Minnow Support : Complete Steemit Guide for Welcoming, Training and Retaining Newbies (A Collection of Guides to Help Newbies & Minnows)

in minnowsupport •  last year

Steemit is not just another social media site. It isn't your regular blogging platform as well. Many things here on Steemit are different from how they are done in the centralized, censorship prone internet world. If you are new here, I welcome you. Please know that this is neither Facebook nor Twitter. It's definitely not Instagram and not at all Snapchat. This is Steemit. It is different!

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Some of the very basic things which are done almost in similar fashion are done differently here. There's a reason for that. Steemit is built on Steem blockchain and hosted on decentralized nodes. It involves cryptocurrency payments and storage as well. In summary, here are a few things you should know from the beginning.

  • Steemit sign up process is manual, as of now and an account creator has to pay an account creation fee in order to get you signed up. That's why it takes longer time.
  • Once your account is approved, you are given an encrypted password. You cannot keep your own password because this encrypted key is the source of access to your Steemit wallet. You must save your password offline and on some paper too.
  • Steemit, till this day, has a different mechanism to upload profile and cover pictures. It's not simple like the other social media sites but not as complicated as hacking. Relax. I have it covered for you.

Besides, Steemit has a unique but tested reward system. It needs to be understood fully to understand how Steemit works. Do not worry. I am going to teach you everything I have learned, and then translated that learning into guides and tutorials. You will have to learn and work hard to earn respect, reward and recognition here.

Note:- Steemit is a community and there are a lot of contests, with handsome prizes, going on all the time. Participating in these contests will keep you active on Steemit and encourage you to improve your skills to win. 

One such contest going on right now is the  Welcome Contest being run by @inquiringtimes. The contest is about creating a post full of links for newbies. I promised to submit an entry because I have created multiple guides, most of which were submitted by other Steemians in round 1 of the contest.

I am dividing the guides included in this post into three categories, starting from very basics of the platform to experiences gained during my six months here. These three categories are:-

  1. Steemit How-to Guides for Newbies & Minnows
  2. Steemit Reward System, Buying Steem and Withdrawal
  3. Steemit Education, Advice, Tips and Lessons

Let's start with Steemit guides.

Steemit How-to Guides for Newbies & Minnows

Before starting, it is better to know what you are stepping into and prepare yourself. Even when you have joined and stuck on something, you can seek help and get out of that problem by reading a post about it. The community has covered everything for you already. 

1. How to Properly Join Steemit

This is an overview of how to join Steemit properly. You have already joined but you may want to have a look. You may find something useful here. This is hosted on my personal blog and is responsible for bringing thousands of Pakistanis on Steemit. The real motive behind giving you the link is that you can give it to anyone you wish to invite on Steemit.

Link:-   Steemit Tutorial - How to Join Steemit 

2. How to Add Profile Picture and Set Up Your Profile

This is one of the things which are different on Steemit. The older version of this guide that I posted six months ago still receives comments, thanking me and asking question.

 Link: How to Add Display Picture and Set up Profile  

3. Steemit Post Editors and How to Use Them

Steemit comes with multiple Editing options. There are actually three editors that you may use to post. This guide explains all three of them, how to use them and how to switch from one to another. The Markdown Editor is the only editor you can use for writing comments.

Link: Steemit Post Editors and How to Use Them   

4. How to Create Engaging Steemit Posts

After knowing how to use Steemit editors for publishing your posts, it is important to know how to create and write these posts. This guide has laid down a great 9 step checklist for everyone to use. I have seen a fair level of Steemit success using these techniques. As an honorable mention, I am giving you the link to @jbn 's 8 step guide on how to properly introduce yourself on Steemit. Do read it before posting your introduction.

Short Link:  9 Ingredients of a Good Blog Post
Detailed Guide:  9 Steps Checklist for Creating Engaging Steemit Posts 

5. How to Know Your Exact Reputation, Vote Worth & Latest Upvotes

Reputation increases as you receive more rewards on your posts. The rewards do come from the upvotes but the increases in reputation is not dependent on the number of upvotes.

Link: Know Your Exact Reputation, Vote Worth, Latest Upvotes and Rewards 

6. How to Leverage Comments to Earn Rewards in The Beginning

For newbies and minnows, I can not stress enough on using comments to earn good rewards. Good comments get rewarded (and bad ones get flagged). The post clearly explains why commenting is the best strategy in the beginning. It also teaches how to comment and engage with other Steemians.

