Steemit Quick Start Guide by Sndbox

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Steemit Quick Start Guide

Welcome! You finally made it. You’re here and ready to dive into the first social media website powered by blockchain technology. is just that, an application fueled by a cryptocurrency called Steem. While this place might look similar to or, there’s a lot of incredible gears churning under the hood that makes Steemit a different kind of social experience. Through, content creators and curators earn cryptocurrency simply by publishing content (posts, videos, music) or by upvoting the content of others. This is the first social media application to merge your engagement with cryptocurrency. Best of all, it’s completely free to use and the ecosystem of tools and media is growing by the day.

So enough talk, let’s get right to the action. Here is a guide to get you started:

Save your Password

Remember that long password that was generated for you after signing up? It's something like 52 character long and looks a lot like this:


Write it down on paper and keep it in a safe place. Do not share it online or in person, treat this “key” as you would the key to your house or car. Don’t share it or publish it anywhere.

180510 Icons-19.pngImportant! Your Steemit password is not like most passwords. If you lose it, it’s gone.


Upvotes are Steemit's way of saying you like and support someone's post or comment. Upvoting is free and does not remove anything from your wallet. To upvote, click on the Upvote icon at the bottom of the comment or post.

180417 Icons-17.pngHow an Upvote Works - A guide explaining where the money and rewards come from.


When you are exploring Steemit for the first time, try engaging with people. Kick up a new discussion, provide feedback or an idea. Remember, you can earn Steem through comments too! To create a comment - click on the "Reply" link at the bottom of the comment or post window.

180417 Icons-01.pngDon't be shy. Remember, Steem is a new social network. Building community is hard work!

Create A Post

To create a post, click on the "Pencil" button in the upper right corner. All posts have three main parts: Title, Content, Tags.

First and foremost, make sure your title is clear and attention grabbing. Your title and your the first image in your post (referred to as the "thumbnail") become a billboard for your content. So experiment with it and see what works best! The tags (hashtags) will help others discover your content. Each post can carry up to five tags. Make sure each of your tags are relevant to the content published within the post. You can refer to the trending list of tags on the Steemit homepage to see which ones can help your content get more exposure.

180510 Icons-20.pngExplore the #introduceyourself tag to see what newcomers are saying. Try your own!

Followers and Feeds

To follow an author, click the "Follow" button next to their username. Once you follow someone, all of their posts will show up in your "Feed". As other Steemians come across your posts and comments, you will start to gain followers. You can see all of your followers and the people you are following in your profile page.

180510 Icons-21.pngShare a post! If you want to share someone else's content, click on the resteem icon.

Your Wallet

The wallet tab is your very own Steemit bank account. Here, you can keep track of how much STEEM and SBD you’ve earned, transfer it to other users, deposit or withdraw. Everything in your wallet - numbers, transactions, and other activity - is open for the public to see.

STEEM, Steem Power and Steem Dollars are the three forms of digital currency used by the Steem Blockchain.

180417 Icons-06.pngSteemit Wallet - The ins and outs of the Steemit Wallet, and how to interact with it.
180417 Icons-12.pngThe Benefits of Powering Up - A comprehensive and illustrated guide to building SP.
180417 Icons-15.pngTrading SBD to SP - How to convert your SBD into Steem Power with the local market.

Curation (Upvoting)

25% of the rewards for each posts actually gets distributed across all of the people who voted on it. These upvoters are called curators. The more Steem Power you have in your account, the more your upvotes will be worth and the more curation rewards you can earn!

180417 Icons-10.pngEarn by Upvoting - Curation Rewards Guide - Maximize rewards based on timing.


All Steem and SBD payouts are made 7 days after the post / comment is first authored. You can claim your rewards in your wallet immediately after that 7 day window has passed. Payments for posts are split between the author (at least 75%) and the curators (up to 25%).

180417 Icons-07.pngHow much is your post worth? - How all of the post / comment payout options work.

Your Reputation Score

A reputation score is one way Steemit measures the amount of value you have brought to the community. The higher the number, the more weighted votes an account has earned. All new users start at 25. Your reputation will go up as you earn upvotes for your posts and comments, but it can come down if they are flagged/downvoted.

