I Can't Stress ENOUGH -- The Power Of Commenting On STEEMIT || Advice For New Users And Users Trying To Grow with STEEMIT

in steemit •  2 years ago  (edited)

This is something I've talked about before, but I really can't stress it enough.

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Commenting on Steemit posts is hands-down the best way to build your reputation, increase exposure, and get bigger payouts for your posts.

I know that the idea of writing an amazing blog post, closing up your laptop, and going to bed only to wake up the next morning to see "$100!" on your timeline is VERY seductive.

So seductive, in fact, that you might start posting over and over in hopes of "getting lucky."

Now, I'm not one to criticize frequent posting -- that's an important aspect, too: if you don't have good content posted often to your timeline, then what are your followers supposed to look at, admire, gush over, and ultimately upvoted, giving you that sweet sweet STEEM?

Well, I'm going to tell you is this: if you want to grow your account, posting quality comments frequently is more important than making quality blog posts.

Here's the reason:

PEOPLE WILL SEE YOU

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It's really that simple.

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If you are posting over and over again on your blog, no matter how good your content might be, there will be nobody there to notice it, because nobody even knows you exist.

You don't want to waste your time and talents, do you?

See, when you comment well and often, people see you. And unlike with freelance work, on Steemit exposure means something!

My advice to you is to do what I do: go to the "hot" tab, find posts that you relate to, and leave a quality comment. Also, respond to other comments if you think you can add to the conversation.

I recommend using the "hot" tab because these are newer posts that are likely to trend, and posting a comment on one of these posts gets you in early on what could likely become a trending post. And when a post is trending, that's when it gets the eyeballs.

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When people see your comments, they have an opportunity to click on your user name and check out who you are. If you have a good introduce yourself post on your feed, and maybe a handful of other posts that demonstrate your style and the content of your account, then people will be more inclined to follow you. And when you have followers, your blog posts will get more votes, which means higher payouts.

Another thing is to follow good-sized accounts and turn on your notifications, so when the whales post you will get a heads up and you can read their post early, upvote it, and make a worthwhile comment. If your comment is early and adds to the conversation, these big users are likely to notice you and have a little chat. The more familiar you get with these users, the more likely they will be to check you out, and maybe even follow you. And if a whale follows your account, that means bigger payouts per post, as your posts will appear in their feeds. And when your posts are generating higher payouts per post, they will get the attention of other whales, who will also vote up your work -- and so on and so on the snowball goes.

So the moral of the story is to become a deft commentor here on Steemit. It's the best way to gain exposure and increase your reputation and following. And when you do that, you will start seeing your posts gain recognition.

I know this might seem like it's all about the money, but it's not, really. Ever since I really started hustling it here on Steemit, I've noticed that the comments on my own posts have completely exploded -- and almost every comment contributes to a larger discussion in some way. This is an AMAZING network of people to connect with, and the more that people are focusing their attention to your account and what you're doing, the more feedback you will get about your ideas, projects, art, writing, etc -- whatever your doing here on Steemit.

That, in many ways, is a greater resource than increasing your value-per-post number. :)

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Give me your thoughts on this and if you've done something similar. If you have, how did it work for you? If you're thinking about doing something like this, I would even recommend keeping track of what you're doing and posting it on your blog. People around here are always interesting in what others are doing to utilize this fascinating and disruptive technology, so those posts in and of themselves could do really well for you.

Foll me @shayne

Oh yeah, and get a KeepKey

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I noticed also that people who buy a bunch of steempower seem to get more followers.

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lol yeah.
I guess there's that too. :p

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Something about having a bunch of steempower to upvote posts that makes you more attractive to users.

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I believe that has to do with curation rewards. Bots and users will follow a high SP account, and when it posts something they'll upvote it right away because it's likely to trend because high-earning posts trend, and if you curate a trending post before it trends you get a better payout.

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Users also like upvotes that can earn them more $$$
Stack that cash and users will follow

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Well yeah, it literally means you are more important.

I agree! I actually reached the top 15 or so top posts rank because of commenting at one point. And part of my reaching rep of 69 I am sure.

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Great job!

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Gotta keep the SOCIAL in Social Media.

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I'm glad I scrolled down and saw you put this here @hilarski, was literally just going to post the exact same thing LOL.

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word

SteemIt seems geared towards more of a community then the atypical blog platform.
Getting to know everyone and being social gets more interaction then 'dropping' papers at the door and high tailing it.

It makes a lot of sense. Comments do seem to go a long way here.

One other bit of advice I'd give is when people do make a regular post that shows up on the NEW page, make the first sentence count. That's about all that people have to go by when choosing which of the many posts to click on. Sentences that start off Hey Steemians, how are you doing today? or Sorry I haven't posted much lately just don't make me want to click and see what other pearls of wisdom might be hidden in the post.

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Great advice. And always lead with a good image or video. The thumbnail goes a long way. Like with this post:
https://steemit.com/persuasion/@shayne/persuasion-use-it-or-lose-it
or this one:
https://steemit.com/steemit/@shayne/steemit-is-a-great-place-to-be-whimsical

Great advice! When I joined a few weeks ago, I thought I had to post something new every day. Now, my approach will be to spend more time making better - but perhaps less frequent -- posts, and instead use my daily Steemit time to read other people's stuff and join the conversation. Honestly, that feels like the best part. 😀

I just followed you. Hope to read more great advice like this in the future!

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Actually, your posts do amazingly well, especially considering your reputation number. What's your secret? lol

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Beginner's luck? I have no idea, but I'm trying to learn as much as possible before my "luck" wears off.

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Well, keep doing what you're doing! Post about it, too. I'll follow you.

Interaction is key to building an audience

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Very true.

