The Ultimate Guide of Tips for New Steem Users!

in #steem-help6 years ago (edited)

This is a collection of tips aimed to help new users be successful on the Steem platform!

Many of the tips were provided by members of the community in this post, as well as this interview from @rahul.stan. A lot of them are ones that I have learned through my own personal experience. The rest are just ones I have come across during my time here.

I hope this guide serves as a useful resource for all our new members as we work together to build a great community :)

  • Comment on posts that interest you, and engage in conversation. It will help match you with same interest people, and that means more friends and followers. @freedomnation
  • Make the goal of your actions (posting, commenting, upvoting, etc.) to add value to the platform and community.
  • Don't expect to start earning lots of money right away. You must create good content, network, and gain followers first. @liliana.duarte
  • Do not spam. This includes: Posting links to your posts or blog when it not relevant and useful to the conversation. Direct messaging people you are not friends with and asking them to check out your post or blog. Asking for follows, upvotes, resteems, etc. from people you barely know. It will not endear you to anyone, and diminishes the quality of the platform. @meesterboom
  • The more engaging you are, the more followers and up-votes you will get. @positivesteem
  • Bookmark posts that you like, so you can come back to them later. @klasta
  • In the Quick Start Guide on there is a section of "Helpful Posts from Steemit Users". There are some real gems there. Take the time to read them. It will be worth it!
  • Do not plagiarism or copy someone's work without permission. Make sure you post links to sources if you are using someone else's work. @steemcollator
  • Following people who share the same interests as you. @freedomnation
  • Take the time to read the Etiquette Guide.
  • Grammar, punctuation, and formatting are important. @theghost1980
  • Focus on growing the value of the platform. If it takes off and one day we are bigger than Facebook, then the STEEM you earned could be worth much more!
  • Browse for free photos to use in your posts. All images are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free. Attribution is not required; just don't try to claim them as your own work.
  • To be successful on Steemit, try to find your niche - a topic or way of posting that makes you stand out and gives you recognition. @jpperc
  • It is OK to share a link to your post if it is in the context of a discussion, and you are doing it in a way that adds value to the post you are sharing it in.
  • Consider investing in the platform, but do not invest more than you can afford to lose.
  • Be persistent and don't expect to have immediate success. @thecryptofiend
  • Help fellow new members climb up the success ladder. @doc-speakeasy
  • Read the FAQ. @melowd
  • Look at examples of successful "introduceyourself" posts before doing your own.
  • Use your skills, hobbies, and wisdom to create useful content. @keithwillshine
  • Never rant or whine. Nobody likes this. @kingscrown
  • Be original. Be friendly. Be helpful! @eyehid3
  • To optimize curation rewards, vote on quality posts that have past their 15 minute mark and have not received high rewards yet. @paulyaces76
  • Make many friends here and establish good relationships with them. @rosher72
  • Encourage all your friends and family to join the Steemit Community! @evanrvoss
  • In each post, inject your perspective and experience so that the post is more personal and unique. @positivesteem
  • "Follow for follow" is kinda annoying. With increase in userbase we should follow people that share the same interests as you. @acidyo
  • Use the platform for developing your thoughts, life's work, and ideas, problems you want to solve, etc. There are people on the lookout for these things. Even if they missed it, I still think it's time well spent. @kevinwong
  • If your post is 'not safe for work', use the "nsfw" tag as one of your tags.
  • People appreciate when they put the time into a post, and then someone adds a new point of view or opinion - enriching the quality of the post. @meme.for.steem
  • Bookmark a "Markdown" guide and keep formatting at the top of your mind when putting posts together. @bruckdashel
  • Use Steemit chat, where you can directly talk to other Steemians and promote your posts. @freedomnation
  • Read, read, read - even the topics you are not really interested to. Why? You will find some inspiring themes to write about when you are currently without ideas. @freedomnation
  • Start building a community around your topic. @kingscrown
  • Be extremely careful providing your keys to anyone or any site. Even if you trust them, it is still possible for their site to get hacked. @sneak
  • Save local drafts of your posts just in case your computer crashes. Save once just before you click the "Post" button. Usually the post will still be there when you get back, but it is good to have a backup copy just in case.
  • You have a limited amount of voting mana. The more you vote, the more of your voting mana you will use up. As you use up more of your voting mana, your votes will be worth less. Your voting mana will recharge over time.
  • Not every post needs to be a lengthy article. Sometimes users just like a funny meme. @aguayojoshua
  • If you lose your password, you will not be able to access your account at all. There is no forgot my password link. Copy it to text file and: save it to a USB, burn it to a CD, print it out, and put it in a fireproof safe. Don't lose it! @stephen-somers
  • Do not tell anyone your password or private key. @oflyhigh
  • People will follow you if they feel a personal, honest connection. @wwamd
  • Find a tutor/mentor. @bhavnapatel68
  • Keep track of your voting mana through a site like or @fleur
  • Pick five good tags for your posts. The tags should be relevant to the content you are posting about. @themanualbot
  • Check out this list of awesome tools to use with the Steem blockchain! @edje
  • Post everyday and reply to all good comments people leave you. @kingscrown
  • Learn the ins and outs of the system. @bhavnapatel68
  • Read the whitepaper. Keep in mind some details are out of date, but it's an important read, especially if you are investing in the platform. @gigafart
  • Be patience, building followers takes some time and effort. @dreamrafa
  • Don't compare yourself to other users, there are a lot of reasons why other users just as new as you, are getting higher payouts, don't take it as something personal. @dreamrafa
