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  1. Mal Campbell

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    Anyone here use swagbucks to make extra money? I've been using if for about a year now, and have had pretty good success with it. I'm not getting rich but I made about $2,000 last year, so not too bad. When I first started using it, I found it confusing and it took me a while to figure out how to make it work for me. If you're interested, let me know and I would be glad to explain further on how to get the most out of it.
     
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    I haven't used Swagbucks yet, but I've been considering giving it a try. My problem is that most sites favour people living in America and opportunities for South Africans are very limited. However after the problems I've had with non-payment from sites like Bubblews, CGP Gallery and now EliteVisitors, I'd really like to find an honest site where I can earn a little extra money without putting hours into it every day.
     
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    I joined Swagbucks and it is not going to well for me. Any tips you can give me to move this along will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Lesson One -

    The first thing to do, is make sure you have set up to take advantage of the Daily Goal. On the home page, on the left hand side, there is a spot for the daily goal - make sure you're signed up. Then every day they give you 2 different goals to reach. When you reach one or both, you get the number of bonus points stated - like for me, today my goals are 155 and 320. If I reach 155, I'll get 16 pts, if I get 320, I'll get 33. You're goals will be different from mine and are usually made according to how many points you average - your first goal should be relatively easy to achieve, the second one harder but not impossible.

    Bonus points are accumulated for a month, then paid to your account usually around the 5th of the next month. Also, if you reach your first goal every day for a period of time, you get more points - for 1 week, you get 25 pts, 2 weeks - 100 pts, 3 weeks - 200 pts and for the entire month - 300 pts. These are called "streaks".

    There is a Daily Goal meter on the left hand side that shows how many points you have accumulated so far that day on top, then underneath is a bar that shows your first goal and once you've reached that, there will be a check mark over it, and it then shows your second goal.

    Depending on the month, I usually get anywhere from $7-20 a month just on bonuses - I usually hit my first goal everyday, and the second one about 1/3 of the time.

    Lesson Two will follow soon!
     
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    I tried swagbucks but it doesn't seem to ever have anything available for me to try. Mind you I'm not living in the states so maybe that has something to do with it.
     
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    I'm in the States and it's difficult for me to find products too lol.
     
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    Haha, not just me then!
     
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    Mal, consider me your student. This is very interesting to me. I was under the impression this site only rewarded with gift cards but I can see I was wrong. I can't wait for Lesson 2. Your loyal student....Susan :)
     
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    Lesson Two -

    OK, now that you're set up for your daily goal, let's start making a few pennies. The first thing you'll want to do is open two different windows. It's weird at first having two windows on your screen, but you soon get used to it. I'll tell you what to do in the second screen next lesson!

    At the top of the page on the blue bar, you'll see "buttons" - click on "Watch". This will bring up the swagbucks TV feature. Just click on any of the videos to start. They are arranged in groups so you can pick something interesting, but it really doesn't matter, because you're not going to watch them anyway.

    Once you click a video, a screen will come up with four boxes at the bottom, the video in the middle and at the top right hand side you'll see a small "meter". After the video has been playing about 30 seconds, the meter will click upwards (by 10%). Once the meter advances, just click on the next video (at the bottom). You don't have to watch the entire video, just until the meter advances.

    When you get to the fourth video, hover over the right hand side of the video box, and you should see an arrow. Click the arrow to get four more videos. If there is no arrow, you need to go to another topic. Just click on "Watch" again, and start the process over.

    You can earn up to 150 point a day watching the videos. They will run in the background, in other words, you can open a new tab in this window and do other stuff while this is going on, and just come back to it every so often and click the next video.

    When you get to 100% - or 10 videos, you'll be awarded 3 sb, however, you have to enter a captcha code, so when you're on 90% try and keep an eye out for it. To know whether the meter has advanced, I keep in mind that the first and third videos are odd numbered (like 10%, 30%, 50%) and the second and fourth are even (20%, 40%, etc). You can tell which video is currently playing - there will be a small green flag at the top saying "Now Playing". So, if the 4th video is "now playing" and the meter says an odd number, it hasn't advanced, but if's even you're ready to go to the next video (does that make sense?).

    And that's how you make money watching swagbucks TV. Lesson three to follow shortly.
     
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    I have not tried swagbucks but I have mixed reviews about it. A lot of the apps that claim to pay are so hard to get even a couple dollars and it just isn't worth it most of the time. I have tried cashpirate and featurepoints. I enjoyed cashpirate more but really the only way to make a decent buck is if you are able to get referrals by having people use your code when they sign up. Even then most of them stop using the app and it makes it not very worth it.
     
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    This is the first time I have heard of Swagbucks. What is it? I get that it is about videos, but what kind of videos pay you to watch them? It doesn't seem to be anything I would find interesting, although I do find myself curious as to what the attraction is. Can one of you explain please?
     
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    Swagbucks is a work-at-home site, that has a lot of different ways to earn money. You won't get rich, but I've been making about $100-300 a month. The videos are youtube-type videos, but you really don't watch them, you just click on them. There are also surveys that you can take, and other activities. They have coupons that you can print and use, and you earn a few cents when they are redeemed. They also have a search engine that pays randomly for searching. They also have games. Most of these things pay only a few cents, but they add up over time.

    I plan on posting several more posts explaining how to get the most out of it. It's not for everyone, but it's something that you can do while you're watching TV or listening to music and make a few bucks.

