The veterens will tell you that learning basic things about Steemit, before starting your full time blogging efforts, will help you start well and earn rewards as well. This post serves as an absolute beginner's Steemit FAQ. You may call it Steemit newbies guide as well but the purpose remains same; welcoming new users to Steemit and familiarizing them with the platform.
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Absolute Beginner's Steemit FAQ
If you are new and looking for basic information about Steemit, you are at the right place. Let's start.
What is Steemit?
Steemit is a social media/blogging platform but it is based on Steem blockchain.
PS: It's not that simple.
What is Steem Blockchain?
Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrency which stores cryptocurrency coins. For example, Bitcoins are stored on its own blockchain.
What is Steem?
Steem is the cryptocurrency of the Steemit platform. It would be more appropriate to say that Steemit is powered by its cryptocurrency called Steem.
Visit Steem page on CoinMarketCap.com website to explore more about it.
Why Does It Take Many Hours to Get Steemit Account Created?
Account creation is manual and has a fee associated with it. As of now, the system is still in place and account creator has to pay that fee to get your account created. It may take some minutes to many hours depending on circumstances.
How to Add Profile Picture & Tweak Profile Settings?
To add profile picture and tweak your account settings, visit this guide.
Where Do I Click to Change Settings?
Click your profile image (blank if not set) to reveal settings. Or simply go to https://steemit.com/@username/settings (replace username with your account).
Just took a screenshot
What is Upvote?
Upvote is one of the possible reactions to the content that you see. Consider is similar to like on Facebook or Twitter.
How Do I Upvote?
You can upvote by clicking the upvote icon which is present under all the posts and comments. Color of the button changes once you have upvoted.
For example, I came accross my Steemit friend Jason's post in my feed.
Post before upvote
Is There A Downvote Too?
Yes, there is. It is often called a flag. Flagging and downvoting are synonymous.
How Do I Downvote?
You can downvote something by clicking the flag on top right of the post or comment you are viewing. Color of the flag turns red once you have downvoted.
If I have to downvote the post above, I will have to click the flag.
Post not actually flagged
How is Upvote Different from Other Social Media Platform Reactions?
When you like or love or do whatever on other social media platforms, it does not bring any monetary benefit to the content creator. Your upvote, however, has a monetary value that will be received by the content creator.
Downvote has the opposite effect. It decreases monetary rewards.
Where Does Monetary Value Come From?
The value of your upvote comes from the amount of Steem Power you have in your account.
What is Steem Power?
Steem Power (SP) is the amount of Steem vested by you into the platform. Consider it as your share in the Steem blockchain.
How Can I Increase Steem Power?
Increasing SP means increasing value of your upvote. You can increase SP by three means:-
- Buying Steem and then Powering Up.
- Upvoting others and receing Curation rewards.
- Buying or getting Delegated SP from other users.
What is Power Up?
Powering Up means converting your Steem into SP; thus increasing the value of your upvote (your influence on the platform increases).
Is There a Power Down Too?
Yes, when you convert your SP into Steem, it is called Power Down (because you are decreasing your influence).
Can I Power Up & Down Instantly?
You can Power Up any amount of Steem intsantly but Powering Down is a process which takes 13 weeks (13 equal installments of Steem) to complete.
What is Curation Reward?
The act of upvoting content is called curation. Whatever an author's post earns on it, upto 25 % of its value is distributed among the people who upvoted it (called curators). It's called curation reward.
What is Delegated SP?
SP that is owned by another account but is delegated to you—as a gift or against a payment—is called delegated SP. It increases value of upvote but cannot be powered down.
What is Resteem?
Consider it just like a retweet. When you wish to share someone's work, you resteem it on your blog.
How to Resteem?
You can resteem by clicking the resteem icon available at the bottom of a post. Color of resteem icon changes when done.
The post by @infinityroad was resteemed by me. Here's how it looked before and after.
Upvoted but not resteemed yet.
If you think that a post deserves to be seen by more people or it can benefit your followers, you may choose to resteem it.
How to Create a Post?
To create a post, click Post button on the desktop or the pen ✏ icon on a smartphone. Or go to https://steemit.com/submit.html in your browser?
Here's the smartphone screenshot.
How Do I Edit My Posts?
Steemit comes with three editing options.
- Visual Editor
- Markdown Styling
- HTML Editor
You can learn how to use each of them by clicking here.
How Do I Comment on a Post?
To comment on a post, click the Reply button, enter your content and hit submit/post button.
Replying to the example post.
What Is a Reply?
A reply is a comment under a post or an already done comment. It is basically a comment.
Where Can I Find Replies?
When people reply to your posts or comments, their comments appear under the Replies tab on your blog.
The Replies Tab
Got to https://steemit.com/@username/recent-replies to see replies to your content.
Can I Track My Comments?
Yes, you can. Whenever you reply or comment on any content, your comment appears under Comments tab on your blog.
The most recent comment shows at top.
Go to https://steemit.com/@username/comments to view your comments.
Where Are My Steemit Earnings Stored?
Your Steemit earnings (author, curation rewards or currency transferred by others) is stored in your wallet.
Snapshot of my wallet.
Go to https://steemit.com/@username/transfers to see your wallet (or of any other user).
How Do I Transfer My Balance to Another User?
Go to your wallet, click besides the currency that you wish to tranfer, a menu will appear. Click transfer.
After you click, a transfer window will appear. Enter correct name of the user and the amount you wish to transfer. In case of transfer to voting bots or exchanges, insertint correct memo is compulsory.
After you hit Submit button, it is normal for Steemit to ask for siging in again.
What Are Voting Bots?
Voting bots are voting services with high Steem Power. You can transfer some Steem or SBD to these voting services with your post's link in the memo and get an upvote.
What is SBD?
Steem Backed Dollar or simply Steem Dollar is a currency which is used to stabilize the reward system and keep Steem inflation in check while not compromising on users' rewards.
How to Get SBD?
SBD comes only in the form of author rewards. 50 % of the author rewards value (as shown with $ sign) is converted into Steem Dollars whereas the other 50 % is converted into Steem Power.
One of my finalized payouts showing SBD and SP in rewards.
How Does Steemit Reward System Work?
Steemit rewards revolve around the three currencies shown in your wallet.
- Steem Power
- Steem Dollars
To completely understand reward system, read this post.
What is Reputation Score?
The number next to your name/username or your profile is called reputation score. It increases when your content receives upvotes while decreases when your content is downvoted.
My reputation score is 60 right now
Know more about reputation score here.
How Do I Toggle Between Day & Night Modes?
A recent update means you can switch between night and day modes. To toggle, click your profile picture to reveal the menu and then click Toggle Night Mode.
Why Newbies Don't Earn Much & What to Do?
Earning good rewards on your content in the beginning can be difficult. Even best of the content can get ignored on Steemit due to various reasons.
Here's why it happens and what to do.
What Should I Not Do on Steemit?
Among a lot of things happening on Steemit, here are some that you should avoid.
Is There a Smartphone App I Can Use?
Where Can I Get Detailed Information on Any Aspect of Steemit?
I have created a complete Steemit guide in case you wish to learn more. Read it here. Learning more will esure that you earn more.
What is Minnow Support Project?
Minnow Support Project (MSP) will be frequent name you'll see on Steemit. Join the project. Here's the mission.
Accelerate the minnow growth through community accounts, and social interaction generating friends, resteems and upvotes.
Welcome to Steemit. This newbies guide was needed to onboard new users and familiarize them with the basic functions of Steemit. If you have questions, you can ask in comments. I or any the experienced users will answer it for you.
Please resteem this post to help it reach more users. Consider upvoting to support the effort.