The Old Dog Makes: A Personal Welcome to @bit-sp And to All Newcomers! A Comprehensive Guide!

in #steemit3 years ago (edited)

A Warm Welcome to Steemit! You're going to love it here! You've made a great choice in getting on board the world's fastest and most used blockchain! This article helps explain why the future is so bright!

In order to make things more enjoyable and to help you have greater and quicker success here are some helpful hints for newcomers!

I met Ash (now member @bit-sp) in Tenerife. He saw our Steemit gear and we had a great chat!

Successful Blogging


Whatever your interests are don't forget to be consistent. If you can post every day that would be great but if not try and publish something at least one or two times a week. The old adage "Out of sight out of mind" really holds true in this case!

Formatting Your Blog: 

Good looks count! A blog with headlines, bullet points, proper spacing and good visuals is both easier to read and professional looking. Don't present your readers with a wall of text!


One of the best pieces of advice that I got early on was to develop a brand. In order to do this I purchased a logo and I insert it in every one of my articles. You can use the services of one of our many skilled graphic artists here on Steemit to create a logo for you. Just use the hashtag steemgigs and away you go!


One of the mainstays to success on Steemit is to make meaningful comments on other member's blogs. This will help them to get to know you and don't forget that your comments can be upvoted which can earn you both SBD and Steempower! 

Commenting is a fast track to success and should never be underestimated. Please check out the article I wrote that shows a great example: The Old Dog Asks: Can YOU Succeed On Steemit Simply By Commenting? Meet @eric-boucher

Do not copy and paste the same comment in many posts or promote your posts in a comment. This is considered spam and is likely to be downvoted thus harming your reputation!

Stay Positive: 

Positivity breeds success and is attractive to others. If you don't have success as quickly as you'd hoped for keep at it. For some inspiration have a look at  this article here: @meesterboom Steem Card. He's a great example to follow towards success!

Following Others:

 This is NOT a follow you follow me environment. Many make the mistake of following anybody and everybody as is the custom on other social media sites like twitter. However, ask yourself if you can possibly read and curate material from hundreds or thousands of bloggers. Also, you can't possibly vote for them all in any meaningful way as you would completely deplete your voting power rendering your upvotes useless!


When using the interface at until you have at least 500 Steempower all of your votes will automatically be at 100% power. After reaching 500 Steempower you can use the slider to adjust the value of your vote. This will allow you to vote many more times over a 24 hour period. 

Please have a look at his article on voting which explains it well and has a work around for the use of the Slider.

For Minnows🐠: How To Have A Voting Slider Before Reaching 500 Steem Power And Adjust Your Voting Percentage

Here Are Some Sites That Can Help You to Enjoy Steemit Even More 

First of all, to get an idea of all of the apps, sites and front ends that have been developed using the Steemit blockchain have a look at Amazing! Are you now convinced that you're onto something special? Oh Ya!

Post Promotion:

1.) Here you can private message other members as well as promote your posts. Just join the various rooms but don't forget to post the link to your initial image separately like this.

This first one is the link to the article:

The second one is the link to the image:

h ttps:// (I added a space after the first h so it wouldn't load)

In the sample above the link by nobutsd has no image link therefore nothing shows up! The second one has the link to the image and it makes for a more interesting presentation.

2.) If you use Facebook you will also find many Steemit groups where you can promote your posts. In this case just paste the link to your post and the image will appear automatically.

Search for Steemit user groups on Facebook and you can promote your posts there!

3.) Telegram channels. Here you will find all kinds of groups including other languages!

Here you can see some of the channels that I frequent including Bitshares which is the father of the Steem Block chain.

4.) Discord is being used more and more by many Steemers! Just search for the groups that interest you!

You can search for and join different groups on Discord

Alternative Front Ends

All of these use the Steem Blockchain!

Note  that whatever you post using these sites will also show up on your blog.  

1.) provides a slightly funkier interface with different bells and whistles and remember that if you post through this site using the tag "busy" you will get an upvote from their account!

2.)  Forum style interface. A percentage of your rewards goes to them. It was developed by the very talented Steemit Witness @jesta  and you can read the original announcement here: - a blockchain forum platform for Steem

3.) DTube is Steemit's own version of YouTube but it is decentralized! In this case 25% of your rewards go to the creator of the site. A very successful and happy user of this platfrom is @exyle. You can check out Steemit's very talented vlogger here.

4.) Zappl is a twitter style micro blogging site.You can catch up on all of their news here.

5.) Dmania is Steemit's interface for memes. You can read more about it here

6.) esteem, available as an app is another great interface for blogging on the Steem blockchain. It's creator @good-karma is alos a steem witness and you can read all about this project here.

