Thursday, March 15, 2012

How To Use Prize Rebel and Earn Points for Prizes

NOTE: Prize Rebel has changed their point system as of 10/8/2012! Everything has been scaled up by a factor of 100. Meaning that the $10 UGC that used to cost 9 points, now costs 900 points. Likewise, the amount of points you had and can earn have been scaled up by 100. Learn more about this update. UPDATED

As one of the most popular prize giveaway websites on the internet, Prize Rebel provides users with an impressive amount of methods to earn free prizes. Unfortunately, many new members are either too overwhelmed by it all or aren't properly mentored and so aren't sure what to do in order to earn prizes. Well, no worries, I'll explain how to use Prize Rebel as well as several ways to earn points that you can redeem for prizes. If you don't yet have a Prize Rebel account, register here.

Things you will need:
  • Several new email addresses (i.e., etc.) *Required
  • A fake identity (i.e. John Doe, born 1/1/1980, etc.) *Required
  • Multiple fake home addresses (i.e. Your neighbor's address) *Required
  • RoboForm (Automatic form filling software) *Optional
  • A good antivirus software (i.e. Avast, Kaspersky) *Optional but Recommended
NOTE: You could use your real information if you want, but keep in mind that the companies who receive your information via offers/surveys will make it available to third party companies. These third party companies will continuously spam your email account, call your house phone, and send you snail mail in an effort to sell their products. It is highly recommended that you use a fake identity and home address.

#1 Finding The Right Prize Rebel Offers That Will Credit
Before attempting to complete an offer, there are several things you need to do. First, you need to find out which offer is most likely to credit you and which offer is most likely to waste your time. Fortunately, Prize Rebel makes it easy for us to do just that. Click the "Get Points" menu button to navigate to the "offers" page. There, in the "sort by" fields, you will need to select "Credited" and "Greatest to Least" then click "Sort".
The "sort by" fields should look like this.

This will sort all the offers from the most credited to the least credited. This means that the further down you navigate in the list of offers, the less likely you are to be credited. So an offer on page 1 of this assortment is more likely to award you for completion than an offer on page 15. Now, just because an offer is on page 1 doesn't mean you are 100% assured of being credited. To further know if an offer is even worth clicking on you have to find out how frequently it awards other users. To do this, click the "stats" link next to the title of the offer you want to view.

In the "Stats" window that is displayed afterwards, hover your mouse cursor over each of the bars to view the associated statistics. Blue bars represent the amount of completion attempts made by users. Pink bars represent the amount of times the offer was credited for completion.

As you can see in the image above, this particular offer was credited 26 times out of 52 attempts at the time the screenshot was taken on March 15, 2012. That's a 50% success rate. The actual numbers could be higher if you consider that most users who aren't credited don't know how to complete offers properly. Still, with a 50% success rate, this is an offer you want to complete.

Before clicking on any offer, be sure to read the offer's description and understand it's terms. Otherwise, you may find yourself among the users who didn't get credited - and you will not be happy. The description explains what type of offer it is and what it requires you to do. For a list of the types of offers to complete, read this post or watch this video.
Additional scrutiny of the offer can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted. Always take notice of the "Last Credited" field. If this displays a time of only a few minutes or hours, then you're likely to be credited upon completion. However, if it displays a time of days or weeks, then forget about it because you will not be credited.

Offers like this have a "daily cap" (maximum credits). Upon reaching that limit, the offer will no longer be available for the day. Therefore, it's first come first served. Which brings us to another key point. If you want to get the most out of your Prize Rebel experience, I highly recommend signing on at the moment the day begins (12am EST). For users who can't be awake at that time, I assure you the best offers are available within the first 3 hours of the start of the day so it might be worth it to try staying up a little longer.

