Simply Steemit: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Getting Started

in #steemit6 years ago (edited)

By @donkeypong and @kevinwong

Earlier this year, I organized a team of top Steemit writers: @cryptoctopus @stellabelle and @steemship to work with me @donkeypong on a basic introductory guide to Steemit. The four of us created the Steemit 101 book that is available on Amazon. We gave away 1000+ free copies. Even now, the book is priced at Amazon’s minimum of 99 cents (with all royalties being re-invested by the authors into promoting the book and promoting Steemit).

You can find the book here and it is also available on 13 other Amazon country sites:

Unfortunately, people in many parts of the world do not have access to Kindle e-books. Once our exclusive contract with Amazon has been fulfilled (next month), we will make Steemit 101 available to everyone, everywhere.

Until then, I still get questions every day from new users about how they can get started on Steemit. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy writing “how to” materials that much. And experienced Steemit users are tired of seeing beginner tutorials on the main site. But with more new people arriving every day, the demand for this material is very real.

Other people have written some really good “how to” guides on various aspects of Steemit. And there have been some very useful ‘curated’ guides which contain organized links to these helpful posts. I especially like the ones that @teamsteem has done. But until today, there has never been a short, no-nonsense guide to Steemit for beginners. This has been sorely needed for quite a while.

Here it is! To fill the need, I invited @kevinwong to help create a shorter, condensed guide that can fit into this one large Steemit post. I think Kevin is one of Steemit’s most brilliant thinkers and writers, and I hope you will follow his blog by clicking on his name and then the “Follow” button.

We began by going through the Steemit 101 e-book. Kevin took the critical first chapters from that book and summarized their main points. We eliminated some things, added to others, reduced and revised the explanations, and ended up with this concise, original guide to getting started on Steemit (it is about 10 pages long, versus about 40 pages for the e-book).

Please bookmark it. Share it with new users. Link to it. And feel free to excerpt it or cut/paste it as needed onto other sites. We simply ask that you include a link to our original post here (so that I can pay Kevin some Steem Dollars from the votes)!

For your convenience, a PDF copy of this guide is available at the following link:

Separately, I’d like to thank @jamtaylor for creating the title image for this post. He has a talent for both images and words. You should follow his blog, too.

-Tom @donkeypong and Kevin @kevinwong

Simply Steemit: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Getting Started

Welcome to Steemit! As you can see, the Steemit site is quite user-friendly. Once you start an account, you can write and submit a post. You also can vote and comment on other peoples’ posts. Steemit is a revolutionary social media platform that pays people to post, vote, and comment on good content.

Steemit is simple to use and you can have fun on the site right away. But it has a lot of moving pieces under the hood. If you want to make money here and get the most out of your experience, it’s important to understand the basic pieces and how they work. We’re here to help.

For a deeper overview of how Steemit works, we recommend the Steemit 101 e-book that a team of us wrote; it is available on Amazon. If you still have questions, you can join the site and find us there.

Simply Steemit is your one-stop beginner’s guide. This post is the equivalent of a 10-page book, so we’ll call it a pamphlet. Bookmark it, link it, and share it with anyone who needs help getting started. We hope that new users find it helpful! –Tom and Kevin

Getting Started on the Website

*Note: The developers are constantly improving the Steemit platform. By the time you read this, something you learn about here may be re-named or moved. We’ll try to keep our descriptions general, while still being as helpful as possible in showing you the site.

Starting your new Steemit account only takes a few minutes. First, go to and follow the prompts to create a new account. Right now, you need to register using either a Facebook or a Reddit account, which also allows you to get a few dollars for free in your Steemit account. This may be expanded to include other sign-ups in the future.

Creating an Account with a Secure Password

Your screen name on Steemit probably will be the same name you have used for Facebook or Reddit. If you get to select a screen name, choose one that reflects a good image for you. It is important to build a good reputation on Steemit. You have a stake in it.

When you select a password, it may be a longer and more secure than anything you have used before. Steemit requires 32-character passwords. When you register, it may generate a random key for you, but if you have the chance to create your own password, please choose one with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

It should be long and weird enough that you CANNOT remember it (because if you can, it’s too easy for a hacker to break into). Keep a secure record of your password, preferably offline, and consider storing it in a password manager so that you can use your password as needed. If you are considering a password manager, then this PC Mag article explains some top choices.,2817,2407168,00.asp

Funding Your Account

You don’t need to put money into Steemit, but Steem Power provides compelling reasons to do so. Most of the new Steem that is created each day goes to Steem Power holders, protecting you from inflation. If you believe that Steemit has a great future, then holding Steem Power is similar to owning stock. Also, your voting influence will be much greater also when you hold some Steem Power.

