Monday, 31 December 2012

Swagbucks Update

Hey Swagbucks fans!  The suspense is over, Swagbucks has confirmed the new rewards prices is here to stay, at least for now.

To those of you that may be new and not aware of the rewards change, back in November, all rewards were limited to 5 of each like prize per month and they cost various amounts of Swagbucks per $5.  For example, the $50 Amazon.ca gift card was 5900 Swagbucks.

All Swagbucks rewards EXCEPT the discounted $5 Amazon.com and $5 Amazon.ca cost 500SB per $5 reward and have no limit.  Because the $5 Amazon.com and Amazon.ca rewards are discounted, they will still have a limit of 5 per month.

This is fantastic news, as the previous rewards system was not only more difficult to keep track of what your Swag Bucks were worth, they also cost a lot more. 

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GiftHulk Code

Hey GiftHulk fans! There is a code for 3HC available on Facebook for the first 2,500 users.  Enter "happynewyear2013" without quotation marks into the Fountain of Youth.  Thanks to Amanda Cullen for the head's up.

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Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 8SB until 1:30PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Facebook pages.  Thank to Karen Cail Hill and Nicole Cooper for the head's up!


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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 7SB until 4PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Facebook pages.


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Friday, 28 December 2012

Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on the Blog for 4SB until 4PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective blogs!


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Monday, 24 December 2012

Final Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! The final code for Swagbucks Winter Madness is out.  Head on over to Blog for a code worth 8SB each until 5PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs.


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Swagbucks Update

Hey Swagbucks fans!  Swagbucks is getting into the Boxing Day spirit with 2x the Swagbucks on Shop & Earn.  Check out my Shop & Earn review.
 
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Swagbucks Shop & Earn Review

Hey Swagbucks fans!

Back in October, I was contacted by Swagbucks to test out their Canadian Shop & Earn program a little ahead of schedule so I could help Beta Test the system.  They asked me to check it out and provide them with feedback regarding my experience and they would track the order progress.  I was also offered a "shopping spree" of $50.00 per store and asked to post an honest review on my Blog.  Overall, while there were some bumps along the way with the process, I did enjoy testing Shop & Earn, and would use it again, but keep reading for more details on my Shop & Earn experience.  All opinions are my own, and were in no way influenced by Swagbucks.

Of course being a "money-maker and saver" at heart I jumped at the chance for a shopping spree so I could purchase a few things for the family and for myself of course and be reimbursed for it as well as earn Swag Bucks!

Since most of those in our family are the type to go out and buy something if they want it, Christmas shopping is tough.  Back in October I had no clue what types of things I should purchase for Christmas, so I decided to shop for something for some things for the family and something just for me.

I was asked to shop at Walmart.ca, YvesRocher.ca and Sears.ca through Shop & Earn.  Since I wasn't exactly sure how Shop & Earn would work if I sat and browsed the sites for a long time, I went directly to the sites and did a little research of things that I wanted before I started, and so I was familiar with how to use the site for my shopping trip.  Each of these sites ask you to register and provide your contact information.  I did this with each site before I ever went through Shop & Earn, however doing so through Shop & Earn does not disrupt the tracking process to make sure you get your Swag Bucks.

When you first visit Shop & Earn, it knows if you are Canadian, and it will only show you stores that are available to you.  This is great because originally when Shop & Earn first started, there was a "Canada" tab, but you could still drift away from it and find yourself at stores that were US only, which could cause some confusion.  If for some reason you want to view the stores that are for US or UK, you can do so by mousing over the little Canadian Flag and changing it to the US or UK flag so you can browse those stores if you so choose, but you will not earn Swag Bucks for shopping at these stores even if they ship to Canada.  Canadians can only earn Swag Bucks from stores available in the Canadian Shop & Earn.

The very first thing I did with Shop & Earn itself, was familiarise myself with the stores.  When you are viewing the list of stores you will see how many Swag Bucks you will earn per $1 spent at the store. From Shop & Earn you can click directly on "Shop Now" to be brought to that store's website, or if you click on the store name it will take you directly to the specific store's page on Shop & Earn.  Here you can find special restrictions as well as a list of coupon codes you can use to get more Swag for your Buck.  These special coupon codes are for discounts on your purchase or shipping costs, or even add-on free items. If you visit the Starbucks Canada page on Shop & Earn it states special terms that "The purchase of gift cards are not eligible for Swag Bucks".  It is important to note these restrictions as you will not earn Swag Bucks for restricted purchases.

