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This Week in Crypto: BitPay Supports XRP, German Bank Eyes $90,000 Bitcoin, Libra In Turmoil

This Week in Crypto: BitPay Supports XRP, German Bank Eyes $90,000 Bitcoin, Libra In Turmoil
                                  

This Week in Crypto: BitPay Supports XRP, German Bank Eyes $90,000 Bitcoin, Libra In Turmoil

This Week In Crypto is a weekly segment from the Live Coin Watch News team, providing readers with a fun, succinct, and pertinent summary of the most important Bitcoin-related events in the past seven days.

This Week in Crypto:

  • Crypto Crisis: PayPal Leaves Libra Association: Libra, the crypto project founded by Facebook, has just suffered a heavy blow according to a number of sources. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the fintech giant, PayPal, said that the company has decided to “forgo further participation” in the project. Despite this, they added that PayPal continues to support Libra’s mission to democratize finance, and will thus keep its options open with Facebook in the future. This announcement comes shortly after sources to the Financial Times said that PayPal representatives did not make an appearance at a Libra-focused event in Washington.
  • Mastercard, Visa, Stripe Also Skeptical of Libra: In similar news, sources told Bloomberg that Visa, Mastercard, and Stripe are currently hesitant to sign the Libra Association’s inaugural charter in fear of angering regulators, most of which have expressed heavy reservations about crypto, the people said. Bloomberg’s sources added that the four payment giants’ executives believe that Facebook “oversold the extent to which regulators were comfortable with the project” and are fearful about the social media giant’s historical handling of data privacy.
  • Apple CEO Not Excited About Crypto Trend: In an interview with French publication Les Echos, Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, quipped that crypto assets are not something that Apple is pursuing at the moment. Cook argued that currency is something that should “stay in the hands of states.” The technology executive went on to say that he isn’t comfortable with “the idea of a private group setting up a competing currency”, seemingly referencing Facebook’s Libra.  Cook’s assertion that Apple will not have its own crypto asset comes after an Apple executive told CNN earlier this year that the technology behemoth is “watching cryptocurrency”, as they believe it has “interesting long-term potential”.
  • BitPay to Add XRP Support: Announced in a press release published on Wednesday morning, Atlanta-based crypto payments giant BitPay has partnered with Ripple’s developer initiative, Xpring, to enable XRP payments through “BitPay’s merchant processing and cross-border payments platform safely, securely, and compliantly.” This payment method will be activated by the end of the year. Speaking on the matter of the recent move, BitPay’s Sean Rolland remarked that XRP payments are important as they are “fast, cost-effective and scalable”. Ethan Beard, the Senior Vice President of Xpring, also expressed his excitement, quipping that this partnership with XRP will be “key in advancing the proliferation and adoption of XRP as a medium of exchange to help solve real-world problems.”
  • ConsenSys Acquires Ethereum Infrastructure Provider Infura: Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has just fully acquired Infura, an infrastructure provider that is believed to handle a large portion of the code requests that are on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Ethereum “DeFi” DApp Bags $2.4 Million in Funding From Top Crypto VCs: Announced in a blog published at the turn of the month, InstaDApp, an Ethereum DeFi portal that aggregates major protocols “using a smart wallet layer and bridge contracts”, has bagged some $2.4 million in funding from investors like Coinbase Ventures, Pantera Capital, Robot Ventures, and IDEO Colab, prominent Silicon Valley investor Naval Ravikant, former Coinbase executive Balaji Srinivasan, “amongst many others”. Coupled with the funding, InstaDApp brings on Edward Moncada, CEO of Blockfolio and “Ming Ng, who collaborates closely with prominent projects including Handshake, Kyber, and Blockfolio,” to its advisory board.
  • German Bank Expects Bitcoin Price Appreciation: According to a recent report from Munich-based financial institution Bayerische Landesbank, Bitcoin’s block reward reduction in 2020 will give the cryptocurrency a  fair valuation of $90,000 per coin, implying that “the forthcoming halving effect has hardly been priced into the current Bitcoin price of approximately USD 8,000.”
  • Ripple Makes Large Acquisition: Last week, fintech upstart Ripple revealed that it had acquired Algrim, a cryptocurrency trading firm based in the Nordic country. This move marks the company’s latest expansion into Europe. According to the announcement, this new team, which formerly focused on developing a crypto trading platform, will be focused on leveraging their skills to develop Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity product, which uses the XRP token as a means to settle and process cross-border payments.
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Article Produced By
Nick Chong

Nick has been enamored with cryptocurrencies since finding out about them in 2013. He now reports crypto- and blockchain-related news for a number of leading outlets.

https://news.livecoinwatch.com/week-crypto-bitpay-xrp-german-bank-90000-bitcoin-libra/

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This Week in Crypto: Bitcoin Narrative Strengthens Amid PayPal Debacle, Ethereum Istanbul Nears, Bakkt Swells

This Week in Crypto: Bitcoin Narrative Strengthens Amid PayPal Debacle, Ethereum Istanbul Nears, Bakkt Swells

                                

This Week In Crypto is a weekly segment from the Live Coin Watch News team, providing readers with a fun, succinct, and pertinent summary of the most important Bitcoin-related events in the past seven days.

This Week in Crypto:

  • RBC May Launch Crypto Asset Exchange: Reported by The Logic, a Canadian innovation-centric news outlet, Royal Bank of Canada — the country’s largest bank with $660 billion in assets under management — is exploring the creation of a cryptocurrency trading platform for investments in an array of digital assets, purportedly including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Citing four Canadian and American patents that can be found by the public, the outlet reported that the institution is “exploring the creation of a cryptocurrency trading platform for investments as well as in-store and online purchases.” Serving over 16 million customers, RBC’s platform could be a boon for the crypto industry at large. What’s interesting is that this comes after
  • RBC announced last year that:
  • “Effective immediately, RBC will no longer be allowing the use of RBC credit cards for transactions involving cryptocurrency. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.”