The trade-off is not being able to withdraw all your value at once from Steem Power; you can only Power Down (withdraw from it) over a period of two years (in 104 weekly payments).

If you prefer to hold the price-stable Steem Dollars, then you also can make a return of 10% annually, which mostly exists to protect your holdings from any inflation. You can hold the liquid Steem as well if you wish, but due to inflation, it makes less sense to hold Steem for a long period. These currencies are explained more thoroughly below.

If you have never bought Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies before, you will need to convert some fiat money (U.S. Dollars, Euros, Yen, etc.) first using a site like Coinbase, CCEDK, or Local Bitcoins. Here is a tutorial on getting started with Bitcoin:

To fund your Steemit account using Bitcoin, the Blocktrades site provides a simple exchange service that only requires a few clicks. There is a button for it on the Steemit website now (this is labelled “Buy Steem Power” and currently appears above the tag category listings). Or you can go directly to and follow directions to convert Bitcoin to Steem Power, Steem, or Steem Dollars.

Alternatively, you can buy Steem or Steem Dollars using Bitcoin on an exchange such as Bittrrex or Poloniex

Layout of the Site

There is a great deal of development going on with the website. By the time you read this guide, there may be additional features and some other parts may have been moved around to new places. We call it progress!


How Content is Organized: Views and Tags

Posted articles are in the big center column. You can view the newest, hottest, trending, most active, and most popular posts by clicking the drop down menu on the top left corner of the screen and selecting any of the choices there (these views are explained more below). That drop-down menu is next to the Steemit logo. You also can view posts that are on your Recommended list by clicking your picture on the right side. The Recommended list is based on what you have read and liked in the past. The developers also are working on a good “Follow” list, so you will be able to follow your favorite posters there also.

The list of TAGS on the right side shows the various topics or subgroups where content is posted. So you can browse through those topic tags to find the ones that interest you most.

As more people find Steemit and post, additional tags will be created and the list of them will be quite long. Fortunately, you can search the tag names by clicking in the search bar just under the word TAGS. By typing in a keyword, you will filter the list to show you only tags that include that word. For example, if you are looking for a food category and cannot find it, you could type in “food” and the food tag would be displayed. If there is a separate “food-restaurants” tag or “food-fights” tag (anything with food in it), that would show up also and you could select the one you want.

While TAGS look like topics or subgroups, they are created when you submit a post on Steemit. Rather than having to file it in a category, all you need to do is include a #tag in the text of your post. For example, if you wanted to post in the “steem” category, you could just include #steem in your text. Your post will be filed there automatically when someone browses the steem topic tag. We will cover posting, including tags, more fully in a future chapter.

Functions on the Top Right

You can find many functions on the top right corner of your screen. These include Search, Submit Post, Your Account, and Steemit Menu. We will cover each of these separately below.

Searching Steemit

Moving from left toward the top right corner of your screen, the first thing you’ll see is a search icon. It looks like a little magnifying glass. Clicking on it open a Google custom search that lets you search all of the content on

For example, let’s imagine that you have an interest in gardening and you want to learn how to apply mulch to the trees in your yard. You could go to the gardening tag and browse around, but you could find the right content faster by running a keyword search for a term like “mulch trees”. This custom search will show you every post on the site where your search term has been used.

Submitting a Post

When you click “Submit a Story” on the top right, a submission form will open up. This is where you can post your blog articles, videos, photographs, and other content. We will cover posting shortly and show you how to make the best use of the submission form.

Viewing Your Account

You can view your account by clicking the picture icon near the top right corner of the screen. When you click on it, you will see a drop down menu that shows your Recommended list as well as your recent posts and replies. This is also where you will find your wallet and a set of long keys called permissions. Let’s cover each of these in turn.

Blog, Posts, and Replies

When you click on your “Blog”, it will look something like this. It displays your posts, beginning with most recent. This is a good place to keep track of how your recent posts are doing or to find something you wrote in the past.


“Posts” shows you everything you have submitted. That includes the blog postings. And it also includes any reply comments you have posted on other peoples’ blog posts, not merely your original blog posts.