Once you have chosen a store, clicking on the "Shop Now" button will take you directly to the store's website.  It should take you there immediately, but if it doesn't there is a button to click through to the website.


Some of these sites may ask you to sign up to complete your purchase, or you may check out as a guest, whichever you choose, but I prefer signing up with the site as sometimes there is a way to go back and check the status of your order and make changes or even cancel the order if necessary.

My first Shop & Earn adventure was at Walmart.ca on October 10, 2012. I found Walmart.ca quite easy to use, and their selection of movies, toys, games, appliances and more was pretty good.  I had been thinking of getting a new electric grill as ours was pretty old, and unfortunately some of the coating started coming off.  Once I found the item I wanted it was really easy to check out.  I was already logged in to the page, so I so I just clicked the "My Cart" button at the top of the page and proceeding to complete my order.  Once it was completed I received an email detailing my order and my order#.  One of the great things about Walmart.ca is once you sign up you have access to your past and present orders so you can check their status and review past orders.

Here is a photo of my new grill, which cost $77.28 including taxes.


Now at this time, Walmart.ca is not available on Shop & Earn.  One of the things about testing something new, is that sometimes things don't work out quite as you plan.  Shop & Earn Swag Bucks were to show up in pending within 2 to 30 days after the order was completed.  Unfortunately the Swag Bucks from Walmart.ca never did show up properly, but it was definitely a learning adventure for both Swagbucks and I what works and what doesn't.  I'm hoping that it returns soon, but there is obviously some more testing that needs to be done to make sure that it works correctly.  I was credited manually after sending in a ticket at the Shop & Earn rate of 1 Swag Buck per $1 and earned 69 Swag Bucks for my purchase.

My next shopping trip was to Yves Rocher.  This one was all about getting girly stuff just for me!  I spent a lot of time picking and choosing various items I would like, and ended up getting a lot of great stuff.  I got shower gel, bubble bath, foot care items, hand cream and more!  One of the neat things about Yves Rocher is they always include samples with each order, plus often they include other free products depending on your order.  Because I ordered $45 worth of products I received a free pair of super soft gloves, and a really warm and soft cape (which I actually love wearing to keep me warm as I'm blogging).  Yves Rocher asked me to create an account as well.  You can request tracking information here and update a list of your favourite beauty products and their current promotions and free gifts available. 

At the time of my order, there was an excellent coupon code available through Swagbucks for $7 off $40 and free shipping was available for orders over $35.00.  The free shipping did not require a coupon code, so I got both.  The coupon code was found directly on the Shop & Earn page for Yves Rocher, and was super handy as it allowed me to bring my total down to $51.35 for all of the great things you see below:



Best of all?  Yves Rocher is worth 10SB per $1 spent, so I earned an extra 451 Swag Bucks for my purchase.  Unfortunately again, there was an issue with this Shop & Earn shop crediting properly via Shop & Earn, and it was credited manually after I contacted Swagbucks Support.  Yves Rocher is still available on Shop & Earn and is working properly.

My last "stop" for the spree was Sears.ca.  I am personally not a huge fan of Sears.  I find that a lot of their items are over-priced there and it was actually difficult to find something I wanted.  Originally I wanted to purchase some cushions, however when I added them to my cart and tried to check out, it removed the items from my cart and would not let me check out.  Since my family collects Disney movies, I decided to check out their selection and found two movies that we were missing and they would fit within my $50 spending spree budget.  At the time, there were no coupon codes available for Sears and they didn't have any special shipping offers.  Regular shipping is $7.95, but can be higher for appliances, and other heavy items.  Since I didn't want to pay the shipping cost, I chose the $3.95 option to have my items delivered to the store.  My total for the two movies plus shipping came out to $52.57 with taxes.  Normally I could find these on Amazon or even Walmart for cheaper, however it was a shopping spree, so I paid only $2.57 out of pocket for both of these.




Since I picked them up at the store, I opened the packages immediately to make sure it was the correct items, and watched them right away to make sure there were no issues and so that we could exchange them if necessary.

