Crypto-miners in the browser are a viable monetization method.

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Having website visitors mine cryptocurrency for you should be an acceptable model of monetization.

  • Cryptocurrency mining does not improve in profits by tracking users and violating privacy, which is a common tactic used by ads and ad networks.

  • Having more options for monetization allows sites to choose the model that best suits their specific wants or needs.

  • Mining cryptocurrency allows users to give money to a site with lower friction than would otherwise exist in providing payment details.

  • Ads have been used for malicious purposes in the past, such as delivery of viruses or links to sites that would do so. Provided the crypo-mining script is certified, mining can prevent harm to the users that are victim to these malicious ads, since no malicious scripts could be run.

  • This technique would indirectly reward developers for making their site's display and behavior technologies operate efficiently.

  • Background crypto-mining reduces the added cognitive load that display ads introduce to a user.

  • Inserting a cryptocurrency miner is cheaper for small businesses than competing in high-volume ad keywords.

  • Some webpages use very little system resources, and users sometimes have resources they're otherwise not using while on those webpages.

  • Mining cryptocurrency drains mobile device battery levels at a much faster rate than ads.

  • Mining through the browser is way less efficient than mining natively and just paying sites the equivalent in cryptocurrency fees.

  • Cryptocurrency miners can cost users in some countries with high electricity prices more than the site earns.

  • Running miners at full-speed can lower the life expectancy of your hardware, such as a computer fan or CPU.

  • Cryptocurrencies are trying to switch to Proof-of-Stake systems (and Ethereum is already close to doing so), which would make mining useless. Thus, even if moral, mining may only be viable for a short period of time.

  • Decreasing the performance of visitors' equipment could impact their behavior in a way that made them a less valuable community.

  • The presumption that crypto sites would use mining could deter people from visiting, resulting in a slower spread of information.

  • A complex algorithm could collect data in a way that wasn't detected by auditors, placing site visitors at risk.

  • There might be no practical way for a user to know if a script executing on their equipment was legit.

  • Mining cryptocurrency is bad for the environment.