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11 easy ways to earn rewards on Swagbucks

There is much more to Swagbucks than many people realise! Knowing where to spend time is key. Our review of Swagbucks reveals the best ways to earn.

Swagbucks is pretty much the definition of ‘easy money’. Whilst it doesn’t promise to bring in the big money, it’s easy to earn points on anything from watching videos to completing short surveys. All from your sofa. ?

Once you’ve created your free account you can start earning points immediately, which can be exchanged for cash or rewards.

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What is Swagbucks and how does it work?

Essentially, Swagbucks is a portal that offers users reward points for doing simple tasks online like searching the web, watching videos and completing surveys.

You’ll be ‘paid’ in Swagbucks points (shortened to ‘SBs’) which can then be redeemed for gift cards or cash. The gift cards they offer come from over 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Starbucks, Argos, M&S and iTunes.

But if you’d rather make money from Swagbucks, there’s an option to convert points straight into your PayPal account as cash. Or you can donate to charity if you’re feeling generous.

How much can you earn?

To give you an idea of what SB points are worth, a £5 Amazon gift card will cost you 620 SB and you’ll need to cough up 16,000 SB for £100 cash (via PayPal).

They do accumulate quicker than you might think, simply because there are so many tasks and activities looped into Swagbucks. Many of which you probably do already!

Here are some of the main ways to start accumulating your Swagbucks on the daily…

11 ways to earn Swagbucks


  1. Make Swagbucks your default search engine

    The easiest way to start earning is to switch your default search engine to Swagbucks (rather than Google or Bing).

    You’ll automatically start racking up points just for surfing the web like you normally do, but using their browser instead (in case you’re worried about efficiency, it’s run by Yahoo so don’t sweat!).

    You can expect to tot up around 10-20 SB points for every 10 to 20 searches (depends on the search queries). After six months of everyday searching this can equate to around £300.

  2. Watch videos

    watch videos swagbucksYes, you really can earn Swagbucks points just by watching a few videos.

    The pay-outs here aren’t that high, but you’re getting paid to be entertained! The types of content you’re sent to view varies massively, including everything from adverts to news content and viral clips.

    If you’re really unenthused by the content you’ve been sent, you can also do a sneaky and just have videos running in the background as you get on with other stuff and not actually watch it (it’s not like you’ll be tested on it!).

    Expect to earn 3 SB per 30 minute video, and there’s a limit of 150 points per day up for grabs for this particular task.

  3. Download apps to your phone

    You can earn a really broad variety of points for downloading, installing and opening certain apps on your phone, tablet or computer.

    Once it’s installed, have a look around and if it’s something that interests you, great! But if not, you can just delete it and you’ll still get your points.

    Whilst free apps will get you around 15-50 SBs, you’ll get 10 times that if the app involves a small payment to download (although, obviously only go for the paid ones if you actually think you would’ve paid for it if the SBs weren’t up for grabs!).

  4. Shop online and earn cashback

    shop with swagbucksNow, obviously we wouldn’t advise shopping online purely for the sake of getting more points (again, that just wouldn’t make sense really, would it?), but if you are planning to buy something online, go via the Swagbucks website so you can earn points (similar to mainstream cashback sites).

    Receive easy SBs from online stores like, Ticketmaster, WH Smith, The Body Shop, First Choice and Toys R Us. Just do a quick search first to find out if they’re a participating Swagbuck earner before parting with your cash.

    For example, if you’re planning a holiday through First Choice – search for them on Swagbucks and access the site that way rather than going directly and you’ll earn 3 SB per £1 spent. As holidays tend to involve a bit of cashing out, that should mean hundreds of points netted from your transaction that you can turn into rewards or cash later.

  5. Complete surveys and polls

    Time-rich but cash-poor? Filling out a few short surveys each day through Swagbucks can be a really nice little earner.

    They usually take between 3 and 20 minutes to complete and you’ll earn around 40-100 SB depending on the survey. There’s also a daily poll to complete which literally takes 2 seconds for an extra SB.

  1. Tell your mates

    Having friends overGet SB points stacking up while you sleep by telling your friends to sign up to Swagbucks with your referral code.

    Not only will you get 500 SB instantly for your referrals, but you’ll earn 10% of your friends’ SB earnings for as long as they’re a member, too!

    This is a great way to earn points passively – and your friends will obviously benefit too.

  2. Watch out for Swag Codes

    Download the Swagbucks browser extension to receive notifications about ‘Swag Codes’ as soon as they become available (and they’ll give you an additional 50SB just for downloading!).

    Swag Codes are simply codes that the company releases to create a bit of buzz around the site and get members back onto the homepage.

    The notifications you get from the browser extension will tell you where to go to find the code – on the Swagbucks blog, Twitter or Facebook page – which you’ll then input into the ‘Swag Code’ box at the top of your Swagbucks dashboard. Super easy instant SB points!

  3. Complete daily goals

    like a superheroOn the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll see a ‘to do list’ with around 8 different daily tasks that the site recommends you complete.

    Not only will you accumulate points for each task you complete, but you’ll also get bonus points for crossing off everything on your list in a day.

    Similarly, you can opt in to Swagbucks ‘daily goals’ option (you’ll see the button in the header), where the site will notify you of your target amount of SBs to aim for that day. If you manage to reach your goal, they’ll stick some extra bonus points on top for you!

  4. Enter sweepstakes

    If you fancy yourself lucky when it comes to entering competitions, you can enter yourself into Swagbucks’ regular limited time giveaways.

    Prizes can be anything from tech gadgets like Apple products to a bigger bundle of SBs, but note that this is a bit of a gamble as you need to actually spend SBs to enter into each competition.

    So for example, you can enter a competition to win 50 SB, but it’ll cost you 2 SB to take part.

  5. Play games online

    swag memory gameYour addiction to playing games on your phone is finally about to pay off!

    Earn up to 10 SB per game just for giving it a whirl. Some games do rely on you getting to a certain level before you can earn any SBs, so it does pay (literally!) to be good at these things if you’re going for this option.

    But just imagine how much more rewarding it can be to play a game when you know there could be cash in it if you get to the next level?

  6. Sign up to services

    Signing up to free trials and subscribing to services like TV and online gaming can come with quite a substantial reward.

    However, as with cashback opportunities, you should only use this option if you’re planning on using the service anyway. This is because some of them require you to shell out some cash of your own to sign up.

    But if they’re free, it could be worth your time since they do pay out a pretty decent amount of reward points!

So now’s your chance to go forth and get signed up to Swagbucks so you can start earning SBs straight away. It’s free to join, so you’ve got nothing to lose and tons of rewards waiting to be snatched up.

Just make sure you don’t let the sight of high SB points draw you into spending money you wouldn’t otherwise spend – otherwise it’s a false economy!

If you’re keen to get involved in more of these sorts of money-making tricks, have a look at our guide to passive income methods.