Best Rewards Site: Swagbucks, Instagc or Bing Rewards
Online reward sites are a great way to earn gift certificates for use when doing online shopping. These websites are a great way to earn a little cash while you watch TV, cook, do housework or work on the computer. And they aren't scams. They payout rewards for doing surveys or for allowing yourself to be advertised to. About $200 of what I spent for Christmas this year came from gift certificates earned on Swagbucks, Instagc and Bing Rewards.
I've been using each of these websites for about two years and this has been my experience with them. I won't address surveys because I don't feel there's much difference between the sites. This is addressed more to people who may not feel comfortable doing surveys because they aren't comfortable giving out personal information. So, I won't be commenting on the survey aspects of these sites where the big earnings often come from.
The Easiest Rewards Website
This honor goes to Bing Rewards. If you already have a Hotmail account you can use it to set up your Rewards account. Otherwise you'll have to set up an account from scratch. All you have to do to earn Bing rewards is perform searches. I use Bing to catch up on the news every day because clicks on their news articles count. If you download the Bing app you can also earn doing mobile searches.
Bing Rewards has a limit on daily earnings. You can earn 15 points per day from PC searches and 10 from mobile searches. They usually have a few bonus points as well. So you can expect to earn about 28 points per day. You need 475 points to earn a $5 Amazon gift certificate. So while this is easy it's also limiting when it comes to how much you can earn. Still the ease of earning makes it worth it and you'll receive gift cards within a few minutes after redeeming them.
The Biggest Money Maker
Swagbucks has been a big earner for me. I usually earn about 50 to 100 points a day. 2200 points are needed to earn a $25 Amazon gift certificate (the amount needed to earn $25 from other retailers varies). So I earn about $25 a month. It may not seem like much but it adds up and comes in handy when buying birthday and Christmas presents. And this doesn't really take much time.
One great thing about Swagbucks is their videos app. You can run videos on the app and earn two points per 5 videos. I run the videos whenever I charge my mobile devices. Some of the ads that run between the videos do have to be closed for the videos to continue, so you'll have to keep an eye on them. But for the most part you can make money by running videos while you do something else. I usually run them while I'm doing housework or working on the computer.
The other big money maker with Swagbucks is the search. I've earned between 5 points and 37 points just doing searches. You can make Swagbucks your default search engine and you'll earn points after about 20 or so searches in my experience.
Swagbucks has other easy point earners like Encrave, Take a Discovery Break, nGage and Best of the Web. You can also earn points from offers. I've only done a few but I earned 300 points when I signed up for a free trial of Audible and 150 points when I signed up for Bing Rewards. As you get to know the site you'll find other easy point earners like the Daily Poll. They also pay out for reaching a daily goal. Earning 50 points might pay out a 5 point bonus while 100 may pay out a 10 point bonus. I try to hit the lowest goal per day to earn these bonus points.
The Lowest Earner
For me this has been Instagc. The thing I love about this site is that you get gift certificates instantly unlike with Swagbucks, which takes about a week. But it takes me forever to earn anything. I usually earn just a few dollars a month because I don't feel like it's worth it to put in a lot of time. I usually just run videos and do a few other offers. They don't have an app to earn videos like Swagbucks has. They also banned me from the search because they said I was spamming. I actually rarely used the search and used it the same way I use Swagbucks or Google. So, you can't really use their search engine without worrying about a ban because they're way too strict. Add to that, the points they pay out are really low, usually only one or two points for every 15 or so searches.