Friday, 6 January 2017

Making money from Swagbucks - video apps

If you're a Swagbucks addict like me, you've learned a few tips and tricks along the way (although I'm still learning all the time) to maximise your chances of earning Swagbucks.

One of the easiest that guarantees 60 sb per day is the video apps. I run a group on Facebook where members help each other out on various survey sites and receipt / cashback apps, and one of the questions we're asked the most is how we make 60 sb a day JUST on videos, so here's a quick and dirty how to.

Install the video apps 

First of all you need to have ALL of the video apps installed - in the UK these are shown below, and you can find the links to them at

Run the video apps IN FULL daily!

Sounds easy, but so many people miss this bit out. For each app you have to run between 10 and 14 videos to earn 2sb. What people don't seem to see is that once you've done that 2sb, you can then run the app again another 4 times (and sometimes once more for bonus sp) to earn a total of 10 sb from each app, making 60sb a day.

So, this is what I do:

1) Start the app

I'm going to use EntertaiNow as my example, as it's always the first one I use. Open the app:

2) Choose the quickest videos

Using the menu top left (the 3 straight lines), open up the menu and choose 'short clips' (second option under 'channels'

3) Run the videos

This will give you screen similar to this:

Click on the first video and it will start running - clips in this section are generally under 30 seconds long (but see the power user tip at the end of this post!)

Your video will start running:

Once your video has run you'll see this screen:

(it may say fewer videos depending on how many are in the run)

Once all the videos in the cycle have run, you'll get an alert that you've got your 2 swagbucks:

This is where a lot of people stop, thinking they have done their bit on that app - BUT WAIT!

4) Do it all again (4 times!)

At the top right of that last screen is a 'next video' link - click on that and start the whole cycle again! You can run each app 5 times, giving 10sb in total - in some cases you will get a 6th chance so keep an eye out!

Don't forget - do this on all 6 apps, not just this one! That's 60sb for nothing.

Swagbucks video app power user tip!

If you don't want to hover over your phone while these apps are running, then you can just leave it on the side (i'd recommend plugged in as it does eat battery!) and let it run it's course.

HOWEVER, if you're watching TV or want to get it over and done with quickly, then this is how to do it:

4 second rule

Run the app as above, and run the first video. Let it run for 4 seconds and then click the 'done' link top right:

Move on quickly

You'll then get the usual screen, on this one, click 'next video' (top right) to move on to the next one without waiting:

Rinse and repeat!

At an average of 4 seconds per video, 2 seconds to move on, 14 videos per round and 5 rounds to run, you can have 10 sb in around 7 minutes. 

I hope this mini how to guide has helped someone out there, please consider commenting below if it has, and over on our Swagbucks, Mintvine, Shopprize and more Facebook Page. And of course, if you're not a Swagbucks member yet, come and join me

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Incy Wincy Spider

Thanks to the fab Sally Walker for this great piece of digital art, which I won in a competition - very goth :)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

"Let's move to France" I said...

It all seemed so easy; "Let's move to France" I said...

See, I run my business from home, with a team of people from all over the world, all working in their homes. So as long as I have an internet connection and a computer, I can 'do my thang'.

And as the female head of a 'blended' (as they call them these days) family, things were getting a little hectic.

My partner's ex wife and their children lived in Belgium; we lived in England with my daughter from a previous marriage. Our whole lives seemed to be about travelling between the countries at great expense while trying not to let any of the kids miss out on quality time.

Then the landlord of our rented house told us he was selling it - in 3 months!


"Let's move to France" I said. "It's halfway between Belgium and England, I did a bit of French at school, my daughter is homeschooled - we can live anywhere we want"

My partner, the gloomy Eeyore to my bouncy Tigger wasn't so convinced. But he had known me for some time, and knew that if I put my mind to it, it would happen.

And happen it did - 3 months later we were on a ferry with everything we owned in a rented lorry, ready to start a new life in France.

And that's where my positivity and optimism started to wain a little.

Don't get me wrong - I love living in France. I love the culture, the people, the food, the lifestyle - pretty much everything except the beurocracy in fact!

