The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Making Money from Bitcoin Faucets

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TL;DR version:

Bitcoin faucets are a type of website that give away small amounts of Bitcoins to their users. Faucet owners make money by placing ads on this highly engaging websites. You can build a faucet within 10 minutes by getting a Bluehost account and following the steps in the article. Oh and I’m also going to teach you how to get traffic and protect your faucet from scammers…..Sounds interesting? Here’s the full post:


Brace yourself; this is a long post :) The good news is that it’s super informative as well. This post will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know about Bitcoin faucets. If you want to quickly browse through this post, here’s what we’re going to go over:

Before I begin I just want to say that my experience of running a Bitcoin faucet isn’t vast. I’ve started 99BItcoins’ faucet, Milli, a little over a month ago, but I’ve learned a lot since. And now I would like to pass on this information to you.

What are Bitcoin faucets?

We’ve covered Bitcoin faucets many times in the past so I won’t go over them in detail. In short, a Bitcoin faucet is a website that gives out a small amount of Bitcoins to its visitors. The amount can vary anywhere from 100 Satoshis (0.000001BTC) up to 10,000 Satoshis and more (0.0001BTC).

Usually after you receive your coins you need to wait a certain amount of time until you can ask for another batch. The original Bitcoin faucet was operated by Gavin Andresen, The Bitcoin Foundation’s chief scientist. It started out around late 2010 and it gave visitors five Bitcoins for free. Back then, each Bitcoin was worth something like $0.08. The whole idea was to spread the word about the world’s first cryptocurrency.

How People Make Money from Bitcoin faucets

You may be asking yourself why people give away free Bitcoins. Well, there can be 2 answers for that:

  1. They are trying to teach people about Bitcoin (like we do here).
  2. They are somehow making money from it.

Of course you can probably guess that #2 is the main reason people set up faucets. Just so you’ll get an idea of how big the faucet industry is, almost 50% of the leading Bitcoin websites today in terms of traffic are faucets.

But the question remains: How can you make money from these faucets? Well, most of these websites have an overwhelming amount of ads placed all around them. Some deceitful faucets even place their ads in places which will get you to accidentally click the ad instead of the “claim bitcoins” button.

So the business model of these faucets is bringing cheap traffic in and getting them to click on ads. But where do they get their “cheap” traffic from?

From a referral system.

Faucets will let you earn a percentage of the Bitcoins they give away to visitors you brought in. This method is so successful that it’s the main traffic source for most faucets and it also created a new type of website – The Bitcoin faucet rotator.

A rotator site is a site that allows you to quickly surf through different faucets without opening a new site or tab each time. The links to each faucet inside the rotator are referral links and the rotator owner earns a commission from each faucet you visit through it as well. You can take a look at 99Bitcoins’ rotator to get a better idea of what I mean.

At this point you may be thinking, “Hey I can make lots of money by visiting faucets!” Well I’m sorry to burst your bubble but trying to get rich out of visiting faucets isn’t a realistic option. You’d probably just be wasting your time going from website to website ending up with no more than a few bucks after hours of work.

Even if you sit at your computer 24 hours a day, claim a new batch of coins every 30 seconds and manage to find only faucets that are paying 10,000 Satoshis (which practically don’t exist), you would still only be making 0.0024 Bitcoins a day. At today’s exchange rate, that amounts to 70 cents.

Another thought that may pass your mind is, “So maybe I can make a lot of money by creating a faucet!” Well, this may be true, but you’re going to need A LOT of traffic in order to generate substantial revenue. However this is exactly what this post is about.

So keep on reading and let’s see exactly how much I’m making with my own faucet at the moment.

How I Got Started with Milli (my own Bitcoin faucet)

Around a month ago I noticed an ad on Flippa that listed a Bitcoin faucet called “BitcoinGenie” for sale. At the time the site had a huge amount of traffic (around 240K users each month) and was making (according to its owner) $850/month. Here’s an overview of the site’s traffic between Sep. 1 – Sep. 30, 2015:

Bitcoin Genie Analytics

As you can see, the site was doing pretty well. I decided to jump on the opportunity and bought the website. However I wanted to use a different name for my faucet, something shorter and more catchy. I ended up going with Milli and redirected all of the traffic from Bitcoin Genie to miili.io.

Ever since then I’ve been testing out different payment models and ads in order to try and maximize my profits through this faucet. In this post I’m going to reveal to you my exact stats from Milli and I will also keep updating the blog from time to time once I get any additional insights.

Milli – First Month’s Profit and Loss Report

I’m a big believer in what is known as lean methodology. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it basically means don’t invest any effort in something that hasn’t proven itself to work. To give you an example, when I started out with Milli, I could have created a very well designed website and my own custom faucet software. But that would be a waste of time since I’m not sure if this whole faucet scenario is even going to work.

Instead I decided to go lean. Create a low budget website through FaucetBox which looks pretty crappy. If I see that I can monetize off that site, then I’ll give it a face-lift later on.

