Step 1: Secure Your Account
- Private Posting Key - This key is used for voting, posting, commenting, resteeming, following, and muting. This is what you should be using as your daily login key, and it's what websites like Dtube ask for.
- Private Active Key - This key is used for transfers, powering up/down, and placing orders on the market. This key you should be keeping well protected, as it's basically the equivalent of the pin number for your debit card.
- Private Owner Key - This is your ultimate key, your true "password". This is the one that should be written down in your safe (or some similar level of security). Not only does your owner key have all of the functionality of the others, but it can also be used to reset all of your keys.
Step 2: Set Up Your Profile
Step 3: Choose a Console to Check Stats
- SteemReports - This site has SOOO many wonderful graphs, charts, and reports. You can see everything from where the biggest delegations are, to a breakdown of witness voting, to exactly where someone's incoming and outgoing votes are focused. I haven't had a chance to dig into all of the reports yet, but I'm working on it. If you're interested in a word-cloud for your blog, this is the place.
- SteemD - A chronological record of every single transaction involving your account, plus stats like current voting power, total posts, etc. This one has the simplest, most basic UI. Simply go to steemd.com/@yourusername to see everything.
- SteemDB - This site has a full record of transactions as well, but with a much fuller UI, making it quite a bit easier to work with when you're looking for something specific (like who resteemed a specific post), and has some fun graphs as well. Once again, simply add /@yourusername to the end of the URL to pull up the information about your account.
- SteemStats - This site allows you to "watch" multiple accounts, and see a feed of all the activity they have, including their outgoing votes, comments, etc. It is probably the handiest of these for folks who have multiple accounts, or want to stay on top of what a friend/family member is up to.
- SteemNow - This site is fairly simple, and has a big box for each of upvotes, curation rewards, author rewards, and posts, all in chronological order. It also your voting power, steempower, and has a slider to show what your vote will be worth at any given %. It also has an upvote calculator, in case you want to see what your vote will be worth once you get to 1 million steempower :-)
Step 4: Begin Connecting With the Community
Here are a couple lists of the varied Steemian communities that others have already collected:
- Community Curation Initiatives parts 1 & 2 by @revisesociology
- Top Steemit Discord Server List by @laurentbecca
Step 5: Start Posting
Step 6: Start Buying, Selling, and Exchanging STEEM/SBD
The 3 Currencies
- STEEM: The primary liquid currency, can be transfered, exchanged to SteemDollars, or "powered up" (turned into SteemPower/Vests)
- STEEMPower: Your voting stake in the system. Locked in for 13 equally weekly payments, and actually just a calculation showing how much STEEM your vests are worth
- STEEMDollars: Liquid, debt-based currency. Can be transferred, exchanged for STEEM, and destroyed (helping the overall network) via the promote function
Where the "Money" Comes From
In the STEEM ecosystem, the new coin breakdown looks like this:
- 10% of coins go to the witnesses (our version of miners)
- 15% of coins go to everyone holding SteemPower in their accounts (through the ever increasing STEEM per MVest)
- 75% of coins go to creators & curators of content on the blockchain (broken down as follows)
Some Other Topics
- Steem Power... Voting Power... What's the Difference?
- BlockTrades: The best tool for moving between STEEM and other cryptos
- How Do Payouts Work?
- How To Redeem Your Rewards!! (please do this often)
Step 7: Keep Diving Deeper & Learning More
- Steem: An In-Depth Overview! by @teamsteem
- Steem.Guide January 2018! by @jerrybanfield
- Steemit Guide for Dummies @distress2success
- The Ultimate Steem Guide! by @teamsteem
- Welcoming & Familiarizing New Users - Steemit Newbies Guide by @ilyastarar
- The Ultimate Guide To Killing it on Blockchain-Based Steemit or Anywhere Else
You are powerful
You are free!