How to get started mining for Cryptocurrency

How to get started Mining

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Part 1: Do I have to know what I’m doing?

This is the first of a three part blog series designed to help anyone with Crypto mining ambitions to get their first rig set up and underway. By way of general introduction, let me first explain that your ‘rig’ is what all Crypto miners refer to their mining computer set-up as, and by the end of these three blogs you’ll know everything you need to go out and buy / build your own.

While Cryptocurrency mining may at first seem daunting, and I’m sure most people think that Crypto miners must have an absurdly high level of IT and computer skills, but the truth is that it’s far simpler to become a Crypto miner and it is actually absurdly simple to build your mining PC to the required specs.

So the first thing we need to decide together is which of the many Cryptocurrencies out there are we going to be mining for? As an aside here, by the way, the term ‘mining’ isn’t an entirely accurate one. Really, what Crypto miners are doing is calculating the computations that protect the integrity and security of the distributed blockchain ledger that tracks each transaction. In exchange for completing those calculations, the miners are all paid a share of the currency transaction they’ve just verified.

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Back to your first decision: which currency are you going to mine? Bitcoin is the most popular, but is actually the least profitable to mine due to the high cost of the equipment you’ll require to mine it. Bitcoin is now so competitive for mining shares (as in, there’s so many people doing it now) that special purpose computers built with Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are required as the norm. A general, purpose built computer is just too slow to earn you anything in the Bitcoin mining world.

Image result for crypto part 1 The second most popular and well-known Cryptocurrency is Ethereum, and it turns out that Ethereum is actually also really well known for being insanely easy to mine and really profitable too….so for me, that’s ideal for us to use in this series of set-up scenarios.

Next month’s two blogs will focus firstly on the equipment needed to set up our first ever Ethereum mining rig, and then finally on getting underway and actually beginning our mining adventure. So until then, enjoy the summer heat, and check back for parts 2 and 3 next month!

_Blog post by Bob Pattni_

 

Cryptocurrency stability

In times of turmoil, look to Cryptocurrency for stability

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With massive economic uncertainty everywhere you look due to Brexit, the US Trade Wars, and the deterioration of the EU in general, where should you invest your money to enjoy a little more stability?

If you look at the UK financial markets right now, there’s no really good savings investment opportunities. No matter what you choose, the % return on investment is pretty dire. Property investment for leasehold seems to still be a pretty safe bet, but even that market is struggling to remain buoyant in these uncertain times.

So is investing in Cryptocurrency really a truly safe bet?

Well firstly, it’s important to understand that as with all investment opportunities – the value of your investment may of course go down as well as up. So if this is your first time investing in Cryptocurrency, be sure that you’re following the safe rules of investing in general and only invest a small proportion of your overall wealth, and don’t invest more than you can afford to live without should the worst happen and the Crypto markets take an unexpected dive.

The easiest way to get involved is by signing up to a Cryptocurrency wallet service Online – a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.

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Most Cryptocurrency wallet services now offer desktop and mobile services, meaning you can manage your account anywhere and at any time of the day. You can sign up to these as you would sign up to any website. Enter your name and email address and set a password to get started, choose a user name and password (for added security you should ensure that this password is totally different to any others so that it could never be cracked).

After that, it’s time to connect your bank account, debit card or credit card. Use two-factor authentication to secure your account, but don’t use your phone number or mobile number – it’s best to set up a new email account, separate to your main email, so you have a totally separate email account for all your Crypto dealings and no-one can then use that random email address for anything else of yours. According to security researchers, criminals only need to know your name and number in order to steal from your Crypto wallet so make sure you follow the above rules and stay safe. (NB. Some places will also let you use Google Authenticator – a quick Google search will tell you how if you don’t already know).

Once you’ve done this, you can start investing in Crypto. Whichever service you decide to use, you’ll be able to access a graph showing how your chosen currency’s value has changed over time.

From there on in, you’re likely to become hooked and you’ve taken your first important steps to becoming a genuine Crypto trader….enjoy the ride!

_Blog post by Bob Pattni_

 

Crypto ‘Whales’ controlling Bitcoin

Blog And Thoughts By Bob Pattni, Crypto-Guide

What is a Bitcoin Whale? A whale, in Crypto terms, is a big money Bitcoin player who can manipulate the Crypto market by selling their holdings in large – sometimes staggeringly so – numbers.

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Last year, someone moved almost 25,000 Bitcoin (worth about $159 million in US Dollars at the time), to one of the main Cryptocurrency online exchanges. The news soon rippled through online forums, with Bitcoin traders arguing amongst themselves about whether it meant the owner was about to sell the digital currency and whether they should follow suit. This uncertainty caused massive price fluctuations in the market – and it wasn’t the first time.

Bitcoin whales are fast becoming the main cause of concern for investors. They can send prices plummeting by selling even a portion of their holdings. And those sales are more probable now that the Cryptocurrency is consistently high and continuing to gain recognition in the public consciousness.

About 40 percent of Bitcoin is held by perhaps 1,600 users, with most online forums estimating these users know each other and are groups who collaborated to invest in Bitcoin in the very early days of the currency, and in some cases right from the very inception of this new form of money. It’s considered highly likely that these whales actually co-ordinate their moves – or preview them to a select few – and they can also therefore potentially band together to tank or prop up the market as they choose to dictate.

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Regulators have not yet caught up with Cryptocurrency trading, so many of the rules are still murky or in point of fact non-existent. This ‘grey area’ allows the Bitcoin whales to dictate and control the market to their own ends – which is, obviously, to turn themselves the maximum amount of profit possible.