FYI – FaucetBox is currently the largest “out of the box” solution for Bitcoin faucets and it will charge you 2.5% from your deposit for managing payments to your users. Even though I consider this fee to be pretty high, it’s worth paying in accordance with my lean methodology principles at the moment. In the future if I want to increase my profits I’ll just create my own personalized faucet.

As a start, I placed 3 Adsense blocks on Milli. Adsense is Google’s advertising system for website owners. You just place a line of code on your site telling Google, “This space is yours to advertise on, just give me a share of the profits.” The reason I put only 3 ad slots on the site is because Google limits you to this number, although you can add additional ads that are not by Google. I’ll cover additional monetizing methods later on in this post.

Here are my traffic stats for Milli.io for the first half of November:

milli traffic stats

As you can see, this is considerably lower than what BitcoinGenie had but it’s still a good start. There are a lot of page-views, the time on site is decent and the bounce rate is low.

Here’s a screenshot from FaucetBox of how much money I’ve spent on Milli throughout this time frame:

Milli earning november

If you calculate on the payments made from November 1st up to November 15th you get 0.65334251BTC. Keep in mind that I also pay a 2.5% fee to FaucetBox so it means my expenses were around 0.67BTC. At today’s exchange rate, this equals about $220. The spike you are seeing around November 5th is when Bitcoin boomed to $500. Additionally, I’ve been running some different tests throughout this time frame.

Now for the revenue. Here are my earnings with Adsense alone on this exact same timeframe:

Milli earnings November

So at the moment I’m basically breaking even with a revenue of $223. Of course this result would change if Bitcoin’s price would increase (and then I’d be at a loss) or decrease (which would put me at a profit).

By now some of you may be saying, “What’s all the fuss about? You’re just breaking even, it’s not worth all of the hassle.” I beg to differ. You see, this is what lean methodology is all about. I used minimum effort to get to a point where I’m breaking even. Now I can take the time to optimize my faucet in order to create a profit.

I have proven my assumption that I can generate a revenue stream with a Bitcoin faucet using minimal effort. Also, even if I was just breaking even I’m still “converting” my Bitcoins to Fiat money at a 0% commission (assuming this is something you want to do).

In the following month’s I’ll keep you updated on different tests I run with Milli, and way to improve the site’s monetization. In the short amount of time I’ve been running the faucet have come to the following conclusions:

  1. It’s better to pay small amounts of money at shorter intervals than large amounts of money in longer intervals. This is due to the fact that some people will apply bots to claim their Bitcoins multiple times and override the site’s timer. If your payout is larger this will put you at a loss.
  2. The larger the time interval the higher the “Time on Site” metrics in Google Analytics will be.
  3. Bots will destroy your profitability and you have to learn how to protect yourself from them.
  4. I haven’t completely managed to prove this point yet, but I think It’s better to pay out smaller amounts and give a higher referral reward. This will get more people referring visitors to your faucet than a higher payout for the visitor and a smaller referral reward.

These are all just initial assumptions which I’ve tested in the past 3 weeks but I’ll continue to test them as time goes by. After all tests were concluded I decided to go with a payout of  300-1000 Satoshis every 45 minutes (you can see the chances of getting each payout on Milli). I’ve set the odds so that on average people will receive 300-500 Satoshis. This allowed me to put a super high referral commission of 65%.

How to Build Your Own Bitcoin Faucet

So now it’s time to create your own Bitcoin faucet!

If this sounds scary, I assure you that this guide will make it very simple. I have almost no coding experience myself, yet I’ve managed to set up a faucet. The whole process should take 20 minutes and no more than $4 (if you use Bluehost).

Step 1 – Download the faucet script / WordPress plugin

Go to FaucatInaBox.com and click on “Install Now” to download the faucet script.

If you want to use a WordPress (allows many more customization options) please refer to this page and download the WP plugin. If you’re using this method you can skip steps 3 and 4.

Step 2 – Get a domain name and a hosting provider

In order for your faucet to be available online, you will need to register a domain name and place the faucet files on a server. You can get your domain name from namecheap (they also accept Bitcoin).

For hosting I recommend using Bluehost, as they have very cheap plans ($4/month) and they will also give you a free domain name when you register. This way you kill two birds with one stone.

Step 3 – Create a MYSQL database

This step will be different for each hosting provider. I will show a tutorials for Bluehost in this post, but this can easily be done with any other provider. The underline principles are always the same.

Creating a database using Bluehost

Sign up to Bluehost and claim your free domain name.

Under “Databases” create a new database.

bluehost db

Next, lower down on that same page create a user for that DB.

Create user

Finally, connect it to the Database you’ve just created, make sure to give the user “all privileges”.

User permissions

Step 4 – Insert data into FaucetBox file

Now open the folder you downloaded from FaucetInaBox and find the config.php file. Open that file with any text editor and edit the values of the database to the ones you just determined:

setting up the db
Once you’ve finished, upload the folder to your root directory (i.e. home directory) via ftp. If you are not sure how to do this then contact your hosting support; the process is fairly simple and should only take a few seconds.

