You should join Steemit. Here is why.

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Your Value

How many hours a week do you spend on social media? How much money have you earned for all of the content that you have created, shared, commented on, and liked? Unless you are monetizing your content through sites like YouTube, you are probably doing it all for free.

Do you think that all of your content, time and attention are worth something? Facebook certainly does. They earn billions of dollars per year through advertisements. Where does all that value come from? It comes from you - their users.

Steemit.com

Steemit knows that your content, attention, and time are valuable. That is why they have created a revolutionary new social media platform that actually pays it's users for the value that they add.

Did you just create the next viral cat meme? Post it on Steemit.com, and you could potentially make hundreds of dollars! Even if your content is not the most amazing thing in the world, every post has the potential to earn rewards.

Video Credit: @donkeypong, @steemship, @liberosist, @hanshotfirst, @kevinwong and @the-alien

What to post about?

Have pictures and a story to share from last week's party? Did you just complete a cool art project and want to show it off? Are you an author writing a short story, and want to share it with the world? All of these are great things to post about!

People are sharing all kinds of content on Steemit, just like they do on other social media sites. The main difference with Steemit.com is the potential to get paid!

Commenting and voting pays too!

You do not need to create content to earn. If you spend time browsing content and voting on what you like (called "upvoting"), you can earn a small fraction of the rewards that the posts earn.

You can also get paid for commenting on other people's posts. Users who browse other people's content and write good comments that add value to the conversation can get upvoted and paid as well!

Steemit is not 'fast easy' money.

Although there is the potential to earn, Steemit is not a get rich quick scheme. Most users do need to spend months on the platform building a following and adding value before they start to see a return on their investment. Users should not come expecting to earn tons of fast easy money. Nobody is guaranteed any earnings.

Most users who stick with the platform and continue to add value over time though, do get recognized and rewarded by the community for the value that they add.

Global Community

Steemit rewards personal expression and empowers individuals to build new, meaningful relationships based on shared ideals. It's no longer just about who you were born with or who you've met around town. Your relationships can be global based on your deepest passions and favorite topics.

Source: @lukestokes

Blockchain Technology

Steemit.com is powered by blockchain technology similar to bitcoin. Everything that gets posted on Steemit.com is recorded in the Steem blockchain, which means it is permanently recorded in a public database network that is freely accessible and resistant to censorship. Nobody can go and tamper with or delete your content just because they don't like it or disagree with it.

The Steem blockchain was built on similar technology to bitcoin, but it is also superior to bitcoin in many ways. It uses a new blockchain technology called Graphene 2.0. Compared to bitcoin which often takes several hours and charges fees to process transactions, the Steem blockchain processes transactions in three seconds and with zero fees. Even though the Steem blockchain is less than two years old, it is already processing more transactions per day than bitcoin! You can read more about that here.

What has value?

The content that has value is entirely up to the users. Every user can upvote content they like, and the platform will decide who gets paid based on the amount of upvotes they receive. The more upvotes a post receives, the more it will potentially make. Upvotes from users with more influence in the platform are worth more.


Image credit: @voronoi

Getting Paid

Users are paid in two forms of digital currency tokens called STEEM, and Steem Dollars. These tokens have real money value in the same way that bitcoin does. Users have the option to cash out the tokens for money, or hold on to them and hope they go up in value. Users can also "power up" coins to get more influence, so their votes are worth more.

Investing

Users have the option to purchase STEEM tokens, which may go up or down in value. Today one STEEM token is worth around $1.20 USD. Within the past year they have been worth as little as $0.08 and as much as $4.34. The platform has only been around for a little over a year, and there is a lot of potential for growth.

Bitcoin has been around for much longer, and is currently worth over $2,500 per coin. If users think that STEEM coins will be worth as much as bitcoin some day, they may want to stock up now while they still have a chance :)

Want to know more?

If you want to find out more information about Steemit.com and how it all works, you can find the answers to commonly asked questions in the FAQ.

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my hubby found a video about steemit on youtube and thought of me right away , because he knows I love to do poems and stories so , I just started yesterday . and already love it and everyone I talked to on here is awesome and very helpful . :) Fun is like my middle name lol

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Very nice of your husband to help point you in this direction. Welcome to Steemit.

