Make sure you check out the posts in our Tips category for the latest ways to get each and every Swag Buck possible.

Here are our most popular tips and tutorials:

Swag Code 101 – EVERYTHING you need to know about Swag Codes and Swag  Hunts.

Never Miss Another Swag Code – A great easy way to stay on top of Swag Code announcements.

Maximizing your Swag Bucks Search rewards

After about three months of Swag Bucks we’ve gathered some empirical evidence about what works and what doesn’t.  Here are the things we do to make the most of Swag Bucks.

  • ACCESS: We’ve made Swag Bucks our homepage so we wouldn’t forget to use it. We were keeping the Google search box in our Firefox toolbar if we need more familiar results, but the Google results were practically identical.  We’ve switched to 100% Swag now.  We even Swag search pages we visit often.  We have gotten quite a few rewards for searching for Facebook for example instead of typing it into our address bar.
  • FREQUENCY: It’s random… You won’t get more Swag Bucks by typing in search after search after search (this may actually hinder the reward process and get you temporarily banned). We usually get a ten or twenty in the morning, then probably again mid day, then again before bed. Some friends have said they seem to get a reward every 4-6 hours on average (this does not mean you have to search for 4 to 6 hours…. see REPEATABILITY below).  If you’re getting 30 or 40 Swag Bucks a day through searching you’re doing good.  For other ways to get Swag Bucks see the Other ways to get Swag Bucks section of this page.
  • INTELLIGENCE: It *seems* to work best with real searches (or real *looking* searches like ‘How many monkeys wear pants nowadays’ or ‘The macaroni top hat worn by Karl Marx’)… It *seems* to work even better if you click on one or two of the results of your searches. This could be my imagination.  Nonsense searches can get you deactivated.
  • REPEATABILITY: If you put in 10-20 searches and don’t get any Swag Bucks, you probably won’t get any right now… best to try again in an hour or two.  If you’ve just won some Swag Bucks then you almost definitely will not get more for a few hours…
  • BONUSES: Another great way to add to your Swag Bucks total is through Swag Codes.  These little codes can pop up in any of the Swag Bucks official sites or on the Swidget or Toolbar.  We’ve constantly got our eyes peeled for new codes and whenever one shows up we’ll share some big hints on the WeLoveSwagBucks home page.  There seems to be a code about once a day on average but some arrive in the wee hours of the night.  Our apologies, but we might not get those to you before they expire  :) .  The WeLoveSwagBot is now on duty.  Follow his Twitter feed to get tweets whenever his “code detection algorithm finds positive criteria-matching data”.  We think he means “when he finds a code”.

Other ways to get Swag Bucks

  • Search for Swag Codes:  We assume that is one of the reasons you’re here ;) .  A Swag Code is a promotional code that will give you a few Swag Bucks when you enter it here.  New Swag Codes pop up all the time, usually about once per day. They are available for either a limited time or for a limited number of users, so you need to keep your eyes peeled and act fast!
  • Invite Friends to join Swag Bucks: By far the best way to earn Swag Bucks fast!  Know a few people who would love Swag Bucks as much as we do?  Invite them to join using your referral link (after you join Swag Bucks you can find your link here) and the first 1000 Swag Bucks they win through searching will be awarded to you in kind!
  • Trade in Cell Phones and Video Games: Got an old phone you don’t use anymore?  How about those old video game discs and cartridges cluttering up your closet.  Be green and get some prizes in the process by trading them in for some Swag Bucks.
  • Shop and Earn: If you’re like us, a lot of your shopping takes place online.  Swag Bucks has partnered with hundreds of online retailers to award you 10 Swag Bucks for every $5 you spend.  To see a list of participating stores click here.
  • Submit a Poll idea:  Have fun with the weekly Swag Bucks polls?  Have the best poll idea ever?  Submit your idea to Swag Bucks (send an email to and if it is used you’ll have gotten yourself 100 Swag Bucks.  We had our poll idea used the first time we submitted!
  • Use #Swagbucks and the Tuesday Phrase That Pays on Twitter: If you use Twitter, add #Swagbucks to your tweets for a daily chance to win 200 Swag Bucks.  Then, each Tuesday, use the Tuesday Phrase That Pays for a chance to win 500 Swag Bucks!  Be sure to follow WLSB and the WLSBot on Twitter too.
  • Document your Swaghappiness with a photo and an unboxing video: Once you’ve settled down from the excitement of receiving your Swag Bucks prize in the mail, set up a camera (photo and/or video) and document your unboxing.  Send Swag Bucks your photo and you’ll receive 10 Swag Buck.  Upload your video to youtube and let Swag Bucks know and you’ll receive 30 Swag Bucks.
  • Play games: Drop by the Swag Bucks games section and play a little or compete in tournaments for bigger Swag Bucks prizes.
  • Watch videos on SBTV: We’re all into watching the latest viral videos on  youtube, doing the same on Swag Bucks TV will net you the occasional Swag Bucks.
  • Tackle a task at hand: Visit the Swag Bucks Tasks page and lend a helping hand.  You’ll be rewarded in Swag Bucks!
  • Participate in Trusted Surveys: Sign up for and complete Swag Bucks’ Trusted Surveys for a healthy boost to your Swag Bucks bottom line.

