As you saw in my Bringing Money In post for last month, Swagbucks have become a true income-earner for me and a way to impact my family budget. Since I've had this question a few times now, I wanted to answer: How do you earn so many Swagbucks? Here is what I have done:
If you haven't yet, sign up with Swagbucks. You'll want to install their toolbar as well. Use the Swagbucks search engine for every single search you do. Every time. Make sure you enter the web addresses you visit (me, Target, CNN, whoever) into the search engine as well. By implementing this habit, I earn anywhere from 1-10 Swagbucks each time I'm on the computer for a few hours at a time. If you are able to install the toolbar at work, you should be able to earn quite a few Swagbucks with regular internet research. *As an example, during the time it took me to write up my weekly Safeway post, which includes a lot of searching for coupons, I earned 4 Swagbucks. Last night, I earned another 2 typing up my Thursday posts.
Secondly, a key to earning a TON of Swagbucks is referring others so that you can earn along with them. You'll earn the first 100 Swagbucks along with any referrals you make. If you don't have a blog, think about other ways to ask others to join you:
- add your personal Swagbucks referral info to your signature when you post on forums and on emails. You never know who will click and join.
- write a direct email to your friends and family sharing your experience with Swagbucks and inviting them to join (think especially of people who spend a lot of time on the computer)
There are plenty of other ways to earn Swagbucks, but the two above are the ones that have been most effective for me since I joined Swagbucks at the beginning of the year. I hear from many of you that you only earn 1 Swagbuck here and there; I am probably on the computer more often that you are at home, but constantly using the search engine makes my computer time more profitable. The rest come from referrals.