Though I didn't really enjoy my online shopping experience with Sears.ca, they were the only company of the three I shopped at that properly credited me for my Shop & Earn experience!  They actually showed up as pending in my Shop & Earn ledger within 2 weeks and credited within the 30 days.  But earning only 1 Swag Buck per $1 spent is not enough of a bonus for me to shop there with their higher prices.


So what did I learn about Shop & Earn?

I learned that there are definitely a few things you can to do to make sure your Shop & Earn experience runs much more smoothly than mine.  At this point I'm not exactly certain what happened with my purchases that the Swagbucks weren't credited properly, however we did chat about what things their members could do to make sure they earn their Swag Bucks on their purchases.
  • Make sure you're logged into Swagbucks.com. It's possible to visit the Shop & Earn page and click through to a store even if you aren't logged in. Please take a moment to check the top corner of the page for your name (or login button) before you proceed to the store site.
  • To earn Swag Bucks, use the Shop & Earn portal to go to the store site. If you go to a store directly like Sears.ca instead of to Shop & Earn first, Swagbucks cannot award you for your purchase.
  • Only use coupons provided by Shop & Earn. If external coupons are applied to a purchase, you will not be able to receive Swag Bucks. Click on the name of the store in Shop & Earn to view coupons & deals. 
  • Be aware of any special terms.  By clicking on a store name in Shop & Earn, you will also view Special Terms as well as the timeline for when pending SB will post. Please be familiar with these details, as they may vary from store to store.  Remember, some items may not be eligible for Swag Bucks, like purchasing Gift Cards.
  • Keep your receipts. If you do run into any issues, the Swagbucks Support team will be able to better assist you if you can provide your receipts.
  • Don't use the back button if you navigate away from a Shop & Earn Store.  If you go to another page before completing your order, and attempt to use the back button to go back to your order, you may not receive your Swagbucks. 
  • Didn't receive as many Swag Bucks as you thought you would?  You will only earn Swag Bucks on your subtotal.  Swag Bucks earnings do not apply towards taxes or shipping costs.  If your total purchase before taxes was $45.00 and your Shop & Earn was 1 Swag Buck per $1, you will earn 45 Swag Bucks.
  • Remember that your Swag Bucks will show as pending in your Shop & Earn ledger, and not your regular ledger until your order has been completed.  Have you been checking your ledger every day to see if you've gotten your Swag Bucks yet, or to see if they're pending?  Well they won't show up in your ledger until they have credited.  You can view your pending Shop & Earn Swag Bucks by mousing over your name and choosing "My Shop & Earn" or by clicking on the "My Shop & Earn link to the left side if you're already on your ledger.

How do I contact Swagbucks if I have a problem?

If  it has been longer than 32 days you can reach Swagbucks by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the very bottom of many of the pages on Swagbucks, including the homepage. From there, you will be asked to provide the reason you're contacting them.  Choose "Shop & Earn" and fill out the information required.  It is always best to include a copy of your receipt.  You can do this by providing a PDF, or a JPEG of your order.
  • Full Name
  • Swag Name
  • Store Name
  • Date Of Order
  • Time Of Order
  • Order Number
  • Subtotal (not including shipping/handling, taxes)

What do I like about Shop & Earn?

I love that it's so easy to find deals and coupons for stores, as well as earn extra Swag Bucks.  If I'm considering purchasing anything from a Shop & Earn store, I always check out the coupons on Shop & Earn to see if there is anything I can use.  They also seem to have bonus days every once in a while where you can earn 2 or even 3 times the amount of Swag Bucks you'd usually earn.

It's also easy to navigate and easy to find what I'm looking for.  I can sort alphabetically, by amount of Swag Bucks earned, or I can search coupons, popular stores or search the store by name. 

Another great feature is you can add a store to your favourites list by clicking on the white heart above the "Shop Now" button.  Once you have added a store to your favourites, you can actually get to the store page directly from the Swagbucks homepage by clicking on it's link from the homepage.  You'll find this on the left hand side underneath the quick links.


What do I not like about Shop & Earn?

Of course it's always hard to wait to see if you will be credited for your order!  The 30 day wait to even see your Swag Bucks show up as pending can be really difficult because you're eager to get that bonus.  However the reason it can take so long depends on the specific store and the policies and terms they have in place for when they will credit Swag Bucks for your order.  Many of these sites have a return policy and this wait is often because Swagbucks has to wait a certain time period before they can contact the store to get your Swag Bucks credit due to this return policy.   So while I may be impatient to see my order, I also understand the need for the waiting period.