Link:  Steemit Earning Guide for Frustrated Minnows & Newbies - Comment, Comment, Comment!!!

7. How to Use eSteem Mobile App and Its Amazing Features

eSteem is an app developed by @good-karma and serves as the default, but not official, Steemit smartphone app. I recently created a complete tutorial about @esteemapp. The app comes in handy for smartphone users.

Link:  How to Use eSteem App, A Steem App with Amazing Features

8. Reputation Score 101 : How to Calculate & Its Importance

I am adding this one today (27 December, 2017) because I created this tutorial just yesterday. It's a complete guide on reputation score system of Steemit and has received huge positive response from the community. Reputation is one of the topics I had now written in detail about before. Here it is now.

Link: Reputation Score 101 : What is Steemit Reputation Score, How is It Calculated and Why Should We Bother?

That's it for the Steemit starter pack. Let's move on to how Steemit rewards its users, how we can increase our rewards and what can be done with them.

Steemit Reward System, Buying Steem and Withdrawal

First things first. You need to understand what Steem is, what Steem Power is, what Steem Dollar is and what all these Steem somethings do. It becomes easy to get rewarded when you understand how reward system works. Let's explore.

1. How Does Steemit Reward System Work?

I recently wrote an up to date, fairly correct and thoroughly detailed research paper on Steemit Reward System. It got huge appreciation and my work was commended by many established Steemians. I am sure you will get dozens of your questions answered in this single guide.

Link:  How Does Steemit Reward System Work? Complete Research Paper on Steemit Economy and Reward System! 

2. Things You Can Do with Steemit Earnings

There's a lot that you can do with your Steemit earnings. I made a great list of them and explained each of the options in detail. You'll not only know what to do but also how to do it.

Links: Things You Can Do with Steemit Earnings 

3. How to Buy Steem from Internal Market

Buying Steem is important if you want to power up or invest in leased SP. It can also bring massive profits if you buy Steem at cheap price and its price rises in future (which has already jumped from $0.55 to $4 during my experience). This guide is for buying Steem from the internal market and contains some cutting edge tips.

Link: Buy Steem from Internal Market  

4. How to Buy Steem from External Exchanges

Steem can also be bought outside Steemit from the cryptocurrency exchanges. This is specially relevant because to buy from the internal market, you cannot invest your own money. Only the Steemit earned SBDs can be used in the internal market. Not a case in external exchanges though. This guide explains everything in fine detail.

Link: How to Buy Steem from External Exchanges 

5. How to Cash Out from Steemit - Steemit Withdrawal Guide

This one is the hottest question I have faced in last two months. Too many people, virtually every new member, want to know how to withdraw Steemit earnings. Well, getting cash out of Steemit is easy if you follow this guide.

Link: Complete Steemit Withdrawal Guide

That's all for the rewards. Let's talk about some experiences, tips, do's and don'ts on Steemit now. It's all about learning and getting educated. I am hopeful that my insights and tips will serves as your best friends on Steemit and ensure your steady progress.

Steemit Education, Advice, Tips and Lessons

These posts are the result of my personal experience in blogging and on Steemit. I have been blogging since early 2016 and combing it with my Steemit experience, it's a lot of time spent learning and executing. I hope my experience will benefit you greatly. 

1. Do Not Do / Stop Doing These Things Immediately

Newbies have a tendency to doing these four things. I was a victim too in the beginning but I learned my lesson early. If you are a newbie, you should strictly stop doing these things immediately. They will get you flagged ( honorable mention for @ayeshanor ) and isolated and deprive you of any real progress. If you are not new, why are you doing it?

Link: Things You Should Stop Doing Immediately  

2. Do Not "Follow for Follow"

One of the most futile trends on Steemit brought largely from Twitter. It doesn't work here. Wanna know why? Read the post.

Link: Why Follow for Follow Sucks!  

3. Apply These Three Life Lessons on Steemit and See the Results

This post explains three important life lessons but all of them can be perfectly used on Steemit to make some real progress. Read the post and see how you can apply these lessons in life and on Steemit.

Link:  3 Valuable Life Lessons and How You Can Apply Them for Your Steemit Success!

4. Interaction and Value Addition is Directly Related to Rewards

If there's one key to Steemit success, it is interaction and that too the valuable one. It is directly related to earning on Steemit. Make sure you learn how to do it properly. Making small mistakes is always acceptable.

Link: Are You Earning & Interacting Enough?  