“Replies” shows you any comments you have received from others. They might have commented on your blog post or they might be replying to a comment you made elsewhere. Some posts generate a lot of discussion, particularly if they are controversial, while others rarely get many replies. It is good to check on your “replies” regularly, because sometimes others have questions or important comments they communicate to you.

Separately, there are links within this account view to see both your author and curation rewards.


Your wallet shows how much value you have in currency tokens and STEEM Power. These currency tokens, STEEM, STEEM Power, and STEEM Dollars, are explained more fully below. The wallet itself even includes basic descriptions of each currency token. You also will see arrows with drop-down menus next to each one; these allow you to take various actions (such as buy, sell, transfer, or Power Up) with the various currency tokens.

Exploring and Curating Content

Steemit pays you to improve the platform, whether by posting, commenting, or voting. This is like cleaning up your room, or tending to your lawn, but it is much more fun!
Make Steemit the community that you want to be part of.

To begin, head over to the content page by clicking on Steemit’s logo on the top left of the screen. From here, you may search for the tag / topic of your liking. Select the articles that interest you. If you love the content that you come across:

· Vote for the post if you like the content. Click that up-button at the end of the post.

· Comment / reply on that post. Be genuine, be constructive.

· Or you may flag the content if you find it abusive. Flag button is located on top of post.

Flagging/downvoting should only be used for any content that is particularly abusive, spammy or misleading.

However, we suggest that you add another layer or filter to make your voting and commenting adventure more purposeful. You may begin to filter contents by view (Hot, Trending, Payout Time, New, Active, Responses, and Popular). You also can view your Recommended list, which is based on other posts you have liked in the past. Soon, the Follow lists will be available also.


Getting Paid to Vote and Comment

When an author is paid out for a post, its curators also get paid. Curating is the work of organizing, sorting, and cleaning up the site. This work includes voting on posts and it also includes commenting. You can get paid for making good comments, just as you can get paid for voting on them.

If you want to make money from voting, the best strategy is to find posts you think will become popular and upvote before others do. Steemit rewards voters for finding hidden gems. All other things being equal, the earliest upvoters of popular posts will get the most voting rewards. However, voting strength also is affected by how much Steem Power the voter has. Because Steem Power is like a preferred stock, those with more Steem Power also enjoy greater influence through their votes.

Even if you do not have much Steem Power, you can earn money by spotting good posts relatively early and upvoting them. But the more Steem Power you have, the more strength your vote will carry.

Here is an important caveat: you should not vote immediately on new posts. For the first 30 minutes after a post is submitted, all curation rewards earned by voting are shared with the author. If you vote right away after the post is submitted, then the author gets most of this reward, and you will get more if you wait longer. Of course, others can jump in during that time, so if you do wait longer, the consequences can be both positive and negative. On the one hand, you make a higher percentage of the payout by waiting as long as possible within that 30 minute period. But then again, other people may vote ahead of you, getting an earlier spot in line and reducing your payout.

You will need to decide when the best time is to jump in and vote. Watch what others do and when they upvote the posts that are likely to become popular. Look at your wallet to see how much you earned from your previous votes and find the strategy that works best for you.

And also, make sure you seek out new posters who are relatively undiscovered. Certain authors always get votes because they are already well-known. If you can discover good content from newer writers before most voters find it, then you may be in line for a much larger payout.

For a closer look at the voting rewards system, we recommend this useful post by @steemship and @the-alien :

Creating Your First Post & The Way Forward

Steemit is a global community that values social identity. Your reputation is important. And you will be building it with every post and every comment. Do not rush to write something (anything!). Take time to study what others are doing, what works best, and then create your first post.

Your first post should be an introduction post. Before getting started, try to examine some examples in the “introduceyourself” tag and learn from successful posts. Pay particular attention to the verification methods that people use; they are not foolproof, but they still help you gain trust. The most common such method is to post a picture of yourself holding a Steemit sign with the date.

Get started by clicking on ‘Submit a Story’ button on the top right.


There are no subject limitations to your posts. All you have to do is to be honest and be genuine. If it’s Not-Safe-For-Work, then do your part in using the #nsfw tag.

Notice that short posts (less than two or three paragraphs) do not usually get many votes. Especially while you are new and establishing your reputation, it is important to take the time to write something thorough and meaningful. It does not need to be as long as a thesis, but it should be your own original content (not copied from elsewhere) and it should provide some value.

Many Steemit voters look at a post and, before voting, ask themselves whether it adds value to Steemit. Does your post make Steemit better?

