New in the News: Brave Browser Ad Rewards Have Gone Live! (or how to earn cryptocurrency by viewing ads)

If you don’t use the Brave browser, I want to say that I endorse it greatly- it blocks ads and trackers up the wazoo, has Chrome extensions integrated into it (which negates any need to use Chrome at all,) and it has Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) integrated into the browser to tip content creators with, and to earn as a content creator.  I’ve been using BAT to tip several content creators, primarily on YouTube, but also on websites that have registered with Uphold, who manages the wallets (the Tinycryptoblog YouTube channel is a Brave Verified Publisher.)

(As a side note, Brave has been issuing token grants to people using the browser as a means of introducing people to the BAT and rewards.

I’ve got screen shots of the ads and tipping process via the browser below.

Basic Attention Token News (via Cointelegraph)

tcb brave

So many unwanted ads and trackers blocked!

bat rewards page

Here is a screen shot of the rewards page of my browser with the ads activated


brave ad 2

The ads quietly appear in the lower right corner of the screen.


Here is a screenshot demonstration of tipping a verified content producer (I tipped myself using a token received via a token grant from Brave.)

tcb yt brave

For Brave Verified Publishers, this is what you’ll see when you want to tip them

tcb brave tip

This is the screen where you can tip verified publishers

tcb brave tip grant

Tip successful!


Bonus Headline Article

Brave Launches Ad And Rewards Platform, Pitting The Browser Against Ad Tech

The new Brave ads are more like browser notifications than typical display inventory. Users opting into Brave Rewards will see 60-70 character messages during a browser session, and receive 70% of the revenue from the ad, with the other 30% going to Brave.Brave’s advertisers and users spend or receive money in Basic Attention Tokens (BATs), a cryptocurrency created by Brave. BATs can’t be refunded for money, but with the launch of the Rewards program, Brave is bringing on partners that could turn the tokens into credit or other purchases.For instance, Brave is working with the rewards program TAP Network, which verifies ad engagements or shopping at certain merchants. Users accrue points to redeem with retailers or travel and hospitality chains within the TAP Network, just one avenue for BATs to return actual value for Brave browser users. TAP Network CEO Lin Dai added the network will also bring advertisers to the new browser ad product.TAP Network has a similar core audience as Brave, skewing male, young and tech-savvy, who actively choose to block most data-driven online advertising, Dai said. This means many advertisers in categories like gaming, entertainment and fast-food restaurant chains need alternatives to reach those consumers online. WarnerMedia and Twitch, two of TAP Networks’ enterprise partners, have already piloted Brave ad campaigns, he said, and others are testing campaigns now.

The Brave ads are meant to be non-disruptive, so they won’t cover content and unlike search campaigns or other web ads they aren’t activated by search queries or page loads.

But they are targeted and data-driven, since Brave knows a lot about the user, Eich said, like which shopping tabs remain open without a transaction, or if someone has searched and researched a travel destination. He said those browser signals might prompt a notification ad the next day.

Companies will be able to audit campaigns and “compare notes” with Brave, Eich said, but third-party tracking and ad verification technology can’t be embedded in the browser.

Publishers and other browsers rely on advertising technology for data-driven ads, Eich said. A part of Brave’s pitch is to show that ads can be targeted and effective without the current ad serving and third-party tracking ecosystem, which is the entry point for fraud and malware, he said, not the browser itself.

Brave has tested publisher-based ads, where the browser assigns ads to the page instead of the typical publisher-ad server arrangement, and in those tests the publisher takes 70% of revenue and Brave and the user split the remainder. Brave is also trying to sign up media companies by letting users tip or allocate part of the revenue from their rewarded web viewing to specific publishers or content creators.

Brave’s verified publisher list skews toward ad-free or philosophical outlets, like wikiHow and the crypto media company Coindesk. News companies including Vice and The Guardian are also partners.

“Publishers and browsers are beholden to an ad tech model based on 90’s-era web technology,” Eich said. “We want show them and users especially that there is another model for how this can work.”


Bonus: CryptoStache with a short overview of the ad features

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Changelly is a good option for exchanging coins without having to use an exchange and the fees are reasonable.  More Info Here

Mining Cryptocurrencies on your PC

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I also like Coinami for both the PC and smartphone.  More info Here

I manage this blog because I love being involved in the space and sharing what I’ve learned. If you’d like to say “thanks” in return, you can do so over at the TIP JAR

I also happily accept Smartcash tips


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