Bing is now Paying for searching

Bing Rewards Bing Rewards was launched in 2010 to incentive the use of the Bing search engine. Sure, it seems just like Bing is attracting people to use their search engine & loyalty programs are pretty common in other industries. By using Bing Rewards, members earncredits for searching & using Bing, checking out new features,…

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Bing Rewards

By using Bing Rewards, members earncredits for searching & using Bing, checking out new features, andperforming other tasks. If your are logged in to your bing account you can earncredit by using any device like mobile, tablet or PC.

After the Bing Rewards started, Theyincreased the search engine market share in United States. By December 2012 toDecember 2013, it climbed 16.3% to 18.2%. After that, By December 2014 it was19.4% of the US searches. It has become a trend between the clients at Wordstream, it is increasing the search volume steadily.

source: Google search

In this blog we are going to talk about these thing about Bing Rewards.

  • Bing Rewards: Features and Benefits
  • Bing Rewards Loyalty Levels: Member, Silver & Gold Benefits
  • Earning More Bing Rewards Credits
  • Redeeming Bing Rewards: What Can You Get for Using Bing?
  • Bing Rewards FAQs

Alternatively, you can download and install the Bing Bar, which has a Bing Rewards button and credit counter. Mobile users can also access Bing Rewards through their default mobile web browser.

Bing Rewards members can earn points for using Bing – consider it a frequent flyer program for searchers. It’s a tiered program, so more credits are available to upper level members.

Bing Rewards Loyalty Levels: Member, Silver & Gold Benefits

  • Bing Rewards offers more interest to those who reach their higher status membership levels.
  • The first tier is ‘Member’ and is the entry-level for new members. Members get credits for using Bing for their searches and for daily offers.
  • Once a Member completes the Welcome to Rewards tour, redeems their first reward and has gets at least 200 credits, they move up to Silver level for Bing Rewards. With the promotion, Bing Rewards Silver members get a 50 credit bonus.
  • when the member achieve the earning of 750 and performing 150 best qualifying searches on Bing Search engine, they become the member of the highest level of Bing Rewards called “Gold”. When the member reaches this level, they get up to 10% off their rewards redemptions.

Earning More Bing Rewards Credits

Members gets many ways to win the credits from Bing Rewards. Member can win 1 credit for every two searches on his PC, upto maximum of 15 credits per day.

If you are a member of Bing Rewards and complete a task, you will see the check mark on the task on your dashboard and in the drop down from your credit counter.

The other ways to get credit from Bing Reward is…….

  • You can invite any of your friends or any person to earn 100 credit. For each invitation you get 100 credits. You can get 500 credits maximum by this task.
  • By using mobile searching, you can earn 1 credit for every 2 searches. You can earn 10 credits maximum by this method.
  • Complete the tasks in your Bing Rewards dashboard. This is where Bing posts special offers that are typically worth 1 credit each, in exchange for completing a task. For example, as I’m writing this, Bing is offering 1 credit if you use the MSN Food & Drink App, and another if you explore Bing’s most popular features on a special web resource they created.

Bing also offers special rewardsincentives and limited-time promotions. When these are available, you’ll seethe announcement on the Bing official Blog.

source: Google search

Redeeming Bing Rewards: What Can You Get for Using Bing?

Bing Rewards offers three different ways to redeem your credits: Shop, Donate or Win.

The filtering options for rewards are pretty much non-existent right now. You can choose Shop, Donate, or Win, but cannot filter by retailer, price or any other parameter. Currently, there are only 41 rewards listed in the Shop section, but if the program grows, filters would definitely be a necessary addition.

Not surprisingly, many of the Bing Rewards options offered are Microsoft products or those from their other brands, including Microsoft Store credits, discounts on Bing  and Microsoft apparel, subscriptions to Microsoft OneDrive or premium Microsoft Outlook, Skype credit, or Xbox memberships and gift cards.