How do I think Shop & Earn can be improved?
I do think that the Swag Bucks for Shop & Earn should show up as pending within a few days, and that if there are any problems it could be noted so in pending so you can contact Swagbucks.  This would be ideal, because then at least you know that your order went through.  I am not exactly sure how this would work, but this is a feature I think would make Shop & Earn better.

More stores available would be great.  Shop & Earn has already come a long way from October where there were 30 stores.  There are now 59 stores and hopefully there will be more to come in the near future.  I would like to see Walmart.ca return and I'd like to see FutureShop.ca, Bestbuy.ca, Well.ca and let us not forget Amazon.ca!

Would I use Shop & Earn again?

Definitely!  I know there were some glitches along the way, but sometimes bugs need to be worked when things are rolled out new.  I am pleased with my shopping experience as in total I earned 563SB for shopping online, and depending where you shop and how much you spend you can earn much more and there is no limit.  I know Swagbucks is working with their Shop & Earn partners to ensure that you get the Swag Bucks you deserve.  If you have made a purchase and it's been over 32 days, then I suggest contacting Swagbucks and provide all the information requested in the tips for contacting Swagbucks above.

I would also use Shop & Earn again, because unlike "cash back" sites, I don't have to have a minimum purchase or minimum balance before I can get my reward.  I also don't have to wait for a pay cycle to go through so I can get my payout and I'm already earning Swag Bucks, and this is just another way for me to get my rewards faster

Haven't joined Swagbucks yet?

I consistently make $25.00 in Amazon.ca plus anywhere from an extra $5 - $25.00 more per month on Swagbucks simply by watching videos, playing games, answering polls, searching and occasional surveys, offers or tasks.  Click the Swagbucks Logo below to join my Swagbucks team and start earning too.


Once you've signed up, check out my Swagbucks Tips page to get more details of how I earn my $25.00 in Amazon.ca rewards every month.


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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! Two more codes for the Swagbucks Winter Madness are out.  Head on over to Blog for two codes worth 3SB each until 10AM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs.  Thanks Rick Chong for the head's up!

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! Two more codes for the Swagbucks Winter Madness are out.  Head on over to Blog for two codes worth 3SB each until 2PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs.  Thanks Rick Chong for the head's up!

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Friday, 21 December 2012

PrizeZombie Code

Hey PrizeZombie fans! There is a code clue out on Facebook for 3SL until 9PM EST today.

The code clue is "December 21, 2012 was predicted to be the end of the world. What Mayan artifact was used for this prediction?"

Enter the answer in all lowercase letters into the Promo Code box on the homepage.


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Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! Two more codes for the Swagbucks Winter Madness are out.  Head on over to Blog for two codes worth 3SB each until 2PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs.


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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! Two more codes for the Swagbucks Winter Madness are out.  Head on over to Blog for two codes worth 3SB each until 11AM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs. Thanks FreeMoneySites for the head's up!

Not sure if these count towards the Mini SwagCode Extravaganza, or not.

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GiftHulk Code and Update

Hey GiftHulk fans! There is a new Newsletter code out for 5HC for the first 5,000 users.  Enter "tapporo" into the Fountain of Youth.  This code comes with the announcement that GiftHulk has released an android app called Tapporo.  Here is the information from the Newsletter.


Be Rewarded with Tapporo

Anytime. Anywhere.

GiftHulk

We have created a reward app for you - Tapporo!

At Tapporo you earn ORO Coins by engaging with brands(watching videos, installing free apps and completing offers from well-known brands).
You can then use your ORO Coins to purchase prizes at Tapporo Store!

Prizes range from PayPal and Amazon.com gift cards to Facebook Credits and even accessories for your phone!
We have cases, cables and other accessories available for major brands and models.
Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola - we got it all!
New prizes are added every week, according to wishes of our users!

You can also enter Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes - and the chances are GREAT!

You can even earn by inviting your friends to join! And when they will earn - you will earn even more! Up to $0.6 from each user invited!

