You might have heard of Bing Rewards, or perhaps seen an ad for it some-where on the internet. In case you haven’t Bing Rewards is a program by Microsoft that rewards you for searching with Bing, it’s literally that simple; you search, you earn. Points earned can be redeemed for some nice prizes such as free Amazon credit, OneDrive Storage, Xbox Live credit and more. All with no strings attached, well except for the fact that as usual with Microsoft this only works if you’re in the US or a handful of other countries.
Thankfully there are ways around these silly restrictions placed by Microsoft, and you can start earning and redeeming quickly.
Bing Rewards can be set up after signing into your Microsoft account on Bing.com (or sign up directly HERE), after that Bing tracks every-time you search with their engine and reward you with points to be redeemed later. However if you’re currently located outside the US Bing Rewards is most probably not supported in your country, meaning you’re losing out on valuable search points, thankfully the solution is quite simple.
Before signing up be sure to have your location masked, or set inside the United States, this means you’ll need to use a proxy which can be annoying and slow you down. However there’s a really cool Google Chrome extension I use called “Hola Better Internet” which allows you to redirect only certain websites through proxies for different countries.
Grab Hola Better Internet for Chrome from here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hola-better-internet/gkojfkhlekighikafcpjkiklfbnlmeio
After installing Hola on Chrome, head back to the Bing rewards page, or the Bing homepage, and turn on the add-on; make sure to have it set as routing you through the US, as in the image below.
Once that’s set up Bing thinks you’re located in the US, and you can go ahead and start earning and redeeming those points.
*Note: If you get slow load speeds after activating the proxy, try running it through another server.
Unfortunately I haven’t yet figured out a way to get Bing Rewards to work on my Windows Phone outside the US, as Bing searches go through Cortana, which makes things difficult.