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Bing is now paying you to use its search engine

  1. Writer Fox profile image79
    Writer Foxposted 23 months ago

    Well, this is interesting.  Bing is offering kickbacks for using its search engine:
    http://www.bing.com/explore/rewards?FOR … PUBL=BNPHP

    1. calculus-geometry profile image85
      calculus-geometryposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      They did that promotion several years ago and it's legit.  My husband was able to buy a TV with all the credits he racked up.  I think Bing knows it works, because my husband still uses Bing even now,  more often than he uses Google.

      1. Writer Fox profile image79
        Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Good for him!  That is a powerful incentive.  Maybe all of the ex-Bubblews people will just spend their time surfing on Bing all day!

        Bing has 10.29% of search market share right now (plus, it powers Yahoo search for another 9.31%, but Yahoo searches are not included in the promotion).  I'll keep an eye on its stats and see how this promotion works for them.

      2. SmartAndFun profile image91
        SmartAndFunposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Sweet! Do you or anyone else know how quickly (or slowly) the Bing earnings accumulate compared to Swagbucks? I use Swagbucks to earn points that I trade for Amazon gift cards. I only use Swagbucks for searches, because I can't be bothered to do their silly tasks, like watching videos.

        Swagbucks used to be Google-based, but they recently switched over to Yahoo. I am not liking the Yahoo search results, and it seems like it now takes forever to accumulate points. Can anyone out there who has used both recommend one over the other?

    2. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Wow, thank you for the heads-up, Writer Fox!  That is interesting for sure and good to know.

    3. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      That is interesting - though the link says it is not available in my country.

    4. colorfulone profile image87
      colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I have some friends that use the Bing for searches and the earning are real. I keep forgetting to use Bing. - Maybe this is a good reminder. Thanks!

    5. SheilaMilne profile image89
      SheilaMilneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      It's not available in the UK apparently.

    6. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
      Phyllis Doyleposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I have used Bing for a long time. I am not sure if I did sign up for Rewards - but, I am going to go find out. Thanks for the link, Fox.

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
        Phyllis Doyleposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Wow !!! I did sign up long ago and have 270 credits. woo hoooo  !!!

        1. colorfulone profile image87
          colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Nice surprise for you.
          Phyllis, do you know what 270 credits would translate to in USD?

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            $2.70. And don't call me Phyllis!

            1. colorfulone profile image87
              colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              What should I call you?

              1. paradigmsearch profile image88
                paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                big_smile

    7. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I joined some months ago, but the credits disappear every time I shut down my computer. Still, I receive a lot of traffic from Bing and often find better academic and medical research listings through Bing than through Google.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        You didn't lose your credits Patty. You just need to log back into your Microsoft account before you do any Bing searches. I've been accumulating Bing rewards for several months now and I have mine set to leave me logged in even when I shut off my computer, but that a personal choice.

        1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
          Patty Inglish, MSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I did and do lose the credits. I log in for searches and gain credits, and every time I log back in for searches the next time, there are 0 credits from the time before, no matter how many credits I accumulated during the time I remained logged in. Every day the same thing occurs. I gave up on it now, but I still use Bing.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image97
            Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            I don't know why this is happening to you Patty. My credits never expire and others in this thread have confirmed that too. Bing even says that your credits never expire.

            How are you logging in? If you use Facebook that may be different. I stay logged in to my Microsoft account, the same account I use for Bing Webmaster Tools that I have linked to HubPages to track stats on my hubs.

            1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
              Patty Inglish, MSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Thanks for your help, Glenn. I only log in with my Microsoft account,.

              1. Glenn Stok profile image97
                Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                That's how I log in too. Something is being missed with what you're doing because you definitely do not lose your Bing Rewards. You are the only one this is happening to. If you ever figure it out, let us know.

                1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
                  Patty Inglish, MSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  I'll wait a few days and try again; will let you know what happens. Thanks.

    8. Marie Flint profile image90
      Marie Flintposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, this is interesting; however, it appears I need to set up an MSN email (hotmail) address. I haven't used that in years, and I've been using Yahoo for so long as my email, I think changing would confuse everyone, especially my PayPal account linked to my Hub Pages payout. Since I'm not a big fan of "prizes and rewards," I'll probably just leave things as they are, but I'll keep this in mind if I feel ambitious enough to go through the hassle of changing my email listing with income-earning sites.

      Thank you for the tip, Writer!

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Marie, I have a Microsoft account but I don't use the msn email address. You can have the account for other reasons, such as Bing rewards and Onedrive (for storing photos), etc. Nothing will stop you from continuing to use your existing email address as your primary address.

        1. psycheskinner profile image81
          psycheskinnerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Ditto.  To get Bing rewards I just opened a microsoft account, I don't use any services associated with it and did not change any of my online practices. I just take out the points from time to time as Amazon gift cards. The points add up slowly but once earned they never go away.

        2. Marie Flint profile image90
          Marie Flintposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you for this reminder, Glenn. I tend to be skittish in creating accounts--I feel like I'm all over the internet sometimes. Maybe I'll get around to a hotmail account to pick up a few bonuses through Bing. Thanks again!

          1. psycheskinner profile image81
            psycheskinnerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            You don't need a new email account to get Bing rewards, just use the one you already have.  The Microsoft account is just a password system.