If you have any tips, please comment below and let us know what is working for you.

Have fun!

43 Comments Add your own

  • 1. » Get your Swag Nam&hellip  |  June 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    [...] Tips [...]

    • 2. alice  |  December 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm


  • 3. » Swag Code 101  |  June 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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  • 4. lia  |  July 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    thankz! really good tips

  • 5. jazzygirllovesjazz  |  July 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    great tips! only idk how to do any of that lol >.<

  • 6. Carolyn  |  July 9, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Good tips, especially the frequency! =]

  • 7. RedPyrat  |  July 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    This was helpful; however, I was wondering if there were any suggestions for what sorts of words to search. I realize it is all chance and the information that you have. I figure it can’t hurt to ask.

    • 8. We Love Swag Bucks  |  July 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

      There are no specific terms or phrases that will guarantee you a Swag Buck. Each search you perform is like a pull on a slot machine. You may or may not get a Swag Buck reward. That said, there are right ways and wrong ways to search. Repeated searching will not help you. It may harm your chances of getting Swag Bucks. Natural searches work best. Nonsense searches can actually get you deactivated. Just use as you normally would use any other search engine.
      Good luck!

  • 9. AHussain  |  August 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Hey guys,

    Thanks so much for making this site I never miss a swagcode you guys rock THNX!!

  • 10. UNKNOWN  |  August 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    all you people who want to know imeadiatly if theres a swagcode go to this link. on the swagbuck widget click sc and then click Check If theres a swagcode and it will tell u if there is one.hope this helped

    • 11. We Love Swag Bucks  |  August 7, 2009 at 8:45 am

      Thanks for the tip, but the Swidget does NOT always show if there is a Swag Code currently available. Swaggernauts have to do some looking around and keep their eyes peeled.

  • 12. ???????  |  August 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    thanks I got a swagbuck for searching the macaroni top hat worn by Karl Marx

  • 13. Just wonderin...  |  December 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I couldn’t ask this anywhere else, so I just chose here.

    Isn’t posting telling people where swagcodes are breaking the terms of Swagbucks?

    “Swagbucks: Give hints that help other Swaggernauts “figure out” the code”

    P.S. You can e-mail me the answer if you like.

    • 14. We Love Swag Bucks  |  December 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm

      Posting active Swag Codes is absolutely against the rules. Helping people understand Swag Codes and giving hints about where to find them is encouraged. A lot of people wag their fingers at WLSB thinking we break the rules, but Swag Bucks themselves have suggested us to new users.
      Remember, sharing is good, but cheating is bad. :)

      • 15. Bogus  |  December 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm

        We Love Swag Bucks is directly affiliated or IS SwagBucks themselves.

        This is a scheme to advertise swagbucks.

        ” Helping people understand Swag Codes and giving hints about where to find them is encouraged. ”

        We don’t find that in the SwagBucks website telling us to give out hints now, do we? Oh wait, that’s right.. You are SwagBucks! And this is an indirect way of saying that =)

        Goodjob anyways, thank you for the Search and Win scheme, it rocks!

        • 16. We Love Swag Bucks  |  December 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm

          Wow… If you take a close look at our name you will see that it’s

          we LOVE swag bucks… not
          we ARE swag bucks… ;)

          Well we take it as a compliment that you so adamantly assume that our little site has to be affiliated with Swag Bucks. We’re proud of it. We’re proud of the recognition that we’ve gotten from Swaggernauts and Swag Bucks themselves. But I have to reiterate… we are NOT swag bucks. Just take a look at our widget. That’s my own name on there, if you do a whois on the domain name you’ll see that it matches. I’m just a guy who loves Swag Bucks.

          As for your statement that we “don’t find that in the SwagBucks website telling us to give out hints” I can only say that you didn’t look very hard at the SwagBucks website… now, did you?

          Check out the official Swag Bucks FAQ you’ll see under the Swag Codes tab:

          What kind of hints can I give when helping people find Swag Codes?

 encourages users to help each other find Swag Codes through giving hints. However, there are some types of hints which are considered inappropriate and which may result in disciplinary action against the offending user(s).

          The general rule of thumb is that a hint may help others find the Code, but must NOT help the user “figure out” the Code without actually finding it.

          For example, if there was a Swag Code hidden in a blog post, it would be permissible to say ‘read the last blog post and pay attention to all the bolded text’. Conversely, it would be inappropriate to write ‘the Code rhymes with “X” but starts with the letter “Y” instead of “Z”.

          There you go… straight from the horse’s mouth. We take the Swag Bucks rules seriously too… that’s why you’ll never see a Swag Code posted here. And we know we’re doing a decent job, because Swag Bucks themselves has recommended us to users.

          Now… we hope that settles it.

          Good luck!

  • 17. Allie  |  January 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for all the tips!

