During the recent Cincinnati Women Bloggers meeting, one of the programs that Andrea (Mommy Snacks) mentioned during her presentation on affiliate marketing and blog monetization that intrigued me was Swag Bucks. Not sure what it was, I decided to check it out, and it’s actually pretty cool. It essentially pays you to search the internet – something I do all the time!
If you are not familiar, Swag Bucks is an online site where you earn ‘Bucks’ for using their search engine to perform your searches. The Bucks you earn are then redeemable for various prizes. It’s that simple.
Swag Bucks is open to the general public, and registration took me less than 3 minutes.
How you earn Swag Bucks:
1. SEARCH: Log in to Swag Bucks when you need to search the internet. They also have a Swag Bucks tool bar that you can install that makes it SUPER easy to do your searching with them.
2. SHOP: Next time you head online to do some shopping, check out the Swag Bucks SHOP. It’s tied to lots of great stores like Liz Claiborne & Macys (they even have coupons!) For every $5 you spend you’ll earn 1 Swag Buck.
3. TRADE IN: Have an old cell phone or MP3 player lying around? Any video games your children no longer play? You can trade them in and win beaucoup Swag Bucks. The site shows the Swag value of a Motorola SLVR L7 as 44 Swag Bucks!
4. INVITE: Think you’re friends would be interested? Invite your friends to join and you can earn up to 100 Swag Bucks.
Prizes…..Are they worth it?
Prizes run the gamit from things for your kids to electronics and gift cards and they don’t require you to have ten bajillion points either. Some of the cool items I saw included:
- Belkin Ipod Nano Silicon Case - 55 SB
- Madden 2002 for the PSP, pre-used – 55 SB
- Nora Roberts book, A little Magic – 100 SB
- Various MP3 Singles – 15 SB
I am still in the early stages of checking it out, but so far it looks like a pretty cool program. You can sign up for Swag Bucks, here.
PS. Swag Bucks is also on Twitter. If you sign up, you should def. follow them as they Tweet special opportunities to earn Swag Bucks!