Exactly four months ago, the cryptocurrency market reached bottom. Those who invested in mid December 2016 enjoyed enormous gains and those who invested in mid December 2017 suffered losses (unless they shorted). Now, FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is being replaced with FOMO (fear of missing out).
The Bitcoin accumulation phase toward the May 2020 halving has begun and is anticipated to lead to Bitcoin's third bull market over the next two and a half years (if history repeats itself).
For investors who prefer passive gains and don't have the time to DYOR, it is time to HODL (hold for dear life) your Bitcoin.
Alternatively, traders and investors who prefer to be active in the market and ride the waves, DYOR is of essence. Of course, DYOR can be quite time consuming, so let's look at a few time saving DYOR tools.
CoinSpectator, the crypto news aggregator, is a one stop shop for a quick fundamentals and market sentiment overview.
Instead of spending hours using your search engine, Twitter and email subscriptions to keep up with the latest in crypto, you can simply go to CoinSpectator.com, bookmark it, and check the live stream of news articles and blog posts neatly listed on a single page.
It's free and allows you to read the excerpts on the very same page. Crypto news and blogs appear the instant they are published on their respective sites which gives you the latest news, literally, by the minute.
There are filters and a search box you can use to check the popularity of a given coin, the overall state of the market, and news about partnerships, new projects, utility, adoption, you name it.
Note that when you enter a specific keyword into the search box it takes a moment for the results to show. It's a good search tool and the results are on target. Regardless of the source, if it's newsworthy, someone wrote about it and you'll find it on CoinSpectator.
You can also register and up/downvote news and blogs, check up on ICOs, advertise and add your own articles and posts to the CoinSpectator news aggregator.
The option to see all of the latest top crypto news at a glance in minutes rather than hours is what makes CoinSpectator the perfect DYOR tool in combination with CMC, TradingView and Messari/OnChainFX.
CMC has been around since the Bitcoin craze begun. I remember when there were only a couple of pages on CMC or less than 300 coins listed, so you wouldn't bother looking past page 1. Six years ago, CMC showed a total crypto market capitalization of $1.4B, about 180x less than what it is today, or, 90x less than today's Bitcoin market cap alone.
CoinSpectator, CoinMarketCap and Coinbase became the tools of the crypto trade around the same time, six to seven years ago and they are still standing because, despite countless speculations of Bitcoin and crypto dying many deaths, crypto is here to stay, stronger than ever.
According to investincrypto.com CMC launched a mobile app version with user accounts and is about to launch crypto benchmark indices on NASDAQ GIDS, Bloomberg Terminals, Thomson Reuters Eikon and Börse Stuttgart (investing.com).
As of this writing, CMC has 2,126 cryptocurrencies listed and ranked with the top 30 showing the most promise in terms of long term gains. To use a historical example from back when CMC consisted of only a few pages, Monero (XMR) used to be somewhere on #40 and fell from there only to rise to prominence in 2017.
Why is this important? Let's assume the bull is coming and you have two options: buy and HODL BTC and/or DYOR to discover and accumulate the gems that will multiply more than BTC over the next couple of years (halving to bull).
If you look at the CMC Monero (XMR) chart, you can see it going from a dollar in mid 2016 (previous BTC halving year) to nearly $500 in early 2018 (a year and a half after the 2016 BTC halving event).
Bitcoin, which has a new low at around $5,200 at the moment (up from $3,200 in Dec 2018), was priced at about $450 back in mid 2016 and rose up to nearly $20K in early 2018.
If you compare the two you can see that Monero (XMR) rose 500x and Bitcoin (BTC) rose 44x during the previous BTC halving to bull period (mid 2016 through early 2018).
Overall crypto market may have reached bottom today Dec 15 2018. Not sure about Bitcoin. ~ KatarinaCrypto@Twitter
If you chose to DYOR a year before the previous BTC halving, back in mid 2015, you could have bought your first Bitcoin at around $230, sold in Jan 2018 and made 86x your investment just by holding Bitcoin for two and a half years. And, let's remember, this was the second Bitcoin halving with a third one coming up next year. Just some food for thought.
Thanks to CoinSpectator and crypto charting sites including CMC, TradingView and OnChainFX, I was able to make the connection between the recent mega spikes in native exchange tokens, IEOs (initial exchange offerings), bear to bull sentiment change and the current halving to bull accumulation phase.
Let's look at the numbers:
The importance of DYOR cannot be made any clearer.
And if you're wondering what IEOs (initial exchange offerings) are, they are the new ICOs. ICOs are kind of out and IEOs are in. By offering new cryptocurrencies directly via exchanges, blockchain projects obtain immediate funding.
2019 is, indeed, a lot like 2015, the year before ICOs became the primary fundraising method for blockchain projects.
Binance (Launchpad) and OKEx (Jumpstart) are among the first exchanges to vet new blockchain projects and launch their respective cryptocurrencies as a way of fundraising.
It should be noted that IEOs are probably best suited for utility coins and tokens attached to products and services offered by blockchain projects.
Messari's OnChainFX has unique charting data that can help you predict market movements before they occur mainly by observing and comparing historical data, market cycles and trends.
The following data bits are my personal favorites:
Take Basic Attention Token (BAT), for example, ranked #23 on CMC and #28 on OnChainFX, reached bottom just a bit over 2 months ago. Up since low: 251%. Percentage down since ATH: 64% (better than most). Gained nearly 85% in the last 30 days and just short of 180% in the last 90 days.
