As most of my followers know, the previous post in this series was all about those voting bots we can bid on and receive an up-vote. Everyone has an opinion on whether or not these should be used, but regardless, people still will.
Also, these are not going away any time soon, so I wrote the post "How To Use Steemit Bid Bots Effectively" in order to help shine some light on the subject. This was all based on a week-long experiment where I sent bids to various bots at various levels of SBD.
That post had a lot of great comments that lead to some people asking questions outside of Steemit. So in this post I will be giving my best answers to each question that I feel I was unable to cover in the last post. A big thanks to everyone who read, voted, and commented on that post. It is one of my most read posts to date and it's all because of you.
If there is a question that is not covered in this post, please ask it in the comment section below. I will give my best answer or find the best answer for you. If the question is something I feel needs to be added into the main copy of this post, I will make the proper edits.
Questions On The Voting Bid-Bots
Is it worth sending a small amount of SBD/STEEM?
This question was not explicitly stated, but the idea of not having a lot of SBD or STEEM to send arose quite often in the comment section.
My answer is maybe.
A bit lackluster I know, but that is because this question is one each person has to answer themselves. For me, sending one or two SBD to a bot in order to get a one percent up-vote is not worth my time. However, that is only because I have more SBD at my disposal to send. So sit down and weigh the pros and cons.
What if I need them to make blogging worth my time?
These bots can get addictive and over time you will feel like you need them on every post. It is better to grow organically over time and build a real follower base. It will take longer than any of us would like, and even more so if this is someone's first time blogging.
Get comfortable where you are and be in this for the long haul. It is better to focus on your content and the community that forms. It's okay to use bid-bots, but remember it is a bit like gambling your earned SBD.
Can bidding on the vote bots help my readers?
Actually, yes, paying for a vote from a bot will increase your post payout and in turn increase the curation rewards for your readers. Of course, at one or two SBD per vote the reward will be a lot less than if you send twenty SBD to a bot. So again, this is more effective at the higher range and is not worth the effort of a new Steemian.
Should I use a bid-bot on my comments?
For one, not all bots will up-vote a comment, so you will have to do some research. Secondly, I don't find it worth my time and do not bid up my comments. When we create content that takes hours, add photos, and have someone proofread that content there is justification to use a bot on an undervalued post. Comments are not thought out in the same way as a post and so it could send the wrong vibe about your account.
How long should my content be?
This is subjective to a point because some people have more to say than others. Put forth your best effort on every post you create and things will pan out well. As long as you are not posting some famous YouTuber's video and bidding it up, I see no issue on the length of the post.
Keep in mind that as we bid up our posts we may gain more exposure. This will either make or break our blog. If people see a large reward on our post only to find out that we put forth no effort, it paints us in a bad light.
This puts us at risk for down-votes to counter the rewards and will eventually lead to a low Steem Reputation. That all being said, if you are only posting memes or other people's YouTube videos, stop doing that and stop bidding on the vote bots. You are raping the reward pool of this amazing platform for a few cents in you pocket.
In the meantime, the people who are creating unique and original content get less than they deserve. This kind of low-quality content will only hold Steem back from the recognition it deserves. Stop setting a precedent for people to come here and post trash. This is not a Facebook alternative, it is a content creation platform!
What are your thought on bid-bots?
I guess I was not super clear on my stance in the last post so I'll share my opinion here. First, I see bid-bots as a tool that may be used by those of us on Steem. While technically bots are not allowed on the platform, there is no good way to stop them. That means the bid-bots are here to stay.
Second, I see no problem with them when used correctly. If I make a post that is one thousand or more words and every reader tells me it's amazing but the post is now lost in the feed, then a bid bot is a way to promote that post. Using these bots for potential exposure is a fine reason to do so. This is because, as I said above, if our content is trash the exposure will only hurt us in the long run.
Third, these can be good tools if the goal of the blogger is to earn more SBD and STEEM. I am not talking about USD or another fiat's equivalent, but just SBD/STEEM itself. Trying to earn a profit in fiat using these bots is a waste in my mind. If we believe that Steemit is going to be bigger in a year than it is now, there is no reason to cash out.
Thanks For Reading!
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