It’s easy to see why there’s so much buzz around bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The innovators behind the most exciting crypto projects are some of the brightest in the world.
Today, it’s hard to believe that bitcoin– the cryptocoin that helped cryptocurrency go mainstream– was worth less than a penny in 2009. Today, one single bitcoin can pay for a fancy new computer or even fund a vacation to Europe.
Though bitcoin’s rapid rise to prominence has been phenomenal, that coin likely won’t be the end of the story. Developers of altcoins– alternative cryptocurrencies designed to improve on bitcoin’s capabilities– are already innovating on the foundation that Bitcoin laid. In order to promote their new coins, developers often offer generous rewards to those willing to help their coins gain traction. In addition, many established businesses now use crypto rebates and rewards to lure in new customers.
All of the hype and competition in the cryptocurrency space has made it easy to find and collect free crypto rewards. Keep reading to learn 100+ ways to get free bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
A Word of Warning…
Hackers often peddle legitimate looking cryptocurrency offers that are actually scams in disguise. For example, hackers targeted early investors of eos– a much-anticipated blockchain platform for the development of dapps (decentralized applications)– by sending out fake emails. These emails promised free eos giveaways, but in fact directed users to a fake site that collected their private keys. One victim of the scam lost $62,000 dollars’ worth of eos, according to Forbes.
Forbes recently published some tips on how to avoid wasting time and money on overhyped new coins that end up going nowhere. Generally speaking, if a coin seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Related: The Complete List of ICO Scams
Create and Curate Content
New crypto-powered sites are changing social media. Currently, most people don’t view a Facebook post or a tweet as having any monetary value. Yet, social media platforms wouldn’t be able to earn revenue without user-generated content.
Next-generation social media platforms let users share in the wealth of the social networks they support. Part of the revenue they generate goes straight into the pockets of the people who use the sites and produce content for them.
- Steemit. Steemit is probably the most well-known social media platform that runs on the blockchain. Writers that produce content for the platform can earn STEEM tokens, and so can posters, commentators and content curators. These tokens can be exchanged for crypto and fiat cash on several crypto exchanges.
- LBRY. LBRY is similar to Steemit, but it runs on the LBC (LBRY Credits) coin and offers a slightly different rewards system. The developers behind this project have big goals. They want LBRY to “ultimately grow to be a catalog of every piece of digital content available.”
- WildSpark. WildSpark is a new decentralized social media network that attracted buzz when it debuted last year. Synereo– the company that’s developing WildSpark– recently made headlines when it partnered with Shanghai-based content production company Qiyi Culture.
- Yours.org. Yours is a content distribution platform that lets its users earn BCH (bitcoin cash) for contributing new content, curating existing content and sparking discussions. The company raised over $1.5 million in venture capital funding earlier this year.
- Hashnode. Hashnode is a questions-and-answers site in the vein of Quora, with a twist: users can earn Stellar Lumens (XLM) for participating.
- Dtube. Though Dtube is still ironing out its rewards system, this video platform is the closest thing to a decentralized version of YouTube out there right now. Like Steemit, Dtube creators and commentors can earn STEEM rewards. Some prominent controversial YouTube creators switched over to Dtube following allegations of YouTube censorship earlier this year.
- Sola. Like StumbleUpon, Sola is a content discovery platform that uses AI to learn about what kind of content you like. Users can earn SolCoin for rating and uploading content.
- MaskNetwork. MaskNetwork is a crypto-incentivized social network for bloggers and crypto traders. As is the case with Dtube, Busy and ADZbuzz, MaskNetwork development is still in the very early stages.
- Busy.org. Busy seems to be the decentralized version of Twitter. Like Dtube, Busy is so new that there isn’t much information about it available on it aside from this introductory message from its developers.
- ADZbuzz. ADZbuzz issues crypto rewards (in the form of ADZcoin) to its users for collecting and curating off-site content. Like Busy and Dtube, ADZbuzz is very new and is still in beta.
Shop and Earn Rewards
If you already shop online, one easy way to earn digital cash is by signing up for crypto rebate programs. There are already many crypto rewards programs to choose from, and more companies are creating new programs every day. Orbis Research estimated that the loyalty card industry was worth $1.94 billion in 2016. By 2022, that number could rise to $7.305 billion. A large part of that growth will likely be facilitated by emerging blockchain technologies.
