With the power of the internet, there are many ways to make some extra money and in this Swagbucks guide, you will see that Swagbucks is one of the easiest ways to do so.
If you haven’t heard of Swagbucks, they are a rewards program that pays you to do simple tasks!
These Swagbucks tasks include taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the web.
You can get paid to do simple tasks in your free time and this Swagbucks guide will show you exactly how to do so!
As of writing this, Swagbucks has paid out over 250 million dollars in gift cards and cash.
Let’s begin this Swagbucks guide to see how Swagbucks works and how you can make some easy money!
Before we get into all the details about Swagbucks and how to make money on Swagbucks, you first need to signup for a Swagbucks account.
Swagbucks is an awesome survey platform that has expanded into other areas such as now offering a cashback service!
I highly recommend using Swagbucks to get rewarded in your spare time.
Plus, when you sign up to Swagbucks with my link you will get $5 for free!
This is a great signup bonus, you won’t want to miss out on free money!
Now, let’s dig deeper into this guide where you will learn exactly how to use Swagbucks, Swagbucks tips and tricks and how to make money on Swagbucks…
How Swagbucks Works
If you haven’t done so already, sign up for Swagbucks here and get $5 for free!
It’s free money why not!
There are some rules to get this $5 with my Swagbucks sign-up link, you have to earn 2,500 SB within the first 60 days of signing up.
This is super easy to do! All you need to do is earn 42 Swagbucks a day which as you will see soon is really easy.
Okay, moving on.
If you have an ad-blocker you will receive this message.
Just make sure you white-list Swagbucks in your ad-blocker.
Before doing anything you will get a message to verify your email address.
Once that is done, you will be at the Swagbucks home screen which will look similar to this screen:
Before we go over the ways to earn money on Swagbucks let’s see how much are Swagbucks worth.
One Swagbuck (SB) is equivalent to 1 cent. So you will need 500 Swagbucks for a $5 gift card.
I know this is not a lot of money at all.
If you complete short Swagbucks tasks like fill out a survey or watch a short video during TV commercial breaks or on the bus/train ride home then it isn’t so bad!
Just a note…
If you have a browser with an ad-blocker installed then it can cause some issues even if you white-list Swagbucks.
This is because Swagbucks redirects you to other sites to do surveys, watch videos, shop, etc…
So, you can either allow the sites as they are blocked, disable the ad-blocker completely, or use a browser without an ad-blocker.
It is up to you.
Before you start to make money with Swagbucks, I advise you to read their Do’s and Dont’s here so you can know the ins and outs of how Swagbucks works.
Okay, now onto the good stuff in this Swagbucks guide.
Great! You got Swagbucks all set up and you are ready to make some money.
So where do you start?
Let’s go over the different ways to make money with Swagbucks and I will also give you some Swagbucks tricks to maximize your earnings.
Daily Swagbucks Tasks
Swagbucks gives you daily tasks to complete so you can earn money!
You do not have to complete all these tasks but most are simple and easy to complete.
These Swagbucks tasks are located on the side menu in Swagbucks:
One of the easiest tasks is the daily poll, which is just one question you answer for 1 cent.
The other Swagbucks tasks include watching short videos, visiting a website, and doing a search on Swagbucks.
These are simple tasks you can do every day to make some money!
Now let’s get to the real money earners.
There are many ways to make money with Swagbucks as discussed above.
If you look at the left column on the Swagbucks homepage you will see all the different ways to make money.
Let’s break these menu items down one by one so you can see which is your favorite way to make some easy money!
Swagbucks surveys are one of the best ways to put some extra cash in your pocket.
This is the “Answer” menu item shown in the picture above.
Also, the survey section is one of the first sections on the Swagbucks homepage.
Cool, now all you have to do is click on one and then the survey will start.
The first time you start a Swagbucks survey you will most likely have to complete a profile survey, which qualifies you for other surveys.
Once completed you will receive 5SB.
You can check your earned Swagbucks by clicking on your profile icon on the top right and clicking on activity.
Here you will see all the tasks you completed and how much Swagbucks you received for them, note the profile survey you just completed.
Now when you go back to the Swagbucks homepage you will see many more surveys available.
If you want to see more surveys all you have to do is click view all and then you can sort by time to complete, Swagbucks amount, or survey number.
