I first heard of Swagbucks in August of 2009. I participated for a bit and earned one prize ($5 Amazon gift card) and then I pretty much abandoned it after that cause I still wasn't quite sure if I "got" the way the site worked.
But then, I decided to give it another chance and I picked it back up this year in June and let's just say, I have earned wayyy more than just one prize.
What I Have Earned From Swagbucks since June 2010 - Current
$5 Amazon Gift Cards - 136 - $670
$25 Amazon Gift Cards - 01 - $25.00
$50 Amazon Gift Cards - 01 - $50.00
$5 PayPal Gift Cards - 01 - $5.00
TOTAL = $760.00
With that money (and other sites that I earn Amazon gift cards from, that you can see in the tabs above on my blog), I was able to purchase a brand new laptop FOR FREE!
Is there anything better than that?
Swagbucks can be a little confusing at first. For me, to understand how to get more Swagbucks, I got more into the community and got advice on ways to earn Swagbucks faster.
Ways to Earn Swagbucks
1) There are 6 Swag Bucks that you get easily get daily.
a. Use the Swagbucks Toolbar
b. Answer the Daily Poll
c. View the No Obligation Offers under "Special Offers" tab. Click "skip" through a few offers.
d. Click on the Trusted Surveys tab
e. Invite a Friend
Use the search engine daily to search for things, like you would with any other search engine. You can usually win this way 3-4 times a day. However, sometimes it's less, once in a while, more. I've never won more than 4 times a day searching. The amounts range from around 5 SB up to 59 SB for a search. And this could be more on Fridays, that is Mega Swag Day, where winning bigger bills is more likely.
It is more rare to win a big bill but it does happen. When I first started using Swagbucks a year after I stopped, my first search was for "Lost Series Finale" and I hit 50! Granted, the only other bill I've hit higher was a 59 bill. So it does happen! And all those little swag bucks wins add up in the long run.
3) Special Offers
Doing special offers is probably one of the best ways to make your total number jump up but it can also be stressful because a lot of times, you have to e-mail and fight for your swagbucks depending on the advertiser. There are 6 companies that provide Special Offers for you to do: Gambit, OfferPal, TrialPay, gWallet, Paymentwall & Super Rewards.