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Win with Blingo - Review of the Search Engine with Prizes

What Is Blingo?

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Blingo is a Google powered search engine that gives away prizes for people who use it to search the Web. Blingo prizes include a variety of items from a movie ticket to a new car. Blingo is owned by Publishers Clearing House.

Bingo winners are selected by random times of day. The person who enters a legitimate Web search closest to the predetermined time will win. Only residents of the US are eligible.

Is This Legitimate?

Yes. Blingo really does give away prizes. You really can win just by searching. I personally know people who have won small prizes from Blingo. There are many scams and pyramid schemes out there, but Blingo is not one of them.

Do You Need to Register to Win?

No. If you use Blingo to search, you'll receive a notice that you've won instead of search results. I spoke with Blingo managing community relations Jamie Diamond, and he said that if you win, you just need to specify an address where the prize can be sent. However, I imagine Uncle Sam will want to know about it if you win a car or other large prize.

Diamond also said that your chances of winning will not decrease as the search engine gains popularity, because the odds of winning are controlled by algorithm. He did not disclose exact chances of winning.

No Spam

Diamond assured me that Blingo did not send spam or sell email lists to spammers if you do register your email address with them. When I asked if Blingo sent spam he said,

"The founders, the team, are sensitive to just that point. We're trying to keep it so you don't ever get any of that stuff, so it's just pure, clean. You get these Google search results, and then you occasionally win a prize."

Blingo Friends

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If you don't need to register to win, why would you want to register? You'd want to register to take advantage of Blingo Friends. Blingo Friends is a feature where people can refer other people to Blingo. If someone who was referred by a friend wins a prize, their friend also wins the same prize.

This is a very clever bit of viral marketing. Blingo supplies "win with me" graphics to people registered with Blingo, so they can post links to Blingo on their blogs, websites, and emails. What's even better than winning because you searched at the right time? Winning because someone else was searching at the right time.

How Is Blingo Related to Google?

Jamie Diamond referred to Blingo as a "Google partner." He clarified that this meant both the search results and the ads came from Google. Both Blingo and Google get a partial share of the ad revenue, and Blingo uses part this money to fund prizes.

Is Blingo a Good Search Engine?

This is relative. The Web search results are powered by Google. You will not be able to search Google Maps, for instance. Some Google power searches such as Google's hidden dictionary do not work. Other Web search functions, such as wildcards do work.

Blingo image searches are powered by Picsearch, not by Google.

Should I Use Blingo?

If you are a casual Google user and do not delve into extra Google options, then Blingo is certainly a functional search engine. Who doesn't want to win prizes for something you were going to do anyway?

Only the first ten searches you do per day count towards your chances of winning, so Blingo is just a regular search engine after that, with a slightly annoying ticker on the right-hand side showing recent winners.

You can only win two prizes per calendar month, according to the Blingo Web site, whether you win them on your own or through Blingo Friends. Nonsense searches or searching for the same word over and over are also excluded from winning.

Be aware that there may also be some tax implications for winning prizes from Blingo or any other sweepstakes. Consult with a tax expert for more specific information.

Even if you're not a fan of using Blingo yourself, you could certainly try to persuade your friends to sign up with Blingo Friends and hope that they win for you.

I did confirm with Diamond that Blingo will award two cars or two big screen TVs to Blingo Friends users. Make sure you and your friends follow the Blingo Friends guidelines carefully, so that you do get credit for their wins.

The Bottom Line

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Blingo retains a lot of the simplicity of the early Google. It only searches the Web and images, and there are no immediate plans to add anything to that. They do also supply a small set of Blingo toolbars and plug-ins.

Simplicity isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, this simplicity also means that there's no hidden dictionary, no hidden calculator, no translator, and no safe searching options.

Your results are no better than searching with Google, and with so many options missing, your results could actually be worse. The only added value Blingo brings is prizes, but that doesn't mean it's not a great added value. If you don't use any of the extra Google features, and you are only searching for Web sites, you can't really tell the difference.

Search with Blingo if you want to win prizes, but search with Google if you need the best search results.

User Reviews

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Is Blingo websearch Legit?, Member bridget22868

YES IT IS!! I signed up a few years ago and within I would say a month or 2 I won a 500.00 GPS, the next day I won movie tickets! So yes its for real. The best thing is if you send an invite to a friend and they sign up under you, and win.. you win too!!!! So sign up and good luck!! I know I will keep using the site! THANKS BLINGO!!!!

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