Friday, January 6, 2012

OTL: Mega Swagbucks Friday

Search & Win
Welcome to the first Mega Swagbucks Friday of 2012! If you have been a reader of Library Girl Reads & Reviews for a while you already know how much I love Swagbucks. The free gift cards that I've earned through Swagbucks have paid for the majority of our Christmas gifts for the past two years and I'm really hoping to continue that in 2012.

So what the heck is Swagbucks anyway? The main component of Swagbucks that I use is the search engine. For me, doing my regular Internet searching through them is the easiest way to earn the Swagbucks that I then redeem for gift cards. There are a lot of other ways to earn Swagbucks as well including watching videos, completing special offers, taking surveys, and finding Swag Codes.

Here is my daily Swagbucks routine:
  • Having the Swagbucks toolbar installed automatically gives me 1 Swagbuck the first time I open my browser for the day
  • Answering the daily poll gives me another Swagbuck
  • Looking through the No Obligation Special Offers gives me 2 Swagbucks each day. I just skip over all of the offers until I get to the point where I can answer the question to get the Swagbucks.
That is 4 Swagbucks for the day before I've even done any searching. At this point, there have been some changes so I'm not sure if there are any other simple ways that I can earn Swagbucks daily. I really need to take some time to explore the site and determine this.

The bulk of my Swagbucks come from searching. I just use the Swagbucks toolbar each time I want to go somewhere online even if it is something I already have bookmarked. Yes, it might add a couple of clicks to getting to my routine places but the Swagbucks that I earn along the way are worth it. You never know how many Swagbucks you will get from a search. Sometimes you don't get any but on a Mega Swagbucks Friday, I once got 50. The other day I got 21 and it wasn't even a Mega Swagbucks Day! Generally, I find that I'm more in the 7 to 10 range though.

Once you build up some Swagbucks, you can redeem them for gift cards or physical merchandise. I usually get gift cards because I know I can buy almost anything from there for Christmas gifts. They have lots of other gift card options as well.

I hope you will take some time to check out Swagbucks and see what they have to offer. I'd love to have you join me in easily earning some free stuff this year!

Are you already a Swagbucks user? What has your experience with the program been? I'd love to hear your Swagbucks tips!

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  1. Sounds very interesting. Couple questions:

    - How do they compare as far as finding what you need as opposed to say... Google, of course?

    - How many swagbucks (I kind of wish they would call it something else) do you need to get an Amazon card?

    But hell, Google could use a little humility that might come from a little loss of power.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog

  2. Hi Paul,

    I find the results from Swagbucks to be very comparable to Google and I'm honestly not sure they aren't utilizing the Google search engine.

    A $5 Amazon gift card costs 450 Swagbucks right now and is the best point to dollar value. You can get higher denomination Amazon gift cards but for example a $25 one currently would cost you more in Swagbucks than buying 5 $5 gift cards. So you have to watch the points per dollar ratio and make sure you are getting the best value. Different gift cards do cost different amounts as well even if they are the same value (example a Starbucks gift card and a Target gift card might both be $10 but cost a different amount in Swagbucks)

    Please let me know if you have any more questions - I'm happy to answer them :-)


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