The featured surveys will be at the top but if you scroll down you will see more surveys.
By looking at the options and sorting by the time you will be able to find some good deals.
Just start the survey you want to take and complete it, that’s it!
Important to note: I know you want to just randomly answer the questions and while this may work sometimes, if the system detects random answers the survey will stop and you will get this screen.
Also, some surveys may be looking for certain answers to the questions to continue and when this happens you will get this screen, it just happens sometimes.
One of the best Swagbucks tips I can give you is to take surveys that are 10 minutes or less. Anything longer doesn’t seem worth it at all, but feel free to test out what works for you.
If you really want to make money with surveys then check out Amazon Mechanical Turk!
I wrote an in-depth guide on how I made $500 with Amazon Mechanical Turk here!
You can also make money with Swagbucks by watching videos!
This is the “Watch” menu on the Swagbucks homepage.
When you click on it for the first time, you will get this screen where you can take a tour of how it works or skip it.
Now you will be on the Video page in Swagbucks with all the videos that you can watch to make some cash!
These videos will be broken down into categories, like News & Politics shown above.
You will also see that most videos are in a playlist and you will have to watch all to earn your Swagbucks.
It also shows the amount of time these videos will take and how much you will earn.
All the video categories can be seen on the left menu:
You can also get to these videos on the Swagbucks homepage by scrolling down a bit and you will see the video section.
Cool, now you know how to navigate the video section.
Let’s see how you can make money watching videos…
Click on any video you want to watch and it will load.
Initially, you will see this message, that states the maximum amount of Swagbucks you can earn in a day by watching videos is 500SB ($5).
Then just play the videos and complete the playlist and you will earn money, that easy!
I know… I know… These videos can take really long.
Here are some Swagbucks tricks:
Depending on the length of the video you will get credit for watching a portion of the video.
You can watch a few seconds or a few minutes and when you see a check on the video thumbnail you can move on to the next one.
Swagbucks doesn’t allow you to just play the playlist in one tab mute it and then do whatever you want in another tab.
The Swagbucks tab has to be in focus to auto-play the next video.
You can open the Swagbucks page in another window and just leave it running in the background while you use your other window in the foreground.
This keeps the Swagbucks window “in focus” but it is out of your view and the playlist will auto-play.
Then just go to the Swagbucks window in the time it said it will be completed, claim your reward and then repeat!
You can also make money with Swagbucks by just surfing the web!
I just have to mention that this is probably the worst way to earn money on Swagbucks.
You do not get money every time you search, it seems to be random earnings.
On Reddit, Swagbucks users discuss some tips for Swagbucks to maximize your earnings with searches but for the most part, it seems to be random. Check it out here.
You can start searching with Swagbucks by going to the homepage and you will see the search bar on the top:
The search option can also be found in the menu on the left column.
Since the Swagbucks rewards are random, one of the best Swagbucks tips I can give you is to make Swagbucks your default search engine.
No, it’s not as good as Google but you most likely will still find what you are searching for.
If you use Chrome then you can add the Swagbucks Search extension which changes the default search to Swagbucks for you.
This is an easy way to make some money but since Swagbucks rewards are random, I rather use Microsoft Rewards.
Microsoft Rewards will give you points for surfing the web and they can be used to cash out to gift cards (just like Swagbucks).
The difference is that you will be searching with Bing, which is a more reputable search engine and the rewards are given per search!
You can read more about Microsoft Rewards here.
Swagbucks makes money by teaming up with many other companies and then having you buy items, browse their website or sign up for trials.
This is what the Swagbucks Discover page is all about.
You can get to the Discover page by clicking on the Discover menu item on the left column.
Now you will see all the different sections, like featured offers:
When you hover over the offer you will see the offer details.
Make sure you read the details before taking the offer.
A lot of the offers on the discover page want you to buy something or sign up for something before getting your points.
By looking around you can find some good offers like this one:
All you have to do is click on the offer and you will be taken to the website where you just have to search for a travel destination and click on the results.
You will earn 15SB just for that. It’s not a lot but it was such an easy task!
I know this is getting long but stick with me, we’re getting to the good stuff!
Another awesome way to make easy money in the discover section is to install apps and get money, yup that simple!
You can get here by clicking on the Mobile Apps sections in the Discover menu.
