I just ordered my first free amazon.com gift certificate from Swagbucks. A couple of weeks ago a friend told me about using Swagbucks for search, and I thought I’d check it out. Here’s how it works.

Swagbucks runs a web search engine where they pull in search results from Google and ask.com. They throw in a few sponsored links into the search results that you get and, randomly, you will “swagbucks” when you do a search. When you get 45 swagbucks built up, you can redeem them for a $5 amazon.com giftcard.

How simple is that? You continue doing what you normally do (search) and you end up making money.

Search & Win

Now.. the catch.. Well, there isn’t a big one, really. Like I said, the search results are fed from google and ask.com, so it’s almost like using google. In my experience, the results aren’t as good as google. Depending on what you are searching for, you might get 3 or 4 sponsored links along with the normal, expected search results. You get 30-40 results, instead of however many google will give you. I have my firefox search box set up to use Swagbucks, and if I do the search and don’t get the results I’m wanting, I just change it to google and resubmit. That seems to work well enough for me.

How quickly will you become a millionaire? Well, I do quite a few searches. It has taken me a couple of weeks to build up enough for the $5 gift card. So, you aren’t going to become rich overnight. But, the cost is low, and who doesn’t like making money for something they already do?

Give it a try. If you use the above link, I’ll get a kickback for the first 100 swagbucks you get. Once you’re a member, you can try to get other people to join as well. (Don’t you love pyramid schemes? They are great if you get in early)

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