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Old 01-04-2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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New to swagbucks? Swagbucks FAQ!!

I've been seeing a whole lot of the same questions running around about Swagbucks... so I thought maybe I'll do the best I can with a Frequently Asked Questions post! If you have a good question you think should be added (or something that may need a correction) feel free to reply!

Let's ALL get earning those swagbucks! Woooooot!

Q) What the HECK is Swagbucks? is (in essence) a paid to search program.. with a twist. You do searches (just like one would use yahoo or google) and randomly throughout the day you'll be rewarded with Swagbucks (which work like points). Swagbucks can be "cashed in" for rewards like giftcards to Target or (plus lots more), sports memorabilia, video games, etc. Swagbucks have no monetary value though (so there's no option to get a check rather than buy a giftcard).

Q) Does it cost to join or receive rewards?
100% free to join. I've only ever gotten e-giftcards (for so there was no charge whatsoever. Shipping is free for all items.

Q) It says I need a swagcode to join. What's that?
Swagcodes are keywords that are put out by so you can earn automatic points rather than earning points by searching. You don't need to enter anything in in order to join though.

Q) Does Swagbucks have a referral program?
Yes, they do. For every referral you have, Swagbucks will match their swagbucks up to 10000 swagbucks (so after your referral earns 100 you don't earn anything from them). So, say I have a referral who earned 200 Swagbucks on a search--that means that I also earned 200 Swagbucks. REMINDER ABOUT DIAPERSWAPPERS RULES: You may NOT post your referral link in posts unless very specifically asked or else it is considered spam. You MAY have your referral link in your signature, but you may not point it out ("see my signature for a referral link"). Saying "PM me for a referral link" in a post is just as good as posting it. These are the rules here.. and are to be respected.

Q) Do I have to download the search toolbar?
You can either search (after joining) by going to OR you can download their toolbar and it just replaces my google/yahoo/etc. bar in Firefox. No virus warnings or any issues whatsoever on my computer.

Q) How many searches should I be doing a day?
I do searches all day long. However, do not do too many searches back to back (like rapid fire) or Swagbucks will think you are some kind of spambot and you'll NEVER get Swagbucks. This is what happened to DH. On average winning happens 2-3 times during the course of a day. Some searches you'll receive only 10 buck... but sometimes you may get 20,30 or even 200 swagbucks for a search!

Q)So, what should I be search for? Are there keywords that always work?
GOOD question. For the most part, swagbucks are random. Some words may get a swagbuck for one person, and not for the other. However--in my experience, I've found that mainly proper names do pretty well consistently with winning Swagbucks (So, search for your name, your DD's name.. or any other proper nouns). We like to share when a word does work for us because it MAY just work for you too! But, for the most part, they're random.

Q) What's a swagcode and how do I enter them?
Swagcodes are released by They earn you Swagbucks instantly rather than having to do searches in hopes of a swagbuck. They normally have a quick expiration on them, so if you see one, go on and enter it in then. Where do you enter them, you may ask? Here's how I do it: Go to Promote on the top of the screen (black menu bar) after you do a search. Then I go to "Your Swagbucks" (it's in a grey menu bar a little lower)--then you should see a place that says "have a swagcode".. enter it in here. Swagcodes are case-sensitive and always click "Gimmie" rather than enter. I've entered swagcodes and thought I didn't get anything, but then a day later they'll show up.. so some are not instant.

Q) Is it legit? Have you earned anything?
Yes. It is legit.. or I wouldn't be going on and on about it. lol. I have received 2 giftcards to using my Swagbucks and made purchases very easily. If you order stuff--shipping is free!
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