Many posts tell you not to worry about money when you first get to steemit. This is not one of those posts. People start earning right away with some of the ideas listed here and you can too!
It’s depressing to work hard and get nothing! You don’t have to with these tips.
I made you this checklist so you can try some ideas and if they don't work for you, move on. Look at all those ways to earn money on steemit! Seriously. Do not listen to people who tell you not to try especially if they are in your head. Take action and see your results improve.
See how many of these you can get going with and what results you create. In a few short weeks or months you will have all kinds of action going on - or - you can find a few ideas to focus on and build from there.
How to make money when you are new to steemit:
Let's look at the poster again so I can get it on here in a different color to share on social media. This one has fish thanks to Canva and free backgrounds.
Before you go down the page to get more details below - study this checklist. Do you already know what these things mean? Do you already do some of them? Where are you at in your steemit journey?
The goals I'm working with for my first months on steemit:
- maximize sp
- learn steemit best practices
- grow my following
- promote my friends
- grow steemit by attracting more content creating users
- provide more visibility and links to my work on other platforms
So here we go - How to make money on steemit.
Many tips listed from easiest to hardest. Try one; try all. See what happens and please let me know your results and ideas.
Turn on Faucets and get them dripping
I have a post about steemit faucets here. Basically, go into my wallet and follow anyone who’s name is blue and gave me money. Do that for anyone you ever see in anyone's wallet giving out money.
Since I made the original post, I found out some of these people are scammers and some are now gone from steemit entirely.
Be sure to check the profile of anyone doing a faucet before following. Don’t follow any of them if they have downvotes and are below 25 reputation. You can tell by grayed out posts. Those people are on their way out, so don’t bother.
But most of my people are fine to follow and actively dripping money into my wallet! I do nothing after the first follow in many cases. Others I have to visit and do something to keep the faucet going.
Look at this post by @netuoso to see a nice list of about 20 whitelisted memo senders near the end - interact with some of those people see what happens. You will also get a good understanding of spam by reading this post, which I appreciate knowing.
Never vote below 75% Power
I do not know if I am right about this advice, but I’ve been given it a few times and it makes sense to me. Why?
- Your vote is weak enough with little sp to begin with
- If you vote for no reward, you are wasting your time for no money
- Your high power vote can draw positive attention
- Any vote over 1 cent can draw positive attention
- A vote that counts gives money to the author - good karma
Find out your power level at steemnow by penguinpablo. This is a great tool I keep open when I am on steemit. I use steemnow for these features:
- I keep an eye on my voting power
- see upvotes come in
- see rewards come in
- see new posts as they come in
How great is that?
Below a certain percentage your vote does nothing for anyone when you are new. You are also not learning the skills you need to learn how to curate.
For now, I keep my power as high as I can. I prefer to be over 90%. If I can get to 99%, I can vote every couple of hours throughout the day and get a better return on upvoting, I think. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Power regenerates much quicker at 90% so two upvotes every few hours means I’m at about 85% when I go to sleep. Then I wait a couple of hours before my first two upvotes in the morning and use those wisely.
But then I see others staying at 30% or less who are big fish. So maybe the advice is different up there. Until I learn more – this is what I’m doing.
NOTE: If you are reading this with your power way down – it will take a long time to raise it. Limit your voting to 6 a day and watch your power crawl back Like I did. I got down to 40% before I knew better. You can raise your power if I did.
Post into daily challenges
STOP! Do not post anymore unless you are going into a daily challenge! Your posts that make 0.06 will all of the sudden make 1.00+! Just by using a certain tag and altering your content to match it. Post the same post – just make your post fit into the challenge.
Get a list of challenges to go into.
As you get ready to post something – see if it can go in a challenge. Hold it for the challenge day or best times for the challenge.
Best ways to find challenges:
- search the tag "challenge"
- daily colorchallenge by @kalemandra
- Look on any challenge post of @uwelang. He always lists the challenges he knows of. If you know anyone else who does this - please let me know. The more challenges to go for - the better
Challenges I like are resteemed on my blog. Soon I will make a post discussing the ones I enter and why. But you can find your own and give it a try now!
