A few weeks ago, I promised I was going to try Swagbucks, and deliver a review. As a brief recap, Swagbucks pays you to take surveys, sign up for special offers, use their search engine, play games and watch videos. Despite Swagbuck’s prominent claim of collectively paying members almost $200 million, I went in with low expectations. However, I figured that if nothing else, I could at least earn points by using their search engine.
Swagbucks lived up to my expectations. Survey payouts are dismally low- usually working out to the neighborhood of a dollar or two per hour of surveys. Videos (aka ads) are even worse- typically pennies for an hour of watching. Games mostly require you to pay to play- completely not worth it. Most of the offers available were services I wasn’t interested in and didn’t want to pay for.
That left me with my fallback option of using their search engine. I already use Google several times a day, so swapping Google out for Swagbucks wouldn’t cost me in time. As I expected, Swagbucks search wasn’t quite as good as Google, but it wasn’t that bad. However, rewards were sporadic, and typically worth a few pennies at a time. Nonetheless these points are still essentially free money.
While I used Swagbucks search for a while, I’ve reverted back to Google. For me, the points weren’t worth the difference in search quality. However, since this is a subjective decision, feel free to give Swagbucks search a try yourself. Just don’t expect much from the surveys or other offers.
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