In this article I would like to talk about how I approached the 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕝𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕔𝕣𝕪𝕡𝕥𝕠 by earning around $ 6,000 in ░B░I░T░C░O░I░N░ ̶̶w̶̶i̶̶t̶̶h̶̶o̶̶u̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶ ̶̶i̶̶n̶̶v̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶̶, without spending anything.
I discovered crypto thanks to Darknet (TOR). In the now distant 2012 I surfed on TOR browser discovering some black markets (where everything was sold, drugs in the first place).
On all Silkroad I.0 and Atlantis Market. Obviously as a simple curiosity. On Atlantis, in addition to BTC, LTC were also accepted. Silkroad (the largest market of the time) instead only accepted BTC.
Why were crypto chosen to conclude the transactions? Because at the time people believed that BTC was 100% anonymous (we have known for a few years that this is not the case and transactions are public on the blockchain!).
Silkroad I.0 came to a bad end ... founder Ross Ulbricht (nickname: Dread Pirate Roberts) was arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
Atlantis disappeared into thin air shortly thereafter.
At the same time, however, there were already other shops: Black Market Reloaded, Agorà, Andromeda, Evolution (which cheated sellers and buyers for millions of dollars by making an exit scam. Evolution admins are still sought after all over the world), Alphabay.
In addition to Black Market Reloaded, always out of curiosity, I was enrolled in Evolution, Babylon, IDC, IDW, Alphabay.
In particular, it was on Babylon (forum / market) that I conducted some transactions (nothing illegal!) by selling some guides concerning the world of betting (some methods that showed how to always play on the "X" draw and doubling the bets every time you lost... in the long run it led to a profit).
Thanks to that I earned 0.3 BTC (around $ 60/70 at the time!). I never used those BTCs even when BTC was over $ 1000 (I found myself with around $ 400).
Babylon was closed and the admin was arrested (perhaps in 2015), luckily I had already transferred my BTC to Electrum for a few months (I will never stop thanking the admin who allowed me to recover the pin for the withdrawal. In theory the pin was secret and was chosen when registering, I chose one at random and I didn't remember it anymore. There was no way to recover it because in black markets fake mails are used! The admin could have told me that he didn't knew and steal my BTC, it didn't actually happen).
I stopped for a while on TOR and in the meantime my BTC grew in value. On the clear web I approached the world of faucets ... but I immediately realized that they were a waste of time (unless you had hundreds of ref). However, I have always liked a faucet: Freebitco.in
Also because shortly after they added the betting.
After a while I went back to TOR and in some forums I frequented I started spamming with my referral link Freebitco.in.
Obviously I was convincing and I explained to them that by enlisting other ref it was possible to get good earnings.
I also used Facebook.
To date I find myself with over 1370 ref (and many are still active today!).
I did some shopping thanks to the Bitcoins I earned and a small part of it I also sold on LocalBitcoin.
In any case in December 2017 (after halving 2016) those famous $ 70 of 2014 became about $ 6000. In that period I spent thousands of dollars in BTC and today I still find myself with about 0.27 BTC (as FreeBitco.in said it helps me a lot in this sense).
Of course I also own with Bitcoin Cash and SV because of the hard fork. In recent times I have also approached other altcoins hoping that what happened to me with BTC could happen (perhaps in a minor tone). The idea, however, will always be to not spend money... and produce crypto out of nowhere :)