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21 Bitcoin Currency Resources

Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. Unlike other virtual currencies—like Facebook credits, for instance—it is not run by a company or organization, nor pegged to another currency.

Bitcoins are digital coins you can send through the Internet, without using a bank or clearing house. They are stored in your digital wallet, which is a free open-source program. With Bitcoin, all new transactions are automatically broadcast across the entire network and analyzed in portions, called blocks.

Bitcoins are generated or “mined” by any computer running a free application, called a Bitcoin miner. Miners perform the forced-work computations necessary to validate blocks.

Here is a “What is Bitcoin?” video by weusecoins.com to explain the peer-to-peer currency.

There are real-world reasons why you should consider using this virtual currency. Bitcoin may be a great way for your small business to get noticed. It doesn’t cost anything to accept the currency. There are no chargebacks or fees. And you’ll get additional business from a blossoming Bitcoin economy.

Here is a list of resources to get started using Bitcoin on your ecommerce site.

Getting Started

Bitcoin wiki. Go to the Bitcoin wiki for all your Bitcoin information needs. Access links to forums, exchanges, marketing resources, and more.

Bitcoin wiki.

Bitcoin wiki.

Bitcoin.org. Download the official Bitcoin client to create your Bitcoin wallet.

flexcoin. If you don’t want to download the wallet software, you can use flexcoin, an online Bitcoin bank.

Instawallet. Instawallet is an online wallet for small amounts of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Payflow. This site provides an API to automate Bitcoin processing and to track order payments.

Bitcoin Payflow.

Bitcoin Payflow.

BitcoinPool. Join this Bitcoin mining pool to work with your fellow miners and share in the Bitcoin bounty.

Bitcoin Shopping Cart Interfaces. This is a list of plugins to add Bitcoin to your shopping cart. It includes WordPress, Magento, Zen Cart, PrestaShop, and more.

We Use Coins. This site provides an introduction to Bitcoin, as well as resources to get started.

We Use Coins.

We Use Coins.

Marketplace

Bitcoin Merchant Howto. This page is intended as a guide to help merchants learn how to accept Bitcoins for payment.

How to accept Bitcoin, for small businesses. This guide is intended for small business owners who want to accept Bitcoin payments for goods and services.

Search Bitcoin. This is a database of sites in the Bitcoin community. The feed is displayed on other popular Bitcoin websites, such as weusecoins.com. Submit your website to add it to the feed.

Search Bitcoin.

Search Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Trade. This is a list of sites that currently accept Bitcoin. Register your business to add it to the list.

Bitcoin Marketplace Forum. This forum on Bitcoin.org is a place to list goods and services.

For Bitcoin. This site lists jobs to earn Bitcoin. Locate services and help strengthen the Bitcoin economy.

For Bitcoin.

For Bitcoin.

Currency Exchanges

Bitcoin Currency Exchanges. This site lists person-to-person and fixed-rate currency exchanges, as well as other methods to exchange Bitcoins.

Preev. This page displays a simple Bitcoin currency converter.

Bitcoin Charts. This site tracks prices and trades on Bitcoin exchanges, much like a stock market.

Bitcoin Charts.

Bitcoin Charts.

Mt. Gox. This site is for larger purchases or sales of Bitcoin. Also try Bitcoin Market and TradeHill.

#bitcoin-otc. This site is an over-the-counter marketplace for trading with Bitcoin.

#bitcoin-otc.

#bitcoin-otc.

Sig Ueland

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  1. jostmey August 17, 2011 Reply

    I really appreciate this article. Bitcoins are a promising concept, but the currency is still difficult for non-technical people to use, just as email was once intimidating to use.

    Articles like these will help people understand what bitcoins are all about.

  2. osmosis September 18, 2011 Reply

    Good list. Checkout the http://stuffexists.com/ Awesome list.

  3. John D. November 7, 2013 Reply

    Great article. Might want to check out http://bitcoinreviewer.com/ since it’s 2013, and there are many new Bitcoin sites.

  4. Johnny AltCoin November 27, 2013 Reply

    The best way to get Bitcoins is to mine them! I’m getting my Bitcoin Mining Hardware
    from CoinTerra at the end of the year. At the current Bitcoin prices these units are going to make well over a $1000 a day.

    Strike while the iron’s hot!

    Johnny AltCoin

  5. Chris E. November 6, 2014 Reply

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