If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time on the Interwebs searching everything from, "where is the best doughnut in town," to the follow-up search, "which jeans are the most slimming." Now I'm going to shoot straight with you here: if you're not earning gift cards and other rewards for your Internet searches, you're doing it wrong!

You heard me right. This isn't one of those "I read it on the Internet" too good to be true stories either. With Bing Rewards, you can (and should) be getting compensated for the Internet searches you do every day. The best part? It won't cost you a thing, and you don't have to buy anything to get rewards. Ever.

How to participate

  • Be older than 13. (I've been saying I'm 29 for years, so…check?)
  • Create an account with Bing Rewards.
  • Earn credits from Bing Rewards for online searches you do through Bing on your computer and phone, and get more credits for testing out new features from Bing or other Microsoft products or services.
  • Redeem your credits for gift cards, discounts, and sweepstakes entries, or donate them to local charities.
  • Repeat.
  • Search, earn, and redeem more to get even better rewards.

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It's simple, right?

If you still can't believe it and need to know how the sausage is made, here's the deal: Bing wants you to use them when you search. When you use Bing, they make money from paid search terms and other advertising methods. To put it simply, when you search with Bing, they make money and give you a piece of the pie. That's so nice of them.

Also, if you get satisfaction from watching your rewards pile up, you can even install the Bing Bar in your Internet browser. I have to admit, it's fulfilling watching that counter climb higher, knowing I did virtually nothing to deserve the reward coming my way. But maybe that's just me.