Some people think that rewards programs require a lot of work or a ton of long surveys. It can make getting started kind of daunting. In fact, there are plenty of quick ways to earn Swagbucks.
So for those of you who have asked for some tips — and for anyone who’s not sure how to get started — here are the ABCs of SBs.
To get 120 SBs/month: Button, Polls, NOSOs
The Swagbucks browser button makes it easier to check for codes and do Internet searches. It also means you get one SB a day for opening a browser window.
NOSOs (listed on the left sidebar of the homepage) refers to No Obligation Special Offers. You get two SBs for completing them. All you need to do is click through the pages. Each one will show you an offer (hence the name) and give you the option of Submit or Skip. I usually end up choosing Skip, frankly; but maybe you’ll see something that catches your eye. Generally, I’m only presented with one or two pages, but on occasion I do get as many as six. After you go through the pages, a pop-up box will appear. Enter the code shown to claim your SBs.
The Daily Poll (also listed on the homepage sidebar or under the Answer category) consists of one question. Choose the answer that best fits you, and click submit. Get one SB.
Doing all three takes me less than three minutes. Figure maybe five if your connection is a little slow. At the end of the month, you’ll have 120-123 SBs.
Tip: Add Daily Crave for an extra SB a day (pushing your total up to 150 a month). Personally, I’m still not sure I like it. It takes longer than I’d like for a single SB. But add it to your rota and you’ll be up to 150 SBs from these activities. That’s a third of the way to a $5 Amazon gift card!
To get 150 SBs a month: Fail at surveys
Obviously, I’m not going to advise you to purposefully fail at surveys. They’re probably the easiest way to reach your daily goal.
But if you aren’t lucky enough to routinely qualify for surveys, you should still try at least five a day. You’ll get one SB for each failed survey (up to five). And if you do happen to qualify? Then you’ll get a nice boost to your total.
Remember, not all surveys are long. Some take as little as five minutes, and some of those still yield a respectable amount of Swagbucks.
Tip: Remember to check both your Gold Surveys and Survey Dashboard. Peanut Labs surveys will also give you a SB for each failed survey. These don’t count toward your five-a-day limit.
To get (at least) 180 SBs a month: Searches
The lowest number of Swagbucks I’ve won from a search is six. I’ve also gotten in the high 20s. It just depends on your luck. But even the lowest award once a day would put you at 180 SBs a month.
Tip: Start doing searches for every site before you visit it. It ensures that you’re doing plenty every day.
To get (at least) 100 SB a month: To Do List
This is actually something you’ll get automatically if you do the things above.
The To Do List is a set of 8 tasks — just about all of which are the ones I mention above: Daily Poll, Daily Crave, Daily Search, Attempt a Survey, Complete a Survey, Daily Discover, Watch Videos (watch a set of 6-10 short videos — really, you only have to watch the ad portion before clicking “next”). If you complete six of these tasks, you’ll get a bonus of 1-4 SB. If you complete all 8, you’ll get a higher amount.
The To Do List may feel a little cumbersome at times, but it’s a great way to keep you on task. And it can be a fun little challenge!
To get (at least) 120 SBs a month: JunGroup offers
On the Swagbucks homepage, there are multiple offer tiles. They show various earning opportunities. One of these has the picture of a man sitting in front of a laptop. The tile reads “Take a Discover Break. JunGroup has some content it would like you to explore. Take a look. You might just like it.”
Sometimes these will be videos to watch. Sometimes you have to click through various sites. Either way, you’ll earn two or three SBs each time, and there are usually multiple opportunities. The tile appears off and on throughout the day, so check back from time to time. People often comments on the Swagbucks Facebook page when it appears, so you can keep track of it that way, too.
Tip: The past week or so, I’ve noticed a glut of offers around 4 or 5 p.m. Pacific. On at least four occasions, I’ve gotten 20+ SBs just doing the offers back to back until they run out.
To get at least 100 — potentially thousands of SB — a month: Trivia
Check out SwagIQ! It’s a fun fun trivia game held at 5 p.m. Pacific Sunday through Thursday. The jackpot is always at least $1,080, and I’ve seen as few as three people win — meaning they each got $360 in SB!
There’s a set of 10 questions and you’re given three potential answers. Choose the right one, and you’re still in the running for the grand prize. Choose wrong, and you can still play along (and earn bonus SB).
Yep, bonus SB are available on select questions. At least 5 SB are available throughout the game. Plus there’s usually a swagcode given toward the end of the game that’s worth another 3 to 5 SB.
It’s a really fun way to earn a few SB and learn something along the way, so set yourself an alarm and get playin’!
Tip: You have to stick around til the end of the game to claim your bonus SB.
To get HUNDREDS of SB a month: Daily goal meter
This one is both simple and complicated. Swagbucks sets a daily goal meter (starting as low as 20 SB on the weekends and 30 on weekdays). Meet that goal, and you’ll earn 10% of it (so 3 SB for a 30 SB goal, 5 for a 50 SB goal, etc.). There’s a second, higher goal that you can shoot for each day, which will earn you more bonus SB.
Even better, you get awarded for “streaks” — that is, hitting the daily goal a certain number of times in a row. You’ll receive 25 SB for a week-long streak, 100 SB for a two-week streak, 200 SB for three weeks and a whopping 300 SB for the full month.
The catch comes in that your minimum daily goal will rise as you start to routinely hit it. It may start at 30 SB but after a few days it’ll rise to 40 or 50. It certainly keeps you on your toes! But if you’re completing the To Do List and/or one survey a day, you should be fine. Once again, it’s a fun challenge.
Other ways to get some SBs:
- Swagcodes: At least one code is released each day. The amounts vary, but every little bit helps, right? Check your toolbar or the Swagbucks Facebook page once an hour to be sure you don’t miss out.
- RadiumOne has videos and slideshows for one SB each. There are usually one to three videos and two to four slideshows. Most of the videos are a reasonable length. The slideshows are pretty easy to get through, and some of them are pretty interesting. I found the “Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder” one to be informative.
- Paymentwall has little quizzes for one SB each, but I’d urge caution on these. There are usually about 10 questions, but each one is followed by an information screen. So you’re going through 20 screens for only one SB.
- SBTV will give you three SBs for each 10 videos you watch. Well, I say “videos” but the credit comes through shortly after the ad ends. It’s really best to do if you’re in front of the TV or are doing something where you can just keep an eye on it.
- Referrals!!! Help your friends/family/readers/people on the exercise machine next to you/strangers on the street to reap the awesome rewards of the program. You’ll get 10% of the SBs your referrals earn for the life of their accounts. And then you can forward them the link to this post, so they can learn the ins and outs!
Don’t forget: Once you start earning those gift cards, make sure you start saving your savings to really see the rewards of this reward program!
What are your guys’ favorite ways to earn Swagbucks?