7.) Dsound is a web application that allows you to upload, listen to and discover music and other sounds stored  on top of the IPFS Network. It uses the STEEM blockchain as a decentralized  database, which allows authors to earn rewards in Steem and SBD! Awesome! @prc is the force behind this project!

Here is the latest Bitshares hangout posted on the Dsound platform! Oh Yes!

There Are Many More And New Ones Every Day! Search For More Here

Sites That Help You Examine, Access, And Use The Steemit Blockchain

These are the ones that I consult every day!

1.) you can quickly see all incoming and outgoing votes as well as comments and rewards. You will also see at a glance what your voting power is. Just take out my username and add in yours!


2.) will give you all kinds of info including a chance to see how much your vote is worth, how much you have made both in curating and authoring in both the past 7 and 30 days. Again just take out my username and add in yours!

3.) Steemify is a nifty notification app available for iOS devices and built by @blockbrothers

Here is a partial look at the notifications that you can receive!

Help For New Members to Get Votes!

One of our dear members @xyzashu has put together this guide to help newbies. It's great!

101 Ways to Get Easy Upvotes!

Voting Bots

Love them or hate them bots are a big part of Steemit. Many make use of them to automatically upvote some of their followers. The one that I use from time to time can be found at  You can adjust the time of your vote as well as the percentage.

In Summary

So my dear newcomers I hope that this fairly comprehensive guide will help you to get a good start on Steemit!

Until next time,

@kus-knee (The Old Dog)


What a start for 2018 and my first days at Steemit! Thank you very mutch, this is kind of fantastic. I did already understand this community is something special before I joined, but I must say I am overwhelmed and very happy. I will copy and paste into my notebook for easy access anytime. And I will use the resteem button for the first time, my followers is quite few so far but I want to share this with them. I wish you the best 2018. I follow you:)

Thanks @itshim for your kind words of appreciation.

Man, this is well beyond the new comer. It underlines your thorough experience as a Steemian among us as well as the wisdom that shines through in each part of this article.

Thanks a lot for the education, pointers and heads-up!

Namaste :)

Thanks so much. You have a prominent mention in the article!

I definitely noticed and it is with much gratitude, as always that I find myself surprised by the gift of this mention. Again, THANK YOU @kus-knee!!!

Namaste :)

This post should in steemit put all you steemit knowledge in one blog...amazing man....resteemd

Thanks so much. Many of us had to learn the hard way!

Wow, lots of info to go through here. I notice most bloggers have some sort of logo at the end of their post. Do you think it really does make that much of a difference? Would it hurt to not have one?

I think that it helps in many ways. Almost all companies have a logo right? Think of your blog as a brand or a company. It's omething that makes you instantly recognizable. Sure you could be fine without it as well but at worst it will give you a slight edge and will make your blog look professional.

I love your username and you could have a great logo/avatar built around that! You might even find a volunteer to do one for you if you write a post about it or you can pay someone. The one for my company cost me $10 on and I paid $25 for the one I use here.

In any case, take your time. Have fun, read, explore, interact, learn, help others and earn!

That is true! I would like to have that little picture (avatar is it?) next to my username, but I don’t know how to add one since it wants a url? I may not be old but I guess I’m falling a little behind in the tech world lol

Go to and set the image size to avatar. Upload your picture and then paste the URL that it supplies into the the appropriate spot in the settings for your blog page.


Simply a fabulous guide!
It is comprehensive in itself. Still, thanks a ton for mentionong my post here! 💓

Thanks. It was a good exercise for me and in order to succeed we need to do so together. Your guide was excellent!

Anthology!! To be readed every once a year at least

I wrote it on the plane because I was bored and I had time!

You make your phone dance then! You've probably payed out your ticket (and maybe more...) :D!

Thank very much, I can tell I was lost, but now I am found. thank you once again for welcoming us newbies.

Got get em! You can do it!

Just the post I needed to get actionable tips to inch my way forward and fulfill my 2018 Steemit destiny!

Have a great journey!

how awesome is this - will follow him immediately. You are simply a fab personality my friend of bones!

Let's hope that he shows up soon. Joining and blogging are two different things! :)

True that too - however it helps the entire community, not only noobs - even I found 2 tools I was not aware of lol! Resteemed this of course! Have a great 2018 my friend!

WOW I had no idea all this was available thanks so much for sharing. It is apparent to me I have so much to learn. Upvoted and resteemed this for sure.

Step by step. You're doing great!

Thanks for a great article and intro for newbies!

My pleasure

This is like the holy grail introduction to Steemit ! I have never seen so much comprehensive information summarized in once place ! Very nice work it must have taken some time but I am sure many will benefit a lot from it !

Happy new year buddy @kus-knee

Yes it took me a long time but hopefully it will help someone!

Your time was well spent. Bookmarking this one to share with new folk!

thanks bro!!!!

