Swagbucks Review

Website: Swagbucks.com

My Rating: $$$$$

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is a website which offers various ways to earn money online. These include surveys, downloading apps, paid offers, shopping, and more.

You are paid in Swagbucks which you can then redeem for gift cards, including PayPal. Just about any gift card you could want, Swagbucks offers.

One  Swagbuck equals 1¢ for most gift cards. Once a month you get a 300 SB saving on all gift cards, excluding PayPal, which is about a $3 savings.

There is also an app for both Android and Apple to make Swagbucks very accessible.


Answer There are many surveys you can complete at any given time. They can range from 1 SB to 1000 SB. This amount varies on length of time it takes to complete, which you are always informed of before starting the survey.

Disqualifications are normal with all sites like Swagbucks, but Swagbucks offers 1¢ per disqualification for the first 5 per day. This actually a pretty rare thing to offer and sets then apart from their competitors.

Swagbucks Watch

Exclusive to Swagbucks, there is a section to actually get paid for watching videos. There are a number of different categories, including travel information and movie trailers.

For every 5 short videos that you watch, you will earn 2¢. You can earn a couple of dollars per day just from watching videos.


There is a cool little plugin that you can enable on your computer browser that tracks your shopping and gives you cash back for making purchases from selected retailers. There are many different retailers that they work with so chances are you already shop at them.

Don’t want to enable the plugin?

No problem.

There is also an option to select your retailer within the website and shop that way. They even give you coupon codes sometimes!

Paid Offers

There is a section to complete offers for Swagbucks. Some of these don’t work too well, like the free samples. The best way to earn money here is by completing Trial Offers. You can usually earn a couple of dollars, sometimes more, just by signing up for a free trial.

There are also some offers in which you can buy a product or trial and get paid about that much back in Swagbucks. Sometimes you even get back more!

Referral Program

A great way to maximize your earnings is by referring your friends and family. For every member you refer, you get 10% of their lifetime earnings.

So for example, if they complete a survey for 100 SB, you will earn 10 SB. There’s no waiting for them to cash out or only earning on certain things that they do.

Customer Service

It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally the survey or offer provider will not inform Swagbucks that you completed the offer. Fortunately, there’s a handy little button to send in a ticket and they are very good about giving you what you should have earned. Even if it means they have to take a loss, because that’s just how great they are.

Why you should join

Swagbucks is definitely not a scam and it’s definitely worth it to give it a try. Although you aren’t going to make a ton of money, it’s a great way to earn some spending money.

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  1. Roope

    Swagbucks could be worth joining but it’s not available in my country Finland. Well, I will move to Austria in the end of the next month and I hope it would be available there. However, I think that Swagbucks can only bring you some little extra money but something very significant. Having a “real work” is probably much more profitable. Or what do you think about that?

    1. admin

      Aw, sorry about that. Yes, it’s currently open to Australia. If you want to start on one now you can join the Finland Toluna. It doesn’t have as many things to do but is a top survey site.

      Opinion World is also open for Finland, but I don’t have as much experience with them.

      Yes, sites like these are just for some spending money or maybe a little extra help for the bills. I’d never recommend using them as a way to earn an income because that just won’t happen.

  2. Justin

    I have always been curious about how Swagbucks works. I’ve toyed with the idea to get an account and try it out but I always felt that the time vs. income was really low.

    Would you say that you earned some “decent” pocket money from doing the various tasks on there? Also is there anything that you can compare Swagbucks to? I ask because currently I do Mechanical Turk with Amazon and I am always looking for a way to make some extra spending money.

    Thanks for the great write up! I may have to check it out sometime!

    1. admin

      On a month that I pretty consistently use it, I will usually earn around $50. This is spending maybe an hour a day on it. It’s not great pay but I mainly use it to have some spending money or help if I’m struggling financially one month. I’ve earned a total of about $600 or $700 with Swagbucks but I also use a few other sites regularly with it.

      Its similar to Inboxdollars, if you know what that is. You basically just complete surveys and watch videos and things like that. I’m not sure what mechanical Turk is lol.

  3. Kenny Lee

    I’ve read a few Swagbucks review and it seems like one cool paid online survey site. I check into the website and the layout definitely looks nice and appealing. The sad part is that it’s not available in my country. Do you know any similar good survey sites like Swagbucks that’s open to users in Asia?

    1. admin

      That’s dissapointing that it’s not availble where you are!

      There are multiple in Asia that I can hopefully refer you to but they go by Country so in order to give you the accurate information I would need to know what Country you live in.

  4. Denise

    I am a member of swagbucks and it is definitely not a scam. You get paid doing things you already do online like shopping, playing games, taking surveys, watching commercials and much more.
    I personally use it to make more out of my shopping. For example, if I was to buy say a dress, instead of shopping some where, I go to swagbucks and buy it through their site and earn points which I can later converted to money.
    You don’t make a lot of money from it, just a hundred dollars every now and then.

    1. admin

      It’s great to hear from someone else who likes using it. That is a great way to earn with it because you’re doing something you already would have done!


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