The Surge | bitcoin

Recent events have caused me to remain inactive and unable to keep my blog posts coming. Pakistan has recently seen good interest in bitcoin and blockchain. So much so that urdubit Pakistans First and only bitcoin trading platform was awarded UBL Innovation Award in Fintech Category at P@sha Annual 2016 awards. Followed by this announcement the company Blockchain Tech(parent company of urdubit) sold 40% of shares to Planet N who plan to collaboratively lead the blockchain development in Pakistan.

As recently as 2 months ago. Blockchain Tech (pvt) Ltd signed a MOU with IBM to collaborate on POC over blockchain based products. The idea is to bring use cases to Pakistan which will improve security in current setups and at the same time bring transparency to the systems.

With people now realizing the potential that bitcoin brings, the demand has grown tremendously. This can be seen by the growing trading volumes of bitcoin in Pakistan on localbitcoins and urdubit . We seen the avg increase to about 60% over a period of just 2 months. This has also increased as new investors now want to take part in trading bitcoin as a commodity. The price increase of btc over recent months from $900 to $1136 (as of this writing), while touching $1295 has also sparked interest in the general populations.

At this stage I would like to re emphasize the fact that bitcoin is still a high volatile market, while the potential as a technology remains limitless it is still a risky investment with a high rate of return. We have recently seen forbes, Washington post, bbc all cover bitcoin as it had reached price parity with gold where 1 oz of gold was equal to 1 bitcoin. The upcoming Winklewoss twins ETF fund is also playing an important factor in price increase. This fund named COIN will be regulated under SEC. If the offering is accepted we should see a heavy injection from new users into crypto currency. The expected date is March 13th, if the fund is not rejected by then then it will most likely go through.

 

Bitcoin Mining – Centralization | mining

So often we are contacted regarding mining. The concept of mining is something that interests many. Bitcoin was envisioned as a decentralised peer to peer protocol that would allow transfer of value over the internet. A fair way to pay people was to devise a method to reward those that helped support and secure the network. The idea was to allow anyone with a pc to mine btc by simply providing hashing power to the bitcoin network.

Over time we have seen the race to mine the bitcoins get harder and harder. While the network continues to become strong, the idea of mining for a common man is long gone. The current pools and centralized mining centers have drifted the power of mining in favor of countries with cheap power. The fact that even the bitcoin blockchain now sits at 74GB with roughly 15gb of data transferred within 24 hour has made it very difficult for your everyday Joe to run a bitcoin node.

I would like to suggest people who do often call inquiring about mining to understand the concept first. Mining is not free money. You are basically securing the network mining. Hence it requires enormousness amount of electricity. The AISC miners specifically designed to mine bitcoin are now running at speeds of 14ths with 1.3 kwh electricity consumption and yet you will hardly make 0.5 btc at the time of this writing and it will decrease over time. Remember there are only 21 million bitcoins out of which about 12 million have already been mined. So basically you are entering into a race to mine the balance bitcoins while the blocks become harder to mine. The rewards on AISC’s have also decreased over time due this same reason. I would strongly suggest everyone who is still interested in this to first google bitcoin calculator and see if it will even be feasible for him over a period of 1 year before trying to get into mining.

Alternately people are now looking into GPU mining and mining altcoins such as ethereum and etherum classic. In either case the problem still persists of having cheaper power to run GPU’s. If you look back through this blog I have written a tutorial on how to mine with cpu, the same concept can be used to mine with GPU, however instead of using the cpu miner software you have to look for gpu miners such as cgminer etc.

The Success Of Bitcoin Is You | bitcoin success

Bitcoin has been rising from USA to China to Pakistan. People are now beginning to realize its potential. Bitcoin is predicted to become a reserve currency(7th) by 2030 if the current trends continue. However I view bitcoin as the one and only true reserve currency. We have to understand that bitcoin is the only one of its kind from the other list of fiat dominated currencies that can truly be accepted anywhere and by anyone for anything. These options are further developed with the advent of OpenBaazar type services also.

Realization of the potential of a free economy has seen price of bitcoin rise steadily. in addition to this we now see the companies like steam even starting to accept bitcoin. For 3rd world countries its an even better opportunity as capital controls and strict banking requirements make it difficult to have access to proper credit card or debit card services. It makes it easier for people to use bitcoin as a sort of a prepaid system of making payments.

Today Japan is debating on accepting bitcoin as a proper currency which can be a huge step and a leg up on the competition. Bitcoin has caused a rise in the fintech revolution and no country wants to really ban it. They realize that the potential is there and they see that is bound to happen. How long will it take for true realizing is only a matter of time.