On this page, you will find all the different ways to make money with Swagbucks using mobile apps such as installing apps, signing up for trials, and leveling up in apps.
For example, this offer on Swagbucks just wants you to install this app and then reach level 12 to earn 2,000 Swagbucks!
Swagbucks discover is one of the easiest ways to make money with Swagbucks!
Yes, you can also make money by playing games in Swagbucks!
You can get here by selecting the Play menu item on the left column in Swagbucks.
Or you can also see some of the games by scrolling down the Swagbucks homepage.
Note that some games only give you points if you spend money on the game but some games give you points for certain achievements.
Most games will need you to register or download, so make sure it is something you really want to do.
I recommend only playing games for money if you really want to play the game in the first place, it is not a great way to make money since it takes a lot of time.
Swagbucks also pays you to shop!
This is the Shop menu item on the left column in Swagbucks.
Shopping items can also be found on the Swagbucks homepage.
You can get paid to shop for items that you were going to buy anyway!
This is pretty much the same as Ebates (now called Rakuten) which also pays you to shop!
You can find my detailed guide on Rakuten here.
When you hover over the store you want to shop you will see the details and any exclusions the store may have, for example, Wal-Mart:
You will also see these details when you click on the store:
Then all you have to do is click shop now and you will be redirected to the store’s website where you will just shop like you normally would!
Swagbucks will credit you your points in 32 days or less.
I know what you’re thinking…
What if I don’t want to go to Swagbucks every time I want to shop?
You can get the Swagbutton for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge.
Once you install the Swagbutton, you will get this screen which is a brief tutorial on how to use the Swagbutton.
Then when you click on the button, you will see all the available shopping deals where you can get cashback.
You can also watch videos from the Swagbutton and you will see the option for the Swag Code which I will discuss soon.
Now just click on the store you want to shop at and then you will be taken to the store to shop.
Another way to get your cash back is by going directly to the store you want to shop at.
You will then see this pop-up to activate your cashback, click it and that’s it!
I recommend using both Swagbucks and Rakuten to compare which one is offering more money for the store you want to shop at.
By going directly going to the store’s website with both the Swagbucks extension and the Rakuten extension installed on your browser, you will see this:
In this case, Rakuten pays more cash-back for the time being at Sephora so I would go with Rakuten.
Also, When you search for a store on Google, Bing, or Yahoo, you will see if cash-back is offered for the store.
Compare the two offers and choose the one that pays more.
In this case, Swagbucks pays more to shop at Macy’s for the time being.
Cash-back rates change all the time for both Swagbucks and Rakuten, So I highly recommend signing up for both Swagbucks and Rakuten to maximize your earnings!
Swagbucks Grocery Coupons
Another awesome feature that Swagbucks has is printable coupons to save money on groceries!
All you have to do is go into the shop menu in Swagbucks and then click on Grocery Coupons.
Once you click on the Swagbucks Grocery Coupons menu, you will see all the coupons available:
Just click on the coupons you need and they will be added to your “coupon cart” where you can print all the coupons you selected.
You can also narrow down the shown coupons by clicking on the categories section where you can choose from different types of coupons.
Now, once you are finished selecting all the coupons you need just click on the print coupons option to print the coupons you selected.
When you click on the print coupons option, you will have to verify your Swagbucks account by entering your mobile number and then entering the verification code that will be sent to your phone.
After you enter your verification code, you will get all your Swagbucks coupons to save money!
Also, Swagbucks states that you will get 25 Swagbucks for every coupon you redeem and 1 Swagbuck for every coupon you print!
Swagbucks coupons are awesome but if you really want to save money on groceries or other items then I recommend signing up for ibotta. You can get up to $20 for free when you sign up!
Plus you will get 25 Swagbucks when you link your first card!
One thing to note is that if you have your card linked with Yelp cashback, Living Social, or any other cash-back network powered by Empyr, you won’t be able to link your card with Swagbucks.
Just link your card or cards with Swagbucks and shop or dine at any of the participating places and you will get cash back!
There are also Swagbucks Codes that Swagbucks gives out via their website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
You just need to enter the code in the Swag Code option on the Swagbucks top bar.
When Swagbucks Codes are released, just enter them here and then you will get some free money.
