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Old 01/27/11, 06:57 PM
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Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards or extra money

I posted this down in E&P but thought it was worth posting here. I earn an average of $10 a month in Amazon gift cards and it only takes a few minutes a day on the computer.

Sign up here:
http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/BillandPam

How I earn my daily Swagbucks:
I get all of my points from doing random searches 4 times a day....morning, afternoon, evening and then before I go to bed. That averages me 30-40 swagbucks a day. Then I earn 10 points from playing the games, 5 points a day from watching swagtv, 1 swagbuck from the daily poll, and 1 from clicking 'skip' through the NOSO offers. Then I usually find the 2 point ads on Gambit to watch a couple of times a week. They also put out random swag codes and those earn anywhere from 4-11 swagbucks a day. A $5 Amazon gift card is 450 Swagbucks. So it averages out to nearly a .01 a swagbucks point. But there are a TON of other options for you to choose from to spend your swagbucks on besides just Amazon.
I do not fill out any of the surveys because they require a phone number and email address and I do not want spammed otherwise I am sure I would earn twice as many swagbucks in a day.

Searches: Use if just like you do Google search. If you are on the swagbucks homepage you just do random searches like "homesteading today", "Emergency preparedness", "couponing", "where can I find the best deal on oil lamps", "Swagbucks blog", or "swagbucks tricks"....anything! The more random the better. If you do not get swagbucks on your first search randomly hit the search again a few times (not to fast or you will get the TOS page up for spamming...make it random) and if you still do not get anything change your search word. I have only been able to get them 4 times a day. Sometimes if I do several searches and get no points I go to something else for about 5-10 minutes, sometimes closing out of the swagbucks page, then go back to it and I will get it on my first search when I come back.
Codes: Also you need to LIKE swagbucks blog on Facebook and that is where the notification for the codes will be posted. Codes are given randomly. You can also download the toolbar and it gives random codes and swagbucks as well.

On the swagtv you have to watch the videos all the way through in order to see your meter on the top right go up by 5% at a time. After 100% you will earn 5 Swagbucks. You can watch videos all day if you want to and earn 5% at a time.

On the games: I have to play two games, watching the commercial thing all the way through first, play the game...GO BACK TO GAMES....then pick another game and do the same thing over again until I earn my 10 points. I usually get 2 swagbucks after every two games.

Fridays are Mega Swagbucks days and you have a chance of getting greater amounts of swagbucks on your random searches. I got a 28 once. Normally I get between 7-11 swagbucks on each of my daily searches.

I have earned $45 so far and my cousin has earned close to $70 in Amazon gift cards. No strings attached! No downloading anything you don't want to.
Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions!!

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Old 01/28/11, 10:19 AM
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This is a reminder that Fridays are Mega Swagbucks day and you have a chance of getting greater amounts of swagbucks on your searches all day today so remember to try to do searches 3-4 times today...think every four hours. So I find it works best for me to pop on and do a search at breakfast, lunch, and dinner time then once more before I head off to bead.

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Old 01/28/11, 10:29 AM
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I'm a pretty new swagbucks user, just getting the hang of it. Question: you do random searches on things you're not actively searching for? Just guesses to try to earn bucks?

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Old 01/28/11, 10:57 AM
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Both....search for things you are interested in and do random searches for things you are not actively looking for.
I use Swagbucks in place of Google for searching AND to earn the swagbucks points! My goal with swagbucks is to earn the swagbucks! I bookmarked swagbucks so when I want to do a regular search I go to their page or you can make it your homepage.

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Old 01/28/11, 10:59 AM
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I also wanted to say that I do NOT get spammed with emails and stuff because I do not fill out the surveys. The ONLY emails I get from swagbucks are the verification emails for the gift cards I redeem.

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Old 01/28/11, 12:37 PM
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Sometimes I will complete the Daily Poll as well....that is worth 1 swagbuck each time.

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Old 01/28/11, 05:09 PM
 
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I was referred by a gf, then hubby was referred by me. So in the referrals columm I have 1

do i get a % of swagbuycks from hubby's searches?

