Here’s why I use Bing

People often call me a “technician”. I know the latest version of Android, how many cameras the new iPhone has, and I really care about the Windows 11 taskbar. So how can someone like me use Bing on purpose?

The popular opinion of Bing is… not good. I don’t know of anyone, especially those in the tech community, who choose to use Bing. Google is obviously the first choice, DuckDuckGo is probably second. Yet here, I search every day. Which give?

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Microsoft pays me to use Bing

You might expect detailed explanations of how Bing is actually good and maybe even better than Google. Well, it’s actually much simpler than that. Microsoft pays me to use Bing. In fact, it could also pay you to use Bing.

Microsoft Rewards, sometimes referred to as “Bing Rewards”, is a rewards system that Microsoft has had for some time. The concept is very simple. You sign in with your Microsoft account and can earn points by completing various tasks.

The easiest way to earn points is to search the web with Bing. There is nothing special about it. Just use Bing like you would any other search engine and you’ll slowly rack up points without a second thought. Most of the time, I even forget that I’m using Bing.

What are the points for?

Bing rewards the Amazon gift card.

Alright, so I earn points by doing searches on Bing, but what do I do To do with these points? There are actually several ways to redeem the points. You can enter contests to win prizes, donate money to charity, and get gift cards.

The latter is what I’ve been using points for since I started using Bing in 2014. There are plenty of companies to choose from. Dunkin Donuts, Grubhub, Doordash, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Burger King, Hulu, etc. The best option in my opinion is Amazon.

Since I started using Bing, I have been able to use 34 Amazon gift cards. That’s about four gift cards a year just for searching the web. Gift cards are available in $5 and $10 amounts and can be easily added to your Amazon account with just a few clicks.

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Is it worth it?

Here’s the big question you’re probably thinking: is it really worth using Bing for a few Amazon gift cards? I’ve made $170 since 2014, which means I’m only “paid” about $20 a year to use Bing. I have to admit it’s not a lot.

That might not be enough for you to justify using Bing. For me, it really doesn’t matter. I only use Bing on my computer, not on my phone. Most of the time, I find what I’m looking for right away. Search engines are all pretty decent these days.

Bing has some great features, but it’s not perfect. I would never try to claim it’s better than Google, but it’s not. so much worse. Sometimes I need to use Google, that’s why I have this handy extension which puts a shortcut in the Bing results.

So, is it worth using Bing? It is entirely up to you. I’m not really going out of my way to do anything more. I’m just doing my job and once in a while I get some money to spend on Amazon. Give it a try if you don’t mind changing your search engine habits.

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