Top 3 Ways To Earn Smart Passive Income From Cryptocurrencies

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There are innumerable ways to make real money online, one of them being cryptocurrencies.

And if you are one of those who has overlooked this avenue until now, it is time you stop ignoring it because you can easily earn extra passive income from cryptocurrencies if follow the right path.

Well, the obvious question is, what is the right path? Not getting caught in scams in the crypto space is the right way, and so is finding the right avenues.

Therefore, in this post, I will walk you through some of the popular and interesting ways that can help you make money.

I would recommend these posts by Coinsutra on how not to get scammed.

One obvious way to earn money through crypto is by holding (HODLing) good coins. But what if you hold your coins in an even smarter way to earn more money.

Yes, it is possible. But what are those smart ways to hold cryptocurrencies for the extra benefit, you may ask.

They are:

  • Staking
  • Running Masternode
  • Holding Dividend Paying Cryptos

We are not going talk about each of them in detail but for sure I will give you a gist of each of them and tell you which cryptocurrencies under each category is worth looking at.

Best ways to earn passive income from Cryptocurrencies:

1. Holding Dividend Paying Cryptos

Holding Dividend Paying Cryptos

This is another smart way to HODL cryptocurrencies.

It is extremely simple. You don’t need to do much to receive the extra income. You just need to find out good cryptocurrencies that pay dividends regularly and keep it to yourself.

There are many such currencies that give out dividends but not all are worth buying and holding.

However, there are some that are worth every penny:

  • NEXO: Nexo is a popular service that pays dividends for Nexo owners.
  • KuCoin Shares (KCS): By holding this KuCoin shares, you receive a daily bonus/dividend called KuCoin Bonus. The bonus you receive is 50% of the trading fees.

Also read: 6 Best Exchange Coins & Tokens in the Crypto world (2020)

2. Staking


Staking cryptocurrencies is the easiest way to make extra passive income through cryptocurrencies that you already hold.

But for this, your cryptocurrencies need to follow some form of proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. Please read: What is Proof-Of-Work & Proof-Of-Stake?

Here, you need to keep your proof-of-stake coins in an open-wallet for the maximum time to generate new similar coins.

For example, Tezos (XTZ) is a POS cryptocurrency. If you stake, let us say 10 NEBL coins, over time in a year you will have 11-12 XTZ coins by just holding and staking them. No extra effort. Isn’t it wonderful?

Binance is a platform which let you buy these coins, and stake them at the same time.

But in some POS currencies such as NEO, you need not even keep your coins in an open wallet 24 x 7!

Some of the notable cryptocurrencies to hold and stake are:

Also, read: 7 Profitable Proof Of Stake (POS) Cryptocurrencies

3. Running Masternode

Running Masternode

Running masternodes of POS or POW cryptocurrencies is another lucrative way of earning extra income from cryptocurrencies while holding them.

For the uninitiated, “Masternode is simply a cryptocurrency full node or computer wallet that keeps the full copy of the blockchain in real-time and is always up & running to perform certain tasks in order to get extra rewards”.

Some of these tasks are:

  • Doing instant transactions
  • Increasing privacy of transactions
  • Participating in governance and voting
  • Enable budgeting and treasury system in cryptos

But for every currency, there are certain eligibility limits of minimum coin holdings to run a masternode, plus the hardware required to run different nodes can also vary slightly.

For example:

  • One needs a minimum amount of coins of that particular crypto. (For DASH MN you need 1000 DASH units and for PIVX MN you need 10,000 PIVX units). The minimum number varies from cryptocurrency to cryptocurrency.
  • One needs a VPS or server to host that wallet 24×7
  • One needs a dedicated IP address for that
  • One needs some storage space to save the whole blockchain.

Some resources to set-up your own masternodes are:

Also read: What Is A Masternode And How Is It Useful For Cryptocoin Investors


Holding your cryptocurrencies and simultaneously staking, running a masternode, or keeping dividend-paying crypto in your portfolio has dual benefits.

This way you earn in two ways – one, from the price appreciation of the underlying asset, and second, from the reward staking reward, masternode reward, or dividend rewards for holding that asset.

This accelerates the rate at which one earns money through crypto. And not to say, of course, I understand the limitations such as minimum coin holdings and hardware requirements etc., but if you acquire some extra coins to satisfy the eligibility, it is totally worth it.

Write back to us: What coins are you currently holding, and why?

Do you know of any other good coins that one can hold as well as stake, run masternode or receive dividends for? Let us know in the comment section below.

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5 thoughts on “Top 3 Ways To Earn Smart Passive Income From Cryptocurrencies”

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    Ashley Johnson

    I just found this article and was surprised to not see ARK listed in the section on proof-of-stake rewards. ARK is a delegated proof-of-stake model, and thus does not require keeping one’s wallet open to earn the reward. Anyone holding ARK in the ARK wallet can vote for a delegate at a cost of 1 ARK. Market forces being what they are, all the serious delegates share the rewards with those voting for them. Right now, the rewards associated to this are about 10% annually, though the exact amount and payment frequency varies with your delegate. If you’d like to know more about this, I suggest inquiring of the ARK delegate “thefoundry” on ARK slack, since thefoundry is particularly focused on outreach.

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