Welcome to my Secret 'Stache of Resources! This is a curated list of the apps and websites I strongly recommend for helping you along your cryptocurrency adventures. I have tested almost every recommendation on this page & use most of them on a daily basis.
A word to the wise before we get to the good stuff:
A few of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. I have extensive experience with almost all of these companies, and I included them because they are helpful and useful. I have spent a good deal of time researching each one to make sure they are the most trusted and best reviewed in their respective category.
CoinDesk - Great news resource for your daily cryptocurrency news. They have a good newsletter as well that I enjoy. This is one of the top news sites for cryptocurrency in my opinion.
Cointelegraph - Also a great news source, but a little more playful (like myself!). I love the graphics they do as well. They do sometimes show some biased towards coins, but a top news site nevertheless.
CCN - Another great news source for crypto. I like CCN because they tend to cover more international crypto news and the writing is very straight forward. I am also subscribed to their newsletter which I like to read in the mornings before my business opens.
Bitcointalk - A super active forum for cryptocurrency topics. I love lurking on here and reading about hot button issues, but I rarely post myself. Downside is the forum software is a bit dated and a bit hard to use.
Social Media Groups & Sites About Cryptocurrency
Steemit - This is a new cryptocurrency based social platform where you can get paid real money to write content. It is all community driven and I have been posting there for the last few months. While it has a reddit sort of feel, the platform is fun and easy to use. There are a lot of great content creators to follow here (follow me here!) and I try to check it out daily.
Peepeth - An up-and-coming cryptocurrency based "Twitter replacement", I like Peepeth the most out of all the Twitter replacements that are crypto based. It does cost a little ETH Gas to get started & the platform is still gaining traction, but I like it so far! Follow me here.
DLive - Watch out YouTube, the decentralized version of you is kicking ass and taking your content creators! I now upload all my videos to DLive and I love the Steem based platform for video blogging about crypto. You can follow me here!
The CryptoStache Facebook Group - This is my personal Facebook group for all my followers to join. I post all my stores here and you can ask me direct questions and get answers quick!
The CryptoStache - You can find my writing on your favorite social media platform. I have pages on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, YouTube, Tumblr, & Linkedin. This way you can follow me where you spend your social time!
Cryptocurrency Stats & Research
CoinMarketCap - This is easily the best resource on this page honestly. I could (and probably should) write a whole post about it. Detailed stats on almost every coin out there with all the right links you would want (websites, exchanges, etc) for each specific coin. A free resource and my go to for daily price checks.
CryptoCompare - They have a lot going on, but my favorite is their portfolio tracker and the mining section (although it may be a bit biased). The tools here are top notch for being free!
TradingView - A great site for technical analysis. I have just started using this, but there are many experienced traders on here doing charts for your favorite coins.
Cryptocurrency Portfolio Management
Cointracking - A favorite among traders, and by far the most advanced platform with a very robust set of features that you just don't find on most of the other sites and apps. You can import from tons of exchanges through .CSV as well as API and they even let you import from popular wallets like Exodus, Electrum, and Blockchain.info.
Altpocket - In my eyes, this is one of the cleanest and well designed portfolio tracking sites out there. I probably use this site the most out of all the trackers because I LOVE the design and layout (reminds me a lot of Exodus, another of my favorites!).
Delta - I have recently switched to the Delta app for my android phone to track all my crypto on the go. It is one of my favorites now and I love the clean interface and ease of use over older options like Blockfolio.
Centralized Cryptocurrency Exchanges
Coinbase - One of the largest and most trusted ways to convert your USD to Bitcoin and more. This is what I use personally and have written a few articles about it (check out this trick to save fees!). This is the EASIEST way to get started in cryptocurrency in the US in my opinion because of how easy and user friendly they make it.
Coinbase PRO / GDAX - While GDAX.com is still up it is being rebranded to "Coinbase Pro". This is Coinbase's connected exchange. I use it because of the ease of transfer (instant from Coinbase to your GDAX!). They also tend to have a higher sell price as well.
Binance - This is a hot place for trading altcoins and their trading fees are LOW! Just 0.1% fee for trades and it can be even lower if you use their Binance coin that is built into the platform.
KuCoin - Similar to Binance, but with some coins that Binance does not have listed yet. I find the platform easy to use with a high amount of liquidity. Fees are just 0.1% on purchases.
Bittrex - Rounding out the best US based exchanges, Bittrex is also a very well laid out exchange that is pretty easy to use and offers a good amount of trading pairs. They now offer USD deposits! They are based in Las Vegas... what better place for a crypto exchange could there be??
