Crypto Knowledge Drop 10/2/21

Been bingeing on study of the blockchain space. Voraciously searching for and assimilating the best info, education, knowledge that I can.

Here’s a study list – basically a share of the some of the great resources I have found in the last few weeks. Not financial advice, not pumping anything, just sharing info that I believe is worth sharing. Soak it up and enjoy.

Trading Tutorials

Top 6 Cryptocurrency Trading Strategies – this is a really good trading primer going over many of the core concepts.

Market, Limit, & Stop Orders For Cryptocurrency

Averaging, Scaling And Laddering

What Is Proof Of Stake, Liquidity Pools And How To Stake Your Crypto Holdings

Explanation Of Grid Trading With A Bot on Pionex

Scott Melker on London Real, Aug 19th 2021. Scott is a trader who has been in the game a long time and had incredible success. Tons of insight in this interview.

Interesting Projects – Deep Dives / Analysis


A Deep Dive Into IOTA

Coinmarketcap Deep Dives (202 Articles So Far)

Angle. “Angle will be the first decentralized, capital efficient and over-collateralized stablecoin protocol”.

Polkadot, Cosmos, Tezos most likely to follow in the footsteps of Solana

ALTCOINSMATIC, ENJ, WAVES: What this trio brings to your long-term portfolio

Leveraged Yield Farming On Solana | Francium Protocol Review

Qortal Blockchain Project: “A completely unique (written completely from scratch) blockchain-based infrastructure platform capable of eventually rebuilding the internet entirely, as well as establishing the framework for a worldwide economic system based on individual input for gaining of influence in the network.”

Interviews With Thought Leaders

Alex Mashinsky On London Real, Oct 1st 2021. Alex Mashinsky is the founder of Celsius Network and evidently a genius. Super inspiring.

Stani Kulechov On London Real, Sept 10th 2021. Stani is the brilliant founder of AAVE, a DeFi lending protocol that has had phenomenal success.

Ben Armstrong (BitBoy Crypto) on London Real Sept 21st 2021. Watch out for the part where he calls out the corrupt system.

Raoul Pal: Introduction To The Exponential Age:

This must-see video is something of a ‘cult classic’. Look at the rave reviews from the people whose minds were blown in the comments!

Raoul Pal Interview On Bankless:

Another brilliant interview – super smart interviewers asking sharp questions!

DeFi, Layer 1 Wars & the Supercycle | Predictions with Qiao Wang (Blockworks):
“The most important question to ask yourself if you want to know the future is where are the developers going.” Qiao goes into why developers are choosing Solana over Ethereum, Avalanche and many more things.

Michael Saylor interviewed by Tom Bilyeu, 10 Jun 2021:

Michael is a serial entrepreneur and tech innovator who has been in the game a long time. Another must see; he brings is engineering mindset into the space. Great stuff.

Crypto Market Cap Could Hit $40T In 5 Years (Sept 2021 Digital Asset Summit, NYC):

They ramble a bit but the notable takeaway here is that these 3 being interviewed are macro hedge fund capitalists whose investments are now predominantly or entirely focused now on digital assets / crypto. This gives you an indication of the current onboarding of “big money” into the space and their thoughts on the next 5 years. It’s still early days… The guys being interviewed are forward-thinking relative to “old school” trad investors, many of whom resist change or even still think crypto is some kind of hoax. Tearing into the FED and the way the public is getting screwed within 3 minutes; the devaluation of global fiat currency, gold, petrodollars… Mark Yusko firing on all cylinders.

Crypto Will More Than 30x | Dan Tapiero, 10T Holdings:

Dan Tapiero interviewed by Scott Melker. Fantastic stream of consciousness from Dan T.

Serum the Future of DeFi (FTX Official, 11 Aug 2020)

Crazy to think that this is over a year old. These are some heavy hitters in the space discussing the way things are going – CEOs of FTX, Solana, Genesis Block. These guys are creating the future.


Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) – wikipedia

Crypto Insights 9/27/21

Stream of consciousness thoughts and ideas. Enjoy.

1) Blockchain is the future. More than people even realize. This is a bigger technological revolution than the internet and is the DNA of an entire new ecosystem. The potential is beyond immense. But don’t take my word for it; learn how it works and contribute your ideas and your concerns, both of which have real value.

2) This is a space in which early movers are rewarded. It’s crazy to think that if I had put my first flush of money that I made from internet business into crypto in 2014, it would be worth hundreds of millions now. I simply didn’t know. There are still massive opportunities though – you just probably don’t know about them. SHIB went 2000x, briefly, in less than 2 months earlier this year (before settling back down at around 300x the level it was at in early 2021). By observing the exponential adoption rate of this technology and these ideas, we can interpret that there will be more (and bigger) opportunities to come – and overall we are still in the early phase. But you can’t be an early mover unless you are on the edge of the wave of knowledge and understanding how this all works.

3) This is a space in which knowledge and ideas essentially become a form of capital. We are seeing capital migrating towards mindshare and out of other structures. Study and knowledge will become prime drivers of value – as they well should!

