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How to Choose an ATOM Validator

ATOM staking is simple and staking with our node qualifies you to receive all airdrops. There are constant airdrops in the Cosmos ecosystem. You can find our Blocks United node in Guarda, Rainbow, Trust wallet, Ledger Live, Keplr and Cosmostation.

For more details on ATOM staking please read our article, How to Earn 10%+ Staking Cosmos(ATOM)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Choose a validator that has 100% uptime. Scrolling down the validator’s page on Mintscan will show you the most recent blocks signed. Click here to view our node’s page on Mintscan.

2. Select a validator that has self-staked tokens. This means they have skin in the game and a reason to keep the node running smoothly. This is the label called, “Bonded Height” on their mintscan page.

3. Only stake with validators that have a website, so you can contact them.

4. Stake ATOM with validators who are active in the community. Check social channels. We post regularly on Twitter, Reddit, Discord, Medium, and sometimes Telegram.

5. Stake ATOM with validators who vote on network proposals. You can see whether or not they’ve voted on mintscan. You can view Blocks United’s voting record on our mintscan page

6. Make sure your validator charges at least 1% commission. 0% commission nodes are excluded from receiving airdrops.

Fortunately, ATOM stakers take pride in supporting their validators. They know that in order to reliably sign blocks, validators need to be profitable so they can afford the best equipment. Don’t pay more than 12% commission though.

7. Stake with validators #85-#185 to help the network decentralize. Avoid the bottom few because they are in danger of falling from the active set and their delegators would then be unbonded, and have to wait 21 days to restake. Rewards are NOT earned during the unbonding period, FYI.

We have a detailed ATOM staking tutorial you may want to check out.

Ready to stake ATOM with us at Blocks United? Simply click the button below.

Pro tip! You can auto-compound your ATOM staking rewards using Yieldmos. It will save you tons of time. Check out our tutorial.

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How can I receive airdrops?

If you currently stake ATOM using Exodus, Atomic or Trust wallets, you may qualify to receive airdrops, but won’t be able to claim the tokens. You’ll need to use Keplr for that. No problem, just drop your seed phrase or private key into Keplr. Here’s our tutorial.

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What's the best ATOM wallet?

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Keplr is the preferred wallet, because it gives you the greatest access to the Cosmos ecosystem and the ability to claim airdrops.

Plus, you can connect your Ledger Nano for extra security. You use Keplr as your Cosmos user interface, but Ledger still holds the keys offline. You have to press the buttons on the physical device in your hand in order to move funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will find a list of all active ATOM validators on mintscan or atomscan.

There is no “best” validators, but many excellent ATOM validators. We like to think we’re one of them. The best Cosmos validators will have 100% uptime, have a website and way to contact them, good slashing record, self-staked tokens, be active on social channels, actively vote on governance proposals, and charge a reasonable commission.

If you are interested in receiving airdrops:

  1. Avoid centralized exchange validators, like Coinbase
  2. Avoid 0% commission validators
  3. Avoid the top 25 largest validators
  4. Stake as much as you can for as long as you can

Blocks United’s delegators qualify for all airdrops.

If you are afraid to take custody of your tokens, Coinbase is a convenient option. However, there are added risks and they charge ridiculously high commission. Check out our article: Why You Should Not Stake ATOM With Coinbase.

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