Robinhood Crypto - I have been using Robinhood since the beginning of 2018 and I really love it! It's a mobile app where you can do limited buying of crypto, but also is a full fledged stock trading app too. I now own a few stocks and they make it easy to diversify.
Exodus - I have tried quite a few wallets and this one is really been great. It supports a good amount of coins, with more added all the time. The design is great, and the features like Shapeshift (almost instant swaps between coins) in the wallet are time saving. Certain give this one a try if you are on your desktop a lot (which I am currently chained to).
Coinomi - If you have a tablet or phone instead of a desktop or laptop, then you can still get a great mobile cryptocurrency wallet with Coinomi. Available for both Apple & Android devices, this app supports over 270 different cryptocurrencies and tokens. By far my favorite mobile wallet for keeping your crypto safe.
Metamask - This is a Chrome browser extension and where I keep my ERC-20 tokens (Ethereum based coins). Easy to use and it even has a cool 3d Starfox like fox that follows you around, always watching...
Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets
Ledger - This is, in my opinion, one of the most popular hardware wallets out there. The overall sleek design of the Ledger series of hardware wallets is easy on the eyes. A good hardware wallet is a MUST when you are dealing with a large amount of coins and it does not get much better than Ledger.
Trezor - Coming in at a VERY close second is the Trezor cryptocurrency hardware wallet. Like Ledger, they are a rock solid company, but I feel like the overall design is not as sleek as the Ledger. They have a great stable of supported coins and I have only ever heard great comments from owners (which I am not, YET!).
KeepKey - Rounding out the top 3 best hardware wallets for 'Staching your crypto is the KeepKey. Also a very trusted brand, I like that they keep it very simple and easy to use. Similar to the Ledger, the KeepKey has a pretty sleek look to it.
CryptoHWwallet - Ok so this is NOT a hardware wallet, but a great place to buy nice leather cases to keep your shiny new Ledger, Trezor, or KeepKey in. I included these guys because they are based in California (like I am!) and their warehouse is just a few cities over.
GPU0 - A great independently run mining site that has in-depth tutorials, specs on mining rigs & more. A great resource to learn to build your own crypto miner.
Genesis Mining - When it comes to cloud mining for just about any cryptocurrency, Genesis Mining is the de facto industry leader. They offer cloud mining contracts for Bitcoin, Monero, Ethereum, Zcash, Litecoin, & Dash. Personally I am all about the Bitcoin mining contracts, but I love that they offer a wide variety. You can use my discount code iN2Tr1 for 3% off if you want to support The 'Stache (I just get a little hashpower bonus).
Honeyminer - This is a fairly new mining program, but I had to list it because of how stupid simple it is to use! Compared to a lot of other options where there is a lot to configure, Honeyminer is a simple install and turn on and that is it! GREAT for a beginner just getting into the space that wants to use their own machine to test out mining.
BitClub Network - This list would not truly be complete without including BitClub. They do NOT ALLOW US CUSTOMERS to join. Due to this, I have not tired their services, but I included it for all my followers across the pond (both Pacific & Atlantic!).
Buy Cryptocurrency In-Person
LocalBitcoins - If you are looking to trade directly with another person then LocalBitcoins is the industry goto. They offer a wide variety of payment methods and you can find people in just about every city across the globe!
Bitquick - This company sells you Bitcoins directly by depositing from a bank account. They boast that they can get you your coins in just 3 hours! Now that IS quick! I have not tried them yet, so please keep that in mind.
CoinAtmRadar - Nothing could be simpler than just walking up to an ATM and purchasing Bitcoin right? The fees are much higher and you never know what price you will get, but it is in-person! This site has a great map that shows all your local Bitcoin ATM's.
Cryptocurrency Website Hosting
Siteground - When it comes to hosting my website I ONLY trust Siteground. I also run a successful web development firm (Long Beach Web Design if you need help!), and this is where I host all of my own sites (including this one!) as well as what I recommend to every one of my clients. Great price point, top notch customer service, and all the tools you need like 1-click installs. They don't accept cryptocurrency... yet, but I am working on convincing them!
Cryptocurrency Gifts & Novelties
Encrypted Apparel - Some of the cleanest and cool cryptocurrency t-shirt designs on the internet. I found out about this company on Twitter and have some of their gear already on the way!
Denarium - These are really just fun collector coins, but they make an impressive gift! They are the leader when it comes to physical cryptocurrency coins that include pre-loaded amounts of cryptocurrency. They ship world wide and they also accept paypal!