  • Chinese Government-Run Xinhua Releases Bitcoin Article: Earlier this week, Xinhua, China’s purportedly most-read news outlet, released an entire article on Bitcoin. The article, whose title roughly translates to “Bitcoin: The First Successful Application of Blockchain Technology,” was seen by many on Twitter as a ground-breaking development. Sure, it did raise awareness of the cryptocurrency, but it wasn’t as bullish as many painted it on Twitter. The article, per some translations online, calls the cryptocurrency “highly concentrated/centralized” phenomena, something that is bad for the climate, and is something “most importantly” used for black market transactions. It also touched on the hyper-volatile nature of the crypto markets.
  • Bakkt to Launch Cash-Settled Futures: As Bakkt’s Bitcoin volumes have swelled to reach over $10 million per day, the company has revealed that it wants to launch cash-settled futures contracts. “We have the intention of offering a cash-settled contract as well,” said Bakkt executive Adam White at a New York conference.
  • Compound Raises $25 Million from Andreessen Horowitz, others: On Thursday, Fortune revealed that Compound — a decentralized platform that allows users to lend out and borrow Ethereum-based assets like ETH itself, USD Coin, Basic Attention Token, and 0x — has secured a $25 million worth of investments from Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z (round leader), Paradigm, Bain Capital Ventures, and Polychain Capital. Compound CEO Robert Leshner explained that his company’s goals will be to be integrated “with crypto exchanges, custodians, and wallets by the end of 2020.
  • Ethereum Istanbul Nears: Speaking of Ethereum, the blockchain’s Istanbul hard fork is slated to take place on December 4th, during the blockchain’s block 9069000. The Istanbul hard fork will introduce six key code changes to Ethereum. One change is EIP 1884, which will “increase the computational costs of recalling data about the ethereum blockchain for application developers,” according to a CoinDesk report.  The other changes are focused on changing gas/price limits for blockchain users.
  • PayPal Stops Pornhub-related Transactions in Move Bullish for Bitcoin: Pornhub recently announced that it will no longer be supported for payments by PayPal. This move will impact thousands of the performers that post videos on the site to garner income. Many have said that this is bullish for the cryptocurrency space, as things like Bitcoin are decentralized, digital, and censorship-resistant alternatives to PayPal.
  • Unknown Fund Looks to Distribute $75 Million in BTC to Privacy Firms: Announced in a press release published to an independent website on November 13th, a group of “ordinary” though anonymous people (seeming crypto whales) plan to invest and donate some $75 million worth of Bitcoin to companies and non-profits looking to aid privacy rights. The group’s name is “Unknown Fund.”
  • Abra Bolster Crypto App by Adding 60 New Digital Assets: Fintech startup Abra is bolstering its U.S. offerings in a move bolstering crypto adoption. According to CoinDesk, the app is adding 60 new cryptocurrencies — including things like Cosmos, MakerDAO’s DAI, and Bitcoin SV — and doubling users’ bank deposit limits. The new assets will eventually be activated for Abra customers outside of the U.S.

Article Produced By
Nick Chong

Nick has been enamored with cryptocurrencies since finding out about them in 2013. He now reports crypto- and blockchain-related news for a number of leading outlets.

https://news.livecoinwatch.com/week-crypto-bitcoin-narrative-paypal-ethereum-istanbul/

TP

Markethive’s Vision Coming To Light The March To Prominence Illustrated

Markethive’s Vision Coming To Light
The March To Prominence Illustrated

The opportunities and extraordinary value we have here at Markethive are unprecedented and as we move into an age where what the internet is offering just isn’t enough anymore. It’s become too complicated, too expensive and too competitive. Not to mention the personal data breaches and lack of privacy that has become big news and a real controversy. Blockchain technology has made it possible for Markethive to advance and offer far more for far less than any other platform or program out there today. 

Markethive’s vision is to give privacy, autonomy with every opportunity for true wealth via universal income while simplifying the process for anyone to successfully create and operate any business from the Markethive all-in-one platform. This incorporates all inbound marketing tools, including email autoresponders, a stellar blogging platform, Storefronts with eCommerce capabilities, press release, and sponsored article portals, Banner program, and banner slot exchange, a video hub with video advertising, wallet with integrated messaging app and coin exchange plus so much more. 

This puts Markethive in the category of the next generation Market Network and the first to be built on the blockchain. Collaboration and the social media aspect is an integral component and the community spirit is bringing Markethive’s vision to light. Just one of the indicators we have to prove our worth is Markethive’s Alexa Ranking. 

 

How Important Is The Alexa Ranking?

When Markethive first started tracking their Alexa rank in the Markethive News Feed it was around 80,000. That was a year ago and at that time it was evident we were on the move by looking at our Alexa rank graph. Prior to that, 4 months earlier in May 2018 when the CTO, Douglas Yates came on board and identified the need to move onto the Blockchain and have our own coin Markethive’s ranking was at 145,000. Look at us today and we are not slowing down.

These stats are from
Alexa: https://www.alexa.com/comparison/markethive.com
WorthofWeb: https://www.worthofweb.com/website-value/markethive.com/
Rank2Traffic: https://www.rank2traffic.com/markethive.com

 

An Evolving Industry

One of the prominent portals Markethive has created is digital media sites. The crypto digital media market has become a very prevalent medium to source information and current news about the crypto and blockchain industry. There are 100’s of crypto media broadcasters competing for traffic and selling ad space, press releases, traffic, etc. Markethive holds the Number 4 position placement in this extremely competitive market. 

Here are the top 12 Digital Media Sites with statistics on their Social Media Following and Alexa Ranking updated on Dec. 4th, 2019

.01 COINMARKETCAP
TW: 495K TG: 5,509 RT: 6.1k YT:0 IN:635 LI:793 FB: 31,000 — Social Network Tally
https://coinmarketcap.com/ Alexa: 549
BANNER AD VIA COINZILLA
3 DAYS RUNNING $14,500

.02 COINTELEGRAPH.COM
TW: 448K TG:81K RT: 2.7K YT:44K IN:58K LI:5.7K FB:719K — Social Network Tally
https://cointelegraph.com Alexa: 2,622
FEE to publish press release: 0.7 to 1.4 BITCOIN
SPONSORED ARTICLE VIA COINZILLA $7200.00

.03 COINDESK.COM
TW:786K TG:2K RT: BANNED YT:7.5K IN:6.7K LI:12K FB:78K — Social Network Tally
https://www.coindesk.com Alexa: 6,134

.04 MARKETHIVE
TW:19.2K TG: 3.1K RT: 1552 YT: 5.1K IN: 5.7K LI: 760 FB: 7.7K — Social Network Tally
https://markethive.com Alexa 12,450

.05 NEWS.BITCOIN.COM
TW: 14K TG:58K RT:2.4K YT:20.6K IN:9.8K LI:3.5K FB:100K — Social Network Tally
https://news.bitcoin.com Alexa: 15,108
Submit your press release for $1,995!

.06 CCN.COM *
TW: 17.4K TG:21K RT: 2.5K YT:16.8K IN:1.2K LI:1.8K FB:26K — Social Network Tally
https://www.ccn.com Alexa: 15,665
FEE to publish press release: For $349, you can submit a press release

.07 COINTRAFFIC.IO
TW:294 TG:3 RT:1 YT:94 IN:142 LI:232 FB:84 — Social Network Tally
https://cointraffic.io/ Alexa: 15,764
PRESS RELEASE Premium: $9,900

.08 CRYPTOCOMPARE
TW:23K TG: 34 RT:316 YT131: IN:532 LI:566 FB:14K — Social Network Tally
https://www.cryptocompare.com Alexa: 18,331
SPONSORED ARTICLE VIA COINZILLA $900

.09 BENZINGA.COM
TW:69K TG:0 RT:0 YT:6.2K IN:1.4K LI:7K FB:8.3K — Social Network Tally
https://www.benzinga.com/ Alexa: 18,733

.10 NEWSBTC
TW:36K TG:3.4K RT:0 YT:12K IN:54 LI:373 FB:21.4K — Social Network Tally
https://www.newsbtc.com Alexa: 19,915
PRESS RELEASE: $799
https://www.newsbtc.com/submit-press-release/
Sponsored Article via Coinzilla $2000

.11 BITCOINIST.COM
TW:49K TG:12.6K RT:6 YT:1K IN:607 LI:341 FB:22.4K — Social Network Tally
https://bitcoinist.com/ Alexa: 22,569
Press release $999
Sponsored Article $1,750 via Coinzilla
additional $199 to distribute across social media channels:

.12 AMBCRYPTO.COM*
https://coinbound.io/buy/ambcrypto-token-interview-review/
TW:8.4K TG:4.5K RT:1.1K YT:UNK IN:5.6K LI:1.7K FB:4.4K — Social Network Tally
https://ambcrypto.com/ Alexa: 40,350
SPONSORED ARTICLE VIA COINZILLA: $450

 

Notice the blue line on this graph which is CCN*, and how the curve shoots up vertically. This is a very likely indicator that the increase in traffic and ranking they received is not organic. This is usually obtained through artificial hacks that companies can and do hire to gain Alexa Ranking. According to the updated stats, CCN has now dropped to 6th place. Easy come, easy go as they say. 

