# 1) Look at Market Cap, not price of coin
Price of coin means almost nothing (because the supply can vary widely). What you should be looking at is Market Cap instead.
A website to check out Market Cap is: [https://coinmarketcap.com/](https://coinmarketcap.com/)
If you want a safer investment, you should be looking at one of the higher marketcap coins (like BTC, ETH).
If you want a coin that has more potential for growth (e.g. potential 1000X), but at the expense of higher risk, look for a smaller marketcap coin. Note that there are hundreds of thousands of small-marketcap coins, obviously not all of them can 1000X, so a great deal of luck or wisdom is needed here.
# 2) Check out what DApps are already running on the blockchain
A bit of Googling is needed, since there is no unified list available.
For example, if you are researching Ethereum, google “list of ethereum dapps”. You should be able to find resources such as:
For Polygon (Ethereum scaling solution), there is a list of DApps on Polygon here:
For smart contracts crypto, you should ideally be investing in a cryptocurrency that has many DApps running on it. For store-of-value crypto like BTC, this is not really applicable, so you can skip this step.
# 3) Check out the GitHub Repository of the blockchain
This is to make sure that developers are actively working on the blockchain. Developers are just as important as users.
No active developers = Game over for any crypto project, no matter strong they may seem now.
For example, you can see that Ethereum developers are working 24/7 on the project:
* [https://github.com/ethereum](https://github.com/ethereum) (typically daily updates)
Bitcoin GitHub is quite active as well:
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