Step 5 – Configure API and Captcha keys

Congratulations! The hard part is over.

Go to your website’s address and you will see a page asking you to click for the faucet’s password. Click on the link and write down the password. Enter the password in the next page and you will now arrive at your new faucet’s control panel.

The first thing you’ll need to do is input your faucet API key. You can obtain such a key for free at FaucetBox. After you get the key, enter it in your admin panel as shown here:

setting api keys

Once you’ve finished, move on to the Captcha tab and make sure to obtain Captcha keys, as well. This will make sure that your rewards are only given to actual people and not bots.

Step 6 – Rewards and additional settings

On the main tab of your faucet’s control panel set up the following things:

  • Your faucet’s name and tag line
  • How much time will the user needs to wait until he can get another reward
  • Referral percentage for users who bring in other users
  • The amount of rewards given to a user

Using the other tabs on the control panel you can change your faucet’s design on the “templates” tab. In this tab you will also be able to add and edit HTML code for ads you want to display on the site.

Step 7 – Funding your faucet

Before you can activate your faucet, you’ll need to fund it so you can send out the rewards to people. This is done through FaucetBox’s dashboard. Go to the “Balance” tab and click on “Activate” on the Bitcoin currency row.

faucetbox balance

You will then receive a Bitcoin address. Send funds to that address and FaucetBox will now automatically pay your faucet users (minimum to fund it 0.001BTC). Keep in mind that FaucetBox charges a fee for this service (currently 2.5%).

Step 8 (optional) – Design your faucet

If you’re using a Faucetbox template you can use this website in order to download custom fuacetbox templates. If you’re using our faucet WordPress plugin you can just pick out any Worpdress theme you like.

That’s it! Your faucet is now fully operational.

How to make money from your faucet

Now for the fun part, how to actually make money from your faucet. At the moment I’m only using one out of various methods I will list below. In the future I plan to expand my ways of monetization (making money) but I want to take it one step at a time (remember? lean methodology).

Using ads on your website

By far the most popular way for monetizing your faucet is through ads. If you’re new to online advertising I suggest heading over to Google Adsense and signing up as a publisher. They have great tutorials to get you on your way.

If you’re looking for more options aside from Google Adsense then I’ve seen many faucets use CoinAd. However it seems that you’ll need to gain some serious traction before you’ll be able to sign up with them. At the moment CoinAd states on their homepage that they accept only websites with an Alexa ranking of under 100,000 or more than 10K pageviews daily.

Another option for generating money through advertising is Anonymous Ads. Unlike CoinAd they do not have a screening process and will accept practically anyone as a publisher.

When putting your ad placements on the page it’s best to make sure that they are as visible as possible. This means you should use large ad formats and place them next to where to visitor will probably be looking (e.g. the “Claim Reward” button). Since at the moment I’m only using Adsense I am limited to 3 placements maximum. I used 2 wide skyscrapers (300px width x 600px height) and one medium banner (468px width x 60px height), this seems to be the standard for most faucets I’ve visited.

Using affiliate/referral links

Another way you can monetize your faucet is through affiliate/referral links. One example for this is to place a link saying, “Don’t have a Bitcoin wallet?” under the text box where the user needs to enter his Bitcoin address. This link can be your referral link to Coinbase and you will receive a referral commission if an eligible user signs up and later on buy Bitcoins from Coinbase. However Coinbase is pretty crappy in their payment ethics, so keep that in mind. Here’s a detailed list of available affiliate offers you can choose from and perhaps integrate into your faucet.

Build a faucet rotator and earn referrals

Some faucets will also refer their users to other faucets in order to receive a referral commission from them. One way of going about this is by building a faucet rotator. Since I already explained what a rotator is in the beginning of this post I won’t go over it again.

How to get more traffic to your faucet

It would be impossible to generate a substantial amount of revenue from your faucet without a reasonable amount of traffic. Getting cheap converting traffic for your faucet will probably be the hardest task you’ll need to accomplish but here are a few pointers to help you get started:

  • Approach popular faucet rotators in order to get your faucet listed on them. Some examples are iFaucet and Makejar.com. These sites have unbelievable amounts of traffic and if you manage to get your faucet on the top of their list you’re golden. If you’re using a FaucetBox faucet then you should be showing up on FaucetBox’s list as well.
  • Create a thread on BitcoinTalk promoting your faucet. The relevant board to post this on will be Micro Earning.  Here’s an example thread. The main idea is for you to have a place where you can post updates about your faucet or even have “flash hours” where you give away higher rewards and get more traffic.
  • Add social buttons to your faucet allowing people to share it with their own reflink (short for referral link).
  • You can always try to find faucets that have closed down and ask to buy them. This way you can redirect the traffic that’s hitting their website to your faucet. However this method will only work for a limited time so keep that in mind. Once people understand that the original faucet is no longer active you will probably see a drop in traffic (just like what happened to me with Milli).
  • By far the best way to get more traffic to your faucet is by giving away higher referral payments, however this will also boost your expenses. You can always offer a high, one-time payment for one of the popular faucets or rotators in exchange for sending you some more traffic.

