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How do many of you make so much on Swagbucks?

I see a lot of people on her posting how they make a decent little chunk of change each month on Swagbucks. I have been grinding on it (off and on) for two days and have made about 400 points. This equates to $4 lol. What am I missing? I let the app know my location even when I’m not using it and I use the browser. Any tips or tricks is greatly appreciated for a rookie!!!

71 thoughts on “How do many of you make so much on Swagbucks?

  1. I mostly use it when I’m listening to podcasts and I wanna earn up to a gift card. I just cashed out for the $25 on PayPal last night, but it took a few days if you’re only doing surveys to get to 2500sb. Also, don’t do the quiz, it’s a load of bullshit in my opinion and a total waste of time.

  2. Ha! I’ve made like 3.80 dollars in like 4 months

    Shouldn’t have been a mexican underage I guess

    (Yeah my expierence with it has been pretty shit)

    1. Yeah I made a little over 200$ this year doing offers but I spent about 50-75$ . It’s a quick buck but only sometimes.. spend 6$ on Hulu got 30$ spend 25$ on donation and got 35$ couple days ago.

  3. Sometimes surveys may be the best bet, but I’d say looking at the Discover tab helps a lot too. You’d surprised at how much some of the mobile games pay out.

  4. Surveys, mostly.

    Mobile apps and Ncrave as well, but not as much as they used to thanks to Swagbucks nerfing them.

  5. I don’t make a ton off Swagbucks but it’s enough for me to keep running what I’m running. I have 3 farm devices running different Swag apps throughout the day until they cap. I answer the daily poll and when I’m planted in front of a computer at work, I run some videos from their website on that.

    As others have said, the money is in the offers. I’ve tried to do the print coupons stuff cause I have access to a printer but I never get credited my points and honestly don’t want to go through the extra effort of contacting support (I’m lazy, I know). The offers are normally pretty straight forward, sign up for this, download that, wait for points. I know some folks keep a spread sheet of what they downloaded when, so that they can reach out to SB if they don’t get credited in the time frame the offer states. It works well for them, I just don’t want to make that effort. The surveys are extremely hit or miss, for everyone. I’ll do enough to hit my max daily allowance of 1SB per failed survey and quit there. If I get lucky and actually finish one or two, well it’s icing on the cake. I certainly don’t do that with the surveys daily but if I have the free time, I’ll do it.

    If you haven’t already, you should check out/apply for MTurk through Amazon – it is the superior place to do surveys at. Could also check out QMee which has a mobile app. I have much better luck finishing surveys through QMee and MTurk has been a good earner as well.

    1. >I’ve tried to do the print coupons stuff cause I have access to a printer

      Print to PDF only, not a printer. Crediting takes 1-4 days for me.

    2. You can just save the coupons as a PDF instead of printing them if you don’t plan on actually using any of them and you should still get paid

      1. Really? The 2 times I’ve tried to do it – I haven’t been credited. How long does it typically take when you save them as a PDF?

        1. I save mine to “Microsoft xps writer” every time and get credited with 3 days normally. Sometimes it can take up to a week, but it works.

      2. >How do many of you make so much on Swagbucks

        Yeah, I also print them as pdf. If you print during the week (mon-thur), you should receive credit the next day. If you print on fri-sun, you won’t receive credit until Monday.

    3. Best survey app in my opinion is quickthoughts. I get $8-10 every day for usually less than an hour of surveys, and I qualify for most of the ones they give me. I’ve cashed out over $400 in amazon gift cards. Only problem I’ve seen people have with it is they sometimes get banned for seemingly no reason. I’ve yet to run into this though

      1. My personal devices are all iOS – so my version of QuickThoughts is just an Apple/iTunes gift card. I recently redownloaded the app because I found a website that seems to take Apple/iTunes E-gift cards for PayPal cash out. I considered downloading it on one of my farm phones but I’d almost rather just leave it running the apps it runs and take the slight pay cut on selling a GC. I have also seen the random bans – so I’ve limited myself to just doing a few they give me in the morning and calling it good. Though, I’m not qualifying for near as much as I thought I would – I’m getting a lot of 10 cent surveys. Which is still fine, they are short enough I’m not bothered by it.

