10 Ways to Fund a Steem Growth Project!

in #steemit6 years ago

How do we get funding for promoting Steem? $20,000+ a day is available on Steem for projects intended to help Steem grow including building apps, hosting meetups, publishing guides, pitching smart media tokens, creating communities, and whatever else we think of! The question is how do we participate?

Using the ten methods below, each of us can get the funding we need to help with building our community here on Steem! We begin with a quick look at the 10 methods and then take an in depth look at our updated budget proposal system which has paid out $100,000+ worth of Steem/SBD to projects and delegators in the last two months!

Note that while we talk a lot about money here because this is what many of us want to know about and are struggling with, the key to everything is our outlook on the world especially in seeing the big picture of why we contribute and giving back without an immediate demand for payment.

How to Fund a Steem Growth Project?

  1. Author rewards from upvotes on the #steemit tag are the simple way to get started and can payout thousands of dollars within a week from the initial post. While most of us can expect little in rewards just from making one post without any previous history or following, many projects on Steem have been funded already completely with author rewards. @dlive was successfully launched just by using the #steemit tag with no previous history or following. Method #1 is funded by author rewards on Steem with the total amount being equal to about 63% of new Steem and SBD created according to https://steemdb.com/ by @jesta.
  2. Add the tag #promo-steem and/or a variation by country to help those with voting power find projects promoting Steem. For example, promo-uk, teamaustralia, etc. These tags help for a more local connection to curators and greatly increases the odds of getting noticed for a newer author. Method #2 is funded by upvotes from curators with millions of dollars of Steem power checking this tag.
  3. The @minnowsupport project at http://minnowsupportproject.org/ consistently helps members in Discord to collaborate on upvotes and get feedback which can be more important for improving a project than money. @aggroed and @ausbitbank founded this project which today has helped thousands of authors earn upvotes on hundreds of thousands of posts! To participate, join the @minnowsupport discord channel. Method #3 is funded by delegations providing more voting power for upvotes.
  4. @utopian-io at https://utopian.io is a platform by @elear focused on open-source contributions that can be very helpful for earning rewards and gaining visibility on existing projects. Method #4 is funded by delegations.
  5. @dsound at https://dsound.audio by @prc gives us a place to upload audio files to Steem especially music and podcasts. Explaining the idea in a podcast might be a lot easier than trying to film a video and more effective than just writing a post especially when combined with the #promo-steem tags. Method #5 is funded by a delegation from Steemit Inc.
  6. @dtube at https://d.tube by @heimindanger allows any of us able to film and upload videos to explain a project and get initial funding through upvotes by @dtube and by top curators like @thejohalfiles. Method #6 is funded by a delegation from Steemit Inc and @dtube curators.
  7. @dlive at https://www.dlive.io/ allows any of us to live stream with Steem giving us the chance to earn an upvote by @dlive and engage directly with viewers on Steem making comments! Method #7 is funded by a delegation from Steemit Inc and @dlive curators.
  8. The Crowdfunded marketing protocol is Steemit Inc's official funding mechanism for projects on Steem. @andrarchy launched this a few months ago and at least one project received $10,000 in funding. While this method theoretically has the highest amount of money available, it is also very challenging to successfully complete. Method #8 is funded by direct payments from Steemit Inc.
  9. Witness rewards from https://steemit.com/~witnesses are a primary source of funding for existing applications on Steem with the top 20 witnesses earning collectively 5,000+ Steem power a day while the remaining 100 or so witnesses collectively earn about 1,000 Steem power a day. 95% of witnesses in the top 20 joined Steem in 2016 meaning that witness rewards generally are not a practical choice to fund new projects today on Steem outside of a direct collaboration with a top witness. For those intending to do Steem full time indefinitely like me, being a #witness may be an ideal long term opportunity for service! Method #9 is funded by witness block production rewards which come directly from the Steem blockchain on each new block created every 3 seconds.
  10. Our Steem budget proposal system intends to fill the gaps in our current funding structures by making larger amounts of immediate funding available to our most needed growth projects! We have paid out about $50,000 to fund projects in the first two months since launching and have about $30,000 more ready to go! The rest of this post explains how to get started earning payments from the @budgets account I manage which currently has about 7,000 Steem available to fund projects and receives about 300 more Steem daily. @budgets is funded by my voting bot as explained further in the funding section below!

