Making Money Watching TV: Viggle Tricks and Tips 2
What Is Viggle?
Viggle is a smartphone app available on both the iPhone and Android. Essentially, it allows users to "check in" to TV shows, watch ads from the handheld device, and play games for points, which can then be redeemed for prizes like gift cards and electronics. For more information on Viggle basics click here.
The Online Viggle Community
I know I got in on the Viggle craze much later than it's inception, so naturally I figured there should be a community of experienced Vigglers sharing tips and tricks online. Several attempts at researching through key word shots in the dark returned little help. Then, thanks to Hubpages and a few very keen commenters, I got plugged in.
Yes, experienced Vigglers do exist.
And, as I expected, they are out there spending the better part of what I can only assume are their very lonely and very bored lives maxing out their Viggle points on a daily basis, then sharing how they do it. This week, I joined them, lonely and bored as I am, raising four children and working part time from home. (Hah.)
If you also wish to become part of this community, both Slick Deals and Facebook have groups dedicated to Viggle. If you want to bypass the Viggle Support Forums and simply the best advice for maximizing Viggle points, read on...
How To Max Out Your Viggle Points
Instead of re-directing you through a series of links to the endless (and somewhat redundant) wiki's, discussion boards, forums, and online groups devoted to Viggle-mania, I thought I'd simply boil down the best tricks and tips I've gleaned for, again, spending the least time making the most points.
Some tips are repeats from my previous post, but because I will elaborate on them, I think it is necessary to include them. As with anything else you read on the Internet, feel free to do any or all of the following at the risk of wasting your own time. You can earn up to 12,000 points a day. Apparently this is the max. Further, apparently there are those who reach it regularly. Perhaps you wish to set a new goal for yourself.
- Link your Viggle account to your Direct TV account. Due to a partnership with Direct TV, Viggle now offers HUGE BONUSES for Direct TV subscribers. If you have Direct TV, you simply need to go to your Viggle Settings and add your account info (which includes the email address and password associated with your DTV account).
- Viggle During Prime Time. Check in to the longest featured shows with the highest multiplied points bonus (usually this is 6X but sometimes 10X and 15X) and stay checked in for the entire show. Your watch minutes are multiplied to give you watch points and bonus points.
- Check in to featured shows after they've aired. Viggle will credit bonus points for any featured show up to 5 days after it originally airs. This means you can check in to any and all featured shows you have DVR'ed, you find re-playing at another time, or from clips you find online (try YouTube or the website of the channel on which it aired) and still receive watch minutes and bonus points.
- Play The Games. When you can check in to a show or sporting event and participate along with "Viggle Live" or "Viggle Football" you can often score between 100 and 11,000 bonus points, depending on how well you do. However, the real bonus during these live games are the ads that pop up while you play. Even if you know absolutely nothing about TV trivia or football, you are likely to catch sometimes several pop-up ads within the game and score big points for nothing.
- Check in to long shows even if you don't plan to watch them. The Olympics was a huge opportunity for points a few summers ago, and you can imagine why. You could check in on one of the dozens of channels airing games all day long and essentially be earning points from 10am until 8pm, even if you weren't actually sitting in front of your TV that entire time. Most often, this amounts to something like 400pts. I've noticed similar benefits on the weekends with long sporting events or afternoons featuring things like the X-Games, and first thing in the morning with news shows like Today or Good Morning America. Most often, I nap on Sunday afternoons. Now, my phone is earning points for me while I sleep.
- Viggle on multiple devices simultaneously. You are allowed to have up to four accounts per household as long as you do not have more than one account per email address. A great way to increase points is to check-in on two devices at the same time. Think about it. You are essentially doubling your points. This is also a great reason not to get rid of an old phone once you've upgraded to a newer version.
- Contact Viggle When You Experience Problems. The company has responded to three emails of problems with the app (unexpected logging me out, not crediting bonus points correctly, not working for "Viggle Live," etc.) by crediting me random amounts of bonus points. So far, the customer service is great. I'm trying to balance my complaint notes with praise notes. They can be reached via email, Facebook, and Twitter. I personally go the email route as it seems the most "professional" and most likely to be taken seriously. Rants on their Facebook wall are abundant during high check in times (when problems are most likely to happen) and joining the noise doesn't seem to be effective.
- Check In To Music. You can get 100 points per song and up to 20 songs a day. This is a 2000 point bonus that could take as little as 15 minutes.
- Purchase iTunes Music Through Viggle: Viggle now offers 1000 points for purchasing a song that you have previously checked in to on Viggle.
- Watch videos on Wet Paint: This is easiest to do from your computer, not your phone. Go to www.wetpaint.com. Log in through Facebook (the same account linked to your Viggle account). Watch videos on the website for 50 points each. You can rematch the same video over and over or click through different videos to earn up to 10K points a day. You can also access Wet Paint videos through the Viggle app, just scroll through until you find a link under a featured show.
EDIT: As of 2013, several Viggle changes have made points more difficult to get. The above advice is still current, but maxing out daily points on Viggle has become almost impossible to do as a result of the changes. To read more about these changes, read my latest Viggle hub here.
What is the Viggle Offer Wall?
Like many other websites and apps (Facebook, Cashcrate, Swagbucks), Viggle has at last given in to the "click an offer" craze. You can find the "Viggle Offer Wall" in the same place you find pop up ads, by tapping a featured show on the "What's On" tab.
Some offers, like "watch the video for 15pts" are truly free. You click the link and you are redirected to a video in your smartphone web browser. I have personally found these videos to take too much time to be worth it. Not only must you watch the video, but you must perform the appropriate series of clicks after the video is over to ensure that Viggle credits your points. Even when you've paid careful attention to hit "next" the required number of times, often those 15pts do not manage to credit.
Other offers come with a price. Order flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS, buy a deal from Groupon, or get approved for a new credit card through the links available and score a few points.
My thoughts? The points offered on the offer wall are not worth your time or effort. Unlike simply checking in to television you are already watching, the Offer Wall is a referral advertisement that will never benefit the consumer as much as it does the advertiser. If you already use (or plan to use) any of the services or products associated with the offer wall, sure, go ahead and go through Viggle for a kick back. But if you've ever used any other cash-back referral websites, you will realize that Viggle's payout is truly very low.