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That's so awesome! I found the page myself a few weeks ago and was just now able to create my account! I'm looking to use it as a source of promotion for my music and art since it doesn't seem to be as crowded as other platforms! Plus I like the whole blockchain bonus to it! Can't wait to see results haha

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@isooyah . That is cool . you are able to promote your music and art on here :) Follow your dreams :)

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That's nice of your hubby ;) I'm following you now and look forward to your poems and stories!

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Thank you @followyourjoy :) I am following you and I have a few ideas for my next Blog just have to put it all together . I do have a couple poems on here :)

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Followed you too. :)

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@tiger777 Thank you :))

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Thank you @readmore I am following you :)

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This board add a good value to internet

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Awesome!

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Yes add a good value,
An internet of a good value is needed.

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yup ya thats right liked your point now i m following you

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Thank you @ermoonvictor I am following you as well :)

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welcome to steemit. Im new here too and specialized in making videos. I will be sticking and contributing to this community.

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Thank you @ajmalsoby . Welcome to Steemit as well. I hope you are liking it :)

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Awesome! Glad to have you here :)

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Thank you timcliff , I am now following you :)

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your welcome :)

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Thank you @unfaakinreal I am now following you as well :)

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Mucho thanks on the follow back!
You'll do great here! ;)

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you're welcome @unfaakinreal Thank you for the encouragement :)

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We're glad that you found us. WELCOME!

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Thank you @kus-knee. I am happy my husband told me about it . he watched a youtube about it and knows that I love writing poems and stories . soon as he told me I got on my laptop and created an account :) I am now following you

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Welcome, from a fellow writer

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Thank you @pulpworx ;)

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welcome onboard @westerngurl am sure that you will not regret it. I am new here too and enjoying every bit of this baby...lets promote steemit to more success...win win for all

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@charles1 Thank you . and Welcome to Steemit as well. , I really love it too , it is so awesome , you can be yourself and have fun and that is all that matters to me :) I am following you :)

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Followed. Enjoy your passion!

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Thank you @adamit :) I am following you as well

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I just signed up yesterday, it was a quick process, can't wait to start posting!

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@crypto.makin Welcome to Steemit and that is so awesome you got approved that fast :)

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Hi @westerngurl,
Just like an apple a day keeps the doctor away a poem a day keeps the mind awake.
Best,
Isaac

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Hi @isaac.rodebush . Thank you . very well put , I liked that :)

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Hey best wishes for the content on steemit :)

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@tiger777 Thank you and Best wishes for you as well :))

Nicely laid out explanation Tim. Simplifying what Steemit is all about like this will definitely help answer the various questions that always come up from new and prospective users.

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Disclaimer: I am just a bot trying to be helpful.
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Thanks so much for sparing me a tab. <3

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You nailed it @sandstorm!

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Thanks @kus-knee, you Old Dog you! :)

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Agree totally, and finally in more understandable english

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Keeping it simple will allow more people to understand some of the intricacies of Steemit that are not outwardly evident or easily answered without a high tech degree of some sort.

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If you wouldn't keep it simple in a text like this, it would probably just scare off the newcomers who's not that good in english, before they even got the chans to know about it.

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Very good point you have there @jerry12.

I already did. Steem on.

I already did even before you :)

ive already joined ;)

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Haha. Well the intended audience was more for people who haven't joined yet. Feel free to use the post to recruit your friends :)

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Dang i thought i won something :P

Thank you for the informative post! I'm looking forward to find nice contacts and sharing thoughts :-)

Thanks for the summary this is a great help to a newbie like me. I am convincing my friends to join me as well but with little successful so far. It is how amazing this blockchain technology can bring all the people together and people should really appreciate what we have nowaday.

This is fantasitc @timcliff. This will be truly helpful when I'm trying to promote Steemit in India. Everything is easily explained and that's just perfect for steemit outreach here. Everyone can easily grasp the concepts. Thanks for putting this together.