Tapporo on Google Play
Tapporo on iOS: in development
Tapporo Website

Don't forget to stay tuned:
Tapporo Facebook / Tapporo Twitter

Get Tapporo at Google Play!


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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Swagbucks Search and Find Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 5SB until 12PM PST.  Find Santa in the Search and Find image and enter his location into the Gimme Box on the homepage.  The location will start with the Letter first and end in the number.  Remember the Letter is capitalised.

Thanks to Nicole Cooper for the head's up.

You can also view the Search&Find picture here:



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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 10SB until 6PM PST.  This is for Canada ONLY for reaching 10,000 fans on the Swagbucks Canada Facebook page!  Go Canada!

Thanks to Karen Cail Hill and Ed Martel for the head's up!

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Mini Swagcode Extravaganza Code #4

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 7SB until 5:30PM PST.  US and Canadian swaggers visit your respective Facebook pages.

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Mini SwagCode Extravaganza Code #3

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on the Homepage for 8SB until 2:30PM PST.  Thanks to Nicole Cooper for the head's up!

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Mini SwagCode Extravaganza Code# 2

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on the Toolbar for 15SB.  Not sure how long it's good for, but it is also available on the Swidget if you don't have the toolbar.  Thanks to Eric Zayonce and Lori Moreau for the head's up!

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Swagbucks Winter Madness Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! Two more codes for the Swagbucks Winter Madness are out.  Head on over to Blog for two codes worth 3SB each until 12PM PST.  US and Canadian fans visit your respective Blogs. Thanks Nicole Cooper for the head's up! 

Not sure if these count towards the Mini SwagCode Extravaganza, or not.

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Mini SwagCode Extravaganza Code# 1

Hey Swagbucks fans! The first code in the mini SwagCode Extravaganza is available.  Head on over to Twitter for the code worth 9SB until 8AM PST.  Thanks Nicole Cooper and Rick Chong for the head's up!

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Swagbucks Codes

Hey Swagbucks fans! The first of the Winter Madness codes are available on the Blog.  Enter your choice of each into the Gimme Box on the homepage for 3SB each until 2PM PST.  Thanks Cindy Abrey and Edie M for the head's up!

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PrizeZombie Code

Hey PrizeZombie fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 3SL valid until 5PM EST.  Enter "fans" without quotation marks into the Promo Code box on the Homepage.


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Sunday, 16 December 2012

PrizeZombie Code

Hey PrizeZombie fans! There is a code out on Facebook for 3SL valid until 11:59PM EST.  Enter "2000new" without quotation marks into the Promo Code box on the Homepage.

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

ClixSense Tips


Hey money-maker fans!  After SuperPoints closed I was left feeling like I needed another site to try out to fill the gap that was left by the shut down.  It was at that time that I started looking around for something else to try, and one of the sites that caught my attention was ClixSense.  One of my fans had been posting about it for a little while and since I no longer had SuperPoints I decided to take the plunge and try something new.  Since joining November 7th I have earned between $5 - $30 weekly.

I've included a screenshot of my recent payments from ClixSense.  Below is also a payment from BullFrog Solutions, but this is not from ClixSense.


ClixSense is different from the other money-maker sites I use in that it is not a "Search and Win" site like Swagbucks or GiftHulk.  You can search from ClixSense, but you will not earn anything from it.

ClixSense is PayPal or Cheque only for Canadians and as a Standard Member you can cash out at $8.00 and as a Premium member you can cash out at $6.00 and there is a 2% fee to cash out via PayPal.  If you are cashing out at $8.00, your fee will be $0.16.  Originally I was put off by this, but their payouts for offers and tasks far exceed this 2% and it no longer bothers me.  If you want to be paid by Cheque there is a $1.50 fee and the minimum is $10.00.  Their cheques are sent once a month on or before the 10th of the month.  Their PayPal payouts are by 5PM EST on Mondays and Fridays and I generally cash out on Friday morning and get my payment in the afternoon, but you can do so whenever you choose and your payment will arrive the following Payday. I will explain more about Standard and Premium in more detail further down into the review.

They do not have Gift Cards like Amazon, BestBuy, etc.  You must have a valid PayPal account or provide your valid name and address to get a cheque.  Unlike other sites they also use real currency amounts instead of the "points" system.  If an offer says it is worth $0.85, it is worth $0.85 USD.  All PayPal payments and cheques are in US currency.

