SwagBucks – 23rd Payment Received!

Name: Swagbucks

Program type: Paid Search, Surveys, Paid Registrations, Paid Videos, Paid Emails, Crowdsourcing, Paid Clicks, Paid Referrals, Cash Back Shopping, Contests, Paid Apps, MTurk Alternative

Date joined: 12/13/2010

Referral program? Yes

URL: http://www.swagbucks.com/

Amount made: $275.00 Paid

Paid? Yes! Multiple times.  Payment takes about a week to arrive via PayPal. You can redeem for merchandise, gift cards or PayPal in their Swag Store. Minimum redemption for a $5.00 Amazon.com card is 450 points, 2500 points for a $25.00 PayPal payment. There are many other redemption offers in the Swag Store as well, but these are the two most popular.

International: Swagbucks is open in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and India.

Swagbucks Payment Proof:

This page was getting a little long with all of my prior payment screenshots. Below are  payments from 2013 and on. Older payment screenshots are here and here, for anyone who wants more proof.


Originally posted: 01/2011
Last updated: 02/26/15


Fusion Cash – Pays every month like clockwork!

Name: FusionCash

Date joined: 12/02/2010

Program type: Surveys, Paid Clicks, Paid Email, Paid Videos Paid Registrations, Paid Search, Crowdsourcing, Cash Back Shopping, Mystery Shopping, Data Entry

Referral program? Yes, one of the most generous out there. Pays $1.00 for each verified referral, $2.00 when the referral completes their first offer, and $5.00 each and every time your referral cashes out! Amazing!

URL: http://fca.sh/192o9

Free Money at FusionCash!


Amount earned:  $2,139.35 Paid

 International? US/Canada only

Paid? Yes! Paid many times!. Last 20 payments are below… an archive of my older payments is stored here.


FusionCash Review: Recommended? Definitely. Everyone has only good things to say about this program. This is my top earner in all the referral-type programs I belong to. I get a lot of searches to this blog by people looking for “Fusion Cash Scam” — but this is no scam at all! Fusion Cash is definitely legit. Many different ways to earn, no matter what type of work you want to do.

Originally posted: 12-03-2010
Last updated:

Consumer Village

Name: Consumer Village

Program type: Surveys

Date joined: 12/18/2010

Referral program? No

URL: http://village.gongos.com/

Amount earned: $60 in Amazon Gift Certificates

Paid? Yes!  Paid five times so far in Amazon Gift Codes. The site has recently had an update, and the redemption process has changed. They used to send you your codes automatically, now you need to request them from your Dashboard.

The Amazon Gift Codes for Consumer Village can be tricky to find too, once you’ve redeemed. What you need to do is go back into your Dashboard, and then go back to Points and Progress. You’ll see your cashout request listed there, along with the other surveys you have taken. If you click directly on the words “Cash Out”, that section will open up, and you’ll see your Amazon Gift Code listed in there. You’ll just need to copy and paste it into your Amazon account.

Click the image below to get a larger sized screen shot, so you can see how to get your Amazon Gift Code from Gognos after you’ve redeemed.

Previous Consumer Village Payment Proof:


Recommended? Yes.  Consumer Village or Gongos.com is not a scam.  It’s definitely a legit site. It doesn’t really take any time, and it’s always a nice little bump to get these  gift card codes. Go ahead and join.

Last update: 02-22-15

Tellwut – 22nd Redemption Received

Originally posted: 05/01/12

Name: Tellwut

Type of program:  Surveys, Contest

 Date joined: 03/22/12

Referral program? Yes, pays 25 points per validated referral.

International members? Canada and US only

URL: http://www.tellwut.com/?refer=FreebieJunkie

Tellwut Review:

I discovered TellWut.com by them following me on Twitter. That’s always a good sign if a new rewards site has a social media presence. They also have established Facebook and Linkedin profiles, which is another way to reach out to them if you need support.

You can start off your account with 200 points by signing up (100 points) and then providing your demographic information (100 points). Other point earning opportunities include creating surveys, referring friends, and answering surveys from the site and businesses.

The signup only took a moment and the confirmation email was received immediately. The demographic information was only one page long, and I got my 200 points immediately. I answered two quick polls for an additional 20 points.

The rewards catalog has items ranging from a $10.00 Amazon or WalMart Gift Certificates at 4,000 points, all the way up to a Motorola Xoom Android tablet at 250,000 points.

This is another fun place to rack up some Amazon and WalMart gift certificates and codes.

