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How to Get Paid $62/Year to Ditch Google Search

by - January 14, 2014 - 13 Comments

Think about how many times a day you type something into a search engine…

I probably make 50+ searches a day. “How do you spell ‘blank’? Where’s the closest ‘blank’? What the heck is that actresses name?”

We’re all addicted to search now and in a lot of ways it’s made life easier. So it’s no wonder that Google had more than $50 billion in income for 2013. $50 Billion! That’s quite a bit of searching.

And the competing search engines want a piece of that….


In fact, I’ve even found one that’s willing to pay you to switch. Seriously.

The company, InboxDollars, which became famous in the early 2000’s for paying people to read emails has now branched out to paying people to search.

Now, you’re not going to get rich by switching your search engine, but it could add up to an extra $62/year. Let me show you how it works:

1. Sign Up. First, if you don’t have one, you’ll need to signup for a free account at InboxDollars. The registration takes about 20 seconds (name, email address, zip code, etc.). You’ve just got to be 18 years or older.

Plus, they give you a free $5 just for signing up.

2. Search. Just navigate to the “Search” button on the toolbar near the top of the page.

InboxDollars Screenshot
3. Get Paid. From here, it’s just like a regular search engine, except for that InboxDollars will pay you 15 cents for every 30 searches you make, plus an extra 5 cents for every week where you search 4 days or more. Pocket change, I know. But, think of it this way – it’s something you’re already doing anyway. It’s not a job. You don’t have to change anything. Just keep doing what you’re already doing, except for this way you’re making up to an extra $62/year.

Note: It can take up to 24 hours for the cash to credit to your account.

4. Don’t forget. One way that I’ve kept myself from forgetting to use this was to set my homepage to InboxDollars.com/search. That way the search engine appears whenever I open a new browser. Another tip is to download the free InboxDollars toolbar that way the search box is always present at the top of your browser.


The Math

– Get a free $5 just for signing up.

– Make 30 searches in a day. You’ll end up with .15 day or $54.75/year.

– Get a .05 bonus each week for searching 4 days or more. You’ll end up with an extra $2.60/year.

All totaled up – you’re looking at extra $62.35.


Want Some Extra Motivation?

Use this extra money and invest it in an IRA for retirement. LendingClub.com happens to be my favorite (because I’m earning 14%/year), but anywhere will do.

If you can continue to add your InboxDollars earnings to this account for the next 30 years (at 14% interest), you’ll end up with $23,190.99! Can you imagine? 23 grand just for changing your search engine…

Your Turn: What do you think? Is sticking with Google worth losing an extra $62 to you this year?

Good luck Penny Hoarders!

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  • http://www.Aaronharrisfitness.com/blog Aaron

    Does this also work if you perform searches on a smartphone?
    Also, are the search results from Yahoo, Bing, or Google?

  • Rohit kumar JHA

    Is there any such site available in India?

  • Becky Riggs

    Kyle, no harm intended, but I do inbox dollars and they give you a .10 loyalty bonus per week, Aaron there is an app for inbox dollars for smartphones:) and I think it’s google search but unsure….

    • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com Kyle Taylor

      Thanks Becky!! I just looked into it and it looks like they will give you .05/week if you’re a regular member, and .10/week if you’re a gold member. You automatically become a gold member once you’ve receive your first check.

      Glad you told me!


  • My Holiday

    Who’s paying 14% interest? None of the banks listed in the “National High Yield Rates for Money Market & Savings Accounts” Bankrate.com ad (directly below the article) even hit 1%. But I see your point, and anything saved is better than nothing, especially for something you’re already doing.

    • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com Kyle Taylor

      I’m actually earning 14% with Lending Club. And some years it has been even higher.

  • alsgal67 .

    I’ve been using Bing for several years and love it. The search engine itself is better than the others plus I get up to 30 points per day. So far I have earned almost 200.00 in rewarrd cards—-for something I do anyway. That’s a no brainer!!!

  • Orland Christofi

    More easy ways to make money like this please!

  • Rob Lacey; Irish Wolf

    You don’t really have to give up Google search, just go to InboxDollars, click on the Search button and type Google into the search bar, then search on Google.

  • Moondragon007

    30 searches a day? I’m not sure I do 30 searches a week! And yes, I’m on the computer pretty much every waking hour. It’s just that I’m usually playing Facebook games or reading Cracked.com articles instead of researching stuff.

    • http://donate.aamaadmiparty.org/ Vote 4 Jhadu

      I do this much searches in one hour. But inboxdollar search not available for India.

  • http://l9app.com/dkg Wall

    this sounds similar to l9app. you get paid for using social media & signing people up to it.
    check it out,

  • john396

    I don’t use Google anyway….

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