Btw, Take at look at my content if you get the time. :)

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Thanks @firepower! Sorry, I thought I was following you already (fixed). =)

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Thank you so much! :D

Great piece. Shared on twitter. Stephen

Yes, indeed its not easy to earn in steemit because we need to establish relationship and connection first but we could not hide the fact that there are those who just started but are already earning very well. Should we call it luck?

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Effort.... and luck....

Lady luck favors the one who tries. (Barbara Oakley)
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Good saying!

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Perhaps "smart" or "talented" is a better descriptor of these instant earners.

The rest of us will get there eventually with awesome content and persistence!

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Thats a good courage @gigafart. Well see each other there :)

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I think quality does have a lot to do with it. And a little bit of luck for sure :)

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As well as the desire and the commitment to provide valuable information, great experiences and wonderful ideas.

Welcome to the Social Blockchain that allows you to have Valued FUN!!

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"Welcome to the Social Blockchain that allows you to have Valued FUN!!"

Well said!

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V.O.C.A.B "Words Speak"

Thanks man! I appreciate the acknowledgement.

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Having fun also and keep it interesting helps

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there' no free lunch, there's always a work to do, for at least some rewards.

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I wish I can have that luck too :)

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lol,...ditto here!

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Taga luzon ka rin?

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lol...
if google got that right
no, Pacific North West U.S.A.
:-)
namaste!

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Some already have big value to provide by presenting themselves (e.g. famous youtubers or bloggers). Youtube follow count or blogger post views is one of the indicators of huge value. Giving people like them some head start can be like investing. Who knows, tomorrow we might get some 20 K users from the viewers of their channel or the followers of their blogs. It's going to be a win-win for everyone.

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Exactly, being somebody is a huge factor though.

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Great info, I just submitted this post at Reddit, CryptoCurrency section
https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/6fc0g5/you_should_join_steemit_here_is_why/

I think steem power is very important for upvoting instead of converting it into money and sell it. People will upvote and follow u just because u have a great steem power. However, with more and more people using steem, many steem coin is generated so that the steeem point will devaluation from time to time....

Today was my first day on STEEM. I've made my $1.5 posting and commenting sometimes. Not much, of course, but with growing number of followers you will be paid more and more daily. Besides, what Facebook can give you for your time and work?

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Exactly. Sounds like you are off to a great start :)

Steemit is a good opportunity to contribute and earn while getting to know a great community.

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I totally agree!

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Upvoted....fo sho!!!

Hey @timcliff! You knocked it out of the park with this post. Clear, concise, and honest information - that is what steemit is all about! Keep it up. I will be following you from now on.

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Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback :) Appreciate having you as a follower!

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Ditto! You both earned another follower! ;)

Upvoted, resteemed, followed, facebook'd and tweeted! Hehehe!
Spot on Tim! Plus you making $560 in only 4 hours for this one post should help drive herds of new Steemians in!
Great post! =D

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Cool, thanks!

Yes. It is important to point out though that it took me almost a year to get to the point where I could earn this much on a post. When I first started out, I was usually earning less than a dollar on all my posts for the first several months.

My payouts today though show that it can be done :) I'm nobody special, and I had no following when I joined. I just kept being involved, and finding ways to add value to the platform. It took a lot of time and effort, but eventually I made it to where I am one of the higher earners.

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They say that Overnight success usually takes about 15 years :)

great testimony and I enjoyed reading this Steem!

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one of my favorites :)

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thank you for putting that together :) - Truly enjoyed it.

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I knew that had to be the secret!
Much in your older shoes, looking to build for myself and SteemIt as I go. ;)

This site rocks a great deal much more than any other site I got hooked on before! Hahaha!
Thanks for the sage advice my friend. :)

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Thank you @timcliff 😀
It seems that it is the right choice I made ever to join steemit rather tha wasting my time on facebook, liking and commenting new posts!
To the newbies like me wish us luck! 😀😀

good post, good explenation of how stem works. Also the part where you talk about easy money, i think there is no such thing as easy money. If there was we would all be doing that. Besides that, new people that come in to the chain have to know that they will have to put in effort just to get the ball rolling. You have to contribute to the community in order to see yourself being upvoted and payed for the effort you put in.

