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The Swagbucks Review

Hi, guys and welcome to my how to earn money on Swagbucks in 2017-2018 post!

Swagbucks offers a lot of opportunities for the people who want to make a part time income, and I will show you the fastest ways to earn money at Swagbucks.

Let’s start

Name: Swagbucks
Website: www.Swagbucks.com
Price: Starter Membership, $0 
Owner: Prodege
Overall Rank: 92.5 out of 100
Who it’s for: Newbie – Expert

Work Flow 100%
Income potential 80%
Friendly Interface 90%
Legit 100%


Swagbucks is made by Prodege and it was launched with its official name in 2008. Nine years later, Swagbucks, brings a lot of opportunities to their members, such as: Completing surveys, Watching videos, Searching through web, Pay to do stuff and so on.

Unfortunately, Swagbucks is available only to the citizens of the following countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland. This is the only reason why I gave it a 90% rating

Swagbucks like other websites, has its own currency. After completing a task you will be rewarded in Swagbucks money.

1 SB= 1 cent

You can cash out by purchasing different gift cards. In order to see what cards you can get, take a look at the left menu. You will see a Redeem your SB button and after you click it, you will see plenty of possibilities to cashout.

The gift cards do not have a fixed amount of SB in order to purchase them. Sometimes there are promotions available and you will be able to purchase a gift card cheaper.

Note: You can also give some of your money to charity if you would like to.

Note: Based on your region, the cards are in pounds or dollars.

The easiest method is to cash out by purchasing an Amazon gift card since it requires a lot less SB coins than a Paypal 5 pounds card.

Pros and Cons


  • Plenty of earning money opportunities;
  • Plenty of daily surveys;
  • Friendly interface;
  • Plenty of methods to cash out;
  • Can earn revenue by watching videos;
  • Can earn revenue by navigating the web;
  • Affiliate Program;
  • Great support.


  • Only available in certain regions;
  • You won’t be able to make a full-time income without using the referral system.

Swagbucks is for any resident from US, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland. You don’t need to have any prior experience with other survey websites. All you need to have is a keyboard and a mouse.

Based on your postcode, the surveys will ask you about general stuff. For example: Your internet provider, how many times you shop a month, what is your favorite supermarket, what is your favorite TV and so on.

How You Earn Money


There are seven methods which you can use in order to earn money:

  • Surveys;
  • Watching videos;
  • Exploring websites;
  •  Shop & Earn;
  • Affiliate Program;
  • Different offers;
  • Swagbucks Apps and Games.

Swagbucks collects the survey from different websites and it provides to its users a large variety of surveys. Usually they are divided on different topi.

Each survey has a different reward and, in general, it varies from 8 SB and up to 200 SB.


As a general rule of thumb, the surveys with the highest reward usually take longer to complete. After completing each survey you will receive your money automatically.


Golden Surveys are the big payers. They offer anywhere from 30 SB to 100 SB.

Watching videos:

This is one of the easiest ways to earn money at Swagbucks. You can play any video you want and  you will usually be awarded with 1 SB up to 3 SB. This is my favorite method to earn money from SwagBucks.

A video has an average duration of 1:10 minutes.

If you select playlists with rewards of 1 SB, you will need to watch 6 videos. For those playlists that will give you 2 SB you will need to watch 12 videos and for the playlists with a reward of 3 SB you will need to watch somewhere above 18 videos.

As I said above, this is my favorite way to earn money. Sure you can say that it is poor payed, but what if you don’t have to watch it?

You can mute the sound of the videos by muting the page from the windows volume mixer, and you can open a second tab and do what you want. You can play, spend time on social media or even leave the house all while you earn money.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Discovering Content (nCarve)

Once you click on a playlist, it will open a new page(see image below) where you can check a website for a minimum of 30 seconds.


You can earn from 1 SB and up to 3 SB from this feature. If you select to explore for 3SB you will be aksed to see 20 to 23 websites. That will take you around 6:30 minutes.

The process is automatically, meaning that you don’t have to explore by yourself the different websites. However, you are forced to stay on the tab since the second that you access another tab, the counter will stop and will wait for you to return with your mouse on that tab.

