I know the first time I read the word ‘Swagbucks’ I thought it was ridiculous. What kind of website calls itself Swagbucks, claims to give away free money, and expects people to take it seriously? Well, I have been using the site for some time now and it is a legitimate and easy way to earn some extra cash. To date I have earned $77.79 by doing next to nothing. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Sign up for the site here
Step 2: You will be given your own referral link that you can share with friends. Every time someone uses your link to sign up, you get 10% of their earnings for life! This does not take away any of your friend’s earnings but it does put more money in your account.
Step 3: Download the Swagbucks toolbar.
Step 4: Start browsing the internet with the Swagbucks search engine. Every once in awhile, a randomly generated message will show up saying that you won some swag bucks. Type in the three letters as you see them at the top of your browser and money will be awarded into your account immediately.
Step 5: Update your survey profile and take as many surveys as you want. You can see how many swagbucks each survey is worth and approximately how much time the survey will take you to complete. However, sometimes you will answer a couple of questions and find out you do not meet the criteria to complete that particular survey. In that case, you will still be rewarded 1 swagbuck for effort.
Step 6: Earn cash back when you shop. If you use the swagbucks toolbar when shopping online, you will get a certain number of swagbucks for every dollar you spend, depending on the store. In addition, swagbucks will offer you coupon codes and discounts for certain stores.
Step 7: Cash in your swagbucks! There is a large variety of gift cards available to purchase on the swagbucks site. You can even convert your swagbucks into PayPal cash. As a general rule, 1 swagbuck = 1 penny. So when you have 500 swagbucks in your account, you can exchange them for a $5 gift card. The website usually has gift cards on sale if you want to stretch your earnings further.
Now obviously, no one is going to get rich from using Swagbucks. But it is nice to get paid for browsing the web and shopping online, things that you would likely be doing anyway. Swagbucks enables you to earn real money with no effort on your part. Can’t beat that!
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