4) In the new token ecosystem, money can be whatever you want it to be. Literally and directly. The boundary between tangible and intangible assets is removed. Anything can be “tokenized” so we have the incredible opportunity to attach authenticated monetary value directly to intrinsic value, emotional value and even to ideas – rather than to “fiat currency”; which by monetizing one thing (gold, bills, whatever) effectively demonetizes all other things and people and excludes them from participation, thus creating an “unfair” and centralized architecture of power. That may have gotten us to where we are today, but it’s not unreasonable to say that it’s obsolete. With NFTs and “memecoin” tokens, marketplace value is driven by the collective perception of value alone – and the size of the marketplace is dictated directly BY THE PEOPLE participating in the marketplace, rather than by an authoritarian structure or body. This is the essence of decentralization and it informs and ennobles autonomy, participation and innovation. Big stuff!

5) Growth is exponential and moves in cycles.

6) Volatility will be immense for the foreseeable future. Why be scared of that? Again, knowledge is power and helps to eliminate ‘bright shiny object syndrome’ and differentiate projects that have real value from those that don’t.

7) Scams are rife, so do your due diligence. It certainly is the wild west – but that is not necessarily a bad thing. But for God’s sake. If someone – anyone – asks you to send them some crypto and they will send double back… it’s a scam. If someone DM’s you out of the blue claiming to be an admin from a platform, asking for information, passwords, etc – it’s almost certainly a scam. If you see a video on Youtube purporting to be from Cardano, click the channel icon to see if it is the real channel or an impersonator. In general, anything that offers you a large gift, but requires something from you first – personal information, money, etc – is a scam. My wish is that the regulators would focus their energy on catching scammers and into educating the public about scams to help them avoid them; rather than attempting to decide whether or not something “is a security”. Let’s hope they do that.

8) Blockchain is a new system of governance. This is not just a fancy phrase but has deep meaning which requires a full understanding. This understanding tends to take a while to sink in and you will ‘get it’ in stages; at least, that’s what happened to me.

The old structures are toast. Literally toast. Why do you think China is banning cryptocurrency? It’s because they are shit scared, they know it’s going to eat them for breakfast. I like to think it’s too late and that they cannot stop the future… but they will try – and they are dastardly. We cannot afford to underestimate the dangerous, bladed tail of dictatorship as it convulses in its death throes. Same goes with all the legacy structures but it’s starting to look as though blockchain literally undoes and eradicates them. It creates the potential for participation in power that is possibly unbreakable; and flips the script on a macro level from a top down power hierarchy into one where if people opt out, the system loses value – which precipitates the creation of consensus structures and the dismantling of elitism. This is what they are scared of.
I do think that by moving against it they are only hurting themselves. As we saw with mining; which simply made all the miners go elsewhere. China didn’t “ban crypto”… China banned themselves. Fucking stupid, but quite nice in a way: Let the corrupt old structures exclude themselves from the new world and fizzle out in their miserable little redundant shell. Poetic justice! Although I feel bad for the Chinese public, if you can even call them a public at this point… but things have huge potential to turn around.
So it will be interesting to see what happens as authoritarian structures attempt to muscle in and take over, which is what they are doing right now; attempting to recreate the only thing they know, which is systems of enforced participation rather than those of voluntary participation.. that’s exactly what is at stake and I like to think that the technology itself is robust at its core and incorruptible due to its nature and essence. What a fascinating point in evolution where technology and ethics may be able to merge for the first time. It makes sense when viewed from a macro level: Entropic structures have decay at their heart and are therefore ultimately doomed to fail. Once a synergistic structure has been birthed, it is logical that it will disassemble the old, by its nature. “You can’t keep ’em down the farm when they’ve seen gay Paris…”

9) Distributed architecture creates a new form of identity and a new type of permanent record – which has potential benefits that have barely even begun to be envisaged.

10) The pace of growth and of potential gain is off the scale of anything seen before. We are seeing billionaires created in timescales measuring months rather than decades! This exponential acceleration will only continue.

Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for hyperspace… 🙂

I will be posting a “knowledge drop” shortly with a study list of the good things I have been feasting on.

(Note of course, none of this is financial advice or a buy/sell recommendation.)

New Blog Approved For AdSense In Less Than 8 Weeks! Here’s Exactly How I Did It. How To Get Approved For Adsense

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New Blog Approved For AdSense In Less Than 8 Weeks! – Graphic © 8FigureStack. Background photo – Shutterstock (under license)

If you are looking for insight on how to get approved for Adsense, this post is for you!

I checked my Google Adsense account today and discovered that 8FigureStack has been approved for Adsense – in less than 8 weeks since I created the first post! Yay! 🙂

I now have a total of 15 sites/blogs approved by AdSense.

This was in fact my second application for this blog: I applied a couple of weeks prior – partly out of curiosity as I knew this was still a small blog – and got rejected.

Since then I added a few posts but also spent significant time making overall improvements: Editing, lengthening and improving the existing posts; ran a spelling checker and broken link checker; added 600×900 Pinterest images to the top of each article; worked on the factors recommended by the Yoast SEO plugin; added a Favicon; and made sure each post contained at least one in-content link to other related posts on the same blog (internal linking).

