Steemit is NO Easy Money - But it is the Chance of Your Lifetime

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A common misconception for people new to Steemit is to assume that it will be easy money. Well, it isn't! Within my first 34 days on Steemit I made 265 Steem and 400 Steem Dollar. None of them came easy because I spend 24/7 reading, curation, commenting and blogging. Not the best hourly wage, is it? But never before I have felt so proud and excited about my work.

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Be Patient and Diligent

In the first week I immediately began to post a unique and new series about How to Remember Names. Nearly every day I published a new episode. Let me explain what that included:

  • Picking a person
  • Finding mnemonic images for the names
  • Researching great photos from the characters
  • Creating a training card collage out of the images
  • Optimizing all images for web
  • Writing the text in two languages (English and German)
  • Styling the article with two column designs using a self-made template
  • Improving the design with new ideas
  • Constantly changing the Footer with links to my latest articles

In total I published 25 of these. And they were relatively popular. Although each one was time consuming, I have learned a lot how to streamline my work and get much faster with each. But getting to this point was difficult. Most newcomers totally underestimate this. I certainly did.

Besides this series I wrote also many other articles. This is my 82nd post in total, which means I published 2.4 posts in average each day. Today this feels a bit easier but it is still a lot of work for me. I used the last week to come up with some new ideas.

Build up your audience

Over time you will gather followers which makes you appear on their home walls. At the moment this is one of the few ways to make people find your posts. For 99% of all Steemians it is the ONLY way to get found. If you don't hit a sweet spot with your title or topic only few people will find you with the search function. And you have to be lucky to make it into the hot and trending area, which most people rarely do and what requires a decent amount of upvotes in the first place.

That means that finding interested and sincere followers is key to become successful. The last thing you want is a follow for follow deal, where the other party will just clutter its home wall with a blur of content from authors they don't recognize. When you have people appreciating your content, they will honor it with their upvotes. Maybe they even become a fan of yours and give you always a bit of their voting power. You want to find as many of these people as possible and you want to keep them happy with your content.

There are many ways of finding your style. Some people just write unformatted texts without images and still succeed because they deliver their message over the top. Others shine out of their niche, create unique content, hit the status quo interest or do video and photo blogging with themselves in the center. But they all have in common that their followers have an idea of what to expect from them (or expect to not expect anything).

As a beginner you need to try out what works best for you by trial and error. I felt stupid after participating in a photo challenge or writing about a problem I have not even tried to research myself. No offense to the people who like to do or read that. But that is just not how I want to represent myself in the immortal blockchain. This is my chance to leave the world the gift of memory in all facets and variations and get paid for it. Thank you Steemit, I have searched for this opportunity for a decade.

Contribute to the Steemit Community

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Whatever your style and niche might be, talking about Steem and Steemit is always a good idea. I have made all of my highest payouts with non-memory articles. Your niche will only speak to a fraction of readers on Steemit. At least in the beginning. We can all change that by raising awareness to it with our posts. Step by step. But speaking about Steem and Steemit will address the majority of readers here because we are all in the same boat about these two topics here.

The most valuable post for newcomers are tutorials. You need to research and learn about how everything works here in order to write useful posts about it. And that is actually not so easy on Steemit. There are many great tutorials out there but they are scattered and are often difficult to find. And when you found them you need to find a way to improve them and not just write the same thing again. Among my own Steem/Steemit based posts are really great tutorials. I was able to get many newcomers as my followers because they appreciate this kind of content. But their votes never really made these posts very valuable. Nevertheless I think this is one of the greatest things to do and I will certainly create many more tutorials.

What created the biggest impact for me personally as well as financially were my free writings about my feelings, my experience and my thoughts about Steemit. A probable reason for that is that I was being authentic and maybe able to trigger a feeling of nostalgia and agreement with what I had to say in more influential and experienced users. This post is exactly this kind of article I am referring to. I love writing about memory techniques but opening my heart to you, my readers, is what gives me the greatest pleisure. It also induces a mental healing by getting aware about ones own situation in that moment. But even though it feels easier, I still write on a post like this several hours.

Your hard work is more worth than you think


Image: Don Rosa

When you think that the $4 minus the 25% for your curators are not worth your time think again. Yes, you have spend hours of work to create another masterpiece and only few people read it and even less give you their upvotes. But that is just your status quo. What do you expect after just a few weeks? You are just a few weeks on a social media that has a tight core of experienced users and a sea of newcomers who followed the call of the new gold rush in the last few months when the numbers exploded.

All the work you are doing now is going to multiply over time. Your followers multiply, your influence multiplies, your payouts multiply and even more importantly the value of Steem multiplies over time. By the end of the year we might see a Steem price of 4-5 Dollars. Next year we might reach 10 Dollars for Steem and over a million of users on Steemit. Everything you earn now will be very likely be worth more in the future. The best idea is to hodl. No, not yodel like Heidi. HOLD your Steem and keep posting. Invest it into Steem Power and believe in the golden future when Steemit becomes main stream. I am convinced it will and I am not alone in that belief.

