What is NFT staking and how to earn income from NFTs?
We all know about staking cryptocurrencies, whereby you make a return on your investment. Nowadays, you can also make money by staking your nonfungible tokens (NFTs)! By staking your nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on NFT staking platforms, you can make additional returns on your investment. NFTs have become even more attractive due to this development.
More and more people are looking for new ways to make money without having to work for it. Passive income used to be something wealthy people could get through the bank because the interest rates on savings accounts were quite high. Nowadays, you hardly receive any interest on your money in the bank; in some cases, you even have to pay for your savings! Due to the relatively high rewards for staking cryptocurrencies and NFTs, a new-age alternative has been found.
What is NFT staking?
Staking your NFTs is a way to put your unique token to work on the blockchain. Often NFTs are associated with digital images, such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, but they can be all kinds of objects, from digital art to video files to items in a game. NFT staking means that you attach your nonfungible tokens to a platform or protocol. In exchange for this action, you receive staking rewards. In this way, you can earn extra while you remain the owner of the NFT.
You can compare this way of staking with decentralized finance (DeFi) yield farming, where cryptocurrencies are lent or deployed to liquidity providers to earn rewards through interest or the transaction costs incurred by others. This way of earning interest is similar to that earned through a bank but in this case, there is no middleman. NFT staking belongs to the decentralized finance world while the banking form is centralized.
How does NFT staking work?
NFT staking works the same as staking cryptocurrencies because NFTs are tokenized assets. Also, for NFTs, not every nonfungible token can be staked, just as this is not possible for every token. Because NFTs are tokenized assets, you can deploy them on NFT staking platforms where you can keep them safe. This is possible via a smart contract on the appropriate blockchain protocol.
Even though staking NFTs is a relatively new concept, many NFT holders are very excited about this development. That is because a nonfungible token is unique, making holders reluctant to sell. This is the big difference with cryptocurrencies, where you can easily buy and sell crypto. To stake NFTs, you need a crypto wallet, which must be suitable for the NFT in question.
First, check if your favorite wallet also fits the blockchain on which the NFT is located. Then you need to connect the wallet to the staking platform so you can send your NFTs to the platform. This operation can be compared to staking your coins. Both can be performed by going to the staking section of the platform.
NFT staking rewards
The type of staking rewards that NFT holders can receive for deploying their NFTs depends on the platform and the type of NFT. Most NFT staking platforms offer periodic rewards, which are often paid out daily or weekly. Often, these rewards are paid out in the platform’s utility token, but there are exceptions. Regardless of the token used for staking rewards, you can trade the staking reward tokens and possibly convert them into other cryptocurrencies or fiat money.
In addition, there are also staking platforms that have decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Here, NFT holders can lock their assets into a DAO pool, also known as a NFT staking pool, which allows them to participate in governance tasks on the platform. This often includes voting rights when proposals are made. It is also possible to make the proposals yourself, but this varies by DAO.
Because a large portion of the NFTs on the NFT market belong to various blockchain games, there are also various staking opportunities in play-to-earn games such as Axie Infinity (AXS), The Sandbox (SAND) and Splinterlands (SPS). In play-to-earn gaming, you can earn not only crypto but also NFTs. This makes it possible to earn NFTs for free and then stake them!