Friday, August 22, 2014

My Review of SwagBucks

Summary J
Type of site? Get Paid To, Survey
Is SwagBucks a scam? No
Does SwagBucks pay? Yes
Do I recommend SwagBucks? Absolutely
Does SwagBucks pay cash? PayPal
Does SwagBucks offer major gift cards? Amazon.com, Walmart, Target, many others
Is SwagBucks free to sign up? Yes
Age 13+
Does SwagBucks require you to download software/app? Optional




SwagBucks was the first Get Paid To site that I joined, and it quickly became the standard by which I judge all others.

It's very easy to earn money on SwagBucks, and they have a very large variety of ways to do it. Many of them deserve an individual review of their own.

The site is easy to navigate, easy to figure out, and looks appealing.

SwagBucks also has a very large variety of rewards available, including many popular gift cards and PayPal. One Swag Buck (point) is equal to one penny, with a $5 gift card equaling 500 Swag Bucks, although the Amazon $5 card is 450 SwagBucks and other cards may sometimes be "on sale".

As of this writing, I have been with SwagBucks two and a half months and redeemed one $5 Amazon gift card and had $75 deposited into my PayPal account, with most of it coming from easy things, like videos, games, and searches.


How Do You Earn SwagBucks?

Probably the most popular way to earn SwagBucks is by watching videos. They are definitely my favorite way to earn, and when I am on the internet, I usually have a video running.

SwagBucks TV (read my review here), in my opinion, is the main thing (among many) that sets SwagBucks ahead of every other GPT site I have tried. Swag Bucks are awarded at a rate of 3 SB for 10 videos, with a limit of 150 SBs per day, That limit does not include special offers videos or videos watched on the mobile app.

Another favorite of mine is the free games. While SwagBucks has tournaments which you pay Swag Bucks to enter in hopes of winning more Swag Bucks, they also offer SB for playing free games at a rate of 2 SB per two games, up to 10 SB per day. This lets me get my game fix in while I get paid 10 cents for something I'd be wasting time on otherwise, and the 10 SB limit helps me control the amount of time that I spend on games.

SwagBucks also offers paid searching, although they reward differently than other paid search sites. Rather than paying for each search, they reward randomly. I typically get paid 6 to 8 SB at a time, although I have gotten as many as 23 at once. SwagBuck search is powered by Yahoo.

Getting paid to use coupons is another of my favorites. For every coupon that you print and redeem from SwagBucks' link to Coupons.com, you are supposed to get ten SwagBucks. It takes awhile for the payment to come in, though, and there is no way to track it to make sure you get everything you are supposed to. As of this writing, I have had SwagBucks awarded on two separate occasions, once for three coupons, and once for four.

SwagBucks also offers many of the same type things you find on most other GPT sites: cash-back shopping, surveys, a daily poll, a no obligation special offer path, content to watch or read, offers to sign up for information or services (some free, some for which you pay).

Some of the offers are for other Get Paid To, Survey, and Freebie sites, so if you are looking for similar sites to join, I suggest joining SwagBucks, then searching the offers carefully. You could end up getting Swag Bucks for joining another site.

SwagBucks is generous with bonuses. There are daily Swag Codes posted on social media which will earn several SB if entered before they expire. Contests also occasionally provide extra SB.

Then there are the bonuses for reaching your daily goal. Each day, you are assigned two goals, which each have a bonus of 9-10%. Reaching the first goal seven days in a row will earn you a 25 SB bonus. A 14-day streak pays 100 SB, 21 days pays 200, and reaching the goal every day of the month will earn you 300 SB.

The only thing I don't like about the daily goals is that they are based on your activity and creep (and occasionally leap) higher as the month goes by. I can comfortably manage 70-90 SB per day doing the things I normally do, but when my goal jumps up to 110-120, it's very difficult to meet it without a survey (and there is no guarantee of completing a survey). Since I don't do many high-paying offers, it then becomes a matter of spending my whole day trying to earn my goal one or two SB at a time at the expense of more profitable endeavors.

I've changed my SB goal strategy therefore to trying for a 21-day streak and the 200 SB bonus. I then give myself a break from heavy activity on SwagBucks the rest of the month and cut back to just my favorites without worrying if I only make 30 or 40 SB. That seems to adjust the goals I am assigned back to a more comfortable level by the beginning of the next month.

While I really like the bonuses, I do feel that the way the goals are set psychologically hinders me from earning more money on SwagBucks. It makes me hesitant to go far beyond my second goal for fear of bumping up my future goals. If the goals stayed at a set rate, I would feel much more free to earn higher amounts on some days.


Is SwagBucks Right for You?

SwagBucks has such a variety of ways to earn that there is probably something to interest just about anyone who is looking to make a little extra money without a big commitment of time or effort. There is also the potential to earn significantly more if you are willing. Referrals can also be a good source of passive income.

And since SwagBucks offers PayPal payments, you can have cash to pay bills with and not be limited to buying at a specific store. If surveys and GPT activities are something you are interested in, then SwagBucks is definitely a site to consider. If you were only going to join one GPT site, I would recommend it be SwagBucks.




If you would like to join SwagBucks and begin earning easy cash, I would be very appreciative if you would click through my referral link above. Thank you.

If you have any questions about SwagBucks, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer them for you.

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