How to use urdubit.com | urdubit

I will be covering details on how to use urdubit in video tutorials here in this blog post. Hopefully all your questions will be answered here. If you do however have any questions please register and ask in the comments section. Also share this article so that people can learn about bitcoin in Pakistan.
User Created Video (Updated)


My Video 1

Verification:
Verification on urdubit is an important setup and we wont allow you to deposit or withdraw pkr unless you are verified. Like all international trading platforms we want our countrymen to be safe and secure hence we follow standard KYC/AML procedures to ensure that you are really you. So lets get this part out of the way so you can start buying or selling bitcoins.

Video Part 2

Video Part 3:
This is a detailed video of how to buy and sell bitcoin bitcoin in Pakistan. Most people have this problem as there was no trading platform before this. Rest assure this was very secure and you will have fun if you use it once or twice.

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Where The Banks Got It Wrong | Bank Bitcoin

In 2015 we saw numerous banks turning to blockchain the underlining technology of bitcoin to drive customer base away from btc and improve their own system in the process. An example was laid out where it was stated that Bank Of America alone uses more electricity then the entire bitcoin network combined. It was popular believe that the “beauty of bitcoin lies in blockchain”, I for one was sold on this. But the more you understand bitcoin the more you realize thats not the case, and the more you fall in love with the whole concept of bitcoin.

Many might disagree with me on this statement. While I am not saying that blockchain and bitcoin are revolutionary, all I am saying is that its not just the tech that makes bitcoin or btc special, its the underlining principle of the bitcoin that makes it the most disruptive tech in the fintech space.

The idea as purposed by satoshi nakamoto was loosely based on on torrent software where you would share your bitcoin via peer to peer system where you would not require central auditing or confirming authority. Now lets think about this for a minute. Decentralization and the open source nature of bitcoin is what make it so special. An  example is the recent development disagreement by the core developers where 2 developers purposed a fork of bitcoin XT. That saw the prices of bitcoin plunge to lows of around $150. While many thought that proposal was destroying bitcoin, I believed it was making btc stronger by displaying that no one has control over bitcoin. In the end it will be the people who will decide what is good for the network and not any one entity.

The banking sector was of the belief that its the blockchain tech that drives bitcoin, and without understanding the true nature of why decentralization is important they jumped on the blockchain wagon releasing their own chains and coins in the process. I think bitcoin and banks can live in harmony, how you may ask is very hard to answer. For one I think banks can use bitcoin as a settlement product within their networks. Think of bitcoin as Mastercard or Visacard. When the concept was brought forward banks went a head started incorporating these into their systems rather then coming up with their own individual cards. There is alot to cover of how btc and bank can live in peace then this one article, but the idea can be be implemented in ways that banks haven’t imagined yet. I think time will only improve our understanding of what bitcoin is and how it will shape the future of fintech.

Earn A Little – Online Earnings | earn bitcoin online

Idea of online earning is not an old one. We have seen many websites launched that are now selling “adpacks” or “advertisement upgrades” promising you to earn by working online. While there are many of these that make you invest upfront there are few that are completely free. The reason I wanted to write about this is because many people call us and ask how do we make money online.

Earning online, or earning bitcoin or btc is not a simple task. I tell people you have to work hard and the best way to earn especially bitcoins in Pakistan is to go to sites like fiver or my personal favorite xbtfreelancer (well they pay in bitcoin ;)) is the way to go. These are freelancing websites that offer you payments for your skills. Pakistan is now the 3rd largest freelancing producer in the world. And with recent news coming out about how freelancers are working to earn online in Pakistan the standings will only improve while providing job opportunities.

To add to this I have seen many people who do not have the skill set to work on these sites or find it very hard to compete against the set players in the field. For the later (while I dont promote these often I am telling people about this so they can give them a try) I suggest looking to something called ads viewing or clicking. These websites are pretty straight forward all you have to do is signup click on view ads or my advertisements and just click on ads and watch the ad for a few seconds. The ad window should be active for getting credited for the ad. These sites pay in multitude of payment methods with bitcoin being one of them. I would strongly suggest against buying any sort of upgrades etc from these websites and I dont run any of them. I have just been testing out a few sites such as ads4btc (video)and adfiver. You can also go on something like ifaucet and earn through faucets.

Please take note that I dont own or know about these websites. But I am testing these out just to let people know if they actually payout. I also recommend that dont buy and upgrades from these sites instead there are many sites offering this free and you can simply signup on multiple sites rather then buying adpacks or upgrades etc.

