Swagbucks gives you the opportunity to earn extra from home by watching videos, searching the internet and completing surveys. Take a look at this Swagbucks UK review to see how much you can expect to earn and how I’ve earned over £1500.
10 second Swagbucks review
With a bit of practice with this site, it can turn out to be a good earner. Videos and searching won’t earn you much, but there are some decent paying surveys and some bonus games that make this a site worth considering.
Looking for a way to make money from home? Well, there are plenty of sites out there, but which are worthwhile and which sites do you need to avoid? Swagbucks is a site that I’ve been using for over 4 years and can share what it’s all about.
What is Swagbucks?
First of all, Swagbucks is not exclusively a survey site. Here you can watch videos, search the web, install apps, answer questions, and shop all in return for a currency called (surprisingly) Swagbucks (or SB).
When you have enough of these, you can then exchange them for vouchers which you can redeem at places such as Amazon, John Lewis or even PayPal. Every day you are set a daily target and if you meet it, you earn a bonus at the end of the month.
Is Swagbucks safe?
Across these sites, they have over 100 million customers. After several years of using the site, I have never had any issues.
However, be warned about some of the offers on the Discover part of the Swagbucks site. These aren’t actually from Swagbucks and will take you to an external site. Always be cautious when you’re directed to a new site you have never used before.
Ways to earn
Out of all the money making sites I have belonged to, Swagbucks has far more ways to earn compared to its rivals. That may seem like a good thing, but some methods are far better than others. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself putting a lot effort into something that doesn’t pay very well.
Below are some of the most popular ways to make money with Swagbucks.
The Answer section of Swagbucks will be your biggest earner – after all, it is a survey site. There are two main sections – Gold and Peanut Labs.
Gold is where you’ll find the largest number and the best paying surveys. But pay can vary wildly, so don’t assume that Gold necessarily means good. You can arrange the surveys by completion time or points awarded so you can see which are worthwhile. On average, I look for surveys that take 15 minutes to complete and pay 100 SB. Occasionally, you can find surveys that pay 100 points in 5 minutes and if you do, be quick to accept it!
On the other hand, you can find surveys that pay 35 SB for 25 minutes. It’s just important that you weigh up how precious your time is and not spend ages on poorly paid work.
If you start a Gold survey and are screened out, you will receive 1 SB, up to a maximum of 5 per day.
Peanut Labs aren’t exclusive to Swagbucks and you can find their surveys on other sites. Over the years, I have found that the points awarded have become steadily worse. I have also found that you can start a 10-minute survey, only to be redirected to a 20-minuter, halving your expected pay.
I would avoid this part of the site.
If you’re familiar with cashback sites, this works in exactly the same way. All you need to do is find the store you want to shop at, click on the link and make your purchase. You will then be awarded SB depending on the cashback rate.
The rates here aren’t usually quite as good as TopCashback and Quidco, but it does have a couple of advantages. Your SB are usually in your account within a month, whereas other sites can take at least twice as long. And if you’re an established member, you can request a faster payout once per month.
Also, you can find shops on Swagbucks that aren’t listed elsewhere – for example, Argos.
This is a part of Swagbucks you really should consider if you’re a keen shopper.
I earned £20 worth of Swagbucks points when I spent £5 on a trial for signing up for GoDaddy. I cancelled the account straight away and made £15 in 2 minutes! I also signed up for a Gillette subscription service. For £4.95, I received a free razor and earned over £10 from Swagbucks. Again, I cancelled the subscription almost immediately.
This is another bit of a mixed bag when it comes to earning. You will find a number of free trials that will reward you with SB when joining. For example, you can keep an eye on your credit report or take part in online study courses. These are worth considering as they won’t cost you a bean, although the number of offers is quite limited.
You can also earn extra SB for downloading gaming apps. You will then need to reach a certain level before your SB is awarded. These aren’t too tough but can take quite a while to do. But be warned, some of the games need to be completed within a certain time limit. And the issue is, you won’t be able to do it unless you spend some money in the game to give you a boost. There’s no point in earning £5 worth of SB if it costs you £10 to do!
Casinos and bingo sites feature quite heavily too. I know people are often keen to give these a wide berth for various reasons, but they have always paid out for me.
One that you should avoid is the free gift card offers. Swagbucks will pay you up to 800 SB and you will be entered into a competition to win a £250 voucher. Don’t do it. The site that Swagbucks links to requires a lot of information and there is a strong chance of spam here. And one of the terms of you receiving your SB states:
Must enter valid sign-up information, including credit card information to earn SB.
I am a member of several affiliate sites and some of them have these offers listed. They pay very generously, which tells me that something isn’t quite right.