You can still beat the system by logging from a mobile device or an tablet and staying on that page while you check the news on social media.


For you ladies, Swagbucks has the most pleasant surprise. How many times have you dreamed to get payed in order to shop? Sounds like a dream job, right?


 It is for real!

 Shopping online from famous brands such as Puma, Accessorize and Argos will bring you a percent of your cash back. 

I agree with you that it isn’t a big percent, but hey it is better than nothing!



With no doubt, Swagbucks’s Affiliate Program is one of the best. 

Mainly because it is one of the most popular survey websites and many folks have heard of its reputation. 

The affiliate program is your only chance to make a full time income.  If you have a blog or a network of friends or a facebook page or a twiteer page etc, you can recommend them  to join Swagbucks and to earn money.

There are many people that claim that they earn up to a couple of thousand dollars per month from Swagbucks’s referral system alone.




Another great opportunity of earning money at Swagbucks is by completing different offers. You have to scroll down on your Swagbucks homepage in order to find the offers.

Most of them consist in creating an account on  websites, installing mobile apps or testing other people’s product. However, there are some offers that pay really well, but you will have to initially invest money in order be rewarded.

I usually hesitate to do this thing, but if you decide to give your credit card details to another website, make sure that the reward outweighs the initial investment.

Moreover, pay attention and read all the Terms and Conditions because when you subscribe to a newsletter, there might be a monthly fee.

You can’t trick the system. Meaning that you purchase something and than you refund it. They will notice soon eough and they will also withdraw your paymen. You don’t mess with the sharks.

Another thing that I want to raise awareness is that if you decide to buy a product, make sure to not refresh or close the page or to try again.


It happened to me when I bought a domain from GoDaddy. I hit refresh for a few times and I ended up losing 7 pounds. 

SwagBucks apps and games

SB has it’s own apps that you can download on your mobile. The rewards are pretty good. Check them by scrolling at the end of the page and click on Mobile apps.

One of the most relaxing ways to earn SB is to play games. Currently, there are three games at SB.

The funniest is Swag Jump and I warn you that it is quite addictive.

Sure they pay small, only 10 SB. However, whenever you are not in the mood to watch videos or to do surveys, you can take some time off and play those games.



As I said in the intro, you will earn SB each time you complete a task. With those SB you can go to the left menu and click on Redeem your SB.

You can cash out through different card gift cards or you can donate your money to charity. 

Some of the popular options are: Paypal cards, Amazon cards, Steam cards,  Itunes cards, New look gift card, Master card etc.




There are a few videos available which will be shown to you after you register, having the scope to help you understand their platform.




I haven’t experienced any inconvenience yet. However, most of the posts on forums of which I have read, only had to say positive things about their support.


 Summarized Overview

Name: Swagbucks
Website: www.Swagbucks.com
Price: Free Membership, $0 (Join Here and Earn 5$ now)
Owners: Prodige
Overall Rank: 92.5 out of 100
Who it’s for: Newbie – Expert



I tend to believe that Swagbucks is one of the best platforms of which you can use in order to earn some money. However, I have to admit it that if you are not using the referral system, you won’t be able to earn enough money to replace your job. 

In order to earn more extra money a month I would suggest you to combine SwagBucks with other methods of earning income.

Now, for those of you who are not from those regions, I would suggest you to try out CashCrate. I mentioned it above, and in a few words I have to say that CashCrate is a wonderful platform which has over 5.2 million users and is worldwide available.

Even if you are from exclusive regions, I would advise you to take a closer look to CashCrate as well. I tend to believe that you will find more surveys there than on Swagbucks.

In order to see my whole review on it, follow the following link: CashCrate Review.


This is pretty much all on how to earn money on Swagbucks in 2017. If you have any other questions, share them with me in the comment section below!




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32 thoughts on “The Swagbucks Review

  1. As a member of SB and a Canadian, I was disappointed. I never qualified for surveys and none of the offers are Canadian. Very difficult to get anywhere past the initial set up. I didn’t think of being an affiliate, so thanks for that information.