Blood on the streets | bitcoin, btc, xbt, price

My thoughts on what happened with the bitcoin price this week. I had recently covered a blog post at bitlanders covered here on why I thought the price had gone up. Closing comments were that we can see a drop if and when the sell comes.

The Rise:

Bitcoin Price touched the highs of 2015 by hitting $500 plus at the same time major exchanges were hit by a DDOS attack followed by arbitrage opportunities which caused a bit of concern since the transaction volume of bitcoin took a jump. As such bitcoin transactions started getting delayed to from 3 to 6 hours. Major trading platforms in China saw volumes as large as 2000000 btc in 24 hours. I guess for a person who had just gotten into this it was very shocking and exciting time but as the experts will tell you this has always happened to bitcoin. I do advise all the new investors to weigh the pros and cons of btc first, as its not just about making money on the short term.

In the News:

Bitcoin price had received great news that kept the buy pressure up. One was by Bloomberg which advised to keep an eye on btc, which was later(2 days) followed by research by CNBC which stated that bitcoin will become the 6th largest reserve currency by default at current pace by the year 2030. This was seen by large as a very positive sign and the buying continued.

The Fall

The above aspects saw the rise all the way upto $500+ before the dumping began. The pull also must have created panic selling orders followed by bots going into sell mode as I mentioned in the blog and therefore saw a fall in price of btc to $360. While predicting the next wave is very difficult we are now seeing a more controlled rate around $380 to $404.

Where will the piece go next:

I am no expert at predicting prices however for traders I suggest sticking with intra-day trades rather then looking to make it big in overnight bull runs. Additionally articles are covered online at our main news site http://www.newsbtc.com and for all other news regarding litcoin dogecoin or bitcoin you can check out http://pk.newsbtc.com where we try to cover everything in Urdu plus cover Pakistan related news about bitcoin in Pakistan

Use Bitcoin Dont Abuse. | bitcoin, what is bitcoin, bitcoin pakistan, bitcoin in pakistan


Most people get into bitcoin due to making a quick buck by mining. Once they do however get in they realize that the beauty of bitcoin lies in its theory of what Satoshi Nakamoto presented. The idea was decentralization of digital assets or money or currency. While recently everyone is talking about the technology that is blockchain they fail to realize that its not the blockchain or bitcoin itself that made it famous, it was the underlining principle that your funds should really mean that they belong to you.

Fast forward today and we see most people trying to setup mining farms or make it big by trading bitcoin and crypto currencies. While I believe that bitcoin exchanges have made a big impact and are helping it move forward and making it available for the masses, we still tend to lag in actually utilizing bitcoin the way it was intended. Bitcoin was suppose to bridge the gap between third party holding your funds and charging you for utilizing them to a complete peer to peer system. I believe if we are to move forward it is very important to utilize bitcoins for buying and selling and creating opportunity to use bitcoins everywhere.

Now the question comes to mind is what I can do other then store it for value or use them as a safe guard against what recently happened in Greece? Well you can do alot now. Big name companies have begun to accept bitcoins as a payments. The reason behind this is simple its cheaper to accept bitcoins then credit cards, with no chargeback issues plus a low fee of 0.0001 btc it makes sense for people to accept and pay in bitcoins. Services such as Dell, Microsoft, Vultr(a VPS service),  namescheap(domain and hosting services), expedia(hotel, ariline and local transport), cheapair(airline tickets) and topup24 (buy mobile prepaid credit) makes it easy for anyone around the world to utilize bitcoins.

Sitting in Pakistan where credit card acceptance may be one of the lowest in the world we see bitcoins as gateway. The general population of Pakistan is below poverty level and hence doesnt really have access to the international gateways like most countries do. Bitcoin can be a bright light at the end of the tunnel, donations, payments, remittance can be utilized to the micro level bitcoins. And now you also have a place to utilize your bitcoins not just trade them at trading exchanges. But if you are just old fashioned and still want to trade bitcoins for profit you can always join us at Urdubit.

On ending note, Start using bitcoins like they were meant to 😉

BitCoin! A new way to pay and get paid. | bitcoins, bitcoin, paypal, btc, xbt, nyxbt

What is Bitcoin?When people say “Bitcoin” they are referring to one of two things.