I dont think it hurts to post often if you might have good content. Its fun to get into the search engine even if that isnt what calculates earnings

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Agreed. The fun is most of using this platform, in my opinion.

Very nice post so let's comment it now more !!!

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Doooo iiiiiiiit

Yeah I've been meaning to get a KeepKey

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They're great! I've been using mine for a while and it's great. You can even exchange currencies using the device.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Thank you so much for this very informative post. I started here with the idea of writing posts often. On my introductory post I was flagged so I decided that I didn't want to go that route now as I wanted to use this platform for enjoyment and relaxation. I have enjoyed commenting and interacting as this platform has so many genteel and interesting people.

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Why would it get flagged?

Anyway, I'm glad you got something out of this.

Shayne, thanks for the great advice. I have been on Steemit for a while now and I love to upvote, but not always comment. I will do my best to comment from now on for the reasons you mentioned above. I try to post good content, but as you say it does not always get noticed.

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You're welcome.

This is just a technique that's worked for me so far! I hope it helps you.

Good points. i will resteem.

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Oh, thanks a lot!

Nice advice! I try to comment as much as possible and make my comments meaningful. The whole community vibe is really strong here, I think I like that most about steemit. As well as earning caaaash money of course 😉 ha!

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Indeed. I'm thinking of writing about the community here. I think it's the best one that I've ever found.

OK you convinced me 😉

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Hah! Good. :)

This'll only make the community more vibrant.

When I have made an effort to do more commenting on other people's posts, I noticed a lot more new followers than usual. It certainly can help to get people to notice you.

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Exactly. And when you have a good amount of quality followers (aka not bots), your posts will do much better.

You know I love comments. People enjoy conversations and I find the quality of those here is excellent with very little spam. That's a pretty good reason to use Steemit on its own. I follow lots of people, but also check the Hot and New pages. I'll encourage new users and try to answer their questions.

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Oh, I agree. My blog has been highly active here. Vastly moreso than my YouTube channel, which has nearly 7000 subscribers, vs my Steemit page, which has like 270. The difference in activity is absolutely staggering.

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The Steemit community is small, but mighty!

Thank You for the Reminder to use common sense on Steemit, Appreciate it.

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It is kind of like common sense -- just use the comment feature and leave your thoughts on posts that you like. It's good for the content creator, it's good for you, it's good for the platform overall.

Very good advice. With 67 views, it would only be fitting if a post like this had comments from 67 people.

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When more people use the comment feature, we will see organic usage grow on steemit. I think a lot of people are voting up things they think will earn them curation rewards and not even reading posts. If more people take the advice I'm giving here, we will see views and comments start to level out with upvotes, and I think that's an overall healthy trend for steemit.

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Voting just for promotion rewards is definitely a trend. I remember feeling pressure to try to get curation rewards when I first started because I wanted to increase my Steem Power. Speaking for myself, though, I don't always comment for time reasons. Sometimes I scan content and vote on a bathroom break or between classes, other times I start to comment and get interrupted, time just doesn't always allow for us to engage in the comments. They are the most rewarding part of this platform, though. I love having a post with lots of interaction on it. It's great!

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Completely agree! Just comment whenever you can. Every little bit helps.

I completely agree. The contents have to bring at least slightly relevant. I hate the ones that just say great post and it know it hasn't even been read. When I see a good comment I always check out the poster and often follow them

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Exactly! And it doesn't even take that much effort from us users to do this. Basically, just respect your fellow content creator and their work -- let them know that you've seen what they made and tell them how you appreciate it. It'll go a long way!

thanks @shayne for sharing this lovely post. Sincerely speaking i have learnt a lot from both your post and the comments. But i have a question, does your reputston affect the number of upvotes you have?

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Thank you.

I think the reputation score is more of a derivative of the quality of the user. So you would get a high reputation in part because you get upvotes, not the other way around.

Does that make sense?

Thank you
I never explored the HOT Tab before. I'd go and do that :)

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You're welcome. I do it on a regular basis. It's a great way to scout up-and-coming users :D

My experience is the same as yours, posting a bunch of comments in a day is almost guaranteed to get at least one or two new people following me.

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Yeah, completely. It's impressive, actually.

It is certainly all about the commenting!

@papa-pepper did a similar post about how commenting is very important.

I commented on his post and received genuine comments back from him.

Very positive!

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Indeed (and I'll get back to you soon, sorry!)

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Take your time! Thanks!

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Genuine comments?

Glad that you think so. Nice payout on your last post too! Way to go!

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Thanks!

Next bike ride coming soon!

This is exactly what I've been doing since joining Steemit just about a month ago and it truly is a powerful approach whether here or anywhere else for that matter. Comments can create such awesome discussions that wouldn't have happened otherwise. Great post @shayne! :)

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Thanks! But I think it works especially well here on Steemit. All of the growth I've done here is completely organic, from the ground up. That's tough to do in a short time anywhere else.

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True! It seems to be a supercharged thing here, which is awesome! Commenting used to work very well building up youtube subs & fans, but that ship has sailed a long time ago. Steemit and the like is the now & the future :)

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I think YouTube audiences are jaded now.

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It's been that way for quite a while now, you're right, and was like that long before their friendly audience ad guidelines and more recent censorship ban hammer.

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Uh huh...

Wow definitely going to start commenting more! Changed the whole steem game for me! Thanks!

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It's a game changer, and guess what else? It's fun! :D

It's good to leave a comment. I will comment on commenting..comment comment.

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Thanks @shayne, very nice information. It makes a lot of sense. I will follow your instruction :)

Thanks @shayne for such a good post. I think it might help me after following your instructions regarding commenting.

Thanks for this post. I know I'm 7 months late but it's still helped :')!