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.
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 3 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.
When you have enough of these, you can then exchange them for vouchers which you can redeem at places such as Amazon, John Lewis, Argos 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. I find that some of them claim they will give you a generous gift card for a lot of details. Never trust them.
There are plenty of easy opportunities to earn. If you’re earning through watching videos, you don’t have to pay much attention – running them from your computer whilst doing other things can boost your bucks.
The more effort you put in, the more you get back. Every day you are set a daily target and if you meet it, you earn a bonus at the end of the month. This can be worth anything between £5 and £10 per month.
Swagbucks has special events that will give you a decent return for minimal effort. For example, there are search events that can earn you up to 26 bucks (known as Collector Bills) when you search the net. Find 6 of these in a week and you earn an extra bonus.
There are some great special offers available. You can sign up to websites and spend a small amount and receive some Swagbucks back. 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.
There is a very attractive refer a friend scheme on offer. If one of your friends joins, you earn 10% of anything they earn. And that’s for life. If you’re a popular person, you could make a very nice little income from it.
There is a special game you can join called SWAGO. This is quite an easy way to earn a decent amount with little effort and is usually available twice a month
Surveys don’t usually pay as well as other sites. That’s not always the case though, so you just have to be choosy. When you request a payout, it can sometimes take a couple of weeks for it to reach you. So don’t withdraw your rewards expecting it in a hurry.
Shopping through Swagbucks doesn’t usually pay as well as using a traditional cashback site such as TopCasback or Quidco. But, because you’re paid in bucks, it can be a little difficult to calculate which site will earn you the most cashback.
Not all special offers that you complete will track, which can be frustrating.
The daily bonus can be a bit of a slog. The targets start off low but increase throughout the month. I gave up trying to complete them as I found I was spending too much time doing it.
Watching videos with Swagbucks doesn’t pay particularly well. And when I say particularly, I mean at all. Even if you skip through videos, it will take around 10 minutes to earn 3 Swagbucks. That works out at about 1 1/2 days of constant watching before you earn £5.
Trying to earn Swagbucks from searching the internet can be a bit of pain too. Some days you can earn from the first search, and others it can take ages if it does indeed happen.
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 don’t pay that well and the videos and searches aren’t really worth the effort. Despite all that, I quite like this site and it’s one of the few that I find myself revisiting.
Which is a good sign when you consider there are other surveys sites where you can earn more per hour.
Swagbucks generally have 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!Sign up to Swagbucks >>
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.
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.