        Edit: I’m apparently not the brightest bulb of the bunch. The website I found was for Apple, not iTunes. Best one I could find for iTunes was only offering $4.50.

          1. You aren’t dumb at all! Apps like Swagbucks and Perk TV have apps that if you run videos, you get points for. I have some old phones that do just that all day long. That practice use to be pretty common for beermoney users and someone coined the term “phone farm” – so each phone I have I just call a farm device.

          2. Ahh ok that’s what I figured I just wanted to make sure. You still have to be sitting there clicking stiff i assume though right? It isnt truly a remote work farm completing tasks, correct?

          3. Yes and no. Perk runs by itself for awhile before confirming you’re still watching. Swagbucks app seem to run for a pretty long time. I’ll get home after class 6-8hrs and most of the time they are still running.

          4. Wow did not know this, will have to try, I’ve never had much luck with swag bucks

          5. Yeah, it’s OK earning. It’s obviously better if you’re there to check in on them cause random network disconnection and such happen. There’s quite a few apps that have videos available. Just check out the mobile apps page on the Swagbucks site!

          1. Well. I just googled for it again and realized I was searching Apple, not specifically iTunes. iTunes the best offer I can find is only $4.50. Ouch. Hopefully the person who commented below me about going to their website to change payment options is right. I’ll be trying that from my desktop tomorrow.

        1. I think if you go on there website, you can change how you get payed out. I think I read that on another thread

          1. Oh? For iOS too? I’ll have to check that out! At the very least there may be a FAQ that has been answered on it. I didn’t bother to do the research, ha. Thank you!

      2. I also like quickthoughts surveys a lot!! But perhaps a middle aged Caucasian guy that lives in the Pacific NW is not the survey profile that most surveys are looking for! So I’m lucky if I can complete one $1 survey, maybe 2 a day. I’m envious of those that can not only qualify for many surveys, but I hear from others that there are $2 surveys (and even $3 surveys)….again, I wish I qualify for those higher paying surveys. Is that how you get your $8 to $10 everyday, with the $2 surveys?

        1. Every survey I get is minimum $2. Occasionally I’ll even get a $4 survey. And yes that is how I get the $8-10 every day

          1. Congrats!! I’ve looked at my survey history, I started with QuickThoughts in March 2016. 3 years later and over 900 surveys, I’ve never had more than a $1 survey.

            Just imagine if I had $2 or $4 survey(s) available…

            What’s your secret? Maybe you’re the kind of demographic that QT likes (single & younger & living in a big city, USA)?

          2. I probably am. My demographic is single, younger, and actually the opposite of big city. I live in a rural area.

  6. I’ve noticed that the website has more to offer than just the app. I haven’t made too much except I won a sweepstakes and won equivalent to $250.

  7. Money making discover offers and checking the surveys every day to see if there are any Remesh panels available. They are usually 2-3k Swagbucks.

  8. I gave up on Swagbucks. It seems every survey I started I was deemed unqualified for. I wasted so much time.

    1. I feel like Swagbucks is the king of making you go through the entire survey before disqualifying. I totally understand being kicked out at the start, but man it’s a bummer to get that message at the end.

    2. Swagbucks is a great place to grab high-paying studies and at-home product tests. I don’t really bother with the typical surveys there. So, I’ll hit the survey page frequently and scan for high rewards. I try to snag those right away. For instance, two weeks ago, I got a 10,000SB study where I watched three episodes of a Starz series and did a 45-minute survey at the end. That came to more than $25/hour.

      Another tip is that good gigs are sometimes listed as an 8-minute survey paying 40-50SB, but when you open it, it’s actually a product test or some other high reward study.

  9. I only do offers. Personally I use virtual credit cards through It makes it so I never have to worry about canceling a subscription. Yes some you might have to pay. I usually pay for the ones that have high ROI like the bark box offer of 4000 swagbucks for 5 dollar investment for the box.

    1. Whoa, what are the details of using a virtual credit card? I’ve never heard of it, but I’m looking at right now trying to get an idea. Like what’s the process for using one for Swagbucks offers? Do you open a fresh card, do a bunch of offers, and then close the card right away, or keep it for a week, or what?

