Best Practices for Steemit Newbie Artists by @merej99 - a 100% Power Up Post

6 months ago
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Best Practices for Steemit Newbie Artists

Hey guys, Meredith Loughran here - and I want to share some best practices for Newbie Artists on Steemit.

First of all, you may be wondering who the hell I am and why's this any of my business? And that's a great question.


I have been online active building websites, participating in social media, message boards & chatrooms, and blogging since 1999. And while I don't have huge followings anywhere, there is one thing I do well - community engagement and advocacy. It's what I'm good at and something that I love.

And not to toot my own horn, but I consider myself to be one of the better solo, organic curators on the platform. I might be a minnow still, but I think like a whale.

So here are some Best Practices to get noticed, build your following, and stay out of trouble.


Don't just slap a picture up and call it a day

Stop the Wham, Bam, thank you Ma'am bullshit.

One of the things that drives me absolutely batshit crazy is trying to find original artists and Steemit newbies to support and the only thing they post is a picture.

Seriously?! What the fuck is that? If I wanted to see pictures, I could flip through my photo album or search Google to my heart's content. Part of being a community advocate and curator is finding people willing to engage in the community.

Tell me a story... or something.

  • What prompted you to post?
  • What was your inspiration behind creating it?
  • Give me a nugget of humanity so I have a small window into who you are and whether I want to support and share your work!

Get Verified!

There are a few ways you can get verified. As a newbie, you've probably seen a bunch of Steemians with neat badges like this:

To get your own, visit SteemVerify.com

  • The other way is to create a footer template with links to your other social media sites.
  • And finally, you can do an Introduce Myself post.
    Many new users post a picture holding a sign with the date on it and tell us a little about yourself.

Why is this important?

A major part of this platform is building trust.

Everything is saved on the blockchain and there are several groups, witnesses, and active community members who want to keep Steemit legit - which means you have to be legit too.

FYI - a blockchain is a permanent ledger of all the goings on - from posts to comments to balance transfers and payouts. By being open sourced, anyone can look through our history. Our posts are also picked up by Google search, which is very important to us as individuals and Steemit as a platform.


Citations

Cite your work.

If you've originally posted your work somewhere on the internet, do your best to cite the original source when you repost it on Steemit.

The reason is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Search engines have savvy algorithms which will recognize duplicate material.

It's not out to get you and tear you down, but it will become confused and blacklist you if you are flagged as a plagiarist. Yes, self-plagiarism exists and it is a huge problem.

By citing the original post/artwork, you will actually boost your search ranking because it backlinks to your other websites/blogs and recognizes you as an authority on the subject.

At the very least, make a statement somewhere on your blog post that the work was created by you.

Cite other people's work.

While we can be avid fans, it's doubly important to cite someone else's work!

If you see a picture or piece of art that inspires you - cite them as you share their products/creations.

There is a potential for legal action and hefty fines if someone really wants to come after you for infringement on their copyright. See DMCA

Use legitimate Public Domain and Creative Commons sharing sites.

I personally use Pixabay and Dreamstime for most of my non-original artwork; Giphy for animated gifs.

NEVER PULL PICS OFF GOOGLE SEARCH OR WIKIPEDIA

Just because they appear in search doesn't mean they are free to use images.

If you do a Google image search, click Search Tools; Usage Rights; Labeled for Reuse.
Even then, visit the webpage of the image to double check that it is labeled Public Domain or Creative Commons with or without restrictions, which depends on whether the originator simply wants a link back for acknowledgement.


BUILD YOUR TRIBE
using the 3 C's
Content creation - Comments - Curation

I am going to keep typing this until my fingers bleed. If you're going to give yourself half a chance on Steemit, you need to build your tribe of supporters and followers.

Give us a reason to connect with you!

Content creation is only a small part of the process. Engage with people through upvoting (curating) and leaving comments.

If you've read about my 90 days on Steemit, you will know that I have NO EXPECTATIONS of earning.

Of course I want to make money here! If payment disappeared tomorrow I would be seriously disappointed. I might even go back to blogging on my own website. But I would seek out and follow my favorite artists and content creators elsewhere. That's because those people have left an impression on me, and I don't want to lose that.

What is your Steemit legacy going to be?

My Number 1 piece of advice

Do the right thing all of the time.


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Your comments, upvotes and shares are always appreciated.

Thank you.

For older content, visit my Steemit blog page

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  ·  6 months ago

great advice, just posting a picture is seriously dissapointing, if I wanted to look at pictures I'd head into the void of pinterest.

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  ·  6 months ago

That's it exactly I can look at pictures all day but from a curation or quality standpoint, not on Steemit. If they can't put in the time and make any kind of effort, I simply don't have time either. That's a cold hard truth, isn't it?

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  ·  6 months ago

Great advice as usual! Newbies definitely need to follow these!

