Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Shopping Swago time again!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their July Swago board, which runs from July 9th through Monday, July 16th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 6pm UK time on Monday, July 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 8am UK time on Tuesday, July 17th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 500 SB before the first of August, you'll get a bonus 500 SB!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Get 300 bonus points when you sign up for Swagbucks in July!

All throughout July you can earn large bonuses from Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link  - use email sign up not Facebook to be sure of getting the bonus
2. Earn 300 SB total before 01/08/2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it (the bonus will be applied the following month)! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over £4000 from it and other sites in 2017! 

Sign up now then grab me on Facebook and I'll give you a few hints and tips to help you on your way!

Also Join our facebook group, where we help and support you to make the most of the sites you sign up to!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Earnings roundup - April / May 2018

So, can you make money from survey and GPT sites? Each month I'll show you what I made the previous month, explain a little about the sites and apps I used, and keep a running total for the year.
Here's the total so far:

January 2018 - £327.88
February 2018 - £203.73
March 2018 - £390.14

So, April / May 2018

It's been a mad couple of months with a lot of work and family stuff going on - so much so that I didn't even get a chance to total up my earnings in April - so this post is April AND May

Let's see how things went...


I kind of fell out of love a little with Swagbucks these past 2 months - but it's still a good earner. Swagbucks  used to be my favourite site, probably because it was the first one I joined, and it's the one I used to make the most from.. It's mainly video apps, surveys, clicks, offers, trials etc. If their advertisers aren't paying much  then there's not always a lot to do. I don't like doing surveys, so I rely on the video apps (which I can leave running while I do other things) and other parts of the site to earn. I had a whle week off in April and 2 whole weeks off in May, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had managed to cashout £85 in April and £90 in May.

You can sign up to Swagbucks by clicking here. Read how you can get a bonus in June, then sign up using your email address, not the Facebook option.


I love InstaGC because there's a lot of opportunity for passive earnings (ie not having to do anything). I mainly run videos on here, there are 4 streams of videos to run and I run them all as often as I can. There are also surveys and offers, the same as Swagbucks, and a lot of the surveys are short, which I like. 

Again, I took a week off in April and 2 weeks off in May, yet still managed $183.61 (April) and $165.66 (May) which makes around £138.26 in April and £126.21 in May

You can sign up to InstaGC by clicking here - if you do, it's worth dropping me a line on Facebook as it can be a little confusing at first and I can help you to get started.


Earnably is a new site I started in April - it's pretty much the same as InstaGC and Swagbucks, in that you can run videos, do surveys, take offers etc. It's not as 'sophisticated' as some of the sites and has quite a simple layout, which may work better for some people. It's rapidly becoming one of my favourites, so well worth a go.

In April I made £61 in about 10 days, in May £81, which I'm happy with considering the time off.

You can join Earnably by clicking here.

Branded Surveys 

Branded Surveys, which used to be called Mintvine is a bit of an acquired taste these days but I kind of like it. I don't earn as much as I used to from it, but I stick with it because it pays for my Pizza Express addiction.

Like the others, it's surveys and offers - no video options anymore, which means actually DOING something on the site, which is one reasonI don't make as much these days.

In April I cashed out £20, in Pizza Express vouchers. You can also cash out to Paypal, Tesco, Amazon etc, but I use it purely for Pizza Express for a nice treat every month. In May I also cashed out £20 in Pizza Express vouchers. I think I need an intervention :D 

You can sign up to Branded Surveys by clicking here - new members tend to get some good surveys for big points and little effort so definitely worthwhile.

Prolific Academic 

Prolific is purely a survey site, but as it's an Academic site the surveys tend to be really interesting and sometimes even fun. There's sometimes an option to earn bonuses, but in general they're one of the better paying survey sites. The only dowside of this site is that they don't email you when a survey is available, so you have to check the site regularly and as such it's easy to miss out on surveys / studies. Payment ranges from pence per study to pounds - in the past I've done stuides worth £16, £20 and more.

Newbies on here tend to get a lot of studies - in my first month I made over £100. This tapers off after a while, and that, combined with the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to be checking in April and May meant that I only made £6.42 in April and £5.01 in May - must try harder!

You can sign up to Prolific by clicking here. Be sure to complete all of the prescreening questions and to check in often.

Minor Earners

I have a few phone apps and other sites that I also use that take up very little time, and I can do while in the car (as a passenger!), watching TV, waiting for the kettle to boil, in queues in shops etc. 


Short (4 or 5 questions usually) surveys that pay small amounts immediatelyto Paypal. You'll have to search your app store to find it and it's never going to make you rich but every little helps! April earnings - £0.98. May earnings - £0.20


Another app that sends out surveys every couple of days - in April I was able to cashout £6.57. They pay to Paypal within a couple of hours.

You can get Attapoll by clicking here - it's pretty straightforward and will alert you when there is a survey available.


One of the easiest apps I have - simply log in each day to gain points. Occasionally there are short 1 question surveys, usually based on where you have been using data from your GPS. It's most definitely not a big earner, and you can only cash out to Amazon, but I had enough points to cash out £1 in May. You can get Panelapp here.

