- Empowering Quality Content

in steem •  2 years ago  (edited)

Nearly 4 months ago - after countless hours of development - was officially launched.

We kept innovating and improving over these last few months, but one thing is still untouched:

Our Fundamental Values

Empowering Quality Content

Our vision is and always has been: to empower quality content on Steem.

Regardless, if that content is published via,, or

We believe, that post-promotion (vote-buying) is a valuable tool for every steemian; as it gives the content-creator the power to reach more users, future readers and also possible curators.

But we want to make sure, that only great content and authors are able to use our services.

Only Great Content Allowed

We achieve this goal with our whitelist-system by manually reviewing users who want to promote their posts via

Based on strict guidelines, which are explained in detail below, the user receives a rating between 0 and 3 stars.

Depending on the received star rating, a user is eligible for the purchase of different amount of votes. Because we allow every vote-seller to decide to which star-rating his votes should be sold to.

We also blacklist abuse-users, which prevents the use of all services from, in addition with a report to @steemcleaners.

And in extreme cases, votes will even be removed from those posts.

Review Guidelines

We innovated and developed a set of guidelines to effectively review steemians - these are called SmartStars Guidelines, which every reviewer has access to.


These guidelines are followed and are also getting refined by our reviewers - which are motivated steemians who have reviewed already over 1400 users.

8 Reviewers - 1400 reviewed Users


Making sure that only great content & users get whitelisted is quite a lot of work. To do that, we have a growing number of reviewers who reviewed over 1400 users so far.

Of those 1400 users - only 740 have been whitelisted. And we still have over 700 users waiting to be reviewed.

Our vision is that every active steemian knows about and has been reviewed at least once.

If you want to help us to achieve this goal, then please join us on discord:

Do you have what it takes?

Do you want to get whitelisted as well?

Don't worry. It's really simple.

Just go to and click on login.

Afterwards, click on your profile-image and then profile.

There you will find a big, blue button - called: Get Whitelisted.

A click on it, will reveal our simple application form.

Afterwards your status will be on pending, until our reviewers have reviewed your profile.

You will receive a notification-transfer when this happens.

But you can always check on your profile if you have been reviewed.

If you are not happy with your result - don't worry. You are able to request a re-review after 1 month.

Simply ask us on discord:

Earn with SmartSteem

We are doing all this to ensure, that the votes from our vote-sellers and the steempower from our delegators are only getting used for great content, authors and contributors.

But we also take pride in offering the most profitable services for investors on Steem.

Which means: if you want to earn the most out of your steempower, then go to and read our post Two Ways to Earn With SmartSteem: Do the Smart Thing!

If there are still questions left - then please join us on discord:

Disclaimer: This post has been up-voted via @smartsteem and all delegators have been credited accordingly.

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@smartsteem you should also create a mechanism how to report some abusers are still bidding and promoting spams ,There should be communication between Bot ownership and steem community so that we do our effor to find the spammers

Good idea - while we are actively monitoring the bid-list, chance is there that we are missing one or two.

You can always report them in our discord:

smartsteem is the best on steemit platform

Yes it is really the best as i read it.

it is great but still cant understand why i cant sell my votes with @smartsteem

Hey @steemingmark,

we are testing a few things - since we have so many users with around 25 SP or less. Be a bit more patient please :)

thank you very much for the update now i know i can understand please keep me and the people with 25 sp or less power informed maybe in the smartsteem account profile and i am sure we can understand. do you have any idea what kind of things you are testing? i am very curious thanks again and keep intouch =]

I hope other similar services follow this evolutional step soon. Trending page is what Steem is being judged by a lot and Smartsteem will help as gain more positive outlook.

I’m glad you all offer the service, I just wish there was a way for you all to filter the content that can be relentlessly upvoted.

It's fantastic idea!!! great job

Thank you for delegating to smartsteem! :)

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

As I saw this post, I delegate immediately.
you are so creative!!!!
Thank you for development :)

Nowadays, there are so many argument in #kr(korea community) about self-voting to earn steem in a bad way :(

To solve this proeblem, there is Steemmano in #kr. but it operate manually not smartsteem-like.