Now let's check out Basic Attention Token (BAT) news on CoinSpectator (make sure you have 'news' and 'blogs' checked.
The biggest Basic Attention Token (BAT) news is about it being added to Crypto.com's app and card. The question now is: will accumulation continue or will this be a 'sell the news' moment?
To help answer that question, let's check out Basic Attention Token (BAT) on TradingView.
Currently (04/18/19) in the green and priced at around $0.36 with a one day range between $0.33 and $0.36. Looking at the chart it's pretty obvious the the major resistance level is somewhere around $0.50 with lower resistance points at $0.37, $0.39 and $0.41.
TradingView's Basic Attention Token (BAT) trade signal is on 'buy' and the top idea dates back to Feb 18 2019 in which the author suggests buying Basic Attention Token (BAT) at $0.18 and holding 'for a year or two' with a target at 1 BAT = 0.0008 BTC.
BTW, 1 BAT = 0.00006849 BTC today which means something along the lines of 10x by mid 2020/21.
A week ago someone replied to the post with a 'would have/if/would have' comment.
BRRRRRRAAAAAP buy BAT for BINANCE:BATUSD by big_blocker — TradingView
What happens is that you see profits have been made and you missed it because you didn't DYOR.
Based on TradingView's trading ideas the sentiment is bullish for reasons already mentioned:
If you are new to crypto or are of the opinion that it is too risky, you can try virtual trading. Many crypto exchanges have this option. After you've carefully chosen a cryptocurrency, do a virtual trade. It costs you nothing except for a little time and it'll give you a virtual result to help with future decision making.
Niffler.co, for example, is an educational tool with virtual trading and you can even earn rewards in the form of BTC, ETH, LTC, and various crypto tools and services.
Search 'bitcoin price' and check 'news' and 'blogs':
Bitcoin (BTC) $5,309 (1.06%)
The Bitcoin price has been in a steady upward movement for four months. While trading has increased, investors are accumulating. Market cap is gradually increasing. Volume spiked and reached ATH during the recent rally toward $5400 and has leveled since. All of it points to there being more buys than sells, i.e. buyers are accumulating.
On Nov 14 2018, Bitcoin tanked. It fell from $6,500 down to $3,200 over the course of a month. Having reached bottom it rose up to above $5,400 on Apr 10 2019, followed by a short correction down to around $5,000 on Apr 12 2019 and Apr 15 2019.
The general opinion is that once past $6,000, the crypto winter a.k.a. the crypto bear market will be officially declared a thing of the past and full blown FOMO (fear of missing out) will kick in.
The LTC halving event is happening in just a few months, namely this coming August 2019. LTC reached bottom in mid December 2018 at $24. Most recent high: $95 (Apr 6 2019). Current price $80. ATH: $350.
The ETC hard fork Atlantis may also occur in August/September 2019. ETC reached bottom in mid December 2018 at $3.70. Most recent high: $7.80 (Apr 7 2019). Current price: $6.24. ATH: $43.
Less than a year from now, in April 2020, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) halving event will reduce the mining reward from 12.5 BCH to 6.25 BCH. BCH reached bottom in mid December 2018 at $80. Most recent high: $340 (Apr 3 2019). Current price: $294. ATH: $4,000.
Keep in mind that time is of essence because of where this market and the industry as a whole is headed. Learn how to DYOR and improve your strategy.
Following crypto news daily on CoinSpectator is of essence between now and 2022 for anyone looking to benefit from the crypto market and the budding blockchain industry.
So you've decided to buy some crypto. You've read all the advice you could find, including never to invest what you can't afford to lose. You've read up on how to buy crypto or, at least, bitcoin... and now what?
You've covered a lot of ground only to discover that there's a sea of info about how to buy crypto and just as many tips on what to buy, but then you keep seeing that four letter abbreviation - DYOR - which makes sense but really doesn't because no one seems to want to give a simple explanation on how to do your own research in order to decide what to buy and when.
Not to mention when to sell. Or how to sell. Do you just dump the whole bag or sell it in increments, just in case? And let's not forget the option to trade at, below or above the price. You may have even tried to trade a coin and failed because you got in when everyone was buying (and selling) and either ended up empty handed while trying to outbid the ever increasing asking price or were left holding a bag after the price suddenly tanked.
While doing my own research I once came across a comment that said something like trading is war. Don't remember exactly if it read investing is war or trading is war, but I got the point.
Whether you trade for the day or buy a bag to HODL for a few months or a few years, you have to figure out the best times to get in and out. And, yes, many HODLers eventually do get out.
A day trade can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of days. The goal is to make a tiny percentage on a trade as quickly as possible.
Doing research may or may not be necessary because you can simply follow the green and evaluate the chart. If you ad research into the mix, you can reduce the number of trades and increase the percentage gains while focusing on a single event and the momentum it creates.
Here you'd typically go for the dip. You've probably heard of people who always buy the dip. This doesn't mean that you go and buy random REKT coins. Instead you DYOR, focus on chart history and the market as a whole.
For the longest time, HODLing worked well with PoW coins that could be mined profitably over an extended period of time. This is no longer the case. Staking has become the new mining.
HODLers are now fishing for affordable Proof of Stake coins and more Proof of Work coin communities are expected to offer masternodes in order to make their coins more attractive to HODLers.