How to Start Earning with the Budget Proposal System?

Hundreds of authors on Steem have already earned thousands of Steem/SBD in upvote bids to bots sent from @budgets by participating in contests, submitting initial proposal ideas, and writing posts that help add to the value of Steem. The easiest way to start earning is to use the tags #promo-steem, #steemit, and #jerrybanfield on posts you want me to read and send upvote bids for. I browse these posts in order of trending meaning I see the newest posts with the most upvotes first. Our funding limit for upvote bids is 100 Steem and/or SBD to support projects getting started and developing.

For direct payments of 100+ Steem, we now have new requirements intended to focus on the best projects with the most need and support. This helps those of us with ideas to avoid the huge time commitment of making a new idea with a huge budget only to then face the disappointment of not receiving funding.

How to Make a Steem Budget Proposal for 100+ Steem!

  1. Earn a reputation of at least 58 OR have a user with a reputation of 58+ submit the project on your behalf because we are funding projects by those of us making a consistent effort on Steem with proven service to our community. For help building a reputation to 58 and/or finding a user with a reputation of 58+ to submit the project, see @minnowsupport, @curie, @ocd by @acid-yo, @adsactly, @busy.org, @teamsteem, http://steemspeak.com by @fyrstikken, @cervantes for the Spanish community, @clayop for the Korean community, @roxane and @transisto for French, @eco-train by @eco-alex, and hundreds more top curators and community leaders here helping new users that are making valuable contributions get recognized and upvoted every day. While I realize a reputation of 58 does not guarantee a project is worthy of funding, it is a good starting point.
  2. Discover similar projects and find ways to collaborate. Giving to an existing project is much easier than starting something new. Many of us take offense when working on an existing project and we see a new project being proposed that is nearly identical. For example, many budget proposals have tried to start new curation communities. We are not funding any of these because we already have millions of Steem power funding outstanding curation projects that consistently upvote the best posts especially by lower reputation authors. When a clear gap in what exists is identified or a huge limitation can be solved simply with funding, then a budget proposal is appropriate.
  3. Begin with the smallest amount of funding possible on the very next step of a project. For example, host an initial meetup with a low cost before asking for $2,500 to host a meetup where thousands of people are projected to attend. When building an app or website, start with minimal costs like 100 Steem for domain and hosting followed by repeated proposals for more funding instead of asking for 5,000 Steem with nothing built yet and including an advertising budget in the proposal for a website that does not exist. This allows the project leader to get positive reinforcement to go forward with a small amount of funding while allowing us as a community to build relationships and give the most to those that have already gotten proven results.
  4. Draft a post with answers the following questions: Who is participating? What has been done on a project already? What is being done today? How does the project add value to Steem? How much funding is requested in Steem, SBD, and/or USD? Where the funding will go? What is the smallest amount we can start with to fund?
  5. Make a post with tags #promo-steem, #steemit, #proposals, and #jerrybanfield because this will help the most of us discover it and provide initial funding with author rewards. Whenever possible, combine this with using an app like @dtube, @dsound, or @dlive to add more than text to a post because this helps us get to know you better and each of these apps have upvoting power as well although the tags may need to be edited on steemit.com to match the four requested here plus a tag from the app.
  6. Work on getting upvotes for the post because this will help us see it. I check posts in order of trending on #jerrybanfield first along with #promo-steem, #proposals, and #steemit. Voting bots from https://steembottracker.com/ can be helpful for this and demonstrate an investment in the proposal. In addition to the upvotes on a post, I often look at exactly who upvoted the post. When I see upvotes from anyone tagged in this post, the odds of funding are much higher.
  7. Answer questions in the comments to help respond to feedback and add clarity to the proposal.
  8. Join the projects listed below which received funding directly from @budgets!