GFK / Incompass 

These are browser plugins / apps that just sit on my computr or phone and I do nothing - they pay out every few weeks and are easy earners

In April I had £30  and in May £20 from these

Be My Eye

Be My Eye is a mystery shopping phone app that gives you various tasks to do - some of these don't even involve going into shops! In April I amde £5.50, but nothing in May due to time.


So that means that April 2018 came in at  £357.49 and May 2018 came in at £338.41- considering the time constraints I had, I'm happy with that. It's June now though and time to start the push towards Chriostmas, so i need to up my game this month!

That's £531.61 from January - Feb, plus £357.49 in April and £338.41 in May, making a running total of £1617.65 so far this year.

Onwards and upwards - I have to up my game if I'm going to beat 2017's total of £4000!

*Please note that most of the links in this post are referral links and therefore I will receive benefits if you join via my link. That said, so will you in some cases, and it's in my interests to help you make the most of them, so feel free to PM me on Facebook anytime.

Monday, 28 May 2018

It's Barbecue time! 300 SB could be yours with new Swagbucks' Swago!

Summertime, and we have a new Swago...

Fire up the barbie, dig out the sausages, clear Iceland of frozen burgers and let's get earning! You could earn up to 300 SB in the new Swagbucks "Swago" promotion, the Barbecue edition, starting Monday, 28th May, at 5 PM BST (9AM PT).

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.  For each completed square you'll also earn spins on the Spin & Win wheel!

If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Help! I've lost my survey site mojo!

You know when it's just one of those days and you really can't be bothered doing yet another survey you'll probably be disqualified from, but you know you should really be earning to get to your targets?

I bet we've all had it, when the thought of another day trying to reach goal on Swagbucks, or getting to cash out on InstaGC or Earnably just feels like a chore.

And it seems like everyone else is just 'getting it' while you're fighting a daily battle to earn less than minimum wage?

Do you know something? I get like that for at least a week a month, sometimes more.

Here's what helps me get out of the funk.

Switch sites.

At times it's just easier to earn on some sites than others. If Swagbucks isn't doing it for you, forget about that extra 300sb for your Monthly Master - it's about £2.40 and really not worth the stress. Try a different site to the one you've been struggling with.

Run videos

If I see another 'Here's 1sb for trying' I think I'll scream! Run the video apps on Swagbucks, Playlist 4 and 6, EngagemeTV/Smores and Video Loyalty for InstaGC, or (not AND) EngagemeTV/Smores and Video Loyalty for Earnably. It's passive earnings and most modern phones and tablets can multiscreen, although it does help if you have a laptop.

Take a quick break

Go read a book, have a walk, play with the kids, just get your head out of the survey drama and enjoy some time not worrying about targets and goals and when you can next cash out.

Come and moan in the group

Everyone is allowed a moan sometimes, and we don't mind the occasional moan in the Facebook group - you'll find lots of help and support.

Reread the blog posts

I really can't recommend this highly enough. We wrote them to help you and you never know when you'll pick up hints and tips that you hadn't even thought about. And if you haven't read the blog posts, READ THE BLOG POSTS!

And if all else fails...

Take a longer break

Sometimes a few days or weeks off is enough to get your mojo back.

What do you do to get out of survey slump? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Ten things you (probably) didn't know about Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys (formerly known as Mintvine) takes a bit of a backseat to the other main GPT sites, but when used well can be a great earner, and if you can spare a few minutes a day to add it into your GPT repertoire, you'll soon see you can earn well from it alongside other sites.

Not a member? You can join Branded Surveys here.

Here are 10 things you may or may not know about Branded Surveys:

There's a Daily Poll

Even if you never do anything else on Branded Surveys, the Daily Poll can earn you up to $5 a month for just 2 seconds of your time a day. As a basic (Bronze member) you get 5 points a day for the poll and 25 points if you complete 10 in a row. As you rise up the ranks (more about that later) the points increase.

Read more about the Daily Poll on Branded Surveys here.

You get better DQ points than most sites

That 1SB DQ point from Swagbucks is great, and we all love the Tap DQ points on InstaGC, but for basic DQ points with no faffing, I love Branded surveys. I've had anything from 1 point up to 50 points for DQing from a Branded Surveys survey, but I have heard rumours of 70 points - and they clear immediately which can be a great boost if you're just a few points away from that cashout level.

So stop ignoring and deleting those Branded Surveys emails, a few clicks and you could be adding to your points balance without even having to complete a survey.

It's slow to start

When you first start it's easy to be discouraged on Branded Surveys, as all survey points pend for 14 days. That means it can seem like a long hard slog to get to the 1000 points cashout criteria. But stick with it - once you're into a routine, points will be clearing every day and you'll soon see that you can cash out more regularly.

1000 points is $10 to Paypal, or to a number of giftcards (including my favourite, Pizza Express). Payment takes around 5 days, sometimes quicker, and currently $10 Paypal is showing as #7.31 in my pending withdrawals.