If you have the Swagbucks extension installed on your browser you will get this notification when a Swag Code is released:
Just click on it and you will be taken to the page where the Swag Code is located and then enter it in on the Swagbucks homepage as shown above or on the Swagbucks extension.
I definitely recommend taking advantage of these Swag Codes if you want to learn how to earn Swagbucks fast.
Swagbucks sets a random daily goal for you every day and if you reach the goal you will be given some free Swagbucks!
This can be found in the top bar in Swagbucks.
Just meet the daily goal by completing your daily tasks, answering surveys, watching videos, etc…
When you want to cash out your Swagbucks go to the left menu and choose to Redeem your SB or click on your account and choose Redeem SB.
You can see all the popular rewards such as Amazon gift cards or PayPal cash:
Or you can donate your rewards to several charities:
There are also options that you can afford using the points you currently have:
Then when you scroll down there are gift cards that you can get for a discounted price!
Make sure you view all available options before making your decision.
Invite Friends and Earn
When you invite a friend to Swagbucks, you get $3 for free and then you get 10% of their earnings!
There is also the Swagbucks app so you can make money anywhere and anytime!
Download the Swagbucks app for iOS or Android.
Then when you open the app you will need to log in or sign up if you haven’t done so already.
After signing in, Swagbucks will give you a brief intro to the app, and then you will be at the Watch Videos screen.
You can start watching videos on your phone and make some extra cash!
Also, you can enter in Swag codes and search to make money.
Click on the 3 dashed lines on the top left to expand all the other menu options.
You will see all the ways to make money that I discussed before.
Just choose what you want and start making money right from your phone!
The Swagbucks Watch app has been decommissioned, all features have been rolled into the primary Swagbucks app.
There is also the Swagbucks Watch app but this app is currently only available on Android.
This app is just for watching videos, while you can watch videos in the regular Swagbucks app, the Swagbucks Watch app has different categories that might interest you.
If watching videos is your go-to choice for making money then the Swagbucks Watch app might be a good choice for you.
I just use the regular Swagbucks app to watch videos but you can have both, it’s up to you.
This app is dedicated solely to completing surveys.
Yes, you can complete surveys in the regular Swagbucks app but I like using the Swagbucks Answer app for doing my surveys.
I feel it is a cleaner look, works better, and gets rid of all the other clutter when all I want to do is answer surveys.
You can also complete the daily poll, refer friends, and redeem rewards in the Swagbucks Answer app.
Swagbucks Local (No Longer Available)
Unfortunately, Swagbucks has deactivated the Swagbucks Local app on the App Store and Play Store. There is no word yet about if the app will be available again or not. For now, all local cashback will have to be activated on the Swagbucks website.
If you linked your card to Swagbucks or you’re thinking about doing so then I recommend getting the Swagbucks Local app.
If you haven’t linked a card yet, you will see this screen that says you will get 100 Swagbucks just for linking your first card!
Then just link your debit or credit card or skip it if you want to do this later.
Make sure you have your location services enabled on your phone for this app to work.
You will now see all the stores and restaurants around you that offer cashback
This view is in map mode:
List mode is also available and it is what I prefer.
You can add cards by clicking on the menu and going to My Cards.
You can also refer friends and redeem rewards in the Swagbucks Local app.
Swagbucks also has an app called Swag IQ where you can play a trivia game and win over $1,000!
All you have to do is sign in with your Swagbucks login and then wait for the trivia games to start. Swagbucks usually host games every weeknight.
There are 10 questions in each game and you have 10 seconds to answer each question.
You have to choose all the correct answers to win. The prizes are generally $1,000 and you will be paid in Swagbucks if you win.
So go ahead and download Swag IQ for your chance to win some easy money!
If you are feeling lucky you can go for the Swagbucks sweepstakes where you can pay a certain amount of Swagbucks for a chance to win a prize of your choosing.
You can find the sweepstakes page on the Swagbucks main menu under Contests.
On the Sweepstakes page, you will find many different prizes for a chance to win. You can also pay for multiple entries to win the prize. For example, for a chance to win this iPad you have to pay 10 SB for one entry.
Just click on this option and then you will see the option to redeem your entry, you can also redeem multiple entries if you want to fork up more Swagbucks.
So, if you are feeling lucky head over to Swagbucks Sweepstakes and try your luck!