180417 Icons-11.pngWhat is a Reputation Score? - What your rating number means and what influences it.
180417 Icons-14.pngWhy Flagging is Important - Exploring the use of flags within the Steem blockchain.

Basics of Blockchain & Crypto

If your really feeling crypto-curious, here's a deeper look into the ins and outs of blockchain and how witnesses work to keep the blockchain gears churning in a decentralized fashion.

180417 Icons-02.pngWhat is Crypto & Blockchain? - A digestible guide for newcomers to the technology.
180417 Icons-08.pngWhat is a Steemit Witness? - The roles and responsibilities of a witness explained.

Additional Links & Resources

FAQ - A full archive of commonly asked questions
Bluepaper - Explanation of how the platform works
The Steem Whitepaper - Technical details of the Steem blockchain
Apps Built on Steem - Directory of apps, sites and tools built by Steem community

This post was modeled off of the official Steemit Quick Start Guide, here.

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Wow this is a great compilation! Absolutely the best way to help the newcomers; simple but complete ;)

With you permission I will translate this one too into spanish, since I have already translated most of those articles

It is what I call steemit made easy, a very classified and very easy illustration on how the newbies on steemit can find their feet and be successful on the steemit blockchain.

@sndbox thanks for such wonderful education, it can never come easier and well explained like you guys just explained it. I even had to learn some few things myself to add up to my knowledge of the steemit platform. Thanks once again @sndbox for educating us.


This is a fantastic piece and a must read for anyone new to Steemit. Heck, it's even a great reminder for people that may have been here for a few months...

Raises my hand!!

Appreciate this post a ton and will be sharing it with others to bring them on board :)


Thanks for the kind words @jongolson! Likewise, we're using this post to share among newcomers and during steem-workshops :)

You just summarized steemit and it's essence in a beautiful way.. I'll do my own part by resteeming so more newbies can see and know more about their reason and purpose here..

So as not to dive in and make unnecessary mistake.. I wish there was something like this for me when i joined the steemit community..

But it's good and timely..


This isn’t only for new users cause I got some knowledge from this myself . Very comprehensive and basic. This is better than a lecture room smiles. Kudos . More grease to your elbow.

Thanks for reminding us about the basic things of steemit.

very helpful. Thank you for sharing .. 😃


Thanks for your support :)

@sndbox very good tutorial, and should I resteem.

Dear @snbox ..
Your posts are always an oasis in steemit and I admit I have been following you almost from the beginning of my arrival here :)
I have also created a guide here that includes a few links and guidelines about steemit, its etiquette, ideas on what/how to blog about, as well as a markdown guide I created.
I hope it will be complementary useful to your awesome guide!
All the best to you, your team, your efforts!

The summaries of important components of importance are all in one post. It is useful for me who is still learning about this platform.

This work makes it easy for new accounts to get them started on Steemit. Thanks for your cool job!

I like the layout, it's so clean and brief. It should become the landing page for Steemit lol

You have clearly stated all the details. Thanks for sharing

Wow, thanks, made everything very clear and thanks for the links

This would really go a long way to help the newbies, thanks for sharing, i have upvoted and resteemed for more visibility

Excellent post, very well explained, thanks for sharing @sndbox

Ayos! Nindot ni... makatabang jod ni especially for beginners.

I was looking forward to the day someone would would make an application for steemit. Thanks!

well done! i wish there was something like this when i started six months ago...thanks!

postingan yang sangat membantu dengan bahasa yang mudah saya mengerti

terima kasih, saya bersedia gabung postingan dengan @sndbox :)

Thnx forrrr information i appriceated your post

thank you for explaining everything in layman's term. Such a useful post worth reading.

This is very useful, especially about the curation rewards.

Hola @sndbox gracias por este gran resumen de lo que es steemit y como funciona, mejor explicado no puede estar, me aclaraste muchas dudas.. saludos..

I read the article to the end, so educative and illustrative

Thank you @sndbox Its like fully tutorial guide, Very useful, I do not know more about steemit, lets see and read an informative post here :)

Applause standing, I love the way they explain it, something that has its difficulty, you with images and well ordered make it easier to see what it is, congratulations, really since I follow your account I have hooked with your content , congratulations and keep it that way.

great article congratulations 👏

Thanks for sharing.. This is very insightful.

I am new here and this serves as a great support