1. Ian

    I know that this article is two years old so I hope you don’t mind my comment on here. Personally I use Swagbucks only for the search function when I am doing research for my writing in much the same way people do the Google searches. That’s really the only benefit to it in my view point. I spend most of my spare time working on my novel, I will be doing an author website soon. The small amount of Swagbucks I earn from the searches, which I am aware is hit and miss, is just a little perk that you don’t get from Google searches or other search engines that I am aware of. As far as the games go the only game I play regularly is Mafia Wars on Facebook, and then only when I get my work done for the day as a reward. Having one game to play I don’t think is a bad thing as you do need to have a balance.

    • Kyle

      For the application of using it for search only, that is fine. If you are spending any other time on SwagBucks you are more than likely wasting your time and energy which could be much better utilized building an actual business.

      It sounds like you have a good handle on things here Ian, unfortunately too many people waste their time doing these “for pennies” tasks and end up wasting their precious time for a few bucks.

  2. Mix Master

    By the time you finish answering even a few of their surveys, Swagbucks will know everything about you and will sell that information to anyone who wants it.

    I keep a Swagbucks account (for now), and with a half-hour’s work I wring half a dollar a day out of it. Not much money, and I probably won’t be doing it for long.

    Definitely I won’t answer any surveys. Every piece of information about myself is worth more than the $25 or so that Swagbucks ultimately pays for it.

    • Kyle

      Yeah, your personal information is worth way more than $25 and your time is worth WAY more than $1 per hour. This is not a business, in fact, Swagbucks is a company that takes advantage of people and their boredom. You are worth a lot more than this and so is your time. You should absolutely be considering creating a real business online through platforms like Wealthy Affiliate that provide you with an all-inclusive platform to create and grow your Internet business to any level.

    • Kyle

      Sorry to hear about your experience with Swagbucks Brooke. Unlike creating a real business online, Swagbucks giving people brainless “sidejobs” in which they can earn pennies doing. The opportunities are growing more competitive and limited and trust me your complaints about their service are not unique to you. Many people are complaining about the vanishing offers, low income/earnings, and also poor customer service through Swagbucks.

      If you want to invest your time wisely and create a legitimate business online, I suggest you check out my Getting Started page as it will get your rolling in the right direction.

  3. Margaret

    I’ve been using Swagbucks for about almost a month and already earned $93. Its not hard, it doesn’t take long. I mainly watch the videos from the 5 apps you can download. Do the dailys. You are right you won’ t get rich, but I get so much from Amazon for free!!!

    • Kyle

      Great to hear that you are earning some income/gift cards through Swagbucks. Out of all of the “get paid to click/search/watch” offers out there, it is one of the more legitimate ones out there albeit earning pennies on the dollar for your time (when it could be better used to create a real business).

    • Jayce Lee

      That’s BS Margaret. I just signed up with swagbucks the day before yesterday and so did my girlfriend. Separate phones and computers ok. We never use eachother’s stuff. But guess what? We both worked our butts off in those 2 or 3 days to get up to 15 bucks. And do you know what swagbucks did the moment she and I tried to claim our gift cards? THEY CANCELED OUR ACCOUNTS IMMEDIATELY. So I call BS on your $93 a month thing and them not screwing you over. They screwed her, me, and my roommate over all today the day after Memorial Day. I sent them a message this morning and they still haven’t responded. They sent no email, no telephone call, no warning. Nothing. And we were already verified. So guess what folks? SWAGBUCKS IS A SCAM. If they’re not then prove me wrong, but so far, swagbucks themselves just proved me right by stealing over 50 bucks from all 3 of us in one day’s time.

      My girlfriend and I both have jobs and so does our roommate, but NO ONE likes to be stolen from and it’s the principle here and maybe the fact that there are single moms and people not like us that don’t get to have a job who are getting screwed over royally by these thieving azzholes. And before anyone says “oh, you shouldn’t complain because it’s free money”, screw you. it is NOT “free money”, we spent a good part of our weekend doing this thinking it was legitimate because we could all chip in for a gift on amazon for a friend’s birthday party. We spend our time to EARN that money which is a portion of the money that is GIVEN to swagbucks and that swagbucks NEEDS PEOPLE TO VIEW or they have NO business period! So I don’t even want to hear how it’s “free money” when it isn’t at all.

      Apparently, swagbucks is more interested in screwing people over without a care in the world, and this time they screwed a lawyer over (one of the 3 people they deactivated accounts for today). Should we take them to court to prove a point and make some changes with them? I’m thinking so. How about you?

      Jayce Lee

  4. Lisa

    I started Swagbucks in October 2013 and I love it! It definitely takes time to get into the swing of it, but I don’t feel it’s slow to earn at all. I cash in $25 paypal credit approximately every 10 days. For those that complain it’s less than minimum wage, yes it is but it’s not a job. I have a desk job so I’m able to run things while I work & the mobile apps are great. This is a great way to put a little extra money a side.

    • Kyle

      I guess that is what the argument is Lisa, if you are going to spend your time on Swagbucks at lower than minimum wage, why not invest that time into creating a REAL business online (which is totally viable for anyone). This can be accomplished within absolutely any niche if you have the proper training and support…and I would be more than happy to help you out.