The more surveys you do, the better points you get

Branded Surveys runs an 'Elite membership' system upon where you become a Bronze Elite member on joining. The more surveys or offers that you do, the more points you earn towards becoming a Silver and then Gold Elite member. 10 points from surveys or offers gives you one credit towards your membership level. You need 60 credits to get to Silver and 210 credits to get to Gold.

Once you achieve either of the higher levels, the points increase for tasks that you do, as you can see from the table below.

You can skip surveys with no penalty

While the survey offers via email are often quite high points, the ones on the site itself can often be lower points than you would like. But no need to worry, you can skip surveys with no penalty and you won't be offered them again.

But here's where Branded Surveys are different - not only can you skip the surveys, you can tell them why you skipped them! Too long for your liking? Let them know! You're not spending 15 minutes for 30 measly points? Let them know! They say this feedback helps them for future surveys, but even if it doesn't, it makes me feel better to let them know how unrealistic some of the offers are!

EngagemeTV runs quicker for Branded Surveys

Lots of us run EngagemeTV for Instagc or Earnably, Swagbucks or Grabpoints, but in our recent study, we found that it credits more quickly on Branded Surveys, with you having to sit through fewer ads in order to receive points. The table below shows the comparison and you can read more about it here

They have offer walls too

While Branded Surveys have fewer offer walls than some of the other GPT sites, often the points available can be slightly better. So it's worth checking there before doing an offer on another site if you've seen it on OfferToro, Personaly, PeanutLabs, Adwall, TrialPay or AdGate.

They have 'The Complete Challenge'

The Complete Challenge is a daily, weekly and monthly draw to win additional points. You will automatically be submitted for Complete challenges when you complete a survey.

The amount of entries you receive depends on the Elite membership level you are at - each survey you complete will earn you 1 ticket if you are a Bronze member, 2 for Silver and 3 for Gold.
It seems that the prizes for these Challenges vary, but it's an extra chance for extra points with no extra effort.

Bonus points can be awesome

In much the same way as there are points awarded for completing 10 polls in a row, there are also extra points up for grabs if you complete a certain number of surveys in a certain number of days.
Once you reach Silver membership, completing 10 surveys in 7 days will get you an extra 100 points. Completing 30 surveys in 7 days gets you an extra 150 points. This rises to 200 and 300 points respectively if you are a Gold member. Those points add up!

Their referral scheme is confusing, but worth it

When they were Mintvine, Branded Surveys had one of the most lucrative referral schemes out there. However that has now changed slightly. You still get 10% of your referrals earnings for life (on surveys and offers only). But the signup bonus (that used to be 50 points per referral) has changed.
Now, in order to get a bonus, both you and your referral have to reach Silver Elite Membership. Once your referral reaches Silver, if you are Silver you get a bonus of 50 points. But if you are Gold, you get a whopping 200 points, so it's definitely worth going for Gold!

So, while it may not become your biggest earner, I think Branded Surveys is still worth thinking about - it's kept me in Pizza Express vouchers for a good few months and while I wasn't sure at first about the changeover from Mintvine, I'm pretty much sold. You can join here if you're not already a member.

Did you learn something new from the points above? Were you not convinced before but now want to become a Branded Surveys member? Come over to the GPT Genies Facebook group and let us know, or leave your comments below.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Getting referrals - it's bloody hard work!

(I originally wrote this in September 2017 in our Facebook group)

I'd like to talk about referrals (again)

At least once a week someone tells me that the reason I make so much money on survey sites is 'because you have referrals', 'with referrals it's easy' etc.

And it makes me kind of mad.
In August 2017 I got 204 referrals on Swagbucks, over 250 on Mintvine and over 100 on Prolific. It was my best referral month so far at the time .

But it's far from bloody easy! Don't get me wrong, getting a few referrals isn't difficult but getting enough referrals that then go on to actually DO something is hard work.

- I've sent out (at their request) over 300 private messages
- I've spent time explaining to 300 people the benefits
- I've answered questions from over 100 people
- I've spent time supporting them and helping those that needed it
- I''ve written a variety of ads for different places
- I've taken part in conversations, often lasting days
- I've posted, reposted, renewed and bumped ads I've posted

I invite them into this group where I and a core group of members support and help them too.

Out of 204 Swagbucks referrals, maybe 20 odd of them are actually using the site beyond getting 1 or 2sb on their first day.

Some decide it's too hard, they don't have the time, it's too boring or it's just 'not for them'
And that's fine, their choice. Maybe they'll come back in the future. I'll be here.

Then there's the people I've spent time with who sign up but don't bother to use my referral link - annoying but not the end of the world.

I don't make the fortune people think I do out of my referrals. Out of the £511 I made in August, 240 pounds was on swagbucks maybe 10-15% of THAT was from referrals. A decent amount, I admit, but if I'm making that then think how much they are making? THAT'S why I look after those that need it - it's a win win situation.

Don't focus on the quantity of referrals you get, focus on the quality. 1 decent referral is way better than 5 that never do anything.

And if you know someone gets referrals, and they post that they've made a decent amount of money one month, don't presume they've done nothing to earn it.