Over the past several weeks I have been utilizing Bing and the Bing Reward Program as part of my Swagbucks strategy. I was initially skeptical of the search results I would receive and the quality of those results. After all Bing is not Google, and I love my Google!
Once I started using the Bing search engine I quickly realized that the results I received were on par with what I expect from Google. In fact, I think I’m finding the more I use it, the more I like it!
So what exactly is the Bing Rewards Program? How does it fit into my Swagbucks strategy? And just how do you earn those rewards?
What Is The Bing Rewards Program?
Bing is a search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. It replaced the MSN search engine in 2009 and is Microsoft’s alternative to Google. The Bing reward program pays you in reward points (credits) for using the search engine. You can then redeem those credits for gift cards or Swagbucks.
How To Earn Bing Reward Credits
Earning Bing Rewards is very simple; all you have to do to earn credits is use the search engine. For every two searches you do, you earn one credit. Each day you can earn a total of 15 credits for searching on your computer and 10 credits for searching on your mobile device. You can also earn one or two additional credits through the rewards tab.
Bing Membership Levels
There are three membership levels. Member, Silver, and Gold. Everyone starts at the Member level and as you complete specific activities you advance through them until you reach Gold.
The Gold level is what most Bing Reward members strive to achieve. Once you reach Gold and as long as you maintain that status, you will receive a 10% discount on the e-gift cards you “buy” with the reward credits you have earned. In order to keep your Gold status you must complete “150 rewardable searches” each month which translates to five completed searches every day during a 30 period.
One of the requirements to becoming a Silver level member is to redeem credits towards your first reward. I chose to enter one of the sweepstakes for 20 credits (the lowest thing I could find) so that I could move past that requirement. You may choose to do that or save your credits until you qualify for something else like the $3.00 Amazon e-gift card for 325 credits. You should note however that it will take you a little longer to move up to the Silver status.
Redeeming Bing Credits
Redeeming your credits is easy. Simply select the item you want and within 24 hours you’ll have your e-gift card. As a Gold member you’re able to redeem sooner with the 10% discount. That means the 500 Swagbucks gift card that would cost a silver or regular member 525 credits will only cost you 475. The 50 credits saved using this discount is a lot, a little under 2 days of searching, and they will add up fast. That’s why it’s so important to become a Gold member and to maintain your status.
Earning Bing Rewards Faster
While checking out the Bing Rewards Program I came across several hints and tips on how people are earning their daily credit limit quickly. If you are a heavy search engine user, you probably won’t need these tips. However, if you’re like me and are a light to medium user these tips will really come in handy for you.
Related Searches: After typing your original search quarry the “related search” box will pop up showing you a related search term. Clicking on these suggestions will earn you credits as well.
Image Searches: Image searches through the image tab on your search page also count towards your daily search allotment. You can search for specific images or click on any of the daily trending images.
Many reward members are able to earn their daily allotment with just a few minutes of effort each day using the tips above.
How To Use Bing Credits To Earn Swagbucks
As I mentioned in my Swagbucks Review and Strategy posts searching through the Swagbucks search bar was not the best use of your (or my) time. That is simply due to the unpredictability and apparent randomness Swagbucks has when it comes to giving you credit for your searches. You could easily spend the entire day using their search bar and not be credited for doing so. By searching through the Bing search engine and taking advantage of the guaranteed 15 daily search credits you can be confident you’ll be paid for your efforts.
In order to convert your reward credits into the 500 Swagbucks you must first earn the required 525 Bing Reward credits for Member and Silver level earners or 475 credits for Gold level members. Once you have enough credits you can request the swag bucks and should have them within 24 hours.
Note: It will take Member and Silver level earners about 35 days to earn the required 525 credits assuming you use Bing every day earning all 15 credits. Gold members will earn enough credits in 30 days to redeem the 500 Swagbucks.
Even if you are unable to earn the 15 credits every day and in fact are a “slow earner” it is still a great program to belong to and a great way to earn swag bucks simply because you know you will receive those credits and the randomness just isn’t there.
My goal when sharing these detailed reviews and strategies is to show you how I do things to earn and save money at home. I, like you, don’t have the time or energy to do something only to find out latter it was a big waste of time. It’s my hope that I can help you make an informed decision when it comes to participating in these types of programs.
If you haven’t yet signed up with Swagbucks you can do so through my referral link, or by going directly to their website.
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