Under Discover, you will also find Partner Offers. These provide earning opportunities by external partners similar to those offered by Swagbucks. Again, there can be some decent ways to earn SB and others that are just terrible.
A fairly simple way to earn SB. All you need to do is use the Swagbucks search bar when you’re looking for something on the internet. But when I say simple… SB are are awarded randomly, so you could win them on your first search or your 20th.
You can earn twice per day, and on average, a search win will pay between 4 and 7 SB. But you can find the odd 50 out there.
Swagbucks only likes you to use the search as you would any other search engine. So it doesn’t want you to search just so you earn SB. But it’s very unlikely that you would earn twice in a day unless you were entering extra search terms. But be warned, if you search too quickly, Swagbucks won’t award you any SB.
Collector’s Bills are offered once a month. Over the space of a week, you can collect bills when you search that are worth between 5 and 25 SB. And if you collect them all, you gain an extra bonus.
A dream come true for me, I can earn SB for playing games. Most of these are covered under the Discover section as I mentioned above. However, there are a couple of games (such as Solitaire) that you can play from your computer and will randomly award you with 2 SB. Generally, I find that you will earn for every 2 to 3 games you play, up to a maximum of 18 SB per day.
The Swago board usually appears twice a month. It’s basically a bingo board with squares that you need to fill in by completing certain actions. The more lines you complete, the more SB you can earn.
Most of the squares are fairly easy to complete and you’ll finish them without realising. The only couple that people tend to struggle with is referring friends and earning referral points.
To Do List
Each day you have 7 tasks you need to complete for a bonus, which pays between 2 and 7 SB. These are:
- Daily Poll – 1 question for 1 SB
- Daily Search – You need to be rewarded from a search
- Deal of the Day – A case of just clicking the link
- Daily Activity – Log in to the Swagbutton or the mobile app
- Daily Discover – Earn through cashback or the Discover part of the site
- Attempt a Gold Survey – Earn 1 SB from being kicked out of a Gold Survey
- Complete a Gold Survey – Fairly self-explanatory
At the top of your Swagbucks page, you will see something called ‘Daily Goal’. This is split into 2 parts and has a target number of SB for you to earn. If you reach your target, you earn bonus SB. The more often you hit the targets, the larger the target becomes, although the bonus SB also increases.
But there’s another reason to hit the Daily Goal. Swagbucks has a ‘Winning Streak‘ reward that gives you an added bonus when you reach your Daily Goals for consecutive days and weeks.
- 7 days in a row – Earn 25 SB Bonus
- 14 days in a row – Earn 100 SB Bonus
- 21 days in a row – Earn 200 SB Bonus
- Meet your daily goal every day for a month – Earn 300 SB Bonus
And these bonuses stack, which means you can earn 625 SB, on top of the bonus SB from the Daily Goal.
But you have to decide whether it’s actually worth doing. Weekends can be quite difficult to complete a Gold Survey and it can become a bit of a slog to hit your targets. And when you consider that 700 SB is worth around £5, is it really worth the effort?
If the Daily Goal bonus doesn’t encourage you to earn more SB, then the member recognition scheme may well do. As you earn, you’ll move up ‘levels’ and be given added benefits.
For example, I am level 7 and receive Sapphire benefits. These are:
|125 SB Rebate on your next gift card redemption|
|500 SB bonus on your next $25+ cashback shopping purchase|
|Double SB on your next 2 Gold Survey completions|
|Additional 2 hours to redeem any Swag Code|
|Real-time shipment of one gift card up to $25 in value each month|
I’ll be honest, considering it can take months to move up a level, the benefits are a little underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, any added bonus is always nice, but I have over 250,000 Swagbucks. My next level is at 500,000!
Swagbucks runs a very generous refer a friend scheme. When a friend joins, you will earn 10% of everything they earn, for life. Actually, I say everything, but there are a couple of things excluded, including earnings from Swago and the Daily Bonus/Winning Streak.
Even with those exceptions, it still can be a very good earner, especially if you have lots of friends looking for an extra income.
There are also a number of apps that can help you earn extra Swagbucks.
This is a miniature version of the main Swagbucks site. You can complete your To Do List, surveys, shop and watch videos. Not quite as much is listed on here compared to the desktop version, but still very useful if you’re out and about.
A little limited, there are only 3 things you can really do from this app. Answer surveys (although they seem the same as the other app), complete the daily poll and upload receipts. That’s right, Swagbucks will reward you for taking photos of your receipts. But don’t get excited, they only pay 2 SB and they can be quite picky when it comes to the ones they decide to accept. There are far better receipt apps out there,
Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a know it all? Then this might be the app for you. Swagbucks Live is a general knowledge quiz that pits you against 1000’s of others for the chance to win prizes. It’s free to enter and can be quite fun to play.
