70 Sites that Give You Free Bitcoins – Do They Actually Work ?

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Let me start with the bottom line – You can’t earn a significant amount of Bitcoins using Bitcoin faucets. Most of them are scams, and those that aren’t take forever to generate a relevant amount of coins.

What are Bitcoin Faucets ?

Bitcoin faucets are website that give you free Bitcoins. The original Bitcoin faucet was operated by Gavin Anderson, Bitcoin Foundation’s chief scientist. It started out around late 2010 and it gave visitors 5 Bitcoins (yes….5 whole Bitcoins) for free. Of course back at the time Bitcoin was worth something like $0.08. Here is how the website looked back then.

The original Bitcoin faucet

Are there reliable Bitcoin faucets out there today ?

I went  and checked out almost 10 different Bitcoin faucets (for a list of over 70 known faucets take a look at the end of this post). Of course I used an alias email account since I didn’t want to get bombarded with SPAM.

First up – FreeBitco.in – the most popular Bitcoin faucet today

The first faucet I’ve tested was FreeBitco.in. This seems to be the most popular Bitcoin faucet today with an Alexa ranking of 1,765 which is truly impressive. The website requires you to sign up with an email address. After you sign up you are led to a lottery page where you can win a certain amount of coins once an hour. But the amount of coins is so small (I won 0.00000352BTC) that you won’t even be able to transfer it to your wallet (the Bitcoin fee for such an amount is 0.0001BTC).

If this was your average payout it would take you 28 hours just to break even.

freebitco.in

My guess is that this website is making a lot of money out of advertising since it seems to be very popular. Also it operates a referral program which lets you get more Bitcoins if you refer other people. Still, the amounts are so little that it’s not worth the time or effort.

All other Bitcoin faucets I’ve tested work in a similar method

I’ve tested around 10 different faucets and all use the same MO:

* Request your public address

* Enter a captcha

* Give you a minimal amount of Bitcoins that you won’t even be able to withdraw.

* Make you come back to the site in a later time to get another insignificant amount

So what’s the actual deal with Bitcoin faucets ?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, there’s no way to get rich easily :) Unlike the original Bitcoin faucet which aimed to help people get started with Bitcoin, today’s faucets are just website that are making money out of people who are trying to get rich for free. Here’s their recipe for success:

1. Drive massive amounts of traffic to the site by promising free Bitcoins

2. Place a disturbing amount of ads on their website

3. Hand out insignificant amount of Bitcoin so they won’t have to pay you because they know you won’t be able to withdraw the coins. There’s usually a minimal amount you need to reach in order to withdraw.

4. Keep you on the page for a certain amount of time – probably so you’ll click on of the ads and that the website will rank better on Google.

5. Make you keep coming back by promising you more Bitcoins within the hour.

Bitcoin faucet waiting time

Thoughts about how Bitcoin Faucets generate even more income

Aside from making you click on ads on their website I believe that Bitcoin Faucet sites may be using additional methods to generate revenue for themselves. I have no idea if these methods are actually implemented or not, these are just my own thoughts:

  • Email harvesting – Some of these sites may be collecting emails of people who are interested in Bitcoins and then selling those email address to other companies. Email addresses can be used for SPAM or even to target you with specific ads while you surf the web.
  • Captcha solving– There’s actually a way to make money from solving Captcha (that annoying box of letters you need to type whenever sending out a form online). Perhaps some of these sites are using the thousands of Captchas filled out daily to gain a profit.
  • Selling website data – Another form of collecting data from websites is through cookies – small pieces of code installed on your browser. This is common for most websites today (we also use cookies on 99Bitcoins). The thing is that some people may abuse this and sell the information they get to 3rd parties so they will be able to target you with their ads online.

Additional sites that allow you to earn Bitcoins for free

If you shy away from Bitcoin faucets there are some additional sites that will give you micro amounts of Bitcoins and seem to be a bit more legit (I did not test these site out myself).

