Swagbucks can be a very lucrative money/gift card earning website- or it can be slow and frustrating. It all depends on knowing what to do to maximize your earnings! My reader Kristen D. wrote us a tutorial to make sure we are all earning as much as we can with Swagbucks. If you haven’t joined yet, you can click on this link to get 70 bonus Swagbucks when you join! Make sure you use the code DISNEY70 when you register. You will need to click on the text that reads “I have a sign up code” in order to enter the code. That means that you’ll get started with 100 bonus SwagBucks!
Things to know:
Swagcode= Bonus Codes that are given out at random times- may appear in a blog post, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
SBTV= Swagbucks TV Mobile App
Autorun= Automatically moves on to the next page, requires no supervision to earn points!
Most folks know that Swagbucks is a search engine. You win bucks based on random searches through out the day. The most searches I have ever been credited for is five in a day. I tend to search several hours apart- my schedule is typically something like 9am, 1pm, 5pm, 9pm, bedtime. You probably will not win on your first search at any certain time period. I like to search for several minutes and if I haven’t won in that time, I walk away for 10-15 minutes, then come back and try again. Do not search constantly, try to wait at least 30 seconds in between your searches.
Let’s take a look at the homepage. On the left is a “Daily Goal”. Swagbucks sets these based on your activity. Most new users start out with a goal of 30 SB as their first goal (or “blue goal”). The red goal can vary from 10-15 bucks higher than the blue goal, to a significant jump in points. Why is this important?
When you hit a daily goal, you get a bonus, to be paid on the 5th of the next month. If you hit your goal (blue or red, or a combination) 7 days in a row, you earn a 25 SB bonus, 14 days in a row gets you 100 SB, 21 days in a row earns you 200 SB! If you hit your goal every day of the month, you get a 300 SB bonus! These streaks are in ADDITION to the daily bonuses you get! Hitting higher goals do take up more of your time, but the goals are designed to push you to earn higher amounts of swagbucks each day.
Under your goal is a helpful “To Do List”. These are your easy dailies and can net you 5 SB each day. The swagbutton credits if you download their browser app. The browser app is fairly non-invasive. It will pop up a reminder that you can shop and earn through Swagbucks if you choose to go to a website they have an offer through (such as Walmart.com). It will also occasionally give you a pop up when a Swagcode is available, but I have found this to be an unreliable source.
Also on your Swagbucks homepage are small boxes that each contain a different offer. The favorite of most users is lovingly referred to as “Laptop Guy”- an offer from JunGroup that gives you 2SB per video you watch or clickthrough that you complete. The official heading is “Take a Discovery Break”. Laptop Guy can run while you are doing other things, like cooking dinner! Keep an eye on your homepage, as you can often find easy signup offers or independent video offers that will help boost your daily earnings!
Play Games! You can earn 10 SB a day playing games (2 SB every other game played). Remember, you are earning based on games played, not the quality of your game play! My favorite is Swagasaurus Run. I start it, let the dinosaur run off the first cliff he finds, then rinse and repeat until I have hit my maximum earnings!
SBTV is a mobile app that I have only recently started to utilize. If you have unlimited data, you can literally earn anywhere! We have a limited amount of data in my household, so I make sure to only run these at home, on our wireless connection. The best part of SBTV is that it autoruns and credits 2SB per 5 videos. I love to have it running while I clean the house or tend to other tasks! You can earn 36 SB PER DAY using this mobile app, which is quite a chunk of earnings for literally doing nothing. I have not found the app to be invasive or annoying- I simply let it run until it tells me I have hit my daily limit, then I turn it off. Voila! It can also be run while you are earning other swagbucks on your computer, I love the option to earn simultaneously!
Swagbucks Channel – On your PC or Tablet, you have the option to watch Swag videos. It takes 10 videos to earn 3 SB and they do not autorun. You can skip ahead as soon as it credits your video watching (usually around 30 seconds in to the video) or let it run in the background, but be aware- if you hit that 10th video, you have to enter a Captcha to earn your bucks. Let it sit too long, and you won’t be credited. This is one of my least favorite ways to earn and I typically only use it for a late night push to make sure that I hit my daily goal.
Surveys are a staple of most online earning sites and Swagbucks is no different. The worst case scenario is that you don’t qualify and you will earn 1SB per disqualification, up to 5 SB per day. Best case, you earn a chunk of Swagbucks all at once! I prefer the “Gold Surveys” as they credit very quickly.
Swagcodes- You can’t always count on Swagcodes, but when they are around, they are a great little boost! The Saving For Disney with C2D facebook group has a lot of SB enthusiasts that like to share when these codes are available! You can also use one of several websites that tracks the codes (I use http://sc-s.com/). We almost always get these codes on Holidays, but they show up on random days as well (sometimes multiple times a day) and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, the Swagbucks Blog, Instagram- pretty much anywhere! They are entered through the Swagbucks mobile app (not to be confused with the SBTV app) or through the Swagbucks website – just look in the upper right corner for round flower looking button beside the words “Swag Code”. That is where you will click to enter the code!
Shop & Earn- I referenced this earlier when speaking about the toolbar, but you can shop online through Swagbucks and earn points back on your purchases. This is similar to what TopCashBack and Ebates does, so be sure to check around to make sure you are getting the most “bang for your buck”!
Encrave is an interesting way to earn SB. You can get paid through clicks or videos. If the videos have a circular arrow on the picture, that means they will autorun! Make sure you click the “Discovery mode” button at the top left, turning it from a gray X to a green check to activate autorun! My preference are the encraves like “Auto” (a picture of a car) and “Music” (a girl wearing headphones). These simply require you to click a link (you can immediately shut the page that opens) and go on about your business- just check back after 30 seconds- a minute and you can click the next link and earn 1 SB.
To maximize your earnings in the smallest amount of time per day, I recommend you do the Daily To Do List (5SB), SBTV mobile app (36SB), and Games (10SB). That will guarantee you 51 SB per day- or a $5 GC every 10 days, plus a slight points overage. Add in the occasional search, Swagcode and coupons and you will find yourself rolling in points in no time!
The most important part of Swagbucks is to remember- don’t overwhelm yourself. Anything you earn is helpful, no need to beat yourself up if you miss a Swagcode or forget to do something one day. Everyone has a different amount of time to spend earning, so just do what you can and enjoy every cash out!
Join Swagbucks today to start saving for your Disney vacation!
(Thanks Kristen D!)