    1. Hello Marie!

      Well, it can be really hard to earn money from SB without the referral program. The time spent outweighs the money gained. But if you complete surveys from time to time is okay. You can also try to earn more from its offers, but without the referral program, I am pretty sure that you won’t make it past $200 a month.

  2. I thank you for sharing this vast amount of information with us, I never read all the Terms and Conditions because it is just too long, but I will read it from this moment on. I really like how your graphics reverse themselves when you place your pointer on them, how in the world did you find something this cool?

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  3. Hi Andrei,

    I like your review of Swagbucks. I don’t think I would do surveys since I’ve done that before and found it too time-consuming. Watching videos and navigate to the web sounds more to what I would prefer to do. I like that you posted the pros and cons.

    After earning rewards and bonuses, can you request to receive cash instead?

    1. Hello Rosa!

      You have to make enough SB in order to purchase a Paypal gift card or an Amazon gift card. You can go and click on Redeem in the left menu in order to see more possibilities to cash out. As far as I heard, you will receive your card in 72 hours from cashing out.

  4. I actually loved the idea but it is not cool if I can’t make a living without referrals.
    Do you think is it best way to get results for my efforts? Or is there any other better program?

    1. Hello Furkan!

      If you are in a desperate need of cash you can try to work at Rev as a transcriber. Basically all that you will have to do is to write down what people talk over podcasts. If you aren’t in a desperate need, then I suggest you take a look at my Starting Online Business guide, and to create your own company. Don’t worry, you won’t need any prior experience since I will take you step by step and you also won’t need any investment!

  5. Excellent review of Swagbucks.
    I’ve given up on these sites, just for the reasons you stated at the end.
    When all is summed up consuming more time than can give some solid income.
    For someone who has more time, maybe not bad, but I’m more interested in the second option, and that’s how that role this time to earn a monthly salary and work from home.

    1. Greetings Jelena!

      I am glad that you enjoyed my review! Well if you are interested more on earning a higher income per month, then I will suggest you take a look at my Starting Online Business guide. Here, I will take you on a detailed step by step approach and I will help you to set up your own online business. You can see here how much people usually earn by having their own business.

  6. Hi Andrei, thanks for such a detailed and well thought out review.

    I have seen SwagBucks here in the UK and a friend of mine uses similar services to do surveys and similar things and was trying to get me to join up with her just before Christmas.

    I wanted to check it out because it seems like such a lot of work for not a lot of payback, and I just feel maybe, if you are able, your time could be better invested and spent on other things.



    1. Greetings Neil!

      In general, those surveys shops are intended only for “beer money”. Therefore, they weren’t even conceived to provide a full-time income. But don’t let that trick you! I have seen a lot of people that would earn even over $10,000 a month from Swagbucks because they have many referrals. If you want to invest your time more wisely rather than promoting a pyramid scheme, I would suggest you check my review about working as a transcriber at Rev. It can bring you around $1300-1500 per month only for writing what people talk over a podcast. However, if money isn’t your highest concern, I suggest you take a look at my guide of how to create your own Online Business. It is very detailed and I will take step by step and help you to build your own online business. Do not worry, you won’t need any money for it!

  7. Great review. I’ve done/do swagbucks while I’m watching TV and just let the videos run. You’re right, it’s never going to give you a large income but if you’re not busy, or watching TV anyway, it can get you a few extra dollars, maybe go out to dinner.

    1. Welcome back Maria!

      Well, this is the only purpose of this program. However, you can combine it with other survey websites that I review here and I believe that you will succeed in earning a few hundred dollars a month :D.

  8. This is such an informative site on swag bucks. Your way with words really made it interesting and so I understood everything completely. Your post is excellent in my opinion.

    1. Hello Ellen!

      Oh… Thank you very much :)! I am still retained due to the fact that I am not an English native. However, hearing your feedback made me more comfortable. Thank you for stopping by! 😀

  9. I tried Swagbucks and it definitely took some time to do the surveys I was given. A lot of the surveys I didn’t even qualify for until I changed my age to 25.

    1. Greetings Liz!

      Well mostly depends on what does the customer want. For example, the surveys that have higher rewards are more difficult to qualify for. They are addressed to a very specific audience target. You should try and take surveys under 70SB. Rarely I get disqualified from them :)!