Follow big fish who help little fish
Don't follow in order to beg. Follow in order to learn and interact. This blog by @boddhisattva updates the curators who encourage us little guys.
Take a look at those lists to find people to follow and interact with. You never know who might like your work or who you might have a lot in common with. I have this project on my list of "good steemers to follow and interact with" now.
Giveaways are easy and produce some of those blue people you see up above in my faucets. Some of them are not really faucets. I actually had to do something in order to get the money.
You can some of find these on my blog as they require resteeming a lot of the time. I usually resteem no matter what. You can find more by searching the "giveaway" tag. Enter a few you like or enter many and see what happens.
You normally have to do one or more of these things to be eligible for a giveaway:
- Comment – sometimes in a specific way, so pay attention and do it right!
-Take some other kind of action – could be anything.
Enter any giveaway you can. Here are a couple of fun and easy ones.
Daily Crypto Predictions by @maarnio
Predict which way a crypto currency will move based on charts. Very interesting to those of us who know nothing of crypto or investing! Those of you who do know can win every time :)
Daily health challenges by @steemit-health
I love to see a place to talk about health on steemit. These quick tasks fit the bill!
You can get paid for commenting of these posts which come out several times each day. Each post asks you a health question or has you take a pause and meditate! We all need that break. I've had my comments upvoted sometimes and I am the proud winner of one of the payouts not too long ago.
NOTE: If you do not like to resteem and keep only your own posts on your feed - this is a limit you have. I get around it by using the fitinfun tag for the fifth tag on all my posts and I give out the link to my tag - not my blog.
Comment comment comment
You can post all the posts you want, but if you are not an overnight success (rare) you will be posting to no one. Cut back on posting and start commenting! Post 4-7 times a week and comment 30-100 times a day. Yes! Really.
I have made more money by commenting in the first weeks by far. I have made more friends that way too. Since comments are so few - you can stand out.
How are you going to find something to say? Don’t even try. Unless something useful comes to your mind – skip it and move on.
Only comment if you have important input, a question or an answer to another question on the post. Be intelligent and original.
It is best to comment when:
- You have interest in the post
- you have knowledge to add
- you have questions
Make comments with @gentlebot in mind. The gentlebot pays well for good comments that qualify. You might get a nice upvote and it happens daily!
Drop your links when asked
Be on the lookout for posts asking for your link. Link dropping is like commenting, but you get to add your link. Someone will offer to read your post if you simply drop your link into their post.
I’ve had very good luck with commenting into these posts. I get replies, upvotes, and critiques I would not get otherwise. The person asked – so they are going to look at your post - who knows what happens from there. Usually something good.
All it took to get that action was to drop my link in a comment. Easy! But not so easy! Sometimes I think my post is not good enough to enter. I seek courage because it works to drop my links!
This is another form of promotion and gives income about 3 out of 10 times I comment. Sometimes those comment upvotes are huge compared to what my actual posts make!
When I drop my link, I do these things too:
- Comment about my post; describing it
- Thank the person for looking at links
- Drop the thumbnail for better visibility
- Sometimes upvote my comment to get it to rise up the page
- Sometimes comment on other people's comments and visit the links they added. Sometimes upvote, comment, resteem. More friends!
Ask your questions when you have them.
If a steemit post makes you think of a question, ask it! The post author will be happy for your interaction and might be able to help you.
Read through the other comments first to see if others have your same question or something else of interest. Like any other comment - you might get an upvote!
Offer your opinion when asked
You have opinions! Sometimes on steemit – people want to hear them. I've been paid for my comments direct to my wallet and in upvotes! It all depends on what the author is asking or and offering.
Watch for posts that ask for input and go give some. Like the link dropping above, you might get lucky and be upvoted by the post author and even some of the other commenters.
If you have no opinion – please do not post:
”Great idea, but I don’t know.”
Instead post nothing or post something like this:
“I am trying to learn about this topic. While I can’t really answer your question, Can you answer mine? [and then ask your related question]”
Reply reply reply
Be religious about replying back to people who reply to you. Interaction is key here at steemit.