    You can sign up here - www.swagbucks.com/refer/galmal
     
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    Thank you Mal, I couldn't for the life of me, see what the attraction was. This is a new subject to me, so reading the thread will be very informative. I'm not a very technological person, but I am begining to enjoy some of the benefits.
     
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    I just got back into swagbucks at the beginning of the year and unlike before, I seem to be doing a lot better. I do the daily poll and NOSO each day as well as the Peanut Lab surveys, watch videos and do the occasional search. I generally get Amazon gift cards and hope to have enough saved up for Christmas gifts. Great tutorials about earning on SB's @Mal Campbell :)
     
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    Mal, thank you for your copious instructions for us to follow. If I had a Blue Ribbon, I would aware it to you now. So, in lieu of this, will do the next best thing. I now award Mal Campbell, the 'Award for Best Forum Friend' for your efforts to enhance the well-being of your Forum Friends. Thank you! :)
     
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    Over the last half hour I've been trying really hard to create a Swagbucks account, but nothing seems to work. From their home page the red button was unresponsive. From the 'join today' link, I got an error message after typing in my email address and a password. Reluctantly I tried creating an account through Facebook and got a bit further, but then I could not find an available username, no matter how obscure the name I entered was. I don't believe that every possible name I attempted already exists.

    Unless there is some error which magically comes right, it seems this is another opportunity that isn't available to me.
     
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    I also earn money on Swagbucks, I generally get my points by watching the videos and completing surverys when I qualify. It is an easy way to make a few extra dollars. I wish the cash was available in the smaller amounts like the gift cards that start at $5, you have to have 2500 points to get cash into your paypal account.
     
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    Sorry it's taken so long to get back to this - things have been crazy around here for the past few days. Anyway, on to other ways to make money on swagbucks

    Lesson Three - Encrave

    Last lesson I told you to open two windows, now we will use the second one. Remember to keep swagbucksTV running in the first window to maximize earnings. (It's kind of like juggling, you have to keep several balls in the air at the same time).

    From the swagbucks home page, (from the blue bar at top) hover over "Discover" then click "Encrave" from the drop down menu. You will see a page with several boxes. Click on any of them and you will be taken to a new tab, with an activity. Each of the activities are slightly different, but most involve either watching videos, or looking at web pages. Again, remember you don't have to actually watch the videos.

    Since each one is different, it will take a little time getting used to them. But a few pointers. If there is a video box, and the video doesn't start playing, there's probably a big arrow with a title? Just click the start arrow.

    For most of them, there is a list, on the left hand side, of each video that will play. Above that are two boxes that say "Like it" and "Not for me". When you have watched long enough, those buttons will "light" up, click one and it will go to the next video. If it says something about slides, like (0 out of 10 slides), click the arrow to advance through the slideshow. If above the "Like it" buttons, there is one that says "Discover Mode", click the X and it should change to a check mark. This will keep you from having to keep clicking on the "Like It" or "Not for me" buttons, and you will advance automatically through the videos. (This will make sense when you start using it).

    Each of these activities is usually from 1 to 5 points each, and you usually don't have to be on the page - in other words you can be in another window or tab doing something else - but a few of them will require that you stay on that page. It's just trial and error.

    Right now for some reason, there aren't very many Encrave activities, but they are posted at various times during the day. So if you run out of activities, check back in an hour or so, there may be more. Then there are other times when you never run out of activities. It just kind of hit or miss.

    Lesson four to follow later.
     
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    I agree, Pat, I liked it better when you could cash out for 5 dollars in paypal when you reached 500 points. I do use the amazon card but cash is always a better incentive for me. I also see they have raised the 5 dollar Amazon Gift Card from 450 to 500 points in the last week or so.That used to be the best bargain around and very easy to get.
     
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  20. Mal Campbell

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    I don't if you saw, but they've started gift card discounts. How it works is every month you can redeem one $25 gift card for only 2,200 swagbucks. It applies to all gift cards, except of course, paypal. They now have a $3 amazon gift card, and the limit of 5 amazon cards has been lifted, so you redeem as many as you want. You can go to their blog for more information.
     
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    I forgot about the Amazon card, I dropship some Amazon items that I sell on Ebay and could be using my gift cards to pay for these items instead of my cash. I wish I had realized that earlier, I just spent $70 for an item I sold on Ebay and could have used an Amazon Gift card instead, I have points I have been working on for the Paypal cash. Oh well next time.
     
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    After further failures to register an account I sent a message to Swagbucks support and got a reply that the service isn't available in my country. I'm really annoyed because such information should be easily accessible. It would have saved me a lot of time spent wading through their terms of service and privacy policy, and then fighting a registration system that kept driving me around in circles.
     
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    I'm so sorry that happened to you. I know what you mean. I look at a lot of different work-at-home websites, and I want to get certain information before signing up. But a lot of times, no matter how hard you look, you can't find basic information. I wish more sites would put more thought into their FAQs and answer as many questions as they can. It would make life so much simpler.
     
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    What made this so frustrating was that even after I'd connected my Facebook account to Swagbucks I couldn't find out what was wrong. All I got was a few meaningless error messages. If I hadn't contacted support I might have spent days waiting to see if some site error came right.

    I had a similar experience with lack of information on another site last year, but once I connected Facebook to that site, I at least got an automated message telling me that my country wasn't accepted there. If nothing else, Swagbucks should at least do the same.
     
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    So sorry to hear of your experience on the Swagbucks site.
     
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