WARNING: If you encounter a malicious website that contains a virus after clicking on an offer, close that window immediately and click the "X" button in the top-right of that offer. If you want to help the Prize Rebel community stay safe, report that offer to Prize Rebel using the contact form. Be sure to take a screenshot of the virus warning in your antivirus software, post it somewhere on the internet (twitpics, etc.) and provide the URL as proof in your message to Prize Rebel. This may get that offer removed entirely.

#2 Completing Offers and Surveys The Correct Way
This is where you get to show your stuff. By that I mean your ability to properly complete offers. Failure here would mean wasted time and possibly a hole in the wall if you're the antsy type. I've made a detailed video on how to complete Prize Rebel offers that you can watch to see it done step by step. Here's a quick overview of what you need to do.
  • Create a RoboForm identity with your fake, but valid information.
  • Click on the offer you want to complete.
  • In the RoboForm Toolbar, click the identity button you just created.
  • Ensure that the information is filled out correctly.
  • Click Submit or Continue button on the page. (name varies)
  • When asked a Yes or No question about ads, click "No" each time.
  • If a "No Thanks", "Skip", "Pass" button or link exists, click it.
  • On the results/final page, stop and keep the window open.
  • If you were instructed to confirm your email address, do so.
  • After email confirmation window opens, stop and keep it open.
  • If you were asked to complete a survey after registering, do so.
  • Wait a few minutes (5-10, maybe more), then check your Credited offers.
  • After completing all the good offers, repeat these steps
#3 Getting Referrals and Earning Points Faster
Referrals are perhaps the most important aspect of your Prize Rebel experience. The reason is that you earn a percentage of the points your referrals earn either by completing offers or by their referrals (your 2nd tier). This helps you earn points much faster than completing offers alone.

As illustrated above, I've earned 58.85 points to date from 116 active referrals. Active referrals are referrals on either your first or second tier who has completed at least one offer. So despite the large number of first tier referrals I have, only a fraction of them helped me earn points. If you're wondering how to get referrals, I'll explain shortly. Before I do, I'll caution you of what not to do when seeking referrals.
  • DO NOT spam your friends' inbox with your referral link, it's annoying.
  • DO NOT post your link on Facebook feeds. You might be deleted.
  • DO NOT cloak your referral URL, people may think it's malicious. (i.e. virus, etc.)
  • DO NOT beg strangers you meet on the internet to become your referral.
The easiest, and most cost effective way of getting referrals is to provide a FREE tutorial of some sort that can help people solve their problems. This could be a video, a website, or a blog post similar to this one. As more people see your tutorial, it grows in popularity. As it grows in popularity, people who are not yet Prize Rebel members will become curious about it and want to learn from your tutorial before joining. Those are the people you want to focus on. Remember at the beginning of this tutorial, I said "If you don't yet have a Prize Rebel account, register here." Well, this is how I got all of my referrals from both my blog posts and YouTube videos. With this method, you don't annoy people or waste your time posting your link everywhere. You sit back and let the referrals come to you. Does this method work for everyone? No. It's entirely dependent on the popularity and helpfulness of your tutorials. In addition, this method takes time. It took me over a year to get the amount of referrals I have now. My first 27 referral points took 10 months to get, my second 27 points took 3 months. I say this not to discourage you, but to enlighten you of the reality of getting referrals.

There are faster ways of getting referrals, but they cost money so I don't think it will be beneficial to use them. One of these include using Google AdWords to advertise your referral link or tutorial with your link. Another include using a social gaming advertisement website to create your own offer that players from around the world can complete for points. With this one, you would require them to register a new Prize Rebel account and complete at least 1 offer (to become an active referral) in order to earn the points for their game. This is just like the offers at Artix. Of course, you would have to pay the advertisement website for each time someone completes the offer. It's up to you to decide if it's worth spending money on. I personally think it doesn't, but it could benefit you in the long run.

That just about wraps up what you need to know to use Prize Rebel and earn points for prizes. If I think of anything else to add later, I will append it to the bottom of the previous paragraph and tag it with UPDATED.

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