I think this will be a solution.

I will frequently promote this App to #kr steemian!!!

Oh, I understand. Thank you so much!!

i wish i had enough steem power to donate!! near got 10 sp now though although i think i need over 15sp for my account to work properly. also smartsteem has for some reason stopped selling my votes and i have no idea why.

  ·  2 years ago Reveal Comment

I've been a happy customer of smartsteem since I joined the platform. Definitely look forward to seeing all the innovation you guys come up with!

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Your group has the best organization out of the bid bot groups I’ve researched, if you need more curators to help register people I will donate a couple hours a week.

Thank you for the offer @reddust and your support since the beginning. Please contact me on discord: therealwolf#2442

I will, I have stayed excited by your orgnanization and your communication with the public!

Thank you @reddust

Thanks a lot for sharing this info with us and for your advice about the quality of content.
It's one of the most important things for Steemit platform success is the quality, as if there is a high-quality content that will attract more audience and more entrepreneurs and agencies to start using steemit and promote their products here as they do on other platforms such as Instagram or Reddit.
Congratulation! for this success :)

Very interesting, I find it an excellent initiative! So that only good content is supported. Great work @smartsteem :). This way you can limit the problem that too many junk articles are in trending.

I have been selling votes on @smartsteem for some months and it is no doubt a great platform. Now I am thinking to delegate power to smartsteem.

This looks like an interesting way to operate here on Steemit. I’m just starting to learn more about other ways to use my Steem Power. It seems like curation is dying and other methods are replacing it. I will research your program a bit more and I’m excited to continue learning about different options I have as a Steemit user and Steem Power holder. Thanks for the post! Resteem

You did a great Job!!

So happy to be a little supporter from the beginning.

Will update my little delegation soon+

I agree with you...can you please tell me how the above horizontal rule was created??? I too want to make my own... please help...

it's an image...

as @rasor said, this is an image

copy this and add it to your post

All credit goes to @spiritualmax who had this amazing idea :P

Thanks everyone...

Thx to @spiritualmax for the cool graphic

I live to serve! :D

Thank you detlev for being a supporter since the beginning! :)

Also, keep in mind that you can sell your votes - which is more useful for you if you are active on Steem.

I am new member.

Just joined and asked for white-listing. Is vote selling a good way to make more SBD? Will your bot activity increase an account's curation power and reputation on Steem? How active are your bots? I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes

Hey @theskim, vote-selling is a great way to earn SBD & STEEM. You will also earn curation. However, it's important to note that we have already a lot of vote-sellers with 15 SP or less, so it's better if you have more (e.g. through contributing on, dmania or busy)

wonderful site @therealwolf - will apply for whitelisting soon, hope our blogposts are suitable and acceptable..

really hats off man. Works great on mobile too!
btw who made your avatar?

keep it coming, kind regards


thank you for the feedback! We'll see how it goes, but just took a look and your website is hilarious. I wish I would have more time to get into EOS, but I'm working (full)-fulltime on smartsteem - so not much I can do outside of that.

My Avatar made a very special artist, but a new one (from the same artist) is coming soon ;)

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I like that! It's like you're building a secondary reputation system.

Is the @smartmarket bot down? I didn't get votes or a refund for my last transfer.

Screenshot 2018-03-24 at 10.10.17 AM.png

Hey - wasn't down - simply an overwhelming amount of transfers

Thanks I appreciate the feedback. Makes upvote service on Steemit!

Finally I got to know how you guys classify the SmartStar rating. Guess I gotta work harder for get that 3 stars, feels like playing the Angry bird game ya? Haha.

Didn't know that you had only 2 stars - reviewed you again. 3 Stars. Your posts are incredible valuable.

You just make my day. Appreciate that very much!

Of course - you deserve it!

I am still Two Stars :( Haha!

This prior whitelisting is unique and useful!

Ah, reviewed you again. Your Posts are always very detailed and valuable - 3 Stars. Welcome to the exclusive list ;)

I will be trying smartsteem this weekend. Thanks.

wow thx , another great service.. didn't see it before but will read into it...

