Swagbucks is the largest and best-known place to earn money online, with over $340 million in payments issued since launching in 2008. Swagbucks is owned by Prodege LLC, which also owns MyPoints and a growing market research (survey) business.
After signing up for their site a person accumulates Swagbucks (SB) by participating in a wide variety of activities. Each SB is valued at around $0.01 and can be used to order gift cards from many different retailers or they can be used to request a cash payment payment through Paypal. Rewards can be collected once a person has earned as little as 200 Swagbucks ($2). At times gift cards for some retailers may be available at a discount, allowing members to receive a larger reward for the same SB. Rewards are generally received within about 10 days after they are requested.
Swagbucks has a large selection of different options available to make money online. SB can be earned by watching videos, playing games, signing up to try free services, performing online searches, or filling out online surveys. People can also save money by using the website’s cashback shopping or by getting SB for signing up to use certain paid services. If you enjoy using Swagbucks you can also earn $3 for referring friends to signup, as well as 10% of the amount they earn while using the site.
Swagbucks currently offers a “daily goal” bonus which enables members to earn an extra 3 SB for each day they earn at least 30 SB, and another 2 SB if they reach 98 SB in earnings for the day. So the best strategy for making money with this site is to earn 30 – 100 SB per day regularly rather than go through marathon sessions every now and again.
Many of the opportunities available to earn online with Swagbucks are presented on a single long page. So the large amount of content may be a little overwhelming at first. However, this also makes the site very easy to navigate once you get used to it.
Swagbucks also operates several mobile apps which can be used to earn online while on the go:
The basic Swagbucks app allows access to paid videos, paid surveys, and cash back shopping services available from their website, with an additional feature which can notify you to deals at physical stores in your area (requires tracking to be enabled).
The second app, Swagbucks Live, enables participation in a regular trivia contest event where people compete to earn a prize of up to $1,000 in Swagbucks. In each contest members of Swagbucks who use this app are asked a series of 10 questions. However many people are able to answer all 10 questions earn a share of the $1,000 prize pool. This contest runs a few days each week, at 8pm ET.
The Swagbucks Answer app provides access to the same paid surveys available in their base app, but also provides an option to earn SB by simply taking pictures of receipts from recent shopping trips you’ve made. Photos of receipts from any store are accepted, but receipts from some stores may offer a larger reward amount at times.
The other apps are each focused on various types of paid videos. The Swagbucks MovieCli.ps app provides the opportunity to make money by watching the latest movie clips and trailers. The Sportly app provides paid videos with sports content. The IndyMusic.tv app provides opportunities to earn money by watching music videos. the Lifestylz.tv app is filled with paid videos based on a range of topics from travel & home decor to food and fitness. Lastly, the EntertaiNow app is filled with entertaining videos which can be viewed to make money online.