If you’re looking to be rewarded for doing something you were doing for free anyway, check out Bing Rewards. Bing wants to pay you for searching using its search engine instead of Google’s.
Like Viggle, that pays you for watching TV, and Mr. Rebates, that pays you to shop, Bing Rewards pays you to search on the Internet, something you were probably doing anyway. Bing, Microsoft’s answer to Google’s search engine, is willing to pay you to use Bing to search instead of Google.
You may recall that last fall Bing began the Bing It On challenge. Now they’re taking the challenge a bit further by rewarding people who use Bing.
How Bing Rewards Works
With Bing Rewards, you get rewarded for searching, for completing tasks and for referring others. You earn credits that you can redeem for rewards from Bing.
Types of Rewards
You can redeem your Bing Rewards credits for rewards for yourself or make a donation to a non-profit organization. You can earn rewards such as a free DVD at Redbox, Starbucks and Amazon gift cards, and Skype credit. Check out the rewards currently available at the Bing Rewards website.
Ways to Earn Rewards
Searching is the primary way to earn Bing rewards. You earn a credit for each search you do on Bing, up to 15 per day.
Each day you can visit your Bing Rewards dashboard to see what tasks you can complete for credits. Bing suggests a daily search for you to do based on the news of the day that will earn you a credit.
You can earn an extra credit by searching “Bing” on Bing!
You can earn credits for taking the Bing Rewards tour and by taking the Bing It On challenge.
You can also earn Bing Rewards by referring friends. You can share Bing Rewards on Facebook and Twitter, as well as send people a link to sign up through you. You can earn five credits per friend up to a total of 25 credits for referring five friends.
If you’re an avid Bing user, you can earn Silver and Gold Status, giving you more points and more rewards.
Signing Up for Bing Rewards
To sign up for Bing Rewards, go to the Bing Rewards website. You can sign up for Bing Rewards using your Facebook account or your Microsoft email account. Use one or the other because you can’t combine the credits.
What Else You Should Know
Don’t quit your day job just yet. Bing Rewards isn’t going to make you rich. In fact, they don’t even offer a grand prize, like the Royal Caribbean cruise that Viggle offers.
Shop carefully, not all rewards are created equal. The redemption amount of credits is heavily dependent on the reward you want to get. For example, 400 credits will buy you a $15 credit at Red Envelope or Pro Flowers, but isn’t enough to get you a $5 gift card from Amazon or Starbucks (those cost 525 credits).
Bing Rewards have been available for a while, but earning them used to be more complicated, requiring that you use Internet Explorer and install a Bing toolbar. Now you can earn Bing Rewards credits on Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer without the need for a toolbar.
Like Bing It On, Bing Rewards is only available in the US. I have no idea why Bing is showing no love for those outside the US, but they might try growing their search engine by reaching out to those who are outside the US of A.
Search results are important, so make sure that Bing is giving you the search results you value. That free Starbucks coffee won’t taste nearly as good if your search results suffered in order to earn it. Make sure that you take the Bing It On challenge first to ensure that Bing is giving you the results you desire.
If you’re a Microsoft Xbox gamer, you should definitely check out Bing Rewards to try to achieve Gold Status to get discounts on Microsoft Points and Xbox Gold membership.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section of Bing Rewards to find out more information.
I learned about Bing Rewards from fellow blogger Lisa from Inspire to Thrive. (Make sure to check out her informative blog as well as her guest post last week, You Can Write But Can You Blog, at Adrienne Smith’s blog.)
Are you persuaded to try Bing Rewards? Will this convince you to switch to Bing from Google? Vote in today’s poll and let us know your thoughts!
Check out Bing Rewards to get rewarded for your searches!
Have you been using Bing since the Bing It On challenge? Would you like to get paid for your Internet searches? Do you think Bing should expand Bing rewards outside the US? Is there anything that would get you to switch from Google to Bing? Did you know that Bing stands for Bing Is Not Google? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Carolyn is Off the Grid, busy spending her Bing rewards! She will return on April 1 to respond to comments. Check back often because articles will continue to be published here at The Wonder of Tech during her absence.