WHAT IS BRAVE BROWSER.
Brave was born in early 2016 with a focus on blocking ads and trackers. Every time a website is visited, there are trackers and ads that gather information such as browsing habits, which in turn display ads relevant to your search based on an algorithm. Ads are how Google and other social media sites make money and advertisers pay Google and social networks alike, every time a user clicks on an advertisement.
HOW IS BRAVE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER BROWSERS LIKE CHROME
Once you download and install the Brave browser, you’ll notice that sites you normally visit no longer are displaying ads. From the annoying popups to banner ads, they are no longer in sight and pages load quicker. So how can this business model sustain itself?
With Brave browser, it is now up to the users whether they want to watch ads or not. Advertisers no longer buy ad space in the browser, instead, they pay the visitors directly if they do end up watching ads. Brave Software Inc pays users 70% of the ad revenue and pays themselves the remaining 30%.
- • Total Ad Revenue = Brave (30%) + Users (70%)
Its easy to think of Brave as the social media for web browsers.
BRAVE AND BAT CRYPTOCURRENCY
By default, the Brave browser comes with a built-in wallet. It is a wallet not for cash but for BAT (Basic Attention Token). BAT was created by the same founder of the Brave browser, Brendan Eich, and had its ICO (Initial Coin Offering) in late May of 2017. It is the currency used within the Brave ecosystem and is also how users who view ads get paid.
Once users get the 70% ad revenue in their BAT wallet, it is up to the users to decide which content publisher they want to reward, or they can just turn off the reward system entirely. In order for the content publisher or blogger to get rewarded, they must verify their website ownership with Brave.
If you follow cryptocurrency, you probably noticed that in recent months, the crypto market is trying to make a small push. Bitcoin being the yard-stick for which the crypto market is measured by, has risen to the 5500 range in mid-April 2019 from the 3700 range in early March 2019. That’s a whopping 50% increase in a relatively volatile crypto market but still pales in comparison to the 300+ percent movement in BAT.
The purpose of this price analysis is not for market speculation but rather to explain the buying pressure behind BAT. In order for advertisers to pay Brave browser’s users for watching ads, they need to first accumulate BAT from crytocurrency exchanges.
But before you go and start investing any money into BAT, always do your own research; I am not a financial advisor nor do I claim to be one. This is purely my own speculation, not advice.
The cryto market is very volatile asset class to invest in, but with Brave, anyone can earn the BAT token simply by opting-in to view ads and without investing a dime. With that being said, if you still want to speculate and invest in BAT, they are sold in crypto exchanges such as Binance.
HOW TO ENABLE BRAVE REWARDS
If you haven’t downloaded the Brave browser yet, you’ll have to first download it to start earning ad revenue. WebsiteEdu.com is already a registered Creator with Brave. Once downloaded, open the browser and navigate to the top right area with the triangle logo. Click “Reward Settings” and toggle the “Brave Rewards” switch. Toggle the “Ads” switch to turn on ads.
If you want to auto-contribute your earnings to content publishers, toggle the “on/off” switch to “on” and based on your browsing history, you’ll be presented with a list of publishers site you visit often. From this list, you can distribute your earnings to whoever you want to contribute to.
The auto-contribute can also be turned off if you want don’t want to make any contributions to content creators and simply want keep your earnings in your wallet. Brave Inc. is also currently working on a method to withdraw the funds from your wallet, although not available at the time of this writing.
IS BRAVE THE NEW CHROME REPLACEMENT
Brave is built on the Chromium platform, which is the same open-source platform Google Chrome is built on. Because they share the same foundation, Google Chrome’s extension will also work with Brave and they can be downloaded directly from the Chrome Web Store.
By default, Brave comes pre-installed with Ad and Tracker Blocker. The browser homepage will display stats such as Trackers Blocked, Ads Blocked, HTTS Upgrades, and Estimated Time Saved from ads being blocked.
- • The HTTPS Upgrade is a nice feature that’ll make the browser automatically visit the secured version of websites instead of unsecured ones. Notice the little padlock next to any URL.
As mentioned before, Brave loads webpages faster because websites don’t have to wait for ads to load which is a time saving factor in itself. One huge benefit nobody seems to be talking about is, when watching YouTube videos with Brave, by default you no longer have to sit through the ads; no extensions needed!
Only time will tell how far Brave will go or if it can dethrone Chrome, but they seem to be heading in the right direction. Finally a browser that pays you back!
START BLOGGING AND GET PAID
If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, now is as good of a time as any. Produce content as a blogger and earn BAT for publishing it. As Brave gets bigger and more widely known, more internet users will adopt the Brave browser. When that happens, there will be a lot of contributors wanting to tip content creators and bloggers for producing helpful material.
It is a known fact that older domains and websites rank better with search engines so if you seriously want to earn passive income by blogging, the sooner you register a domain name, the better it is for search engine ranking.
If you need a step by step tutorial on how to create a website or blog, you may find this guide helpful: How to make a website.
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