To find the best coins to HODL, investors typically spend much more time learning about the coin and the tech, including things like utility, use cases, performance, security, transaction speed and, above all, profitability.
With a PoS coin you have to take a look at how much you have to invest in order to own a masternode and what the ROI (dividend) looks like based on where the coin is now and what the plan is to increase its value over time. Where it has been listed thus far and what the roadmap looks like. And, not to forget, how long you get to earn dividends. Don't assume that just because you own a masternode, that you'll be earning dividends forever.
Many crypto investors have tried to take advantage of this one to no avail. The reason is that you have to do a ton of research to learn about the rumors that pan out. And the rumors aren't really rumors. They are news in the making, i.e. upcoming events.
Profiting from them means knowing about them months in advance while closely following the charts, the market, the social sentiment and buying and selling with caution in increments.
During this process, it is not uncommon for those looking to accumulate a coin to also sell in between so as to buy more at a lower price, which is also the reason why price movements are followed obsessively.
So how do save time and find all the future information in advance and for free? It's simple. Check the Coin Market Calendar and look at upcoming events about to occur in the next few days and all the way to the year 2022, depending on what types of trades you are looking for.
On there, you can see when the event was added and how many people voted to validate its accuracy. You can see the proof, the source and where to buy the coin, as well as the charts and the time frame of the votes. In other words, you can see if the future event is real and how popular it is, along with any other upcoming events for a given coin.
You can either discover a coin this way or use the site to look up a coin you've discovered elsewhere.
The Coin Market Calendar is like the crystal ball of crypto. If you combine the information found on CoinMarketCal with the information from CoinMarketCap, exchanges, crypto news sites, Twitter, Telegram, Discord, Reddit and coin websites, you'll get an understanding of the importance of DYOR.
Crypto press releases are news articles about major industry developments like blockchain and cryptocurrency integrations, ICO launches and other event announcements.
If you've just launched a project or have reached a specific milestone, you can use this old fashioned PR tool to tell the world all about your coin, ICO release/crowd sale, alpha/beta release, the latest event you've attended, AMA, new website, app, wallet, crowdfunding stage/result, partnership, fork, airdrop, bounty, update, upgrade, you name it.
It's important to note that, in most cases, a press release is a newsworthy sponsored (paid) advertisement. If your project is well funded, you can publish as many press releases as you see fit, gaining new followers every step of the way.
You are sharing big news about important accomplishments.
Stick with the report data.
Leave out opinion, fillers, fluff.
This is essential - communicate reality.
You are talking to the masses, make it appealing through simplification.
Effective in niche publications, confusing to the general public.
A press release is a public relations piece with which you are introducing your project or an aspect of it to the world of media (general public) along with the crypto space, so it's important to find the middle ground between these two worlds.
Both crowds, crypto and mainstream, may produce potential investors, as well as fans (free support) if your message resonates with both groups.
Potential investors may be reading the content and contemplating whether to invest. Make it worth their time and consideration and keep in mind that you are competing with hundreds (thousands, really) of other, similar, investment opportunities.
Answer it to the point.
You are looking to grow your business and the investors are looking to grow their portfolio so show them what you have achieved so far. Be concise. Be strategic, concrete, to the point. Stick with the stats.
The headline is the crown jewel of your press release. It sets the tone and tells the reader about an action that is taking place right now or in the immediate future. The best headline says it all while simultaneously evoking curiosity.
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Right underneath the headline, the reader discovers a spectacular representation of your brand/message in visual form.
This is FinTech so the image has to be as clear, sharp and as memorable as the news announcement. Most often, this is the only image people will see.
You may include a second piece of visual media at the very end of your press release and preferably below the contact info. That can be a video (latest ad, how it works, dev interview, ambassador report), or an infographic outline of the news announcement, or a relevant section of your roadmap.
You'll get fewer eyes on that one. Those will be people who want more info but are reluctant to click URLs, so make it stick. Embed a vision into their mind's eye.
Whether you'll be able to insert a full summary or just a subtitle in this section depends on the publication. Either way, this is the place where you elaborate on the info found in the title.
If it's possible to insert a 2 sentence summary, you'll have to describe the entire news piece in as few words as possible.
The font for this section is frequently bold or otherwise made to stand out from the font used in the rest of the article. And if you are only allowed to use a subtitle, try to add vital information expanding from what you've stated in the title.
Make sure to avoid repetition. This section tells the reader what it is that you are offering.
It is standard for a press release to include the location source of the news event along with the date at the very beginning of the article. In the past, the location insert used to apply to any and all news publications. It was a way for news reporters to indicate where they are reporting from for practical reasons as well as a symbol of news media professionalism. There still are newspapers and magazines around the world who apply it.
Again, you're sticking with the short and to the point approach.
The first paragraph is a single sentence reporting on the upcoming event and related current accomplishments.
The event, once again, is taking place today or tomorrow (next few days/week). It's not yesterday's news. It's happening now.
It's hot but you are not writing that. You are not describing it using adjectives. You are describing it using statistics, numbers, locations.
Understand that what you are really doing is making an offer. You're selling it, make them buy it, make them want to reciprocate.
Impress them with the stats:
You are making a deal here.
Write as if talking to potentially interested parties face to face in a professional setting.
As you can see, each section of a press release describes a stage of your proposal in a concentrated manner with the main proposition taking center stage. Keep the second paragraph short, 2 constructive sentences max.