Protecting your faucet from spammers

When you own a faucet, you’re waging a constant battle again spammers, bots and hackers that will try to steal your faucet’s Bitcoins. Usually spammers will use a VPN or a proxy in order to change their IP and allow themselves to reclaim coins from your faucet without having to wait for the timer to relapse. Bots can also be used in order to visit your site, claim the coins automatically and leave you with no profit, as bots do not click on ads. Last but not least, hackers may try to hack your faucet and steal the coins inside it.

Fortunately, the good people of the Bitcoin community have come up with different solutions on how to slow down these malicious attacks (it’s impossible to remove them completely). The following methods were composed from various BitcoinTalk threads (sources listed at the end of this section) and are ever-evolving. After I’ve implemented these methods I’ve noticed my payouts have stabilized, and I got my cashflow under control.

Don’t deposit more than you can afford to lose

It may sound obvious but it has to be said. Don’t deposit large amounts of Bitcoins into your faucet. This way if someone does hack into your faucet or manages to claim more Bitcoins than they deserve, at some point the faucet will run dry and he will leave. I try to deposit a week’s supply of Bitcoin into my faucet and check the balance every Sunday. It doesn’t add up to much (around 0.1BTC) and if I somehow lose this amount, I can cope with it.

Installing FunCaptcha

FunCaptcha is much more successful at stopping bots than the other forms of Captcha available for FaucetBox. Installing it is pretty simple – Just create an account, add a site, and put the API keys you’re given into FaucetBox’s admin panel.

However here is an additional measure you may want to take to increase security on your site:

  1. Go to “Site Settings” and click the “Setup” wheel icon showing next to your site.
  2. Go to the “Security” tab and choose “Always enhanced”.

funcaptcha

Blocking proxy servers

In order to block people from viewing your faucet via a proxy and overriding the faucet timer you will need to add the following script on in your faucet’s template file.

Go to: ROOTDIRECTORY/faucet/templates/YOURTEMPLATE/index.php

Place this code, above <!DOCTYPE html>:

<?php

function checkProxy($ip){
		$contactEmail="EMAIL";
		$timeout=3; 
		$banOnProability=0.99;
		
		$ch = curl_init();
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, $timeout);
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://check.getipintel.net/check.php?ip=$ip");
		$response=curl_exec($ch);
		
		curl_close($ch);
		
		
		if ($response > $banOnProability) {
				return true;
		} else {
			if ($response < 0 || strcmp($response, "") == 0 ) {
				//The server returned an error, you might want to do something
				//like write to a log file or email yourself
				//This could be true due to an invalid input or you've exceeded
				//the number of allowed queries. Figure out why this is happening
				//because you aren't protected by the system anymore
				//Leaving this section blank is dangerous because you assume
				//that you're still protected, which is incorrect
				//and you might think GetIPIntel isn't accurate anymore
				//which is also incorrect.
				//failure to implement error handling is bad for the both of us
			}
				return false;
		}
}
$ip=$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];
if (checkProxy($ip)) {
	echo "It would apprear you're using a proxy, so please, go fuck yourself! <br />";
}
?>

After entering this line of code you can then check to see if it is working by trying to access your site through a proxy (e.g. Boomproxy). You should be blocked from the site and get an error message if you implemented the code correctly.

Installing an Anti-Bot mechanism

Next, you may want to implement an Anti-Bot script that will force your users to click links in a certain order to prove that they are human. You can see an example of this on Milli.

anti bot script

Only after the user clicks on these links in the right order will the “Claim Reward” button appear.

In order to get the script up and running you will first need to download this set of files. Here are the instructions on how to implement this script once you have downloaded the files (credit: MakeJar.com).

Files to add:
/libs/antibotlinks.php


Files to edit:
/index.php
/templates/*theme-name*/index.php


Ok, let's start.

First make a backup of your faucet (everything could go wrong, better safe than sorry).

Then

Copy:
antibotlinks.php

To:
/libs/antibotlinks.php


Now you will need to edit 2 files. I suggest using Notepad++ https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ to edit files but any good editor will do the job.
This is based on FB R60 but should work with newer/older versions.

