This post is specifically directed at Red Fish and Minnows who are interested in getting more activity on their posts.
I'll separate this in four parts, depending on the level of investment you are prepared to make and also depending on the quality of your posts.
I also know that this list will be very incomplete, since I will only talk about the projects and bots I use (or have used.) Also, I will completely ignore every Bitbot out there. (I only used a bidbot once... and I'm not a fan. In fact, I hate them. I don't even want to hear talking about them.)
A) No Investment Required
Quality of Posts: Irrelevant
1) The ABC Trio of Artificial Intelligence Bots
The only requirement is that you follow their accounts.
Please note that it's pretty much useless to exploit them in comments because even though they upvote your comments, their combined votes are not enough for Steem to give you a payout. In addition, if you keep exploiting them in the comments, you'll be reducing their Voting Power, thus hurting everyone who calls the bots.
I recommend calling them on your posts and nothing else.
I have used these bots for a long time to get more exposure to my posts. Before I used them, I was feeling quite depressed since my posts would have 0 votes in the first 3 or 4 hours. Their tiny upvotes would, at least, make sure my posts weren't left hanging with 0 upvotes. More people noticed them, when I called these bots.
I've stopped using them recently, after my posts started getting more upvotes. Now I feel like I should leave them to help other users, who need them more than myself.
2) The Ukranian Bot - @djimirji
This bot also gives a free tiny upvote, but the rules are different. You have to comment "@djimirji up!" on your own post... and you also need to comply with the following rules:
- Anyone can leave an appeal under the author of the post, which is in my subscribers.
- The bot can be called no more than 3 times in 24 hours.
It works but I have just used it 4 or 5 times, if that many. Thankfully, I've stopped needing its services.
3) Feed Your Minnows - @feedyourminnows
A very fun project maintained by @scrooger. Every week you can register for a small daily upvote.
These upvotes can be really good, if you win the Weekly Animated Gif Contest. You'll find the contest on @scrooger's Feed Your Minnows Weekly Post.
4) Shannon - @sjennon
Shannon is no bot. She's a fun girl from the Netherlands who runs a Weekly Post in which you can nominate yourself to receive her 100% upvotes for a week.
I was selected by Shannon just once and it was a huge help!
5) Busy.org - A Much Better Steem Interface
One of the tags of your posts needs to be "busy” to trigger the bot.
When your followers combined SP is high enough, you'll start getting upvotes from @busy.pay instead, which are a lot higher.
(No, you cannot force this to happen. All you can do is create nice posts and wait until enough people follow you. You'll get there when you get there.)
Personally, I don't know why someone would use SteemIt.com over Busy.org, since other than the Internal Steem/SBD Market, there's nothing that Busy won't do best. It even has notifications and saves your post as you write it, so you won't lose it by accident!!! (It also means I can write a post... and post it later on.)
6) eSteem - A Very Practical Editor
eSteem is a good alternative to the browser experience. It's a complete external App / Program to interact with the Steem Network.
This was suggested to me by @melinda010100 - down in the comments - and they offer a good vote as an incentive to use the app, if you add the tag "esteem" to your post.
While I am not sure this is a guaranteed daily upvote, I found its editor so awesome that I'm including it in this article, too.
The eSteem editor doesn't have a spell checker but it's a lot more practical than the editor in Busy.org, which is already light years ahead of SteemIt.com.
Give it a try but beware with the login. I wouldn't trust giving the mobile app my Active Key, if they don't use SteemConnect.com for the login.
PS: I've also heard about @surpassinggoogle supporting Minnows but I don't know what I'm supposed to do to get that support. If anyone knows... please do tell.
B) No Investment Required
Quality of Posts: Medium
(If you use the following projects to upvote posts with a single photo and next to no text, or memes, or stuff like that... don't be surprised if they kick you out and don't allow you to re-join.)
The Minnow Support Project is a publicly run organisation built on the Steem Blockchain with the mission to spread the values of Peace, Abundance, and Liberty;
First of all, you need to join their Discord Channel to be able to use the bot.
Since the process of registration is a bit long, I'll skip it. Just follow the instructions on the channel "#start-here-rules" once you get there. If you don't understand something, you'll find someone there who can assist you with the process.