~~ pelenaka ~~

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Old 01/28/11, 05:26 PM
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I was referred by a gf, then hubby was referred by me. So in the referrals columm I have 1

do i get a % of swagbuycks from hubby's searches?

~~ pelenaka ~~
If you and your hubby live in the same household you may want to read the TOS. I believe I read that it is only ONE account per household. I would suggest sharing the same account.
My cousin shares with her husband and they both do the random searches and watch swagtv on different computers on the same account at the same time.

When you get a referral you earn swagbucks when they earn them only from their searches up to 1000 swagbucks.

Found the TOS:
"There are multiple people in our home. Can we each have our own account?
We are very firm on our one account per household policy. You are more than welcome to share what we call a "family" account, but please do not create more than one account within the same household as this will result in deactivation."
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Old 01/28/11, 05:28 PM
 
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ah can't wait to tell him this he has soo been trying to catch up to me in swag bucks ... lol.

~~ pelenaka ~~

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Old 01/29/11, 04:58 PM
 
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I just joined a few days ago and have received over 500 bucks. Most of those came from doing the profile surveys and also the other surveys. I have a junk e-mail account set up just for stuff like that. That way my regular e-mail doesn't get filled with tons of crap. As for the phone number, I transpose the last 4 numbers, so I don't get calls either LOL

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Old 01/29/11, 06:04 PM
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Way to go Merks! That is awesome!
Did you sign up under me?? If you did the more searches you do the more swagbucks I earn...hint hint! LOL!

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Old 01/29/11, 08:11 PM
 
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Just signed up under you Pam6. Since I already search a lot anyway online might as well earn a little coin doing it, thanks!

Edit: deleted a question you already answered...LOL

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Old 01/29/11, 08:50 PM
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Just signed up under you Pam6. Since I already search a lot anyway online might as well earn a little coin doing it, thanks!

By the way, do you use the toolbar install? I wonder if that will increase my points?
I use Google chrome and it is not compatible but from what I can tell you should be able to get more points with it. I am pretty sure you get at least one swagbuck a day from it and when they put out the codes sometimes they are only in the toolbar so I have missed out on some of the swagbucks from those codes.

Thanks for signing up under me!
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Old 01/29/11, 09:01 PM
 
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I did the toolbar, I use firefox. I also set up a gmail alert for "swag code" to email me at the addy I used to sign up. Hopefully that will bring in more codes that I may miss. LOL

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Old 01/29/11, 09:19 PM
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That is awesome Tealover! I hope you get a lot of points! I love getting all of the points! I love how easy it is to get points too!

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Old 01/30/11, 09:58 PM
 
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Way to go Merks! That is awesome!
Did you sign up under me?? If you did the more searches you do the more swagbucks I earn...hint hint! LOL!
Yes I did sign under you I do searches but so far I have only gotten 25 bucks from that in about 5 days now.
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Old 01/31/11, 12:03 PM
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Yes I did sign under you I do searches but so far I have only gotten 25 bucks from that in about 5 days now.
Wow, I am averaging about 40 swagbucks a day from searches! I do random
searches until I get swagbucks four times a day though.

My goal has been to get 100 swagbucks a day.
40 from searches
10 from games
10 from videos
2 from the poll and NOSO
Some from the Codes
10-20 from referrals
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Old 01/31/11, 09:12 PM
 
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So far today I have gotten 43 bucks
noso =1
paymentwall =2
Gambit =2
searches = 30
Survey + visit survey = 6
video = 4
daily poll =1
tool bar use = 1

not bad for just playing around

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Old 01/31/11, 10:13 PM
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I hit the videos just right, the cream cheese ones, and got to play them over 30 times at 2 points each! A couple of them even gave me 4 points!
I am 20 SB away from another $5! I can do one more search for the night and the games so I am sure I will make it tonight!!

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Old 01/31/11, 10:56 PM
 
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Good deal!!! Ya just got 8 more from me Got another search right

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Old 01/31/11, 11:28 PM
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YAY! Way to snag them SB!

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Old 02/01/11, 01:39 PM
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I just got 18 SB from a search! My second highest ever!

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Old 02/01/11, 01:49 PM
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I ordered the Amazon ecard with my swagbucks but don't know how to apply it to my Amazon account. Will it come in the mail?

