Miners

Contributors to a blockchain taking part in the process of mining.


Contributors to a blockchain taking part in the process of mining.

What Are Miners?

Miners are users of a cryptocurrency network who use specialized hardware, called ASICs, to process transactions on the network and earn mining rewards in the form of cryptocurrency. They are responsible for verifying transactions, creating new blocks, and adding them to the blockchain. As a reward for their efforts, they receive a certain amount of the cryptocurrency they are mining. Miners can mine different cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or altcoins.

How Do Miners Create New Bitcoin?

Mining is the process of creating new coins by solving complex mathematical puzzles. The miner who is first to solve the puzzle is rewarded with a certain number of coins. To create new Bitcoins, miners must process and record transactions on the blockchain – the distributed ledger of all Bitcoin transactions. 
The process itself requires miners to guess a hash in order to create a new block. They can do this only by applying brute computational force and putting ASICs to work. 

How Much Do Miners Earn?

The amount of money miners earn depends on the amount of computing power they are using and the current value of the cryptocurrency they are mining. Generally speaking, miners who contribute more computing power to the network can earn more money. Bitcoin miners can work profitably only if they use cheap electricity and build a big enough stock of hardware. The current rate of block rewards and the price of the cryptocurrency they mine also affect how much they can earn. If the price of Bitcoin falls too low, they have to close their businesses or sell it to more competitive miners. 

How Can You Start Mining?

To begin Bitcoin mining, you will need to purchase a specialized mining rig and install the necessary software. You will also need to join a bitcoin mining pool, as individual miners are unlikely to be rewarded with a block. After setting up your mining rig, you can start to mine Bitcoin by running the mining software. You should also track your rig’s performance to ensure it is running at optimal efficiency.