MinerGate is very interesting Mining pool with it's own mining software AND web mining (something that I've personally never seen).
It is primarily used for mining cryptonote coins. If you have a slower CPU/GPU machine, it might be something you can get a reasonable yield out of. With much lower global hash rates, you have less competition for shares.
Some cryptonotes have to be exchanged into a different coin before bitcoin but some like BCN can be exchanged straight into BTC (if that's what you're looking to do).
Start MiningSimply download their GUI miner, and you can start at least mining with your CPU almost instantly. The second route is to navigate to their home page and scroll down past their GUI and download their open sourced mining software (if you dont like using these, just stick with the GUI).
Fairly easy to set up, they're basically plug and play. Here's a simple set up for the Claymore CryptoNote GPU:
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
NsGpuCNMiner.exe -o stratum+tcp://mcn-dsh.pool.minergate.com:45740 -u firstname.lastname@example.org -p x
That's it. just run the pool .bat file and you're already mining away. Keep in mind that you can change the pool to any coin you'd prefer, this is just what i mine with them.
Trade to Bitcoin
Trading cryptonote coins into bitcoin is incredibly simple, my preference is Poloniex. Simple exchange, well laid out exchange, fees are a bit heavy however.
Just when transferring these kinds of coins,remember the key as well as the wallet address, forgetting this may lead to the loss or temporary loss of coins.