I get asked by minnows many many times on the chat with a golden question:
"What can I do to be successful like you? Help me."
First of all, you can't be like me, or anyone else for that matter. Each person has their own ways to success. As much as I would love to see everyone succeed on Steemit, unfortunately there's no magic recipe. But I can give you a few pointers on things to do, and things to avoid.
"I can only show you the door.
You're the one that has to walk through it."
Focus on Your Skills
I have a background in science, I am proficient in programming and computers, I am this and that. You on the other hand, do not necessarily possess the skills that I have. But, you have your own skill set and things that YOU love to do. It could be art, camping, politics, religion, teaching, charity, trading, investing, etc. Whatever you know or do, write about it. Steemit is a very broad community with a wide range of cultures and people from around your world. Find your way to people who share your own interests. Don't try to be someone else, because it's a ticket to failure.
Forget the Whales
I would LOVE to be a whale, but I don't have the money to be one. There are two types of whales on Steemit, the genuine investors who put out money from their own pockets, and those who controversially premined STEEM. I don't want to get into that, but the point is, if you have a load of cash, you can become a whale by buying STEEM. If not, you're in the same league as I am. In other words, stop dreaming of becoming a whale, stay realistic, and work hard to earn rewards.
Forget the Trending Page
This page is a scourge. It's very misleading and doesn't represent the platform at all. Just because there's a few $1000 posts on it, that doesn't mean that you will get such posts anytime soon. The allure of money can be enthralling, so don't fall for it. Ground yourself or you will be frustrated by thoughts like: Why can't I make $1000 like them. Well, some of them have politics behind them or are abusers of the system. Believe me, you don't want to be like them. Ignore that page, that's what I do.
Free Your Mind
Connect with People
Networking is a word you should remember all the time. What does it mean? It means to connect with people, which can be achieved in different ways.
Steemit.Chat is a good starting place, it's open for all and easily accessible. That's where I started myself. You can meet new friends in the #general channel or other specific ones. And from there, you can reach other chat servers on Discord, which is another popular chat platform.
There's no shortage of communities on Steemit. They tend to use Discord. I have listed a few on https://steemian.info but there's more you can find around. Again, there's not magic community here, join whichever ones that your needs and interests.
There's a ton of posts everyday on Steemit, and you'll find that yours will go unnoticed. It's frustrating. However, use the tags to your advantage. You can use up to 5 tags when you post, and use them wisely. Use relevant tags to your subject. Adding a
krtag will get you some angry Koreans on your back if it's not posted in the Korean language. The most popular tags are listed here https://steemit.com/tags, but you can create your own tags if you like, with the caveat of less visibility. For example, if you use "ilovefeathers", you might not find a big audience for it.
Commenting on other's posts is the most powerful way to connect, in my opinion. You know that Facebook Like button that glues the users to their screen? There's a reason for it. People are social creatures who yearn for recognition and seek approval from others. So, when you comment on someone else's post (after reading it, of course), you're acknowledging their work and expressing your opinion about it. And most importantly, when you comment, you show your interest. Take your time and write something meaningful, and I guarantee you a follow, a comment back, and eventually upvotes.
Avoid the Facebook Mentality
The dreaded follow for follow, upvote for upvote. Do not do that. Begging won't work and people will not be interested in you very quickly, even flag you if you annoy them too much. Besides, even if they follow you, it's not a guarantee they will READ your content and upvote it, unless it's interesting to them. So asking for a follow4follow is futile and a waste of time. Let the users have the choice of following and upvoting you, instead of imposing it on them.
Watch your Reputation
Reputation is key, no matter where you are. If you act nice, people will like you. If you act like an ass, they won't respect you, ignore you or flag you. As simple as that. Speaking of reputation, someone with a higher reputation than yourself can hurt you with a downvote, so avoid getting in fights with certain whales. Unfortunately, we have bad whales on Steemit. That's how the world is, it's not always a rosy Utopian place.
Read the FAQ
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions https://steemit.com/faq.html
No matter how many times I repeat it, people still don't read the FAQ. This thing was written for a reason: to answer those Frequently Asked Questions. It's a polite way of saying RTFM (google what that means). So please, before asking around, check the FAQ first. It gets tiresome to repeat something that was already written. Steemit is a growing community, so don't waste people's time with stuff that is already explained. Steemit is a complex platform and requires some understanding of its basics before becoming successful. So I tell you again, RTFM... I mean read the FAQ 😏
It's Not Only About the Money
When I first joined Steemit, I had no illusions and no expectations. Back then, STEEM was around $2. I didn't join to make money, I joined because I was curious about this place that crypto bloggers were talking about. I wasn't expecting to become rich from it at all. I started doing my own things; with time, patience and hard work, I am where I am today. The notion of "Money Talks" preached on the main page is misleading. Blog about what you love, the rewards will come. It's a good feeling when you start low, then gain respect and trust from the community to finally get decent rewards. Instead of aiming too high fo da money and ending up disappointed.
Consistency is another key element to success. When people like your content and follow you, they expect to read more of that good useful stuff you gave them in the first place. Don't be surprised if you assay about world hunger gets you $100, while your meme post gets you $1. Stick to consistent quality. By all means, a meme every once in a while will put a smile on their face, but don't end up becoming a clown when you can offer much more.
Don't Give Up
- In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can -- Nikos Kazantzakis
- Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me -- Carol Burnett
- It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop -- Confucius
- Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star -- W. Clement Stone
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