 

As our Alexa ranking continues to improve, (which means more traffic) the value of our banner program increases. As of today's ranking, a daily banner ad cost on similar sites is $366 per day (CCN*).  AMBcrypto* which has an Alexa ranking of 40,350 charges $5,500 to run a banner for a full month. So what could Markethive charge? Would you agree that Markethive is in a prime position to command these prices? 

Banner advertising continues to exist and grow stronger because it works. Although you do need a system with plenty of traffic when running your banner ads and this is easily measured with Alexa. So you can see how important this information is to be aware that Markethive is in good standing and chooses to offer Banner Ads, Sponsored Articles, Press Releases for a fraction of the price of its competitors with ever-increasing organic traffic, incredible reach and exposure for the Entrepreneur 1 upgraded Associate. 

Markethive's Entrepreneur 1 Upgrade includes running a banner ad all month long and that’s along with all the other benefits. $100 per month includes the banner ad for a month. Compared to other systems that have only 10% of the traffic as Markethive, the commercial rate is $2500 per month for the same banner offer.

 

 

Markethive Banner Exchange Is Coming with Added Benefits 

Markethive is in the process of building the Banner Exchange and also a reseller page for all free or non-Entrepreneur 1 members to purchase banner ad slots from the active Entrepreneur 1 associate who wishes to resell their banner slots. These banner slots will only be available to purchase from current Entrepreneur 1 members. Now that’s a cool little business right there! 

Note: Once the banner reseller control panel is ready to be released, Entrepreneur One Upgrade will be closed to free members and new subscribers. 

Don’t delay it any longer. Upgrade to Entrepreneur One here
https://markethive.com/?upgrade

Markethive Is Everywhere! 

Another industry where Markethive is making its mark is in Multi-Level Marketing. It currently ranks at Number 3 on Alexa. Notably, Markethive is not an MLM company, but rather a referral company, however as Markethive is a multi-faceted platform to springboard from, we support the genuine MLM companies and the industry on the whole.   

Here are the Top 10 MLM companies Alexa Ranking

  1.  https://www.youngliving.com Alexa 7,058
  2.  https://www.doterra.com Alexa 7,169
  3. https://markethive.com Alexa 12,450
  4. https://www.jeunesseglobal.com Alexa 18,716
  5.  https://www.rodanandfields.com Alexa 33,270
  6. https://scentsy.com Alexa 46,350
  7.  https://www.youniqueproducts.com Alexa 48,583
  8.  http://valentus.com Alexa 58,538
  9.  https://monatglobal.com Alexa 76,651
  10.  http://www.primerica.com Alexa 109,057

The Markethive Difference

Markethive is built on blockchain technology and is community-driven so it makes sense for the company to offer the opportunity to own a piece of this universal platform that is taking the world by storm. These are in the form of an ILP (Incentivized Loan Program)  

So instead of just charging a subscription to all members for the use of the tools as other platforms do, and then venture capitalists taking the shares and profits, Markethive offers these tools free to all members with the option to upgrade and become an early adopter with the advantage of receiving yields of the net profits of the company’s revenue. This is on top of all the other benefits provided with the upgrade.  

Find out more about the 15 points of the Entrepreneur One Upgrade here

The Unfair Advantage Offer

For the month of December 2019 only, free members have the Unfair Advantage of upgrading to Entrepreneur 1 and receiving two 1/10ths of an ILP. That doubles your dividends, providing you stay consistent and current with the monthly payments till December 2020.  

To give you an idea of just how much this is worth, the ILPs are publicly listed at $100,000 at the moment. So 2/10ths of that equals $20,000. A one-year Entrepreneur One subscription paid monthly @ $100 per month is $1200.

As the Founder and CEO Thomas Prendergast exclaimed,

“What in the world? I have lost my mind? No, it is all about the vision.”

The offer purely is a gift, as is the vision of Thomas Prendergast, who will not stop until every living soul has the chance and experience the empowerment that Markethive can bring for the long term. 

This is for everyone, and especially affordable for the little guy and gal, the rank and file. Markethive has made it so easy to be part of the next Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, eBay, Cointelegragh, Marketo, Hubspot combined. A fusion of all of these platforms is the next generation built on Blockchain ensuring privacy, autonomy, free speech, wealth and empowerment for all. 

As Thomas says,

“Markethive is your company, your adventure. Some of you have more equity than others, but all members are going to profit from what Markethive is doing.” 

Upgrade now and set yourself and family up for a very bright future. https://markethive.com/?upgrade
 

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

 

Deb Williams 

A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

 

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Markethive Has The Unfair Advantage For You To Double Your Prosperity

Markethive Has The Unfair Advantage For You To Double Your Prosperity

Double Your ILP Benefits! Available Now Till The End Of December This Year 

Something big is happening at Markethive! As announced by Thomas Prendergast, the CEO of Markethive in the video below, he has something very special for all Entrepreneur One Upgrades as a special thank you and appreciation for your loyalty and belief in Markethive. Your steadfast focus on the overall vision and seeing the bigger picture will not go unrewarded. 

Further to that, any new or free member who wishes to upgrade to Entrepreneur One by the end of December 2019 will also be rewarded with the same very generous offer. 

 

So, What Is The Unfair Advantage Offer? 

For all free members that upgrade to Entrepreneur One @ $100usd per month, we will double your ILP (Incentivized Loan Program) Learn More about the ILP here.  What this means is if you stay active with your monthly payment for a consecutive 12 month period, you will receive not one, but two 1/10th shares of an ILP. 

The same offer applies to our already upgraded Entrepreneur One associates. 

 

The ILP will be limited to 1000 shares which represent 20% of the net revenue of the company. If LinkedIn had offered this opportunity to its members back in the day, that would mean a cool $36,000 a month for each member holding a 1/10th of an ILP share. Currently, LinkedIn is generating $1.8 Billion a quarter in revenue and keep in mind, Markethive is poised to be as big if not bigger than LinkedIn. 

We are currently at 100,000 unique visitors a day and Markethive’s Alexa ranking puts it in the top 2, 3 or 4 of many 1000’s of systems on the internet. 

The statistics in the image below are in the crypto digital media market. Where there are over 100s of crypto media broadcasters competing for traffic and selling ad space, press releases, traffic, etc. Markethive has risen to number 4 placement in this extremely competitive market.

Markethive also ranks number 3 in the top 10 MLM companies. Even though Markethive is not an MLM company we do support the industry and have more traffic than 99% of the MLM industry!  So we are definitely on our way to be the very lucrative decentralized safe haven for all budding and seasoned entrepreneurs being the first Market Network built on the blockchain offering universal income in the form of faucets, infinity airdrops, and loyalty programs. No one else offers anything like this at this magnitude! 

