How do I get started with Bitcoin?

  1. Install a wallet: Read instructions here.
  2. Register with an exchange like or
  3. Buy Bitcoins on the exchange.
  4. Once the amount of money you hold on the exchange justifies it, send your bitcoins to your wallet
  5. Hold for 18+ months
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 as often as you're comfortable with

Alternativley to registering with an exchange, you can also search for a Bitcoin ATM near you and buy in cash. Exchanges are cheaper, but more complicated to use. Bitcoin ATM's usually have a price of 5-10% over the price you would get at or, but generally don't require any lengthy registration processes. To search for Bitcoin ATM's, you can use

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