Answer quickly if you can, but answer no matter what – even days later. Everyone understands if you can't reply right away.
Remember that anyone can see if you answer your replies or not. It’s better for your blog if you are replying.
Do not just thank the person for replying. Try to get a conversation going. Ask them a question back. The more interaction, the better.
Upvote good comments people make on your posts.
If you get comments on your posts - these are your gold on steemit. Did you know the average post only generates 3 comments! If you get any comments at all - reply and treasure then with your upvote!
Make your feed a place people make money by commenting. I wait until Day 4-6 to upvote the comments people give me.
Here’s how I’m doing this:
- open my oldest active post
- review the comments
- upvote one comment per person
- do not upvote all comments – only good ones
Why wait until days after the post is posted? The reason I do this later in the post life is:
- I can look at all the comments on the post and upvote the best ones
- I can see who my friends are and go visit their blogs
- The person will see the upvote and might remember me
- The person might come back and look at my post again
- The person might comment on my post again
- The person might look at my feed and take action on one of my more recent posts
- The person might remember that I upvote comments and comment on my posts randomly in the future
Contests are many on steemit and can be found by searching the "contest" tag. I'm separating contests from Giveaways since contests take more effort, have more competition and payout bigger (usually). I like the idea of supporting these contests when I can. But my posts take a long time!
I'm lagging here! how about you? Are you good at entering contests? I see some food posts that are quite intensive!
Lease delegated sp
Lease delegated sp with @minnowbooster as soon as you have enough for 4 weeks – do this repeatedly until you get to 5000 total sp and then the advice will change.
This is the only advice in this post that takes an investment. But the investment can be as low at 4 STEEM for a 4 week delegation.
Yes! I think you should do this at the very soonest after you have the SBD to do it. I wish I would have done it earlier than I did because of the huge difference it makes.
Why delegated sp is working for me and why you should do it too
- immediate vote value increase – my 1 cent jumped to 6 and now 10 cents since I have two going!
- immediate visibility with voting – people notice!
- better rankings in post and curation payouts leading to higher sp overall.
- "real" sp grows at a faster rate as curation comes in.
My old 0.01 vote generated 0.001 in curation rewards and I was far down the list of who the curation reward is paying off. Now my 10 cents brings me close to the top often. My payouts are increasing daily. Of course, I am keeping my power up and upvoting promising posts as described above.
The most amazing thing is the value of my new vote and the interest it brings. I seem like a bigger minnow than I am. My vote is bigger than the votes of many big fish who keep their sliders and power low. This result is very encouraging. I look bigger than a whale sometimes on the post payout!
Shouldn't I buy sp instead of leasing it?
If you buy sp - it will cost you money you don't have - leasing sp costs almost nothing for the reward you get. Four weeks of some influence at steemit is worth the money in every way I can think of.
Here is an example. Remember, you first have to convert your SBD into STEEM no matter what. The details of converting money is not something I understand - find someone better than me to help you with the technical side. I am just talking about the cost and result.
The price is the same:
4 STEEM for 150 SP for 4 weeks
- 150 sp will give your some voting power. If you only have one cent - 6 cents puts you into another class and makes a difference. your natural sp should grow much more quickly than if you do not do this step.
4 STEEM for 4 sp forever
- 4 sp will crawl you up the ranks. This is not a bad thing! But you get more bang for your buck with leasing.
I can see buying ## direct sp each time you lease - just as a bonus. I might do that in the future. So I would buy sp for 2 STEEM while leasing for 4 - total cost 6 STEEM and now I made a tiny bit of an investment with my SBD too. If I'm leasing every week, I know I will have the SBD to afford it. It's only 4 steem at the lowest. I'm making more weekly SBD than the SBD it takes to buy enough STEEM to lease, so I will continue.
You can lease any amount of sp for four weeks as long as it is over 150. I decided on 10 STEEM for 375 SP for four weeks. Now I have a slider for cheap!
Until you can afford to buy or lease delegated sp - and even after – go for delegated sp whenever you see it offered as a reward in a post. Some authors have contests where the prize is sp or delegated sp. Enter when you can! you will be happy if you win!
