Understanding Author Rewards Calculations

in #steemit5 years ago

Would you like to know how the author rewards in USD are calculated and what the real value you receive is because many users are confused by that?


When you see the amount in USD like in the post above, which shows $51.26, this is not the exact amount you are receiving and in fact, the good news is that you receive much more than that.

Understanding Author Rewards Calculations

In this post I am going to explain how the author rewards calculations work so you can estimate the amount you will get if payment is still pending or know exactly the value of what you got if the rewards have been paid.

I am going to use three of my posts to show you how it works.

1) My Sunday Fruit Smoothie!

This is the first post.


The payment on this post has been made and these are the numbers.

Past Payouts $51.26

  • Author $44.25
    (22.13 SBD, 5.19 SP)
  • Curators $7.01

$51.26 is the total amount with 70% going to the author and 30% going to curators.

So, as the author of the post, it says that I received $44.25, but this is not exact.

What I received is 22.13 SBD and 5.19 SP.

This is the breakdown on how you get that $44.25 number:

22.13 SBD x 1 USD = $22.13
5.19 SP x 4.26 USD = $22.10
($4.26 being the value of STEEM at the moment payment was made)

Total = $44.23

50% of the rewards are paid in SBD and 50% in SP by default.

Now, it's not the exact amount you get in USD because Steemit, in their calculation uses 1 SBD = 1 USD. One SBD is supposed to always stay at $1, but we are very lucky because the SBD value has increased significantly.

Let's look at it.

1 SBD = $5.08 today.

So this is the real income I received for the post.

22.13 SBD x 5.08 USD = $112.42
5.19 SP x 4.26 USD = $22.10 (same as before)

Total = $134.52

As you can see the real value is 3 times greater.

Isn't that awesome?

2) My 10 Favorite Supernatural Stories

This is the second post.


The payment on this post has been made and these are the numbers.

Past Payouts $63.77

  • Author $50.63
    (25.32 SBD, 5.94 SP)
  • Curators $13.14

$63.77 is the total amount with 70% going to the author and 30% going to curators.

So, as I am the author of the post, it says that I received $50.63, but this is not exact.

What I received is 25.32 SBD and 5.94 SP.

This is the breakdown on how you get that $50.63 number:

25.32 SBD x 1 USD = $25.32
5.94 SP x 4.26 USD = $25.30
($4.26 being the value of STEEM at the moment payment was made)

Total = $50.62

50% of the rewards are paid in SBD and 50% in SP by default.

As explained for the first post, Steemit uses 1 SBD = 1 USD, but 1 SBD = $5.08 today.

So this is the real income I received for this second post.

25.32 SBD x 5.08 USD = $128.62
5.94 SP x 4.26 USD = $25.30 (same as before)

Total = $153.92

This is again 3 times more that the number shown on the post.

3) I Don't know If I Should Laugh or Cry!

Now, this is my last post and payout will happen in 6 days.


This is what it shows:

Pending Payout $48.17

(24.09 SBD, 5.68 SP)

This is for the author and curators so if you want to estimate your earning roughly you can do 48.17 x 70% = $33.71

I now can do 33.71 x 3 = $101

My estimated payout in USD will be $101.

You can calculate it more precisely if you take 70% of 24.09 SBD and 70% of 5.68 SP.

Now, the value of STEEM will not be the same in 6 days and the Pending Payout $48.17 will fluctuate depending on that, and also the additional upvotes that will come in during these 6 days left.

The real income you will get in USD will depend on the value of STEEM and SBD in 6 days.

Let's say that there is no additional upvotes on this post and the values are:

STEEM = $3
SBD = $10

The payout you will receive is:

24.09 SBD x 10 USD = $240.90
5.68 SP x 3 USD = $17.04

Grand Total = $257.94

But wait, this is the grand total and as the author you will get only 70% of this.

257.94 x 70% = $180.55

The real amount you will receive then is $180.55.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and that it successfully explained how the author rewards calculations work.

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thanks, all of this finally made sense. Thanks for explaining it in my level

I am glad that I have successfuly explained it to you in this post.

I guess, the price f both coins (Steem and SBD) will go higher as there is a real community support these coins.

By the way, I love your simple method in explaining Gmichelbkk :D

I think it's going to gain in value more this year especially for STEEM. I'm glad you like the post.

What a way to explain, yes now I can calculate the value of my payouts. I also have one doubt how and when should we do bod bot and are they trusted, if you can upload a post on it. It will be too helpful to many small minnows.
We will appreciate your talent and get enlightened by your thoughts.

