Bing It On!
How often do you find yourself doing a quick Internet search to answer a question, or look up reviews on a product, or check out the latest news? Wouldn’t it be great if you could be paid for doing it? Well hold onto your hats because you can!
If you use Bing as your search engine and have a Microsoft account, then you can take advantage of the Microsoft Rewards program. Check out the details below.
What you need
All you need to do is create a Microsoft account (if you don’t already have one). Go to www.bing.com and click on the “Sign in” link in the top right-hand corner. Then you can either log in to your Microsoft account or create one.
You don’t need to use Internet Explorer or Edge as your browser. You can still use Chrome or Firefox, whichever you prefer, but it is helpful to set Bing as your default search engine.
What to do
Once you are logged in to your Microsoft account at www.bing.com you just start searching using the Bing search engine. It’s a simple as that!
Each time you search you can accumulate points as follows:
Daily ways to earn points:
- 5 points per Bing search:
- Level 1: up to 50 points per day
- Level 2: up to 250 points per day (to get to Level 2 you just need to earn 500 Microsoft Rewards points each month)
- 20 points / day extra if you do Bing searches using Microsoft Edge (= 2 searches per day)
Other ways to earn:
- Streak bonuses are paid out if you do the daily searches/quizzes on your dashboard
- 20-30 points per day: 2-3 daily searches on your dashboard
- 30-50 points: quizzes on your dashboard
- 50 points: if you click on the links in the regular Microsoft email
- 1 point per $1 spent at the Microsoft Store
- Extra points each day if you use the Windows 10 Edge browser
- From time-to-time Bing will increase the number of daily searches you can do.
All these points add up fast and you can use them in a number of ways:
- To get e-gift cards from places like Amazon, Target, hulu, Walmart, etc.
- You can donate them to charities – like the Special Olympics or Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Trade in some points to enter sweepstakes to win Microsoft products
To redeem a $5 reward takes about 6,500 points if you are at Level 1, and only 5,250 points at level 2.
How much time?
No extra time needed. When you are looking for information, instead of googling something, just use the Bing search engine.
Nothing. The Microsoft rewards program is free to join.
Is it worth it?
I think this is definitely worth a 5-pig rating. It’s free to join and you get points for searching the Internet which you can then cash is for monetary rewards.
In the past year I collected enough points to exchange for $125 in Amazon gift cards. Free money for searching the Internet? What’s not to love?
Anything else I should know?
Isn’t Google better than Bing?
Apparently, there is some research that users do prefer Bing to Google but, it looks like the research was sponsored by Bing, so keep that in mind!
However, there are times when Bing does outperform Google. Search Engine Watch thinks that the image and video searches are better on Bing and points out that Bing is also better integrated with social media.
For me, I prefer the results layout in Bing. As you can see below, Bing uses more of the screen to show much more detail, which gives you more information in one place and reduces how much you need to scroll:
How can I earn points faster?
If you want to earn even faster you can set up multiple Microsoft accounts and use different browsers. For example, you can have one account logged into Bing in Internet Explorer, another account in Chrome, etc. Just be aware that if you are also using the Bing app then things can get confusing. My advice: don’t use the Bing app, I don’t find it very user-friendly!
So, go forth and make some money from your Internet searches. And if you have any additional tips or tricks for this Bing program, please share them below.