Does Swagbucks search work? Is it going to give you good results and will you be able to earn money? Or is this just going to be a waste of time for you?
These are important questions that should be answered before switching over to the Swagbucks search instead of using trust a search engines like Google or Yahoo. And… This is exactly what I’m going to be answering in this short post.
I’ll be going over how to use the Swagbucks search (there are two ways to do it), how it compares to search engines like Google, how much money you can realistically make by searching, and more.
How to Search the Web With Swagbucks
So there are two ways that you can search with the Swagbucks search. The first way is by simply going to the main website, Swagbucks.com. There you will see at the top of the screen, right beside the Swagbucks logo (if you are on a desktop computer) the words “search the web & earn”. This is where you want to type in what you are searching for…
The second way to perform a Swagbucks search is by downloading the Chrome extension called the “Swagbutton”. This extension has several different features and basically allows you to earn Swagbucks without actually going to the Swagbucks.com website. So basically just makes things a bit easier for you.
As you can see from the screenshot below, you can be on any website, anywhere on the web and click on the little Swagbutton icon to bring up a place where you can search the web…
However, the somewhat disappointing part about the Swagbutton is that after you perform a search it will open up a new tab for you on the Swagbucks.com website. So basically doesn’t matter how you search with Swagbucks, you will end up getting your search results on the main website.
For example, it doesn’t matter how you look up “by baby clothing”, these are the results you will get…
And as you can see from the arrows I put the above, it tells you how many SB’s you can earn by shopping at any of these places. If you are searching to purchase something and then you will see results like this often. This is because, as you may know, Swagbucks also has a cashback program where you can earn SB’s when you shop at different online stores.
So you see the basics of how it works, but are the results of the search any good? Or are you just going to be running around in circles trying to find answers to what you are looking for?
It’s All About Results… But Are They Any Good?
I remember a while back when I reviewed their search engine it used to be powered by Yahoo. It use to state specifically that it was powered by Yahoo but I do not see any mention of this anymore. I also tested out the Swagbucks search side-by-side with Yahoo the end found that they give different results… Which I guess means that it is no longer powered by Yahoo.
But anyways… Let’s see how it works:
So below I searched for “how to make a yellow marble cake”. One of the first complaints that I have is that there are ads displayed at the top of the search results and off to the side. In this case the ads are good and relevant, but they are not always that way. Sometimes they can be annoying in completely off-based…
Take for example to search below for “should you get a flu shot”. As you can see there is a completely irrelevant add displayed at the top of the results and then I am a little unsure whether the second result is also an ad… Because it is not very relevant either. I mean sure, it is about flu shots, but it doesn’t answer the question of whether or not you should get flu shots, which is what I was looking for…
I will say that there were some good relevant results displayed at the bottom of the first page, but why at the bottom? That is kind of ridiculous especially when you consider the fact that most people just look at the first couple results in search engines.
Swagbucks Search vs Google Search
You are probably aware that Google is the king of searches. Google alone accounts for more searches than Yahoo, Bing, and all other search engines combined… And for good reason. The reason is because it works the best and brings you the best results.
It is no different when it comes to Swagbucks search versus Google search.
Just take a look. Below I searched for “should you get a flu shot” just as I did a video with Swagbucks. As you can see, the results are very relevant and much more beneficial for the person searching for such information. In addition, there also no annoying ads displayed all over the place…
The Upside to SB Search… Making Money
But of course the whole point of view using the search through Swagbucks is to earn money. Just like many other rewards programs out there that pay you to do this, like Microsoft Rewards and My Points, so does Swagbucks. But is it worth it? Is it worth sacrificing a little bit of good search results so that you can earn a few SB’s here and there?
Will the big question is how much can you actually make by searching?
How much can you really make?
And the unfortunate answer is not much… And I can’t even really give you any expectations. It is hard to say when you are actually going to earn SB’s when searching or not. I’m sure they do have a method to their madness, but it seems that they just give you SB’s sporadically when searching.
You might go for 10 searches in a row without getting anything, then you earn a few on the next search and then a few more 2 searches after that.
However, I will say that when you do earn it is not much. You might earn a handful of SB’s here and there, but they won’t amount to much.
Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Time?
This all depends on you. If you have been using Google for years and are used to it, it might be a little bit hard switching over to the Swagbucks search and getting results that aren’t quite as good.
But then again… You can make some money, although very little money, by doing what you are going to do regardless… Which is searching the web. So how can it get any better than that?
In my opinion it is it really worth the time and the lack of good results, but some people love the fact that they can earn free money just by searching the web like this. It all depends.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my review here and found it helpful. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
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