Swagbucks Tips and Tricks
That’s pretty much it for this Swagbucks guide.
I know this post is long and Swagbucks may seem complicated but it really isn’t at all. You can take simple steps to make some extra money in your pocket!
I get asked all the time “is Swagbucks legit?” and “is Swagbucks safe?”. The short answer is YES! I use it and I know many people who use Swagbucks to earn some extra cash in their pocket.
Let’s go over some Swagbucks tips to maximize your earnings!
- Make sure you complete the daily tasks for easy money.
- Keep an eye out for Swagbucks Codes so you can get free money!
- Try multitasking by playing videos on your phone while doing surveys on your computer or vice versa!
- Get the Swagbucks extension so you can get cashback for shopping for items you would have bought anyway! (P.S – Sign up for Swagbucks and Rakuten so you can get the best cashback for your shopping)
- Leave Swagbucks videos playing on your phone while you watch TV, play video games, etc… This way you are making money on your downtime.
- Keep an eye out for discounted gift cards, you can get some good deals like a $25 Visa gift card for $20.
- On your birthday Swagbucks will give you a 55 SB rebate on any gift card you purchase. This rebate must be used within 30 days of your birthday.
Use these Swagbucks tips and tricks in this guide to make money faster and easier!
Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is worth it but just know that it won’t make you rich nor will it let you quit your job. If you are looking for some extra cash in your free time then Swagbucks can be worth it for you! By doing simple tasks you will earn gift cards for places such as Amazon, Apple, Walmart, eBay, etc…
Swagbucks is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, Spain, and Portugal.
Swagbucks can be trusted because it is a legit rewards program site where you can earn gift cards by doing various tasks and get cash back when purchasing everyday items.
Swagbucks works by rewarding its members for completing surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and shopping. You are rewarded in the form of SBs which can be redeemed for gift cards to numerous retailers.
Use Swagbucks to earn Swagbucks points in your own time by watching videos, taking surveys, shopping, and searching the web which can be redeemed for gift cards. You can use Swagbucks at any time to get gift cards.
Yes, Swagbucks really works. There are millions of users on Swagbucks earning gift cards every day. They are one of the most trusted platforms for earning gift cards online.
At this time Swagbucks only has a daily limit for watching videos on their platform. The daily limit for watching videos on Swagbucks is 500 Swagbucks which is worth $5.
One Swagbuck (SB) is equivalent to $0.01. For example, 500 Swagbucks are worth a $5 gift card.
10,000 Swagbucks is equal to 100 dollars.
The referral bonus on Swagbucks is $3 or 300 Swagbucks when you invite a friend and you earn 10% of their lifetime earnings which will further boost your referral bonus.
Earning Swagbucks by searching is randomly generated so it is recommended to use the search naturally to earn Swagbucks.
Swagbucks surveys are a safe way to earn money in the form of gift cards. By taking Swagbucks surveys you will be providing your opinion for SB points in return.
Swagbucks Codes also known as Swag Codes can be found in multiple places such as the Swagbucks blog, Swagbucks Facebook page, Swagbucks Twitter profile, Swagbucks Chrome extension, and the Swagbucks app.
Swagbucks makes money by playing the middleman, connecting consumers who will perform certain tasks with businesses that benefit from such tasks. These businesses pay Swagbucks and Swagbucks passes a piece of the pie to its members.
There are limits for certain actions like watching videos which will only get you 500 Swagbucks a day which equals $5 but you can make more with Surveys, cash-back, and referrals. Realistically you can look to make 1000 Swagbucks a day at the max.
You can get the most money on Swagbucks by taking surveys on one device and then letting videos run on another device simultaneously. Also, make more money by utilizing the Swagbucks cashback platform.
Swagbucks is a great and simple way to make some money on the side!
So is Swagbucks safe? Absolutely yes!
This Swagbucks guide gives you all the info with Swagbucks tips and tricks to make money online.
Complete simple surveys, watch videos, visit websites, or play games whenever you want and make money for doing so.
Also, remember to sign up for Rakuten so you can maximize your cashback when shopping.
Check out my in-depth Rakuten guide and see exactly how Rakuten works.
Do you use Swagbucks to make some extra cash? Drop your Swagbucks review in the comments below!