The Swagbucks Review
Overall Ranking: 25/100
Price: Free membership, $4.99/ month for Accelerator, $9.99/ month for Accelerator Plus
Owners: Information not available at this time
Introduction: What is the Swagbucks opportunity about?
Swagbucks is an online rewards program. Swagbucks offers a variety of ways to make some extra money online. There is no join up fee or costs involved. They appear to be legitimate and have a good reputation online. I have read numerous reviews which are very positive about Swagbucks and I have not come across many negative comments.
Swagbucks is owned by Prodege, a digital services provider. Prodege also has content distribution platforms Yowgo and nCrave as well as SodaHead which is an online polling platform.
What does Swagbucks Cost?
Membership is free, however their are also 2 paid membership options if you would like to have more earning potential.
You can pay $4.99 per month for Accelerator which will match up to 700 Swagbucks per month or you can pay $7.99 per month for Accelerator Plus which will match up to 1500 Swagbucks per month.
Going for the paid membership options is really only a good idea if you are planning on spending a lot of time and effort using Swagbucks. If you don’t match those points you are then paying for nothing and get no value from your paid membership.
What are the different ways you can earn through Swagbucks?
Shop and get Cash back.
Shop through the SB website and you will earn SB on every purchase made.
Search to earn SB. Make them your search engine and earn every time you search online.
Download the Swagbucks browser and use it just like you would any other search engine and you will earn while you search. Just remember not to expect the same results as when you use Google!
Watch videos to earn.
Each video has an amount of SB that you can earn and it shows how long the videos are.
Earn SB by playing online games.
Just a quick note on playing the games, from what I can see this option is the least paying one and takes up the most time. Watch out for wasting your time here and not earning much in return. Perhaps this is one to give a miss if you are really wanting to earn something?
Take Swagbucks surveys and earn.
Discover deals through and earn if you take up any of their offers.
Get a Swagbucks credit card and earn every time you spend money. If you take out a secured credit card you will earn even more.
So those are all the ways you can earn your SB (Swagbucks). You can cash out your SB in the following ways:
- Cash via Paypal
- Gift Cards
- Swagbucks Sweepstakes
If you opt for a Gift Card you can cash out 450 SB for a $5 Amazon Gift Card which appears to be the best option at the moment. If you want to get cash via Paypal 1000 SB is $10.
Swagbucks Pros and Cons
- A legit company that pays
- Free to join
- Many ways to earn money
- You are earning Swagbucks for lots things you would already be doing such as searching
- They have a referral program
- They have regular prizes and competitions
- You can start using Swagbucks from 13 years old! Bonus for teenagers looking for pocket money!
- 2 Mobile apps available for Android and Iphone- one for Swagbucks and another for SBTV which is the Swagbucks video service (sort of like Youtube)
- Slow to earn and earning potential is not very high
- The search engine is not very fast which can be annoying
- Swagbucks is not available in every country, check their website to see if it is available in your country
Is Swagbucks a Scam?
As mentioned above I have read numerous reviews on Swagbucks and the general feedback is that they are reputable and legitimate. They are an honest company and I like that. I have come across no negative feedback regarding their payouts or practices. I find them to be totally legit and above board.
My Verdict for Swagbucks:
Yes this is legit but…
The question I would like you to answer for yourself though, is this really worth your time? Yes you can make money and yes it is legitimate, however if you take the example of watching an 18 minute video above and you earn 4 SB you will need to watch 250 of these to make $10. At 18 minutes a video this works out to 75 hours to make your $10. Essentially you are making R0.13 per hour to do a task like this.
I base my reviews not on making pocket money for the odd treat, I base them on:
- Can I make a living doing this?
- If I can’t make a living doing this can it make a substantial difference to my monthly income?
- Am I doing something worthwhile, something valuable?
- Can I call this a career?
The answer to every single one of these questions are NO, I can’t.
This is playing games, watching videos and filling out mindless surveys for hardly any reward. So for me personally this is not something I want to try out, it is a waste of my time. I am looking for something rewarding in monetary terms and my sense of self-worth.
However that said I can certainly see how people will find Swagbucks attractive and lots of fun. I am sure students that have no income and plenty of time on their hands would have fun playing games and watching videos for rewards, why not? A bored housewife, go for it!
However if you are serious about making online this is not for you, it will frustrate you and irritate you.
Have you used Swagbucks and what has your experience been? If you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment.
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