5. Practical Tips for Steemit Success

This is great list of actionable tips to make your Steemit experience better and more successful. If you need more rewards, followers and reputation, do yourself a favor and follow these amazing tips.

Link: 15 Practical Steemit Tips Which Will Ensure Your Success   

6. Seven Things I Learned from My Steemit Experience

I recently completed my 6 months on Steemit. It is a great feeling. But the best thing is that I have learned a lot in these 6 months. Based on my experience, I compiled a list of seven personal tips that I would like to share with you.

Link:  7 Steemit Tips for Steemians Based on Lessons Learned by Me

Have a Wonderful Steemit Journey!

I wish you best of luck. I hope this post enables new and existing Steemians to make their Steemit experiences better than ever. I also hope that by saving this post as a bookmark, you can help new members of the community get accustomed to Steemit real quick.

This post is a humble contribution from my side to the amazing community and platform of Steemit. I hope you spread it by resteeming it and sharing its links with anyone who wants to join Steemit or needs to get started.

Thanks for all your support in form of comments, upvotes and resteems.

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Dear @ilyastarar, I just checked your blog... I I want to applause. You did a good job.
Good luck with everything !


Thank you so much for such kindness and generosity. Steemit is a place worth spending time on just because of people like you.

Keep being amazing!

I have been looking for something like this. Not only for myself, but for my kids and friends who are joining and asking me questions that I never know the answers to! Thank you!!!


I broke my upvoting pattern to upvote your comment higher than others. Not that others don't deserve it but because this is what I had in mind. As I wrote somewhere in post:-

The real motive behind giving you the link is that you can give it to anyone you wish to invite on Steemit.

I hope that this post serves not only the active Steemians but also helps them bring more people to Steemit the proper way.

Thank you so much. It is a pleasure to be of any help!

Great post, thanks for sharing it for us newbies. I have glanced over it, and by reading the above, have realized that fluff comments are considered flaggable...

What would be useful is a section of quick links on "How to". For example, how to resteem, etc.

I'd like to resteem this to my account for easy access, but I don't yet see a resteem button. I'm sure I'll figure it out shortly! :)


That's a great idea actually. How to upvote and how to resteem etc. Click the white ↩🔃like icon to resteem. It will turn greenish.


Hi... I figured this out when resteeming another post. The funny thing is, I can't find the resteem icon for THIS post.

I'd attach a screenshot, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do it here. Perhaps I'll try to upload the screenshot to one of my servers, and try to embed it.

Indeed, the people that needs support most are newbies, not just on steemit but in every aspect of life, guidance like this is needed to put across to newbies, thank you for taking your time to compile this, how I wished I had this type of information when I joined steemit community.

Thanks for sharing @ilyastarar, I remain your humble friend @maxdevalue.


Thank you so much. Likewise, I didn't have this much information available at one place and I had to figure out a lot of things myself. The best thing that happened was that I recorded what I learned in form of these guides. Many of these keep receiving comments so I know that my work is making a difference.

Totally agreed that every newbie needs guidance like we needed at one time. Even now, we need guidance and help to face the bigger challenges ahead.

Thank you much for your amazing comment and kind feedback.


Thanks a lot friend.

You conveyed a unique guideline through this article which allows the Newbies & Minnows to perceive the concept of steemit completely in easy and better way...All the features are particularly helpful...
Thanks for your nice attempt


Thank you so much for your feedback. I just wanted to help the community.

This is hugely helpful! Well done!
I created a guide too, but it is nothing even remotely as helpful as this. So good!


Thank you so much for such an appreciation. Every effort counts and I am sure each one of us wants go help people come, stay and enjoy here.

Your post is a complete package for a newcomer....
My message to newbies
"Newbies spend your 1st few hours on steemit on @ilyastarar blog and you a packed and loaded to go"


Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. It is a humble effort to contribute to Steemit and make newbies comfortable on Steemit.


So nice of you to realize the newbies needs!


I am thankful for having done all the work.

This is an awesome compilation! I wish I had this when I first started on here. Unfortunately it took me almost a year just to figure out how to get my Steem turned into SP and SBD. I'm also jealous I didn't think of it. :)


And I wish I had used that word instead of collection; compilation. Thank you so much for feedback. We all discovered things the hard way, some quicker than others. But we all had trouble.

I tried to remove that trouble by making these guides and tutorials. Thank you so much for your feedback!

