Never Miss Another Swag Code

April 16, 2009

You read that right.  Today we’re unveiling our biggest tip yet and it will ensure you never miss another Swag Code… at least not while you’re sitting at the computer.

For those of you who are familiar with RSS and Aggregators, skip to the graphic below.

What if we told you that you could have a program that posted all the news from the WLSB blog and the WLSB and WLSBot Twitter pages in one place?  What if that same program also posted the latest entries from the official Swag Bucks blog, YouTube channel and Twitter page?  What if we told you that this program constantly checked all of these places for any updates, politely alerted you when a new post had been made, and gave you a link to the post?  What if it did all this in the background and interacted with you from a tiny icon in your system tray?

Sounds too good to be true?  It isn’t.

What all the above listed pages have in common is that their updates are available through an RSS feed, a simplified summary of a frequently updated webpage’s contents.

One of the great things about RSS feeds is that they are so easily handled, especially by a group of software programs referred to collectively as News Aggregators.  This fancy term simply means a program that takes news streams, in the form of RSS feeds, from many different places and puts them together in one place for you to access easily.

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Armed with a good news aggregator and all your Swag Bucks RSS feeds, you can sit back and wait for Swag Code news to come to you.

We at WLSB have tried quite a few aggregators in our quest to never miss another Swag Code.  We have recently settled on what we feel is the best of the bunch… a really great program called NewsGator FeedDemon.  There are a number of key features which set FeedDemon ahead of the pack.

  1. It’s free!
  2. It’s user friendly!
  3. It has system tray alerts.
  4. It checks your RSS feeds more often than most other aggregators (5 minute intervals).

Once you download and install FeedDemon we will take a few minutes to set it up to receive all your crucial Swag Buck and Swag Code news.

Below is a screen shot of FeedDemon after it has been set up.  This is what we’re aiming for. (Click on the image to view it full size).

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On the left is a list of our feeds, on the right is the reading pane with the most recent posts for the selected feed.

Step 1

First off, we’ll enter our pertinent Swag Buck feeds.  We’ve listed the URLs below so you can copy and paste.

On the top left corner of FeedDemon click on the fd2 button.

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You will see a pop up where you can enter your RSS feed URL.  If you copied one of the addresses above FeedDemon will have already pasted it into this box. Click the Next button.

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You can now enter a title for the feed.  The default title will be displayed in the text box, rename it if you like and click the Next button.

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You are almost finished!  Check the box that reads I want to edit this feed’s properties and click the Finish button.

Now we want to optimize how FeedDemon handles our RSS feed.  On the Feed Properties pop up click the Updating tab and make sure that the Update Frequency is set to 5 minutes and click the OK button.

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You have now succesfully added your first feed to FeedDemon.  Repeat the above for the other Swag Bucks RSS feeds and your FeedDemon should look like ours does in the first picture above.

Step 2

Now we can configure how FeedDemon alerts us to incoming Swag Bucks and Swag Code news.  With FeedDemon open press the F8 key on your keyboard to bring up the options.  Click on the Desktop Alert tab and make sure the options look the same as the ones below.

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We also want FeedDemon to open web links in our browser.  It is important to for us to continue supporting the sites we get Swag Buck information and news from.  Click on the Browsing tab and make sure you have Open external links in default browser checked.

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Now click the OK button to commit the changes.

Step 3

Wait.  When one of the feeds is updated you will be notified within five minutes by a small popup above your system tray.

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Your regular FeedDemon system tray icon fd9 will now have a tiny envelope over it fd10 to let you know you have unread posts.

Click once on the system tray icon to open FeedDemon.  You will see that one of your subscriptions is bold and has a number in parenthesis.  Click on this and the feed will open in the right hand reading pane.

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Your new post will be at the top in Bold type.  Click on the title of the post to open the item in your default browser … and just maybe alert yourself to a new Swag Code!

There you have it.  Once you have FeedDemon set up with all your Swag Bucks feeds, you need never miss another Swag Code, not to mention all the news from Swag Bucks and WLSB.

Please keep in mind that getting RSS updates is no substitute for interacting with the blogs or forums.  When you see a new post in FeedDemon that interests you, click on the title to visit the site and read all about it.  You’ll be insuring that Swag Codes will continue to come for a long long time.  And remember, the RSS streams in this article are only part of the Swag Bucks social nation.  Please continue to visit the Swag Bucks facebook wall and homepage, and drop by WLSB to give us your comments.

Happy Swag Hunting!

Entry Filed under: Tips. .

30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ibs Otman  |  July 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Hi, nice post :)

    How do I delete some of the feeds or whatever there called. The ones with the links to the blogs (on FeedDemon) that I’ve already read?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • 2. Nicole  |  August 4, 2010 at 12:24 am

      CTRL + SHIFT + R.

      It deletes all of the ones that are current.