Thank you fellow witness - hope you find value in smartsteem

thanks for the update. I love your service both as a buyer and seller and I appreciate all the great customer service I receive as well. Im interested in reviewing whitelist applications as well. I really believe in what you are doing.

Thank you @cflclosers! Then join us on discord: :)

What a smart way of engaging with the community!
Love and shared :-)

Thank you marly! :)

I love it how they focus on offering service for good content ONLY. It is sad to see how spam and bs posts are being upvoted highly by bots, they are doing the right thing.

Been pending for a month now, hoping to get whitelisted soon :)

We are doing our very best - you will be reviewed in no time (no promises though, hehe)

@smartsteem you are yet to redeem your promise,i made a transfer of 0.900SBD honestly speaking I so much believe in you that you are real and would never play scam please revisit my wall
Thanks for your cooperation

Look in your wallet please.

Yeah it is 😎

This is such a great idea! Good luck! Upvoted!

That answers my question on the Stars Rating. I am glad that I got a 2 stars out of 3 and I know that I can still improve.

I am an avid user of Smart Market and SmartSteem as I like how they review the users and their posts.

I see using the services as a means to get my post to a bigger audience and know that it should not be used as a crutch to boost perceived earnings in a post but rather as tool to get bigger votes.

The platform needs both good content creators and investors and we are bringing that in with Filipino investors in @steemitpowerupph

We already have a very active content provider community but see the lack of investors. We need to put in money as well so that the economy remains vibrant and moving. So we will continue to power up that account and bring more investors who want a passive source of income while we also have good content that is about cryptocurrency.

Greetings, I just learned about the service you offer and directly review the service within your website ... sincerely I liked it and I plan to participate. I wanted to know if you would like Spanish versions of your publications to be made, I would be very interested in making these publications for you!

Hey @simnrodrguez,

you are more than welcome to create spanish version of our newest posts. Can you contact me on discord? therealwolf#2442

Of course! :)

You have a great team of people and I believe you will still do a lot for steemit! Regards

Thank you @chbartist!

I just get white listed and is amaizing to be part of this team !! :D You rock, you are making the change here, absolutly a great work

This is great to read and also quite refreshing compared to other services on here.

Steemit is great but my god!!

The trending page is full of crap half the time by people with little quality articles who just use every upvoting bot available.

Love the service you guys provide already and this is just another great way to ensure people who put in time and effort are rewarded in the long run.

Keep up the great work.

Thank you @furn01!

Smartsteem , i just came to know now about it. But reading the article all i m is supercharged . This is how it should be done in steemit . Incentivization should be promoted as a way to promote good deeds not a way to satisfy greed. KUDOS

Good post!

I applied to be whitelisted simply to boost any @paywithsteem posts I decide to make and got the lowest rating. Any specific reasons why? I am the owner of @paywithsteem btw so I am talking about boosting announcements etc

Because the system works only for the authors. If you want to promote paywithsteem - then you have to get whitelisted with paywithsteem

So it differs between author and the one who buys the upvotes? So for example I can't post that much stuff but I use to buy upvotes for my girlfriend and handle her money stuff so that she can concentrate on art. Now the question, which account need to get whitelisted in this case?


The account that receives the votes has to be whitelisted - otherwise it could be exploited.

Ok thank you

Amazing initiative. Now natural tallented Authors got best reward in the shape of @smartsteem. Enjoyed your services. Thanks for providing such opportunity.

I support Smartsteem! We need more to follow in it's footsteps.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Hi @therealwolf, When I applied for whitelist I was looking at promoting my weekly contest but I've decided I'd prefer to promote my art and educational art posts instead by moving the contest to its own page.
In the application I spoke of the contest but I've decided not to use it. Will this affect the application?
Thanks, Adam

Hey - no worries. I've made sure that all reviewers know about this. :)

Thank you so much! Really appreciated. :)

@smartsteem and @upme is the best bot in steemit
good The project is lovely and serves a steemit
thank you @smartsteem for youre efforts

Great work sir thank you

excellent, all this seems interesting to me, because the system works only for the authors. If you want to promote paywithsteem - then you have to get whitelisted with paywithsteem

Is it possible to move up a rating? Maybe from 1star to 2star rating, if possible how can one apply for that upgrade?