You do not need referrals to earn with ClixSense.  If you did it all by yourself, and you regularly tried surveys and tasks, you can do well for yourself on this site, so I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to try a new earning site.

ClixSense has "PTC" ads which are "Paid to Click" ads.  These ads come up randomly throughout the day and are worth $0.001 to $0.02 depending on how long they are.
 Micro Ad is 3 seconds = $0.001
Mini Ad is 15 seconds = $0.005
Standard Ad is 30 seconds = $0.01
Extended Ad is 60 seconds = $0.02

Once you click on an ad you are required to complete the Captcha to view the ad.  On Clixsense their Captchas are very simple.  There are five pictures on the top of the page, four of these will be a picture of a dog and one of them will be a picture of a cat.  You must find the picture of the cat and click on it.  This is their way to ensure you are an actual human being and not just a bot.  Once you have clicked on the cat, you will see a timer counting down how long you must stay on the page viewing the ad.  Unlike some other websites you must stay on the page to watch the ad or the timer will pause.  If you go to a different tab, or click something else (like your toolbar SBTV) the timer will pause and stay that way until you return to the page and watch the whole thing until the timer counts down.  Once the time runs down you will be credited automatically for your view.


What makes ClixSense really stand out for me is it's payouts for Offers and Tasks.

ClixSense Offers are surveys, videos, trials, shopping (paid offers), downloads and "paid to call" offers.  Surveys are worth $0.70 to $1.50 each and there are a variety of survey companies you can try on a daily basis.  Some of these like PeanutLabs have surveys come up regularly, so it's good to check often.

Most of the offers are self explanatory, but "paid to call" offers are some of my favourite and the most lucrative.  I have been able to do three of these offers so far and each one paid $4.00 for a minimum of five minutes work.  Simply, you agree to call a company with a specially provided phone number that is unique to you for a certain amount of time and you speak with a rep to inquire about their services.  Two of these offers I had recently were to call Universities that offered Online Courses.  I was required to be on the phone for five minutes and you must ask natural questions regarding the products or services.  You are not allowed to tell the companies you're getting paid to call them.  You may be asked to give your name, phone number or email address, however you are not required to give them any information you do not want to give.  They always give the name of the company that you will be calling, so I always suggest doing a little research by searching the company name and looking at their website so you can prepare a few questions for your call.  Each offer will have certain requirements, so make sure you read the instructions carefully and follow through or you will not get paid.  Once you have completed your call, if you have completed it successfully you will be paid within a few minutes.

ClixSense Tasks are Crowdflower tasks that you can complete.  They have "Casino Tasks" like all the rest that come out daily.  These tasks vary day by day, so there are no "set" tasks that are always there, but I check often because Tasks are one of the best ways to earn on this site.  Many other sites have these Tasks, but ClixSense pays the best.  Whereas on Swagbucks Casino Tasks are 4 - 7SB each, on ClixSense they are $0.07 to $0.12 each.  You are also further encouraged to do tasks as they have a weekly Task Contest where the top Task Workers can earn a $2 - $50 bonus.  For those of us who aren't quite so hardcore, they still have a $5.00 automatic bonus for every $50.00 worth of tasks completed.


What can really make your earnings on ClixSense jump is also the Daily Checklist.  As a Standard member you earn 5% of your daily earnings and as a Premium member you earn 12% of your regular earnings.  This is a fantastic feature, as there is no cap to what you can earn with the bonus and the harder you work and more offers/tasks you do the better bonus you will receive.

To complete the Daily Checklist you must:
  1. Click at least 2 PTC Adverts of any kind;
  2. Click at least 15 ClixGrid squares. The more you click the more chances you have to win ClixGrid prizes which will then be counted towards the bonus as well.
  3. Because not everyone has offers or tasks available to do, and to give everyone a chance, you are required to complete only one of the following:
    1. Complete at least 10 CrowdFlower Tasks
    2. Complete at least 2 offers from the offers page
    3. Complete at least 5 CrowdFlower Tasks and at least 1 offer from the offers page
  4. Visit at least one page of our forum. Posting is not required.
Regarding the Tasks and Offers, if for some reason you do not get credit for completing them on a given day, or if payment is delayed into a following day, the checklist of that day will not take them into consideration; payments are not retroactive, they will instead count only towards the day when they are actually received. 