I just joined Steemit through this post. I've never heard of it until my Son found this post, so I have you to thank or blame for me joining lol...Thanks for introducing Steemit to me! I'm sure I'm going to get some value here. Ken

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Wow, that's awesome! Glad to have you here :)

Probably one of the best promo posts for recruitment I ever seen.

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Thanks!!

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Welcome - thanks for all you do here again

This is simplest post I've ever seen you write Tim! A superb outreach to non-Steemians looking in on Steemit - as well as nervous minnows! UV/RS :)

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Awesome, thanks @mindhunter!

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I see the craig grant has RS you today too :) Nice bottom line Tim! Don't lose it all to all those poker bots now! LOL! ;)

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Hehe, I won't. I'm being good ;)
I'll actually be starting up a Facebook ad campaign soon (with this link as the landing page) to try and get new users to the platform. A lot of the rewards from this post will be used to fund the campaign.

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Fb ads are a nice little earner once you hit a sweet spot, but their traffic can be fickle sometimes! If there was a referral program then you'd really be quids in! You'd collect the upvote and the sign-up ... I'm sounding like Mr Grant now ;) Best get out of here quick! LOL!

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Yeah, I know what you mean. I've worked with them before :)

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There ain't nothing in I.T. or crypto you ain't seen Timbo!! :)

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I just notified my Facebook friends about this website a few minutes ago. This breakdown definitely makes the website easy for anyone to understand.

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Thank you for sharing this info! I have joined Steemit two days ago and I like it very much so far ! What a great community!

This the most perfect post on steemit using the most simple words for a non techie like me.. thank you very much for this explanation... :) upvoted and followed...

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Cool, thanks! I'm really glad that you found it so useful.

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yes brother.. :)

This right here is the post I been looking hard for. I run Steemit Blogger Central on Facebook and Twitter. I been trying to find a post that truly nails down the aspects why non Steemit users should abandoned ship on the mainstream social media platforms and this post here does the trick perfectly. We RESTEEM posts over there for users as well and I will RESTEEM this in hopes it helps guide people to our community. Great job, following and upvoted easily.

If you like to see your RESTEEMS you can by checking out Steemit Blogger Central:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/steemitbc/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/steemitbc

Thanks for making my job easier lol

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This article is very useful for newly joined Steemit also for the old. I propose this collection of writings into Steemit's books for more and more people in the world who know and understand.
Let's make Steemit.com more popular in the world. That's the great platform...
Thanks a lot... @timcliff

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I agree, that is why I went towards the mainstream social media sites to promote Steemit and the users here on Steemit. Its time everyone understands there is better options out there and Steemit is a huge one of value in this area. Hopefully this post comes across to them just those facts.

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Cool, that was exactly the reason I wrote the post - so others could share it with non-Steemaians to get them to join :)

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That is my main goal lately, to use the platforms I created to generate some buzz and get more on board. I actually did the marketing for PIVX for awhile so kind of trying to be my own boss here in a similar fashion, write great articles and market on the side where I can for Steemit. It truly is a great write up you did, should really get others to take a serious look at Steemit

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I did... I did..... I did join steemit just a couple weeks ago. I was introduced to it through a long time YT channel that I followed! I never would have thought that it could be such a fun place to be. Since joining I rarely go anywhere else in this virtual reality called cyber space Mc Lovin' it! Steem on! Enjoyed!

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Awesome!

Great article! I saw it on the trending page when I visited Steemit today... That's exactly what a new visitor needs to see first, great job! I'm resteeming ;)

Excellent article. Really well put together, I can see why you're so popular. Thank you.
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Hopefully we end up with the best content and best community, all made possible by the underlying incentives.

I truly believe in this vision, but there are a lot of challenges ahead.

Let's get this done together -- create awesome content and tell everyone you know where it can be found!

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I just started yesterday and already told my best friend about it :)

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Thank you . I am happy to be here .

Can you steem any type of content ? Is there anything off limits ? A no no ?

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There is some info on that in the FAQ. Technically there are no restrictions, but Steemit may take down anything illegal from being displayed on the website. (Technically it is still stored in the blockchain though.) If you post anything 'not safe for work' you should use the "nsfw" tag as one of your tags. Plagerism is also frowned upon, and will likely get you downvoted.