Open:
/index.php

Find:
        $data['captcha_info'] = $captcha;

add after:
        # AntiBotLinks
        require_once('libs/antibotlinks.php');
        $antibotlinks = new antibotlinks(true);// true if GD is on on the server, false is less secure
        if (array_key_exists('address', $_POST)) {
          if (!$antibotlinks->check()) {
            $antibotlinks->generate(5, true);// number of links once they fail to solve min 3 - max 5, the second param MUST BE true
          }
        } else {
          $antibotlinks->generate(3);// initial number of links min 3 - max 5
        }


Find:
           $data['captcha_valid'] && 

add after:

           # AntiBotLinks
           $antibotlinks->is_valid() &&
           

Open:
/templates/*theme-name*/index.php

Find:
</head>

Add before:
<?php
# AntiBotLinks START
?>
<script style="text/javascript">
$(function() {
  var clicks = 0;
  $('.antibotlinks').click(function() {
    clicks++;
    $('#antibotlinks').val($('#antibotlinks').val()+' '+$(this).attr('rel'));
    if(clicks == <?php echo $antibotlinks->get_link_count(); ?>) {
      var rand = Math.floor((Math.random() * clicks) + 1);
      var button = '<input type="submit" class="btn btn-primary btn-lg" value="Get Reward!">';
      var z=0;
      $('.antibotlinks').each(function(){
        z++;
        if (z==rand) {
          $(this).replaceWith(button);
        }
      });
      
    }
    $(this).hide();
    return false;
  });
});
</script>
<?php
# AntiBotLinks END
?>


Find:
                            <?php if(!$data["captcha_valid"]): ?>
                            <p class="alert alert-danger">Invalid captcha code!</p>
                            <?php endif; ?>


Add after (the input field must be between <form> and </form>):

<?php
# AntiBotLinks START
?>
                            <input type="hidden" name="antibotlinks" id="antibotlinks" value="" />
                            <?php if(!$antibotlinks->is_valid()): ?>
                            <p class="alert alert-danger">Invalid AntiBot verification!</p>
                            <?php endif; ?>
<?php
# AntiBotLinks END
?>


Somewhere between <form> and </form> add (you need to do it 5 times, this is where the links will appear):

<?php
# AntiBotLinks START
?>
                        <?php echo $antibotlinks->show_link(); ?>
<?php
# AntiBotLinks END
?> 

And finally remove the default CLAIM button :)

Additional measures

Of course there are always additional security measures you can add to your faucets. For example, you can ask your users to answer a simple math equation in order to filter out even more bots. Also you can blacklist known scammer Bitcoin and IP addresses in your faucet’s dashboard. This thread on BitcoinTalk lists and updates all known bad addresses.

Sources: Faucet owners against scammers and bots, Stop bots + proxies from using your faucet

3 faucets you can learn from

Before we wrap up the longest post ever written on this blog, I just want to point your attention to a few faucets that are already making it big. It might be worth your while to study them and get inspired by the techniques they are using in order to make money from their faucets.

Bitcoin AliensBitcoin Zebra and Moon Bitcoin are all leading faucets receiving millions of page-views each month. Also I will continue to update on my progress with Milli as I optimize and improve my earning and traffic stats.

I hope you enjoyed this guide and that it helps you in setting up your very own Bitcoin faucet. If you have any questions, comments or want to add more resources to what was written here feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Update #1: What I’ve learned from the first 45 days of running Milli

Update #2: The Latest Update on my Quest for Making Money with Bitcoin Faucets

Update #3: How much money can you make with Bitcoin faucets (February 2016 update)

Final Update: Milli’s March Madness (Making Money with Bitcoin Faucets Update)

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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.

118 Comments

  1. Nice post, really interesting read. For a first timer would you recommend buying a closed faucet to generate quick traffic or starting a new one from scratch and run the risk of dedicating hours to your faucet when really it is unlikely you will generate any serious traffic?

    • If you have $200-$300 you can but a faucet with a nice amount of traffic as far as I can tell and I think it’s better.

  2. Morning Ofir, I come back to your site to say THANK YOU! Yes I have my faucet working afeter a few day in test I can say is done, at lest to get working because every day I see other things to fix or figth against bot or scammers that don’t end and I do not sure if it will be a profitable web but make it had been a good experience and most of help is this post an the other about useing wordpress and Faucet Box and also your own faucet. Thank you again!

  3. Hello, you please know any tutorial explaining how to make a bot faucet in Telegram? or if you could do the tutorial? : p
    I only know one Faucet Bot, currently Telegram and I would like to know if there are more? or how to do it? and as this bot is monetized in Telegram? because there is no AdSense on telegram.
    Excellent article, now I’m just fascinated with Bitcoin and Telegram
    Blessings :)

  4. Hello I have an website with ten years domain and hostef for a few years but now this website is useless.I don t know what to do.with it.I am looking for someone that may help me build this platform or something else to turn into a profitable and traffic recognized website.I give you full permission to handle and manage everything and we share profits.Also seeking for advice and help of Mr.EFIR if he is willing to.I had sent the same question to him on his website form.
    Sincerely,Mr.Santos e-mail [email protected]

  5. I’m stuck at uploading the files here in filezilla I keep getting 1 or 2 errors so my site isn’t working :/

    • Hey Jean, sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I’m not a developer so I won’t be able to help you in this case. What I usually do is hire someone for a small amount on Upwork to help me with technical issues.