It is - 1 month after your last review, you can ask for a re-review

Where does one request a review ? Thanks & great job!

Hey @steemitqa,

there is a paragraph in the post (the one before Earn with smartsteem) which explains exactly that :)

Thank you!

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Are you considering to revaluate already whitelisted users? For example, give somebody who currently has a 2-star rating a 3-star one? Is there some kind of application process for it?
Besides that, it might be helpful to know, which content is considered "only" good and which one excellent - so users can improve accordingly :)

Yes - some of the 3 Star Ratings are quite old (mine included) and they need to be refreshed someday. However, this takes time and for now, we want to include as many Steemians as possible.

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I appreciate your efforts on only to promote quality contents. I also got whitelisted with one star. English is not my native language, so I am not good at structuring contents. If I continuously make good contents (usually I post on can I move up to two or even three stars?

You are eligable for a re-review 1 month after the review. Join us on discord:

I am joining you on Discord. Thank you.

  ·  2 years ago Reveal Comment

Bots are popping up everywhere like this. So hard to tell which ones to use... is not just a bot and has been created by myself. Most of the new bots are using the open-source postpromoter script - which is a good bot developed by @yabapmatt, but there is no skill required in running that.

Ok noted but how does that help me pick which bot to use?

information is good but patience is also the key

I'm pretty sure 'quality content' is subjective and shouldn't be handled in a centralised manner. Remember, one man's junk is another man's treasure.

True. I really don't like the bots posting on shitty posts, but decentralization is the key of blockchain technology. We are still in beta and learning how to grow responsibly. Is just up to us, don't want to end up like Facebook.

Indeed, @anglotrucker!

I think also their criteria should be revised to assess the big picture behind the Steem users contribution as well that go beyond just blogging.

For instance, I spend many hours working on @flagawhale updates and designing / executing the background script tasks which have been part of the campaign against Haejin that have recovered over $25k SBD to the reward pool. This sort of thing is all part of my ethos to render Steem more friendly to the little guy which honestly, any way you shake it (whitelist or not), bid bots are the antithesis of. They make Steem pay to play. I think we get enough of that shit with politics. I did have a positive outlook about the whitelist and hoped it would have happened once they seen what I am about. I believe there is a niche on Steem for people like me whitelist or not.

My blogs are ok. I like original memes variations. I like to zap when I feel I have thought of something I believe is insightful. These things are considered substandard. Hell, I get some serious laughs from a good meme. That's value. I don't care who ya are.

Yes, my full blown blogs are sparse since I have gotten deeper in my projects. If you look back far enough, you'll find some well written articles about religion if I don't say so myself.

But to @smartsteem, I am just another reject. Welp. I'll take that as fuel for the fire.

Hi @anthonyadavisii . Thanks for your comment. I too am in the same boat. Still pending after joining Steemit in January. I guess @smartsteem deems my content not good enough either. Do you know what? I no longer care because I won't be using any bots or selling any votes. They are not making Steemit a better platform to use.

If you are still pending, then that means that we weren't able to review your profile yet. We'll do our best!

Hey @anthonyadavisii,

I will discuss your profile with my team of reviewers. Will come back to you afterwards.

Thanks for the consideration, @therealwolf.

Even if it does not go favorably for me, your service and @buildawhale would be the bots I would recommend if someone was really insistent on using upvote services. There are many that don't give a damn about moderation at all so I commend you for taking some time as I know such is valuable.

I sacrifice a lot of mine as well to fight the greed on this platform and I know how much of a thankless task it can be. Sorry if I got worked up there.

Hi there @therealwolf,

I know you are a busy man but just following up to see if you had an opportunity to discuss. I went ahead and submitted requests for both @steemflagrewards and @flagawhale as a contingency.

