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If you don’t use Bing, you may want to reconsider.

A while ago, we compared Bing Images vs. Google Images Bing Images vs Google Images - Which Has Better Results? Bing Images vs Google Images - Which Has Better Results? Bing’s image search once challenged Google, offering more features and a better design. With infinite scrolling and the ability to search for similar images, Bing was legitimately better than Google at image search just a... Read More as well as Bing Search vs. Google Search Is Bing Better Than Google Search? We Find Out Is Bing Better Than Google Search? We Find Out By many accounts, Bing is really giving Google a run for its money. On November 6th of this year, the Guardian reported that Google's search share in the UK dipped under 90% as Bing's share... Read More . Back then we declared Google as the winner but the past few years have seen gradual improvements to Bing, making it an actual contender as a search engine. But here’s the kicker: Bing pays you to search.

It’s called the Bing Rewards Program. I’m fully aware that this isn’t an altruistic act by Microsoft. Yes, you can see it as a bribe to switch away from Google. Yes, there may or may not be privacy issues with Bing when compared to other search engines like DuckDuckGo 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google In a world ruled by Google, at least where search is concerned, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a worthy alternative. DuckDuckGo is one website that is trying to offer such an alternative. If you’ve been... Read More . But if that doesn’t bother you, why not get paid for every search query? 

Please note: Bing Rewards is only available to residents in the 50 US States and DC only.

The Program

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The rewards program is extremely simple. You sign up for an account, you earn credits for each search query, and once you’ve accrued enough credits you can redeem them for rewards. You can also earn free credits every day for discovering new aspects of the Bing search engine.

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Bing has also extended the rewards to mobile platforms like iOS and Android. Find out more about Bing Rewards for Mobile and earn additional credits on your phone.

It costs nothing to sign up and the registration process takes less than a minute. To get started:

  • Visit the Join Bing Rewards page.
  • Click Try It Now.
  • Sign into your Microsoft account (or create a new one).
  • Speed up the process by signing up with a Facebook account.

I’ve been part of the program for a few months now (no, I am not being paid to endorse it) and I’ve yet to run into any problems. Let’s delve into how the program works and what you can gain from using it.

The Dashboard

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Each credit is worth $0.01 USD and you can earn up to 15 credits per day. The Dashboard shows you all of the possible actions you can take to earn more credits for the day. Microsoft will sometimes run promotions and bonuses that allow you earn even more credits, but for the most part you can expect to earn approximately 500 credits ($5 USD) per month.

The Dashboard is clean and intuitive to use. At a glance, you can see how many credits you have, how many credits you’ve accrued over your account’s lifetime, and how close you are to your “goal” reward. More on that later.

But you never really need to use the dashboard. When using Bing, a small toolbar at the top of the screen will show you your current credits and any new actions you can take to earn more. Otherwise, all you need to do is search, search, search and your credits will rack up.

The Rewards

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There are three kinds of rewards that you can redeem using Bing credits:

  • Gift Cards: You can think of these as digital coupons. There’s a wide range of gift cards available, including Windows Store, Starbucks, Sephora, GameStop, Burger King, and my favorite one of the bunch, Amazon.
  • Subscriptions: There aren’t as many subscription options as gift cards but they’re pretty useful: Hulu and Skype. Maybe Microsoft will add more of a selection down the road.
  • Sweepstakes: Sweepstakes are exactly what they sound like. You spend credits to buy “entries” into a raffle for huge prizes. I believe the sweepstakes change from time to time, so get them while you can.

As you accrue more credits, your Bing Rewards account upgrades from Bronze to Silver to Gold, which earns you discounts on certain rewards.

Conclusion

I really like the Bing Rewards Program because the reward-for-effort ratio is huge. I’ve made Bing my default search engine, which isn’t perfect but still tolerable, and I switch over to Google when Bing doesn’t get me what I need. For barely any effort, I can earn a $5 Amazon gift card every month. Worth it? I think so.

Have you tried the Bing Rewards Program yet? What do you think of it? Is free money still not enough for you to switch over to Bing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

  1. sherri
    January 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I used to like Bing Rewards ... but now they wont let me get my reward... i got my first one ..but now that im gold i cant cashout and there is no customer support

  2. creeem
    December 19, 2014 at 8:37 am

    You can only earn 15 credits per day. That means you have to wait for a entire month to eat a $5 burger king Burger.
    Its pathetic if you ask me. But its better than nothing. If someone is just searching celeb pics or gossip nothing really serious then its great.
    Ah I know who will earn money, I a not sure if people do it around the world but a lot of people IN India do this.
    You tell the web url of any website, for example http://www.idiot.com and they will not type it in the address bar. Some don't even know the address bar exists.
    They time it into google or yahoo whichever is their homepage and then click on the first link and visit the website. Jeez whenever I see someone do that I want to shoot myself in the eye, I have to stop myself from putting my fingers through that person's eye and removing his brain out(as its redundant) when he tells me "see google got it", like he is telling me you are wrong see I got the website anyways...AAARGGHH
    Sorry for the Rant I digressed into

    • John Smith
      October 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

      "You tell the web url of any website, for example http://www.idiot.com and they will not type it in the address bar. Some don’t even know the address bar exists.
      They time it into google or yahoo whichever is their homepage and then click on the first link and visit the website. "

      I know a lot of people who do this and haven't even changed their default desktop background or pinned programs on their taskbar. Whenever I see them on their computer I feel like grabbing their laptop/whatever and forcing them to change it!!!! It drives me nuts.

