||1. First thing, let's install a wallet.
- Click this link to install the original bitcoin wallet from bitcoin.org. At the official Bitcoin.org
website just click the "Windows(exe)" link in the upper right Download section. This will start the download from
SourceForge.net. You'll need to choose "Run" to start the install process.
- You'll need to click on all the usual security prompts and click next thru all the install screens. The
install is pretty basic just like any windows program.
- When it runs the first time it has to download a 2 gigabyte file. You'll see a progress bar at the
bottom saying "Synchronizing with network". This is normal and will take several hours to complete the first time
it is run.
- Even though this is busy, we can still go out in search for our first bitcent.
- Click this link to open the BitVisitor website. This site pays you mBTC for browsing their advertised
websites. I found it to be safe and payouts fairly quick. Also, it gives you a chance to look at other bitcoin
websites that you might want to visit.
- The first screen is simple and straightforward. The only info the site needs from you is where to send
the bitcoins it's going to give you. That is the Payment Address.
- Open up your Bitcoin Wallet that we installed in step 1. Click on "Receive coins" at the top of that
program. You'll see the first address that your wallet created for you. In this window you can add as many
receiving addresses as you want, but for now let's just right-click on the one address and choose "Copy address"
from the popup menu.
- Back on the BitVisitor website, right-click on the Payment Address box and choose "Paste" from the popup
menu. You should now see your receiving address from your wallet in the box.
- Click the "Start Earning" button. Enter the captcha code and then click Next.
- You'll be presented with whatever page is the top ad at the moment and have a timer at the top counting
down for 5 minutes. You can read this page, get a cup of coffee, or play with your cat, and when the 5 minutes
are up click on the Next button in the top right of the window. The Next button is what pays you.
- You should see a balloon popup showing you received your first fraction of a bitcoin. Depending on the
speed of the network it might take a few minutes to actually receive your payment. It won't be much, but you have
to start somewhere. If your wallet is still "Synchronizing" you won't actually see this balloon popup till it's
- Congratulations! You are now a bitcoin beginner.
- As you saw with BitVisitor.com there are sites willing to pay you for viewing advertisments. Remember,
as with all things internet; if you give out your email address you invite spam and if you click download you
risk spyware. The next sites I have found to be safe, but remember to use common sense when clicking.
- CoinAd.com: This site gives a fraction of a
bitcoin just for visiting. It's paid for by the ads you see. Watch the countdown and then paste your address from
- Free Bitcoins: This site has been giving away
free mBTC since the beginning of time. They do require you to have a google account, but otherwise it is simple
- CoinTube.tv: They pay you to watch some youtube videos.
They don't always pay, but it's safe and entertaining for a few minutes.
- FreeDigitalMoney.com: This site can
make you a lot of bitcoins, but beware of the spyware and spam trap. After clicking thru past giving your bitcoin
address, click on the "radium one" tab. Then look for the links that pay less than 9. They are usually links to
HealthGuru.com or videos. Any of the other larger payouts usually want an email address or to install some
crapware that you don't want on your computer.
- You can hit these sites daily and over time, they'll add up. I've managed to accumulate several full
bitcoins from these few sites. There are others out there and I'll add them to the tutorial as I find them. You
can also go to the BitcoinTalk Forums and join the discussion
about free bitcoin sites.
- Congratulations! You are now a novice bitcoiner.
||4. Spending some bitcoins?
- If you've followed along so far, you should have close to .01 btc (or more) in your wallet. What should
we do with it? Well, the first thing is to not just forget that you have it and let it be lost forever. If you
don't want to have anything else to do with Bitcoins, at least send them to a friend or send them to me. My
bitcoin address is at the bottom of the page.
- Let's gamble a little. This is not to endorse gambling, but this will show you how simple it is to send
bitcoins to friends, merchants, anyone. satoshiDICE.com
and btcdice.com have a very simple method of betting. You send
some bitcoins to an address. They send more or less back, depending on a random number. Find the "Send coins" tab
in your wallet. Paste the address you want to send bitcoins to in the "Pay To:" field. For our test, use:
This is sotoshidice's 50/50 betting address. You can put "sotoshidice 50/50" in the "Label:" of your wallet if
you wish. In the amount, I recommend you put .01 (the minimum bet) for your first attempt. Click the Send
button. Your wallet may ask you if you want to pay a transaction fee. This is what pays to keep the bitcoin
network up and running. It's usually .0005 of a bitcoin. A few seconds after the Sent Transaction balloon goes
away you should get an Incomming Transaction balloon. It will either be for more than .01 (a winning bet) or
substansially less than .01 (a losing bet). You can go to their websites for other betting addresses if you are
- To spend more, I recommend you visit the BitcoinTalk
Forums and check out the "Marketplace" topic. They have lists of sites that sell all kinds of things as well as
individuals that have things to sell themselves.
- Congratulations! You are now an expert bitcoiner.