Thank you @muzi0202 for your comment. I think you should start using voting bots as soon as you can. You can spend 1 SBD on them and increase the budget after.
I have a post about the profitability of bots:
Bots are not always profitable, even if they have always been for me, but they give more exposure to your posts and your blog, gives more rewards to people who vote for you, and it shows that you are serious with Steem. I may do another post on them to explain in detail.
Go here to see all bots: https://steembottracker.com/ and select one that is 3.5 days or less.

Thank you so much.

Informative Post, it cleared all my doubts!
One Question:-
Yesterday, the value of my post was $53.00 i.e (12.01 SBD, 9.63 STEEM, 17.62 SP)
Today, the value of same post is $48.01 i.e (7.84 SBD, 11.90 STEEM, 17.68 SP)
The value of post changed due to fluctuation in the price of STEEM and SBD, right?
Why the amount of STEEM and SBD changed?

Thank you @chavacrypto for the comment. The rewards are changing due to the value of STEEM and SBD with a delay. Seems like the SP is consistent and that the adjustment is only made on liquid STEEM and SBD, which is 50% of the rewards. I believe there is also a factor of less tokens being distributed when the price is lower and some upvotes that were at 0.01 might have gone to zero. I don't know exactly how it is calculated.

the amount will be more in Rupiah (Indonesia) .. extraordinary @gmichelbkk

I am glad that you like it @cutyusra.

Good one bro.. I have been cleared now.. Thanks @gmichelbkk

I am glad it is useful for you.

I'm really thankful to you for this post. You have explained very well and cleared all my confusions. Thanks again.

I am glad that I helped you undestand this.

it is realy realy good information now i the concept is cleared.ThanKs!

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Thanks for sharing ..
It was really helpful

My pleasure.

You explained it very clearly with examples. Anyone can understand that. Thanks @gmichelbkk for sharing this!

I am glad that you like it.

Thanks. Now if I can earn more than a penny. LOL

Thanks @gmichelbkk, great post. I'm a little confused on the math on the last example, the 33.71 x 3, other than that very helpful thanks again

Thank you @tylerjmusicc. With the two paid out posts, we determined that the real amount you get is the author rewards that are shown times 3. 33.71 is the 70% in author rewards down from the total $48.17. You multiply 33.71 x 3 to estimate your real rewards. This is assuming the STEEM and SBD value stays at around what they are today.

Good explanation..👍 resteeming it.....

Thank you for the resteem @steemflow.

Great informative post Michel! Thanks again for your contribution to the community, amazing as always! Keep it up!

P.S. I was first! :P

Thank you @ferow for your comment and being first.

better way of making newbees understand it very well, alot of us don't understand it. This post really expalians everything. i admit at first i was quite confused why my 10 SBD became 4. something up until my mentor explained it to me.. thanks for this very useful post hope this shed light to new ones.

I am glad that you like the post @roxyladugal066.

This is very informative and gives me a glimpse of hiw to calculate my payout... I was just wondering if it will always be 70% to the author and 30% to curator or does it depend on the market price of Steem and SBD?

The 70% - 30% ratio is something built in Steem and this will change, I believe, only if top witnesses push for a change. I does not depend on the value of STEEM or SBD.

thanks for your very helpful post now concept is clear how this calcuation is made.

upvoted and re-steemed(so other people also get is helpful information)

Thank you for your feedback @imran-aslam, I am glad my post helped you understand. Thanks for the upvote and resteem.

Coins mentioned in post:

CoinPrice (USD)📉 24h📉 7d
SBDSteem Dollars4.619$-6.73%-16.81%

Thank you for this useful comment.

Wow i was just about to search this ...Thanks for sharing

Thank you @syedihsanshah. I'm glad it's useful for you.

Doubt clearing post for many steemers☺️

I'm glad it helps @steemerxo.

Yes I like the way you explain things oh so simple.

Thanks so much for this explanation. I've been curious about why my SP is so damn lower than the SBD most of the time, when it's supposed to be 50-50. well this pretty much explains it.

Also, i just submitted my entry into the SWC. i know i'm supposed to wait, but i'm pretty new here and my post is probably going to make $0.00, and i don't want it to go missing among the pile. i'll really love it if you can check it out here. Once again thanks so much, for this article and for your understanding.

I'm glad this post is useful @isaacbanks and I put your story in the list.

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