          2. Glenn Stok profile image97
            Glenn Stokposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Marie, as psycheskinner just said, you do not need to get a hotmail address. I don't have one. But I do use my Microsoft account to access my Bing Webmaster Tools, which I have linked to HubPages just as I do with Google Webmaster Tools. I actually recommend using both since you get more information about your Hub Traffic. The Bing Rewards is just an extra perk.

            1. Marie Flint profile image90
              Marie Flintposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              That makes it a little better. My HP Notebook originally had MSN as the primary webpage. I've since been using Yahoo, then Google+, now back to Yahoo with the Firefox upgrade. So, I could probably just use my Yahoo email for registering with Microsoft.

              All in good time. --Marie  P.S. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    9. ESPeck1919 profile image91
      ESPeck1919posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yep! I had been using Bing before I was aware of the rewards program, but once I signed up, I've been very happy with the rewards. Those gift cards are pretty awesome.

    10. Cardisa profile image89
      Cardisaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Bummer, it says not available in my country sad

  2. Barbara Kay profile image84
    Barbara Kayposted 23 months ago

    I use search engines for most questions I have and some of my research. Maybe I'll earn a few extra dollars. Thanks.

  3. Gina145 profile image89
    Gina145posted 23 months ago

    I've known about this for a long time, but it's not available in my country. I check back periodically just in case they change that, but it doesn't look like it's ever going to happen.

    1. Writer Fox profile image79
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Looks like it is only for Americans right now: https://www.bing.com/rewards/faq

  4. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago

    Well, I went and signed up. Maybe I'll score a Burger King hamburger by summer. big_smile

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Are you saying that your 'kickback' comes in small prizes?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        $5 gift cards all over the place. And sweepstakes entries for larger prizes.

        1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
          The Examiner-1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          They are probably too small to buy anything that you really want, or need. Bing just offers these as promotional items to get new searchers. I looked at Bing and they just made me think of Yahoo! I will stay with Google.

          1. Writer Fox profile image79
            Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Calculus-geometry's husband got a TV from his earnings on the program.  That's not small change!

            1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
              The Examiner-1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Okay, but I tried them a while ago and I do not  remember what it, or they, was/were but something(s) turned me away from it.

  5. The Examiner-1 profile image83
    The Examiner-1posted 23 months ago

    I have used them (before they began this 'kickback' thing) but the results that they came up with did not seem equal to Google's.

  6. seraphic profile image87
    seraphicposted 23 months ago

    Not offered in my Country of Region yet...that sucks...

  7. Lorelei Cohen profile image84
    Lorelei Cohenposted 23 months ago

    There are quite a few programs that offer points for searching the web. I use Mypoints.com for my searches but there are many other popular programs that pay for searching via them.

    1. Gina145 profile image89
      Gina145posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately that one has the same problem - eligibility is restricted to people from the US and Canada sad

  8. Hicks Days profile image61
    Hicks Daysposted 23 months ago

    thanks for the heads up, i almost forgot this smile

  9. Mark Ewbie profile image82
    Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago

    I make money off my mate Dave.  Every time he wants to know something I take a note of it and go down the library.  If I come back with an answer he gives me a biscuit.

  10. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 23 months ago

    I've used it for quite a while and have lots of points. I need to cash in.
    Other search engines should do this too.

  11. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 23 months ago

    Bing just "makes me mean".   I can't stand the way they have things set up or the whole, big, mix of "junk" they blend and connect (if you want to, don't want to, or didn't plan to but ended up with a bunch of stuff you don't want.)  You pretty much couldn't pay me to use Bing (even the name irks me) unless you were REALLY paying me super, super, well (and I have the accounts that are apparently required for the program - and have for years.  I like the way Google presents stuff (whether search or other products.  Between the way they (MSN) present whatever they present and their whole "commercial look" (or something), I just don't even really take them seriously (even though I know that a person can ignore all that other stuff, just search, and make their way to "serious" information).  Maybe it's just because I know Google better, but it just strikes me as being for grown-ups more than Bing does.

  12. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago

    I am now the proud owner of $.50. When this thread started, it was $.25. Yep, I know they look like "round" numbers, but it is exactly true. I guess I'm not much of a Bing searcher.

  13. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 23 months ago

    I have been using this for about 8 months and have made about 15 dollars on Amazon, a free month of hulu, and several free large formats photo products.  It probably helps that my job means I run 40-50 searches most weekdays.

  14. Uzochukwu Mike profile image60
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 23 months ago

    There is high competition in the market; Bing vs Google. Google remains the king.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  15. colorfulone profile image87
    colorfuloneposted 23 months ago

    Here's a neat story. Last week my brother and his wife came to visit, and they had their phones with internet connections. So, I asked if they were on Bing Rewards. They never heard of it, but when they searched to find it...they were pleased to see they each had a boat load of credits to redeem for gift cards.
    The end!

  16. Thelma Alberts profile image81
    Thelma Albertsposted 23 months ago

    Wow! It sounds great. I am using Bing after my nephew changes my browser to MSN last year. I don´t have any idea about this reward. Thanks for the heads up. I´ll check it now.

  17. Thelma Alberts profile image81
    Thelma Albertsposted 23 months ago

    Ops! It´s not available in Germany. Sigh!

 
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