  6. Alaa Abu Galuon on

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it’s clear.
    Your websit look cool,and I’m going to collect from it BTC.
    But I have some questions if you may?
    1. If I create new blog by WordPress and adding faucet which company will be able to give me ads, because my rank will be too low in the Alex.
    “How can I get ads from other company”

    2. For a beginner like me how much I have to have to start this project.

    Thanks in advance

      • Alaa Abu Galuon on

        Thanks I’ll chose one after I creat my website, but I have another question if you may.
        For begeinner like me How much I have to give the vister and for how long time they can collect another time .
        For example every one hour 400 satoshi.
        It’s okay or to put it randomly every hour between 200 until 400.
        Or another option mabye it’ll be better.
        Sorry about my poor english.
        Thanks in advance

        • Ofir Beigel on

          I think starting out with an average of 400 satoshis per hour is fine. Try playing with it – for example 200-800 Satoshis every hour while keeping the average at 400.
          However every faucet is different I suggest you experiment as no one will be able to give you the right answer but yourself.

  7. Aviv Yodfat on

    How do you advertise your site?
    I am planning to code a website OUTSIDE of faucetbox , how can I advertise it?

    • Ofir Beigel on

      You can contact rotators and ask to be featured on them or run an ad campaign on Coinad or MellowAds

    • Ofir Beigel on

      You can but you will have to have some custom code done for you in order to use these. I used a freelancer for this.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      If you’re using Faucetbox’s script you can only place the ads on the dedicated spaces as shown in the tutorial (video). Anywhere else would require some custom coding.

  8. Kumar Shaurya on

    Hey,
    Do I need to have web designing skills to create a faucet ?
    I’m really eager about this, getting my own faucet started up

    • Ofir Beigel on

      You don’t but it will look pretty ugly (like the basic faucetbox template). However even an ugly website is better than no website :)

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Well at the beginning you won’t have too many users I assume, so about 0.1BTC should be enough for a whole month. It really depends on the volume of traffic you’re getting.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      You should be fine. I suggest going through the tutorial first and seeing if there’s anything unclear.

  9. Hello i start my first test faucet. Work good i think :). But im not good in programing and things about it. Can you please advise how or in what way (some software ) to modify the script faucet besides setting right on the page ? For example, remove “Balance box ” from the site and therefore the script, Thank you for answer.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      There’s no program at the moment that can do changes to this, you’ll need to hire a programmer, that’s what I did.

  10. Hi Ofir,

    Thank you so much for making this guide! I’ve been wanting to make a faucet for the past year, so your post finally gave me the push I needed to make it a reality. :)

    My faucet went live a few days ago and I made an announcement thread on bitcointalk as you recommended. Thanks to your suggestion, I got on to FB’s rotator and a couple other rotators through the BT thread, and I even made a Twitter account to announce any potential special giveaways (ie: 40 minutes of 2x satoshi).

    Now the issue I’m running into is profitability. I am using SolveMedia and as of right now, I have:
    1,117 solved TYPE-INs
    $0.24 eCPM
    $0.93 Revenue
    3,924 Impressions.

    Does this seem OK? If this means that I’m to be paid out $0.93, I’m running at a loss thus far because I’ve given out ~$1.20 through the faucet in addition to ~$7/mo for bluehost.

    For ad space, I’ve put in an application to mellowads while I’m working on adding content to qualify for Adsense. This has given me an idea and I’m wondering what you think: is it possible to include 2 of the captcha services?

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Hey, great progress!
      You Solvemedia stats seems fine. You shouldn’t be making the profit off SolveMedia but rather from the ads on the site. So put up Coinad and MellowAds ads on the site and then see how much you get. Also try to get approved by Adsense although stay tuned for my next update since it has some very interesting developments.

      • Thank you very much and I appreciate your speedy response!

        Since Coinads has Alexa ranking and daily impression requirements far above what I’m at so far, it’ll take quite a bit of time before I qualify. However, I’m waiting on MellowAds’ approval so hopefully that won’t take too much time – it’s pretty awesome they give out free advertising credits in the meantime.

        I’ll go back and re-read your posts for other ideas and to see if they answer some more of my questions. Thanks again, and I’ll look for your next update, for sure!

  11. Thanks for your help i m create a new faucet and roator…
    onlineassam.tk and satoshiheaven.tk with 300+ faucets… its nice to meet you thank you again

      • Mridul Gogoi on

        Thanks but i m adding antibot everthing is fine but.. “please click on the antibots ” line is not displayed can u help me? please my site is onlineassam.tk

        • Ofir Beigel on

          Hello Mridul, as I wrote in the post, I’m not a code so I just posted this stuff that I found online. For me it worked, things may have changed or perhaps you did something wrong and now it doesn’t work. I suggest hiring a freelancer to help you out with this on Upwork or Fiverr.

  12. Hello I’ve created my faucet site using your guide my site is free1bitcoin.xyz I was trying to optimize my site I want to remove the balance like in your site and is there any good suggestions for how can I add a lightweight social Sharing buttons to my faucet site?