1.       A digital/crypto currency.
2.       A payment system used for sending and receiving money online.

Bitcoin as a Currency Bitcoin is a digital, decentralized, peer to peer, pseudonymous currency based on cryptography. If that sentence made no sense to you, don’t worry  – I’ll break it down for you.
·         Digital – Bitcoins exist only as code, they do not exist as anything physical. People can (and have) made physical representations of Bitcoin, but ultimately they are based in the digital world.
·         Decentralized – There is no central bank or institution that issues or controls Bitcoin. It is a group of individuals all over the world who run the program that keeps the monetary system running.
·         Peer to Peer – You control your own Bitcoin, and when you send Bitcoin to someone else, it goes directly to them. There are no banks or middlemen.
·         Pseudonymous – While all Bitcoin transactions are publicly view-able in an open ledger called the Blockchain (we’ll get to that later), the sender and receiver are only known as a string of numbers and letters. If you’re careful about your identity, using Bitcoins can be done anonymously.
·         Based on Cryptography – The strength of Bitcoin as a digital currency lies in the code, which uses strong cryptography to ensure that the coins cannot be accessed without proper permission. Bitcoin is the first digital currency that has these characteristics, and as a result it is the first digital currency to become widely adopted on the internet. As of June 2013, it is handling nearly 60,000 transactions each day, and this number is accelerating quickly.

 

Why Use Bitcoin in Pakistan:

Bitcoin is Big news for Internationale buyers and sellers. It is no secret to Bitcoin users that digital currency makes PayPal’s model of online transaction look somewhat archaic by comparison. While the method was the darling of the online community in years gone by, the rapid advance of Bitcoin in particular has caused PayPal to come increasingly under the spotlight recently.

10. Lower Fees

This is usually the first advantage of cryptocurrencies that you hear from Bitcoin enthusiasts and experts. And this is certainly true as PayPal has been notorious for imposing hefty transaction fees on users of about 3%.

9. Community Support

You can also think of Bitcoin like an app on the Bitcoin network. This means that the protocol, add-ons, and supporting infrastructure can always be further developed and improved to suit the needs of consumers and all users.

PayPal was not constructed with this in mind and has a considerably narrower potential field of operation. In other words, while PayPal can certainly afford to pay its own team of talented programmers, it still will not be able to innovate at the same rate as a decentralized network of developers spread across the entire world.

Truly Global

PayPal is not available in every country with notable exceptions being Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Haiti.

Bitcoin on the other hand is the first true transnational currency because it is border-agnostic like the Internet. In other words, it can be controlled to an extent on a very local level but cannot be shut down globally unless electricity is shut off everywhere in the world.

Unlike PayPal, Bitcoin can offer citizens living under oppressive regime a way out. People using this border-less currency can circumvent state supported financial monopolies and establish their own local economies.

Less Friction



With Bitcoin, it doesn’t matter whether you send 1 cent or 1 billion’s worth, the transactions fee is the same (approx. US$0.02) or btc 0.0001. And since it’s actually your money, it is only logical that you should decide on the amount you want to send.

Decentralized

The decentralized nature of Bitcoin means that there is no single clearing house monitoring and controlling the network. This ‘trust-less’ payment system greatly increases the security of a network as there is no single point of failure such as from a DNS attack, for example.

Versatile

To use PayPal, you must be online and have a credit card. In contrast, Bitcoin can be sent offline via email or even SMS on a Nokia dumb-phone.

Privacy

While Bitcoin is not truly anonymous, it can still provide a certain level of anonymity or pseudo-anonymity for users if they know how to cover their tracks and manage their digital wallets – a process that is expected to become more user-friendly with time. Additionally when using bitcoin you can pay directly to the receiver without providing any data hence safe guarding you towards future hacks on the site that you are paying.

In contrast, this is impossible for PayPal users as they are required go through the burdensome process of filling out long forms to prove where the money came from and what it will be used for. This is particularly true for international users.

Freedom

This is the overall most important point that cannot be stressed enough. Bitcoin lowers the barriers for all to participate in global commerce.

While this may seem trivial at first, consider that almost 2.5 billion people on this planet do not have bank accounts and thus, cannot use PayPal. Bitcoin has the potential to finally bring almost half of the world that is unbanked into the global economy, which can then be truly called Global.

Indeed, with Bitcoin, a local farmer in Tanzania can receive bitcoins on his mobile phone with the nearest bank or western union location being a hundred miles away. He is also able to send payments and be an active participant in the global economy. The same holds true for Pakistan. The masses have seen the success in high cost money transmitters such as easypaisa, mobicash, ubl omni or upaisa etc. Bitcoin can be the source of a cheaper solution to all if accepted by masses.