But I couldn't be ME. In the UK I dealt with everything that needed doing - from plumbers to bills, to deliveries to getting extra phone lines in.

In France I had to let my partner do it, as he was the fluent French speaker, not me.

We made friends very quickly, but even now, 3 years later, those friends don't know the REAL Nikki - they know the French version of Nikki, which is like the abridged study notes, not the original hardback ;)

At first I found everything difficult - shopping, hiring help, sorting out business things, putting my daughter into school - not at all as I expected, and I very nearly gave up a number of times.

But slowly and surely I got to know more people, the language came a little easier, and our house started to feel like a home.

Business wise I was a little worried (although stubbornly wouldn't admit it!) that people would not want to use my services once they found out I was in France - but in fact the opposite has happened, as I've never been busier!

Of course, I'm very lucky that what I do can be fitted into any country, anywhere and any time.

I wouldn't advise everyone to make such an impulse move as we did, but it worked for us and I'm glad we did it.


Nikki Pilkington is owner of, an Internet Marketing Agency based in the UK and France, specialising in website promotion through SEO and Social Media. She can be found on Facebook ( and twitter (@nikkipilkington) as well as on her own blog at

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Are you proud of you?

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseFound this on Facebook:
I may not be the most beautiful or the sexiest, nor do I have the "perfect body". I might not be someone's first choice but I'm a great choice. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not because I'm good at being me. I'm not proud of some of the things I've done in the past but I'm proud of who I am today. Take me as I am or watch me as I walk away... Post this if you're proud of being you..

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Thursday, 30 December 2010

How to cook your Christmas turkey in the dishwasher and live to tell the tale

So, a week before Xmas my oven decides to stop working. All the local shops can't deliver a new one for 6 weeks, and I have 7 for Christmas dinner... aarrrgghhh!

So what did I do? I turned to trusty Twitter and Facebook for an answer. After posting out my plea, I received back many ideas:

  • microwave it
  • BBQ it
  • deep fry it
  • cook it in the dishwasher
Yep, that's right, cook it in the dishwasher.

Now, I admit that one of the other three options must be easier than the dishwasher suggestion, but come on - when have I backed down in the face of a challenge? The dishwasher it must be!

I told the family and they looked at me aghast. "Cook the turkey... in the dishwasher....?" All except Leigh, who said "What a great idea for a blog post!" (glad to see she inherited my nose for drama ;) )

And so, on Xmas morning we duly got out the turkey:

Well, to be honest it was a Chapon not a turkey as such, but it once had feathers and laid eggs so I'm not quibbling :)

The recipes I found online said to wrap it in stemaing bags - we didn't have any so we extra quadruple wrapped it in thick turkey foil while we were running the dishwasher through on empty to make sure it was clean.

Then into the dishwasher it went:

Here's the turkey in it's home for the next few hours:

It was a 3.5KG bird, so we put it through 4 cycles at the highest temperature (75 deg) - checking it after each cycle to see if it really was cooking. Leigh was on standby with chicken nuggets if it didn't, and Shaun mentioned many times how glad he was having fish that could be cooked in the microwave (wuss!)

After 4 cycles, we unwrapped it and took a look:

It was cooked! OK, it was a bit pale and anaemic looking, but nothing a quick blast in the microwave grill and copious amounts of gravy couldn't sort out.

Most importantly, it tasted yummy - moist, flavourful, and very definitely edible - with not a trace of detergent to be found ;)

The rest of the Christmas dinner was cooked in the halogen oven we borrowed, in pans and in the microwave, so it was a bit of a 'take it as you find it' affair, but all in all it worked well and everyone had a lovely Christmas dinner, as well as having created a bit of a talking point!

 They tell me I'm brave to have tried it on such an important meal; there's a thin line between bravery and stupidity; I'm not sure which side I'm on LOL!

So for those of you who thought it couldn't be done - it can! For those of you who thought I wouldn't do it - I did! And for those of you who want to try it - do it! It really didn't take much longer than cooking the traditional way, and the end result was most pleasant.

What would you have done with your Christmas turkey if your oven broke a few days before Christmas?

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