How to buy Bitcoins

Hey guys Dave here, I know you guys have heard me talking alot about cryptocurrency and bitcoin lately. For new readers, I am an investor, I’m all about travel, making money espeically when its passive income. I own several rental properties that I have turned in to airbnb’s you can read about those here and here. But recently I have been doing some cool things with Bitcoins you can read about my bitcoin experiment here, or how I started making passive income with bitcoins here. Then it hit me, I should probably explain where to get bitcoins. So here is my tutorial to getting your hands on some of that sweet, sweet crypto.

There is no doubt that if you stumbled onto this page you have heard about bitcoin. That’s because you’re super tech-savvy and smart enough to do your research. Now you need to know how to buy bitcoins. I mean, where do you get Bitcoins anyway? Today I am going to show you what I wish I knew about how to purchase bitcoins. Welcome to the world of cryptocurrency.

 

Buying Bitcoins with Coinbase

This is my favorite way to buy bitcoins. Coinbase is a bitcoin exchange that is convenient and pretty self-explanatory. You can sign up for Coinbase here. You will have to verify your email.

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Once your email is verified you will have to verify your phone number.

coinbase phone verificiation

I know that all these verifications can be annoying but they are in place to protect our money. The next step is to verify your payment source. There are two options you can use a card such as debit or credit, or bank account.

 

How to buy Bitcoins with a credit card

If you want to buy bitcoins with credit card, Coinbase is by far the best option. To buy bitcoins with a credit card you will first have to verify your card on Coinbase. This is a simple process but you will need access to your online banking. Before you can get your debit or credit card registered, Coinbase sends out 2 or 3 pending charges that are all $1 and some change. When Coinbase does this, they will prompt you to enter the amount of change like in the picture below.

how to buy bitcoins with credit card

To verify you just have to enter the change. If you get a charge that is $1 even DO NOT USE THAT ONE, only the charges with change after it. Don’t worry these charges fall off once you verify your card. With credit cards there is a 2.5% charge which is not bad in the world of Bitcoin. The bonus to using your credit or debit card is this is the best way to buy bitcoins instantly. There is no wait time for your bitcoin to arrive which is good because bitcoin price fluctuates. I did notice that my weekly buying limit was lower than the limit given with the bank account.

Pros of buying bitcoins with credit card

  • Instant transaction, bitcoin is in your account right away
  • Low Fees
  • Good for short term trading

Cons of buying bitcoin with credit card

  • Lower buying limits with new accounts.

Buy Bitcoins with bank account

You can also buy bitcoins with your bank account. This way is good because there are no additional fees. Adding your bank account is simple as choosing bank account as your payment method and logging in via your bank online login info. The downside to buying bitcoins with your bank account is that there is a wait time. This wait time can be anywhere between 4-10 days. This is not ideal if you want to make sure that you are buying in at a specific price. Buying with bank accounts usually gets your a higher weekly buying limit.

Pros of buying bitcoins with your bank account on Coinbase

  • No Fees
  • Convenient
  • OK for long-term holding

Cons of buying bitcoins with your bank account on Coinbase

  • Slow transaction 4-10 days
  • Don’t know what price will be when you receive bitcoin
  • Bad for short term trades

Buying your Bitcoin

Once your payment method is set up you simply need to click bitcoin and click buy bitcoin

how to buy bitcoin

The final step is to enter the amount of bitcoin you wish to buy in USD and click buy bitcoin instantly. You will get to a confirm screen and then your bitcoin should appear in your account. You are now a proud bitcoin owner.

 

If you want to sign up for Coinbase to buy some bitcoins you will get an additional $10 in bitcoin when you spend $100 with this Coinbase promo. 