What Else In It For You? 

There are so many benefits to being an E1 upgrade apart from the extra products and services you receive with Markethive’s inbound marketing platform, like unlimited autoresponders, email broadcasting, Banner Ad program and eCommerce friendly Storefronts with API driven architecture to name a few. 

 

Banner Program Exchange

Soon Markethive will be launching the Banner Program Exchange which will allow all Entrepreneur One associates to sell their share of impressions on the banner allotments which can equate to around $3000 – $4000 a month income for you, just for selling your unwanted impressions for that month. The impressions of your banner allotments are also available to free members to purchase. This alone opens up a very lucrative source of income for E1 upgrades. 

 

But Wait, There’s More 

This even gets more exciting when we deliver the Markethive Press Release System and floating video system. (more on that later) And of course the matching bonus of 500 MHV coins you receive when your referrals sign up in Markethive, which is a great way to accumulate your coins before the introduction of the wallet and Markethive Exchange

Check out this short video by Thomas Prendergast explaining the unique ILP doubler offer…

 

Conclusion

The Unfair Advantage Offer is for a limited time during the month of December 2019 for any free members who haven’t taken advantage of the Entrepreneur One upgrade as yet. To the rest of you E1s, by keeping current with your monthly payments, that also sets you up to receive an extra 1/10th of an ILP at the end of 2020. 

The chance to upgrade to the whole E1 loyalty program will cease once Markethive reaches 1000 ILPs. We are still in BETA and you are the early adopters of this next generation web 3.0 platform and like the limited number of fat cat investors/shareholders at LinkedIn and Facebook, you will get your share of the profits. The only difference is you are the community that has been given an equal, and affordable opportunity that other major tech giants have overlooked. 

Markethive is built for the people, by the people and is of the people. The entrepreneurs who see the magnanimity of Markethive are the fabric that will help Markethive reach their goals including the launch of the wallet so much faster and everyone will benefit. It is going to explode in growth and you have the advantage of riding this wave.

So now is the time to get the unfair advantage and receive double the benefits with the ILP, available till the end of this year 2019. This is an incredible offer, don’t miss out. This link will take you to the Entrepreneur 1 Upgrade page of Markethive where the video explains what you get and how to register for your piece of Markethive along with an exciting future in this blockchain age of the world’s first social market network. 

Merry Christmas to You All!!

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

 

Deb Williams 

A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

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The Reality Of Multi-Level Marketing

The Reality Of Multi-Level Marketing

Over the past few days, I’ve been doing some intensive research about Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Companies and the people they seem to attract. During my research, I have found there are opposing views to the extreme on the subject which makes it a difficult topic to discuss. There are some who are passionate about it with well-known celebrities advocating, to the point of being an ambassador for a company. [If they are in it, it must be good!]  And on the other hand, if you admit you are in an MLM company people will run a mile and avoid you like the plague. 

There are some reputable MLM companies out there because they focus on the product more than the pyramid structure of recruiting. However, the problem with many multi-level marketing companies and the reason the industry has such a bad reputation is that they make it intentionally complicated, vague on important details and the overhype which gives the recruitee unrealistic expectations. 

It’s also difficult to establish whether or not the company is built around the consumption of the actual product or the premise that you need to bring in more people under you to succeed. If you scan the internet you will find dozens of negative articles such as “What’s Wrong With Multi-Level Marketing?” and very few articles in favor of them. 

 

Reputable Studies On Multi-Level Marketing

About one in thirteen people of 18 years plus have participated in at least one MLM company according to the AARP Foundation. But do these people really make money or even a modest living at multi-level marketing? What is the actual likelihood of success? 

The AARP Foundation did a study that explores the mindset, expectations, and experiences of MLM associates. The results can be found in this report titled “Multi-level Marketing: The Research, Risks, and Rewards.”  The study points out that while it’s possible to achieve some success with an MLM organization, it’s not common. 

The study found that 44% of associates dropped out after less than one year. Another study conducted by Jon M. Taylor, Ph.D., founder of the Consumer Awareness Insitute goes into a little more depth on dropout rates: 

  • A minimum of 50% of MLM representatives drops out in the first year.
  • A minimum of 90% of representatives leaves within five years.
  • By year 10, only those at or near the top have not dropped out—which means at least 95% of representatives have dropped out.

Notably, around two-thirds of the associates in the AARP Foundation’s study said they would not join the same MLM company after knowing what they know now. 

 

How likely are you to be able to make money in MLM? 

The fees and money for products that need to be invested or outlaid by associates to be able to participate and/or keep their status within an MLM company have run into the thousands. Notably, a very high percentage of people have never recouped their expenses and in reality, only a tiny percentage of representatives actually succeed in making the high earnings promoted by some companies. Some don’t make money at all and some, unfortunately, lose money. 

The AARP Foundation study showed that only around 25% made a profit with MLM, 27% broke even and about half of them lost money. Of the 25% that made a profit: 

  • 14% made less than $5,000
  • 6% made between $5,000 and $9,999
  • 3% made between $10,000 and $24,999
  • 3% made $25,000 or more
  • .05% made $100,000 or more

Interestingly, the ARRP Foundation found that 52% of MLM associates said the company’s representation of achieving financial success was “not too accurate” or “not at all accurate”. Taylor produced a staggering conclusion from his research saying that 

“On average, one in 545 is likely to have profited after subtracting expenses, and 997 out of 1,000 individuals involved with an MLM lose money (not including time invested)”

 

In this video, John Oliver, the comedic host of Last Week Tonight, gives a passionate and satirical presentation about certain MLM companies in light of the events regarding Herbalife and the Hispanic community that was burned by Herbalife as portrayed in the movie documentary  “Betting On Zero”. 

 

Who Do You Trust?

There are some well-known MLM companies that are product-centric. The recruiting component is secondary. The company gets most of its revenue from products or services, not new customers. This means they have compensation plans designed around the product sales at which you are more likely to generate a substantial income on the products alone and not be reliant on the number of recruits or their sales. Additionally, they have a large customer base that are not distributors of the company. 

Before joining an MLM company, it’s crucial to research the company and products thoroughly. Be sure the products are something you believe in and trust. It’s hard to promote something you don’t believe in. I would go so far as to say love and use the product and above all love what you do. It’s a well known saying, “If you love what you do, the money will follow.” Ok, well… It sure beats doing something you don’t like. 

When a company or its representatives display grandiose tactics and hype over the premise of making big money especially with very little effort, it’s a red flag. It seems to me that since the dawn of the internet there are many more MLM’s and money-making programs promising this, which has bred a culture of laziness and desperate people expecting big things in return for little or no work. 

 

Referral Companies – Loyalty Programs – A Win/Win 

Referral companies seem to have the secret sauce when it comes to market growth and sustainability, and it’s not at the risk of pyramidical saturation or loss of financial outlay. Companies that have referral programs use cost-effective marketing strategies by rewarding existing customers or associates to spread the word about the company and its products. By the same token, new customers are rewarded for joining.  This can be in the form of cash, discounts, redeemable points, subscriptions and now in the new era of blockchain, we have cryptocurrency, airdrops, and faucets.