  13. Mohsin bashir on

    Hello bro how are you i hope ur fine i follow all ur way but after uploading faucet script.when i refresh my web url it is giving me this error so will you please help me how to solve this problem im a beginer so how to fix this error thanx bro God blessings on you always :)
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/a4721108/public_html/index.php on line 132

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Hey Moshin, thanks for stopping by :)
      I’m not a developer so I can’t give any technical support on how to implement this sorry. Perhaps you can use the hosting support to solve this?

  14. hi,

    i dont understand this part:
    “Blocking proxy servers”

    i am use the SpaceRacket template.

    Appreciate if you could drop me an email instead

  15. Thanks for your guide. I created my first faucet growfaucet.ml with google ads in there but I’m earning so little compared to what I’m giving out. I currently ranked less than 200 in faucetbox list then created a limit that will restrict the users to get more than 15000 sats per 30 mins. Can you me an advice as to how I can profit? Also I tried your anti proxy code but it seem to didn’t work since I can still get in using a proxy. Not sure if there’s something wrong because the tutorial is pretty step forward.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      If people are claiming around 15K every 30 minutes on your faucet then you’re probably getting hit by spammers. You can follow the series of post where I detail all of the steps I’ve taken in order to get profit. Regarding spammers I guess you’ll just have to get someone to set up better security measures for your site. Also try asking on the forum posts I’ve used as resources for this post (listed at the end of the post).

      • Thanks for the fast response. I went to the thread and the anti-proxy code there worked.
        One thing I noticed different from what you posted is the 2nd and 3rd line in the post below (yours doesn’t have them)
        <?php
        if(@fsockopen($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'], 80, $errstr, $errno, 1))
        die("It would apprear you're using a proxy, so please, go fuck yourself!");

        function checkProxy($ip){
        ……

        I'll observe what will happen this time around. Thanks a lot for your article. Learned a lot from it.

        Could you check my site? growfaucet.ml.
        I actually wished that the blog part is located in the main page and the faucet is somewhat in the second. I saw a faucet running that but it seems it is not possible in faucetbox template. Do you have an idea if that is possible in faucetbox?

        Thanks

        • Ofir Beigel on

          Yes it’s impossible with faucetbox. You’ll need someone to custom code it on WordPress for you like I did with Milli.
          Your faucet looks ok to begin with but I would try to “tidy” it up as much as possible so that it won’t look like there’s no design at all.
          The main issue is the top two ads that push all of the content down.

          • Thanks, Those are revenuehits and adsense thinking of testing them how will it fare in the site in terms of revenue.

  16. thx for the good tutorial and your faucet is very nice and always pays the users.
    i want to learn how you protective your faucet from spams and bots and why you dont use the anti bot links.
    i try to start my own faucet(faucetbox script) and i want your opinion for the best way to protect one faucet.
    for the moment i have only {Blocking proxy servers} becouse anti bot links i dont like,any other idea?
    thx!

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Hey Nikolas thanks for the feedback!
      I hired a freelancer that specializes in such protection and paid him to put up protective measures on the site.
      If you don’t have the money for this (since it’s not cheap) I suggest just putting up the anti bot links.

  17. Hey, would you be able to tell me how to insert the code of an ad so that it is close to the “claim reward” button? I am using faucet box and I seem to not have an option to insert an ad in the centre? Do I need a different template on it or something? Thank you.

  18. I actually have a questions you say 100-1000 satoshi every 5 minutes can I have your percentages and how many satoshis each percent? like 100 is 80 300 is 5 I am just curious what your percentages are cause I am modeling my faucet right after yours

    • These are my current odds (satoshits on the left, odds on the right):
      ‘100’=>55,’150’=>30,’200’=>8,’400’=>4,’600’=>2,’1000’=>1

      • Hey ofir I have another question I went to my solvemedia site it says I have 2400 type ins and I have no revenue though was curious why I have nothing and what I am doing wrong? What are your current odds

        • Ofir Beigel on

          I guess you didn’t accumulate enough solved puzzles yet. You don’t get paid for every one, however you can always send a support ticket to ask for some assistance through SolveMedia’s website.

        • Ofir Beigel on

          I don’t actually have an invite code, you’ll need to approach Coinad and ask for one. However I think that you’ll need to get some more traffic before doing so.

          • Ya I saw that I needed to do that but thanks! How do you get your ads in the middle of the page mine are around the faucet I cant figure out how to get them in the middle cause you said it gets better impressions and things when they are in the middle. Also I cant figure out where to put the security thing so people that are on proxy’s cant get into my site could you please explain how to do both of those things to me I am still using the original faucet in a box template

          • Ofir Beigel on

            I think for the ads you’ll need to get a developer to do that for you. It’s not available in the original FaucetBox template. If you know basic HTML you should be able to do this yourself. For the proxy stuff please take a look at the original post here, there’s a detailed explanation.