The quiz starts with everybody taking part and a question is asked with multiple choice answers. Everybody who gets the answer right moves through to the next round, if you’re wrong, you’re out. This continues for 10 questions and everybody that is left in the end, shares the prize.
Although the game is a bit of fun, it can be quite frustrating for us in the UK. Some of the questions are aimed more towards USA members but that’s not the main issue. No, you have to be a bit of a night owl as the quiz usually takes place around midnight UK time. And it can go on for quite some time!
What can I exchange my SB for?
It’s all very well earning all these points, but what can you actually exchange them for?
Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that Swagbucks has probably the most comprehensive list of gift cards I have seen from any survey site.
The most popular cards are:
- Cafe Nero
- John Lewis
- Marks and Spencer
Denominations range from £1 up to £100, although they are not available for every card.
If you choose, you can donate SB to one of the many charities listed.
The prices of cards tend to fluctuate as Swagbucks tends to have ‘sales’. This means that you can get a certain gift card at a better price. But the bigger gift cards (£20+) tend to be better value than the smaller ones.
If you choose to withdraw through PayPal, take a look at the $ option. Usually, PayPal’s exchange rate means that you should stick to withdrawing in £’s, but the recent exchange rates mean that the dollar PayPal cards could actually be worth more.
How much money can you make with Swagbucks?
No Swagbucks review would be complete without looking at how much you can realistically earn. However, this really is a difficult one to calculate. But, if you find the right offers and surveys, expect to earn £4-5 per hour.
Your earnings will work out more if you exchange for Amazon vouchers, as they cost less than PayPal, so consider this when cashing in your Swagbucks.
I average around £40-50 a month from this site, which helps to keep Christmas covered.
My Swagbucks UK review conclusion
So, the surveys can be a little hit-and-miss and other parts of the site aren’t really worth doing. Despite all that, I quite like Swagbucks and it’s one of the few that I find myself revisiting.
Which is a good sign when you consider there are other survey sites where you can earn more per hour.
Swagbucks generally has more earning opportunities so you can still increase your earnings, even when you can’t be bothered to complete surveys. The trick with Swagbucks is finding the activities that you enjoy, take a short amount of time and pay well.
Below, you can see that I have earned over 211,000 Swagbucks over the last 3 years. That’s over £1,500 worth of Amazon vouchers!
Click on the button below to find out more.
If my Swagbucks UK review doesn’t do it for you, take a look at my top paying survey sites.
How to earn more Swagbucks
How much you can earn from Swagbucks depends a lot on how clever you are when it comes to making the most of their offers.
MoneySavingExpert has a very useful thread where people discuss how they earn their Swagbucks.
Personally, I would stay away from watching videos unless you’re trying to reach the daily goal or complete a Swago board.
“Discover” can be a great way to earn some big points. For example, you can download and play games for 1500 Swagbucks or you can join free trials.
Check surveys regularly. You can often find 5 minutes surveys which pay as much as 100 Bucks. There are also some ‘userzoom surveys’. They are listed as paying 100 SB for 20 minutes. However, they usually take between 1 and 5 minutes.
I tend to stick to surveys that take under 10 minutes unless they pay more than 150 Swagbucks. And generally, I stay away from surveys at the weekends. There aren’t as many and they don’t seem to pay as well.
If you don’t answer any surveys for (roughly) a week, for a short period, your earnings will be boosted by 50%. Although I find this happens at weekends, when there aren’t so many surveys available.
Unless you’re desperate to complete the daily bonus, I would steer clear of surveys at the weekend. There’s not so much choice and they don’t seem to pay so well.
If you want to earn more and you’re willing to be patient, you can wait for the special gift voucher sales. Ignore the fact that vouchers always say they are on sale. Usually, around April and November, vouchers reduce by around 100 points to 620 each. That means your Swagbucks are worth almost 15% more.
This a tool that you can add to your browser of choice. You can search the web, find shops or add Swag codes for bonus SB (the button can send you notifications when a code is available). Plus, you’ll earn SB when you install it for the first time.
Yes. The site has been running for many year and is owned by Prodege, LLC, a US company that owns several survey sites. I have earned over £1,500 from them since I have been a member.
This partly depends on the gift card you buy. On average, 100 Swagbucks is the equivalent to around 70 pence in the UK.
Yes, although it takes some time getting used to. There are some tasks which are poorly paid and they need to be avoided.
This changes from day-to-day. Sometimes, you can find some great surveys and offers and earn 1000 SB in a matter of under an hour. And then you may not find anything worthwhile for days.