By Mike Haaren – Co-Founder
Swagbucks is one of our top picks for extra cash for watching vids, playing games, doing surveys, searching online, and in shopping rebates. They’ve paid out over $180M to members, and been around since 2008. We’ve known the company several years now, researched them, talked to them on the phone, etc.
They pay in Swagbucks, generally 100 = $1, which you can convert into PayPal cash or gift cards. The easiest way to make money — apart from the $5 signup bonus — is probably by referring friends and getting a 10% commission on what they earn as long as they’re active on Swagbucks.
You can also earn points by using their search engine — currently, it’s Yahoo doing the actual searches in the background — and by adding their “SwagButton” to your browser. The button alerts you to “Swag Codes,” which you can redeem for Swag Bucks and then cash. It also alerts you to cash back offers on sites you land on, like Walmart, Amazon and thousands of others.
Swagbucks also gives promos and other quick ways to grab extra Swagbucks during the day. (For example, earn 1500 Swagbucks for posting a Swagbucks reference and link on Twitter.)
Like other online rewards programs, Swagbucks won’t produce a big income, but is a way to get money on the side for extras or to help make ends meet. To sign up, click here.