Welcome To Steemit @bit-sp!! Hope you enjoy it here Ash!!

What a warm welcome you gave to the newcomers! And attached some good info; and not only for the new ones here on STEEM. So thanks !!

Thanks so much! I really hope that it can help some members!

I hadn't heard of half of those other front ends before, so thank you. Can't wait to see where these all end up and look like in a year or two with more development and user adoption. :D

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on this forum i learned very useful contents...i love you steemit ;)
Happy new year dear @kus-knee

Thank for coming by and I hope that you can use some of the info!

Truly, it took me quite a while yet ideally, it will help somebody.
Upvoted and resteemed

Helping others is so important!

Such a great advice. I resteem.

Thanks so much!

Great advice and a chrystal clear resteem.
Happy New Year dear @kus-knee :-)

Thanks a lot!

Nice post! Thanks for sharing your post and welcoming the new steemians. On their behalf, I said Happy New Year. I love your welcome log, its awesome. I follow and upvote you.

Great to read @comrade All the best to you!

Thank you for this post. Learnt quite a number of things. Should be j joining some of the promotion groups soon. Very good tips on how to make your post be more attractive

I'm happy if it can be useful to you!

Your post has important information for Steemians and especially newbies. That information being in one place is also a big help. Thanks for another informative post and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope that it will be useful to someone!

Thanks for your explanation and extended information. I'm new on steemit sinds two days so this is very welcome to guide me through this great platform.
Best wishes @kus-knee

Glad that you found it and I wish you fun and success!

wow actually this is great..all under one roof :) thanks alot for this very precious info :)

You are so welcome. Why not upload and avatar? It will help with your branding!

Thanks for making this post first of all very detailed and precised point to point post i think everyone should read this very useful for everyone
Wishing you a very happy new year

Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement!

You are great dear friend @ kus-knee congratulations for this great work of welcome and guidance.
Thank you very much for sharing all this information
I wish you a great year 2018

Thanks a lot @jlufer! You are always so gracious!

Very well done! I will be cutting and pasteing this link into every new user I come across, especially those that comment on my posts. This is excellent info

Thanks so much for your kind words!

I couldn't help it, I had to resteem it

Wow, thanks!

great info for all the new faces here :) happy new year!

Thanks a lot!

What an awesome welcome @kus-knee and super informative. Hope all is well 'Old Dog'. ;-D

Thanks so much. I hope that it helps some members!

For sure big man. ;-D

Wow! Thanks for this packed information, even for an oldie like me, its still very useful...

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Thanks! I see that you are in Lagos, very cool!

Yes. Lagos... The nerve center of west africa. I know you travel around a lot. Have you been to these parts of the world yet? Lagos is a pretty interesting place when you know your way around.

Do use my resteem service anytime you can. Thanks for the upvote!

I've never been to Lagos but I have been interacting with Nigerians for over 20 years and I have a great love and admiration for their humor, strength, resilience and faith!

Great summary post and thanks for the shoutout for Steemify! Could you do me a favor and please and check your witness vote for blockbrothers (it appears it has not come through).

Shall do! Done!

I just saw it come in! Thank you!

I've just joined steemit and find your information in this post of super great value!

I'm happy if it can be of some use!

So much effort put into this post. I have resteemed this so others can also have the privilege to see what a great job you're doing.keep up the good work. I wish we had more steemers like you that encourage newbies .

It is so important to encourage each other.

Wow nicely done we should all make the new stemians feel at home

Yes we should welcome them!

Welcome @bit-sp! and thanks so much @kus-knee for all the guidance, very useful for all of us here. Have resteemed and upvoted. Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for the New Year.🎉 May all your wishes come true☄ May you rise and be more succesful in Steemit for your excellent efforts 😊

Thanks for having a look and I hope that it can be of some help!

Absolutely useful especially this awesome website, it answered most of my questions 😊

Great post! I have been on Steemit for a couple months, and this is by far the most comprehensive article I have seen explaining some of the basics. In particular, I was curious about the level needed to cast fractional upvotes. I have a long way to go to get to 500 Steampower, but I'll keep at it...and continue to power up anytime I get a little Steem.

Glad that it could help. You've obviously got a lot of talent and so that's always nice to share. Did you study Industrial Design?

Thanks so much! Yes, I did study Industrial Design (quite a few years ago). I think I remember reading in one of your posts that you studied ID too. Is that right?

Happy New Year 2018
If it didn't bring you joy
just leave it behind
Let's ring in the new year
with good thing in mind....

Let every bad memory
That brought heartache and pain
And let's turn new leaf
with the smell of new rain...