 

BitCoin ATM

Bitcoin ATM’s are my least favorite way to buy bitcoin. If you are in a hurry and you don’t have a bank account you can buy bitcoin from one of these specialized ATMs. I used a bitcoin atm a few times when I was trying to get bitcoin for the BitConnect experiment. A few things I learned from the experience is that you can find your local Bitcoin ATM using CoinRadar.com I was able to locate a few of these ATM’s within reasonable driving distance to my home. The process was straight forward. It had a touch screen interface that was small but easy to use. After beginning the process, I was required to register with my phone number, for which I was sent a text with a code that I had to verify, and then I had to scan my ID. Once my ID was scanned I was that the machine had a 15% fee meaning for every $100 I needed to add an extra $15 in fees. This was quite expensive and I would later find out that this pricing is average and some ATM’s were even charging 20%. Next I was asked to scan the barcode to my destination address. Now it was time to add the money, it was cash only and no way to use credit or debit. I deposited my money and watched the fragments of bitcoin add up on the screen. Once I was done I was given a reciept and within moments the transaction showed up as pending on my wallet.

The Pros of Using Bitcoin ATM

  • Good for quick bitcoin transactions
  • Buy Bitcoin INSTANTLY!
  • Great way to get bitcoin if you don’t have a bank account

The Cons of using a Bitcoin ATM

  • Requires you to have a bitcoin wallet already
  • EXPENSIVE FEES 15%-20% is common
  • ATMs were mostly located in shady areas of town in my area
  • Have to travel with cash on you
  • Bitcoin ATMS are CASH ONLY!

3 Ways To Earn Passive Income With Bitcoin

Hey guys, you’ve probably been blogging a lot more lately! For the Newbies I’m Dave I’m into all things passive income. You’ve probably heard me talking a lot about bitcoin lately. That’s because there is A LOT of pretty exciting things going on with cryptocurrency lately. Aside from new highs with bitcoin almost monthly, I have managed to scour the web for the three best ways to earn passive income with bitcoin on the web. I put hours upon research and went out on the line with my own money to test out various ways to make money in the age of digital money. I have narrowed it down to the 3 best bitcoin investments to share with you. Before we get into this post, I want to make sure everyone knows investing can be risky, never invest more than you can afford to lose, that being said I have not lost any money and have seen significant gains so without further ado here is my much-anticipated list.

bitconnect reviewBitConnect

BitConnect is a lending platform that deploys a trading bot to trade price of bitcoin taking advantage of its price volatility. BitConnect lets user lend money to the bot to leverage buying power. How it generally works is you make an investment, let’ss say $100 for example. That $100 is locked into a set term for 299 days. BitConnect rewards users with daily interest payments that start 24 hours after the loan is made. These daily interest rates can fluctuate between 0.04% to 2% however from my experience I find that it averages around 1% per day. This means that at the end of the month you are making between 24-30% ROI on your investment monthly. This means that you generally can recoupe your original investment back within around 3 months. You then get to enjoy daily interest payments for the remainder of your term. Once your term is complete, your original $100 is released to you. So let’s do the math, you originally invested $100, then you began receiving interest payments of around $25 per month for the following 10 months. That’s a total of $250, you are then given your original investment back turning your $100 investment into $350ish. Now obviously $100 isn’t going to make you they next Mark Zuckerberg, however, with a larger loan of $1000 I’m sure you can begin to see the potential. I am currently investing into bitconnect you can read about my bit connect experiment here and part 2 here. The goal here or at least the strategy I am using is to compound the interest payments into more loans to raise my monthly income to where I want it to be. You can literally decide your own income. BitConnect gives you instant access to your payments as soon as they arrive so if you don’t want to reinvest you can simply withdraw the funds and cash out.

You can sign up for BitConnect here.

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Genesis Mining

If your on this page you probably know that bitcoins and many other altcoins are mined. For those of you that are unfamiliar bitcoins are generated by specialized super computers known as mining rigs. These computers solve millions of complex solutions per second and are rewarded by receiving cryptocurrency. These mining rigs can be complex and expensive to build, and one of the main cost associated with mining is electricity cost. This is where cloud mining comes in. Cloud mining is when companies with many of these mining rigs sell you there computing power aka hash power to generate cryptocurrency on your behalf.

Is this profitable? Well, the answer is complicated, you see the difficulty of mining goes up over time so the amount of hash power you are mining with versus the cost of the coin you are mining is something you need to be aware of. A quick google search like “bitcoin mining calculator” should bring you to a site that can calculate the cost of electricity and relation to the price of the coin you wish to mine and let you know how much you would make at the coins current price.

