How do I set up my machine to process transactions and earn the transaction fees?

I am unable to earn money from solving blocks, but I think I could make money from transaction fees. The issue is that pools hide the transaction fees from the miners. The miners earn the solved blocks. How would I go about processing transactions on my own?

This will satisfy two goals:

  1. earn transaction fees
  2. any transactions I perform, I can process myself

Answer

The only way to collect money from transaction fees is to solve blocks; they are one and the same thing. The reward for being the first to successfully mine a block is:

  • the coinbase reward (currently 25 BTC), and
  • any transaction fees for the transactions included in the block

There is no way to separate these two.

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