In 2 Months We Funded $50,000+ in Steem Growth Projects!

What projects have we collaborated to fund so far on Steem? Here is the list of the Steem projects funded for 100+ Steem with the hundreds of smaller contributions aggregated into larger entries ordered from least to most total funding.

Where Does The Budget Proposal Money Come From?

Thousands of us are collaborating to make this possible by the bidding bot that runs on my account as seen at https://steembottracker.com/ with @jerrybanfield. The bids received by @jerrybanfield for at least 1 Steem or SBD with a post link in the memo are then upvoted every two and a half hours by my voting bot. Many of us send a bid on all of our new posts while others check the bot tracker website for the best deal and time to bid.

Delegations to my account @jerrybanfield increase the power of the voting bot which increases the amount of bids possible providing a return for delegators and more funding for projects. Delegating Steem power with the tool at http://jerry.tips/spdelegate as explained in my tutorial "How and Why Delegate Steem Power" at https://steemit.com/steem/@jerrybanfield/65wju0wr returns automatic daily payments in Steem and SBD based on the amount delegated. Currently every 1,000 Steem power delegated returns about 1 Steem a day when the SBD are converted to Steem. Over a year, this is equal to about 36% APR return for delegators with a minimum delegation of 20 Steem power currently.

Thank you very much to the top delegators whose contributions provide the majority of funding: @freedom, @livingfree, @fenghuang, @laurabanfield, @mastermel, @neworleans, @jasonclay, @joeparys, @jefflutz62, and @sc5tt.

Every day the bids are divided in half with those contributing Steem power collectively getting half of the bids and the budget proposals getting the other half via @budgets. The half that @budgets receives from the voting bot and delegators is what funds the projects on Steem supported under our budget proposal system here!


The easiest critique of this system is based on the belief of selfishness whereby one suggests I am just funding my own projects or that delegating to other bots pays more. If selfish objectives were my primary goal, I would simply use my account as a voting bot without any delegators on the 107,000+ Steem power I have today. The voting bot on my own Steem power would pay me $500 to $1,000 a day at the current Steem and SBD prices every single day in passive income. I could literally forget about Steem and come back to $20,000 in Steem and SBD in my account in a month without touching the principle. If my primary aim was to make money for myself without considering anyone else and just fund my own ads and projects, I would not bother with all the work it takes to maintain the system I have explained here which makes me less money and takes much more time than just running my own voting bot would.

This same response covers just delegating to voting bots with higher payouts. We maximize our return on investment by getting a payout for ourselves AND helping increase the value of Steem by funding the best growth projects. If all of us just take a payout for ourselves without considering what this does to the whole and without adding any value while depending on others buying in to fund our cashing out, Steem becomes a ponzi scheme and is worthless.

What makes Steem amazing as it is today is our ability to create value from nothing and give back to those that have no money to buy in. No other blockchain gives as much to those that did not buy in which is why we will be #1 soon. Funding growth projects through this budget proposal system helps to add value to our entire community which is very likely to increase the price.

Our budget proposal system is able to give all of us what we need/want in the form of a good return on investment whether we are delegating or putting our time into projects. When we all get what we want and keep building a community that makes a massive contribution to the world, the price of Steem will naturally go higher and higher which is where we have the greatest chance to get our largest return financially and spiritually as Steem eliminates exploitative business models, unnecessary institutions, misinformation campaigns, and global oppression.

We have the chance to make a world we would love to come back to anywhere here on Steem which is my primary purpose in life. I work each day on making a world where I would find joy in being reborn ANYWHERE with no memory of what this body contributed.

Witness Update?

I am exclusive with Steem meaning I do not invest or promote any other cryptocurrencies despite the high probability that I could make a lot of money if I did. I am all in with Steem and everything I do comes back to Steem every day.

What helps me do Steem full time is being a witness for our blockchain which is similar to the function of being a miner on another blockchain. Our witness votes at https://steemit.com/~witnesses are the most important we make on Steem because witnesses literally are producing our blockchain the way miners do in other cryptocurrencies. The top 20 witnesses choose which version of Steem we run which allows witnesses to decide what updates we accept and reject from Steemit Inc.