Interestingly, at the time of monetization this blog only has 32 articles (+ an “about this blog” page). I would consider this a small amount of content for an Adsense application. However the article length on 8 Figure Stack is much longer than typical blog content and I made a huge effort to pack in as much value into each post as I could. This seems to help!

I have also been approved for Infolinks; this happened I think at around 20 articles.

Monetization is always a great feeling: Your blog is officially rocking and rolling and is going to start paying you! 🙂

Let’s look in depth at more detailed stats to help you get insight and get your blog approved for ads!

Detailed Stats

Approval Date:

First article published: Jun 12th 2021
Adsense approval: Aug 1st 2021


Almost zero! I have done virtually nothing to start promoting this blog yet, hence am typically seeing only around 10 visitors per day; mostly via Google – I haven’t investigated the search keywords yet but I am guessing they are probably arriving through some long tail searches, as I have done zero “external” link building (and pinned about 3 images to a Pinterest board):

Plausible Analytics – Early days yet!

To give further insight on this: I have had a site that gets around 5,000 pageviews per day rejected by Adsense! High traffic volume, which is a deciding factor for some ad platforms, evidently doesn’t matter to AdSense approval at all. 🙂

Onsite SEO:

It’s hard to know whether this is relevant to Adsense approval, but it’s a good practice anyway. I simply followed the recommendations in the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin and got the posts the point where 8FigureStack scores “ok” on 28 posts and “good” on 5 posts:

Content Quantity / Length:

• 32 posts + 1 “about this blog” post.
• Super long content!

Many of the posts on 8 Figure Stack are “monster tutorials” – with 8 posts clocking in 5,000+ words. 2 of these posts have over 10,000 words!

I can’t be sure if this was a deciding factor – but it seems to help. All I know is… this is what I did and I got monetized. They don’t give you a detailed scorecard; only a set of “vague reasons” if you aren’t approved and an approval status update in the Adsense panel if you are.

To give you a more detailed idea of the content length, here are the word counts of the articles.


Total word count: 125,691
Average words per article: 3,928

Content Originality:

The content is all unique and “hand written” by me. No spun articles, no outsourced articles. About 15 of these posts were “ported over” from an old blog and deleted / 301 redirected from that old blog. I have a feeling that if you are migrating content to a new domain and 301 redirecting the old, your old content *may* need to disappear from Google’s cache to avoid a duplicate content issue – I don’t know for sure though and don’t know how long it takes; I would guess “weeks”. If your content is a “clone” of content appearing on another site, I would think it highly likely that your ad application is rejected.

Top Tips To Get Approved For AdSense And Other Ad Platforms:

I have a full tutorial on that here:

12 Key Factors That Will Help Your Blog Get Approved For Top Paying Ads

Here are some additional notes based on the fast approval I just had with 8 Figure stack:

Focus On These Key Points To Help You Get Monetized:

Honestly my #1 tip would be to concentrate 75% of your efforts on your content length and quality. Don’t just spit out thousands of words of fluff and filler – but focus on making your content better. Add more value. Go further in depth into the topics in your articles and “go the extra mile” in consistent quality. This seems to be the most consistent pattern I have seen when comparing sites that got approved with sites that didn’t.

I would say aim for 50 good, solid articles minimum before applying to Adsense. I was not confident that I would get in at 32 posts, but thought it would be interesting to give it a shot and see what happened. If my content had been “thin” I don’t think even 50 articles would cut it. Unique, good quality “Long-form” content is key. Full-length, well researched tutorials and articles. Put yourself in the shoes of the visitor. How would you feel if you landed on your site? Be really honest.

I also think there is an element of luck of the draw. I imagine that the approvals team have thousands of sites to whip through and different reviewers are going to have different feelings about a site; so if you make some improvements, wait a week or 2 and then reapply, you might be in luck and may get a different reviewer. Don’t just keep on reapplying for a weak site however. Make it stronger first! 🙂

Adsense definitely evaluates sites on a case-by-case basis. If you have other sites approved, it doesn’t mean that a new site will be approved. Similarly, if you have had other sites DISapproved, it doesn’t necessarily mean a new site will also be disapproved!

I now have 15 sites/blogs approved by Adsense and 2 still disapproved that evidently need some improvements! One of the rejected sites is an “image site” with unique “quotation pics” – it has over 1,200 posts; some posts have a short article (around 200 words) but the majority of posts only have the image and the quote written out below it – no article at all! – so I think it’s fairly obvious why it was disapproved. Despite the fact that the graphics are original and loved on social media, there is not enough written content.

Ask yourself these simple questions about your blog:
Does this blog provide VALUE to the visitor?
How can I improve the value delivered?
Does the visitor “get what they came in for” when they view my content; leaving them better informed and (hopefully) closer to making an informed purchase decision (that’s the ideal scenario from an advertiser’s point of view at least!)

In essence, Google (and other advertisers, especially well paying ones) don’t want their ads to appear on “junk websites”. Think that over and consider what it means – and why.

So now you know where “the bar” is to get monetized. Make it happen! 🙂