Swagbucks is a loyalty program that offers individuals rewards for engaging in various activities. Users can earn reward points for performing Internet searches, purchasing items from affiliated vendors, or completing polls.
- Earn rewards for making Internet searches
- Claim rewards for online purchases
- Choose from gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers
- Free to join
- Hassle-free redemption of rewards
- Tasks are easy to complete
- Takes a very long time to earn rewards
- Reward options are limited
- Privacy concerns over tracked searches
Swagbucks was one of the first Internet-based loyalty programs to reward web surfers for their online activities. Founded in 2008, the company is owned by Prodege. Swagbucks can be accessed with a web browser, and there are also apps available for the Android and iOS platforms. To get started, users must create a Swagbucks account. Once this is complete and the account is verified, a user is presented with a variety of opportunities to earn Swagbucks. These digital rewards are valued at approximately $0.01 per 1 Swagbuck, but they have no value outside of the platform. Users can ultimately trade their Swagbucks for gift cards from online retailers, or they can use them to make purchases directly from the Swagbucks store. When the platform first started, users were rewarded for making Internet searches. Swagbucks offered browser extensions that would track searches, and it was also possible to use a search engine feature on the website. The company now offers other ways to earn Swagbucks. These include participation in daily polls and taking advantage of offers that are provided by retail partners. It is possible to access the Swagbucks platform with a mobile app. Users can download the app to their Android or iOS device and complete tasks on the fly. The same reward opportunities that are available on the website can be found on the mobile apps, but there are some exclusives which are only available to users of the apps. The biggest drawback to the Swagbucks program is that it takes a long time to reach reward levels and cash out gifts. Many of the gift cards require a $5 minimum. With some tasks rewarding as little as one Swagbuck, users can spend a lot of time trying to obtain a very small reward. On the positive side, the platform is easy to use.