EDIT: Winzy has now shut down. Try out Swagbucks instead.
A while back I wrote about Blingo, a website where you could win prizes just for using their search engine like you would Google. I know a bunch of people signed up and won some small prizes, but to be completely honest, Blingo stinks now. A while back they mixed in paid ads with the legit search results, so it was hard and confusing to find what you were looking for.
But don’t feel too bad, because a new site called Winzy is out and it’s just like the Blingo of yore. Easy to use, powered by Google, and random prizes are given out every day. Except, Winzy goes a step further – they not only hand out random prizes when you search, but they also give out points for every search you make. These are then entered into the monthly drawings for a whole host of large prizes. Thus the more searches you make, the more points you earn, giving you a higher chance of winning a prize. You can earn points on up to 50 searches per day, which is way more than Blingo’s 10 search limit per day.
So far I’ve only won a $5 Amazon giftcard, but that’s $5 more than I’ve ever won using Google.
There are also a few “tricks” for earning more points than usual. For instance, if you set Winzy to your browser’s home page, you automatically are upgraded to Gold Status, which gives you two points per search instead of one. However, you can then switch your home page back to whatever it previously was and Winzy will still keep you on Gold Status 🙂 Also, if you have a website or a blog, you can put a Winzy badge on your site and earn points for every person who comes to your site, even if they don’t click on the link and sign up with Winzy.
Who knows how long Winzy will stay a legit site, but as long as they are there’s always ample opportunity to win some prizes. It’s what us Hiffers do best – take advantage of free stuff!