Thank you my friend for the mention.. and it is a wonderful post indeed. I guess i am a little late to the party but i wanted to say what everyone has pretty much said..

This is outstanding work... You are one of the most important contributors on steemit community and newbies would love to read your compilation as it is indeed a complete package..

Well done...


Thank you so much for such a kind and tremendous feedback. Appreciation plays an important part in continuing the effort. I am grateful to you for this comment.

Thanks for this post, it has directed me to some interesting things and will help me be a better steemian (is that even a term? or is it steemer? )for the future. For once I've taken the advice to engage more with the community before making too many posts. The one I made was mainly for practice purposes on editing and such, but hey, it got 3 votes. Have a nice holiday season!


Welcome to Steemit and I hope you become a wonderful Steemian (yes, that's the term we use). Making posts is not a bad idea either. But only making posts and not engaging with others is definitely a bad idea; especially for an absolute newbie.

This is a very useful guide. It must of taken you some time to make this. It is split up nice into different sections.

I just joined this past week. I'm just getting started here. I'm going to work hard to keep all of my post looking professional. Something I never did on Facebook.

One thing I can't seem to figure out is the Nightmode. I keep turning it on because it's easier to read things that way. Then it will seem to go back to normal. Does it on PC & Desktop.


Thank you for your feedback. This post was created in bits and pieces and took more than 3 hours to get compiled and published. With everything included, you're looking at almost 40 hours of genuine work. I am proud and thankful for having done this.

About the night mode, I haven't used it much but I think there might be a problem with the code. I'll see it too and then we can suggest something to devs.

Awesome guide. Must Read for all newbies like me. Thank you for putting your effort it was worth it for sure. All the best. Take Care.


Thank you so much for your feedback.

You are profile is full of steemit guide from account creation to withdrawing after earning. I found it much helping.


Thank you so much for your feedback. Coming from an absolute beginner, it matters a lot. Welcome to Steemit!

Thank you for your post. I am a minnow and actively looking for help. Your post makes it much easier.


Thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to help in any way. :)

Fantastic collection of evergreen content!

Thanks to @xabi, this article was resteemed and highlighted for selection in today's edition of The Daily Sneak.

Thank you for your efforts to create quality content!


Thank you and thanks to @xabi for letting me know about @sneakyninja. Great content within my reach now after following you.

Hey, thank you for this useful post, I appreciate your guides. All the best for you.


Thank you so much. Your feedback is highly appreciated.

This is simply awesome and should be required reading for new people joining Steemit.


Thank you for your recommendation and appreciation.

You have compiled some of the good tips here @ilyastarar.


Thank you for your feedback @skysnap.

Thank you very much, I'll direct my new steemian friends to here.


Thank you instead for thinking about helping new Steemians. More training the newbies get early on, the better for Steemit and our community.

Hey dear Can you help to figure it out i am unable to join minnowsupoort PAL channel on discord. Earlier I was In there. But now i cant join the channel. I tried many invite links but no luck. It say invalid or expired invite everytime. Plz help



I created an invite for you. If you still can't join, the admins and mods need be contacted.



Can't join with this link also. Same situation buddy. Now what we do :(


There may be something like a ban. Contact any of the moderators at @minnowsupport to get your issue solved.


Dear i dont know any of them. Plz can you give me their ids

Well done!


Thank you so much!

You also need 'fresh thinkers and doers'. Enter the Millennials, also known as the “omega generation” nice job on this post sir you deserve my vote and follow


Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

thank you for sharing this, it's really helpful for me!


Most welcome and I am grateful to be able to help.

great blog and so helpful, resteemed !


Thanks for feedback and the resteem.

Sir your post is complete guide for newbies and Minnows. You have described everything beautifully. your efforts are appreciated!!!


Thank you so much for your feedback. It means a lot.


wao . You both @hamzayousuf and @ilyastarar working well for newbies....

So glad I came across this post! I've already read a couple of the links here but now I've got a whole library to go through and a single source to reach them from.

Thanks for all your hard work for us newbies! Going to upvote and resteem. Already followed!


I bet you didn't read it. Please avoid such comments otherwise you will be flagged.

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We all do :)

Congratulations @ilyastarar on winning the contest :) you've done excellent job, very impressive and serious effort. I hope to see more of your posts, following you! All the best, Klaudia :)

One of the most valuable and well written posts I've read yet! Resteeming and upvoting for quality content!

Great job , thank you man

A lot of very good informations in one place, this what I've been looking for.
Thank you very much!