When I first became a member of Swagbucks I religiously used their search bar function to try and bump up my weekly earnings.
Whilst it was a simple enough way to earn cash it was INCREDIBLY slow going and let’s be honest here – Google is a much more effective search tool.
About 5 months ago I came across a banner advert on a competitor’s site claiming I could earn Bing Reward points by simply using a search engine.
I was curious as to whether or not this opportunity was going to be any better than my Swagbucks search experience…so I signed up!
So…was my Bing Rewards account worthwhile?
Let’s take a closer look…
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Bing Rewards Review
I’ve already sort of given the game away on how you earn with this platform so I decided to ‘borrow’ ( or ‘steal’ as we prefer to say in Wales ) a snippet from a reasonably well known marketing site…
“Bing Rewards launched in 2010 as a way to incentivize the use of the Bing search engine. Sure, it seems a bit like Bing is bribing people to use their search engine, but loyalty programs are pretty common in other industries.
With Bing Rewards, members earn credits for searching using Bing, checking out new features, and performing other tasks. As long as you’re signed in to your Bing Rewards account, you can earn credits while searching on any device.”
Disclaimer – I feel no guilt whatsoever in pinching the above snippet!
So, simply put, Bing Rewards is a Microsoft’s version of a get paid to search program.
To get started all you have to do is sign up with their program and then set their search bar as your default browser search engine – simple right?
Earn Bing Rewards Points
Regulars to this site will know about my dislike of a points based system when it comes to earning money online.
I’ve said it a thousand times…but I’ll say it once again – when I complete a task I expect to see cold hard cash in my account EVERY time!
I hate the way some of these platforms opt to pay you in points before you see any money – it’s always stacked in their favor.
It’s a really sleazy way of giving you less than you’ve earned – one point NEVER amounts to one penny ( or cent! ).
Unfortunately, Bing Rewards has gone down this gift card route so expect to end up with a Amazon or Costa voucher for your efforts ( they do award the cards pretty quickly mind! ).
Climb The Ladder
When you first start out with the Bing Rewards program you are set on a rather measly point pay rate.
The more and more you use the search bar the higher up the pay ladder you climb…
There are currently 3 levels available:
Unfortunately I did not use the system enough to reach the gold level so I can’t really comment on how much of a perk it is.
I have heard ( on the grapevine! ) that you receive a much higher percentage of point rewards when compared to the lower basic and silver levels!
Bing Rewards Complaints
Just about every online earning opportunity has some sort of complaint following it – even if it doesn’t deserve it!
Here are a few of the negative vibes I found through my research online…
First off – there is a ‘cap’ on the amount of points you can earn through the search system on a daily basis.
As you can imagine, this doesn’t really fill the serious earners with a great deal of confidence!
When you take into consideration that an Amazon card costs 300 points you’ll start to see how time consuming this format can be.
A lot of people also seem to be complaining about the quality of Bing’s search results. At the end of the day why would you want to use their search engine – Google is a much better option!
Bing Rewards Program Scam?
Well I definitely wouldn’t call them a scam but you do have to judge for yourself how worthwhile they are.
At the end of the day you are using a search engine for a handful of points every day. A ( decent ) gift card is around the 300 point mark so there’s a lot of elbow grease to be put in your end!
I used the platform for the purposes of this review but I will never use it again – it’s not worth my time.