Let's forget past mistakes
Making amends for this year
sending you these greetings
to bring you hope and cheer

Thank you for being one of the people
who made this world a wonderful place to live in.
I pray that you’ll be blessed with good health, security, success, peace and joy.
Happy New Year 2018 to @kus-knee sir (the old dog) and your family

Happy New Year @dini1, that's a very nice poem... I like 😊

Hehe this was a nice read, i wil direct newcommers here.

I'm happy if it can help!

Wow, there is soo much valued info in this post, thanks @kus-knee I have learned a lot from it.

Glad to read it!

Happy New Year, my friend @kus-knee!

I wish you a lot of new creative ideas!

I'll do my best! Thanks!

All newcomer just need to read one article to start in this community and this article is the one!
Regarding upvote with less than 100% voting power: by using busy or chainbb we can easily give vote with less then 100% voting power.

Thanks for having a look!

sir Such a wonderful and thankful work my dear friend... Actualy....I'm always respect to your works and…

may be i reasteam your post

Most important articles for new steemians like me. Many many thanks @kus-knee. This is the perfect guideline. Brilliant post. This post Remind me that " Old is Gold" @kus-knee

Thats a really helpful guide thanks


Upvote and resteem done.

Thank you for this. I need all the help I can get.

Actually... I've almost forgotten that some of them still exist.
thx for the reminder, man :)

Happy naw year.
for everybody in the world whatever
colar their shin may be.
good health,lots of love,and peace!!!"""!

good information friend,
hopefully everything is successful in steemit,

nice post..thanks for sharing this post..steemit is a great social network,,,,,

Good post friend

i love your post @bijoy123

Very interesting post I like it very much

yes my friend is just a newcomer in this steemit friend

Saya sangat menyukai posting anda,,, # @khus-knee,,Situs yang Membantu Anda Memeriksa, Mengakses, dan Menggunakan Blockchain Steemit,

Wow great post one..I appreciate to your blog...Carry on my friend ..

Wow,this article is really educative,

Thank you for all the helpful tips! I'm new here so this page is definitely getting saved in my favorites :)

Lots of great advice in this post 👌🏽 I think I'll give trying to grow my network through the chat a try. I'm also very curious to getting a better understanding of voting bots. Have thy been valuable to the growth of your account?

Gracias por dedicar este post a los nuevos, lo apreciamos, muy buena información. Espero aprender más!

Very informative blog for a newbie like myself.There is alot of information to absorb, however you have explained it really well.I am very excited to get started and this is a very useful link.Thank you.Much appreciated

I guess im a bit late to read this, i still consider myself a newbie especially while reading this article @kus-knee, i found this through @gringalicious - she's making a good job spreading through her blog.
I must say that its a really comprehensive article about Steemit. Much of it that i dont know and happy to learn it now from your article (^-^)
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and experiences!

Most important articles for new steemians like me. Many many thanks @kus-knee. This is the perfect guideline. Brilliant post. Remember Old is [email protected]

Thank you for sharing this comprehensive tool bag for newbies like myself, I look forward to my continued development in this brilliant platform we call steemit;0)

Thank you so much sir, i was a little bit dumbfounded but now after reading your guides am moltivated, i really appreciate your effort and energy. Sir please can you be my mentor here??

Great work! And here i was following 😌😝

I can't thank you enough! This is the best new comer guide article. I learned so many things over from this and will definitely use them. Most importantly the logo thing. I will try that. Once again thanks a bunch! :)

I made a random comment on a chicken post, and the author @gringalicious noticed that I'm new here and linked me to this post. What an awesome community, I love You guys. This is the post I'll show others in the future, I'm trying to get my whole family on here ! Thank You, @kus-knee, thorough and well written, learned much

Wooah! Your article helped me alot. Will try to read rest of the mentioned articles as well as I want to get a full hold to things xoxo

For now I am off to designing a logo for my brand, wish me luck!

Thanks for the knowledge, very useful for me.
@kus-knee wonderful I do not understand, please explain again

Why do i have no resteem button for this article? This is a very good article and i wanted to share it with my followers as well, is there any other way of resteeming this?

@kus-knee OMG!!! The best blog for new steemitans as well as quite older steemitans. Those who are still finding a survive in this long Steemit race. I get really some good information about Branding, Voting before 500 SP, How to follow etc. Thanks for suggesting this great helpful article link. I really appreciate your blogs. Love you @kus-knee
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Upvote and resteem done.

Actually I too was a newbie but I cannot get any configuration to create an blog but now I get some ideas on reading your post and steps to promote. Thanks @kus-knee

hi kus-knee! very usefull article, thank you! can i ask, is there dlive app for iphone? i can't see one in apple store.

also, if i have any problems with dtube, where would you direct me to ? i have very popular issue with this platform and i can never upload avideo, but i havent found any answer to my problems yet even thoug i am questioning it still. if you know and uoul be as kind to help, it would be much appreciated!