Our budget proposal system here brings together my primary contributions on Steem along with maintaining my witness servers, posting, and resteeming. Top witness @someguy123 helps me maintain my servers while I also log in and am able to handle most issues myself after learning the basics of Ubuntu Linux last year. I am grateful my servers have only missed 7 blocks since July 2017 and that 5,354 of us have voted for me as a witness at https://steemit.com/~witnesses with just 11 witnesses having more accounts voting.

For those of us never having made a witness vote, setting a proxy is the ideal solution because it takes just one minute and makes a huge difference in our future here with Steem. I am grateful for the hundreds of thousands of Steem power proxied to me at https://steemit.com/~witnesses which motivates me to consistently monitor and update my witness votes each week with the intent to do the most good.

Let's Stay Together?

Will you please help grow Steem with me today by doing whatever you can from the list below because that will help us build the world we dream of together here? Each of the following listed below helps sustain this budget proposal system and helps me represent our vision for the future on Steem together?

  1. Will we upvote this post because all SBD earned on this post will be sent back to @budgets and help more of us see it?
  2. Will we vote for me as a witness or set me as a proxy at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because every witness vote and proxy helps increase the bot's voting power and helps me speak on our behalf in the changes we accept going forward on Steem? Setting me as a proxy helps about ten times as much as a witness vote for me because having me as a proxy also votes for every witness I am voting for.
  3. Will we delegate Steem power using http://jerry.tips/spdelegate because we will receive automatic payments back every day equal to about 0.1% of what we delegate AND we will be funding growth projects every day? For help doing this, see the tutorial at https://steemit.com/steem/@jerrybanfield/65wju0wr.
  4. Will we make posts using the #steemit, #promo-steem, and #jerrybanfield tags because this will help me fund the projects with payments from @budgets?
  5. Will we tell our friends and family about Steem because billions of us are creating a lot of value for companies that are not returning any of it and then forcing us to see ads for products that often hurt us more than helping? Steem is the better way we are fortune enough to be one of the first to experience?
  6. Will we join my discord channel at https://jerrybanfield.com/contact/ because this is the best place to chat in real time with me and get help with resteems, budget proposals, bot votes, and delegation?


Thank you very much for reading this 3,500+ word post where I asked you to do six different things to help me today! I ask a lot and I hope I am giving that much in return!

Jerry Banfield

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Because of the blockchain, We will have the power now to live freely as humans and beings of this planet.

Let us all be of help,

Let us grow together 👍✨

Hello Sir, we created a ''Steem City '' in the city we live in. Our aim is to increase interest in Steemit and attract more users. And we want to do this by supporting social responsibility projects.

We did our third Project. We want to be an example to people. We are trying to increase people's awareness of social responsibility projects. At the same time we want to help Steemit develop.

You can look at our projects from my profile. We look forward to your support. Thank you for your support. We must work together for a better Steemit.

This an amazing article @jerrybanfield thanks so much for sharing this. I can feel your enthusiasm to help this platform grow. Because of people like you who has so much passion to share and create awareness the growth of steemit will be surely achieve. I do have tons of projects that I wanna bring in to steemit and this guide will definitely help me.
You are such an inspiration to everyone. Keep it up.

How is it possible to win to position a Post of my authorship? Ah! You feilicto for the exist that you have had. Segueme, vote me, help me emerge on this platform from steemit.com

Yeah. Great sharing ideas

Yaah nice article

that i think too

we can always work together.

A great respon. I like it

How would you improve the user retention which is currently at 12% @jerrybanfield? It's easy to talk about growth. But when retention fails, everything else doesn't actually matter.