Format your post well. This includes using titles and subtitles. Use paragraph breaks or a double [Enter] between paragraphs to make sure there is a space. Too much text is hard on the reader’s eyes. And make sure to proofread your work before submitting. Readers/voters are forgiving of a few minor errors, but you will gain a good reputation much faster if you make sure to turn out a high quality product each time you post. This means checking your work and correcting any simple errors.

Formatting also includes adding images. Images can give some life to your text and help illustrate it. But don’t overdo the images unless your post depends upon them heavily (such as a post in the photography tag). Make sure to use the markdown code for an image so that it embeds correctly in your post.

Check the screenshot above, which shows you the markdown format. Be sure that you paste your own image's link into the parentheses. While the Steemit posting form is getting easier to use (the developers have done great work on the site), many of us still prefer to use markdown format. It is easy to learn. The image above shows you the simple formatting codes; when you include a # and a space before a word, for example, your text will come out as a headline.

When you are submitting your post on Steemit, the submission form will show you a preview of what it looks like. And if you have included markdown formatting, the preview of your post should show you how that formatting will look once you submit it. After you submit the post, check that it came out okay and make any edits that are needed before you move on to something else.

You NEED to get the format right or you will lose potential votes. Look at other successful posts and follow a similar model for format. If you have questions, feel free to join and ask some members of the community there.

Reputation scores

To succeed on Steemit or even just to enjoy it, having a positive reputation is important. Recently, reputation scores were added to the site. Your score is the number next to your screen name. When your posts receive votes from others who have positive scores, your own score will begin to increase. If you are flagged repeatedly for spam or abuse, then your score will decrease (and can even go negative). As you are making positive contributions to the community, your score should increase over time.

Be Patient. It Takes Time to Build a Reputation and Start Earning Larger Rewards

If you are posting consistently, but not attracting much attention yet, then it could mean one of several things.

First, perhaps the community does not really know you yet. A good introductory post is a first step. You also can head over to the backroom chat site at and ask any questions or begin discussing things with other users. As people get to know you and trust in the value of your posts, you are much more likely to score additional votes. The more votes you get, the more your work gets noticed by others, and the more your reputation score goes up.

Most of all, keep posting good content. It may not make you much money right away, but when people notice that you are developing a good track record, your blog is like your resume.

Second, try to write some different things and post them in different tags (categories) if you can. There is a lot of content coming onto Steemit now. Not everyone reads certain tags. Having your work in different places probably means you will attract some different readers/voters. And hopefully, they start to follow your work.

Anything constructive that you do on Steemit (and its chat-companion platform at will increase your value, regardless if your contributions were obvious, tracked or not. This is a community first. If you support it and work positively with others, your opportunities will follow.

So you got your first payout

Congratulations! Note that post and comment payouts are divided equally into Steem Power and Steem Dollars. Voting payouts are always in Steem Power. On your post, you can click on the drop-down arrow next to the payout amount; this will show you when the next payout is scheduled.

Once you receive your payout, you can find it by clicking on your profile (at the top right of your screen) and then clicking again on your Wallet. Notice there are balances listed for three different currency tokens.

STEEM: You may buy or sell these liquid tokens in exchanges at any time. You may also power up Steem into Steem Power.

STEEM Power: These are network influence tokens, rather like a longer term investment in Steemit. The more SP you have, the more weight is given to your voting. Generally, it is beneficial to accumulate more SP for building up higher passive and active rewards. You may also liquidate SP to acquire Steem Dollars. SP is locked up for a period of time. So if you wish to cash out some of your SP, you can do so by Powering Down. It will pay out over a period of two years, split into 104 weekly payments.

STEEM Dollars: These tokens are always worth about $1.00, once traded with another cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Direct trade for US Dollars or other fiat-currencies may be available in the future. You may also purchase more STEEM in the internal market.

You may click on any figures presented in the wallet page. Available actions will be shown.

To cash out into fiat currency or another cryptocurrency, you will need to trade STEEM or STEEM Dollars via an exchange, bridge, or gateway service. Two exchanges, Bittrex and Poloniex, allow you to sell your Steem or Steem Dollars. The Blocktrades service also provides a simple way to transfer Steem or Steem Dollars into Bitcoin or a variety of other cryptocurrencies.




