5 Reasons Why Bloggers Should Post (and Earn) on SteemIt.com

in steemit •  2 years ago  (edited)

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If you blog, vlog, or create content online and are not on SteemIt, then read on.

(In fact, even if you don’t this may interest you).

I joined SteemIt.com in 2016 after being introduced to it by my brother (and savvy cryptocurrency investor) @nanzo-scoop.

I was born with a love for media and my career background is in journalism; so I come from the traditional school of content creation - national newspapers and commercial radio.

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When my brother told me about SteemIt I must admit I wasn’t initially comfortable with the whole thing. What would I write about? What would my agenda be? What’s all this Steem Dollars and Steem Power about? What do I know about cryptocurrency (nothing)? Blah.. blah..

But after posting my first piece introducing myself and receiving such a warm response from the small, SteemIt community at the time I realised the answer was simple: Just be yourself.

After this, two significant things happened that convinced me that SteemIt had a serious future:

  1. I was among the first group of people to earn from SteemIt’s first payouts in July 2016 (and made a bit of cash).
  2. I attended SteemFest 2016 in Amsterdam where I interviewed other early adopters of the platform, and SteemIt’s founder Ned Scott.

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Can you spot me at SteemFest in the pic below?

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Since 2016 I’ve posted sporadically on SteemIt, but this year (2018) I’ve so far been a lot more active on the site and can’t believe how much it has grown!

I’ve recently been sharing my SteemIt links on other social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. And subsequently I’ve had a few people ask me what Steemit is all about (example below). So I decided to create this post as a way to answer.

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Let’s be clear, I’m definitely no expert on cryptocurrency and this is by no means an article breaking down the technicalities of how this platform works behind the scenes (I’ve included links at the bottom of this article that will hopefully do that for you).

But I am a seasoned media professional, and know a bit about industry trends and building niche audiences. So, here’s five reasons why I believe online content creators need to jump on this revolutionary platform:

1. You can increase your followers and build a community

When I interviewed SteemIt founder @ned in November 2016 there were just over 100,000 users on this platform. Now, there are over 400,000 registered users. That’s 400% growth in just over a year! And that number is rising daily. In addition, there are currently over 450,000 comments made on the Steem blockchain every day, which tells you this is a community that’s active and engaging in the content being shared. You can follow people and they can follow you; SteemIt provides a fantastic opportunity for you to introduce a new, global community to your brand, and perhaps bring in more readers who may otherwise never come across your blog.

2. You can get paid for every post, comment or like

Back in 2008 I co-founded an online publication called OvergroundOnline. For six years we were dedicated to blogging and publishing quality content daily. We had success in building a subscriber list and increasing site visits, but making money was a struggle. Non existent in fact. From what I understand it’s even harder these days for bloggers to find ways to monetise their work.
Meanwhile, over $20million (USD) worth of Steem has been distributed to bloggers over the past year and a half. Everything you create, publish, vote on or get likes for translates in to the Steem digital currency, which can ultimately be cashed out.
That said, as tempting as it may be, in the first instance try not to think too much about the money. Just genuinely post, read, comment, connect and gather an understanding of how the platform works. Then every now and then, keep an eye on your wallet ; )

3. You don’t need to be an expert on cryptocurrency

As mentioned, I knew nothing about cryptocurrency prior to joining SteemIt, and the bottom line was I didn't need to. This platform rewards quality content, and that’s all I needed to know to get started. The beauty is that SteemIt is bridging my knowledge gap, and I’m gradually starting to learn about crypto. And if you’re willing, you will too. This platform is an on-boarding experience to the world of cryptocurrency (I’m sure you’ve all heard of Bitcoin by now, right)? And if you want to know more there are people all over this platform who are super helpful, and always posting information that will help you get your head around the new world of digital currency.

4. Be part of building the future of social media

Steemit is still a relatively new platform, and it’s not too late to have first mover advantage. I told a few social media savvy friends about this site a year ago; trying to explain that their Facebook posts could earn them money on here. I explained that there was nothing wrong with posting on FB, just make SteemIt your first point of call. Or, if you have a YouTube channel, simply embed your videos on SteemIt as soon as you publish. But it didn’t quite sink in to them back then.
But now, probably due to the rising public interest in cryptocurrency, they want to know more - which is great. This platform will succeed off the back of its community, so the more people who join the bigger it'll become. Don’t be left behind - be a leader!

5. You have nothing to lose!

I didn’t pay a penny to join SteemIt. I invested nothing but my time to write a post, and even that wasn’t a chore because writing is partly what I love to do (hence why this is perfect for people who are already bloggers and content creators). Remember, SteemIt isn’t a replacement for your blog, it’s a compliment to what you are already doing so it shouldn’t take up any more time than usual. Just make sure you post on SteemIt first because there are bots that pick up if content is replicated from elsewhere on the web. It doesn’t cost you any money to be here, so any cash you do earn is straight up profit! How can you not want to try it?

Let me know if you do join the platform, and I’ll be happy to follow and support!

Useful links:

The New Social Media Network that Pays You to Post (But That’s Not the Best Bit)

Can This Social Media Platform Make You Rich?

2017, the year of cryptocurrency awareness... 2018, the year of adoption?

SteemUp Ghana was a success: See how we turned it up with the power of the Steem for the first Ghana Steemit Meetup

SteemIt Helped Me Rejuvenate My Love for Blogging

Gutted I missed SteemFest2 last year because I was organising a conference in Ghana. See and hear about some of what happened at SteemFest2 here

Note to Steemians: If you have any useful links or people to follow for first-timers to better understand how SteemIt works, please do share them in the comments below. Thank you!