I have found success mining with Genesis-Mining.com. They sell different contracts but I find that their bitcoin mining contracts are the best in the world in my opinion. This is because they are open-ended contracts. While some mining contracts may have a term of 2 or 3 years, the bitcoin mining contracts here, will mine FOREVER until it is no longer profitable. That means you have a dedicated machine mining bitcoins for your until the difficulty has gotten too high. You can hedge against this by adding hash power as time goes on. Once you break even on the investment the rest is sweet sweet passive income. The only thing bad about genesis mining is that their bitcoin contracts are no secret so they sell out for the year relatively fast. At the time of writing this, they have just opened a presale for February 2018 which is 3 months away.

If you want to check out how profitable cloud mining you can sign up here an recieve 3% off your contract price if you use this link.

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USI-Tech

USI Tech is similar to Bitconnect and Genesis. It’s a lending platform that allows you to invest in cloud mining packages. A little background on USI-Tech they have been leaders in the forex market, and at one point created a successful forex trading bot that was exclusive to wealthy clients. Fast forward to present day, they are now getting a foot in the cryptocurrency markets. They have been making investors money for years so I’m hopeful that they will be trying to uphold their prestigious name.

How do USI-Tech Investments work?

You buy whats called BTC cloud mining packages or bitcoin packages. USI-Techs prices is in euros but these packages rougly translate into around $59 usd. Once purchased, your investment begins to pay you 1% daily for a term of 140 days. These packages are active only between Mon-Fri and are not active on the weekend. USI tech says that they will earn you 140% ROI for the package you purchase.

To sign up for USI-Tech click here!

The Tech Coin

At the time of this post, USI Tech is also in the pre ICO stages of token sale. I know people hate ICO’s but I think if you do your research and diligenceence you can decide for yourself. For me, just seeing how this site was already making people money, then seeing them get a coin and a blockchain was enough to sell me. The tokens are approximately $60 for 100 or 60 cents each. My logic is if this company is already making people money, and Bitconnect’s coin is $250 as of today…if tech coin even reaches half of that I stand to make a small fortune. I will be getting some more of these tokens before the pre ICO is over as well.

If you are interested in tech coin you must be a member, its free to create an account just click here.

I am so glad that I found cryptocurrency. I have always been fascinated with generating passive income, and with the crypto revolution, I am so happy to see new ways to generate it. There are other ways to earn passive income from bitcoin as well but there is also a lot of scams. The same beauty that attracts millennials to cryptocurrency also, unfortunately does attract a few scammers. I have taken the guess work out of these sites and have been paid from each of them. The best part is that with these methods you dont have to wait to see the result. Once you invest money starts trickling back to your account right away.

The BitConnect Experiment: How Much Did I Make Lending on BitConnect

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This is part two of my BitConnect experiment. Start by reading part 1 here.

So when we left off I had $1120 invested, maybe I should have stopped there, but everything had been going well so I decided to put up another loan out of pocket. I wanted to see what it would be like if I hit tier 3 interest payments so I decided to go ahead and put up $5,300. I had already invested $1120 so this would give me a total of $6,420 in loans.

You might wonder what made me choose the amount of $5300…well honestly its because I was playing with the BitConnect profitability calculator and I saw that  $5300 loan would generate me a little over $1700 in monthly income.

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The numbers were so good I would be doing my self a disservice if I didn’t give it a shot. Don’t get me wrong the thought of losing this money was heart-wrenching but the risk vs reward on this for me highly favored the reward side. On one hand, the loss of $5300 would be something that I would have to work hard to bounce back from but if these returns were real…well let’s just say this is life changing stuff then.