For more help on how to Power Up or cash out, we suggest this two-part article series by @donkeypong and @infovore that explains the process well. As always, some information may be out of date soon as more improvements are made. For example, the Poloniex exchange had not added Steem or Steem Dollars yet when these posts were written, but you have that link above as another option now:

Part 1:

Part 2:

That concludes this brief guide. We hope you have found it helpful.

Our final suggestion is to spend a few days browsing around and reading other posts. You will learn a lot more about Steemit from many different perspectives. The more time you spend on Steemit, the better you will understand not only its basic structure, but also this great community around it. With your help, we hope to continue growing Steemit by introducing more people to its great content and opportunities!

For your convenience, a PDF copy of this guide is available at the following link:

-Tom @donkeypong and Kevin @kevinwong



Terrific work, guys! This is much needed. Looking forward to having the e-book more widely available soon, too.

Awesome post! These guides are much needed. Thank you so much for the praise you gave me! I really appreciate it. This recognition from your means a lot to me! Hopefully we'll have the chance to collaborate in the future! Keep on Steeming!

Hi there! Here's a preliminary PDF of Simply Steemit for easy reading and printing -

Well actually this maybe the final version, just waiting for @donkeypong to greenlight it in the post :)

EDIT: The official PDF link is in the post now!

This look awesome! I'm always looking to learn more about Steemit! So should everyone!


this should be a sticky post, and emailed to everybody joining steemit.
I am following you after i read a couple of threads you wrote, and its always high quality. hope you didnt mind my commen on the western union thing.
maybe i have too much payment system knowledge, but that post was only scratching the surface.

anyway, keep up the great work!

Love the guide you have put terrific work , i wish their was more bloggers like you

Guides are a great way to help newbies in this beta. Trying to read the white paper, but it's a careful read.

I'd like to share a common steemit bug that will befuddle a lot of new users. Often your image links might be broken right after your post, even though they were fine in the preview. Edit the post and check the link. The link will be prepended with a steemit redirect. The "http://" will be missing from beginning of the url. Paste that back in at the start of your url, finish the edit, and it should be working again.

Hopefully this bug gets fixed soon.

Yes, I think I just fixed the problem with this one. Thanks!

Thank you for sharing knowledge about the image links. I do have a question and I am sorry to bother you about it, but where can I put these links? I click on the editor and nothing happens. There is no image icon for me to input one. I would like my articles to have that flair of images but so far I am having no success. Can you assist me? Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

I think it's worth mentioning that new users who are not seasoned bloggers shouldn't rush into creating content. New users sometimes are not aware how rewarding it can be to take the time to comment on submissions they liked. Leaving a thoughtful comment can be just as successful as a great post and it builds a better community.

@cryptobarry I fully agree. That is what I have done. I watched and now have slowly waded into the STEEM. Also, check out my post Steemit is Toast Thanks bud.

I think you are right here. It seems that thoughtfulness of an important part of gaining reputation.

Nicely done, guys. 🙄👌

Amazing guide! Great work guys!

As this platform grows, new people arrive they would need something like this.

Well presented, perfectly condensed, very informative, all they need to know.. Awesome.

Glad too have you back Tom!

That is pretty comprehensive

Your doing good work helping people learn to steemit. {note to self use learn to steemit in a post} anyway could you check out my latest post I value your opion and there is aslo some good stuff in the comments. Im not going to repost it I Think twice is the limit.

This is great, you should make a few hard copies, and get them signed by yourselves and some of the devs. could you imagine what an artifact like that could be worth in a few years time..............

Thank you @donkeypong and other Steemians for making this guide. Repost and being updated guide is much needed for all from time to time. Steem on!

Perfect guide for new users as well as a few tips for seasoned users. Putting you on follow for when that means something too!

Thanks a lot for this, it is super helpful! I have already learnt some of this stuff, but this takes me a great step further :-)

Ive been looking for more information on curating posts, and then i saw this. I didnt know about the process differentiation between "New" posts and posts over 30 mins. Or the payout thing. Sweeeeeeeeeet. Thanks again

It has helped me a lot this post. Thank you very much for this exceptional content!

Thank you for doing all this work.

If you ever need help with translation or anything. Message me okay? :)

Help me to have more subscribers, and steem power please

One more fine essential article. Added to bookmarks. Spending time browsing around and reading other posts))) Thank you.

Good job! That's my dream to work with STEEMIT!!!

Great work. This is very useful and informational. Thanks for the information.

excellent guide. I keep my! thanks for your contribution to the community.

