Swag Bucks 101 | How to Earn Free Prizes with Online Searches
Swag Bucks is one of my favorite rewards programs. It is so simple and rewarding. Since I talk about it so much on my blog, I thought it might be helpful to write a post all about the program.
What is Swag Bucks?
Swag Bucks is a search engine powered by Google and Ask.com. Whenever you search on Swagbucks.com, you have the chance to win points (aka Swag Bucks) that you can redeem for prizes and gift cards. You can easily earn enough points to get a $5 Amazon gift card every month if you do regular searches!
NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers)
Complete the NOSOs to earn 1 Swag Buck daily by doing this. You do not have to purchase or sign up for anything to do this.
Just choose “NOSO” from the navigation menu under “Ways to Earn.” Then click on “Get Started” and begin viewing the offers.
While you can sign up for any that you want, most are just junk that you should ignore. I typically do not even read them and choose one of the following responses:
- See Next Offer
The whole process typically takes under a minute and you can only do this once per day.
Vote in the daily polls to earn 1 Swag Buck daily! Just choose “Daily Polls” from the navigation menu under “Ways to Earn.”
Swag Bucks are only awarded for answering the current daily poll. You are free to vote in any of the other polls if you wish, but you won’t earn anything from it.
I usually earn 1 Swag Buck daily just by having the Swag Bucks toolbar. Every day when I open my browser I get a pop up showing that I’ve won 1 Swag Buck. Just make sure to stay signed in to your account to be awarded your free toolbar Swag Buck.
To download the toolbar, just click “Toolbar” on the navigation menu and the click “download.” It is compatible with Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
They also award Swag Bucks codes via the toolbar. Look for “From TSG” with an envelope icon next to it. If there is a new message, you will see it there. They frequently award limited time Swag Codes there.
Of course, make sure to search the internet daily! I usually win Swag Bucks at least once per day by doing regular searches.
The search bar can be found on the swag bucks home page. You can also make Swag Bucks your browser homepage so you don’t forget. It is also very easy to search via the toolbar.
Swag Codes are a string of letters and numbers that will award you a certain number of Swag Bucks. If you are too late finding the Swag Code, it will simply say EXPIRED in place of the code. To redeem the codes, copy the code – it must be exact, including capitalization – and paste it in the swag code box found on your homepage. It looks like the image below. After you paste the code, click on the button that says “gimme” to get your Swag Bucks.
As I mentioned above, you can earn Swag Codes via messages on your toolbar. Be sure to check it daily because Swag Codes are typically only available for a short time.
Swag Bucks Blog
Swag Codes are frequently found on the Swag Bucks blog. Just look for an unusual string of letters and numbers within the blog posts. They will also host Swag Code hunts that will lead you on a search to find a swag code. Sometimes they are hard and I personally do not find them worth the effort, but occasionally they are very easy.
Twitter and Facebook
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Mega Swag Bucks Friday
Every Friday you have a higher chance of winning the Mega Bills (30 – 1,000 Swag Bucks). If you’ve neglected searching all week, then you could possibly make up for it by searching on Fridays!
Refer Your Friends
Click on “Invite Friends & Earn” from the navigation menu under “Promote.” You can then send them an email telling them about Swag Bucks. If you prefer, you can also click “promote” on that page to get a unique referral link that is great for using to share about Swag Bucks via your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Once someone joins Swag Bucks using your link, you will begin earning Swag Bucks every time the win Swag Bucks. Swag Codes, Daily Polls, and NOSO bucks earned by your friends are not counted toward your own earnings, only Swag Bucks they earn from searches. You also can only earn up to 1,000 Swag Bucks for each person you refer.
Recycle cell phones, MP3 players, video games, and gaming consoles.
“Don’t throw your old cell phone in the trash — electronics aren’t biodegradable and they even contain toxic parts that could leak into landfills and pollute our environment! Instead, put your old cell phone junk to better use.”
Just choose “Trade In” from the navigation menu under “Ways to Earn” to get started.
If you’re planning on making a purchase online, you can shop through the links on Swag Bucks to earn from every purchase! Just choose “Shop” from the navigation menu under “Ways to Earn” to get started.
While I personally don’t think it’s worth the time invested, you can earn Swag Bucks by taking surveys. Just choose “Trusted Surveys” from the navigation menu under “Ways to Earn.”
There are tons of prizes ranging from the easily attainable to the ambitious. There are gift cards to stores like Amazon and Starbucks, iPods, TVs, Cash via PayPal, magazine subscriptions, and many more. Some prizes like Amazon gift cards are limited to 5 per account per month.
To redeem your prize, begin by choosing “Swag Store” from the navigation menu under “Rewards.” After you’ve chosen your prize, click on the green “Snag This” button. You will then need to confirm your shipping address and click on “Submit Order.” You will then receive a verification email. You will need to click the green “Verify this Order” link in the email to receive your prize. Unverified orders will be cancelled and refunded after 7 days.
For online gift cards, the gift card code is store in your Swag Bucks account. To view your codes, go to the Swag Bucks home page and sign in. Then click on the number of Swag bucks you’ve earned, found in the top right corner. From the drop down menu, select “My Gift Cards” then enter your password. You can then copy the gift card code and use it when shopping online. After you’ve used it, make sure to mark it as used in your account.
By completing the Daily Activities and doing regular searches, you can easily earn at least 10 Swag Bucks per day. It only takes 450 Swag Bucks to earn a $5 Amazon gift card, which is my favorite!