      There you go!

      Reply
  • 3. PATRICK  |  August 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    i only have 8 swag bucks it wont give me no more and i search every day

    Reply
    • 4. We Love Swag Bucks  |  August 16, 2009 at 9:21 am

      Keep trying. You may want to try a different time of day. We are usually rewarded in the morning, the afternoon and evening. Make sure you read our tips page for information on maximizing your Swag Bucks.

      Reply
  • 5. william  |  September 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    this doesn’t work with firefox ?

    Reply
    • 6. We Love Swag Bucks  |  September 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

      Of course this works with Firefox or with ANY browser. In fact FeedDemon has no dependency upon any outside browser as it contains its own. Theoretically you could use ONLY FeedDemon to get news, get hints, and submit your codes.

      Reply
  • 7. Lindsay  |  September 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    REWARDS! MONEY! DANG THIS IS REWARDING!!!

    Reply
  • 8. MKC  |  October 4, 2009 at 12:13 am

    What’s the URL for the SwagBucks YouTube – it’s not listed in the instructions?

    Reply
    • 9. We Love Swag Bucks  |  October 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm

      Hi MKC,

      We’ve added the URL for the Swag Bucks YouTube and Myspace feeds above.

      Reply
  • 10. Mae  |  October 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    How can I get the program for Mac?

    Reply
    • 11. We Love Swag Bucks  |  October 31, 2009 at 12:37 pm

      This program does not have a MAC version, but I’m sure there are some great free MAC aggregators out there. Anyone know of one?

      Reply
  • 12. trinque billupps  |  December 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    every time i try to get swagbucks using codes im always late to

    Reply
  • 14. Megan  |  December 26, 2009 at 1:26 am

    How long did it take you to get one amazon gift card?

    Reply
    • 15. We Love Swag Bucks  |  December 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

      Our first $5 Amazon card took about two months, with a lot of hard work promoting and keeping our eyes peeled for every last Swag Code we could find we are now getting enough Swag Bucks for a Amazon card a day… now if only we could buy more than five a monthv:P

      Reply
  • 16. Dan  |  April 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Is there a mac version? :(

    Reply
    • 17. Dan  |  April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

      My apologies. I did see the previous post concerning a mac version.

      Reply
  • 18. Tori  |  April 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    How in the world do you get enough for an amazon card a day!?

    Reply
    • 19. We Love Swag Bucks  |  April 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Tori,
      As we’ve said many times, referrals are the absolute best way to getting lots of Swag Bucks. As high as 93% of our Swag Bucks come from referrals.

      Reply
  • 20. joshua  |  July 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    is this program safe for the computer.

    Reply
    • 21. We Love Swag Bucks  |  July 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      We’ve never had a problem with it and it comes highly recommended.

      Reply
  • 22. Janet  |  September 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you so much!! Really easy. Now I feel like a real swag hag!! <3

    Reply
  • 23. swagstoriches  |  September 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    extremely very quite super helpful.
    thanks!
    **read about this information from the general info for newbies discussion on sb facebook

    Reply
  • 24. Manu  |  October 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    What is with the swag bucks from partner sites like Roddenberry, WWE,KISS and so on.. I can not redeem points earned on these sites on the swag site. What to do with these swag bucks?

    Reply
    • 25. We Love Swag Bucks  |  October 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Well, you can wait a long long time until you have enough of these Swag Bucks to redeem them for a prize on one of the sister sites… We used to use them in Swagstakes, but most sister sights have stopped offering Swagstakes entries in their respective stores…
      So, it looks like you may be stuck with them.

      Reply
  • 26. Althea  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    When I set this up it recommended synchronizing so I did. When I go to the Feed Properties Updating tab it does not give an updating frequency option because it’s relying on Google Reader. Do you know which option tends to be faster, or if they are pretty much the same?

    Reply
    • 27. Althea  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Ok, I just answered my own question. I was looking in the wrong place. I didn’t hit the F8 button. Oops!

      Reply
  • 28. Rebecca  |  March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/217248807.rss

    Is the SwagStore Twitter feed. It also has Swag Codes from time to time.

    SwagBucks has a Flickr feed, also. I haven’t seen any codes there, but it is:
    http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=35948428@N05&lang=en-us&format=atom

    Reply
  • 29. Leigh-Anne  |  July 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

    In step 2

    When I have Feeddemon open, and I click the F8 key, nothing happens? The options do not come up, what am I doing wrong?

    Thank you

    Reply
  • 30. Rebecca S  |  October 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Facebook is now allowing RSS subscriptions.

    It’s a little tricky to add the subscription; if you just click the “Get Updates via RSS” link on the Swagbucks Facebook “Info” page, you just get some HTML.

    If you need any help figuring out how to add the Facebook feed to FeedDemon, please email me.

    Reply

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