QoinPro – QoinPro gives you a small amount of Bitcoins, Litecoins, Dogecoins and other crypto-currencies daily. Of course it won’t make you rich – I’ve been a member for a month now and I currently own 0.00000316BTC (approximately $0.001). This means that in a year os so I will have a total or 15 cents!!! Woohoo!

CoinURL – Let’s you earn Bitcoins by changing the links you put on the web to hoplinks. A hoplink is a link that moves the visitor through a 3rd party before getting him to his final destination. For example: I link to Google using CoinURL’s hoplink. If you click this link you will be taken to a gateway page which will show you an ad and only afterwards you will be forwarded to Google.

CoinAd – On the opposite end of CoinURL CoinAD allows you to earn Bitcoins for viewing ads.

CoinWorker – Allows you to earn Bitcoins by completing tasks such as filling out surveys or supplying administrative support.

Some sites I whould definitely stay away from

There are sites like Surf4Bitcoin request that you install a plugin on your browser. I highly recommend you avoid anything that asks you to install software on your computer. There have been numerous cases in which malware was installed on computers through add on promising free Bitcoins. I’m not saying that Surf4Bitcoin is a scam or anything, I’m just saying I won’t even take the risk of finding out…

A complete list of Bitcoin faucets

If you’re still not convinced that using Bitcoin faucets is a bad idea here’s a list of 70 Bitcoin faucets that seem to be working at the time of writing this post. I’ve also found this faucet rotator which actually lets you browse through different Bitcoin faucets.

Still looking for some free Bitcoins ? 99Bitocins can help…

As part continuing the original Bitcoin Faucet’s tradition 99Bitcoins is giving out 0.1mb (0.0001BTC) to anyone who registers to our newsletter (see the box below this post). We only send out updates about new posts and relevant Bitcoin information and will never sale or trade your emails.

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Ofir Beigel

Owner at 99 Coins ltd.
Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.

13 Comments

  1. Most of the sites you’re showing are faucets running the microwallet API. They do in fact pay out, trust me I run a faucet. It takes a few days to reach payout, but it’s feasible if you use a rotator like bitcoinrotator.com or landofbitcoin or a similar service.

  2. Briana Stockston on

    Thank you for the giant list of 70 Bitcoin faucets, Ofir! Very happy with that and will start using them soon so I get more Bitcoins in my wallet!

    Also, thanks for offering 0.0001 BTC to anyone just for registering for your newsletter! You are actually offering more than many Bitcoin faucets out there!

  3. Christopher Allen on

    I have had problems with malware being installed on my PC and I now avoid doing this like the plague! In one case I had to pay $200+ so that someone fixed it as it wouldn’t even start anymore! I know it was because of some malware (probably more than one program) that was installed from a site that offered something free in exchange.

  4. Logan Walker on

    15 cents in a year!!! Of my God! I will be rich :)! But, I am more curious how much you can earn with CoinURL and CoinAd. They both sound like interesting concepts and I might try them. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mandanna Ellen on

    I had no idea that you can make money from captcha solving! Who is paying for such a thing and why? I don’t get it. Anyway, I am sure you are right about it.

    Why isn’t there someone that fights against these things like selling emails without the users consent or selling website data and such? I think it is time the government did something in this regard.

  6. Calina Ezindra on

    It’s incredible that only 4 years ago, websites were giving Bitcoins for free! And they were giving 5 Bitcoins away, not 0.00001!

    Thanks for telling me about FreeBitco.in and how I would be probably wasting my time with them! I wanted to give them a go this week, but now I won’t waste my time hanging around their site just to help them make more money!

  7. David Rodriguez on

    I was thinking the same thing about the email harvesting. I tried to figure out why would someone be giving away Bitcoins (even if not that many)? Because they want emails from people interested in them and sell those emails for a good profit. A list of people who want to make money is perfect for any scammer out there. Thanks for the warning!

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