  3. paulann
    September 1, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Too funny- of course its a bribe but hey that's business.. Google offered free phone calls in the US for over 4 years and they threw away more money on that experiment then most countries bring in annually.. Microsoft is gaining huge market share with Bing and they have no problem paying people to do it.. I love Bing rewards!!

    Hey- fwiw? there are a few other sites that offer it.. Swagbucks offers paid searches.. So do a few other gift sites like Inbox dollars, Send earnings and Zoombucks. I use them all- heck even if its just $50 a month that's still $50 I was getting before for something I do every day. Take it while its offered.

    Here are some cool tips on how to make Bing points quicker and also some other sites that offer paid searches.. If anyone knows of more please share them? : 0

    http://netpayout.com/accumulate-bing-search-reward-points-quicker/

  4. sajad
    July 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    i need U.S phone number for redeem.can anyone help me?

  5. Peter Ling
    July 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I like bing rewards, but I got locked out from hotmail.

  6. shawn
    July 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Lol it's funny I use linux so I wrote myself a simple little bash script that does the queries for me. I run it when I wake up before getting in the shower or before I go to bed and I get the points. I then use a user agent switcher to make it look like i'm on a iphone and run the script again and boom I get the mobile points. Almost no effort whatsoever.

    • Joel L
      July 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      That's funny! Not that I condone doing that (it must be against their TOS) but I don't suppose Microsoft will crack down on it too hard. :P

    • paulann
      September 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Shawn- and you find it 'funny' that you created a program to cheat Bing/Microsoft? That's really sad- typical of many in America today.. Lie, Cheat, Steal.. and to actually be proud about it? you kidding????

      Your posting here serves as a perfect example of why America is 17 trillion in debt and in denial about it.. a nation of cheaters and thieves... and your not even ashamed- you come here and brag! Bing offers this chance for people to make some extra cash and slime like you has to ruin it for the rest of us..

      Why not just cheat on your college courses- get a great job and keep your mouth shut and move on.. Its clear what you are about.. but coming here bragging about it just goes beyond pathetic its downright sad..

      No effort whatsoever as you say.. what a POS you are.. congrats for getting the award as a true low life..

  7. Paulann
    June 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Great write up! I noticed once a week they offer double credits- I use my iphone to do searchs and that affords me another .10 a day. The key is to do this religiously and it actually adds up quite nice..

    A lot of different programs like this if your willing to do them each day can make you some nice pocket change. I do searches on another site called swagbucks.. $5 here, $5 there.. the more the better :)

    • Joel L
      June 25, 2014 at 4:26 am

      That's exactly how I use it. I've been at it for about half a year now and I've basically earned a free $30 towards my next Amazon purchase thanks to all of the gift cards I've accrued. No effort was required at all. :)

  8. D. Staub
    May 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I have been a Bing Rewards member for over a year. I entered one of the sweepstakes and ended up winning a Surface Pro with keyboard. All you have to do is enter by submitting points that you have earned.

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Awesome. I've been avoiding the sweepstakes for now but maybe I'll give it a try.

  9. Horace C
    April 30, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Hmm... Kinda seems like that Microsoft is getting desperate... :P
    Anyways, sounds like an intresting program.

  10. Shane H
    April 30, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Not available in Australia yet.

  11. Glenda S
    April 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Well I was hoping one could earn a few hundred a week from doing this, but $5.00 a month? Hardly worth the effort.

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      I like to think of it as a free $5 for zero effort. Been on it for 4 months now and I have $20 in Amazon credits for doing nothing.

      • Chris William
        June 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

        Can you use the Amazon credits to buy things like PC games from Amazon? Or is it only for things like apps and books and movies? One last question, do you need a credit card to redeem your amazon credits? like when you sign up for a free trial of Netflix they take your credit card info. Thanks

        • Joel Lee
          June 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

          When you redeem your Bing points, you receive a $5 Amazon gift card. No credit card needed to redeem. The gift card is applied to your Amazon account so that the next time you make a purchase, you have the option of using your gift card balance to reduce the checkout price.

  12. Ed
    April 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    The program is awesome, but the actual search engine necessitates it. As a college student, I'm all about "free" stuff, but it's still a little frustrating that Bing doesn't get the job done for research related activities. I don't know what the issue is, but the first few results are always irrelevant. Perhaps because I'm used to Google's more powerful and broad web-searching power. But, I can still switch when I need to, and hey, 30 searches is only a quick 2 minute activity. Hopefully, they'll actually make this a good engine though, because it's not.

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Yeah, Bing still falls short for actual search engine power. Google took a while to get to where it is right now, though, so maybe Bing will catch up in a couple of years.

  13. Greg Kristan
    April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I just recently signed up for Bing Rewards and I love it too! I actually use my credits for the the Boys and Girls club or the new Bing Ad Free in the classroom.

    I also think Bing has some great features that makes it stand out at times better than Google. For a lot of their searches their right knowledge graph shows more interesting data.

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Overall Bing is worse than Google, but yeah, it does some things better. I mainly use Bing now but switch to Google when Bing fails.

  14. Gamingmac
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I've been a Bing rewards member for over a year now and I think it is really great because I use it to get free Xbox Live Points. I do believe that this is just Microsoft's way of bribing people to use their search engine but hey, I get free things. [:

    • Noel
      April 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Im in the UK can I Join

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      It's definitely a bribe, but it's a pretty good one if you ask me. :P

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