      Swagbucks does work, but you are working for pennies on the dollar when your time and energy could be applied to something that will lead to something of significance (a business in any niche) and one that you own.

  5. katie

    swagbucks.com is a #scam! #PERIOD – There are hundreds of people that have said this… obviously somebody deleted more recent posts, strangely no word about them since 2013 though :)

    Hey, they stole from me $5 from me that was supposed to be paid..Mr Gorowitz seems so pulling down all businesses involved.

    • Kyle

      Sorry to hear about your experience with swagbucks, although I do think there is some legitimacy to their program their payments are very minimal and in order to earn any amount of money you are working for less than a minimum wage.

    • Jayce Lee

      I wish someone would have told me and our relatives that Swagbucks was a scam before they cancelled 3 accounts on us today to steal their money back from the advertisers they scam, too. It would have saved us a lot of grief this morning from finding out the hard way, and we could’ve spent our day with family and friends at a get together instead. When thinking about Swagbucks, I think of the petty thief who steals food out of your fridge who could have simply asked and you would have given it to them. That’s what I think of Swagbucks now. P.O.S is what they are.

      • Kyle

        Very typical of programs like this. They leverage your hard work and a good deal of your time to “earn money for themselves” and when it comes time for a kickback to you, they will find a loophole or legality flaw with your account (unknown to you) and cut you off. Sorry to hear this has happened, SwagBucks should be ashamed of themselves for making this normal practice with their members.

  6. Summer

    Thanks for writing this article, it was helpful. But can you actually get paid cash? Not gift cards, but real cash? I’m seeing a few PayPal gift cards, is that the closest thing they offer to it?

    • Kyle

      You cannot earn cash with swagbucks, but you can earn gift cards. It by no means is “creating a business”, it is more or less killing idle time by doing meaningless tasks and getting a small kickback. Unfortunately this time could be exercised in a much more efficient way, creating a real business. If you are interested in creating a real business online (in any niche), I suggest you check out my Getting Started Guide Summer.

  7. Janis

    I love Swagbucks. In 2 years I have gotten 9 50 dollar giftcards, a hat, shoes and a blouse. Its no scam…its wonderful

    • Kyle

      That is exactly what I mean Janis. If you dedicate all this time and effort into creating a real business, you would have earned a significant amount more. Although you do actually generate income through swagbucks, there is much more opportunity if you dedicate this time an energy to creating a real business like is taught to you at Wealthy Affiliate. You can literally take any passion and turn it into a business.

  8. Steve Stevenson

    I had a huge problem with getting kicked off the surveys from them over and over, I Emailed their support about it and waited a long time for an answer. I finally got a reply about it, and they basically said “Tough crap, that’s how we do it.” And without the surveys it takes a long time to get $5, which I attained through the SwagBucks TV app on the iPhone and iPad (which had all sorts of bugs and such).

    I redeemed my points for a $5 PayPal gift card, it took them 10 days to Email a $5 code for Amazon. I Emailed the support asking them to change it to what I requested, and they said no. Also, if you rack up a bunch over time to make it actually worth it at all, and then they ban your account for “cheating” when you did nothing of the sort (which I keep seeing in other forums), you did all of that for nothing. It takes a long time to rack up these points, and it’s quite frustrating at times. If they weren’t dishonest, it would be nice to make all that extra money for online purchases and such in your free time, but alas, they are dishonest, and I am canceling my account.

    I am using Bing Rewards, which can make you a little over $5 a month for online purchases, just for searching stuff on their site and it’s only a short bit of time, easy, and not cheating or frustrating at all so far (I’m fairly new, about 2 months) so I would recommend it if you’re looking for this sort of thing.

    • Kyle

      Steve, not only are you part of a scheme when you are using SwagBucks, you are literally working for pennies. If you broke down what you were working for at Swagbucks, and although it can appear to be somewhat fun earning little credits here and there, it works out to be many times less than $1 per hour.

      If you took this same amount of time and invested it into creating a business online (I can show you how to do this from scratch), you would be MILES ahead of where you are at now….I can assure you of that. I recommend that you check out my Getting Started guide here on my website, it will get you moving in the right direction.

      It’s time that you create a real business Steve. It sounds like you have drive and work ethic, now it is a matter of understanding the process and that I can help you out with.

  9. Carmen

    Hey Kyle,

    I was wondering if you heard about the Gift Hunter Club website, what do you think about it would you recommend it?

    • Kyle

      I haven’t heard about it, but it if is anything like a click to earn rewards or view to earn rewards, your time and energy could be much better utilized focused on creating an actual business online. I suggest you get started here if you are interested in building something of substance that will produce long term income for you.

  10. Lisa

    I do agree it can take some time but I work full time away from home and have a family and I have earned 25 dollars in gift cards in less than two weeks as has my friend. She has used hers for holiday gifts and I am saving mine for next year.

    • Kyle

      If only you applied this same sort of effort to an online business. You are honestly working for pennies on the dollar whereas you could be creating something of substance if you were to consider building your own niche website and starting building a business online this way Lisa. Anyone can do it and I can get you up and running with a blog for completely free.

