The Swagbucks Toolbar and Plugin

In celebration of Swagbucks‘ 3rd birthday and to help people who are less computer-savvy, I decided to write a post about the basics of how to use Swagbucks by installing the toolbar or plugin. Before you read on, if you are unfamiliar with Swagbucks, click HERE to read my post about what it is.

Sign Up
First of all, to get started with Swagbucks, you {obviously} have to sign up. Be sure to check the right-hand column here on my blog for special swagcodes for signing up. Right now, if you sign up with Swagbucks, you will receive 30 bonus Swag Bucks (or SB) plus an additional 50 SB for signing up through my website (80 SB total!) BY February 28, 2011, at 11:59 pm EST. Click HERE to get started and be sure to use the following code for this offer (case sensitive):
Swagbucks Toolbar
Installing the Toolbar
Once you have finished setting up an account, download the Swagbucks Toolbar. This works in (I believe) every browser except Google Chrome (if you use Chrome, skip down to where it says Swagbucks Plugin). To install the toolbar, from the Swagbucks home page, click on the “Toolbars” tab at the the top of the page. Then click on the “Download” button.
Follow the prompts to install it. Here’s about what it will look like once you’re done (click on the image to view it bigger):
Toolbar Features
The first section of the toolbar is a Swagbucks dropdown menu where you can upgrade to the newest version of the toolbar (if there is one), invite friends, change your options, and other basic functions.
The second section of the toolbar is a search field. Whenever you do ANY searching ANYWHERE for ANYTHING online, be sure to do it in this field. Every now and then, as you search, you earn SB. This is the easiest and best way to earn SB, especially if you do a lot a web searching like I do.
The third element on the toolbar says “Go Win!” In this dropdown menu, you can search through a dictionary, or encyclopedia or look up the news or weather, all the while earning SB now and again!
The fourth element on the toolbar illustrates how many SB you have earned. For example, I had 689 SB at the time I did the illustrative picture above.
The fifth item is a button to logout of your Swagbucks account, no biggy. But the sixth item is very helpful. This is where you get notifications of Swag Codes that are out there. To use these codes, go to the Swagbucks home page. Log in if you’re not. From the dropdown menu where it displays how many SB you have (in the upper right hand corner), select “My Swag Bucks.” To the left will be a field for you to enter your code.
The seventh feature on the toolbar is a list of different ways to earn SB. One of the biggest ways on this list is the Daily Deals and the best Daily Deal site to use to get big SB is Froobi (read more on that HERE). Some easy ways are to watch videos on Swagbucks TV, trade in cell phones and other items, SHOP!, invite friends, play games (read about them HERE), and more.
The eighth item, “Rewards,” is the big one. This is where you reap the benefits of using Swagbucks. You can buy almost anything with your earned SB. You can buy specific items through Swagbucks, get cash by buying a PayPal card, or purchase gift cards to buy items on other websites–all for FREE! My favorite thing to get from the Swag Store are $5 Amazon gift cards. Once I’ve collected enough, I buy books or other items. I have about 10 books that I bought for completely free just by using my SB.
The next item is SB News. You can read the latest posts on the Swagbucks blog or read their tweets.
The Social Media section leads you to Swagbucks’ Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts so you can show them some love.
Under the More drop down menu are Do’s and Don’ts, FAQs, and other informational items about Swagbucks.
With the Facebook Login, you can connect your Swagbucks and Facebook accounts. Whenever you win SB, it automatically posts how much you won on FB so you can “brag” to your friends.
P.S. A bonus feature of using the toolbar is you get 1 SB every day when you open your browser.
Swagbucks Plugin
In addition to (or if you like to use a browser like Google Chrome as I do, then instead of) the Toolbar, you can install the Swagbucks plugin. From the Swagbucks home page (be sure you’re logged in), click on “Toolbars” at the top of the page. Below the point where you can install the toolbar are the various options for installing the plugin. Find your browser and follow the directions.
Installing the plugin changes your address bar so that you can search using only Swagbucks. And that’s about all that it does. But when you use a browser that doesn’t let you install the toolbar, this is very helpful while searching.
P.S. I will also use the toolbar that I installed on Firefox which we also have on our computer so I can get the bonus 1 SB a day (woo-hoo!) and to look up swag codes.


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