What is Swagbucks? Swagbucks FAQ

I wrote this a good while back..so there may be a few new features on Swagbucks not discussed...but if you have any questions about Swagbucks, feel free to ask! I've been a member for about two years now and oh, how it has blessed our family!  Surviving six months of unemployment would not have included MANY "luxury" items (like cocoa powder or disposable diapers--use use cloth for the most part) had it not been for Swagbucks! If you haven't joined, go ahead! I try to post on this blog with the integrity and do my best to not lead my readers astray...but this really is worth it.
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Q) What the HECK is Swagbucks?
A) Swagbucks.com is (in essence) a paid to search program... with a twist. You do searches (just like one would use yahoo or google) and randomly throughout the day you'll be rewarded with Swagbucks (which work like points). Swagbucks can be "cashed in" for rewards like giftcards to Target or Amazon.com, sports memorabilia, video games, and a lot more! Swagbucks have no monetary value though (so there's no option to get a check rather than buy a giftcard).

Q) Does it cost to join or receive rewards?
A) 100% free to join. No obligation at all. I've only ever gotten e-giftcards (for amazon.com) so there was no charge whatsoever. Shipping is free for all items.

Q) How much time do you spend during a day to earn?
A) Typically you "win" once in the morning time, and once in the evening (so, twice a day with a good amount of space between).  I never "win" on my first search of the day, but almost always my second.  Then I repeat the same thing in the evening time.  So I don't spend hours or even a full minute doing my morning/evening search. :)

Q) It says I need a swagcode to join. What's that?
A) Swagcodes are keywords that are put out by Swagbucks.com so you can earn automatic points rather than earning points by searching. You don't need to enter anything in in order to join though.

Q) Does Swagbucks have a referral program?
A) Yes, they do. For every referral you have, Swagbucks will match their swagbucks up to 10000 swagbucks (so after your referral earns 100 you don't earn anything from them). So, say I have a referral who earned 20 Swagbucks on a search--that means that I also earned 20 Swagbucks. 

Q) Do I have to download the search toolbar?
A) You can either search (after joining) by going to www.swagbucks.com OR you can download their toolbar and it just replaces my google/yahoo/etc. bar in Firefox. No virus warnings or any issues whatsoever on my computer.

Q) How many searches should I be doing a day?
A) I do searches all day long. However, do not do too many searches back to back (like rapid fire) or Swagbucks will think you are some kind of spambot and you'll NEVER get Swagbucks. On average winning happens 2-3 times during the course of a day. Some searches you'll receive only 10 buck... but sometimes you may get 20,30 or even 200 swagbucks for a search!

Q)So, what should I be search for? Are there keywords that always work?
A) GOOD question. For the most part, swagbucks are random. Some words may get a swagbuck for one person, and not for the other. However--in my experience, I've found that mainly proper names do pretty well consistently with winning Swagbucks (So, search for your name, your daughter's name.. or any other proper nouns). We like to share when a word does work for us because it MAY just work for you too! But, for the most part, they're random.

Q) What's a swagcode and how do I enter them?
A) Swagcodes are released by Swagbucks.com. They earn you Swagbucksinstantly rather than having to do searches in hopes of a swagbuck. They normally have a quick expiration on them, so if you see one, go on and enter it in then. Where do you enter them, you may ask? Here's how I do it: Go to Promote on the top of the screen (black menu bar) after you do a search. Then I go to "Your Swagbucks" (it's in a gray menu bar a little lower)--then you should see a place that says "have a swagcode".. enter it in here. Swagcodes are case-sensitive and always click "Gimmie" rather than enter. I've entered swagcodes and thought I didn't get anything, but then a day later they'll show up.. so some are not instant.  You can also go to the main page of Swagbucks.com and you'll see a place to enter swagcodes right to the right side of the screen.

Q) Is it legit? Have you earned anything?
A)Yes. It is legit.. or I wouldn't be going on and on about it. lol. I have received well over $800 in giftcards to Amazon.com using my Swagbucks and made purchases very easily. If you order prizes from the swagstore-shipping is free!