The data: numbers, dates, exact time frames, geographical locations/expansion (territorial expansion, like venturing into x region or gained interest by x group]. You are reporting what is going on but only what is absolutely crucial to your project's development at this stage and in relation to your target audience.
Present a solution to a problem based on provable research and analysis and impress your readers with relevant statistics and other relevant details in 1 or 2 sentences.
Finish in style, leading the readers to the contact info strategically placed below this section. The 4th paragraph is a call to action.
Ask the readers to sign up to your newsletter, become an alpha/beta tester, request a demo, sign up to use x at no cost for a set period, view or follow the event at x URL, etc. Ask them to do what you want them to do in context with this particular press release.
Make it easy for them to find their way to where you want them to go.
This isn't really a paragraph but rather a list of resources typically put together for the press and other parties of interest.
ICO Crowd is an ICO news site that publishes ICO press releases, however the website is not solely focused on ICOs. It's offering its readers blockchain and crypto events news as well, so submitting a non-ICO press release shouldn't be a problem. There is also no mention of them charging anything to publish a press release.
ICO Panic is an ICO news site which welcomes the submission of ICO press releases, ICO news articles and general crypto/blockchain industry news.
According to their website, they are happy to receive related news, including announcements, new launches, interviews, reviews and bounty news. As with ICO Crowd, there is no mention of monetary compensation for the publication.
Crypto Radar is a crypto news and ICO listing site. They accept crypto centered press releases about ICO launches and blockchain projects; blockchain, smart contract and cryptocurrency news; cryptocurrency price predictions and even crypto celebrity endorsements. There is no mention of pricing.
CoinScribble is a crypto news site about all things crypto/blockchain, including exchanges, widgets, apps, browsers, file sharing sites, volatility, adoption, use cases, airdrops, ICOs, etc.
They allow anyone to post anonymously at not cost. Register and post your press release, promotional article, project update or opinion piece.
Coin Connecter accepts paid press release submissions. There is no pricing information on the site.
Coin Delite is a cryptocurrency news and ICO listing site. They accept paid press release submissions. Pricing details are n/a.
Coin Market Alert accepts press release submisssions. They charge $50 and accept CoinPayments and Paypal.
The Crypto Industry Journal is where you are right now. You can submit a press release for the equivalent of $50 paid in crypto (BTC and various altcoins).
Coinist is an ICO directory site with an ICO calendar and ICO charts, which includes the biggest crypto and ICO ROI winners and losers; blockchain, crypto and ICO news; and press releases.
A press release costs $99 and they accept BTC, LTC and DASH.
They have a list of very strict submission rules so it is best to read them and prepare before submitting your press release.
They also offer token listing promo packages ranging from $500 to $2,500 per item.
Blockonomi is a FinTech news site with a lot of educational content including crypto mining guides. They are accepting press release submissions and they charge $150 per item.
ICO Press Release is a blockchain technology news site. They charge $150 for a press release published within 48 hours or less. There is also a free version which has to be submitted 30 days in advance with no publishing guarantee.
Coin Gape is a crypto news and ICO listing and review site. They charge $200 for a press release and seem to accept ICO project submissions at no cost.
ICO Calendar is an ICO directory site. They also offer blockchain news and crypto marketing packages ranging from $250 to $500 per news item paid in crypto.
You can submit a press release or sponsored article about your ICO, cryptocurrency, exchange, announcement, product or service.
ICO Calendar is a niche site with a million monthly visitors which makes their pricing model fair, to say the least.
Ethereum World News is a crypto news site with ICO listings and crypto price analysis.
They accept press releases and charge the equivalent of $300 paid with BTC or ETH. ICO submissions cost anywhere from $75 to $1,800 per package.
CCN is a crypto/blockchain news site with an ICO calendar and an events calendar.
Marketing options include sponsored stories ($1,499-$1,798), press releases ($349), ad placements ($5-$17/CPM) and ICO/event promotions. They accept BTC and PayPal.
Invest in Blockchain is a crypto news site focused on established utility cryptocurrencies with crypto investment opinion pieces, an ICO calendar and press releases.
They charge $500 for a press release and they accept BTC, ETH and Paypal.
Crypto Coin News is a crypto news site with crypto and ICO news, press releases, a crypto dictionary, and even a section dedicated to scams.
A press release submission costs $600 and they accept BTC, ETH and Paypal. Adding an ICO will cost you $95.
Story ideas and articles can be submitten at no cost.
ICO Desk is a crypto news site. A press release costs $600 and they accept BTC, ETH, LTC and BCH.
Blokt is a comprehensive crypto site that offers everything from crypto news to ICO reviews, TA/FA articles, press releases and a fun to play crypto 8 ball that acts like a crypto crystal ball (not to be taken seriously, of course).
A press release comes with a price tag (0.106 BTC / 1.356 ETH), however, they also accept crypto news article submissions and those are free.
Bitcoin PR Buzz is a crypto marketing and copywriting service. In addition to their crypto press release service in which they send out your press release to 200,000 journalists and a couple hundred FinTech news sites, they also offer everything from article writing and product description to ghost writing.
They charge $1,500-$5,000 for their press release packages and they accept BTC, ETH and LTC.
Press releases are published on their site as well as on all of the top crypto news sites, AP, Reuters, NBC, Fox, Google News, Bloomberg, online newspapers, social media and many traditional financial news publications around the globe.