- Rewards.com. Loyalty card clearinghouse Rewards.com made headlines when it announced that it would begin issuing crypto in the form of Dash rewards. Dash is an intriguing new cryptocurrency because it is both an open source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization).
- Zeex. The new rewards program Zeex lets you buy gift cards using your crypto funds. It is named after its sister company and seed investor, Zeek. Zeek sold over a million gift cards in 2017.
- PointsHound. PointsHound is a hotel booking engine that offers travelers bonus airline miles for making hotel reservations. The company made headlines when it became one of the first rewards programs to begin issuing bitcoin rewards. Business news site Forbes covered PointsHound when it debuted in 2015.
- Shping. Shping is a blockchain-powered commerce ecosystem that runs on a smartphone app, which gives shoppers various ways to earn Shping coins. Shping users can earn crypto rewards by scanning products and writing reviews.
- BitcoinRewards. BitcoinRewards markets itself as “the number one digital currency rewards site in the world.” Businesses that have partnered with BitcoinRewards include many recognizable brands like Viber, NewFrog, Rakuten and Topps. Rewards are paid out in BCH (bitcoin cash).
- CryptoRewardsExchange. This interesting rewards program lets you trade in your rewards credits for bitcoin, litecoin and ether.
- PRO Rewards. The main feature that sets the PRO rewards system apart is that its team intends to roll an entire ecosystem of products, including paper wallets and accounting tools for merchants.
- CoinRebates. Though its plain-looking website may not dazzle your eyes, CoinRebates still seems to be up and running. Like PointsHound, this crypto rewards program started operating in 2015.
- Plutus. This crypto-backed pre-paid debit card service features “tap and pay” top-ups and instant crypto-to-euros or British pound conversions. Customers get 3% cash back in pluton every time they top up with ether or bitcoin. (The company says it plans to expand into the US, but it hasn’t mentioned any specific dates.)
- Blockrize. Blockrize is similar to Plutus in that it’s a pre-paid debit card that gives its customers crypto rewards for shopping. Another similarity between the two platforms is that Blockrize not available in the US yet. The Blockrize team intends to launch the card sometime this year.
Grab Altcoin Airdrops
In order to build buzz around a new cryptocoin, coin development teams occasionally issue what are known as “airdrops”– or in other words, free token giveaways. In addition to the crypto news sites CoinDesk and CoinTelegraph, any of the websites listed below are good places to begin your search for news about airdrops.
- CryptoCreed. CryptoCreed’s airdrop list is huge and is updated daily. It’s probably the best resource to use when looking for airdrop information.
- TopICOList. TopICOList provides information related to ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). The site’s “airdrops” page features a curated list of current and upcoming airdrops.
- AlertAirdrop. In addition to airdrops, the people who run this site also list bounty programs and try to spot ICO scams. Their Telegram chat room is also a good place to find airdrop news and announcements.
- AirdropTracker. AirdropTracker is updated on a regular basis and there is a newsletter that you can sign up for if you want airdrop news delivered to you via email.
- CryptoAirdrops. Follow CryptoAirdrops on Twitter to get airdrop news and announcements in your feed.
- CoinAirdrops. This site currently lists around 30 airdrop programs.
- Airdrops.io. Airdrops.io conveniently uses categories like holder airdrops, Telegram airdrops and Twitter airdrops to make searching for airdrops easier.
- AirdropLand. This no-frills airdrop site currently lists around 25 airdrops.
- ERC20 Airdrops. This Telegram channel has over 1000 members, but you have to scroll through spammy announcements to find the best airdrop offers.
- AirdropAlert. Despite the fact that this site’s layout is somewhat cluttered, it still provides a decent starting point for hunting for airdrops.
One of the easiest (and most fun) ways to earn cryptocoins is by playing games. Just as coin developers use airdrops to promote their new coins, game developers are using digital coins to promote their new creations.
Digital coins you earn while playing the games listed below can be exchanged for US dollars and other fiat currencies either through the games themselves or via various crypto exchanges.