Try to find a balance with your work on Steemit. Make sure to be able to live from other sources first. Don't be like me, who tries to live from it right away. The currently low Steem price will make this month very difficult for me. But that is ok. Because I know that this is the chance of my lifetime when Steemit finally goes through the roof. I will be here to celebrate each milestone with you.



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Morning , nice job done

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This post received a 2.6% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @ehujra! For more information, click here!

Great post! Worthy of the upvote for sure. Sound advice for sure! Thank you for sharing.

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Thanks, I had fun writing this.

I have been on steemit for less than 10days now and I researched a lot about the dos and don'ts of the community. Am glad am following those rules and am happy am making progress one step at a time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us the newbies. I appreciate

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Sure, that's what it is all about: Sharing. :)


Hi @flauwy, I just stopped back to let you know your post was one of my favourite reads and I included it in my Steemit Ramble. You can read what I wrote about your post here.

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Thank you so much for that. I am glad you liked it.

I cannot agree more but i am poised for this. And so the only language i understand here is success. I must succeed and wilk keep pushing

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Yes, we are still early on. Everything we do here will pay off big time eventually. The most difficult part about this is patience.

The last thing you want is a follow for follow deal

Thoroughly agree with this. But I seem to only see newbies trying this approach. Most people seem to figure out pretty quickly that it's a doomed strategy.

One engaged reader is worth a hundred followers.

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Yes, most people pick up on that rather quickly.

I hope you do well! :) Thank you for the post!

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Thank you and you are welcome.

Congrats on reaching the milestone. It's been about 38 days for me on this platform, and everyday we learn a lot. It's not easy but we made it !!

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Thanks. Actually I didn't consider this a milestone but I guess in a way it is. You came just a few days before me to Steemit.

This post has received a 10.37 % upvote from @booster thanks to: @flauwy.

I'd like to use steemit to get some easy money that can be donated to an exceptionally good charity

Please help if you feel so inclined.

STEEM On !!

https://steemit.com/steemit/@davebrewer/opioid-crisis-in-america-is-growing-exponentially-here-s-one-way-our-steemit-community-can-take-action

Thanks for the tips!

Very informative.
Blessings to you!!

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Thank you and to you as well.

Very nice and inspiring post ! I will follow you. Please follow met too. 😊

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Hey Danny, you are new so I will let it slip. But asking others to follow or upvote you is really bad practice. Try not to do that. You will not find quality followers with that. Instead work your way up by commenting quality comments and writing quality posts. :)

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Thanks! I did not realise that.....😀

Very nice! Glad I made it over to upvote this!

Papa approves!

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I am honered to have the most active Steemit user on my profile. If you want to learn more memory techniques to memorize all those latin names of wild animals or what they eat for breakfast swing by again for my other articles.

Very good post. Thanks for sharing your knowledge @flauwy. Regards!

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You are very welcome. Swing by again to learn more about memory techniques to rewire your brain in incredible ways.

Great post! Thanks for sharing the tips.... I believe is centers around adding value to posts and people. By creating good informative content worthy of a read you can help, entertain or inform others - Steem is the place for that!!

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Thank you. Very cool image. Steem on! And when you want to learn about memory techniques come back tomorrow for my daily series. :)

This post received a 3.6% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @flauwy! For more information, click here!

I read the whole message. That was a nice synchrony of delivering your points. Everyone has a beginning. And the end is greater for steemit and steemians. I am holding my steem. And buying more. Great post.

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I am sure we are all leading the revolution of social media. In the future people will think about us as we do with early BitCoin adapters.

Perfectly written motivational post! This is what its all about!

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I am trying to write more of that kind. :) But if you like to learn about memory techniques, I have some amazing articles coming out every day.

Hi, This is my first day here, please welcome me and wish good luck. I found your article in the home page, because it was resteemed by one in my circle.
You said that you made 400 steem dollars in 34 days, and guess what that is very good money if you go by my standards in India. You have written a very good article, but I have just one more query please.
Is the earnings here are also location based? I mean the country of your residence? I hope not, because everything is in the blockchain, so country must not matter. What say?

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Exactly, we are all sharing the very same value for one Steem. So my 400 Steem Dollars will be worth a lot more in India. I do live in Costa Rica and prices are pretty high.

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we earn equal steem for equal hard work here, right? I mean that is not country based.

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No, it is not country based. That would be terrible.

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Ok, thanks for valuable information.

Thank you so very much, a newbie like has a lot to learn! Great post :)

You are right, nothing good comes easy, you have to work with determination, courage and focus to be able to achieve your goals.

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You can apply this principle to basically anything in life.

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Yea, surely anything in life.