Source: @arcange

Self-voted for visibility

  1. Fix the most basic bugs and errors that have been unfixed for over a year (e.g. not even informing users that there is a 1 account per IP address restriction - which itself is a dumb restriction).
  2. improve post discovery features to increase exposure of good posts and not rely only on the 'good heart' of whale curators who cannot possibly keep track of all the new posts even if they want to.
  3. Use the massive wealth accreted through the value of Steem to hire many more developers to make 1,2 and many other points a reality.
  4. Stop living in fear that 1,2 and 3 won't make any difference because... EOS.
  5. Actually make a SOCIAL NETWORK, rather than a proof of concept for subjective valuation of posts with some social features involved.
  6. Hire a professional team that can dramatically improve user engagement by engaging on a large scale instead of 6 blog posts spread over 6 months.
  7. Hire a support team that actually helps users solve their problems.. Like, every successful company ever.. pretty much.

Shall I continue?

I’d love to talk with you ura. If you speak directly with minnows, which I will always remain unless the leeching off STEEM is turned into true and intelligent efforts to rapidly evolve it as a positively utilitarian chain.

I’m Willing to do something absolutely real and powerful here, but it’s gonna take conversations with stakeholders and witnesses first.

EOS is a blank slate that’s gonna have at least sick functionality, and the head start we have will mean nothing much, when there are MAD PEOPLE who want to jump Ship from FB, and 88% of our ACTIVE users are pursuing money instead of a Great Blockchain Community.

A solved social netWORK, could be over 50,000 active users in a week.

Thanks, Alx#3690 [atm I do 90% of my steem work in discord, where none of the discussions are vote worthy, and are therefore far far purer]

Greetings! I speak with everyone who has something intelligent to say.
I think the massive funding of EOS (to the point that they themselves don't even know what to spend the money on) shows that they can easily create amazing apps and handle them in a way that has not been done before.
What specifically do you want to talk about here?
I will say that while having a social network can be fun, what many people NEED is actual help in life or access to resources - they are desperate in many cases, so doing something to address that is paramount. Frustratingly, part of why so many are desperate is the massive wealth inequality on the planet which has at it's roots absolute and total fraud/theft. Therefore, any system which mimics the prevailing system in the outer world will inevitably also bring with it the same and similar problems. Being able to distil all of this into a social platform is part of what makes this experiment so appealing and special - we just need a concerted effort to recognise all of this collectively and work together in harmony for the benefit of all. This may be easier said than done, but it can be done.

I appreciate both your original comment, but especially this one.

There seems to be a big disconnect with the haves, and have-nots both in the real world, and on here. Plankton/Minnows upset they earn so little while watching huge payouts on other posts, not totally understanding why the payouts are so large. Then there are the people who have a large accounts who have been here for a months or from the beginning who have worked hard, (or not) who sometimes believe that the tiny accounts are greedy to be so concerned with payouts.

the underlying issue and attraction to steemit, what is drawing such a huge number of new accounts, imo, is exactly what you mention here. People with little are desperate to earn more money. It's not that they are greedy. It's that they cannot pay their rent. They cannot afford their medicines. They want to be able to, gasp, got to one movie a month. They have family they are supporting. They cannot find work. they are already working 40-100 hour weeks and barely making ends meet. Yet these small accounts also don't understand that many the big accounts ARE specifically looking and trying to help the tiny accounts by curating them. But there are soooooooo many accounts, 10s of thousands of accounts, that if they are all posting just once or twice a week, let alone 1-2 times a day, is just totally unsustainable for such a small number of big accounts.

its a reflection of the wealth inequality mirror. That is a reason the tiny accounts don't stick around. well, at least one of the reasons. IMO.

Absolutely, yes - well said. If we imagine this nework were a physical location with many people wandering around.. The ones with significant wealth would be almost impossible to locate by chance as there are so few of them. This is just as the offline world is currently. There needs to be some kind of improved way for giving a boost up to everyone who is not in the fortunate position to have the larger wallets. I know from experience, that as long as there are some people with good upvote power and vision who support others, then those others can creatively do what they need to do to then help everyone.. But this requires a shift in consciousness on multiple levels to truly be an evolution and successful across the board. This is part of why I focus so intently on evolving consciousness so that Earth can enjoy balance.

There are tons of freelance jobs of various sorts that could be created, if we got larger scale projects going on, and maybe managed to see some more appropriate specialization of labor and brains.