- CryptoKitties. CryptoKitties players can earn crypto cash by breeding and selling unique digital cats. In March of 2018, the creators of the game reeled in $12 million in venture capital investments.
- Hammercoin. Hammercoin is a “hack and slash open world adventure” that lets players earn small amounts of bitcoin.
- Plink. CRYCASH’s new Plink app allows players of Clash of Clans, League of Legends and other popular games to chat, compete and earn CRC coins.
- Spells of Genesis. This mobile trading card game’s ecosystem runs on BitCrystals– a cryptocoin that can be exchanged on Poloniex, Bittrex and several other cryptocurrency exchanges.
- BitQuest. BitQuest is a modified version of the popular sandbox game known as Minecraft. Players can earn dogecoin or bitcoin by killing monsters or selling in-game items.
- Storm Play. This app gives you crypto rewards for downloading and trying out games. Early Google Play reviews suggest that the initial release may have been buggy, but the developer responded to the negative comments and promised to correct them.
- ChopCoin. ChopCoin is very similar to Agar.io. In both games, you begin as a small bubble. As you “eat” other players, you become bigger and bigger. ChopCoin is different because match winners can earn bitcoin rewards.
- SaruTobi. Like the popular “launcher” game Burrito Bison, the goal of SaruTobi is to shoot the main character as far as you possibly can. At the end of the month, a portion of the revenue generated by the game is converted to bitcoin and sent out to its top ranking players.
- HunterCoin. In this survival game, players battle and compete for resources in an effort to gather HunterCoin. Once obtained, HunterCoin can then be traded on Poloniex and other crypto exchanges. The price of HunterCoin was hovering around four cents at publication.
- Augmentors. If the Augmentors lives up to its slick-looking website, this blockchain-based fighting game could be one to watch once it comes out of alpha. The Augmentors developers competed to win funding in a 2016 episode of Shark Tank South Africa in 2016.
Earn ICO Bounties
Bounties are similar to airdrops in that both promotional events involve crypto giveaways. The key difference is that in order to collect a bounty reward, you have to complete one or several different tasks. Usually, these tasks are promotional in nature. However, some coin development teams issue bounty rewards to coders for identifying bugs and security problems.
- ICOBench. This website lists hundreds of different bounties and provides the start and end dates for each program.
- ICONow. ICONow also has a huge list of bounties. The programs are sorted into useful categories like video bounty, Reddit bounty and more.
- BountyPlatform. This polished-looking site lets you bookmark bounty programs that you’re interested in.
- ICOBounty. Like ICONow and BountyPlatform, ICOBounty uses categories to make their bounties list easier to browse.
- ICODrops. In addition its large airdrops list, ICODrops also has a long list of bounty programs to browse.
- BountyPortals. This list doesn’t have many bounty programs, but it does seem to be well-maintained.
- BountiesAlert. This site is a bit disorganized, but it’s still a decent starting point for finding bounty programs.
- AmaZixBounties. AmaZixBounties provides end dates for the bounty programs it lists, but their site doesn’t let you sort the programs by the deadlines.
- BountyHive. The BountyHive site looks nice, but the bounties list isn’t very long.
- Bancor. Bancor provides extensive info for just a handful of major bounty programs, but the list does not seem to be well maintained.
Become a Crypto Day Trader
One simple (but potentially nerve-wracking) way to get free crypto is to buy a coin when the price is low and sell it when the price is high. If your timing is right, you’ll end up with more crypto in your wallet than you started with. Though the volatility of crypto markets means that trading crypto offers just as many risks as it does potential rewards, candlestick charts and other tools can provide clues for when to make your move. All that’s needed to get started is an analytical mind, a bit of luck and an account on one of the major crypto exchanges.
- Coinbase Pro. If you already have a Coinbase account, Coinbase Pro (formerly GDAX) makes it easy to make the leap of becoming a frequent crypto trader.
- Poloniex. If you want to trade altcoins, Poloniex is an excellent option. In addition to customizable order types, Poloniex also lets you leverage your assets with peer-to-peer loans.
- Kraken. Kraken splits the difference between Poloniex and GDAX. Though Kraken doesn’t have a peer-to-peer lending feature or list nearly as many altcoins as Poloniex, it supports more coins than GDAX and accepts fiat bank transfers.