Hope that helps :)

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I have one further question.
Say, in my early days on steemit, I made a post with 2-3 tags. It came with not much success.... very few votes/comments, mainly because as a newbie I had very few followers.

Later, once I learned more, got more followers, and even figured out a few other, possibly better categories/tags - I have intention now to put the same post published once again.
With little or non additions.
Will this be considered a bad etiquette? Shall I avoid doing this?

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It is considered bad etiquette, but if you do it once and a while with your very best work, and mention that you are doing it and why you think it is worth reposting - I don't think it is horrible. The main thing is we don't want the website spammed with the same articles over and over again.

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OK, thanks

Another good one to share widely! Thanks a bunch for your excellent write up, namaste :)

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Welcome :)

So inspiring.

Upvoted & resteemed

The potential is there. It's hopefully just a matter of time before STEEMIT starts to realise it.

I joined for the cat, no doubt xDDDD

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Haha, yes!

This is great!!!

Great post, Tim.

Please allow me to add my two cents.

I think this is a wonderful post as it covers a lot of points and the reasons why anyone should consider becoming a part of the community, however, there's only 1 minor downside.

The downside is basically.. this post is posted on steemit!

Most of the people here already know a handful of the reasons you listed, and they are already here. So I think posts like this should also be seen outside the community of steemit - they should be be going viral on facebook or through a Youtube video.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not underestimating your efforts or anything, I'm just trying to explain how I see things from my humble perspective.

I hope posts like this are featured on other social media networks / blogging networks for people to read and understand - that's the time we will be seeing thousands and thousands of new users.

Keep up the good work :)

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Don't worry, I'm 100% with you :) I actually wrote this to use in an advertising campaign that I will be running on Facebook. I also intended other users to share with their friends/family through various social media channels to encourage them to sign up. The idea is to get it out in front of tons of potential new users =)

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Yep, that's right.

If you need any help with the Facebook campaign, let me know. I'm also down to join any marketing campaign to get the word out.

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are you on steemit.chat?

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Yes, I'm now

Hi @timcliff, great short sweet and simple article on why we should join steemit. But probably just a question to yourself and fellow steemians who might know the answer. While i understand steemit uses blockchain technology similar to bitcoin, and i was reading bitcoin do have a limitation to how much bitcoins can be created from "mining", hence will steemit face such same problems? Thanks.
Kudos to your great post again

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The Steem blockchain does not have the same limit. The inflation will be reduced over time, but it will never reach zero.

Steemit is a good place for aspiring writers and bloggers, if you are relentless and you hope to improve and build a following, then here is definitely a good place to start. Its a good guide to content creation, so you know what audience care about and how to sharpen your work as you progress in the community.

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I love writing poems and stories , out of practice lol. but I think all of the cool people I am meeting on here is encouraging me :) I just started yesterday so I am slowly learning my way around lol

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I just got here and am already loving so many aspects of this platform. #contentcreators are going to love it as more and more accounts are approved -

This is really great, and it truly show the power of Steemit.com
This cat video have been on youtube since 2016 and only 150 views. How much is that like .50 maybe? This post containing that video have been up in steemit for 2 days and you already made $1,508 as I type this post. Steemit+Steem is the future of Social Media.
I just purchased my first 550 tokens. :-) I hope others jump in this wagon before it's to late.

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Yeah, the number of active viewers on the site has gone way up since 2016. Hopefully my post got that video some more views. It totally deserves it. I watched it several times, it was so good :)
Congrats on your token purchase!

Great post, Tim!

I really like that Community quote. I was surprised I said something I like so much. Heheh. :)

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Honestly, that is my favorite part about Steemit. I mean the payouts are great, but really the people are what make this so awesome for me!

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I agree I just started yesterday and meet a lot of cool people , that alone to me makes it worth it :)

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It is one of my favorite parts of the post :)

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Yep! Agree with all of this! :)

this is like, a super cool and easy way to portray steemit. upvoted and resteemed. Gonna send this to some online friends and make them come here too I hope!

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Awesome!

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hi :)

Great write up

I especially liked where you wrote that this isn't a get rich quick scheme. It takes work to build your following and reputation