Especially the true poor, omg, what we could do with our money if we let people truly and biologically bid for all the work that it would take to build a revolutionary community.

If we’re jusy making money, what are we.


The issues are multi-dimensional. Health must be addressed first, spiritually, emotionally and biologically. The 'help' given in these areas is backwards most of the time and is causing parts of the problems to get far worse than they need be. The problem then becomes one of getting the right information to the right people, in the right way that they can be empowered enough to support themselves. That's what I have been learning to do for years - we will get there.

Without true health we cannot work much and are likely then to be forced only to work for the people who have the most money who usually only ask us to do things that benefit them and people like them. A healing process will include groups forming to help each other on all levels - which is something that happens quickly on social networks when they aren't being censored as we have been forced to put up with for the last few years.

I like how you think. you got my vote { :

I replied but must not have sent it, and can’t find where I did so. I might have closed the window. It doesn’t give you a warning like many sites. I’ll get back to here later or tomorrow. Would like to talk. Have a lot that I think is often seen as intelligent by curious folks who know they don’t. And networking/conversation seems to be the best way.

Good one!
Only 6 and 7 could make a huge difference.

thanks! in my experience, all of these issues have a part to play in frustrating and annoying new (and old) users and ultimately devalue the platform and cause low retention levels. People want a way to get paid transparently and fairly, but if they encounter arcane, hidden rules and what appears to be a power hierarchy that doesn't really care about them in anything but a vague, robotic way - they will leave.
FB attempts to work around the total lack of empathy in their organisation by literally hiring people to have that empathy and then advise them.. Since, though, they still lack the heart, their result is typically just to attempt to control as much as possible and gloss over the problems in true psychopathic corporation style. People are wary of this and so real warmth and human connection is what is needed now.

I like your comment, thank you very much

I am very glad you are talking about this because I believe your voice is likely to be heard. I know others have talked about this in the past, but I don't see this being taken as seriously as I would like it to be.

This is the only real negative I see on this platform. Any other problems are rather trivial, but like you say, this could get someone hurt.

Thank you for talking about it and I hope this conversation gets some traction.

We need something that’s actually FUN and INSPIRING and HOPEFUL/OPTIMISTIC, besides that “you can get paid”.

We need some BIG ideas that actually could lead to a community uniting and growing,

Not a few developers who want to clone other things.

People come and 88% of them have NO FUN.

Of the 12%, maybe 30% have fun.

Most of the VALUE is the “community” which is stunted for quality because of the pursuit of “cash”.

We need better live conversations between the brightest people here, out of the box but appropriate for being on the chain

So true. But we should be hopeful, in theory, because @ned said that a new community feature will be added in 2018. Should help, right?

These things take time. Zoom out to see the massive gains.

That graph is probably worse. It is taking all active accounts as "used once"? That doesn't really sound active to me.

That's true. In this graph "active" are those who made at least one post, comment or upvote.

Also interesting in that context the forecast from Steem 'data enthusiast' @paulag:

If the number of new accounts remains consistent for 2018, so at about 150K per month, within 7 months we will have 1m new users. With a retention rate of lets say 10%, within 12 months we would see a total active user base of 250K people.

From my point of view, instead of thinking about more growth ideas, we should rather work on strategies to keep people on the platform.

Hm, That's really interesting. I definitely didn't realize it was that low (or that new signups were that high). Really makes you wonder at the root cause of why people are leaving?

My short active time on Steemit hasn't really given me a large amount of information to use that would lead me to stop. Perhaps it's just a case of people seeing how well their first posts do ( a few cents ), and then quitting?

Inactive means they've never used the account for unknown reasons. They probably opened the site, but never started to vote, comment or post.

Here's another more detailed insight in that context you might be interested in:

Interesting, I'll go through it. thanks!