 

Successful Companies That Have Championed Referral Programs

PayPal They literally gave away free money. Referrals helped Paypal achieve up to 10% daily growth increasing their user base to over 100 million members. The company dropped the refer-a-friend bonus upon reaching a critical mass of early adopters but kept the merchant bonus until they reached their target numbers. 

 

Dropbox Modelled after PayPal, Dropbox’s referral program, they added a double-sided referral program, where both referrer and friend were rewarded. They permanently increased signups by 60%. The referral rewards were extra storage space which was key to usage and enjoyment of their product.

 

AirbnbIn 2011, 3 years after its initial launch, Airbnb first tested the new referral program in a hugely successful closed-beta program of 2,161 existing members, which brought in 2,107 new members, nearly a 1:1 ratio. It has since seen remarkable growth especially with loyal advocates like the very enthusiastic single user in China led to thousands of signups and hundreds of bookings in a single month. 

 

UberUber has run multiple referral programs at once, for both passengers and for drivers – and set the benchmark for future ride-hailing apps. Uber has covered more than 50 countries in 3 years. With a referrer’s Invite link and a clear call to action to refer friends makes it easy and simple. The bar at the bottom of the image is a clever piece of gamification. Let’s face it, people love games and who doesn’t want to fill up progress bars? 

 

Evernote Their referral program relies on a point system and has a dual-sided referral incentive program that either gives people additional space or premium membership. Notably, the clarity of what constitutes a referral is clearly defined. Once the referral has signed up, they must also sign in. Their Cloud Notebook has been extremely popular, acquiring their first million users in 14 months and hitting 11 million users two years later.  

 

MarkethiveBeing the first Social Market Network on the blockchain with its own crypto coin (MHV) and exchange is leading the way with cryptocurrency referral incentives and loyalty programs. MHV is an open-source digital value transaction technology that can be made accessible to cryptocurrency exchanges as well as used for transactions between Markethive’s Market Network participants, and to pay for products and services, etc.

Currently, still in beta, the active user base has gone from 4,000 to 56,000 in a few short months entirely by word of mouth and growing exponentially. In less than a year Markethive has grown from obscurity to rank in the top 5 of companies in the blockchain media companies with an Alexa ranking of 11,500 as of Nov 2019. Markethive rewards active members with airdrops and faucet like payments, and members that upgrade with ILP holding options. New referrals receive 500 MHV coins upon joining. This is an evergreen referral program with loyalty rewards, gamification, and competitions built into the ecosystem making it a fun, lucrative and rewarding platform for all subscribers. 

 

Conclusion 

Once upon a time, before the internet, the only avenue available was MLM opportunities for the average person with no experience to give it their best shot and try to make an income or at least supplement their wage. 

For the last 25 years, we’ve had the internet where so many more opportunities popped up, good and bad. The trick is to identify and be wary of scams with buzz words like “get rich quick”, “fire your boss” and “no effort required”. There are many unscrupulous individuals and companies sadly, that prey on desperate, naive people who dream of becoming successful online and securing financial freedom. 

Coming to the fore we now have blockchain technology which allows a more level playing field providing transparency, privacy, autonomy and equality with more opportunity to reach self-sovereignty. Coupled with honorable companies and noble individuals at the helm who integrate, utilize and pass on the benefits of this decentralized technology is a real win/win in my book. I believe it’s definitely getting harder for the scam artists out there. The end is nigh, people are waking up.  

Are you one of the 97% who lost money in MLM? Can you see the magnanimity of the blockchain era and how it can affect us all very positively? 

 

 

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Deb Williams 

A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

 

 

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JOHN MCAFEE – A Few Pearls Of Wisdom

JOHN MCAFEE – A Few Pearls Of Wisdom

John McAfee, now 74 years old, a libertarian, a computer whizz and cybersecurity guru who became a household name with the McAfee Antivirus software, now living a bohemian and somewhat quiet lifestyle somewhere in this world.  He communicates from a faraday cage, where no signals from a device can get out of the foil-lined cage, therefore making him and his message to his followers and anyone else who’ll listen, untraceable. 

The last six months of John McAfee’s life have been interesting, to say the least. John McAfee, accompanied by his wife, Janice, was chased out of the Bahamas for ruffling feathers after he accused the Bahamian anti-corruption czar, Paul Rolle, of corruption. McAfee pointed out the reason for going into exile in the Bahamas is that he couldn’t be easily extradited back to the US from there because the Bahamas does not have an income tax. His argument was that “tax evasion is not a crime in the Bahamas”. Adding to that he has mentioned the possibility of a US strategy that is to “unlawfully collect” him 

Subsequently, they arrived in Cuba where the authorities of Cuba notified McAfee that the US government asked them for the fugitive’s return to the United States. Instead, the Cuban Government stipulated they would prefer if McAfee and his wife left Cuba and gave them 72 hours to leave their country. 

From there they spent a few days at sea, then ventured into the Dominican Republic where they were surrounded by soldiers as soon as they reached the Port. They did manage to elude them once more and now live in an undisclosed location.  According to McAfee, these events were caused by the CIA’s attempt to get him back to the states and answer to charges primarily for tax evasion. McAfee considers the CIA to be “the great monster at the heart of America”. He has also previously warned that there’s an attempt by the U.S. to “silence” him. 

 

The McAfee Dex

In spite of all this, John McAfee still manages to get his decentralized exchange up-and-running. The McAfeeDex, a completely distributed exchange means it cannot be totally shut down. It is still in beta and it already has over 30 different portals, different domains and services globally make it impossible to shut down. 

By the end of the year, there will be over 100, as more and more tokens join the exchange, the latest being Tron and Binance and EOS will follow.  McAfee’s motivation to create the DEX was to challenge the SEC. He wanted to build something the government could not interfere with.  His objective is to solve the cross-chain issue and by the Q2 of next year it will be able to execute true cross-chain transactions allowing interoperability.

Cross-chain protocols, or so-called atomic swaps, allow you to exchange one cryptocurrency for another, even between two different blockchains, without the help from a third party. It's basically a variation of smart contract technology and hash time-locked contracts.

 

McAfee Movie – King Of The Jungle

He continues to communicate his out-of-the-box thoughts, philosophies, knowledge, and beliefs to the world and seen as an authoritative figure in the Blockchain and crypto realm, along with his avid stance on privacy and freedom. Being an interesting and controversial character, Hollywood is making a movie based on a 3-week segment of his life while in Belize back in 2011

The movie centers on Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman, who accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee. Once Furman arrives in Belize, however, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia as he becomes a person of interest in the murder of a neighbor. 

Michael Keaton was set to play the part of McAfee however, There are rumors that he has since exited, which is a shame. I thought he would’ve made a sensational John McAfee. Zac Efron will be playing the role of the journalist, Ari Furman which was originally assigned to Seth Rogan. It will be interesting to see who will play McAfee. The project has been in the works for several years now and the producers are hoping to finally start shooting in early 2020. 

 

A Few Pearls Of Wisdom From John McAfee

If you have been following McAfee you would know he has taken a great interest and love for what cryptocurrency and the blockchain can do on a global scale, not only for the first world but the third world countries. No matter where we are from we are all suppressed to some extent and this technology is able to free us from the tyranny and instability we all face.
 