Depositing The Money

So I had my mind made up I was going to do it. I opened up my Coinbase app(by the way if you sign up for Coinbase here, they will give you an additional $10 in bitcoin when you buy over $100 worth) I noticed something that would put a wrench in my plans. Coinbase has a maximum weekly limit, I had seen this before but somehow forgotten about it. I had a max buying limit of $1250. I would still need to buy $4050 worth of bitcoin but from where? I hopped online to tap into many of the popular online marketplaces such as Craigslist and OfferUp, maybe I could buy bitcoin from someone willing to sell. Listings were scarce and the people I called did not answer the phone. I knew there had to be another way so I did what I always do when in doubt…I Googled. After some research I found out that there were a few BitCoin ATM’s in my area. BitCoin ATM’s look similar to regular ATMs except that convert your USD into BitCoin and send it over to your wallet. I decided to go check one out, my GPS led me to a gas station. I walked inside and asked the guy at the counter if he had a bitcoin ATM. The guy points over to the far corner and low and behold, there it was, my ticket to easy bitcoin. There was only one problem, the fees were astronomical. This BitCoin ATM was charging 20%….Shit! I did the math I needed $4050 that would $810 in fees alone…Yikes.

I left immediately there was just no way I was going to pay $810 in fees, I knew there would be some fee but we were talking about close to $1000 here. I drove home and did some more research. I was able to find a coinatmradar.com.  This site listed the various locations around my city with BitCoin ATM’s and also shared what the interest rate was. After a few seconds of scrolling I located an0ther BitCoin ATM that charged 10%…still expensive but I was willing to pay after all this was all in the spirit of finding new revenue streams and it takes money to make money. That and the fact I was tired of trying to figure it out caused me to go ahead and pay the 10%. There may have been other places cheaper but I found that most of the people who have these BitCoin ATM’s at their business have no idea about anything about them. None of the owner of the stores I had been to could tell me the percentage rate over the phone.

Using The BitCoin ATM

Using the BitCoin ATM was pretty straight forward. It looked like a regular ATM with a touch screen. I was asked to input my phone number so I did. I was then sent a verification text in which I had to type the code that was text to me into the machine. Next, I had to verify my identity the machine asked me to take a picture of my ID front and back. After this was completed I was asked to input or scan my desired destination wallet address.  Now I was ready to insert my money I did so making sure to calculate the extra needed to cover fees. Once this was done they asked was I done and I said yes. I wasn’t given a receipt the screen went back to the start screen and I became a little concerned. I checked my wallet app that I pointed the BitCoin ATM too and saw the pending transaction in the amount I just deposited. I was relieved and left to drive home excited to make the loan. By the time I arrived home the transaction had cleared.

The $5300 BitConnect Loan

I got home transferred the remaining bitcoin to my BitConnect Wallet, the converted them to BitConnect tokens and well then this happened

What kind of returns can you expect lending on BitConnect?

I’m sure that’s what you want to know. What was I going to earn from lending $5300. Well because this loan was over $5010 I hit the third tier which gives me the base interest rate + an additional 0.20%. With daily rates averaging 1%, this translates into a monthly income of $1700 from this loan. This combined with my other loans was giving me approximately $65 per day in passive income. This allowed me to do $100 reinvestments every 2 days as seen below.

A day later I got some referrals and had enough to invest another $200 without adding any money, this thing was compounding fast.

 

After this investment, I had a total of $6820 in loans generating me passive income.

My BitConnect Investing Strategy

Now I’m sure you have heard many people call BitConnect a scam or a Ponzi scheme, and others that will defend it with their lives. Both sides have some pretty solid arguments but I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know. All I know is it works…for now. That being said I spent some time coming up with the safest BitConnect strategy I could think of. I decided that once I hit $7000 total in active loans that I will start withdrawing my original investment of $6420 out of the account. With the total active loans I have, I should be generating near $2100 per month. That said over the next 4 months I will likely be pulling at least $1700 from the profits out monthly until my original investment is paid back. I hope this platform will be around for a long time but all in all I would feel much more comfortable if I knew I was playing with house money. Any remaining money I have monthly will be reinvested but the focus, for now, is to secure the original investment as I think this is the safest BitConnect strategy.

I will continue to keep you updated on my progress with the BitConnect Experiment. If you are interested in joining my team you can earn with me on BitConnect here. I offer strategy and tips for anyone who joins using one of my links. Also, follow these videos or click here to see me on youtube. Like and subscribe and leave any questions or comments in the comments section.