- Binance. Binance’s low fees and vast list of supported altcoins has helped it become one of the world’s most popular crypto exchanges.
- eToro. eToro offers derivatives trading and a wide range of other advanced trading features. Though Americans can’t use eToro yet, the exchange recently announced its plans to expand into the US.
- Bisq. Bisq is a small but interesting decentralized exchange with low fees and worldwide availability.
- CEX.IO. Like eToro, CEX.IO isn’t available in the US. It’s a solid choice if you live in Europe, though.
- Changelly. Changelly’s high fees tend to pile up if you trade frequently. However, the exchange accepts credit and debit card purchases. This makes Changelly a convenient option for making your initial crypto investment.
- LocalBitcoins. Yet another convenient way to enter crypto markets is through LocalBitcoins– a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange. Bitcoin sellers in the LocalBitcoins marketplace accept just about every payment option.
- Paxful. Paxful is a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange that’s similar to LocalBitcoins, only its user base is not quite as large.
Lend Your Crypto Funds
Yet another way to earn free crypto is by becoming a crypto lender. New peer-to-peer microloan lending platforms let people who need loans find investors around the world who are willing to back them. These platforms provide a way to make your crypto funds work for you while also helping out small businesses around the world.
- Bitbond. Bitbond’s slogan is “borrow and invest without borders.” With over $5 million in venture capital investments, it’s one of the most well-funded bitcoin lending platforms on the market.
- ETHLend. ETHLend is similar to Bitbond only the medium of exchange is ether instead of bitcoin. In addition, ETHLend is fully decentralized.
- BTCPOP. BTCPOP is another peer-to-peer crypto lending platform in the vein of Bitbond. In addition to bitcoin, BTCPOP also supports dogecoin, litecoin, blackcoin and other altcoins.
- Credible Friends. Credible Friends is an app that lets you earn crypto by loaning your crypto funds to your friends and other Credible Friends users.
- Poloniex. Poloniex’s lending account feature lets Poloniex borrow and lend money to each other.
- Bitfinex. Controversial crypto exchange Bitfinex also supports peer-to-peer financing.
- LendingBlock. LendingBlock is similar to Bitbond, ETHLend and other similar crypto finance platforms, but its target demographic is high net worth individuals and institutions.
- FastInvest. FastInvest lets their users finance each other with bitcoin or ether. Currently, only European residents can join.
- Compound. Compound will give its users the ability to issue “super-short-term loans” and make money when a coin collapses by selling short. TechCrunch covered compound earlier this year.
- Moeda. Microloan / remittance platform Moeda uses blockchain technologies to enable its users to borrow and lend money. Moeda is not available yet, but it will debut soon.
Experts say that for the average person, the gold rush era of bitcoin mining is over. But even though mining is no longer a way to get rich quick, profitable opportunities for mining still exist. In addition to bitcoin, it is now possible to mine a variety of up-and-coming altcoins. The mining services listed below provide a low-cost way to become a crypto miner.
- NiceHash. NiceHash markets itself as the “largest crypto mining marketplace.” Users can either sell their PC’s computing power or pay to harness the power of cloud servers, which they can use to mine bitcoin, zcash or ether.
- AntPool. AntPool is operated by Bitmain, the same Chinese company that designed ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) mining chips.
- GenesisMining. Another well-known mining service is GenesisMining, which is based in Iceland. With GenesisMining, you can rent server power and mine various coins without having to buy any hardware.
- Hashing24. The Hashing24 team has been involved in bitcoin mining since 2012. Like NiceHash and Genesis Mining, this company rents out its servers to people who want to mine crypto.
- HashFlare. HashFlare is owned by HashCoins, a company that develops software for cloud mining. The mining service calls itself “one of the largest providers of computational power for mining bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.”
- MinerGate. MinerGate is similar to NiceHash and other similar mining services, only it supports more coins. MinerGate users can mine 14 different altcoins.
- SlushPool. SlushPool was the very first bitcoin mining pool and its history dates back to 2010. In addition to bitcoin, SlushPool users can also mine zcash.