In a recent interview by Crypto Finder, McAfee explained,

“The blockchain and cryptocurrency offer us, as citizens of the world an opportunity to free ourselves from the financial cage in which we are dependant upon the fiat currency which is controlled by the centralized entities which in turn controls us. Crypto gives us a currency free from control and observation of the governments.”   

At the heart of all this McAfee passionately maintains that privacy is the central element of freedom. We can’t be free without privacy. As he puts it, 

"You could not survive, without your right to choose your level of privacy, constantly, every hour, of every day of your life"

McAfee also says governments are not afraid of Bitcoin, simply because quite likely it won’t be the standard-bearer in terms of use. It’s slow, clunky, it has no privacy or smart contract features. It’s basically old technology now, however, people love bitcoin and it will always be our standard of value for investments, at which altcoins are aligned. 

According to McAfee, the cryptos that governments are afraid of are cryptos that we use like Monero, Ethereum and other privacy coins that have an impenetrable technology and a definite use case which can be utilized by the individual country or community thereby creating an ecosystem in which all will benefit. 

The general consensus at present regarding cryptocurrency is to amass and hodl in the hope it rises in price or capitalize on the volatile nature of crypto by buying and selling or trading to make a profit. There seems to be the idea that crypto is intended to make one rich. And although it has happened in the past to the few who invested early, the technology or currency was not originally meant for that to be the case. 

Crypto is meant to be used, in other words, transacted with. Cryptocurrency is predominantly thought of as an investment, however, all that does is create volatility and fluctuation. It is arguably presumed by everyone who enters the crypto world that is it only for exchange.

Interestingly, John McAfee does not invest in cryptocurrency. He continually implores people to use crypto for its intended use. Not just trading in the hope to get rich. 

When asked what does he think is dangerous to the crypto world, McAfee says, 

“What’s dangerous is the users who insanely invest in crypto and not using it. It’s madness! If we don’t use it, the hope of getting rich with it is shattered. Everyone thinks crypto is for exchanging. It’s for transacting, buying things with crypto.” 

McAfee’s views on the Libra coin are not surprising. In fact, any central bank digital currency that is being proposed McAfee says “is the holy grail for totalitarian governments”. Facebook is saying they want to empower the users of their coin. The fact is, Libra doesn’t empower anyone but facebook. On the contrary, everything you do now will be monitored financially. Not just what you’re buying or who your friends are and who you are talking to. 

As McAfee points out,

“Libra is an abomination. Libra is not the spirit of cryptocurrency. It’s just Facebook leaching more and more into your being.” 

 

 

John McAfee speaks at the Barcelona Blockchain Week conference and sheds light and opinions on  Blockchain, crypto and Facebook’s controversial Libra coin. 

“Blockchain is the first world-changing technology in the past 100 years that didn’t come from the bowels of a secret government development or CIA, Samsung, Apple or IBM. It came from ordinary programmers who are ordinary people and now been with us for 10 years when it was brought to light by Bitcoin.”

Prior to that, it was first conceptualized in 1991 by two engineers when they wrote many papers with the idea of creating a timestamped digital document. Essentially they set out to create an immutable ledger. Many consider this to be the first incarnation of blockchain.

Starting out and making his mark with the McAfee Antivirus software, being a mathematician and engineer in his own right, John McAfee is certainly a person people refer to with his wealth of knowledge and experiences. His forthright manner and disruptive views are all about waking people up to what’s happening in the world. His passionate nature and constant use of expletives are what make McAfee who he is as many have come to admire the vigilante. Love him or hate him he makes some good points in this video… 

The Take-Away

It doesn’t matter how many cryptocurrencies are out there. All that matters is the fact they are usable and functional. That they have a use case and have the velocity within an ecosystem. We need to understand the power of cryptocurrency not built by governments, but built by the people and offers us for the first time in human history, the real chance for absolute financial freedom, where your crypto wallet is your bank. 

While listening to this video and John McAfee’s pearls of wisdom I immediately thought of what Markethive is doing for and with its community that is very much aligned with McAfee’s reasonings. It is building an ecosystem offering privacy and autonomy with the opportunity for everyone to realize their potential, become self-sufficient with the freedom and infinite potential of financial sovereignty. 

There is a great purpose and a complete ecosystem of products and services built around the Markethive consumer coin. The Markethive Coin is not dependent upon speculative value as is the case with many other cryptocurrencies and platforms and is a fundamental difference to the other systems out there. 

 

The Markethive system has been developed to produce revenue in the traditional sense with the added benefits of the blockchain taking it to the next level. The revenue is a vehicle that is used to buy the Markethive Coin back in the free market so it can be redistributed into the economic vortex of the system. 

Coupled with numerous domains, a powerful social matrix, and the eventuality of quantum computer technology and mining hives, Markethive will also be impervious to central authorities and will be the ultimate ecosystem that the people need and are looking for whether they realize it or not. It champions all aspects of decentralization, privacy, autonomy, freedom of speech and self-sovereignty with the community’s best interests at heart. 

The future of the global economy will be all about cryptocurrency. It cannot be stopped and it’s not going away. With interoperability becoming more viable with evolving technology at a speedy pace, the Markethive economy with its coin (MHV) will be a resourceful entity in the blockchain and crypto world. Once all operations are integrated along with the steps to ensure long-term sustainability as the community grows, the MHV coin will inevitably increase in value securing your success and prosperity within Markethive and beyond. 

The world needs advocates with soul and heart like John McAfee. Granted, his methods are extreme and unorthodox, but he’s doing his absolute best to “wake people up”

God Bless John McAfee and God Bless Markethive. 

 

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

 

Deb Williams 

A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

TP

Blockchain – The Answer To An Inequitable Marketing Industry

Blockchain – The Answer To An Inequitable Marketing Industry

More and more people are looking for online solutions and opportunities as they realize this is where it’s at when it comes to either creating an income or advertising their business. It can be overwhelming and a real challenge when getting started and the utter extent and scale of the types of marketing available ranging from SEO, search engine marketing (SEM), social media, Inbound marketing, email marketing to native advertising, otherwise known as paid ads or sponsored posts. 
It has become a real jungle out there, and the growth in online marketing over the last five years has been substantial. The statistics of what is trending say; 

  • 61% of marketers believe growing SEO or organic presence is a high priority of inbound marketing. 
  • Businesses earn an average of $2 in revenue for every $1 they spend on Adwords. 
  • Businesses that show up on the first page of search results get 92% of consumer traffic. 
  • Google has a 92.78% search engine market share as of October 2019

 
Search Engine Optimization can be relatively cost-free, however, it produces lower-ranking results due to slow optimization. As more companies are vying to be in the first five of the first page in the search results, many of them are going to paid search options. With PPC (pay per click) there is an opportunity to get on the first page within a day as the strengths of paid search are its speed and expansiveness. The cost can reach into the thousands, especially if a professional firm is hired to manage it full time which arguably is the recommended way to go for optimized brand exposure.  
With more people opting for these services, there is more likely to be extreme risks involved. It’s opening the doors for more data breaches which are happening more often and with an increasing number of users’ records acquired by potentially dangerous and unscrupulous entities. Hackers are continuing to find new ways to access databases and the companies who manage these records display little confidence in their ability to protect first-party data. 

 
How Can Blockchain Help The Marketing Industry?

