Here's a list of the top 30 users with the highest "Content Quality Score", defined as the average total payout value (in SBD) per post, considering at most each user's 20 most recent blogs for which they were the author. It was made by pulling data from the blockchain thanks to @xeroc's piston.
If you've been around for the past couple of weeks, you'll probably recognize some of the names. Shout out to them for their great content. So why have I done this and how can it be useful?
Filtering out good content and understanding what makes a good post
As you've probably already seen, there are several techniques to try to grab the community's attention and make a post that will end up being popular. One of those involves creating as many posts as possible, hoping that one of them will catch on. You probably know that this is most likely the wrong approach. Not only is it a waste of time, but you also "spam" the website and people will remember you as "that guy who keeps posting mediocre content".
Instead, one should focus on trying to understand what makes a quality post that Steemit might find worthy of upvoting.
Everyone is different. I'd never be able to produce most of what other users share on this website. I don't travel, I don't have any fascinating life stories to share (yet!), I don't take very good pictures and I'm not a great writer. That said, you don't have to go to far down that list to see that there's definitely some interest for us computer and technology enthusiasts - so I hope I can provide some of that content.
Understanding what to upvote
As you may know, everyone is limited in the amount of upvotes they can give. This means, again, that one has to be careful in which posts he decides to upvote. The economical incentives on this platform are such that users should upvote what others consider to be good content and not necessarily what you think is of interest.
People like @steemed have shown interest in looking for good authors for his bots to upvote. I believe this kind of list might make it easier for us non-whales to really track good content. It might just be help a small fish get an edge in such a competitive upvoting market.
On a personal level
This is actually part of a bigger project for me. It was information that I wanted to acquire and wanted to track over time. I thought others might find this interesting so I decided to share it.
Expect more from me soon!