  19. Ya I got it sorry I said thanks again cause your posts were not showing up but yes i figured it out thank you though! So take another look at the website and let me know how its coming? I actually got accepted by google adsense and have about 23 a-ads on my website I am gonna start promoting it tomorrow via facebook and see where I can get with that gonna be interesting! Any more advice?

    • Glad to hear you were accepted. My only advice now is to make the site look a bit less “spammy” as you’ve got too many ads on it in my opinion.

    • Well take a look at Milli. I just added a bunch of articles about Bitcoin, it doesn’t have to be 100% related. Just educate people about what Bitcoin is, what a faucet is etc.

      • Ya I am slowly working on it lol and i actually got approved on adsense…since I am using adsense I cant use traffic from traffic exchanges or ptcs right? I am trying to figure out html codes I am trying to get a hyperlink and when I use the href thing when I click the letters thats supposed to take me to a site it takes me to mygreatfaucet.com/blockchain.info not just blockchain.info do you know why or what I am doing wrong? Thank you so much for this help has been absolutely amazing

        • You’re right you can’t use those methods. Regarding the link I took a look at your site abd it seems to be working so I’m guessing you don’t need help with that anymore.

  20. hey i am stuck at the directory listing spot on filezilla I need some help not sure whats going on. I have emailed you ofir about it. I have followed the directions greatly when I put the info in it doesnt bring up a list of directories for me it keeps saying disconnected after 20 seconds of inactivity

      • Hey sorry have another question in each of those boxes where you put the ads you can only put 1 ad in each box right? Also you can only have 3 google adsense ads on a page right? Check out my website and give me some feedback please? mygreatfaucet.com

        • First of all great work for getting your first faucet up and running!
          You are correct about having a maximum of 3 Adsense ads on each page. However in each box you can put as much ads as you’d like as long as you don’t go over a maximum amount of 3 per page (you can put all 3 ads in one box for example).
          Your faucet works great at the moment but it’s pretty basic. I’d add some content to the site so that you will get approved faster for Google Adsense. Right now you only have one page without any content, so you probably won’t get approved that fast if at all. In the meantime you can check out other ad networks such as a-ads and MellowAds.
          Good luck!

  21. bro really good tutorial it was deep step by step newbie friendly
    and i think iam one of the first people who created a site following your tutorial
    https://csgoshuffie.com/
    this is the site i created , what you think about it ?
    i didnt add BTC to it yet , but my google ads not showing for some reason
    can you help me with that ?

    • I think the site is OK – I would lose the pop up. You won’t be accepted to Adsense with it IMO. Also, you don’t have any content on the site other than the faucet. Try adding a few pages of content. Getting approved for Adsense can take 3-5 days and also the ads take a few days until they start showing up – that’s why you aren’t seeing them yet.

      • yea thanks man , and i figured out that i cant use my google ads account cuz its linked with youtube so i just moved on to use the a-ads (recommended by u) and revunehits (adsense alternative) every thing is going good , thanks again man

          • just filled my faucet with 262275 satoshi , but iam not sure if i gonna get that back from ads XD , thats why i invested with little amount , hope everything goes well .

          • hmm so the first couple days were really good , i gave 4k and got back 10k from a-ads, but now i’ve gaven almost 23k and i only have 11k from a-ads :(
            so what you think i can do to fix this ?
            is there any btc ads i can place that doesnt ask for alexa ranking ( i was 19mil now iam 9mil so iam getting there )
            your advises helps :)
            thanks very much

          • I haven’t dealt with other ad networks other than Coinad and Google Adsense at the moment so I can’t really say. I’ll keep you updated if I start to get into those. In the meantime, have you tried MellowAds?

          • Hey iam back again :) , i applied to google adsense after i did some improvements on my site ,they said i have to put the ad code on my site , i made an ad , copied the code , i went to the admin page , templates , and pasted it in the bottom box , thats it right ? cuz every time i go to google adsense , i see this on top of the page
            “In order to complete your request to show ads on your own website, you need to implement the ad code on csgoshuffie.com. Your upgrade request can only be reviewed once your ad code has impressions on that domain.”
            thanks very much for all the help

    • Looks good, didn’t know you can do that, thanks for the tip!
      I see you have 4 Google ads on your site. Google only allows a maximum of 3 so I would remove one in order to not get banned.

  22. Interesting. I hadn’t thought to use a faucet to bring traffic to my website before now. Thanks for the idea!

  23. Hello, I just want to say thank you so much for writing this guide. It inspired me to create my very first faucet list/ blog/ website called trustedbtcfaucets.net. For the past couple weeks I have immersed myself into word press and wrote down my expirences with Bitcoin. Your faucet was one of the first I came across and since then I have gone through over 1000 faucets, all the faucets on faucetbox and other various faucet lists. I still believe yours to be one of the best and I even have it featured as one of the faucets on my site :)
    So I would just like to say I am very greatful and I would like to hear more about your journey of running your faucet!

    • Glad you liked the post and I appreciate you featuring Milli. I will soon write another update on how it’s going…it’s going to be a good one :)

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