How to lease delegated steem
I cannot tell you how to lease delegated steem since I had help and still can’t do it easily. Here is the general outline.
- transfer SBD into STEEM
- send the STEEM to @minnowbooster
- receive sp
Go to a recent minnowbooster post to get the actual details of how to do the transactions needed.
- Lease a low amount for 4 weeks - 375 sp is my first amount and cost 10 STEEM
- 2 weeks later - lease another small amount for 4 weeks - done same as above
- 3 weeks later - lease another small amount for 4 weeks
- 2 weeks later - lease another small amount for 4 weeks
Now I will have new delegated steem to renew each week. I can renew it or change the amount or not renew it. I'll keep going as I can and continue to lease up to about 5000 total sp and then keep it constant until my real sp catches up. After about 5000 - leasing sp does not make sense unless you get a lot of it. I might change my story when i get there. For now - I am certain it is worth it for us very little fish.
Then maybe I can offer some sp for lease and help the next person :)
So far I am on my second two weeks. My total sp is close to 900 instead of 100 like it was before I leased. This makes a big difference in my power and reach here. Everything is up in my numbers more than it would be without the delegation.
Also - get your power up before you lease the delegation. You don't want to have it and be waiting to recharge. In both cases, I have gotten my delegation in minutes, so be ready to use it.
I'll write a post with more details about delegated sp soon. If you are tiny here, give it a shot!
Post into weekly challenges
These challenges are more work than a daily challenge usually. Find them and get ready! It might take you more than a week to get your post together, but plan for it, create the post and have it ready for next week. If you find one you like - prepare multiple posts for it an get on a schedule.
Your challenge posts are looked at by the creator of the challenge as well as the other participants. You can get a lot of action on some of these posts and you might even win something! Some do not have prizes and some do. I like:
But there are so many more! Please tell me challenges you do. I would love to get a better list going.
Post your message once a week – get a series going
Do you have a message to promote? Start posting about it weekly
Do you have an interest or hobby? Start posting about it weekly
In my case, I have fallen into posting about Twitter coaching for my steeming tweeps. There are 120 steemers joined up over at Twitter so far and the action is going really well. I thought I would post more health related topics, but Twitter is more popular and necessary to help steemit, so that's what I'm posting a couple of times a week - Twitter Tips!
Think of the themes of your life - pick one and start posting. I like looking at people's yards and gardens. Others like cars. The choice is endless and is created by you and your interests. Go through your photos looking for themes and see what you see. Then create some related posts and get them out here to see if people like them.
As always for a newbie, I suggest posting into a challenge or contest with your message posts if you can find a way to do that. Now more people might see your post.
What to post about on your topic?
- Create a faq post
- Feature your external links
- Explain details of your interest
- Show and teach the steps to do the project
Stay small in topic and deep in information. Make these posts resources for others.
Curate for money
Curating is a skill you may do for maximum reward. As you grow higher in the ranks on steemit, curating becomes more rewarding. Learning to do it now will pay off now and in the future.
This tip is not for everyone - If you find it annoying to vote at the "best" time and try to get better curation rewards - this is not for you. Just keep your power up and upvote your friends and the comments you get on you get on your posts. Curation done!
This tip is for people who like to play the numbers and go for the best reward. I do this with about one-third of my daily votes now. I will be writing a post about curating for better money in future, but here are some quick tips and the rules I follow for curating:
With no slider:
- Vote 8-15 times a day
- 1/3 on people’s comments to my blog posts
- 1/3 for friends, motivation, just because
- 1/3 for max financial reward
With a slider - drop my comment votes to 80%. Add another 1-2 upvotes on posts.
So few votes a day!
Yes! This is true is you are keeping your power up. You do not have a lot of votes per day, so make them count.
Promote with the steemit share buttons
- Promote your own posts
- Promote the posts you upvote
- Promote any random post to make steemit look good
It takes only seconds and now more people see the post you believe in.
You can easily promote at
- You only get the link for any other social sharing
Get into the habit of promoting often. Steemit needs to grow and our social shares attract attention.