I'll have to agree with that! I believe steemit is not for anyone unlike Facebook. There are a lot who flock here, making groups letting people know that they got to earn money. But once they are in steemit already and learned that it takes a lot of hard work to earn here, unfortunately many leave. I think more than anything, whales need to fund educational materials for newbies. Language barrier, is one of the pitfalls. Correct use of grammar is next. We need to go back to what steemit is all about-blogging. So we need to help people learn how to post good contents. Likewise, I hope whales will randomly select minnows to upvote not only to incentivize, but to give moral support.

You touch an important point, even though I don't think education is a whales's task only. We're all in charge. Still only few are able to change interface designs :-)

I'd love to see something like a virtual training entrance hall where educational tutorials are provided BEFORE someone actually enters the platform. Have you read the welcome page when signing up to Steemit? https://steemit.com/welcome I wonder how many do this or just skip the side because it's endless static boring black and white text.

I'd love to see something more modern and interactive instead that matches with the 21st century. I believe that an improved onboarding process could prevent many problems, including abuse and also expectation management.

Like what you said it's boring so no, I didn't get to read. Fortunately, I like to do self study, so I made my way. Not that much though, but still in progress. And yes, I hope someone will come up with your idea. I was hoping that too. Maybe an assessment tool for newbie trying to give an overview of what steemit is all about. I guess, retention and quality of content is the main problem. And if we keep on inviting people just for the sake of reward pool, soon we will be swimming in around, nowhere to go. The people in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, even Pinterest knows what they are there for. The question is, are all in steemit knows what we are here for?

Very insightful and I will be following you as a result.

Hey, this is so true, and what you say below about "keep the people in the platform" is critical. I'm doing a project about teaching people how to use steemit. I'm Venezuelan and this really help us in so many ways; but the thing is: If I know how to... Why not to teach? Is not just a "promo-steem" like the others... They just tell you: Hey join steemit. And that's it. The people who tell me about steemit and to join just forgot about me and I learn and I like it, but what about all the other people ? All the others venezuelans working every day 8h for 1$ a month?
And I want to say again that I'm your fan @surfermarly haha sorry for not commenting your post or read you on a while, promise to be back on steemit full time soon <3

Thanks for your lovely compliment, te lo agradezco mucho! Tengo varios amigos venezolanos que también son surferos, así que cada vez que me contacta alguien desde Venezuela me alegra de especial manera :-)

I'm doing a project about teaching people how to use steemit.

Awesome! I just found it in your blog :-)
I did newbie coachings a couple of months ago, trying to help people in getting started. I offered having a look at people's blog giving them some tips on how to improve them. But obviously that requires a lot of time and unfortunately my day still hasn't 48 hours :-)

It'd be great to have some 'tutorials on demand' instead, organized all together at a central place where new users could train themselves - something like a virtual Steem training hall.

I agree @surfermarley !👍👍👍

We actually don't need to spend additional time and money in getting more people on board (they're coming without any advertisement campaign since almost 2 years). We only need to keep those who're coming :-) Obviously that's easier said than done.

I'd start with the entrance hall: https://steemit.com/welcome offering video tutorials on demand instead of 5 pages text, where everybody could train themselves in whatever discipline required to become more engaged - and in the end more successful - with Steem.

Chatrooms are flooded with the same basic questions repeated over and over again: What's the difference between Steem and SBD? What is MVEST? How are rewards distributed? Which copyright laws do I have to respect? What is a downvote?

Why not record some fancy video tutorials and bundle them all at one place - e.g. the welcome page?

Now your talking !! I totally agree !!👍👍👍😊

According to the graph you have shown and our weekly stats by @penguinpablo at https://steemit.com/steemit/@penguinpablo/weekly-steem-stats-report-monday-february-19-2018 we have more than half of users at 433,889 accounts active each week which is very good! If many websites shared the amount of active users versus the total accounts, the data would look a lot worse. While a few might look better like Facebook, we are likely to increase user retention more as Steem grows with applications and smart media tokens!

The total number looks nice but doesn't say much about the effective retention :-)
FB has a retention of 70%, Instagram 40%, Twitter 23%. Steemit has gone down to 12% now, even though many new apps have been implemented lately.