As an alternative, you have the Instructions for the Registration Process here:
After Registration, using the bot is very easy and you will can ask for a nice vote on your posts (or other people's posts) every 30 hours.
C) Investment Required
Quality of Posts: Medium
1) Delegating STEEM POWER to any bot of the Minnow Support Project
- 100+ SP gets a vote from @msp-lovebot at 10% voting power
- 500+ SP gets a vote from @msp-lovebot at 20% voting power
- 1000+ SP gets a vote from @msp-lovebot at 30% voting power
- 2500+ SP gets a vote from @msp-lovebot at 40% voting power
- 5000+ SP gets a vote from @msp-lovebot at 50% voting power
This bot will give not one but two upvotes per day.
You can do this at their website:
2) Delegating STEEM POWER to @steemraiser
Just like the bots above, there are several tiers to this project, but in this case, the more you delegate, the less return of investment you will get. The idea is to help more those who have less.
The objective of the program is to upvote a daily post with up to 1100% of the SP you delegate.
Read about the details of the project here:
3) Delegating STEEM POWER to @steem-ua
This is a great project to reward posts and rank them in a way that the STEEM Network doesn't.
The more you delegate, the more upvotes per week you can get. Up to seven.
The better your post is, the higher will be the upvote. If you make a crappy post, don't be surprised to get a crappy upvote, too. 😂
Read more about the project here:
If you don't have enough SP for all three projects and want to try one of them, I'd suggest Delegating 100 SP to @steem-ua. If you don't like it, you can always cancel it later.
I've started by Delegating just 25 SP to them. Later on I've increased it to 100 SP. And today, I've bought 150 STEEM more so I could increase my Delegation to 250 SP while keeping my current Voting Power.
They are simply loans... and you can put an end to any delegation to get your STEEM back, anytime at all.
4) Buy Steem Basic Income Shares from @steembasicincome
This is a phenomenal project. For every share you buy into the project, they will offer a share to an user of your choice (other than yourself, of course.)
As a bonus, if you upvote every post authored by @steembasicincome at 100%, the bot will double the value of your votes.
To know how it works and how to register, look at their FAQ: What is Steem Basic Income (SBI)?
5) Buy SteemIt Builds from @steemitbuilder
SteemitBuilder provide daily upvotes which will be directly proportional to the value you invest.
You can spend up to 66 STEEM to get one daily 99% upvote... and everything you invest above that value will give you access to a second daily upvote.
Maximum possible investment: 133 STEEM (or 266 STEEM if you chose to get a SBI share with every Build you buy.)
Look at the website, if you're interested: SteemItBuilder.com
D) Investment Required
Quality of Posts: Good
1) Buy Shares from @upvoteshares (+ @minnowshares)
This is a project from @costanza and it's a very limited one. It is restricted to quality bloggers, only. If your content is not good enough, you won't be allowed to get in.
With every share you buy, you get a free share into the @minnowshares program that you will be asked to assign to another quality Steemian. So choose them well.
Here is the complete information about the Project:
At the moment, Shares Sales are closed but will open again. So keep an eye out for that.
2) Buy Shares from @minnowbuilder
This project was developed and started by @thedarkhorse and @andrewharland and, while it isn't as limited as the previous, they do expect you to maintain a decent level of quality to your posts, so, if you like to publish a single photo with a short description, memes, animated gifs... or if you use apps such as DLike and Actifit, then this is not for you.
To know how this works and how to get in, please read the following article:
A Shares Sales Round is currently open, here: @minnowbuilder3 - Sales States is Open
In these last 2 projects, the STEEM you send is still owned by you. You can recover it later, by paying a fee. Don't worry about the fee. Since the value of your shares will rise over time, you'll be able to pay the fee in the future... and still remain on profit.
Well, that's it for now. I hope these tips will be helpful for you to reach your goal.
What I like about most of these projects is the "One For All, All For One" mentality. The projects will help everyone... and everyone involved will help them back, with their upvotes. Which leads to the snowball effect. Whatever you give... will benefit you as well.
Stay together, little fish. There is strength in numbers! And remember, stay away from the Sharks and Whales. (Or at least, from some of them.)
Let me know if you have tried any of these projects. And feel free to inform me about more.
@trincowski signing out.