Paid? Yes! Multiple times:

  1. $10 WalMart Gift Card requested 5/25/12, received via snail mail 5/31/12.
  2. $10 Gift Card  requested 07/05/12, arrived 07/10/12.
  3. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 08/06/12, arrived 08/10/12.
  4. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 09/03/12, arrived 09/12/12.
  5. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 09/23/12, arrived 10/03/12
  6. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 10/11/12, arrived 10/20/12
  7. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 10/18/12, arrived 10/25/12
  8. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 11/10/12, arrived 11/16/12.
  9. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 11/27/12, arrived 12/06/12
  10. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 12/18/12, arrived 01/03/13
  11. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 01/13/13; received 01/16/13
  12. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 02/02/13, received 02/05/13
  13. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 03/25/13, received 03/27/13
  14. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 05/06/13, received 05/09/13
  15. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 06/04/13, received 06/07/13
  16. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 07/26/13, received 07/29/13
  17. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 09/12/13, received 09/17/13
  18. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 10/31/13, received 11/05/13
  19. $10 Amazon Gift Card requested 02/03/14; received 02/12/14
  20. $10 Amazon Gift card requested 06/01/14; received 06/09/14
  21. $10 Amazon Gift card requested 12/14/14; received 12/17/14
  22. $10 Amazon Gift card requested 02/11/15; received 02/18/15

TellWut Payment Proof:

Most recent Amazon Gift Cards from TellWut.com

Recommended? Yes! Definitely! I love this site!

Originally posted: 05/01/12
Last update:

First Friday GiftHulk Fountain of Youth Codes – February 2015

Update: These are gone! Check back the first Friday in March for the next batch!

Happy Weekend! Here’s kicking things off with the GiftHulk FOY codes I earned in the previous month. These go fast so grab them quick!


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Are There Alternatives to Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Listing of places like Mechanical TurkThat’s a search phrase someone used to find my old blog when I first started. I know I’ve looked for them as well, in an attempt to find MTurk alternatives to make money online.

Nowadays I only pop over to MTurk a few times a week to do any research studies that look interesting, so I’m definitely no expert. I guess my best answer to it would be, “Yes, but”. There are similar opportunities online, but in my opinion nothing pays as well as MTurk.

However, there are many other sites out there where people are earning, and many have the added bonus of offering affiliate or referral income. As you know, Mechanical Turk doesn’t offer a referral system, but there are other crowdsourcing sites that do.

I’ll write down what I’ve found so far.

Crowdflower Sites

Formerly known on MTurk as “Dolores Labs”, CrowdFlower is a Requester many new Turkers turn to in order to build up their approval rating and number of approved HITs. There are a lot of mixed reviews out there regarding them, some justified, some not.

The positives about CrowdFlower are that unless you’re an outright scam artist or barely literate, they won’t reject you. Rather, they’ll just quality screen  you out of certain jobs.

There have been a number of reforms over the past two years at CrowdFlower to address many of the complaints about them, but there are still some drawbacks you should be aware of.

They don’t set the pay for the Tasks they post. These are set by the clients they recruit. Because of this, the pay for their jobs varies widely too. More often than not, their clients set the pay at a rate that is beyond an insult, wanting an inordinate amount of work done for mere pennies. There are clients that do pay at an amount that equals the standard $0.10 per minute average that many people set as the minimum they’ll work for, but these often are grabbed very quickly.

Another excruciating frustrating complaint about them is the large number of incorrect quality control questions, also known as “Gold Standard Questions.” Once again, many times these are written by their clients and pushed out to production without anyone taking a second look at them. This is incredibly frustrating to be working on a job, provide work that you know is 100% accurate, and then get quality screened out because of someone’s error.

To their credit, they do have Customer Support Reps answering complaints at their GetSatisfaction portal, and a few times I’ve opened support tickets there, I’ve gotten a good response from them in about a week. Unfortunately they’re very overwhelmed by people who post nonsense complaints on issues that have nothing to do with the original topic, so it does slow down the response time. Because of that, there have also been times when I’ve opened an issue on an interesting HIT I would have liked to work on, and just not gotten any type of resolution at all.

They no longer posts HITs on MTurk, but have them pushed out to a number of affiliates. I originally had this list sorted by the year I joined the site, but now I’ll have it sorted by where the program falls on my ranking results.

Fusion Cash – (US/Canada only) Look under  Daily Offers –> Daily Tasks. Out of all the original Crowdflower affiliates, this one seems to be the most successful. Every day on the FusionCash forums, I see members posting pretty impressive earnings doing HITs here. If you’re not already a member, this should be your first stop.