All eyes are on SMTs though, the solution to all our problems...:-)

SMT’s are just tools for making things, and require the ideas and people to take advantage. VICE and BOB’s were mentioned by sndbox recently, as highlights, and VICE is a terrible thing to have associated for a blockchain looking for popular adoption, and I’m not even sure either one is even using SMT’s at all.

WE could do a great SMT using the underlying strength of STEEM, but if it’s just small scale developers looking to make more money from the chain/us, idk.

Some of my smarter friends seem to be thinking of taking a sabbatical and working out their ideas for building on a chain that’s not yet got the “reputation” we have.

Steem is 1000% higher quality as a thing, than the best WE have created with it.

I have no reinvested yet, and actually divested almost all all my SBDS, because I do not see the evidence yet that my kids would appreciate me becoming a “to the mooner”, absent critical and honest analysis.

so beautiful your art i like your post. i wait for your next post carry @bijoy123

Drama Drama!

I actually find the situation here quite amusing. @jerrybanfield originally put forward an idea to create a way of funding new projects on Steem by taking some payouts from the witness pool - which I thought was a decent idea, given that the witness pool appear to me (as a witness) to arguably be set at a disproportionately high level. He was attacked then (and so was I) by people claiming he was insufficiently qualified to make such an idea into a reality and should shut up. I even got accused of being a communist just for airing support for an idea that could result in a great boost for creativity and the Steem eco-system.. It's ironic since my own creativity is something that communism would not really support (as I understand communism) and I am in no way communist.. Doubly ironic since my business, computing and engineering experience means that I see the situation in a detailed way and am usually able to comment with more depth than those who shouted at me.

Now the voices say "hey, how dare you put out money to projects that you have made from vote bots" - but I don't see many voices taking action against vote bots in general, where is the collective outrage and harsh action there? Only attacks on the one of the only bots that actually might help the eco-system? Something isn't logical and right here.

I would like to know - of all those shouting out against this 'budgets' project - what have you done to support the creativity of Steemians and their ideas that are intended to empower the steem eco-system?

Isn’t mostly given up on commenting but there are some people here who seem to really give a f___, and it makes me want to engage more.

I do see difficulty with onboarding absent us making it better, but that’s still within our reach.

People coming on right now, are still highly unlikely to stay, unless they have an earning route almost immediately, which is rare.

I was gonna leave myself, or thinking about it, then adept convinced me to stay, but then he passed a week later. As long as there is hope that we’ll be able to find and nurture the best ideas, i’m not leaving.

It's truly amazing how great the transparency system is on Steemit and how it makes the whole platform more win-win. Since it creates more real trust. And as you say people are incentivized to behave well since they have a reputation score they want to keep up! This creates way less spam and creates an overall better user experience. We have so much free time these days and taking 10 minutes to care about someone else by producing some value to them will be so rewarding for both sides! I want to see Steemit be the best company in the world when it comes to transparency and communication!

@ura-soul I love your response and wish I could upvote this comment without using the delegated voting power!

Thanks, though I'm not sure what you mean here exactly, can you explain?

Steemit really is a sleeping giant in cryptoworld! It has a platform that is unique from the rest of crypto wherein we can share ideas and information and we do interaction through comments on every post. In the long run, steemit will surely skyrocket leaving other crypto scratching their heads in the corner.

This post of @jerrybanfield is a great help for us to grow here in steemit world. It is a fact that at the start we find difficulty in having followers, having upvotes and etc. The first thing we do is to survive those crucial period wherein the upvotes is not worthy to our effort in making the article. We will follow these recommendations of @jerrybanfield for us to grow and be a whale someday :)

87% of the comments are total bullshit and don’t believe that steem will surely skyrocket. If we believe that, it’s OVER, because we have absolutely no rockets yet. Just an awesome launchpad with a CHANCE. @jerrybanfield could certainly help, but surely? No way. Not yet.

“It isn't what you earn but how spend it that fixes your class.”
― Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

This post by all standards is one of the most amazing post ever. Alot of information all in one post, It just so mazing and thanks for the information @jerrybanfield. I will capitalize on this information and make alot out of it.

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