Great guide for new people, thanks for taking the time to write it guys. Also, thanks in advance for releasing the eBook once your obligation w/ Amazon is over, I'm sure many people that are worse off will appreciate it!


It must sound redundant to say this after so many replies, but this post is really helpful for newcomers. So thanks for that!

I am still trying to drag my friends into steemit. I'm sharing this one on facebook. Let's see if anyone bites.

I am not sure why, but this seemed a good refresher for someone who has spent three weeks here, aka, "me"

It was a smooth to read. Appreciate the effort.

A very nice post for everyone, specially who new to steemit.

Thank you for helpful information. Its ill be awesome for beginners ;)

@donkeypong nice post Terrific work, guys! This is much needed. Looking forward to having the e-book more widely available soon

There have been a lot of changes to the platform since we wrote that (years worth), so you should consult some newer information sources also.

Nice work! A rare example of an actually useful holistic overview...

And the most important rule: treat other user the way you want to be treated :)

Flawless Presentation...

Good things being done all around! I like it! If we keep this up, we will take this platform to heights as never seen before!
Go Steem! :)

We really needed some to write one of these all-in-one articles as a reference point for steemit beginners... Thank you so much.... Upvoted

donkeypong, your posts are awesome. I already follow you. Brand your posts as a micro magazine, as I state in my new post:

Thank you! With you I'll understand quickly. while I have difficulty , but I try

Thanks so much for this! I already knew some of this stuff, but this takes me a great step further :-)

Simply Steemit!
Great was to present this simple idea!
SteemOn! :)

Wow, excellent work and so very thorough. Steemit really needs to start organizing content so these sorts of posts can be found and retained. This has everything a newbie needs to get up and running... but how will a newbie find it unless they happen to see it trending in the next day or two?

Awesome contribution to the Steemit ecosystem!

I bought this book last week in Amazon, and it helped me a lot to understand how Steem works. Especially the curator rewards like I didn't know how upvoting/commenting can also earn you money. Thinking about that, I started following people here on Steemit. It's just right now I don't know where to look for the people who I followed. Temporarily I save a list of usernames in my notepad.

bro8kenneth: If you click on the little arrow next to someone's name, a small window pops up giving you the option to follow or mute. Click follow, and you're all set.

Wow that is a mega post and it is mega useful for new users. There should be some way to put a permanent link to it like a FAQ or something so it is easy to access.

awesome work thank you guys, this really took some work which is why you are at the top of the chain exactly why I wrote the following for those that dont put in the work

👍awesome guide @donkeypong , that's very helpful

This is good article for newbie, and will helpfull also give courage to other people to write an article.

Please give permission to share your article on my facebook wall, this is good article, thank you ! :)

Hi! This post has a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 7.1 and reading ease of 74%. This puts the writing level on par with Tom Clancy and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The suggestion about browsing and reading other post is really good advise.
Perhaps, should include browsing replies too.

I've read a lot of "how to Steem" articles in the past few days, and I think this one is the most helpful yet! Thank you!

Omg ! That's so great and helpful ! Thank uuuuu !!!

This is an absolutely fantastic post. Having just signed up for Steemit, I was hoping I could find a simple, straight-forward post that helps to explain both how the platform works and the various tokens that power the pay system associated with the site. Altogether, I got answers to all my questions, and any further reading I wanted to do was available in the links provided.

Excellent post. Again, thanks for the information from a newbie!

thank you for the great effort.

Really an awesome post!

This is I really need to explain into my friends! This deserve an upvote and a place into my favorites!

Great post @donkeypong and @kevinwong! You never cease to amaze me! Upvote for you both!

Great job! Thank you. Although I'm not a beginner, but still have found for myself that I did not know. Yes, learn how to write a good post - you need experience! But I think the main thing - to start writing and succeed!

Really helpful, especially the part about the image markdown! It hadn't occurred to me that there was a link to that in the posting area :P

One thing in the article stood out to me though "You also can view posts that are on your Recommended list by clicking your picture on the right side. The Recommended list is based on what you have read and liked in the past." I can't seem to find a recommended list when I click my "Picture" (which is blank, and I don't see a way to add one I only see my user name, Blog, Posts, Recent Replies, Wallet, Change Password, and Log Out. Am I looking in the wrong place?


This is fucking perfect.

Being a newbie this was a super helpful guide to get me going. Excited to join this community and explore! Thanks again for this helpful information.

Very useful post. Thanks for your hard work.