UniqueRewards – An older PTC site that has many other GPT opportunities; they added Crowdflower in Summer 2013

Swagbucks – Swagbucks Tasks require you to research specific topics on the internet and answer questions, while earning Swag Bucks along the way.  When you visit Swagbucks Tasks you’ll see the list of available tasks, each with a brief description, a corresponding Swag Buck payout PER PAGE completed, and how many of that specific task are still available to be completed. Fill your piggy bank on a specific task and the Bucks are automatically transferred to your account! Start being rewarded for Swagbucks Tasks today!

Access Tasks under “Answer” in the top navigation bar. Accepted countries are US, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland and India only at this time. I’ll update this page if this changes.

ClixSense -Look under Tasks. This is new for 2012, and has the added bonus of paying downline commission on referral’s tasks. All countries EXCEPT the following: Iran, Iraq, China, Cuba, N. Korea, Vietnam, Niger and Afghanistan.

Send Earnings – Look under Cash Tasks. All countries accepted.

Inbox Dollars – Look under Tasks. All countries accepted.

GiftHulk – And another new one for 2012. Pay for the tasks is slightly higher here, so this may be a good one to check out. Click Earn –> Tasks to view what is available. Accepted countries are Australia, US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, France, Germany and Ireland at this time.

GiftHunterClub - A CrowdFlower site with a pretty good selection of tasks available. I joined this site at the end of December 2012, and am pretty impressed with their payout and number of tasks listed.

Heedyou – (formerly Clicks-FX) A smaller PTC site, that added Crowdflower tasks in February, 2013. For a smaller site, it has a fair amount of jobs as well.

ZoomBucks – A multi-offer portal site similar to Swagbucks. I’m not entirely sure when they added Crowdflower, but I noticed the addition after they ran a March, 2014 site upgrade. A quick glance at their Offers portal showed a fair number of Tasks available. All countries accepted.  Look under Earn –> Tasks.

TreasureTrooper – Another multi-offer GPT portal site that has been around for a while. They offer Crowdflower Tasks under Earn –> Cash Tasks

SuperPoints – Home of the ‘Super Lucky Button’, this site also is a Crowdflower affiliate. Look under Get More Points –> Super Rewards –> Tasks as well as Personaly –> Tasks.


Non-Crowdflower Sites:

There are a few other sites I’ve found online that fall outside of the Crowdflower affiliate model:

StoreHours24North America only. Fun and easy data entry site. You need to read the rules otherwise your work will be rejected, but as long as you’re not a scammer or do poor quality work, you’ll have no problem.  

MicroWorkers – I do have an account here, and have done about four article writing tasks so far as a test. I did get approved and paid for all of them. There are occasional good opportunities here, and they offer a referral program.

MinuteWorkers – Same as above. I have done one writing job there and was paid. However there are a lot of promotional type jobs you need to search through. Like MicroWorkers, they have a referral program that helps you earn a little extra as well.

Short Task – Occasional good writing things, but I’m not impressed with how honest the requesters there are with paying. I did four as a test in January – two were approved right away, and I still have two sitting there pending.

TextBroker – I really like this site and should visit it more. This is a good site if you like article writing. They have a nice arbitration process if your work gets rejected, which luckily I’ve never had to use. I’d recommend this one.

I know there are others out there, but these are the ones I’ve tried myself.

For me, I’m sticking with MTurk as my first choice for any type of short jobs. It’s hands down my favorite site.

Whoever googled that search term, I hope this helps!

Originally posted: February 2010
Last update: 02-05-15

January 2015 Referral Program Ranking Results

Happy February! I hope you’re enjoying the days getting longer. I know I am! I just hate the dark winter months.

In earnings, January was a total bust for me! I had set an overly optimistic goal of $200 for myself for the month, but after being away so much, I didn’t even come close! By the end of the month, I had just broken $94.00. Yikes!


Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

As far as ranking results, it was a thrill to see steady earner Clixsense move into the #2 position! This steady paying program is one to really count on.

Program NameRedeemedAvg Min/Day
Program NameRedeemedAvg Min/Day
Fusion Cash2,059.7620
Unique Rewards244.8210
Gomez Peer Zone128.680
Instant Cash Sweepstakes81.411
Opinion Outpost76.1010
Glitter Network50.880
Gift Hunter Club29.002
Mindfield Online12.005
Jill's Click Corner6.715

As far as a goal for February, I think I’ll be much more conservative this month, considering I’ll still be gone for a good amount of time. I’m going to lower the bar to $100 for the month. Check back in March to see how I did!