SwagBucks is described itself as a free online rewards site where members can earn money for everything they do online anyways like online searching, shopping, gaming, etc. For almost all their activity members earn digital money called Swag Bucks that can be redeemed for prizes or money at PayPal. Depending on the prize one Swag Buck is worth around $0.01. One is for sure, SwagBucks attracts a lot of people who have never heard of PTC or GPT before and their success is picked up in international media. SwagBucks was ranked #43 on the Inc 500 fastest growing company list in July 2011. In 2011 the site generated more than $25M in revenues and a 100% increase is expected for 2012. Unfortunately, SwagBucks just accepts members from the US, Canada, and the UK.
Personal earnings: There are multiple features to earn money at SwagBucks. Depending on the member’s activity one can earn between a few cents and several dollars each day without even touching the higher priced offers known from the usual GPT sites. The key to use SwagBucks most efficiently is following their own description and using SwagBucks for things one would do online anyways.
Referral earnings: At SwagBucks members just earn from their direct referral’s searches. There are no referral earnings for completing offers, surveys, or any other action at SwagBucks. However, members get 100% referral earnings for any direct referral who earns Swag Bucks for searching online. Referral earnings are capped though. There are matching referral earnings just for the first 1000 Swag Bucks a referral earns.
Online searching: Doing online searches at the SwagBucks website or through the SwagBucks tool bar is probably the most used feature at Swagbucks. The reason for this is that this feature is way better paid than any similar feature at competitor sites. On average, members get more than 1 cent for every single search and they can do as many searches each day as they want. However, members don’t get a fixed amount of Swag Bucks for each search but have a chance to win any amount of Swag Bucks between 1 and a few hundreds.
Offers: Like other GPT sites, Swagbucks has the usual free and trial offers. For this feature SwagBucks collaborates with several large offer providers like Trialpay, RadiumOne, and Peanut Labs. In total there are 7 different offer providers which gives SwagBucks members a huge amount of offers to complete.
Surveys: SwagBucks offers a great number of surveys each day. Incentives for the surveys are comparable with other GPT sites. However, the sheer number of available surveys gives the members great chances to discover surveys with bigger incentives.
NOSO: The No Obligation Special Offers feature at SwagBucks is a PTC-like feature where users click through special offers. Members are not obligated to complete any of these offers but will earn a random amount of Swag Bucks after viewing at all of them. One offer path usually has between 5 and 10 different offers and can be completed once a day.
Videos: SwagBucks has a huge videos selection with 60 different channels and over 40,000 clips. Members who inform themselves by watching video clips online can easily do this at SwagBucks and earn a little money on the site. The incentives are lower than watching video ads at other GPT sites though as members just win a few SwagBucks every couple clips.
Shopping: SwagBucks has a nice selection of coupons that can be printed out and redeemed at local stores. Members earn Swag Bucks for every redeemed store. Furthermore, there is an online shopping section with special cash back offers.
Tasks: Daily tasks are available at SwagBucks where members can earn a few Swag Bucks for answering questions regarding online searches or for looking up special informations at websites.
Games: SwagBucks has a huge selection of short casual games available. Members can play these games for free and get random numbers of Swag Bucks just for playing. They can also buy in with Swag Bucks into games and win even more.
Daily polls: Once a day members can earn 1 Swag Buck for answering the daily poll.
Trade in: Members can send their old books, video games, and gaming consoles to Swagbucks to trade them in for Swag Bucks.
Payouts: Swagbucks has a payout limit of $5. Swag Bucks can be redeemed for different prizes including Amazon gift cards or PayPal money. Virtual gift cards and PayPal need up to 1 week. Prizes to be send by mail might need up to 3 weeks.
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