Recently I reviewed a company called Qmee which basically pays you some extra money for searching online. But one of the originators of getting paid to search is Swagbucks but they're involved in a lot of other things now.
That said I was initially happy to find Bing Rewards since they really focus on just paying you for searching as Swagbucks once did. But is it worth your time? Well that's what you'll discover in my Bing Rewards Review.
What Is Bing Rewards?
Bing Rewards is a Microsoft's version of a get paid to search program. Basically to earn reward points you must use Bing.com which is Microsoft's search engine and answer to Google.
How To Earn Bing Rewards?
There are a number of ways to earn Bing reward points.
- Set Bing as your default internet browser start page and use it to search.
- Change your browser search to bing and conduct searches.
- Download the bing search bar and use it to search.
- They also have other daily offers you can sign up for that will give you additional points as well.
What's up with this point stuff?
Many of these online companies like using their own monetary system in the guise of giving us choices. But in most cases it's to benefit the company since the points are rarely a 1 to 1 ratio to actual real money. For instance an amazon gift card worth $3 is about 340 points which is equivalent to less than a penny per point.
That said, Bing Rewards is no different. Bing Reward points can be converted to gift cards and sweepstakes. You also have the option to donate for charities. Usually most virtual rewards are provided within 24 hours so that's pretty cool.
Bing Rewards Hacks / “Cheats”
So depending on your membership level you only have a certain number of limited bing reward points you can earn per day which sucks. But there are some Bing Rewards Tricks you can try.
- Invite friends to Bing Rewards
You'll get 200 credits for each of your friends who join and reach Silver Status in their first 60 days, up to a maximum of 100 friends.
- Use image search in addition to regular search to increase your likelihood of earning points faster in a given day.
- Use the related search when you do an image or regular search it may lead to other searches that trigger reward points.
Bing Status Levels
Apparently the more you use the Bing search engine, the higher your activity status goes up and thus your reward earnings.
There are currently 3 levels available:
For gold members, you don't have to use Bing for searching as often as you do for basic or silver status to earn points. For example, gold members can earn a $3 Amazon gift card for 330 points. In addition, gold members can earn 20 points per day rather than just 15 points per day.
How Do I Sign Up For Bing Rewards?
You can sign up for free here.
You'll need to sign up with a microsoft account or you can use your facebook account.
Bing Rewards Program Complaints
You know me, I can't write up a review without calling out the pitfalls that may turn people off to a given opportunity. That said every company has some complaints and it doesn't mean they're a scam. So with that in mind, let's dig into them.
First and foremost, you are very limited to how many points you can earn per day regardless of level. Why the limit? Damned if I know. But I do know that limiting how much people can earn per day for searching will make it very difficult to cash out anytime soon. So that sucks!
No Cash Redemptions
Personally I have no problem with point systems as long as I can cash them out for real money and not just gift cards. Unfortunately you can't redeem your Bing Rewards for real cash. That means there are no Paypal, direct deposit or check options. Having said that, the points can be converted over to gift cards including Amazon or if you're feeling kind you can use them for donations. But nothing beats cold hard cash in my mind and that option should be a given.
As a basic member, it's going to take a hell of a long time just to reach 300 points for an Amazon gift card. And let's face it, the gift card option is what most members will go for due to no cash out option. Some will argue this isn't worth the effort. My counter is that you'd be searching online anyway so if you can get paid for what you do, then why not? But the lack of a cash option would make this less appealing though.
Bing Search Results
Bing has improved their search engine and it's not as bad as it use to be. That said you may just prefer the Google search results over Bing. So switching over may be painful especially since you're not earning a lot for doing so.
Sorry my international brothers and sisters Bing isn't available in your area. But you can always check out my international work at home page or this opportunity.
So is the Bing Rewards Program A Scam or Legit?
Bing Rewards does appear to be legitimate and does pay. After all it is from Microsoft which could mean a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. LOL However because of the limited redemption options and limitations on how much you can earn per day, I don't know if I would spend much time with it. In fact I haven't. I've been a member for a while and it's one of the few extra money opportunities I don't really take advantage of and that says a lot since I'm always preaching multiple streams of income.
But that's me and I may be foolish to leave money on the table by not using this more. So the choice is really up to you. Either way I would love to hear your thoughts on this Bing Rewards Review. If you have any updates on the company, or you have had personal experience, I welcome your comments down below.
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Until Next Time… 🙂
Eddy with a y (Yes it's that serious. lol)