How do I get started with Bitcoin?

  1. Install a wallet: Read instructions here.
  2. Register with an online-exchange like Kraken.com or Bitstamp.net.
  3. Buy Bitcoins on the online-exchange.
  4. Once the amount of money you hold on the online-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 online-exchange, you can also search for a Bitcoin ATM near you and buy in cash. Online-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 Bitstamp.net or Kraken.com, but generally don't require any lengthy registration processes. To search for Bitcoin ATM's, you can use Coin ATM Radar.com.


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