A few sites pay you to search.
Bing Rewards: Just for using bing you get points. Simple as that. Use bing to search and get points for rewards. They have various gift cards and monthly sweepstakes.
Qmee: Qmee is basically passive. It's a browser add on you install. Then sometimes when you search a term that has a relevant ad in their database, it will come up. So you just use the web as you normally would, and every once in a while you get an ad pop up that you can go to and get paid. It's simple and easy. Payout is to paypal with no minimum as far as I know. I have cashed out as low as $0.20 before.
iBotta: A very simple app to use while you shop. They list offers, if you buy that item, you upload a picture of the receipt and get credit applied to your account. When you reach $5 you can cashout via PayPal. Combine it with coupons and sales and make money while saving money on shopping.
Trying out Apps
So you have a smartphone and are always trying new apps? Did you know there are some services that reward you just for trying new apps?
FeaturePoints: Lists a bunch of apps, you pick one, download it, try it, and get the points stated. Redeem those points for paid apps, amazon gift cards, paypal. or other rotating rewards.
AppTrailers: Rewards you for watching a short commercial for an app and then downloading it and trying it. It's a great way to learn about new apps and try them, but also earn rewards. Rewards are various gift cards as well as PayPal.
Being social can be EXTREMELY rewarding on all of these sites. Have you tried a site or service and haven't been happy with your speed of earnings? Try getting referrals. Post your referral links on social networking. The following sites have great referral programs. Ranking is in personal preference order from best referral program to worst. If you use any of these, get active. Post your link on social networking or other forums you visit. You would be surprised how much you can earn getting friends to sign up with your link. Some pay you a set amount just for getting friends to sign up, others pay you ongoing a percentage of that persons earnings.
JunoWallet: You can enter code TH1272839 to start with a bonus and support DrinkingDollars
FeaturePoints: You can use code P31E9Q to start with a bonus and support DrinkingDollars
*Note: Many sites and services offer referral programs. These are just some of the better ones. These sites are both good for the referrer and good sites to use in the first place so any friends you recruit can actually earn some money too.
Signing up and using these services yourself and sharing can be very rewarding. Try it out!
Run a website or blog? Stay tuned for our next post about monetizing a website.