Swagbucks Explanation

I’m planning on this only being my top post for about three minutes. Why? Because I despise selling stuff, even though I’m totally not selling anything with this. It just feels that way. Maybe someday I’ll share about the world’s worst summer job that scarred me for life.

Anyway, my main post that I’m going to write today is about a project brought about by something I was able to get from Amazon for absolutely FREE by using Amazon gift cards I earned by searching the web through swagbucks. So I thought I’d explain here instead of cheapening the integrity of that post.

Basically, you search the web as you normally would, just through Swagbucks instead of Yahoo or Google (their search results are by Google and Ask).

I have downloaded their toolbar so it’s at the top of my screen and therefore not a pain at all to use. When you search for something, ANYTHING, you randomly win swagbucks. Usually just ten, but sometimes 20, 40, 50! More times than not, though, you won’t win any. But since it’s just your normal searching, which you are doing anyway, it’s not wasted time.

Over time, they really add up. I’ve been on swagbucks for less than a year, and I’ve earned enough swagbucks to trade in for four 5$ Amazon gift cards (450 swagbucks gets you one 5$ Amazon e-giftcard). And I probably average 2 searches a day. I’m really not a big Internet searcher.

I’ll be totally honest now (since I despise selling because I’m afraid people will think I’m trying to pull something over on them), that I want you to sign up under me if you aren’t using swagbucks yet, because when people sign up under you, you get a swagbuck for each swagbuck they earn up to their first 1000!!!

Oh, and if you use the toolbar, you’ll have a special little mailbox from TSG “The Swag Guy” and he randomly sends out codes that you can redeem for a free swagbuck.

And yes, every time you’ve seen the word swagbuck in this post, it’s a clickable link (through my referral) to the swagbucks site. Full disclosure, please don’t hate me. (Swagbucks)

I’ve edited this post (3/9/10) because Swagbucks now generally gives out swagbucks 10 at a time instead of 1 at a time. Along those lines, while it used to take 45 swagbucks to get a 5$ Amazon giftcard, it now takes 450. So it’s pretty much the same, although I’ve found that I’ve earned at a faster rate since they made the changes.

Also, I totally recommend the toolbar. I was at a friend’s house when she downloaded it and it took just a few seconds.



  1. 1

    So if I click on the link and sign up, I will automatically be signing up under you? I've heard about this a lot lately, but had not investigated it. I like the way you explained it, so thinking about giving it a try. Just wanted to confirm that it will automatically go through you.

  2. 2

    Yes, every single one of the bajillion links in the post is one of my referral links.

  3. 3
    Buttercup says:

    I LOVE Swagbucks! I would totally sign up under you, but I've been signed up for just under a year now. I have no one signed up under me, so it's slow going, but I did get my son his Xbox Live points and a really, really cool huge Bumblebee Transformer for Christmas, totally free!

    (By the way, I used to be Essa…I've commented a few times, but have changed my name!)

  4. 4

    Hey Buttercup/Essa, I'm so glad to know that's you!

  5. 5
    Buttercup says:

    I never liked the way Essa sounded, so I changed to my nickname (which comes from the Powerpuff Girls, lol) Essa is the first initials of my kid's names, oldest to youngest. I guess I could've gone youngest to oldest and been Asse…LOL!

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    Shelly Williams says:

    “And yes, every time you’ve seen the word swagbuck in this post, it’s a clickable link (through my referral) to the swagbucks site. Full disclosure, please don’t hate me. (Swagbucks)”

    I am confused about this part. Everytime I click on the swagbucks clickable link does that give me or you any extra swagbucks or is it just a link to the swagbucks site?

    • 7

      No. It’s just my referral link. Once someone signs up under me (or under whomever) they just use swagbucks on their own and the person whose referral link they used gets matching swagbucks for their first 1,000 that they win through internet searches. So yes, it’s just a link to the site.

  7. 8

    Signed up. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. 9

    Would this work through you if I connect through mobile?

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