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Supporting Bet MMA using Brave Browser

TLDR: Visit this link, download the browser, use it for a bit and I get $5. Keep using it and hopefully support Bet MMA for years to come with free donations provided by the browser.



Setting up Bet MMA has been a lot of fun. However, it has cost me money…. Like, a lot of money. I am probably $15,000-20,000 down when you do a “programming cost – commission earned from other people’s picks” equation.

That’s fine… you have to build up a useful service before monetizing it and that costs money.

However, I do have to make some money from the site. I’m not ever going to charge people to log their picks because that’s a stupid model. I will be adding a VIP section to the site with a load more tools for subscribers BUT also want to keep as many features free as possible.

One way I can do that is if as many of you as possible get on board with the concept of the Brave browser.

It’s a new(ish) browser, created by the guy who invented Javascript and founded Firefox / Mozilla. It has two main points to differentiate from other browsers, with point 2 being important for us;

  1.   It blocks all ads and tracking scripts, which means it’s fundamentally very quick and safe. On phones and older computers it is especially quick.
  2.   It lets you support sites you like through micro-donations… But rather than you having to actually deposit any money, you earn money in the form of the cryptocurrency “BAT” by watching an ad or two per day and getting paid for it.

A lot of cryptos don’t really do anything useful. A lot of cryptos are a scam. But some will change the world in the same way that the first wave of websites like Google, Amazon and ebay changed the world. I believe BAT will change how online advertising and earning money as a website owner will work forever.

Websites owners usually try to earn money by displaying ads, but most people now use adblockers. That means ad revenue is virtually nill for most websites. The change in concept from Brave is to block all banner ads by default but allow people to opt in to view a couple of ads per day and be paid for it.

It will be similar to what you see on Spotify now when you use it for free, with e.g. a short video promo or a full page ad in a new browser tab. You will then be paid 70% of whatever the advertiser paid for that ad slot. So if they paid $1 to show you the ad, you’ll get 70 cents for a minute of your attention.

You can then keep that money earned and cash it out or donate it to websites / youtubers / twitch channels etc. There are also plans to allow you to pay for subscriptions to things like Amazon Prime, Spotify or your phone bill with the BAT earnings from each month. IMO it’s a game changer.

The opt in ads will go live in the next couple of months. Before that though, Brave are giving out free cryptocurrency to the tune of $1,000,000 per month. Last month it was to users, this month it is to site owners and next month it will probably be back to users again….

SO for every one of you who downloads Brave using this link https://brave.com/bet300 I will get $5. If 50 of you can do that, it will make a big difference to me in terms of the month’s earnings. If 200 of you do it, hell, that would be fricking awesome, not just for now but long term….

$1000 now but if 200 of you using the site use Brave, earn crypto for viewing ads each month and donate $2-5 a month to me using BAT, that would mean I could run the site at a profit for the first time.

The referral link will work on multiple devices, so you can use it on your desktop, laptop and phone if you like and I believe I get 3 referrals.

Thanks very much in advance for anyone who gives it a try!

Last post on crypto

This is the last post I’m gunna make on cryptocurrency. This is an MMA site after all. However, I’ve pretty much dived into this thing full on and I want to give a little wrap up and say that if any of you have any questions, contact me on twitter about it and I’ll happily discuss whatever I’m doing in crypto at the time.

OK, so since the last time I posted, I have basically moved 90% of my money into BAT (Basic Attention Token). The cheapest I bought it was at just over 7 cents. It’s now at 16 cents and I expect it to be around 30 cents by the end of the year. The other 10% is basically for day trading but I currently have some NEO, Stratis, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Golem and Iconomi.

Crypto as a whole was in a dip because of the Bitcoin fork (google that if you want to know more about it but basically Bitcoin split in two). Now that’s sorted, the market is pretty stable, in a clear upwards trend. My portfolio is up 17% today. It was up about 20% yesterday. There will be dip days of course but even though the market is at an all time high, I would say it’s still an excellent time to get in.

In terms of what to invest in, Ethereum still is well below the highs from earlier this year so if you just want to get one of the big boys I would probably pick that… (edit: It’s up $15 since I started this blog).

But thoroughly recommend buying BAT. I wrote a post about it on Steemit (a site where you get paid in crypto to blog). You can read that post on the link below because there’s no point me re-writing a blog that took me 2 hours.

Why I’m All In On BAT

The VERY short version is that online advertising is broken because people use ad blockers. BAT will pay people to view ads (a cut of what the advertiser pays them), to make them actually pay attention to the ad and engage with it. That will be implemented next year. However, I would recommend Brave as a browser now. It auto-blocks all adverts and tracking software. It converts all HTTP to HTTPS for extra security…. basically it’s a really good browser and is very quick. It’s designed by the guy who invented Javascript and Mozilla Firefox.

You can download it here.

If you do get it now, they’re about to enter this thing called the “User Growth Pool”. It basically gives people BAT to play with and that BAT is divvied out amongst the websites you view, depending on the % of time you spend on each website. If you yourself have a website, you can get free BAT just by having people view your website via Brave, via this micro-donations system.

So from a selfish point of view, I would love it if you could download Brave, then I will basically get free BAT as a site owner, if you view this site in the Brave browser over the next couple of months 🙂

If you want to get BAT yourself, you can check out the post below on how to invest in alt-coins. Basically you buy in on Coinbase, then transfer that money to Bittrex and buy BAT on there.

As I say, feel free to contact me any time about this on Twitter… I’m pretty much hoping that crypto pays for my retirement so I have high hopes. 🙂

In general, if you want to get involved you literally need to do it within days to avoid some big gains. My portfolio is up 80% this week. I’m not saying this as a hype guy for crypto, I gain nothing from posting this, I’m just telling you in case you are interested. There is every chance there will be a 10-15% pull back tomorrow but then again it might just keep going up and up now the bitcoin split is sorted.

Anyway, that’ll do…. get BAT. Get NEO (ANS). Get Ethereum or Bitcoin…. It doesn’t really matter. They’ll all be up on the price now at the end of the year 🙂

p.s. If I have anything to add, I’ll probably just add it on this post so feel free to check back in a couple of months.