@ned @nanzo-scoop @sneak @roelandp @neilstrauss @allasyummyfood @heiditravels @everlove @mammasitta @ezzy @notdavemate @tj4real

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Excellent and very informative post for newbies here like me. I am new here but learning a lot everyday by amazing contents written by people like you. Thanks a lot!

Welcome to Steemit. You now have a new follower ; )

Thank you!

Hello its me Nasir . I welcome u all members of steem and i will give ideas related to cryptocurrencies and steem it dollars as well . You guyz can follow me for new and current updates about the steem it and other currencies in the market. More over it will be a pleasure for me to help the community from this platform and guide you properly related to this .

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Thank You! ⚜

This was a well written and informative blog!

I love everything about what you have written here. You talked about your history on here, gave us some insights on what the platform is, assured us that what goes on is nothing to be afraid of, and told us why we should do so!

I love everything about this and can't wait to see you grow and grow!

Thank you! I’m happy you think so as all you mentioned was my intention. Really appreciate your encouragement 😊

Amazing post :) When we tell people we are in Steemit, they don't know what it is and how the platform is able to pay and where the money comes from. Now we have this link that we can share that explains it all. Great service to steemit @ak2020 :)

Absolutely, same here - and I'm still getting my head around it, lol. Sure, please do share and refer ; )

Great post @ak2020. I have noticed that you are more active this year indeed. I agree with you on every point, especially on the fifth: You have nothing to lose!l On the contrary, you win because if you post about topics that you like and you do it with your heart (not for the money) you become better at what you do.
I need to post more, I say that to myself everyday, but I am working on it.
Thanks for sharing!

Thank you @diamondinform and yes I agree it’s winning all the way!
It took me a while to get in to posting regularly. Then I realised it’s about making it a habit. Initially it feels like an effort and a little out of your comfort zone, but like anything once you’ve done it consistently for a short period it becomes part of your routine. Go with your natural instincts but stick at it! 😊

Yes, i will follow your advise.

"This platform rewards quality content, and that’s all I needed to know to get started. The beauty is that SteemIt is bridging my knowledge gap, and I’m gradually starting to learn about crypto."

This. It's so great to hear this in different ways from many ways.

Absolutely @remuslord 😊

I really missed you in Lissabon!
So so good to see and hear from you again
Happy New Year!
Thanks so much to mention me here in your wonderful article.

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Mammasitta! Sooo good to hear from you too, Happy New Year! And thank you for the upvote ☺️
It was such a shame that I missed SteemFest2 - hope to see you later this year. In the meantime I’ll be following and supporting as always ; ) @mammasitta

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That's so true! Resteemed :)

Thank you! Now following ☺️

I particularly agree with your last point, you have nothing to lose

Great article Ak. Glad to see our conversation featured.

Thanks Dylan, totally inspired by you! Lol. Welcome to Steemit ; ) Looking forward to your posts

Let's be contribute towards building the future of social media to empower people!

Yes indeed ; )

Great post @ak2020 lots of insights, I can learn a lot from you :) I agree with all your 5 points, especially 4. Happy to be here, participating in the future of social media.

Thank you! Welcome, I hope to learn from you also. Following ; )

Nice post

Quality content does not equate to success on Steemit. You could be the most eloquent writer, and people will look over you. Networking and pictures are key.

Good point. I'd agree that networking and presentation also play a part in building a following.

nice post

Thank you for sharing your ideas. Great post. .
Followed!

You're welcome. Followed back!

amazing you are so right, I especially like to comment people who reply others and I see you doing this, because I think it's not a respect when you write to someone and he doesn't answer like a lot of people are doing here, I always try to reply all the comments that I recieve.

Steemit is really amazing but we have to make it much better. ☺

I totally hear what you’re saying. And to be honest I’ve missed many people’s comments in the past because I didn’t used to check my ‘Comments’ and ‘Replies’ buttons, which allow you to see your comments much quicker in one place! I wouldn’t take it too personally if people don’t respond to comments because I’ve seen that some people on here have LOTS of comments on their stories. And maybe others made the same mistake I did (I like to think the best of people lol).
But happy you commented here, thanks. It is a great platform 😊

So my question is what happens when steemit grows year by year and more bloggers and content writers join. Isnt there a tendency that they would never be seen

I’m not sure of the answer to that question. Perhaps the followers algorithm will improve in some way. Facebook has over 2 billion registered users...

Oh well. I think its happening already... People who joined from early last year was luckier I guess

Hello.

There are some new social networks that you might be interested in:

  1. Yours.org has a micropayment system that is built in BCH, Bitcoin Cash.
  2. Memo.cash is like Twitter, but uncensorable.
  3. Keyport is a messaging app built on BCH where messages are fully encrypted by being on the blockchain. Or are they?

Thanks for sharing ur experience.

Most welcome 😊

@ak2020. I like the way you keep things simple. I will be following you if you don't mind.

I don't mind at all, thanks. Followed back!

Thanks☺

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Hello its me Nasir . I welcome u member of steem and i will give ideas related to cryptocurrencies and steem it dollars as well . You guyz can follow me for new and current updates about the steem it and other currencies in the market. More over it will be a pleasure for me to help the community from this platform and guide you properly related to this .

Thanks for sharing Nasir. Will follow and keep an eye out for your posts!

thanx

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