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in #steemit5 years ago (edited)

In this post I would like to share my thoughts around voting. I´m adressing those users who currently have the impression that their votes wouldn´t make a difference.
From two recent posts of high-profile members it became evident to me, that even orca-level stakeholders doubt that their votes would actually count.
I will also share my manual curation workflow with you, a workflow that made me become one of the Top 100 curators on Steemit. And allow me to say that this Top 100 includes voting bots and voting guild accounts.

"Every vote counts", we hear this often and I would like to explain why I believe that this statement is very true. Let me adress two of the frequently heard arguments of non-voters:

"I simply don´t have the time to read through all these articles"

Right, curation takes time. Much less than you may think though. Still, if you don´t find the time at all for manual curation you can dedicate your voting power to one of the different curation guilds. The combined voting power of guilds like @curie, @robinhoodwhale or @steemtrail results in significant rewards in the range of 10$ to 100$ per post. Just to let you know that most of my own posts would have remained largely unrewarded without the votes from these guilds. And you can imagine how glad I am about this support. So, before not voting at all, contribute your voting power to those who do!

"My x cents don´t make a difference anyway"

(add your increment for x)

Really not true! As the rewards are not growing linear with incoming votes, your vote does not result in x ct but much more - potentially dollars - if added to already trending posts.

Even more importantly, if you identify good posts in the new tab with zero or close-to-zero rewards, your x ct put a mark on these posts! A mark that will be seen by other curators, prompting them to inspect this post, too! Your initial x ct will therefore increase the chances for that post to make dollars afterwards.

And lastly, don´t forget that voting also makes a difference to your wallet. The better you become in spotting posts with potential, the higher your curation reward will become. An additional interest of 20% p.a. on your SP holdings is possible with manual curation!

How? Well, here is my workflow that currently results in 70-80 SP of weekly curation rewards. In other numbers, ~0.4% of interest on my SP holdings every week!

My curation workflow:

  • Except for comments, I´m voting only at 100% of my voting weight - full stop.
  • I´m going through 5 voting cycles per day spending approx. 10 minutes per cycle.
  • I start with my home feed. Going there several times per day ensures that I don´t miss posts of my followed authors.
    • A handful of my buddies are (manually) autovoted. Curation rewards are not the focus here, it´s just one of my ways to say thank you for their great company. As I´m not a whale (and I won´t become one at any time) I consider such buddy-votes entirely unproblematic. In the end, supporting friends and fellows is just a natural thing to do.
    • A further 5-10 votes per day go on posts in my home feed, simply on articles that I personally like.
  • I continue with the new feed (and this is where maybe 90% of my curation rewards are coming from).
    • Each cycle I vote on 7-10 posts in the 25min to 1h window. This totals to 45-60 votes per day and keeps my voting power in the 80-90% range.
    • I only vote on posts with payouts below 1$. Mostly I vote on posts in the 0.01 to 0.30 $ range.
    • Before I vote, I open the post and scan it! I don´t necessarily read everything. To assess whether a post deserves a reward requires in most cases less than a minute. If I have the slightest doubt that the post contains plagiarized content, I do a quick text or image search on google. Takes 20 seconds if this becomes a routine for you.
    • Before I actually vote I ask myself just a single question: "Are there many other users who might want to see this post?" If I´m answering to myself "Yes, probably many" I hit the button. Otherwise I move on to the next post.
That´s already it. This is my rather unspectacular secret sauce that made me moving up into the first percentile of curators in terms of rewards per SP.

Whether you find my strategy reasonable or not, the most important thing is that you simply use your voting power. With every single vote you add to the glue that holds our community together. And every vote bears the potential to make one newbie not leaving!

What is it that prevents you from voting so far? If you are an active curator yourself, what is your strategy?

Any feedback and critique is more than welcome! Thanks for reading!

Follow me at @shaka

100% of your upvote´s value will stay on Steemit bound to SP.

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I love the fact that you put that hat from that guy who is always standing in the doorway!
Yeah people need to vote.
I just vote at 100% all the time.

Yes, I always vote with 100% too ✌

That's why your Voting Power is down to 4.4% @future24 - Voting for everything will result in a lot of vote-backs but will not increase the quality of the frontpage.

I agree with @felixxx here @future24 (see my comment below).

Thank you for this confirmation post as I am doing a lot of what you spoke of here. upvoted and followed

Thank you so much @twinner!

One thing I can add from my curation "schedule" - if I put a post of my own into any of the post promotion channels, I have a quick look around that channel to see what's there that looks interesting. That's how I found this post.

Thank you very much for adding this. This is absolutely a good thing to do because only then these promotion channels actually work!

Thanks for the tips. Yes, I agree with you. Every vote counts

Your welcome, glad if can take something useful out of my apporach. And yes, on Steemit, every vote counts!

I agree with you! Made an article on the same topic a few days ago.

See you on the #steemtrail chat! 😉

Hi @ana-maria, thanks for stopping by. I´ll check your article asap. See you in the chat indeed! :-)

Yes, vote vote vote! :D -upvoted

Well, better to vote like hell than not to vote at all. However, I think there is something like a sweet spot for number of (100%) votes one should distribute per day. If you exhaust your voting power down to 5% then your vote becomes more of a symbolic gesture that doesn´t convey actual value anymore.

I wrote about this too: Adventures in Steemit #1: ☺ Playing Around with Curating ☺ https://steemit.com/curie/@dailybitcoinnews/adventures-in-steemit-1-playing-around-with-curating

I have seen your article already yesterday and upped it right away! Curate on! :-)

Hey, @shaka, I am sure that there are many users who do that. Steemit is generally a very friendly community :)

Absolutely, but there are also many who don´t vote very much.

Thanks for your post, it helped me to understand what to do...

Your comment is basically the best feedback I could get. I wish you a great voting experience, thanks!

I liked this article, so much that I resteemed

Thank you!

Thank you for the links too- I've been checking them out!

Yes, there are valuable tools like steemdb.com and steemwhales.com that help keeping track of curation performance.

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