However, other Bing Rewards currently available in exchange for credits include:

  • Points/miles for airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Prints and photobooks from Shutterfly
  • Gift cards for Amazon, Applebee’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Groupon, IHOP, iTunes, Sephora, Starbucks and other businesses.

Each item available in the Bing Rewards Shop links to a product page with a description, image and price in points.

Alongside the price for Members and Silver users, you’ll see the amount of credits required for Gold users to redeem the reward.

Using the example above, at 525 credits, that $5 Burger King eGift will take you 950 searches to earn over 64 days (as you can only get 15 credits per day and less from mobile search). Is it worth it?

This is where the special offers come into play. If you’re only using Bing Search to earn rewards points, you’re probably not going to see much value in the program. But check in regularly to complete the daily deals and you’ll accumulate points a lot faster.

Of course, if you don’t want the rewards for yourself, Bing encourages members to donate their credits to a worthy cause.

Bing Rewards lets you support the school of your choice through their Bing in the Classroom program. Sure, it’s a ploy to get their own products into the educational system, but don’t let that deter you – all the technology kids are doing it.

You can donate your Bing Rewards credits in increments of 50, earmarked for a school of your choice. Once that school has accumulated 30,000 credits, the school receives a shiny, new Surface 32GB tablet with a black Type cover.

Currently, there are five other options for Bing Rewards users who are feeling generous and want to use their credits to help others. The redemption of 100 credits results in a donation of $1 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Kids in Need Foundation or Teach for America. It can also get you a $ Charity Impact Card. Redeem 500 of your Bing Rewards credits for a $5 gift card from the Network for Good, enabling you to send your donation to any one of 1.2 million charities.

Not feeling altruistic today? That’s alright – you can use your credits in Bing Rewards sweepstakes for chances to win cool prizes, instead.

The selection under the Win tab is pretty slim right now, but watch for new sweepstakes as Bing Rewards are updated.

Currently, there are a total of 8 Bing Rewards sweepstakes options, but only four prize packs. Each one has two different points level options; for example, you can choose to redeem 40 credits (35 for Gold members) for 10 entries to the Microsoft Band sweepstakes, or 20 credits (15 for Gold members) for 1 entry.

The prizes currently offered are the Microsoft Band, three $500 Nordstrom’s gift cards, three Assassin’s Creed Xbox One prize packs, and a Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows prize pack.

Bing Rewards FAQs

Still on the fence? Here are answers to some common questions about Bing Rewards:

Are Bing Rewards worth it?

Bing has made it pretty simple to participate in their rewards program, whether you’re on a desktop or mobile device. If you’re using Bing on a regular basis anyway, it can’t hurt to earn credits for it. It will take a hella-long time to get anywhere unless you take advantage of the credits promotions, so watch for those regularly.

How do I sign up for Bing Rewards?

You used to be able to sign in withyour Facebook account, but Microsoft and Facebook must have fallen out of lovebecause that option has been phased out. Bing Rewards users can only use theirFacebook account to login until February 15, 2015. After that, you’ll need aMicrosoft account. Navigateover to Bing Rewards to get started. Remember, it’s only open toU.S. residents and even then, Americans can’t earn or redeem credits whiletraveling abroad (unless they’re using a proxy server, shhh).

You’ll have to give your phone number so Bing Rewards can verify the account and VOIP numbers aren’t permitted.

I’m searching but not earning credits – what’s up with that?

Make you haven’t accidentally signed out. It’s also possible that you might be over your daily limit for offers. If you’ve made sure you aren’t using In-Private browsing, you’re signed in and you haven’t exceeded your quota, contact Bing Rewards Support for help.

Who can use Bing Rewards?

Anyone who lives in the United States, is 13 or older, and has a Microsoft account. Each person can have only one account and must provide their real first and last name, complete mailing address (PO boxes are not allowed), a working phone number and their email address.

Get Started with Bing Rewards

Ready to give Bing Rewards a shot? It can’t hurt – browse through the available rewards first and set a goal to earn enough credits to get it (you can do this with the handy goal button on each reward page). See how long it takes!

Visit bing.com/explore/rewards to get started.

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