If you’re reading this, you want to know how to make money from Bitcoin faucets. I’ve been using Bitcoin faucets for years, and moderate the #1 guide for Bitcoin faucets that actually pay. I want to share what I’ve learned.
[Update 10/6/2017: Updated the section on my favorite faucets to reflect some recent changes with how those faucets work. – Bryan]
Originally published June 15th, 2017
What Is a Bitcoin Faucet?
Bitcoin faucets pay out a few satoshis when you load a page full of ads, roll a random number generator (on a page full of ads), or play some other game (on a page full of ads). Some sites, like Freebitco.in and Bitgames.io, use faucets as a loss-leader to get you to the site. Bitcoin faucets won’t make you rich, but they’re a great way to get involved with Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon without buying Bitcoin.
Here’s my thesis: Bitcoin faucets pay out a fraction of a penny per use. What’s worth a fraction of a penny today will be worth more tomorrow—if Bitcoin rises. Will Bitcoin rise? Probably. It could also crash. I’m a believer in Bitcoin’s longterm viability, but your mileage may vary.
That’s what makes Bitcoin faucets so appealing to me. They’re a fun hobby with upside potential.
Here’s a lifetime chart of Bitcoin’s market value. Note the large number of big and little spikes and corrections in the graph.
All Bitcoin faucets require a Bitcoin address, and for that, you’ll need a Bitcoin wallet. I’ve personally used Blockchain.info‘s wallet, a cloud-based wallet. Hardcore cryptocurrency enthusiasts only trust wallets they run on their own computer or smartphone, but I’ve personally been happy with Blockchain.info. Blockchain recently added support for Ethereum, too.
Coinbase is also a popular cloud wallet (and exchange), and it supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Bitcoin Cash support is coming in January.
Bitcoin Faucet Math
The best Bitcoin faucets tie their payouts Bitcoin’s price. They’re using exchange APIs to buy satoshis on the fly so that their costs are constant in dollars. This is why you’ll see payouts on some faucets rise and fall throughout the day. FreeBitco.in exemplifies this model.
Some faucets—like those that use microwallets such as FaucetHub.io—pay out from wallets pre-filled by their operators. Most of these display the faucet balance right on the page.
Bitcoin Faucet Pro Tip
Here’s a pro tip for Bitcoin faucet enthusiasts: when the price of Bitcoin falls, that’s when you redouble your efforts. Look at that chart above. Bitcoin has heretofore spiked, fallen, settled out, and risen, time and time again. There’s no guarantee that will continue, but I’m an optimist.
Interest in faucets spikes along with the price of Bitcoin. Traffic to our guide goes up with the price of Bitcoin, and so do the number of people clicking through to faucets I recommend. Conversely, interest in faucets goes down when the price of Bitcoin falls.
I understand how that happens, but faucets pay fewer satoshis when Bitcoin goes up. If you want to accumulate more Bitcoin, redouble your efforts when Bitcoin falls, and stay with it when it rises.
Bitcoin Faucet Basics
Some faucets pay out automatically and some require users to trigger a payout. Understand how your faucets work and make sure you withdraw those satoshis! The worst thing you can do with a faucet is earn Bitcoins and leave them sitting there forever.
There are untold numbers of faucets. Many are scams, poorly maintained, or abandoned. This is the point behind my guide to faucets that actually pay. I do the work of finding legit faucets.
But, there’s a finite number of faucets any one person has time for. Pick and choose your battles by focusing on faucets that pay well and are fun. If you don’t like a faucet, move on to another.
Bitcoin CAPTCHA Tips
CAPTCHA systems (try to) stop bots from using Bitcoin faucets. Some use text humans can discern, but computers find difficult. One of those systems is ReCAPTCHA, which is operated by Google.
Tip for ReCAPCTHA: Log in to Google on the browser you are doing your faucets in. That plays an unspecified role in Google’s algorithms for determining whether you’re human. When I’m logged in to Google, oftentimes I don’t have to click through a ReCAPTCHA at all.
Tip: If your faucet offers a choice in CAPTCHA systems, proactively choose the one you find easiest.
Tip: Reload a CAPTCHA if it’s too hard or annoying. I skip every Google ReCAPTCHA that requires you to click squares until no matching criteria are left. Those take too long and are an excellent example of engineers designing for a problem instead of the user.
Solve Media is the next most popular CAPTCHA with a mix of advertising videos and text. The videos take too long, and I reload them until I get text. Rarely, Solve Media comes under bot attack, and their CAPTCHAs can become illegible. There’s nothing to do but reload until you get one you can read.
There are many other CAPTCHA systems, too, and some faucets even use more than one. Don’t lets difficult or annoying CAPTCHAs get the best of you. Abandon faucets that make it too hard for you to use them!
The Best Bitcoin Faucets
Here’s a cheat sheet of my favorite faucets I use when I’m short on time.
FreeBitco.in: This is the king of faucets. They offer reward points, free lottery tickets, and they pay interest on your balance (above 30,000 satoshis). They also offer gambling games I haven’t tested.
FreeDoge.co.in: It’s the sister site to FreeBitco.in and works the same way. They don’t have the rewards, lottery, or interest.
MoonBitco.in: This faucet (and its sister sites MoonDoge.co.in and MoonLiteco.in) is unique in that it adds 1 satoshi to its payout every few seconds. The longer you wait between collections, the bigger the payout. There’s also a loyalty bonus for daily visits, and a mystery bonus, both of which can significantly increase your payouts. This is consistently one of the highest paying faucets out there.
BitGames.io: This faucet pays very well. BitGames.io has also become my favorite task site. Watch videos, visit sites, fill out surveys, download apps, etc., all in exchange for satoshis. Make sure to confirm your email when you register or you can’t withdraw.
BonusBitcoin: This is the highest-paying 15 minute faucet around. It’s fast with occasional popup/redirects.
I can run through all of those faucets in less than a minute, and do so throughout the day. When I have more time, I use the other faucets in my guide.