Swagbucks Review 2017 – Is Swagbucks a Scam?

By | February 14, 2017

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If you’ve been doing your research on making money online, chances are you would have come across some “get paid to” or “pay to click” sites.

One of my personal favourites, and also one of the most popular would be Swagbucks. I know a lot of you are skeptical when it comes to these kinds of websites.

Which is why I’m here to answer  the question – is Swagbucks a scam?

What is Swagbucks?

To put it simply, Swagbucks awards you points for doing various tasks like answering surveys or playing games.

These points, which are called SB can then be exchanged for real money, usually in the form of cash vouchers, or paypal.

Can you actually make money with Swagbucks?

Yes I know, there are so many sites similar to Swagbucks out there. A lot of people also think that sites like these are a waste of time.

I’m here to tell you that you can most definitely make money with Swagbucks.


Reason #1

There are so many things you can do with Swagbucks. You’re not restricted to only surveys.

Of course surveys are a good way to earn points but you also have other options which might suite your preference like playing games.

Reason #2

Daily to do lists.

On the left you will notice a to do list which have about 8 different tasks you can do daily.

The tasks on the list are super easy to do. An example would be the daily poll in which you only have to choose your favourite option and you get 1 or 2 points.

Reason #3

Daily goals.

Everyday there will be a certain amount of points set as a goal. If you hit that amount you get a small bonus.

It goes something like, reach 30 points and get 3 points, then you unlock the next stage which is get 80 points for 8 points.

Remember, these are DAILY TASKS that you can do everyday. There are no shortage of things to do around Swagbucks as far as I’m concerned.

What can you do to make money with Swagbucks?

#1 Surveys

Surveys are a pretty popular way to earn some extra money even outside of Swagbucks. Needless to say there are tons of surveys available.

From my personal experience a typical survey would take around 10 – 15 minutes and pay you about 70 points. I usually see about 10 surveys available to me.

The only problem would be not qualifying for some of them. The good news is even if you don’t qualify you’ll still get rewarded with points, usually it is 1 point.

Of course occasionally there will be some surveys that are more worth it than others, they might take just 5 minutes and give you 60 points ( just an example ).

Do note that surveys are also part of your daily task.

#2 Swagstakes

This is very much like gambling.

I don’t personally do this but you might like it.

There are giveaways like 100 SB giveaways for an entry of 30 SB. You can enter as many times as you like and usually bulk entry purchases are cheaper.

At the time of writing I’m seeing an Apple Ipad Mini 3 giveaway at 10SB per entry.  That’s actually pretty cool if you can win it.

#3 Cashback

This method requires you to spend money to get points.

Cashback offers require you to sign up for something or buy something, so there are no free offers here.

Some are like one off payments for a fixed amount of points, while some are like spend $1 for 1SB.

There are some pretty cool and decent offers here like Nike or lootcrate which are stuff that you might consider buying anyway even without the points so this is just an added bonus.

#4 Special Offers

Special offers usually gives the most points.

They can come in the form of signing up for a program ( could  be free or paid ), playing games, downloading an app or the highest paying offer – depositing money to be used for gambling.

If you do sign up for one of those gambling sites, just do your math and make sure the amount of points you get is more than what you’re required to deposit.

In my opinion this is probably the most fun way to earn SB, I personally play a lot of games so I usually go for those offers.

Games usually require you to complete a specific task like reaching a certain level but the amount of points you get is decent.

#5 Referrals

You can refer other people to join Swagbucks and you get 10% of whatever points they earn.

Do note that the refer and earn $5 on top is slightly misleading.

You don’t get $5 instantly after you refer someone. They have to earn 300 SB for you to get 300 SB.

Also, after they spend $25 in cash and earn ( the cashback thing ) you get 200 SB.

So you only get your 500SB after they complete these 2 tasks.

Cashing out

Like many other websites Swagbucks lets you exchange your points for rewards.

Common rewards would be cash vouchers like Amazon or iTunes gift cards. These are just some common ones but they do offer a wide range of gift cards.

You also have the option to donate to charity if you feel like it. Usually the minimum amount of points required to donate is really low ( like 5 SB).

My favourite way of cashing out is through paypal. The rate is 1600SB for £10. You will get the same amount of money for less points if you choose the gift card option, around 1400 SB for £10.

What I like about Swagbucks

The best thing about Swagbucks, to me at least is that there are so many ways to earn points. You literally cannot run out of things to do.

Also, the daily tasks are a really nice bonus, they are easy and quick for our lazy days.

As far as payments are concerned, I’ve never heard of people not getting paid.

Some things I don’t like

My main issue with Swagbucks is the paypal cash out.

It seriously took me a while to actually be able to exchange my points using paypal.

The thing is, you need to verify your account ( I’ve used my same account with no issues for other similar sites ). Verifying your paypal account means submitting some form of proof about your identity to paypal.

This might just be my own stupidity but it took me a while to figure this out. Although I’ve also heard that it can take some time for them to pay you, worst I’ve seen is up to a week.

Finally, should you join Swagbucks?

If you’re looking for some extra cash, I would definitely say give it a go.

You may or may not like it but it’s free to sign up anyway and honestly it isn’t hard to meet the minimum requirements for cashing out.

Surveys are the most straight forward ways to earn SB and you will be able to cash out using paypal in a couple of days just from doing surveys.

Even if you don’t have time to be constantly doing offers or surveys you can just do the daily tasks ( really they are just THAT easy ) and slowly accumulate your points.

Of course the only thing you should know is that Swagbucks won’t make you rich, but if you compare Swagbucks to other similar sites out there I believe Swagbucks will come out as a better option.

If you’re interested in making some real money, I suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate, which is also free to sign up.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below,



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