An Introduction to Using Swagbucks: The Search Engine that Rewards You for Your Curiosity

I've had a few people ask me to share more about Swagbucks—what it is and how it works. So, I decided to compile an introduction to Swagbucks to hopefully provide some more insight to those interested in learning how by simply switching the search engine you use, you can get free gift cards and prizes. Read on to find out how to sign up for Swagbucks for free, what kinds of prizes you can win and more!

What is Swagbucks?
Basically, is a new search engine, with the perk that they reward you for searching with them. Swagbucks uses Google and to generate its search results so it's not really any different if you already use either of those. Except that you can get rewarded for it!

You sign up for an account with them, and they reward you with points as you perform your searches through Swagbucks. When you rack up enough points, you can cash them in for gift certificates or selected products. If you want to sign up, follow this link. If you do, it'll show that I referred you, and I'll get extra points for doing that.

And I can vouch from my own personal experience that Swagbucks is 100% not a scam. I was a little weary at first of whether it was legit or not. I've been using it for more than two years now, and have accumulated thousands of points which I've redeemed for more than $100-worth of gift cards.

The kinds of prizes you can get
Prizes run the gamut and it seems like they're continually expanding options. Most of the rewards I've chosen have been for gift certificates, however you can also choose from gift certificates to Starbucks, Target, iTunes, Macy's,, Red Envelope, as well as PayPal Cash.

They also offer products as prizes, including perfumes, magazine subscriptions, DVDs, reusable water bottles, video games, school supplies, and even electronics like a turntable or flat panel tv (although, as you might guess, those last ones cost a lot more points!).

My experience using Swagbucks
I originally found out about Swagbucks from a coworker in April 2009. Since then, I've cashed in more than $100-worth of rewards.

Looking back at my rewards history, it seems pretty consistent that I've earned enough points every month to cash in for at least one $5 Amazon gift card. The $5 Amazon card is worth 450 points. I tend to get between 8 and 13 points for my searches, although not every search will result in points. And recently I got 47 points for a single search! It's usually random, but if I do a few in a row, one of them is bound to add points to my account. And make sure you definitely search on Fridays, because every Friday is Mega Swagbucks Day where they award extra points.

Plus, I haven't noticed any difference in the "answers" I get from my searches. Since Swagbucks is an aggregate of and, the search results remain pretty spot on. You can also limit your search to images and news items, which I love!

Making the most of Swagbucks
One of the best things I did to make sure I am earning as many Swagbucks as possible, is that I changed my internet settings and set my search toolbar to automatically direct any searches through Swagbucks. (Usually in your internet browser window/toolbar, there should be a place where you can change your default search-engine options.)

Swagbucks has been expanding a great deal since I joined over two years ago, adding a variety of ways to earn additional points beyond just your regular browsing. You can download their toolbar, answer surveys and polls, shop through the Swagbucks site, earn points for trading in old electronics, as well as complete specific tasks (called "jobs") that you can cash out for Swagbucks. Personally, I like to earn extra points by taking the daily point (an easy way to grab an extra point) and by printing online coupons via Swagbucks (which I talked more about here).

Even without taking advantage of every way to earn Swagbucks and sticking mostly to just the normal everyday search engine usage, I've still done quite well! It's been a nice way to pay for some of our little extras; I know some people who save up all their Swagbucks points and redeem them at Christmas so that they don't have to spend any money out-of-pocket on presents!

How to sign up for Swagbucks
If you want to sign up, please follow this link. If you do, it'll show that I referred you, and I'll get extra points for doing that!

For the month of December, I’m taking a break from writing new posts to better enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Instead, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite posts from my first two years of blogging here. I hope you enjoy getting to do a little time-traveling with me, and I’ll be back to ring in the new year with all new posts! (Click here to see today’s original post.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I've seen you mention it but hadn't taken the time to "google it." Now I'll have to be better about doing searches on stuff I'm curious about. :D

  2. No problem! I know it sounds a little foreign at first but now I only ever search with Swagbucks and just cashed in for another Amazon gift card! The best thing I did was change my internet settings so that my searches automatically go through the Swagbucks search engine, which really helps me bank up points!

  3. Carmen, I just signed up through your link! Thanks for sharing the Swag love - what a neat concept. Now off to earn some points... :)

  4. Thanks for signing up Urban Wife! Hope you enjoy it and rack up lots of points!!


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