How to make money while surfing the web

In this blog post, I will show you how a few simple changes to your internet search habits can net you upwards of $30 per month.

In the past 2 months, I’ve earned ~$40 worth of BAT (the Basic Attention Token cryptocurrency) by using the Brave browser over the Chrome browser. In addition, by using Microsoft’s Bing search engine over Google’s search engine, I’ve been able to earn ~$140 in Amazon gift cards over the past 2 years. Overall, I’ve made ~$180 thus far by simply changing the tools I use to surf the web.

In this post, I will show you the 5 simple steps I took to profit off of my internet usage.

Step 1:
Download and install the Brave browser: https://brave.com/roy401. Brave will automatically detect which operating system you’re using.

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Step 2:
Start Brave, and create a Microsoft account or login to an existing one: https://account.microsoft.com/.

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Step 3:
Join Brave’s rewards program.

Click the triangle icon in the Brave browser (this is BAT’s logo).

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Press the “Join Rewards” button.

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Click on the triangle again, and select “Rewards Setting”.

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Scroll down, and unselect “Auto Contribute”

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Step 4:
Set Brave’s default search engine to Bing.

Scroll to the top of the current page, and select “Settings”.

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Select “Search Engine”.

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Click the drop down, and change the value from Google to Bing.

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Step 5:

Start surfing the web and earn.

Notes

You can earn up to 270 points daily using Bing through normal searching + an additional 30–150 points through their daily offers that can be found here: https://account.microsoft.com/rewards/. You may redeem your earned points for gift cards, or you can donate your points to charity. A $5 gift card to Amazon is 5,250 points, while a $5 gift card to Microsoft is 4,650 points. If you spend money for Xbox Live, use your Bing rewards points for a massive discount. You can view all of the offered rewards here: https://account.microsoft.com/rewards/redeem/.

Brave will send pop up ads that will randomly appear at the top right of your screen throughout your usage of the browser. You need not click on the ad to receive the payment (I find some of them interesting though). The BAT you earn will payout to your newly created wallet on the 5th of every month. Lastly, since BAT is a cryptocurrency that is traded on the open market, it’s price can fluctuate — checkout the latest price of BAT here: https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/basic-attention-token/.

Written by

PhD student @ UC Santa Cruz | Security Engineer @ Looker

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