The online space, on the whole, is improving with the advent of Blockchain technology. Many industries are utilizing the blockchain to improve performance and align their objectives including marketing companies. Marketing strategies and entities like Google Ads, Facebook or any other ad companies for that matter are supposed to help businesses bring traffic and increase lead generation, however, a big issue is the black hat SEO practitioners have infiltrated the industry and have created ad frauds as a significant source of revenue. 

What’s The Difference Between White And Black Hat SEO?

White Hat and Black Hat SEO are both known elements of the SEO industry. These deliver services that are either the right side or the wrong side of what is considered to be ethical. White hat plays by the rules taking a slower, labor-intensive approach to boost search rankings. Black hat SEO companies often use shifty tactics to trick the search engines into providing higher rankings.

 


 

With blockchain technology comes transparency and immutability which eradicates ad fraud and the possibilities of fake click-through rates and bot-driven traffic. Synonymous with the reasons why we now have cryptocurrency, the important and vital advantage of blockchain is to bring transparency to the advertising world. The superiority of blockchain technology and the immutability or tamper-proof characteristic of the distributed ledger system will bring genuine players making an ecosystem of fairness and opportunity with the tools, counter black hat SEO techniques, and fake user eradication. Here are 4 attributes…

  

Market Transparency

The fact that Blockchain is an encrypted, decentralized database of distributed and interlaced nodes, it is suited and can be integrated into all forms of digital marketing. It can solve many issues that come with digital marketing, such as data privacy, security and content monetization. Companies cannot manipulate data so users can feel at ease as the Blockchain data is transparent. 
 

Consumers Regain Control Of Their Information

Marketing companies will no longer be able to extract customer’s information without their permission. It will be a case of earning their consent. There are some blockchain data companies now paying consumers for the use of their contact information and attention. Killi is one App that launched in May 2019 paying users for their data. Every transaction occurs through blockchain, which solves the compliance challenge inherent in regulation such as GDPR or California's Consumer Privacy Act with regards to securing data, the company says. Users, meanwhile, have a full record of who exactly has purchased their data. This gives the consumers full control of their information. 

Brandon Galindo, an account manager at eMarketer, says he downloaded the Killi app partly because of privacy concerns. "Right off the bat you're asked to insert your identity, phone number, allow persistent location and enable Advertising ID," he says regarding his experience in signing up. "Brands can reach out to you, but it is so much more transparent; I'm the one that is asking for this and I am the one who is allowing you to have my data."

 
Security Benefits And Data Protection

With meticulous data protection regulations like the GDPR, marketing companies can leverage blockchain technology to store huge volumes of client data securely. Furthermore, due to the regulatory agreement of the GDPR, it will require marketers to acquire consent which can also be managed on the blockchain. The integration of blockchain technology will change online marketing as it offers incomparable benefits for marketers in terms of performance, security, and transparency with enormous possibilities. End-users will have more control over what companies can send information to them and companies will more easily be held accountable for their actions and lack of transparency. 

 

The Marketing Intermediaries Eliminated

Without blockchain, if a company wants to offer banner advertisements on its website it has to do so through Google AdSense so that no unethical businesses will take over your ad space. This is where Google processes the transaction and charges a fee for its part in the deal. Companies won’t have the need to go through a third-party platform such as Google with the blockchain structure. That’s because blockchain users can be verified through their networks. People would know they’re getting what they’re paying for as opposed to potentially paying for clicks that aren’t genuine.

The other thing to consider is the rising percentage of zero-click searches on Google. That means Google is displaying the answers to many queries on the SERP so there is no need for a user to click on any displayed links, thereby reducing the traffic to other content or websites. Some have said, the rise in zero-click searches which was at 50.3% in June 2019, maybe another indicator of Google abusing its power as a huge portion of clicks are going to Google’s own sites. 

So basically, Google has gone from being everyone’s search engine to everyone’s competitor. If you’re a marketer that relies heavily on Google, there are still opportunities where you can pretty much bypass the search engines and grow your brand and presence outside of search.

 

Many marketers depend totally on SEO in their business so they need to be aware of the issues that may be causing the drops and lower-ranking, and what is now available to them, or they may well continue to lose traction. As more consumers become blockchain savvy and companies start to integrate it into their operations, it will change the digital marketing world as we know it. It will become less expensive achieving better results and the novice marketer and small business will be able to compete. 

Community Is Key

This is where a hybrid Market Network can take the reign and run with it. Markethive, with its new blockchain technology mixed with traditional Inbound Marketing, Commerce, Social Networking, and Digital Media, is not reliant on Google search engines or any other for that matter. SEO is a secondary consideration. It builds its own society and its traffic is contingent on the Markethive membership driving more traffic in, due to the nature of its platform, what it has to offer, the viral aspect and rewards system in place. Just one of the attractions is that Markethive is not dependent upon Google.

 

What Is Markethive? 

Markethive with its deep level linking dynamics is a multi-dimensional, social organizational integrated system. Integrating Vast Social networks reaches, internal social network connections, unlimited interconnected WordPress blogs, the vast API news sites like NBC, Wired Magazine, Bloomberg, Western journal, Mashable and 1000s of other news sites, that continue to expand due to the power of your own Markethive network and the collaboration of separate Markethive groups all working in union with each other. 

The ability to register and assign your many social networks into the Markethive matrix produces a reach literally into the billions. Markethive is an upcoming Market Media and Content Publisher offering Press Releases and Sponsored Articles at a negligible cost and with a reach well beyond existing social and market networks. After comparing 480 other news media sites with regards to their social reach and followers and Alexa ranking, Markethive sits within the top 5 with an Alexa ranking of 11,436 at the time of writing. This continues to drop daily as subscribers flock to join the Markethive network. 

Blockchain Technology and the cryptocurrency sphere have enabled businesses to align themselves with the users’ need and right to be in control of their data and how they use their time to monetize their efforts. Markethive, with their mandate being the rise of the entrepreneur and the fall of the tyrannies that plague society was created by a visionary who saw this coming and much needed to empower marketers, create equality and universal income to enrich society on every level. 

Visionary, Founder and CEO, Thomas Prendergast, says Markethive is…

 “Marketing that is so effective it’s like printing your own money.” 

 

 

Markethive has built a system on the Blockchain to empower the Entrepreneur, offering privacy, freedom of speech and importantly, autonomy.  With its valuable Inbound Marketing system, integrated within a Social media platform, loyalty and bounty programs, Banner Exchange & placement, with multiple Commerce portals, Storefronts, Blogging platform, and Digital Media Platforms offering Press Releases and Sponsored Articles. These tools and integrated platforms are either free to use or at a fraction of the cost of other companies.

All of this on a blockchain foundation, which above all the other benefits, allows Markethive to pay its members to engage on the platform. This includes free members as well as those who have upgraded to Entrepreneur 1.

Thanks to blockchain, the soon to be released Markethive wallet and cryptocurrency exchange will then allow Markethive members to either convert and withdraw their earnings or buy products and services offered by members within the Markethive ecosystem. 

 
Conclusion 

Markethive, 20 years in the making has had the forward-thinking and tenacity to integrate the latest technology to deliver a complete ecosystem for anybody aspiring to work online. With the precarious actions and monopolizing tactics we are now witnessing to what was a lucrative and fair system to gain traffic and exposure, it’s obvious we need to do things differently and bypass the monopolies. There are now genuine opportunities to make your mark online as well as reap rewards and prosper. 

