easiest and most popular ways to earn SBs. In a later post, I will go further into detail on some of these ways.

#1 The Toolbar: Can it get any easier? All you have to do to earn your daily Swag Buck from the toolbar is download the toolbar (you will be prompted after signing up or can go back later) and then open your browser at least once during every 24 hour period.  I installed my Swag Bucks toolbar on my Internet Explorer browser however you can install it on other types of browsers, I just use IE the most. As soon as I go to use IE it immediately pops up that I got my 1 Swag Buck for the day and I literally did nothing extra. Using the toolbar can net you 365 SBs per year.  It would take 450 days to get one Amazon.com $5 gift card by never doing anything related to Swag Bucks again (except maybe to log in to redeem your points for a prize)

#2 Daily Poll: Very simple, this daily Swag Buck is earned by completing a user-submitted poll which is always random and can be about anything. For example, yesterday's daily poll asked "How Often do you shampoo your hair?" Then there are generally 5 or six choices. This poll had 5 and you could choose between things such as "everyday" and "once a week." I remember one that asked what our favorite Christmas cookie was. So, as you can see, they are no brainers. The daily poll is located under Earn -> Daily Poll. You can earn 365 SBs per year by completing the Daily Poll. If you ONLY decided to use the toolbar and complete the Daily Poll, you would earn 730 SBs per year. It would take you 225 days to earn one $5 Amazon.com gift card by only doing the poll and having previously downloaded the toolbar.

#3 NOSO: NOSO stands for No Obligation Special Offers. NOSO offers can be found under Earn -> NOSO. Once you go to the NOSO page, click the "Start Earning Now" button on the left hand side to begin. Then, Swag Bucks will show you a couple of offers for things such as blood sugar readers and higher education but you do not have to fill any of these out. I repeat, you DO NOT have any obligation to fill out and submit any of these offers. Below the offer will be an option that says something like "Skip" or "See Next Offer." There are usually between 1 to 5 of these offers. Once completed, Swag Bucks will alert you that you have earned your daily SB from the NOSOs. You can earn 365 SBs per year with NOSOs. If you ONLY did your daily NOSO, Daily Poll, and downloaded the toolbar, you would earn 1,095 SBs per year enough to earn two $5 Amazon.com gift cards. Note that a $10 AGC actually costs more than two $5 gift cards however there are limits to how many cards you can buy per day (2) and per month (5).

#4 Trusted Surveys: Trusted Sureys can also be found directly under Earn -> Trusted Surveys. You will automatically win your one SB by just visiting this page daily. This means you can earn up to 365 SBs per year by visiting this page. Once at this page you will see which if any surveys are available, approximately how long they will take and what your chances are of qualifying. You can earn anywhere from 10 to 250 SBs per survey. Keep in mind that sometimes once starting the survey you will be kicked out due to the quota being filled or you not qualifying for one reason or another and this is sometimes frustrating, as it can seem like a waste of time. I have earned quite a few SBs through surveys but I have also had my fair share of duds.

#5 Special Offers: You will automatically be directed to the Special Offers page after completing your daily NOSO bucks or you can find Special Offers by going to Earn -> Special Offers. Special Offers are things you can sign up for, buy, or watch to earn SBs. Some things are free, some cost, and some are really involved and you may not want to deal with. I personally only sign up for things I already want and buy things I'm already going to buy. You can earn around 300 SBs if you are going to purchase a Groupon anyway by finding it through Special Offers. The best special offers, in my opinion, are the short promotional videos that offer 2 SBs upon completion. Short, simple, and they do not need any of my personal information.

#6 SB TV: SB TV consists of short videos (around three minutes each) that you watch to earn.  On the top right you will see a bar. When that bar fills up from you watching videos (once click on one they will autoplay unless you turn it off) you will then earn 5 Swag Bucks. This is limited to 15 SBs a day. But be careful, periodically they want you to enter in a "captcha" to make sure you are actually still there. This can sometimes be a fairly long process. I turn the sound off and place the computer in front of me so I can see if I need to enter the captcha, then continue to watch tv.

#7 Search & Earn: Using Swag Bucks search feature is very similar to using a Google search engine only with not as good results. It is fine for simple things but it isn't very helpful during more extensive research on a topic as search results are limited. You can search and earn easily using your handy dandy toolbar or through the main page by going to Earn -> Search at the top. To use the toolbar, just enter what you want in the text box and then click "Go Win." You will earn SBs randomly through searches. These wins can be anywhere from 7 to 50 Swag Bucks but cannot be predicted. I usually win about 3 or 4 times a day this way and my wins are usually between 7 and 11 SBs. I find that Search wins can really boost my points on a daily basis.

#8 Referrals: Referrals are exactly as they sound. They are someone who signs up to Swag Bucks using your specific referral link, banner, or widget. You can find your own referral link as well as other ways to get referrals and promote by going to the top toolbar and clicking on "Promote."

#9 Shop & Earn: I mentioned Shop & Earn in my previous post. It is simple and is as it sounds. Go to the top of your Swag Bucks home page then go to More -> Eevn more -> Shop & Earn. If your store is partnered with Swag Bucks, find it and go to it. Now all you have to do is go about your business and shop as you normally would. You will earn 2 SBs for every $1 you spend.

Now that I have told you the basics on how to easily earn Swag Bucks, what are you waiting for??? =)

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