June 15th, 2011

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Day late and a dollar short

I had been looking forward to my 2-month anniversary on Swagbucks and planned to make an entry commemorating the milestone. In fact, I had been thinking about the date for more than a week in advance, tallying up how many Amazon gift cards I had earned and trying to figure out how much I was getting each month on average. It only stands to reason then that as the day approached, it would completely slip my mind and that I'm only posting now, two days after the fact. So happy belated swagbucks anniversary to me.

The stats:

In 2 months, I've racked up $115 in Amazon gift cards and I currently have 2,557 swagbucks in my account. That's equal to be about another $25 in certs, putting my total at $140, and a not unimpressive $70 a month. I think it's especially spiffy given the fact that I started out rather slow in the beginning, not even getting the Swagbucks TV points until well over a month in. That alone would have yielded another $20 or so. There were also some problems with the CAPTCHAs which caused an early stall for a few weeks.

I figured it was also a good time to share some screenshots. I've been trying to keep track of my largest search win to date, snapping shots and then replacing them as a larger one comes along. While there are often people reporting wins of >100, I haven't been nearly as lucky. Here's the best I've managed so far.

I also snagged a shot of the CAPTCHA days when one accidental typo lead to 2 weeks worth of CAPTCHAs and less than half of my normal search wins. About the only part of that which was spiffy was the following win. It made me wonder if other 3-letter word combinations were possible and I made sure to keep my eye out for ASS or WOP but alas, nothing but WIN.

Lately, I've also been spending more time on Mechanical Turk, the Amazon site which allows you to complete tasks for various levels of payment. I've found a few activities there that seem to be worth my effort and I chug along on them whenever I'm bored. It's only been a couple of weeks but I've submitted 303 HITs (or tasks) and had 222 approved with the rest pending. Those 222 tasks have netted me $24.04, which also isn't anything to sneeze at given that days pass in between my visits to the site. I find I have to be in just the right mood to work on the tasks and the tedium usually kicks in pretty rapidly, leading to long breaks in between. I just don't know how some people manage to deal with things like this in their daily jobs. I think it would drive me absolutely insane if I had to do something like data entry 9-5. Even working at a McDonalds would be better since there would at least be some variety.

And so that's that. 2 months down and a small but healthy chunk of change in the bank. It's not a fortune, but it's not a bad way to convert spare time into funds. I have no clue how long I'll keep up with all of this, but for the time being it seems like a pretty good deal to me.

As always, if anyone else is interested in joining Swagbucks, just click on the link and drop me a PM. I can give you some pointers and add you to the code alert list I send out. If you want to know more about Mechanical Turk, I can also give you my two cents, though I'm still mostly learning my way around it as I go.