Bitcoin.com is a website about all things Bitcoin where you can download a Bitcoin wallet, buy and send BTC, and learn about the latest crypto/blockchain developments.
You can submit one press release per week and pay with Bitcoin.
They also offer a variety of advertising options ranging from $10-$14/CPM.
Coin Telegraph is a crypto/blockchain industry news site with a focus on integration and mainstream acceptance. They publish news, opinion pieces, market analysis, price indexes, an ICO calendar, a cryptopedia and press releases.
1 BTC buys you a basic press release, and for 2 BTC you can get your press release published in 7 languages.
Don't limit the success of your project by submitting your press release only to cryptocurrency news sites. Expand your perspective and expose your project to the mainstream but don't expect miraculous results.
According to a Muck Rack survey, only 3% of journalists rely on newswire press releases.
Muck Rack, by the way, is a global media outlet listing hundreds of thousands of media outlets from all corners of the world. It's a great place to start when looking to expand globally.
Traditional paid press release distribution services like PR Web, PR Newswire and eReleases sell press release packages for around $300.
There are also free press release distribution services including Press Release Ping, LocalNews.biz, Market Press Release, Click Press, News Wire Today, Free Press Release Center, Press Release Post, The Open Press, NPR, Yumpu, Business Wire, Beta News, PR Web, Media Post, PR Log, Open PR, Free Press Release, Online PR News, and many more.
Just like cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurency ranking sites have specific requirements which your cryptocurrency needs to meet and these vary from site to site.
So, before you rush off to get listed, consider putting together a list of specs and info you can then use to simplify the process.
Cryptocurrency listing criteria set by crypto ranking sites may include any of the following:
CoinMarketCap is the number one crypto ranking site. Getting listed there is a top priority for the devs because it's the first site traders and investors are going to use to check out a cryptocurrency.
You can see all the specs, charts, exchanges and social media feeds (Twitter and Reddit) in one place, as well as hourly, daily and weekly percentage gains.
If a cryptocurrency looks good on there, research is typically expanded to external sources of information linked to from within CoinMarketCap.
LiveCoinWatch is another excellent crypto ranking site with a wide variety of specs and links, including Telegram, whitepaper, ATH, percentage gain/loss from ATH, precise (down to the minute) Fiat price charting, and hourly, daily, weekly and monthly percentage gains.
Unlike CoinMarketCap, listing a cryptocurrency on LiveCoinWatch is short and sweet and can be done by devs and fans alike.
MoonStats lets anyone request a cryptocurrency to be listed. As with fan voting on exchanges, chances of a listing are increased when many people request it.
Scroll to the bottom of the page » Menu » Coin request
Bitgur has some really interesting tools, including a crypto market volatility chart and a list of 112 wallets complete with the types of cryptos they hold and download stats.
CoinGecko requires a major exchange listing in order for them to consider listing your cryptocurrency on their website.
Getting your cryptocurrency listed on exchanges is not quite as simple. The crypto market is swamped with cryptos and exchanges need to spend time and resources to make your cryptocurrency available for trading.
While investors, and more specifically traders, seek quick, profitable trades, exchanges nowadays are more interested in the quality and popularity of a given cryptocurrency.
Supply must be met by demand and demand in FinTech is created by combining innovation with usefulness. It's good to have something unique, new and interesting to offer, accompanied by a community of supportive followers.
The community must believe that a given cryptocurrency is worth their time and money. A strong community is one in which members actively promote the benefits of their favorite cryptocurrency and choose to buy and hold it long term.
The dev team's technological background, experience and reputation are of essence as well.
Before submitting a listing request with exchanges, however, prepare your own list of specs and notes as follows:
Depending on the exchange, lead devs and/or community members can apply for a listing, request a listing, suggest a listing or vote for a cryptocurrency to be listed. In many cases either option requires a certain amount of capital. And while there are rumors of exchanges demanding $1 million per listing many exchanges don't seem to charge anything at all.
According to their website, Bittrex does not charge a new cryptocurrency listing fee.
Binance DEX will hopefully make listing easier and cheaper.
Binance Launchpad - a token sale platform for the most promising blockchain projects.
Binance Labs - an incubator program for crypto and blockchain entrepreneurs and projects.
According to their website, Poloniex does not accept payment for a cryptocurrency listing.
» Business proposal and listing
Scroll down to the bottom of the page » Submit token
Cryptopia has something called Paytopia where they offer cryptocurrency listing packages with a price tag of around $80,000.
C-CEX gives the option to suggest a new cryptocurrency and upvote it through collective donations ranging from 0-3 BTC.
The Nanex exchange does not accept ERC20 tokens and appears to charge between 1 and 5 BTC per listing.
» list your coin
» Asset Request Form
Getting a cryptocurrency listed on Mercatox will cost you 0.5 BTC and above.
On BitBay, the community can upvote a new cryptocurrency and the winner gets a free listing.
Quanta offers new cryptocurrency submission and free voting.
» Token voting » Submit token
» List your token on NEXT.exchange
» Scroll down to the bottom of the page » Apply to list
Before applying for a listing on exchanges, try getting your cryptocurrency listed on Coin Market Cap (or an alternative). If it doesn't work, have it listed on there as soon as you get your first exchange listing. It is essential for traders and investors to be able to see your cryptocurrency stats and charts on a third party charting website so that's a major priority!