  • Read a lot, learn as much as you can about steemit, and crypto-currency overall, this will help you to get a better overview about the community and understand why things are the way they are. @dreamrafa
  • Find a good community of people you can get to know and work with, such as photography, jokes, science, or a regional group for people from your country or area (those are just a few examples). Help build that community by commenting, voting, helping others, and bringing in new people from outside Steemit. As that community grows, you will benefit from more followers, more votes, and the higher reputation that comes with trust and longevity. @donkeypong
  • Learn about the Steem witnesses - who they are and what they do. Vote on the ones you think are doing a great job.
  • Steemit works best with 1920x1080 aspect ratio 16:9 images. Illustrate your story with images! @bruckdashel
  • Use your posting key to sign in for blogging instead of your owner password or active key. @carface
  • Be careful when sending your coins to third party exchanges like Poloniex, Bittrex, etc. If you do use these sites to buy/sell coins, it is best not to leave the coins on the website for a prolonged period of time. If the sites get hacked or go bankrupt, there is no guarantee that you will get your coins back.
  • Respect other people's opinions even if you don't agree with them. @carface
  • Be diligent in replying to new and older posts on your feed. @ironshield
  • Strike up a conversation, people like to talk. @ironshield
  • Read the Quick Start Guide @happyme
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are users in and Discord that you can chat with. You can also search for posts related to your question and ask questions to the author. You can also create a post asking your question(s). @themanualbot
  • Prioritize content that will retain its value in the future to promote the long term health of the site. @kasperfred
  • Having a catchy title is great, but not click bait. @klorb
  • Post at the time that you think the most people are online. Steem is big in the US, for example, so you don't want to be posting when it's 8 a.m. over there as people will be getting ready for work, not looking at steemit. The first half hour is crucial to how many people see and upvote your post. Therefore, post when it's 9 p.m. in the US, or 9 p.m. in China, to mention two. The best time to post depends on where your target audience is located. @ericwoelk
  • Go meet people in It's a great place to connect with people, ask advice, get involved with the community. @biophil
  • Don't expect people to vote for you just because you send them a link to your post or ask them to follow you. @biophil
  • Don't give up. @suziescorner
  • Post a profile pic. @albertvhons
  • Do an "introduceyourself" post. @albertvhons
  • Follow with high reputation people and learn from them. @albertvhons
  • Brand yourself. @albertvhons
  • Do not convert your SBD rewards to STEEM using the in wallet tool while the SBD price is greater than $1.05. Use the internal market to trade your SBD for Steem. @leongkhan
  • Power up. Your votes are worth more. You earn higher curation rewards. The value of your account can go up if the price of STEEM goes up. @azurejasper
  • Be yourself. Share unique content. @azurejasper
  • Don't be shy - communicate with people in the comments, everyone around here is friendly and encouraging. @azurejasper
  • Make sure you always attach a photo to your posts. @wwamd
  • Debate when necessary but don't argue. @wwamd
  • Check out some of the other UI interfaces to the Steem blockchain such as and, although beware that you would be sharing your private posting keys with the sites in order to use them. @edje
  • You are what you put out here. @wwamd
  • Post quality content, on topics you know and enjoy and like minded followers will gravitate to you. @the-bitcoin-dood
  • Support the community. @melowd
  • Spread the message. A new social platform has arrived in town! @theghost1980
  • Be patience with yourself & your audience. @theghost1980
  • Answer comments as much as you can. @theghost1980
  • Don't clutter your brand by resteeming too many other authors unless it fits with your brand. @ender
  • You can use the mute button for users that annoy you. @ender
  • Verify yourself with a picture and date. Just write "STEEM" on a piece of paper and take a selfie. People like to know you are a human and not a bot. @blackvapor
  • Some will act like they have all the answers. Find your own way, you'll be happier. @lig007
  • Explore all aspects of the site. After being here a month, you'll still be learning. @lig007
  • Get to know others in the community with similar interests. @keithwillshine
  • Resteem the articles you resonate with. @keithwillshine
  • Make a powerful title for our post. @shilpapatel
  • Content should be simple and clear to understand. @shilpapatel
  • Have patience and be active. Keep blogging and commenting on relevant and quality posts. @danuahmed
  • If you aren't truly passionate about it, don't be surprised or dejected if people who read it aren't passionate about it. Further, don't be dejected if your passionate writings don't find passionate readers. @blakemiles84
  • If posting about something that may be a controversial topic be sure to be informed and acknowledge both sides in your post. @chelsea88
  • Do this for fun. It should be enjoyable. @chelsea88
  • If you're doing this mindlessly, people will notice. @chelsea88
  • Don't just be here for the $$$. @chelsea88
  • Be polite. Do Not Flamewar. It hurts your reputation, the reputation of whoever gets dragged into it. Reasonable discussion is so much more beneficial for both parties anyway. Do not insult others, even if they insult you first. Seek to be the "better person". @pbock
  • Know your audience, and be careful about posting too much. You could lose followers if your posts seem like spam. @freedomnation
  • Your voting power will get stronger as you build Steem Power. @drewley
  • Follow people with more influence than you and engage in conversation. @drewley
  • Keep your SBD and STEEM in your wallet savings account while you are not using it. If someone gains access to your account, then there will be a 3 day period of time before they can take your money. This should give you time to recover your account and change your keys. @rondonson
  • Running contests is a good way to gain followers. @marchek
  • Be consistent with the quality and frequency of your post's. @surprisebit
  • This is a community, you can learn from others, and also impart knowledge. @chelsea88
  • Try and take note of methods and strategies that seem to work well for other users. In that same breathe, just because it works well for others does not mean it is the best strategy for you. @eyehid3