  10. Great review, thanks! I had heard of Swagbucks but didn’t like the idea of being paid in gift cards. however, you pointed out so many different ways to make money (especially the video on the timer, which you can just ignore while you take a break or clean up)…it might really be worth joining. I’m all about making as much passive money as possible.

    1. Greetings Penny!

      Well, those videos aren’t well paid. The highest money you can earn is by completing surveys and offers. Thankfully, I have a better alternative for you. Earning passive income is very hard, both in a virtual world and in a real world. However, there is one opportunity. You can try and create your own online business that, with hard work, will be able to provide you with a passive income. You can check here my guide on how to build an Online Business. Do not even think about money. It is completely free!

  11. Hi Andrei. This is a really in-depth review of Swagbucks. I feel like you’ve mentioned all the features of the site and all the different earning options available. I’ve always heard about Swagbucks but never caught onto it. I think it’s definitely a good method for anyone looking to make some extra income online.

    Also I had a look at the video towards the end of the article and I didn’t realise Swagbucks had a mobile app. I think I might download it so I can earn while I’m on the go. This may end up being a new income earner for me.

    How much do you think I can expect to earn a month?


    1. Hi, Stephanie!

      Swagbucks has a lot of opportunities to earn money :). Well, there isn’t an average on how much people usually earn there. There are many independent factors such as the time one does invest or how many affiliates does it have etc. It is pretty difficult to say… A wild guess would be that $50 a month without affiliate should be no problem if you live in USA or UK, where you get access to lots of surveys.

  12. very interesting review don’t you have to do it for months just to get a substanial amount to even qualify for a gift card even with the referrals, I have done surveys and it is very time consuming and boring , especially when you do the profile they ask what are your likes and that they go by what your likes areyou don’t get it but I am one that will try something out so I will take a look see on swag bucks nicels written review

    1. Hello, James!

      I admit it! You are right, sometimes completing surveys might appear monotonous and the time investment outweighs the income earned. However, this is how those paid to do and survey websites are meant to be. They are not supposed to provide you with a full-time income. However, the main advantage is that you can do this work wherever you are and whenever you are. It gives you the chance to earn an extra income on your own terms. 🙂 If you are looking for something that pays you better, then I suggest you take a look at my review of Rev.com. You can find it here: https://how-to-earn-extra-money-from-home.com/rev-com-employee-reviews .

  13. Hiya, thank you for the review. this looks very interesting and how you explain it in great detail. well pay small but it pays small but a great way to get the ball rolling in earning an online income, I definitely check it out. Thamks 🙂

    1. Greetings, Kenny!

      Thank you for your feedback! I am trying to include everything in my reviews :D. There were some people complaining that my reviews are a bit too long, but this is the scope, to include everything :D.

  14. Hello and thanks for sharing, I have heard of this program before and it seems to offer some help in making a few bucks but not the kind that can really have you going full time. It seems as if this is great for the beginners and for those who just want to make a few bucks. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Hi, Norman!

      Well, Swagbucks has been around for years now. However, its purpose is to allow people to earn only extra money and not a full-time income. It can provide you with a full-time income as well, and I’ve seen people easily generating thousands of $ a month, but in order to achieve this level, you will need a lot of referrals :). If a full-time income is what you are looking for, then I suggest you take a quick look at this website section where I review ways to earn big money online.

  15. Hi Andrei,

    Swagbucks is a great platform and I used it a lot before building an affiliate website. As you said, it’s ok to start making money with it, but people should really start looking for more effective strategies. Everyone would like to earn passive income online, but it’s difficult to find reliable information about it on the internet. I also followed Wealthy Affiliate’s training and I think it’s the best step by step for beginners. It’s true, you don’s need any experience, and the members/ owners are there to help at any stage!

    1. Hi, Stefan!

      Well, yes, Swagbucks and other survey websites are here to help you get some cash during difficult times. The main reason why I don’t promote WA for people that are low on the budget is that it takes time until they will be able to see any results. Most of those people are looking for instant results, to get some money right now :D. On the other hand, if they are not in a tight spot, I would definitely recommend them to start and learn how to build their own online business :).

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