Over the past few years the number of payment gateways and tools enabling us to spend Bitcoin and altcoins on purchases and even to pay bills has grown exponentially.
The most recent additions are crypto debit cards, virtual crypto debit cards, crypto payment apps, P2P crypto to fiat atomic swap tools, combined crypto and fiat banking services, and even Bitcoin cash back shopping apps and browser extensions that reward you with Bitcoin cash back for shopping at the most popular retailers.
While buying gift cards with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is still the simplest and quickest option when it comes to shopping with Bitcoin, there are many merchants and service providers who have added direct crypto payments to their payment options.
With Coincards (coincards.com), you can buy gift cards with your Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE), Dash (DASH) and Monero (XMR) from anywhere in the world. The gift cards on offer can buy you pretty much anything your heart desires from every major brand.
Bitrefill (bitrefill.com) sells gift cards from 1650 merchants in nearly 200 countries. Mobile bills can also be paid via Bitrefill with Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Dash (DASH).
Cryprorefills (cryptorefills.com) is nearly identical to Bitrefill in terms of shoppers being able to buy gift cards and pay mobile bills with Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and Dash (DASH). What is unique about Cryptorefills, however, is the anonymity option where the buyer only shares an email address and no other personal info whatsoever. Other than that, Cryptorefills is super fast. Anyone who ever thought that Bitcoin transactions are slow and expensive should definitely try out Cryptorefills.
Coinbase (coinbase.com) has introduced its own e-gift cards in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands and Australia. Coinbase users in those countries can spend their Bitcoin and alts at Nike, Uber, Google Play and Ticketmaster.
Bitpay (bitpay.com/directory), a Bitcoin merchant payment gateway, has a directory of major retailers and service providers who accept cryptocurrencies through their service.
Coin Payments (coinpayments.net), also a crypto payment gateway, sells major brand gift cards as well.
The Austrian crypto & fiat banking service Bitpanda (bitpanda.com) acts as a crypto to crypto and crypto to fiat exchange with multi-currency wallets, instant swaps and crypto and fiat (IBAN) accounts for bill pay, P2P payments, transfers and, above all, shopping. Supported cryptocurrencies include Bitcon (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Iota (MIOTA).
The London based Spend (spend.com) platform, like Bitpanda, offers mobile banking services with bank transfers, a multi-currency wallet, a Visa debit card and an app supporting 27 fiat currencies and 16 cryptos which can be used to shop worldwide or exchanged, fiat to crypto and vice versa.
Spend has its own ERC20 token, Spendcoin (SPND), which went live in spring 2019. As of now, SPND is ranked at #781 on CMC and is valued at $0.001338. Half of its total supply is in circulation and it has a pretty good daily trading volume relative to its market capitalization. Thus far, its ROI is at -97.33% and it's obviously bottomed out. While not yet listed on Binance, it's already trading on some solid exchanges. Not very strong on Twitter, but has a strong supporter base on Reddit with over 11K 'Spenders'.
Spenders (i.e. Spend users) enjoy membership rewards and discounts encouraging them to use the token as a means to earn more of it, which explains the token's trading volume. Spend, basically, is a crypto made for shoppers in combination with the Spend app and Spend Visa debit card allowing members to spend Spend as if it was cash (fiat).
The Spend wallet is available directly on the web or as a desktop, Android or iOS app.
The SPND ERC20 token is supposed to eventually become a PoS coin on the Spendchain mainnet.
Flexa's mobile crypto payment app, Spedn (spedn.io), eliminates the need for plastic. Point of sale payments are, instead, processed directly from the app on your mobile device. The Spedn app is compatible with point of sale systems at Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom, Baskin Robbins and Home Depot, among others.
The Flexa network is based in NYC and its services are currently only available in the United States.
And, like the previously mentioned Spend platform, Flexa also has its own ERC20 token, Flexacoin (FXC). According to Coinmarketcap, FXC has so far had a ROI of 96.21% and is ranked at #224.
The US based Ternio platform (ternio.io) offers an app and a virtual Visa debit card (getblockcard.com) made for shopping with 12 cryptocurrencies and P2P payments. The payment system is integrated with Apple Pay and Google Pay and reloadable with fiat at Walmart. The card is available in the US only at this time.
Like the Spend and Flexa platforms, Ternio has its own token, Ternio (TERN). TERN (1M tx/s) is tanking hard at the moment and is ranked at #651 on CMC with an unknown trading volume ("$? USD") and no major listing to speak of. Its ROI, since the beginning of time, is at -90.43%.
The US based Metal Pay (metalpay.com) is an instant P2P cash or crypto payment app with crypto rewards, a crypto vault and a marketplace where you can trade 18 cryptocurrencies. Thus far, the service is only available in the US.
Metal Pay has its own ERC20 token, Metal (MTL). MTL is ranked at #167 on CMC with a good volume to mcap ratio. The number of MTL tokens in circulation is about to reach its maximum supply. The price has bottomed at $0.2462. All time ROI is at -79.79%. MTL is listed on most of the major crypto exchanges.
The five years old blockchain project has nearly 35K Twitter followers and over 3K Metal Heads (Reddit members).
Cash App (cash.app) is a P2P fiat payment app with a Visa debit card and Bitcoin and stock trading features. The app is available in 191 countries and highly popular with 600k Twitter followers and lots of special shopping discounts and cash giveaways.