Just for doing tasks and offers I will earn a $0.69 bonus for December 15th as I am a Premium member and earn 12% of my daily earnings as a bonus. 

Like all other money-maker sites ClixSense has a referral program and you can earn from your direct referrals based on your membership level indefinitely.  There are no caps to what you can earn from your referrals (except Ad purchases). You do not earn an automatic bonus for a referral signing up.

Now what is a Standard member and what is a Premium member?

Standard Members
Standard members are those who sign up to the site.  Nothing is required other than verifying your email and filling out your information.  As stated previously you earn 5% of your daily earnings when you complete the Daily Checklist.  This bonus is given at "rollover" which is at 12:00AM EST.

25 chances at the ClixGrid and the ads are 10 seconds long.

For PTC ads your direct referrals will earn you:
Micro Ad = $0.0002
Mini Ad = $0.0010
Standard Ad = $0.0020
Extended Ad is = $0.0040

Offers = 5% of the Offer
Tasks = 5% of the Task

If your direct referral Upgrades to Premium you will earn a one-time $2.00 bonus. 

Ad or ClixGrid ad earnings per purchase = 10% up to $1.00 with a limit of $50.00 earned per referral.

Premium Members

Premium members are those who choose to upgrade their account with ClixSense.  Upgrading costs $17.00 per year which equals out to approximately $0.045 per day.  Now why would you want to PAY a site on which you're there to earn money?  Well, it's for the extra earning potential.  Premium members are guaranteed $0.04 per day in PTC ads every day.  This in itself almost covers your upgrade.  As a Premium member I regularly earn $0.10 - $0.15 a day just on PTC ads.  There are some ads that are only available to Premium members as certain advertisers want to target Premium members.

As Premium you also earn 12% of your Daily Checklist instead of the usual 5%.  This can add up to a lot of extra earnings depending on if you make your Daily Checklist on a regular basis.

50 chances at the ClixGrid and the ads are 5 seconds long.

For PTC ads your direct referrals will earn you:
Micro Ad = $0.0004
Mini Ad = $0.0020
Standard Ad = $0.0040
Extended Ad is = $0.0080

Offers = 10% of the Offer
Tasks = 10% of the Task

If your direct referral Upgrades to Premium you will earn a one-time $2.00 bonus.  As Premium you will also earn $1.00 each time one of your referral's referrals upgraded to Premium all the way down to your eight level downline referral.

Ad or ClixGrid ad earnings per purchase = 10% up to $2.00 with a limit of $100.00 earned per referral.

As a Premium member you will also earn an extra $0.50 automatic bonus once your direct referrals have earned $1.00 with PTC ads.  This is a one-time bonus and Standard members do no earn this bonus.

Do I recommend upgrading?  

That is a decision you have to make for yourself and weigh the pros and cons.  For myself I am an active member that attempts surveys and completes tasks daily.  Just with Casino Tasks alone I usually complete 10 Tasks and then finish off the rest of the Daily Checklist to earn my bonus.  This alone makes upgrading worth it to me as otherwise my daily bonus would be much smaller.  On average with 10 Casino Tasks I earn $0.70, and I usually earn another $0.10 in PTC.  If all I earn is $0.80 a day, my bonus is $0.096 as a Premium member. If I was a Standard member, my bonus would be $0.04 so I earn $0.056 more simply by being upgraded which while not substantial is still worth the the $0.045 per day of upgrading, especially since I am guaranteed $0.04 in PTC ads per day.  If you don't regularly meet your Daily Checklist, then I don't recommend upgrading, because in the end I don't feel that it would be worth it for you. 

To upgrade you can choose to make a payment via PayPal or you can save up your earnings and fund your upgrade that way.  It is $17.00 per year, and starts immediately as soon as the payment is made.  If you are going to upgrade, do so on a day where you have made the Daily Checklist and have done well that day.  As a bonus to being upgraded to Premium you will have a bunch of new PTC ads that will help boost your daily bonus. 

Other Features:
ClixGrid

The ClixGrid is a "game of chance".  It is a large grid and you can earn between $0.10 to $5.00 with one click.  There are no "guaranteed" ways to win on the ClixGrid.  You are required to do the ClixGrid 15 times to complete your Daily Checklist, but any other tries are optional.  Like the PTC ads you are required to stay on the page for 5 seconds if Premium and 10 if Standard member.