What is being realized is the need for a community-driven ecosystem, with a collaborative mindset that offers a broad spectrum of services that cover all niches, and offers Universal Income for all. Anyone with a passion and looking for a presence online, and a fair and equitable opportunity to attain financial freedom and prosperity, be it commercial artists, writers, bloggers, vloggers, merchants, and entrepreneurs. In fact anyone from any background. Markethive is for the people and by the people. In essence, it gives the power back to the people.

 

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

 

Deb Williams 

A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

TP

Ethereum’s Harmony will not support upcoming Istanbul hardfork

Ethereum’s Harmony will not support upcoming Istanbul hardfork

                                 

With the Istanbul hardfork expected to roll out by 4 December,

developers of the Ethereum community have been releasing several upgrades in its ecosystem.The testnets before the execution of the Istanbul hardfork have been activated with Rinkeby testnet being the latest one. While the community is gearing up for the Kovan testnet scheduled for December, the team lead at Ethereum Péter Szilágyi affirmed that Rinkeby was a success.

His tweet read,

“The Rinkeby #Ethereum testnet is officially in Istanbul!!! :-)”

In more recent updates, Ethereum’s Tim Beiko took to Twitter to elaborate on the developments that took place in the Ethereum Core Devs Meeting #75. After the release of several versions of Nethermind, Besu, and Geth, Parity v2.5.10-stable and v.2.6.5-beta was the latest versions to be released. The release would add block numbers for the activation of the Istanbul hardfork on the mainnet along with other updates. Along with the latest versions of Parity, Aleth 1.7.0 was also released which focused on EIPs for the Istanbul hardfork. While the developers urged the community to update their nodes, Beiko revealed that only 16% of nodes were updated. Additionally, Beiko revealed that Harmony wouldn’t be supporting Istanbul.

His tweet read,

“We also have an update from EthereumJ/Harmony to announce that they will stop maintaining their Eth1 client to focus on Eth 2.0. They will not be supporting Istanbul.”

While meeting mainly focused on Istanbul as there were no major updates pertaining to the Berlin hard fork. Furthermore, Beiko revealed the status of Ice Age and

tweeted,

“One final update, on the Ice Age! @JHancock is still looking at predicting exactly when it will hit. He will share the numbers with core developers as soon as he has them!”

Article Produced By
Sahana Kiran

Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US market. A graduate in Political Science and Economics, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact.

https://ambcrypto.com/ethereums-harmony-will-not-support-upcoming-istanbul-hardfork/

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Jed McCaleb has sold half the XRP he received; left with ~4.5 billion

Jed McCaleb has sold half the XRP he received; left with ~4.5 billion

                                

The culmination of 2017 bull-run gave rise to scores of crypto millionaires and a few billionaires.

Jed McCaleb, co-founder of Ripple was one of the very few who made the list. On his exit from Ripple in 2013, McCaleb held 9 billion XRP and had signed a contract with Ripple to ensure that no huge XRP dumps would take place. However, there have been allegations of McCaleb selling hoards of XRP, but an active XRP member put these allegations to rest. Twitter user @LeoHadjiloizou identified accounts used by Ripple to send XRP to McCaleb’s XRP selling wallet and charted out the sales of XRP over-time by the co-founder. Leonidas tweeted, According to their deal, Ripple has control over McCaleb’s XRP and it holds it in 3 distinct accounts and 1 account through which it sold XRP via Bitstamp.

Thus, the wallet addresses mentioned by Leonidas, are associated with Ripple and indicate a moving of XRP from their wallets to the address that sells McCaleb’s XRP.  The chart provided by the Twitter user called attention to the sale of XRP and compared it to the daily CoinMarketCap volume. Even though the chart reflected similarities between McCaleb’s XRP sales and XRP volume on CMC, the Twitter user pointed out that a “huge” percent of the total volume was fake. The sale of XRP took place according to the deal with Ripple and saw a no-sell period between January 2019 and June 2019, indicating that McCaleb’s XRP sale has not amounted to a large figure that could cause market instability.

Leonidas added:

“… a huge % of the total volume is fake. I wanted to check if the sales are being calculated based on a different metric, like the volume from crypto compare. The graph doesn’t seem to suggest that anything changed.”

After revising a few details from the contract in February 2016, the new deal asked McCaleb to donate 2 billion XRP and noted that even though he retained ownership of the 5.3 billion XRP, Ripple will control its release. According to the data, the co-founder has managed to sell half the XRP he received and was left with approximately 4.5+ billion more.
Namrata Shukla

Namrata is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US and Indian market. A graduate in Mass communication, while majoring in Journalism, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.

https://ambcrypto.com/jed-mccaleb-sold-half-xrp-he-received-left-with-4-5-billion/

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Iranian Grid Explains Electrical Costs Will Fluctuate for Bitcoin Miners

Iranian Grid Explains Electrical Costs Will Fluctuate for Bitcoin Miners

                                    Iranian Grid Explains Electrical Costs Will Fluctuate for Bitcoin Miners

Throughout the course of 2019, Iran’s government and the country’s energy officials have been creating new guidelines for bitcoin miners setting up data facilities in the oil-rich nation. On Wednesday, Mostafa Rajabi, a spokesperson for Iran’s Energy Ministry, described a new price model for mining operations and prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will fluctuate during certain months.

Iran’s Energy Ministry Plans to Pay Anyone Who Exposes Illegal Bitcoin Mining Operations

There’s been a lot of reports over the last year detailing how mining operations have migrated to Iran for cheap electricity. After the initial migration, the Iranian government and the country’s power supplier noticed a lot of energy was being used by crypto mining facilities. Following a government announcement about illegal miners, pictures were shared online that showed bitcoin miners housed inside a mosque. On November 13, Iran’s Energy Ministry spokesperson Mostafa Rajabi explained the country’s new guidelines for mining operations during an interview with IRIB News. Rajabi told the press that anyone who identifies illegal bitcoin operations to the government will be rewarded. Rajabi emphasized that people who expose these facilities will be paid 20% of the recovery damage stolen from the electrical grid.

Fluctuating Electrical Prices

Iran’s Energy Ministry will also prohibit mining digital assets after the peak hours of consumption surpass a threshold of 300 hours annually. During the interview, Rajabi also noted how much bitcoin miners would be charged using the average price for the export of electricity in Iran. During some points of the year, miners could be charged $0.08 per kWh (9,650 rials) and during the cold months of the year, miners would only be charged $0.04 per kWh. However, during the summer months when electricity is used the most in Iran, electrical prices could quadruple to $0.16 per kWh, Rajabi noted. Rajabi disclosed that the new mining rules were initiated when Iran’s summer electrical demand jumped by 7%.

Last June, Iranian law enforcement officials reportedly confiscated 1,000 bitcoin miners from two facilities. This was followed by a bill that was ratified two months later stating that cryptocurrency mining in Iran would be considered a legitimate business. During Rajabi’s interview, he told IRIB News that Iran will help operations that create their own power plants with government incentives. Mining operations that utilize renewable energy sources would be also rewarded, Rajabi stressed.

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