The Turkey based Mena Pay (menapay.io) is a P2P and P2B payment and social stablecoin tipping tool.
Lolli (lolli.com) is a US based Google Chrome and Firefox browser extensions that rewards shoppers with Bitcoin when they use Lolli during checkout. The earned Bitcoin is stored by Lolli and paid out within up to 90 days.
Fold (foldapp.com) is a Bitcoin cash back shopping reward app. Shoppers using the app receive Fold Kickbacks in the form of Bitcoin. Bitcoin can be spent directly on in-app purchases at Amazon, AirBnb, Uber, Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, Chipotle, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts, as well as in-store. Earned Bitcoin must be spent in-app and cannot be withdrawn just yet. Somewhat similar to Cryptorefills, anonymity is optional.
Australia's BitcoinRewards (bitcoinrewards.com) shopping platform features an extensive selection of product categories, products, coupons and Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Binance Coin (BNB) cash back rewards.
The NYC based Pay With Moon (paywithmoon.com) is a browser extension (Chrome, Brave and Opera) for Amazon.com shoppers who wish to spend their Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) on purchases and earn Bitcoin cash back rewards. Pay With Moon is compatible with Coinbase and Lightning Network wallets.
The SF based Amazon shopping extension for the Google Chrome browser, Purse.io, is available to Amazon shoppers in the US, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom. Bitcoin can be traded for Amazon gift cards and vice versa, making it possible to not only buy Bitcoin with Amazon gift cards but also to purchase Amazon items with Bitcoin.
Cryptocurrencies have been earned through mining and staking for over a decade now, however, the activity of minting new coins is almost never associated with shopping. So, why not set up a wallet, mine or stake and swap for your next shopping with Bitcoin shopping spree?
Coinmine (coinmine.com) is an affordable and very simple mobile mining device. Connected to a power source and WiFi, it mines Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Monero (XMR), ZCash (ZEC) and Grin (GRIN). The accompanying iOS or Android app acts as a control panel with a built-in wallet where you earn interest for HODLing your mined coins.
In 2019, Binance (binance.com/en/staking), added a passive staking rewards feature for HODLers of the following cryptos: Kava (KAVA), Tezos (XTZ), Cosmos (ATOM), TRON (TRX), Algorand (ALGO), Harmony (ONE), Fetch.ai (FET), Stratis (STRAT), Qtum (QTUM), Komodo (KMD), VeChain (VET), Ontology (ONT), Neo (NEO), Elrond (ERD) and Stellar (XLM). Keeping these coins on Binance CEX automatically grows their users' portfolios.
Also in 2019, Coinbase tentatively introduced staking which, for now, is limited to Tezos (XTZ).
Staking pools are platforms specializing in staking Proof of Stake coins and coins with masternodes. The best PoS staking pools impose no minimums, charge no more than 3% in fees and offer daily withdrawals, compounding interest and referral earnings.
Sometimes swapping cryptos can produce more of it in terms of fiat value which can then be used for shopping with Bitcoin and alts.
Atomic Wallet (atomicwallet.io) is a desktop (Win, Mac, Linux) and mobile (iOS, Android) multi-currency wallet where you can anonymously swap one crypto for another. The application supports more than 500 cryptocurrencies and is also compatible with ShapeShift, ChangeNOW and Changelly.
Atomic Wallet issued its own token in 2019, Atomic Wallet Coin (AWC), ranked at #967 on CMC with a daily trading volume of $376 (95% Binance DEX) and a ROI of 178.47%.
Simple Swap (simpleswap.io) is a website on which hundreds of cryptocurrencies can be swapped anonymously.
Bisq (bisq.network) is a popular P2P desktop (Win, Mac, Linux) and mobile (iOS, Android) crypto DEX app with fiat support (buys and sells). It's non-custodial, privacy focused and supports two dozen payment methods.
Uphold (uphold.com) is a UK based exchange operating worldwide. It supports 23 fiat currencies and more than two dozen cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins.
Crypterium (crypterium.com) is a trendy London based crypto banking platform featuring a multi-currency digital wallet app, debit card and instant fiat (USD/US$, EURO/€, YEN/¥, AUD/A$, GBP/£) and crypto (BTC, ETH, LTC, CRPT) transactions (trading, sending P2P, conversion, exchange, transfers, bill pay, shopping). Funds can be sent via SMS with automated wallet creation for the receiver.
The Crypterium project has been developing since 2013 and serves half a million users worldwide.
The Bitcoin bill pay feature supports IBAN accounts, phone bills and Skype, Viber and Steam credits - you pay with Bitcoin and the service provider receives fiat. The Crypterium card works the same way and comes with a virtual crypto debit card version found in the Crypterium app (desktop and mobile) along with a loyalty and referral program.
The platform has its own token, Crypterium (CRPT), ranked at #93 on CMC. Much of the total supply is in circulation and the crypto transaction fee of 0.05% results in token burn. According to CMC, the CRPT ROI is at -55.11%. CRPT has some good exchange listings.
Revolut (revolut.com) is a UK based crypto and fiat (30 currencies) personal/business banking service featuring free fiat transfers, the Revolut Mastercard debit card (virtual, plastic), direct deposit, recurring payments, bill pay, split a bill, send/request BTC, LTC, ETH, BCH, XRP and fiat payments, accept direct fiat and crypto payments (Hey Freelancers!), budgeting with monthly spending limits, saving with the Vault, ATM withdrawals and 1% cashback (paid accounts/monthly fee), and, of course, shopping. At the time of this writing, Revolut is available in the EU, US, CA, AU and SG.