    But I have a question: I have a twitter account but its with a different email address than my email address on Swagbucks, so if I am awarded SBs for my swagbucks tweets, how will they add these SBs to my account?

    Thanks for all the help!

    • 18. We Love Swag Bucks  |  January 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Don’t worry, Swag Bucks will contact the email address of your twitter account to confirm your Swag Bucks account.
      Good luck!

  • 19. mark  |  March 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    i dot get any swag buck !! whats wrong !!!!

    • 20. jackie  |  May 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm


  • 21. irok233  |  April 28, 2010 at 2:25 am

    wow that has such great tips thx

  • 22. jackie  |  May 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm


  • 23. Sandra  |  May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Sometimes for a split second the “Congratulations you have just won __ swagbucks!” appears above my search results, but then it goes away, and there is blank white space above my search results. It’s almost like they were going to give me some and then they changed their mind. Since this has started I have been getting only about 11 swagbucks a day, and it always asks me to enter the code to make sure I’m not a spambot. Do you know what is going on? I only do “real” searches, but maybe I am not wording them right? Any insight?

    • 24. We Love Swag Bucks  |  May 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Sandra,

      We’re not sure what could be causing this, and have not experienced it ourselves. Our suggestion would be to contact the Swag Bucks technical support and ask them about it. Log a customer support issue here. Good luck!

  • 25. Miriam  |  June 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Why don’t they offer gift cards that you can use in stores or online at your choice of stores, like Visa or Amex cards?

  • 26. Gilby  |  August 5, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Just joined Swagbucks & today (5/8) tried to enter the swag code from the toolbar search . Without giving the code away ,I tried all combinations of upper/lower case, spaces between individual words & symbols & also trying to enter the code enclosed in quotes but kept getting the “case sensitive” error message, Without giving away any code could you give some pointers as to where Im going wrong

    Great site by the way


    • 27. We Love Swag Bucks  |  August 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

      Hi Gilby,

      Unfortunately there is no active code right now. Typically you will never need to change the case of the code (although remember that codes are case sensitive, so enter them EXACTLY the way they appear where you find them) and there have never been (to our knowledge) any Swag Codes with spaces.

      Check out our Swag Code 101 tutorial for more info.

      Good luck!

      • 28. Gilby  |  August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

        OK , thanks , will await the next one finger waiting on the swidget :D

  • 30. Rock  |  August 15, 2010 at 1:09 am

    This is great! Thanks for posting this.

  • 31. chromaemprise  |  August 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Do you know why they changed the price of the Amazon gift cards? I thought they were 42sb, not 420. I might be wrong.

    • 32. We Love Swag Bucks  |  August 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      At Swag Bucks’ 2nd birthday party, a few months back the format of Swag Bucks was changed. If you had 100 Swag Bucks before, you had 1000 Swag Bucks after. Similarly all the prices in the Swag Store increased by a factor of 10.

  • 34. Katarina Dancer  |  September 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share your tips and advice. It’s appreciated .


  • 35. Honest Swagbucks Strategi&hellip  |  October 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips and insights! I started a blog to share my journey and strategies to help people earn swag bucks, too. Check it out and let me know what you think by commenting on my blog. Enjoy! =)

  • 36. martinc210  |  November 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm


  • 37. g8rfan94  |  June 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the great info. Very helpful for newbies. I don’t have FB, but my daughter does. Can I use her FB account to do the Trivia Games and earn SB points or do I have to get my own FB account? And if I use hers, will that mess up my chance to use her as a referral?

  • 38. solaibaba  |  November 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

    how do u get SB in hourly random winner
    whenever i tried I got u cannot claim these sb’s

    • 39. We Love Swag Bucks  |  November 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      The hourly random winner is completely (as the name suggests) random. Every hour Swag Bucks puts the name of one of their many thousands of users on the Swag Bucks home page. If you are lucky enough to see your name then you can claim your prize. We’ve been watching that page for many years and have never seen our own name :)

    • 40. Erdina  |  May 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      My husband and I were just tklaing about this the other day. Since neither of us have used gift cards online with Amazon before, we were curious: can you use more than one gift card during a single transaction? Because if so, then getting the $5 gift cards definitely makes the most sense. Maria D. @ Downright Domesticity s last blog .. [] Reply:June 16th, 2010 at 7:12 pmGood question! You can (or at least the last time I ordered) use as many gift cards as you have. Have fun:)[]

      • 41. sklogq  |  July 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Yes, I just did this last night. Bought a new router and applied three $5 gift cards to the order.

  • 42. marissa  |  June 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    what happens when the searching doesnt work for me…it never has since lik april and it makes me sad cuz it is harder to get swagbucks….is there anything i can do?

  • 43. George Garrison  |  July 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I also earn swagbucks by redeeming coupons printed from swagbucks. I get 10 swagbucks per coupon and I use a lot of coupons. I wouldn’t qualify for Extreme Couponers but I’m not far off. Give it a try – it may take a while for them to show up but they will eventually and if you use them consistently they will just start rolling in. Good Luck and Go Save Some Money!


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