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27 July 2021

Four Tips For Running A Profitable Lightning Network Node

Four Tips For Running A Profitable Lightning Network Node

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Between analyzing traffic flow, fees, which channels to open and close, and rebalancing, you really have to take the time to see how traffic moves and what it costs to move.

You have to dig in at the individual route then look at a more macro view over time to set your fees and know where to put your sats.

Sure you can program a script to automate fees for you, and there are some great ones out there, but I don’t think we’re at the point where it can analyze traffic patterns, overall flow, most strategic rebalancing routes, and the best channels to open to to minimize costs and maximize profits.

Really channels under 2 million sats don’t see any flow, but I have 2 million sat channels that route more traffic than my 20 million sat channels.

If traffic flows one way, which a lot of channels do, then I constantly push or pull sats back to feed the traffic.

If it’s not profitable to rebalance certain channels, then up your fees.

I took all routing fees and subtracted: rebalancing fees, on-chain transactions (opening/closing channels fees, moving sats to my node, and any Loop Outs).

I’m sure having a technical coding or software background has its advantages, but as someone that never used a command line prior to running a node, I don’t think it’s really needed at this stage in the game.

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