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  ·  6 months ago

Thanks @anca3drandom! I'm seeing way too many people post a picture and nothing else. I don't want a hooker! I want a relationship. LOL

71
  ·  6 months ago

Excellent post! I will try to get this on the "Steemit Welcome Page" that we are working on :)

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  ·  6 months ago

Thank you @timcliff - just let me know if you need a cleaned up version. LOL

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  ·  6 months ago

I don't think it will be necessary. A little bit of personal touch is always good. The page will go through a review period though. If any issues are brought up then, we'll have to make whatever changes are needed to get the page approved. I'll let you know if we need any updates.

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  ·  6 months ago

Good advice! I don't know how many times I've wanted to find new artists to support/upvote, but they only post a picture. That's not the point of the community and I can't support the lack of effort there even if the image is great. Hopefully we'll see more content alongside imagery here!

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  ·  6 months ago

That's it exactly! The lack of effort is frustrating. I sincerely hope it's because they don't know any better, but sadly too many of them will quit because they don't generate a following or make any money...and then call it a scam.

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  ·  6 months ago

Good advice. I'm still trying to figure out how to begin posting images!!

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  ·  6 months ago

Hi @timelessriddle - Here is a great link to get some basics on Markdown http://assemble.io/docs/Cheatsheet-Markdown.html

I would also look into http://steemimg.com/ which was developed by @blueorgy It's a place where you can upload your images and then use the link for your Steemit blog pages. It's a great solution especially if you don't have your own website or FTP. Good luck and don't hesitate yelling out for help if you're still having trouble.

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  ·  6 months ago

Great advice to any and all steemit users.

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  ·  6 months ago

Thank you, @natek - I really hope a bunch of people see this. As you can see from the comments, the people who spend a good deal of time curating look for verified people and original content - partly because we've had the wool pulled over our eyes way too many times. You know that saying: Once bitten, Twice shy.

71
  ·  6 months ago

ud is bright admire Miss @merej99 still has his work day never has a bad day are always excellent real Cadre a true example to follow. thank you very much for sharing brilliant post daily congratulations on their achievements and continued success

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  ·  6 months ago

Great advice, where would you advise members to get the pictures they want to use? :)

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  ·  6 months ago

@karenb54 - If you cannot use your own photos, I recommend pixabay.com. I believe Dreamstime has a subscription - It's been a while since I've used them. @thecryptofiend started an initiative called Steem4Free, where you'll have to search the tag #steem4free to see what other Steemians have shared. Unfortunately, I believe those messages disappear from our feed or search capability after 30 days. I may actually have to write another blog post about legitimate sites for images and music!

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  ·  6 months ago

Thus far using steemimg.com has not worked for me. (I haven't gotten the varification code in the email. 🤔) I'm new to blogging. Having image sites (loading my own images for free is more what I want) and music will be helpful.

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  ·  6 months ago

Very good advice, with a couple links I had not been aware of. Thank you. ~Cheers~

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  ·  6 months ago

Thank you @games83501 - there are so many more helpful links that I haven't even begun to share. I think there may be a few people working on compiling them into a list. :)

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  ·  6 months ago

Well Mere, you walk the talk and do the right thing all the time - Good advice, and you personify what steemit is really about :)

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  ·  6 months ago

When I don't walk the talk karma generally knocks the wind out of me. I personally like breathing. LOL It helps me sleep better at night!

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  ·  6 months ago

I hear you LOL!!

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  ·  6 months ago

I love that you wrote this as I just couldn't, lol:

'Stop the Wham, Bam, thank you Ma'am bullshit.

One of the things that drives me absolutely batshit crazy is trying to find original artists and Steemit newbies to support and the only thing they post is a picture.'

As a Steem Trail art curator I look through the art posts everyday- Like a whole 24 hours of contents- every day (I'm in the middle of doing it now)! It will often be in the early hours after I have posted and really should be heading to bed- but I take my role as a curator seriously. It sounds harsh but if I can't see 100% that it's their work then I can't recommend it, I will often trawl through someones blog to do this. Crisp glossy images are nice to look at- but they don't help verify it's someones genuine artwork.
A strong image that shows up on the feed is also beneficial, if people are scanning through the feeds and eye catching image will make people stop and click quicker.

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  ·  6 months ago

YES! It's so frustrating. And just recently an artist I had been following, even though they never verified, was nuked for plagiarism. I was so incredibly disappointed that it's made me really reconsider who I'm upvoting. I want to know there is substance and a real, honest-to-goodness person. I hate that I feel like I have to withhold my votes when I really like a piece because of this. It's a good point too, about making sure a good, crisp image shows up in the feed. Presentation plays a vital role too.

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  ·  6 months ago

Thanks for your art curation! It does take serious effort -- especially for art because there is so much of it. I curate for Gardening and for Foraging, but there aren't near so many posts on those topics. The art category must be so much bigger.

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  ·  6 months ago

Good words, it is an articulate and helpful piece!

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  ·  6 months ago

I'm glad you enjoyed it @nbeledrifts - It's also appropriate to writers and musicians -- basically any creative who wants to share their passion here.

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  ·  6 months ago

WOW @virtualgrowth - thank you! It's quite an honor...and I hope many more newbies will be helped by it. :)