Promote your upvotes on Steemit
This strategy is to get more views on the posts you upvote by nominating them into any steemit post that asks.
Entering other people's posts into competitions is almost guaranteed to give me some kind of payout. Sometimes the payouts are very large.
Many people run posts that specifically ask you to recommend the post of someone else. @jerrybanfield's "upvotable" post is a good one. You might as well recommend a post you voted on. It would kind of odd not to upvote a post you recommend.
Here's how I stay ready to enter other people's posts into contests.
- vote for good stuff!
- resteem any post I might want to nominate
- Actively look for authors looking for post nominations
- Read the post to see what they are looking for
- Look at my feed to see if I have a post to nominate
- write a brief recommendation
- post the comment, usually upvote it for visibility in the post
What kind of posts do I seek for these steemit shares?
- New author; less than 6 months old; less than 55 rep
- Generally low post payouts - under $10
- Great post - theme, content, media, message, formatting all good or showing promise
Help your friends and help yourself!
No matter what path you choose at steemit, be consistent. Create and keep to a schedule.
- How many posts per week? Keep the same number going forward.
- What challenges and contest do you enter? Be ready for them!
- How many comments per day? Keep doing that a few days a week at least.
- What is your voting pattern? Stick to it.
Why does this help you make more money at steemit? Your activity becomes dependable and occurs regularly. Your followers know what to expect. If you post many posts on one day and no posts for a few days and then one post - your results will suffer. Strive to be more regular in your habits for better attention.
It can be very time intensive and distracting to work on steemit. Have your daily plans and try to fulfill them. Try to get yourself into a flow of work that makes accomplishments and leads to your goal of being an authority with a high rep at steemit.
Even though I suggest being consistent above, you also must by flexible to succeed here. Steemit changes constantly. Keep doing what works for you, but be prepared to change as needed.
If you are posting into a challenge with no results – find out why and improve. If you are getting only .001 for your curations, study them to find out what you are doing wrong and learn what you can change for better results.
Always be on the lookout for the better way - steemit has lots of options for success.
Look at and learn from steemit wallets
Don't make this a big effort, but on occasion, look at the wallets of others to see how you compare and what other people do differently than you.
- Look at others within 2 points of your rep and see what they have coming in
- Look at those who started the same month as you.
- Look at the wallets of a few big people not to be jealous but to see what is possible and to learn from their success.
Review curation rewards and post rewards. Click on a link or two with big rewards and see what happened on that post. A lot of the knowledge here is hard to discern. Looking at wallets gives you insight.
When you are looking at wallets – be sure to click some of the blue links and see who is sending money to that person – maybe you want to follow them too!
Many methods to make money on steemit
Whew! That’s it for now! Please ask questions below if you have any.
This post is for you if
- you are not making money on your great posts
- you do not have money to invest
Some people come to steemit with a following, great posts that make a splash, and/or money - this is how they can succeed right out of the gate. For the rest of us - it takes a lot of work and networking. My tips will help you with that if you work them.
You can work hard and get a better portion of the reward pool. You can do the same level of work and barely get rewarded.
It may not be a lot, but at least you will have a better chance of some return in your first days and weeks on steemit if you try these tips. And everything builds here the longer you keep at it.
Taking these steps will:
- give you SBD
- grow your sp <<< critical for success
- help you make connections and get followers
- teach you how to interact
- show you the blogs of many successful steemers
- help you learn how to make quality posts of your own
Use these tips and tricks to get more money out of your time here while you are very new to steemit and develop your skills as you go.
Keep in mind I have only been here 10 weeks myself, so I really know nothing. This is what has seemed to work for me. I would love to hear other ways in the comments if you have any.
Note: I’m not using
I’m not ruling these ideas out – I have just not tried them or I tried them and stopped.
I would love to know your successes and failures. What is worth the effort for you and what is not? I plan to write posts on most of these ideas to give more details so the more information I get, the better.
And if you need further inspiration, here's a good post by @stackin telling how he gets followers and keeps them at steemit. Very wise advice you should follow too.
Here's the checklist one more time in white like it should be for use :)
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