  11. Jo Ann

    Good article. SB is very good when it works the way it should.

    It is not so great when there are glitches.

    It seems that when it is down for maintenance, it does not credit. You have no way of knowing it is down until you are finished.

    I have gotten some good search points. I write online so I search a lot anyway. Loving the points I get every so often.

    • Kyle

      My main argument is that yes, you are working for points, but you are working for pennies on the dollar. Why wouldn’t you do something that will actually pay you and that you can actually “create and grow” (like an online business) if you are going to be investing this amount of time doing silly offers within Swagbucks. Your time can be spent much wiser elsewhere.

  12. Lucy

    It’s definitely not something you can quit your job for; but its very helpful. Yes, you have to sit and do stupid repetitive surveys, but I’ve been a member for 3 months now and have been able to earn £30 in PayPal gift cards. Swagbucks is not supposed to be used for your main income, rather a bonus for a little bit of work. Getting money for sitting in my pyjamas on my laptop? Yes, please!

    • Kyle

      3 months worth of work for £30? Do you realize how crazy this sounds? You would be better off holding a sandwich board for a local business for a couple of hours and you would earn a lot more.

      I can assure you Lucy that if you are spending this amount of money online, it can be much better served applying this to creating and growing a business, something that I can absolutely help you out with. Head over the Getting Started section on my site here, I will show you how to get up and running online for not cost and will walk you through the process of creating a REAL business online.

  13. Carrie Mitchell

    I make anywhere from $2.50 – $6 Per DAY on this site, and many people make more! I only spend a couple hours a day actually working on the site. It’s well worth my time. It paid for my Children’s Christmas last year, and pays several of my bills. Searching is a small part of earning on the site, and, no, I don’t spend money to get Swagbucks, unless it’s something I normally buy anyway like diapers.

    • Kyle

      So you are working for $1 per hour. I am not sure how this make sense, although that yes, I am not sure how earning $1 per hour is anything to write home about. You would earn 8x what you are earning now if you went to your local fast food joint and got a job there. Just saying.

  14. Jared McMahon (JaredM on WA)

    Great review! I learned soon after I joined Swagbucks that is was good to make a few bucks a week to just search. When I first joined, I was Swagbucks hungry and did a survey for 60SB. Then I realized that 1SB pretty much equals 1 cent. I did a 30 minute survey for 60 cents. That’s an $11.30 pay decrease from what I make at my retail job.

    Lately I don’t mind using Swagbucks to do searches for school and when I’m messing around, but I don’t consider it a supplement for my income. I do recommend purchasing a domain from Godaddy through SB because I purchase a $5 domain and earned 1,100SB! 11 bucks for a gift card making a purchase I was already going to make. Not bad.

    Thanks for the great post, Kyle!

    • Kyle

      Jared, I hear you. Lots of folks don’t actually do what you have done and break it down into what they are really earning. They just see swagbucks and get excited when in reality they are working for pennies. You are also doing mindless work within a company that is preying on the idea that people would rather do something for free and earn pennies then pay and really do something of substance.

      I am glad you came to your senses before you invested too much time into this. There are real opportunities online for those that are willing to work for it and I would be more than happy to help you out if you ever need a hand getting up and running. Just hit me up within WA!

  15. Tony B

    Great review of Swagbucks and yes I do have a “membership” if you can call it that.

    I’ve heard of folks earning with Swagbucks but it’s a long term thing, they can pull about $100 of swag in 12 months. Yep it’s legit enough but it’s a bolt on, for someone who wants to make money d=from home, it’s not a way to.. does that make sense?

    As you say the searches would be a great way to earn swag, but hit and miss at the best. I son got fed-up with it and mow it’s an ancient account that I really should take a look at .. 2 secs..

    OK back :) I have 52 Swagbucks May have to get my head around how I can make it work .. maybe I’ll install the toolbar on my daughters PC :)

    Cheers for the share

    • Kyle

      You can either work for fractions of a penny, or you can work for dollars within the online world. Time can be invested much better than using platforms like Swagbucks and if you are willing to put forth the effort (as you know), the time/value of other opportunities is much better. Work for dollars and work on a business that will grow your success cumulatively, not one that pays you pennies for performing certain actions.

      • Peter

        You are quite right about Swagbucks … you can earn a few Swagbucks. But it is GLACIALLY slow. It is far better to put the time into something else that may earn a few dollars, than in this that earns fractions of pennies.

        • Kyle

          Yeah, I am an advocate of working for dollars not pennies! There are many ways you can create a business online and Swagbucks is definitely not one of these. If you like working for $1 per hour, this may be the program. LOL.

          • aliie shantee

            Hi there read your post and you’ve got me curious… how can you LEGITIMATELY make more money online with NO out of pocket expense…I really do not have ANY money to put in to anything. lol Thanx

          • Kyle

            It starts with a website. There are several places you can get a website up and running for free online and this is going to serve as the foundation for your business. If you want help getting started on a limited budget, I would suggest you check out my getting started page here as it will walk you through the process of getting up and running online with a bootstrap budget.

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