      I hope it’s not too annoying to ask about it! Like I said I’ve legit just never heard of it before lol.

      1. You essentially need to link your bank account and then you can create virtual cards. You have options to create cards with monthly limits, A set amount, or single -use. You could create one card and use it for multiple offers.
        However, I personally prefer to use the single use ones even though I need to make one for each new offer and set the limit at 1 dollar or whatever the trial offer is. Then I close the card so it’s impossible to charge.

        Some sites won’t let you use a virtual card but if you really want the offer you can use your real card for a bunch, report it as lost and request a new one.

          1. They aren’t credit cards so your credit score won’t be affected. They are basically prepaid visa giftcards that you create.

  10. Swagbucks seems nice if I have a full-time job and I take advantage of the cashback features, but other than those it’s kinda useless.

  11. The offers and cash back are definitely the best ways to make money. The payout from surveys and other tasks tend to be pretty small.

  12. I’m on a more passive approach. I do Discover offers with +1500 SB or higher rewards when available. In particular Hulu, Gillette, Stash, and Dollar Shave Club. The pending times are usually 32 days long, but I only cash out for one $25 Amazon gift card each month when the first gift card is discounted 12%. Since February I’ve cashed out $100 worth of Amazon gift cards for only 8800 SB, with an actual spend of $19 resulting in 11800 SB.

  13. Worked great for me for about a year, then I started qualifying less and less. I don’t use it anymore.

  14. I started Swagbucks in late 2011. Back then I had the time and energy to sit through survey rejections and searches. I got a few good items back then like Xbox Live and Amazon GC. It soured on me within a few months, and I literally log in maybe once a week just to keep my account active. It sucks big time. That’s why I do Qmee almost exclusively now.

        1. Their surveys vary a lot. Sometimes, I’ll get $1.40 for five minutes. Others pay way too low to even bother. I make about five to ten bucks a day depending on how much l grind. They usually pay out instantly. It’s great for when I’m tapped for cash.

      1. >quickthoughts

        Hi there! Im new in this… Can you please explain me a little bit detailed how Qmee works? Thanks for that!

  15. one thing i abused was a load of amounts referring to main one. during the period where you got like 500sb I’d your referral got it. played some game to the correct level and for each account sent a support ticket that i wasn’t paid out with same screenshot in hand to prove i did it

  16. It’s a shadow of what it was. I used to make at least $400 a month from them in the good old days, but now it’s more like $25 every 2-3 months. Of course, I put way less time in now than I did then.

  17. swag is good for $50/month with minimal effort. a while back when more time could be dedicated to it, it was good for $200 a month.

  18. Like others mentioned, offers are the juiciest source of Swagbucks. Unfortunately, u can only do them once. Also type charity in the search box and there are usually always a nice return for donating to charity. Like get $40 for donating $20 to Sierra club. Course, the charities will always keep charging you until you call to cancel.

    I also make SBs doing the free email submit offers. It’s a lousy way to earn as 90% of the time, nothing will credit. I constantly create new email addresses, and address to get them to credit more. RevU seems to be the best. Just start from the top and work your way done. Submit email and quit. No need to go through all the pages. Eventually something will credit. Sbcodez is a cool website that tells you what is crediting.

  19. My tips:

    -Play Swagbucks Live (trivia game airing Monday through Thursday, with two games on Monday). If you’re good at trivia, you might win once in a while. If not, you can still earn bonus sb for the questions you get right.
    -Answer the daily poll. It takes like 2 seconds and if you do it every day, you’ll get a few extra bucks through the year for minimal effort.
    -Like others have said, participate in offers when you can, but I usually only do this during the holidays or if I’m buying stuff online anyways.
    -Use their gift card site to get cash back in the form of sb. I like to go to the movies, so occasionally (often during a Swago game so I get a square crossed off) I buy movie gift cards on their site (mygiftcardsplus) and use them throughout the year.
    -I use the Honey browser extension most of the time, but you can also use the Swagbucks one to get cash back for online purchases.
    -Haven’t done it in a while due to printer issues but the coupons are great if you use coupons anyway!

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