Search

The Search feature is available if you'd like to use it, but you will not earn anything from it.

Games

Games are also available if you want something to do in between Tasks and Offers, but there is no payment for doing Games.

Forums

The Forum is a requirement for the Daily Checklist, but you only have to visit it once and you are not required to post.  There is a lot of information about Tasks and Surveys and you are encouraged to discuss Tasks and Offers and post your payment proofs.  There is also a spot to celebrate your ClixGrid earnings or your Daily Checklist bonus.

Advertising

You can also Advertise with ClixSense as well.  You can choose to buy ads from Micro to Extended or a GlixGrid ad.  You can advertise your Blog, business, or other referral links to other sites.

Since joining, ClixSense has quickly become my top earning site, even over Swagbucks.  The only thing in my opinion that could make it better is if I could redeem for Amazon.ca, but I can transfer the PayPal money to my own account and with the last few weeks earning $20.00 - $30.00 a week, the money quickly adds up.

As always I am happy to help if you contact me on my Facebook page, and I hope this has helped you with a little more insight into how to earn from ClixSense.  If you would like to join my team, you can click the button below.


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Earning Opportunity

Hey money-maker fans!  There is a great task available called "Compare Local Search Engine Results, then Rate their Relevance!".  This is one of my absolute favourite tasks, as once you get the hang of it, it is really quite easy and the payout for this task is really good.

There are 4 Search Engine result tabs that you need to rate. Compare each result to the search query to see if it matches the result, and then rate it based on the information returned. For example. I had "spca in pensacola fl" I saw on one of the tabs that had "The Humane Society" and an address and ph# for that result. I did a quick Google Search to make sure there was indeed a result like this (because sometimes they try to trick you) and it was correct. The other 3 tabs had NO results whatsoever. So with the one that had the Humane Society, it also had other results with different city addresses. For the 3 that had NO results, I chose BAD, and the reason as "expected results, but none were returned". For the one that had the right listing, but some wrong listings I chose "OK" and the reason as " I found the right listing(s), but there were also irrelevant results"

So go to town! I am doing them at Clixsense right now, for $0.12 each! If you'd like to try it out, join me at Clixsense, or try them at your favourite money-maker sites. PrizeZombie and Zoombucks are also offering them for $0.08 each.


Friday, 14 December 2012

Swagbucks Winter Madness

Hey Swagbucks fans!  Starting Monday, December 17th Swagbucks Winter Madness begins!  Winter Madness is 6 days of codes based on winter activities.  Each day, you cast your vote by redeeming the code for your favourite winter activity.

But Winter Madness comes with a twist!  Each winning activity will become a special Searchable Collector Bill!  Once all of the new Collector Bills are out you have until 11:59PM PST to collect them all to win a mad bonus of 25SB!

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Mini SwagCode Extravaganza

Hey Swagbucks fans!  Swagbucks will be holding a Mini SwagCode Extravaganza coming on Tuesday, December 18th!  If you get all of them you can earn 45SB.  As always, I'll do my best to post Code Alerts!  If you haven't already downloaded the toolbar, you may want to do so as it does have a nifty feature where you can check if a Code is available.  You can download the toolbar Here.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans! There is a code out on the Homepage Slider for 5SB until 4PM PST.  Thanks to Amanda Cullen for the head's up!

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PrizeZombie Code

Hey PrizeZombie fans! There is a code out on Twitter for 2SL until 8:59PM EST.

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GiftHulk Code

Hey GiftHulk fans! There is a new code available.  Enter "searchplugingiftcards" without quotation marks into the Fountain of Youth for 5HC.  Valid for the first 10,000 users.  Thanks to Edie M for the head's up :)

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

GiftHulk Code

Hey GiftHulk fans! There is a new code available.  Enter "xt4jmeqhx" without quotation marks into the Fountain of Youth for 3HC.  Valid for the first 1,000 users.

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Swagbucks Code

Hey Swagbucks fans!  There is a code out on the Blog for 12SB until 1PM PST.  US and Canada visit your respective blogs and check out the update on "Giving".  Thanks to Nicole Cooper for the head's up.

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