Monday, August 10, 2009

An Introduction to SwagBucks

Version 2.0
I created this blog to help all Swaggernauts, new and old, earn more Swagbucks. I have been a member of Swagbucks for several months and I'm going to share all the tricks and tactics I've learned. uses Google and to provide results for searches. Honestly the results on are not quite as good as Google. Every time you search their is a chance for you to win between 1-5, 10, 20, 50, 0r 100 Swagbucks. There is no limit to the number of time that you can win, but most likely it will only be once or twice a day. Every Friday is MSBD a.k.a Mega SwagBuck Day, on these days you have a better chance at winning the higher value swagbucks.
(Note: If you are not a member you can sign up here)
How To Earn SwagBucks
There are many different ways to earn SwagBucks. One of the easiest ways to earn them is to make your home page. Another easy way is to create a SwagBucks toolbar in the top right corner of your web browser.

Here you will find out how to make your home page: Link

Here is how you can create a toolbar that uses SwagBuck Link

Below are the most commonly used ways to earn Swagbucks. For each one I'll add my own input on what I did to be more successful. You shouldn't be limited to these ideas, be creative and maybe you could be next in the SwagBucks Hall of F

SwagCodes: They are basically free swagbucks. The Swag Guy usually has one swagcode out per day, but there can be multiple swagcodes per day or none at all. Swagcodes can be found in the Blog, Facebook page, Myspace page, or on Twitter (Most of the time they are in the Blog, but there is also a good chance of finding them on the Facebook page).

Luckily for us you can just check the Swidget, which is located on the left side of this page. If you want to check any of the official swagbuck links for swagcodes they are also located on the left side of the page. Once you find a swagcode you can either enter it on the home page or on your account page.

Most swagcodes are worth between 1-3 swagbuck, but there is no limit on how much they can be worth. The most important thing to know about swagcodes is that there is always a limit! Most of the time there is a 1 to 2 hour time limit for swagcodes, so you have constantly check for any new blog posts or tweets. There could also be a limit on the number of people that can submit a swagcode.

IMPORTANT: Sharing SwagCodes is grounds for account deactivation!!

You can check out this Link for the official explanation of SwagCode

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Trade-In: Allows you to earn SwagBucks from your old phones, mp3 players, or video games. It is very easy to do. You first go to the trade in page and select the make and model. They will give you an estimated amount of swagbucks that you can earn. Then you print out a prepaid envelope and ship it to them. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that they received your item, and within 5-6 days you will receive your swagbucks.

Personally I don't think that this is the smartest way to earn swagbucks. Each swagbuck is worth between 2 and 10 cents in US currency. For a fully functional Ipod video they said that they would give me 90 swagbucks. I know that 90 swagbucks may seem like a lot, but at most thats worth 9 dollars. I went on e-bay and found that I could sell it for up to 80 dollars. But if your ipod or cell phone isn't being used then I recomend submiting it, so it can be recycled by the swag guy, and in return you could earn alot of swagbucks.

(SPECIAL: For the month of August the Swag Guy is offering double the regular swagbucks for cell phone trade-ins, and 20 percent more for video game trade-ins.)

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Friends: Having many friends is the easiest and most efficient way to earn tons and tons of swagbucks. For each friend you have you can earn up to 100 swagbucks. Now that is where some people get confused, so let me explain. For each person you refer to you can receive up to 100 swagbucks ONLY from the swagbucks they win while searching, NOT from any other form of earning swagbucks. REPEAT, ONLY from searching. To clarify, lets pretend I'm your friend and I win 2 swagbucks while searching, that means that you ALSO receive 2 swagbucks because I'm your friend. Also it this is not a pyrimid deal, you ONLY recieve the swagbucks from your friends NOT the friend of your friends.

Now to get friends you must have them sign up using your referral link. You can find this link at the bottom of your account page after selecting My Profile. You can also use promotion banners as a way to have friends sign up. I recommend only referring to friends that you know will be interested in earning swagbucks, not the friends who will sign up just to make you happy.

I also recommend NOT using the email system on It will send out a mass e-mail to all the contacts you have saved to whatever email site you use. This may seem great, but in fact it is terrible because the sign up link in the email doesn't allow you to become friends with the person after they sign up.

A good way to get many of your friends to sign up is to create a Note on your Facebook page and tag some of your friends in it. Make sure that your note explains all the aspects of You can use my Note as an example. Feel free to use the magic of copy and paste.

Example Note for Facebook: see post below

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Shopping: With every 5 dollars spent you can earn 1 SB. This deal is only good at participating stores and when you log in at the specified web site below. This is definitely not the quickest way to make a swagbuck, but if you frequently shop at any of the stores then you could potentially earn a good sum of swagbucks

Shopping Site: Link

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Specials: There are several other ways to make Swagbucks fast, one of which is to be the Hourly Random Winner. Every Hour a person is selected to win 5 swagbucks, the home page is where they announce the winner. Here's the catch, if you win you have to click on the button to redeem your 5 swagbucks, and if you miss your name then your out of luck.

By now you have probably seen the swagbucks polls, and noticed that each one is submitted by a member of You probably didn't know that if you submit a poll idea and it gets used then you can win 10 swagbucks. You can contact the Swag Guy at It takes maybe a minute to do and you can enter as many ideas as you want.

If your an experienced Swaggernaut then you probably have collected a prize or two, but did you know that if you take a picture or video of you opening your prize that you can earn swagbucks. Submit your video's to the Swagbucks page on Youtube and you can earn 2 swagbucks for up too 2 videos. If you submit your pictures to the swagbucks page on Flickr you can recieve 1 swagbuck for up too 5 pictures. Both Links are at the top of the page

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SwagStakes: Are the Mega Millions of Every week the swag guy has a swagstakes and gives away 100 swagbucks. It costs only 1 swagbuck to enter for your chance to win. There are also other types of prizes you can win through swagstakes such as a Xbox 360 bundle or a PS3 bundle. You can enter any one of these as many times as you want, but the prices vary depending on the prizes.

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You now know everything you need to know about how to earn swagbucks as easily as possible, but if you have any more questions you can visit the FAQ page at or contact me at the email address show to your left. Thanks for taking your time to read this and if you think this was helpful recommend this to a friend.

-If you have any comments on how I can improve this let me know, and if you voted in the poll please specify why you voted the way you did by leaving a comment. This will allow me to keep on improving, Thanks.

- Andrew D.

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