Thus, Bitcoin enables true globalization that is inherently inclusive and egalitarian, although how this technology is implemented is ultimately up to us – the users.

Adsense, Ads, Marketing and advertising (Bitcoins, btc) | bitcoins, btc, ads, adsense, google adsense, urdu adsense, marketing, advertisement, bloggers, pakistani bloggers, bloggers pakistan

This article is to cover the use of marketing services similar to adsense. While I will cover these with information with retrospect to Pakistan they should hold true for most countries with a few exceptions. Currently there is high demand for adsense and its ads placements in Pakistan. From my recent interactions with bloggers and eCommerce websites its evident that a vast majority of Pakistanis are producing great content that is being ranked really high and driving in authentic traffic. Similarly I look at the other end from marketing stand point of view this is great not just for international searchers but also for local searchers. In regard to this I have also seen many new bloggers trying to get into this field and make money. While there is real competition I would like to highlight a method that might go hand in hand and help both the marketing company and the bloggers by using services similar to adsense.

Marketers & Advertisers :

Currently people in Pakistan resort to ubl wiz cards or prepaid cards because its just very difficult to understand how adsense works. Most people dont even know the keywords they want to search hence they tend to stay away from adsense and turn to facebook marketing. While facebook is good to get your products viral I personally believe that adsense is better marketing platform and should eventually generate more results then facebook advertising.  A similar platform by the name of a-ads. There are many other similar platforms available but I will pick this one due to its anonymous nature.

For a eCommerce or retailer or any new startup its quite difficult to have a high budget to market on high ranking websites so services such as adsense, a-ads or facebook present a low cost high turnover return reward possibility. Now the question that might comes to ones mind is why a-ads and not adsense? To answer that let me get into a bit of detail. Adsense requires high traffic websites inorder for them to be approved and get paid. While this makes sense for most people going through the entire setup for a businessman who is just looking to run a new or an old setup becomes quite confusing and hence he has to resort to either hiring someone and paying them to do this work for him. With this setup comes risks and rewards. People tend up putting their credit card numbers and details onto google server for their employees to use for marketing their products. This has its risks. Which in my opinion are very high. This reason and the fact that bitcoin is anonymous like a-ads is why I prefer putting an ad campaign which is much simpler doesnt require information and you can simply deposit funds in bitcoins so that your personal data is secured and not sitting on remote servers.

A-ads has been around since 2013 so its not a new website. I believe their fees of 20% is a bit high but for a small setup that is reasonable. If you accept bitcoins I think this is the best way to market your products since this will mostly please the btc community generally. If we look at
https://a-ads.com/catalog Link  we will see:

Selected category gives ~773551 impressions per day and includes 4503 ad units.
CPM: 0.00154157 Ƀ ($0.40), CPC: 0.00002542 Ƀ ($0.01)

This shows that displaying your ads on a-ads is relatively cheap against if you were to use facebook ads or adsense. This is the added advantage. To add to this its also known fact that most people dont generate sales in btc unless there is a discount involved. So even if you do accept btc doesnt mean you will generate too many sales. But you will be able to market your product to the world and very low costs with the same btc you are earning. Is this all worth it. Well it doesnt hurt trying.

Bloggers:

The question is why use this if you have adsense? Well for once it doesnt matter which type of blog you have as long as you generate some kind of traffic you will get paid. Lets be honest here I did a test and have integrated a-ads here and while I am not going to be earning much I am going to be making something. The setup is such that I hardly get around 20-40 people daily in total from http://bitcoin.com.pk and http://bitcoinpk.com and I am still able to generate small amounts of income. While this might not be big its better then nothing and ads out to atleast cover the cost of the domain and blogs after a year. This is based on my current earnings for around 2.5 days that I see this happening. Since I pay for my domains and hosting in bitcoins through namescheap it makes the cycle or well worth it. The one thing to note here is for people who would want to replace adsense with a-ads while it doesnt really make sense if you are earning higher amounts there is one advantage you will have over adsense, that is payment through bitcoin which can be cashed out at better rates from urdubit as opposed to using direct bank transfer and services such as western union.

Conclusion:
To wind up this I believe that a-ads is a good alternative to advertise and market your products anonymously and without much risks. Additionally marketers and advertisers have a cheaper solution to market their products on low budget websites and still be able to generate sales. Most ads dont get direct sales but do generate an effect in which the customer is reminded of your services and return once they need the product. I would like to suggest for everyone to give it a go.  Would like to invite Bloggersadvertisers and marketing experts to review a-ads and other such services to help freelancers grow.