As you may note if you review my history, I have a heart and passion for fighting abuse and would be grateful for your support. I'd scrape by without it but I would be much more effective with it combined with my intermediate knowledge of Steem automation.

I am confident that even though I am yet a minnow, with your help, we can make a whale sized difference. Thank you for your time again.

I agree wholeheartedly. This seems like a very easy way for a lot of STEEM to go to a few users, making it harder for people new to the platform to make a genuine difference.

The mechanics built directly into the blockchain should accomplish what smartsteem is trying to do, in a more decentralized and more fair manner.

The fact is that humans will always have biases, and a small group of people (i.e., the smartsteem reviewers—only 8!) will have a very narrow set of biases. These will necessarily influence the selection of stars, biasing which authors get propelled to profit and which don't.

I trust the masses more than I trust smartsteem to determine which content should be valued.

But there has to be drawn a line somewhere.

Yes, but surely the market decides what content is quality no? Or should I say bots?

Unfortunately, it seems that bots and/or their centralized teams are the supreme arbiters of quality on this platform.

Remember, when manual curation was the go-to for quality, Pepperidge farms remembers. ;)

This is a mission that is very nice, I like the way you apply but if one is asked for a delegation from sp's smartmarket whether it will be fulfilled.?

Not sure what you mean @elnazry

Hey @smartsteem.. Appreciate you doing this. Im applying too :)

You do great job! I'm also working on creating quality content with my original artworks. But i have a problem. Yesterday i sent you 3 sbd for and another 3 SBD for, and haven't get any upvote yet. I think both posts are quality content with beautiful art. Are there still any problem with them? I'm whitelisted with 2 stars.

Hey @kalemandra,

I'm really sorry - but it seems that you were on a blacklist we use from a 3rd party source. I've gone ahead and removed you there and refunded your 6 SBD. You are now able to use smartsteem again!

Thank you very much!

Hey @kalemandra,

sorry for that - it seems that you were blacklisted on a 3rd Party blacklist we are using. I've gone ahead and removed you from there and also refunded you the 6 SBD.

You are now able to use @smartsteem and @smartmarket again!

I noticed recently that I was rated 2 stars. Is there any way to be moved up in the near future?

As @masterroshi said - you can ask for a review after 1 month. Join us on discord:

Thank you so much! I'll do this for sure :)

after a month you may ask for a review.

Thank you :) Do you know how I can go about doing that? Do I just post a comment to smartmarket/smartsteem?

yeah that should work.

never knew about this platform but i think now that i am sure I will be putting my bid in to become part of the smartsteem community.

my content is getting better and I am feeling confident!!

Glad to hear that!

tried it a couple of times, I just wasted my money, showed a high return on steembottracker but returned $4.33 for my $3 stake.

I can get that from other bots with a $1 stake.

Thanks a lot for sharing this info with us and for your advice about the quality of content

What are the criteria of a good article? I think it depends on how we see it its content. There articles that I really appreciate its content but its not that catchy to others. So then, how can we judge that the content of a certain article is of good quality?

You would have known, if you would have read the article.

Downvoted due to the fact that you pushed your comment to the top of the list, without making the impression of giving actual insights.

yup, you have such guidelines with stars that says about the content but my point is, who will decide if that specific article is 1 star only, 2 stars or 3 stars since we have different point of view on judging the content of the article? Hope you got my point. Plagiarized article is VERY easy to identify since there is a fix measurement on it (if it was copied to other article then it is surely plagiarized)

BUT, when it comes to identifying on how many stars a specific article is different situation since we have different judgement if the content is of good quality or not. Maybe you judged it as 3 stars but others may judge it as 1 star only....

Im not sure if you got what i mean.

I also would love to know.

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It depends on the preference of the reviewer :)

It is good to see you here!

IM a witness to smartmarket or smartsteem promotions, I use smartmarket on my post and I get satisfactory results even recently when other promotional bots are failing , smartmarket has been awesome and reliable. Thanks for this wonderful vision . Keep touching lives , humanity is watching