Finally!! The Post I have been looking for!
I've been banging my head against the desk, trying to figure out what I've been doing wrong. In fact, I've even had a couple of Posts that were "flagged" (I'm not really sure why anyone would have found them inappropriate, but that's their opinion).

I'll get to work ASAP on my Introduction. I've also been tossing around the idea of doing some short stories. I used to enjoy writing back in college (I had a Composition class I did pretty well in....too bad I didn't save any of the stories....LOL).

Thanks again for the great guide! Upvote for sure!!!

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@donkeypong Thank you so much for putting so much work together for Us. Highly appreciate it .

Nice! I could have used this several weeks ago lol

Thanks so much for the guide, it's great!
I have a question: I'm just about to make my first post and in the editor I have put: ![imagename](web address of .jpg) in the hope of getting a particular image to show up. In the preview box I can see that an image is there, but I can't actually see the image itself, it's just a box filled with a faded-out drawing of a UFO. Is that how it is supposed to look, or have I done something wrong? Thanks in advance for any help.

Well presented informative post for all levels of expertise on steemit.

Great work, I'll be keeping this handy... thanks!

Hey @donkeypong
I'll be using this great guide as inspiration for a presentation I'm making to raise interest in Steemit in SE-Asia. I'll make sure to send you a copy before I go live with it.

thank you for a simple yet covers all guide to steemit. well done!

Great job!
Very helpful!

So much helpful information here. Thank you. I am bookmarking this resource for further study and following each of the individuals you've tagged here, beginning with you: @donkeypong and @kevinwong. Cheers!

I been sent to your guide by patrice. Thanks for doing all this work. I have bookmarked your guide and included it in my second post on Steemit "Newbie - my first day on Steemit: Did the world first bit coin investor Roger Ver give up bitcoin for steem?"

Awesome guide, I will definitely link to this when I see steemit beginners needing help.

Quick question: for a minnow with a still-tiny wallet, even voting before the bigger fish is futile. Tracking this on, I watched a post I upvoted around 10 minutes in. I held 70% weight initially, but a dolphin came along shortly after me and wiped out my weight. So there's really nothing for a financially-challenged minnow to do in this situation - no matter when I vote, bigger fish before and AFTER can still wipe me out. I realize my only options right now are to post well and comment well. But is that on purpose, or just an unfortunate byproduct? Are minnows to be discouraged from any curation until they grow into bigger fish?

Good question, @geke ! We are also minnows here (since yesterday, yay!) and struggling to understand how the upvoting payouts work. You have posted this comment 10 months ago... have you found the answer since then?

Sadly, no.

Thanks for this, I just joined Steemit today and I am glad this is not as difficult as a wiki-type platform , where one has to learn a lot of formatting. I hope Steemit takes off and becomes more relevant as an alternative news site in the future.

WOW - what a wealth of info!
Just what this 8 day old minnow needs, thank you very much cheers!

Thanks for all this great advice. I'll be rereading this post. Apart from all the official guidelines, there are also services, e.g. that can help you get started in a non-disruptive way.

Yes, it's a rather old post. We have many more services in this ecosystem now. :)

Thanks @donkeypong and @kevinwong for your hard work
I will be sharing this information with my followers.
Be well...

Super helpful. The possibilities of this community are staggering.

Excellent post! Thanks, I just made my first post thanks to this one.

This is a well written article for beginners. I like that the article seem to take account what a new user would ask and then it answers those questions in advance. I wish that I had read this article first before posting. I had already rushed out there to make my first post without thinking about it much.

What happens if you go out there and upvote everything like crazy? Could that be used as a strategy to earn more steem? I was just curious as to how it works?

very much needed....Thank you.

Thanks for this detailed post. I hope it's OK I mind mapped it and made a post on it. Steemit Beginners best quality logo.jpg

Wonderful! I found your post and added a vote + comment there.

Thank you! Much appreciate it

Thank you for sharing knowledge about the image links

thank you! this was very helpful! much love

Nicely done, guys

Great Information! Commenting to bookmark it. Thanks guys.

I love this guide, like the holy book of newcomers.

Thanks for sharing... it is quite overwhelming at the start, this definitely helps :)

I needed this more than anyone could ever imagine! Thank you very much for this post, my mind is clear now as to what I'll do next.

I gave you an upvote on your post! Please give me a follow and I will give you a follow in return and possible future
votes!please give upvote on my post.

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