Crypto.com is a highly popular Malta based fiat (7 currencies) and crypto (53 cryptocurrencies) wallet app (iOS, Android) with crypto debit cards (Visa), an exchange platform (BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, EOS, USDT, CRO, MCO), a crypto tracking and management tool, crypto lending (8%-12%/year), P2P transactions, crypto to fiat payments for merchants and shoppers, transfers, 1%-5% cash back rewards, shopping and travel rebates, investment discounts and annual returns (2%-16%/year), and a generous referral program (earn up to $10K).
Crypto.com also sells in-app gift cards from all major retailers and has two utility tokens, MCO (MCO) and Crypto.com Coin (CRO). Both tokens are ranked in the top 100 on CMC, show a ROI of 78.60% and 72.23%, respectively, have solid daily trading volumes and are listed on the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges.
Wirex (wirexapp.com) is a London based crypto payment platform featuring a multi-currency wallet app (web, iOS and Android) and a Visa debit card with instant in-store Bitcoin cash back rewards (0.5%-1.50%), crypto and fiat trading, global transfers, P2P transactions and shopping.
The Wirex app is available in much of the world and is used by an estimated three million people, however, the Wirex crypto to fiat debit card is currently only available in the EU and Singapore.
Wirex has its own cryptocurrency, Wirex Token (WXT), ranked at #164 on CMC with a ROI of -61.68%, some major exchange listings, a good volume to market cap ratio and room to grow.
Nexo (nexo.io/nexo-card) is a global crypto lending and borrowing service with support for most fiat currencies and a Mastercard debit card (plastic, virtual) with instant cash back (up to 5%), no maintenance/FX fees, and a mobile app wallet (iOS, Android). Depositing cryptocurrencies creates an instant fiat credit line (~ 6% APR) and and the option to earn interest on stablecoins (8% with compounding interest).
Supported cryptocurrencies include BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, XLM, BCH, EOS, BNB, NEXO and stablecoins.
Nexo's own cryptocurrency is the Nexo (NEXO) token, ranked at #71 on CMC. More than half of its total supply is in circulation and it has a large market cap and high volume at this time. It's listed on most but not all of the major crypto exchanges and shows a ROI of -2.02% on CMC. According to Coinmarketcap, NEXO HODLers earn a part of Nexo's profits in the form of yearly dividends.
Coinbase (coinbase.com/card) has come out with a Coinbase Visa debit card and accompanying Coinbase Card app (iOS, Android) connected to users' crypto wallets on Coinbase for instant spending at stores and online with a long list of fees, available only in the EU.
Uquid (uquid.com) is a global crypto bill payment service with a crypto to fiat debit card (plastic, virtual) and an iOS/Android app. The card can be reloaded with BTC and dozens of alts and linked to Paypal thereby enabling the spending of crypto on Paypal.
UPayCard (upaycard.com) is a global money transfer app with a virtual and plastic Mastercard debit card and a multi-currency digital wallet supporting several fiat currencies and 4 cryptocurrencies: BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH and XRP.
Crypto Pay (cryptopay.me) is a web and mobile crypto wallet app with crypto (BTC, LTC, XRP) to fiat (USD, EUR, GBP) debit cards (plastic, virtual). The service is available in the EU, Russia and Singapore.
Bitwala (bitwala.com/card) is a crypto friendly banking platform based in Germany and operating in the EU. The services it provides include bank accounts (ISBN), crypto wallets (BTC, ETH), a trading platform and a fiat to fiat and crypto to fiat Mastercard debit card with iOS and Android apps.
Ledger Nano X is the latest hardware crypto wallet by Ledger. Together with the Ledger Live app, the wallet supports hundreds of cryptocurrencies and is compatible with Tezos (XTZ) staking.
Trezor is a hardware crypto wallet with support for over a thousand cryptocurrencies.
The Jaxx crypto wallet app is available for Android, iOS, Mac OS, Windows and Linux operating systems. The wallet supports dozens of cryptocurrencies and is multi-functional. It can be used to trade and manage your crypto portfolio and keep up with the news.
We all know by now that giants like Overstock, Newegg, Microsoft, Dish, Shopify and Expedia accept Bitcoin, but there are also entire crypto merchant directories that are not always easy to find.
CRYPTO MERCHANT DIRECTORIES
Who Accepts Bitcoins in 2020? List of 20+ Major Companies
Discover Where To Pay With Bitcoin And Other Crypto
Online Commerce Businesses Accepting Litecoin | Litecoin Foundation
Merchants & Services | Monero - secure, private, untraceable
Vendors - VergeCurrency.com
Who Takes Coin - Merchants - All Categories
Bitcoin.Directory - Shop With Bitcoins
Spend BCH - Bitcoin Cash
Coinmap - All the cryptocurrency merchants and ATMs of the world in one map.
Pay with the Lightning Network
The Bakkt mobile payments app will reportedly go live sometime in 2020. Its features will include buying, selling and shopping with Bitcoin and some altcoins, as well as 'loading loyalty accounts'.
Because one of the first of Bakkt's retail partners happens to be Starbucks, which does have a loyalty reward program, it is expected that the Bakkt payment app will be integrated with Starbucks Rewards (app and/or cards).