Feel free to add additional tips in the comments below!


All excellent advice. Print in large font and post next to Steemit computer. Or better yet, memorize. @ironshield

If I wasn't worried about seeming too self-absorbed, I would add that as a tip ;)

If I had any money too tip I would as well, but i'm still new here and have not acquired enough steem yet. So you will have to settle for an upvote that does nothing xD, I will get there eventually.

No worries :) I'm glad that you found it useful.

Awesome curation of advice. When our powers combine!

Thanks, very useful and plenty of resources. Bookmarked;D

This is definitely quite useful and I appreciate you putting together such a comprehensive piece. I can also appreciate you really did listen and incorporate others input (like mine lol). Not that I didn't think you would, but you had a ton of replies so, i wouldn't of blamed you if mine got lost so thanks a lot for mentioning me here. I am glad I could help.
This post just Goes to show how awesome you and many other top of the line steemians really are. You do care about helping us newbies out. I couldn't be more impressed with this community. It really has exceeded my expectations in so many ways and for me, that is rare.

This post is fantastic in so many ways - THANK YOU!!
I love that you took the time and effort to compile everyone's top tips. There is some great advice here! 😃

Glad you found it helpful :)

Wow @timcliff, that's really a huge collection of individual advises you've collected there. But despite being meant for new steemians I think they are kind of for everyone as they are really diverse and helpful.

Very true :)

Man, my eyes are bleeding!!! So much information, but very valuable information. Thanks a ton for putting this together to keep us all in check. This isn't just your ordinary chatroom or social media site for sure and It separates the kids from the pros without a doubt. I'm already a better writer, typer, and curator just from a few weeks. I feel like I'm just becoming a better person in general from being on here and being a part of the community. It may sound weird, but this is a special place for sure and as I was reading this I felt myself getting stronger, more polite, refined, intelligent, generous, and other fluffy bunny shit like that. Haha. My grammar has gotten better just in the last few weeks of posting and reading. I don't even have to use spell check to spell definitely anymore. Ha!! Seriously. Sign me up! Oh, wait, I'm already signed up. Steem ON!! I can't wait until it stops trying to autocorrect the word steem like it just tried to do again!!

Oh yea, Uprooted, duh, resteemed, (damnit, there goes autocorrect again) and still following!

Thanks for putting this all together Tim. Bottom line: Always be Adding Value. :)

"Don't compare yourself to other users, there are a lot of reasons why other users just as new as you, are getting higher payouts, don't take it as something personal." @dreamrafa
Took me a while to finally get over that feeling. The best advice to newbies will be to idolize other's struggle and quality of content, NOT success.

P.S Even calling it an "ultimate guide" is an understatement

Haha, thanks!

Some seriously good tips you gathered here Tim. I was reading through these and have implemented a few already but as someone who in new to content creation I can always use some more tips. I am trying to look at my Steemit account as more of a business and less of a pastime, as this will help me take my posts more seriously than if I did not. I do this because I am a bit lazy. Ya can't win then all. But seriously, going to try and plan out my posts more ahead of time before writing and also do more with GIF's. I like the interactive feeling they bring to posts.

Setting this aside for reading later, looks to be helpful!

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