- GiveMeCoins. The GiveMeCoins mining pool was founded when the first Litecoin and FeatherCoin pools joined forces.
- CoinFoundry. CoinFoundry markets itself as a low-fee mining pool with friendly support, timely payouts and an active community.
- Zpool. Zpool is an open source multipool that allows users to smart mine for a 2% fee. It’s definitely not for beginners, though, because it’s interface is not exactly user friendly.
- SuperNova. The design of SuperNova’s website is confusing, but the mining pool service does support a wide variety of coins.
More and more blockchain-powered microtask sites have cropped up around the internet over the last several years. Like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, these sites connect businesses to individuals willing to do microtasks that algorithms aren’t yet capable of completing. What’s innovative about these new platforms is that workers get paid in crypto instead of fiat currencies.
- Earn.com. Like its name suggests, Earn lets its users earn bitcoin by replying to emails and completing other simple microtasks.
- Gems. Rather than earn profits for shareholders, the decentralized microtask network Gems distributes its earnings by offering lower prices to employers and higher wages to workers. Gems markets itself as “the decentralized Mechanical Turk.” Though there has been a lot of buzz around Gems, it is currently still in alpha, so there aren’t many jobs available yet.
- Fragments. Fragments is similar to Gems in that it’s a decentralized microtask platform that’s still in development. The main difference between the two is that Fragments is built around a smartphone app.
- Crowdholding. Crowdholding users can earn crypto by providing feedback to coin development teams and assisting them with various microtasks.
- Bitfortip. Bitfortip is a questions-and-answers site in the vein of Quora. Bitfortip users that answer questions can earn bitcoin tips.
- EarnCrypto. This site gives its users the ability to earn over 40 different types of cryptocurrencies by completing simple tasks.
- Storm. Storm is an app that lets you earn crypto by completing various tasks on your smartphone. It’s an easy way to earn while commuting to and from work or school.
- Bituro. Bituro is similar to Storm. Both platforms let their users earn crypto by completing task on their smartphones. Bituro doesn’t seem to have quite as many offers as Storm, though.
- CoinBucks.io. CryptoBucks is yet another smartphone-focused crypto rewards app in the vein of Bituro and Storm.
- CoinWorker. The CoinWorker website gives you the ability to earn crypto by completing tasks using a desktop or laptop. Worker are paid in bitcoin.
- Vidybit. Vidybit pays you to watch commercials. Before you join, you should know that the payout rate– a mere 2 satoshis (approximately $0.00011683 USD) per video– is quite low.
Work and Get Paid in Crypto
Just a few years ago, only a handful of companies paid their employees in digital currency. Now, more and more employers are jumping on the crypto bandwagon. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be sent instantly and spent or exchanged all over the world.
- Ethlance. Ethlance’s slogan is “the future of work is now.” Most of the jobs on this site involve coding, but there are a few social media management jobs listed there as well.
- Bitwage. This site was originally a pure bitcoin payroll service provider, but today it supports over 18 fiat currencies in addition to bitcoin.
- Jobs4Crypto. Jobs4Crypto is a subreddit dedicated to jobs that pay cryptocurrency wages.
- Jobs4Bitcoins. As its name suggests, the Jobs4Bitcoins subreddit is for job seekers looking for employers that pay in bitcoin.
- Gitcoin. Like Ethlance, most of the jobs featured on Gitcoin are information technology related positions.
- Bitgigs. Jobs on Bitgigs are sorted into seven categories: video, graphics, fun/bizarre, music/audio, programming, technology and advertising.
- XBTfreelancer. All the jobs on XBTfreelancer are paid in bitcoin. Job seekers can bid on jobs, and a built-in escrow system guards against fraud.
- Coinality. Coinality is similar to XBTfreelancer, except that it supports dogecoin, litecoin as well as bitcoin. It first debuted in 2013, which makes it one of the oldest crypto job sites.
- Cryptocurrency Jobs. Cryptocurrency Jobs is a marketplace for cryptocurrency related jobs. Not all the employers on this site pay in crypto, but many of them do.
- BlockTribe. BlockTribe markets itself as “your go-to job board for all things blockchain.” Like Cryptocurrency Jobs, many employers that use this site pay cryptocurrency wages.