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Old 02/01/11, 02:01 PM
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I ordered the Amazon ecard with my swagbucks but don't know how to apply it to my Amazon account. Will it come in the mail?
You need to go to Order Status, on the right under your name. It will say waiting verification, verified, or in your gift cards. Once it is in your gift cards...usually takes a week or more...then you copy and paste the order # into your Amazon account under the apply gift cards to my account section. There it should show up immediately.
Nothing will come in the mail. Only the verify email.
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Old 02/01/11, 06:14 PM
 
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I just got 18 SB from a search! My second highest ever!
Good deal!!! How do you do your searches, I know random words, but how often do you try a new one, like every few secs, or mins ? how many times does it on average take to win?
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Old 02/01/11, 07:36 PM
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Thank you Pam!

I just do searches when I am researching for my blogs. It adds up pretty quickly.

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Old 02/01/11, 07:39 PM
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Good deal!!! How do you do your searches, I know random words, but how often do you try a new one, like every few secs, or mins ? how many times does it on average take to win?
I search four times a day. Between 9-10am, 1-2pm, 6pm, 10-midnight. Those times just seem to work in my schedule. 4 hours apart. I will hit search on a word like "swagbucks tricks" every few (random) seconds, about 5 times. Then switch words...try a few times with it. Try another word. If I still don't get it after like the 3rd of 4th word I go to another site for a few minutes and then I will usually get it on my first try then. I will even just let the last word(s) I searched sit in the search box and just be on another site in another tab. It seemed like I got them a lot sooner when I first started. Sometimes I will get them on the first search but not as often as I used to. I think you are more likely to get points too if your search is unique...but I am not sure about that.
I think the search points are easier to get than the game or tv points for sure!

I use the swagbucks search to get to my regular sites as well...like netflix, homesteading today, facebook, etc. instead of using Google and I have gotten SB on the first try looking those up too!
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Old 02/02/11, 10:07 AM
 
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Ok, I am up to 203 so far for the last few days. But I am finding this takes more time than I thought. Perhaps I am not doing it correctly.

OH, and the gmail alert is worthless. It was easier to just put the widget on a non-used blog and check it throughout the day for the swag codes.

I was hoping I could just the videos run but apparently you have to actually be on the page for it to auto-change. Not a big deal, but takes time.

Getting to the 100/day would be ideal. Or even more.

I couldn't find it, but is there a max per day we are allowed to get?

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Old 02/02/11, 10:43 AM
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As far as I know there is no limit per day.

I take my swagtv off auto play and go to the pet section where the videos are 43-58 seconds long and then just click back and forth between screens. If I leave it on auto play I have had a pop up asking me to confirm that I was still there. I find the best time to watch swagtv is when I am watching my shows in the evening.

I have been getting on a daily basis:
40 from searches
10 from games
6 (average) from swag codes
2 from the daily poll and NOSO
5-10 from swagtv
10 (averaging) from videos (philly cream cheese and tinyprints)

I do the games, videos, and swagtv in the evening while we watch family tv. So I average 75 a day on my own. Then I download the Facebook games and then block them on my Facebook. If you go through all of the free offers you can find at least 4-5 FB games that are 8-17 SB each to download.

I tried something new last night and this morning and I have been getting search points quicker. I searched one word....waited a little bit....searched it again. Last night I got it on the second search. This morning I got it on the third search. So I have been waiting more than thirty seconds between my first and second search. It must seem like it is a more natural search and giving me the SB quicker.

I have missed lots of swagcodes by not checking my FB updates often enough. They only give you like a 30 minute window to get them it seems like. It seemed like when I first signed up 4 months ago they gave you a two hour window to redeem it or like the first so many people.

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Old 02/02/11, 11:06 AM
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Since starting I have earned 4273 Swagbucks
744 from getting Netflix
239 from referrals
The other 3290 from the above suggestions. I have done zero surveys or insurance quote type things.

How I have spent my SB:
2700 SB on $30 in Amazon gift cards
1399 SB for the two year subscription of SHAPE magazine
Currently have 174 SB

I did spend 9 SB on a swagstakes for an XBOX 360 before Christmas too.

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