When you see a huge drop in a coins price, people will sometimes blame it on whales that are dumping on the market. Typically when this occurs more inexperienced investors will start panic selling so they can buy back into the coin at a cheaper price. However, the best strategy is likely to be to hold on to everything and in fact to increase your holdings by buying additional coins at the lower price so that when the price rises again, as it inevitably will, you’ll be in a better position overall.

C:\Users\Aaron\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\cryptowhale1.png Whales will use often use this tactic, calling it ‘rinse and repeat’, and this method can be extremely profitable to the whale if timed right. Once the whale starts selling off lower than the market rate, this causes people to start panic selling. Then the whale will watch and re-buy back in when the price of the coin reaches a new low. They just keep on repeating this process over time, thereby accumulating more wealth, more coins, and more control over that coin.

As well as the early Bitcoin investors, whales can also be risk-loving high-net-worth individuals who have recently discovered the Cryptocurrency market as a new arena for money making; or even major institutional investors such as hedge funds and proprietary trading desks that are placing large bets on where the market will move next. There’s a lot of money in Cryptocurrency and so there’s a lot of people now banking on it creating them a massive amount of wealth.

In the early days of the currency, Bitcoin whales traded on only the largest exchanges, and some still do use only these exclusively. However, as the Crypto market has developed and gained recognition, more and more over-the-counter brokers have launched to service large (and small) Bitcoin investors who are trading digital currencies to be able to access more liquidity than the rigid, old-fashioned exchanges can provide.

So if you do trade in Crypto, keep an eye out for the obvious signs of whale activity. If there’s a large, sudden change in the value of a particular Cryptocurrency, that does not seem to relate to any major project announcement or market-moving news then there’s pretty obviously some whale activity behind the scenes. The same goes for a seemingly inexplicable increase in volatility or price spikes in a specific Cryptocoin as it could well mean that a whale has begun to manipulate the market.

 

How to avoid the most common Cryptocurrency mistakes

How to avoid the most common Cryptocurrency mistakes


There’s quite a lot of rookie mistakes that you can learn to avoid when beginning your Cryptocurrency trading career. The most common traps, and what you should do to prevent yourself from falling into them, are listed below for your education!

  1. Image result for pump and dump cryptoAvoid Pump & Dumps.

This is mostly perpetuated on lesser known coins with low volumes by a few individuals with deep pockets (whales) who are capable of ensuring wide swings on these lesser known cryptos in order to cash in on a windfall when they get the price to rise exponentially. It’s great to see that graph of your crypto moving upwards quickly but beware of large rises in short timescales, as you could be seeing a few individuals deliberately misleading the you and the marketplace. When the whales then dump their purchases, that graph is going to go tumbling down so don’t be seduced by sudden large price rises, particularly in the lesser known coins.

  1. Avoid Setting the Wrong Price.

It is easy to misread or mistype a decimal point or number of zeros. You could set your sell order ridiculously low because you misread the market, or made a typo, and by the time you realize the mistake another trader sees opportunity and quickly snaps up your trade. For example, you could have placed a sell order at 0.0005 BTC instead of 0.005 BTC and that one extra zero can cost you significant funds whiles another trader smiles all the way to his or her wallet. Try to double check your “sell” and “buy” orders every single time before a trade order is placed.

  1. Avoid Sending the Wrong Coin to the Wrong Exchange or Wallet Address.

There have been instances when people have mistakenly sent the wrong coins to the wrong wallet address and have lost funds. For instance, it is possible to send Bitcoin to say a Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin Gold wallet. It can also happen that Ethereum could be unintentionally sent to an Ethereum Classic wallet or some other digital currency with similar names. This mistake could mean that you have lost your coins forever, as if you send coins to the wrong wallet you are highly unlikely to be able to get them returned to you.

  1. Avoid Markets with Little or Low Liquidity. 

It is important to recognise those crypto-coins with relatively high volumes and stick to buying and trading these. For a coin to appreciate in value, there must be a crowd of potential buyers to drive up demand. If you buy lesser known coins, you might get your capital locked up unless you’re prepared to wait years for the coin to gradually increase in recognition and value.

  1. Play the Long Game.

As a newcomer to crypto-trading, you buy a coin and the next day you realize it has appreciated northwards of 20% in value, meaning you might want to quickly cash out and take profit. But then again, if you hold on a bit, you could see that coin witness higher and more astronomical increase in value over the next couple of months to years. Several coins on the Cryptocurrency markets have seen value growth in the thousands of % over the last couple of years. Crypto trading is the right market for people with patience and the vision to have long term gains. This is not a short term game.

  1. Control your Emotions.

One sure way to losing money is trading with emotions. You may be angry that you missed out on buying a coin before it went up, or maybe you lost a trade bet on a coin so you intend to pile up the rest of your entire funds into another with the hope of making windfall profit…..this should never be a trading strategy. Emotions in crypto-trading should be avoided as much as possible. Detaching emotions from trade transactions gives a better and more objective perspective which is an important tool to making profit.

  1. Beware of Overconfidence.

Confidence is good, but being overly confident and throwing caution to the wind is something to avoid. Overconfidence could lead to one ignoring market signals and just placing trades based on hunches. This could work sometimes, but there is a high probability this will likely lead to loss of funds. It is important to perpetually study and read wide since the Cryptocurrency world is a fast moving and changing one which could leave one rusty if continuous education and research are left to chance.

Above all, enjoy yourself! The challenge of navigating the tricky Crypto waters can be an extremely rewarding one, and as it’s going to be taking up increasing amounts of your day you may as well enjoy what you’re doing!

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Blog by Bob Pattni