Steem Witness Basic Training!

in witness-category •  2 years ago 

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How do we earn Steem Power and become a witness for Steemit today? What is a witness? Where does mining happen in Steem? Which steps to take to get a witness node online? Why take the time to vote for witnesses? Who are the existing witnesses for Steem? Will we read this guide because it has answers to all these questions which when understood helps us to be of best service here and therefore to get the highest return from our time invested?

What is a Steem witness?

Every account on Steemit has the ability to become a witness by setting up and maintaining a Linux server that is capable of creating new blocks on our blockchain. When we send a notification to the network updating our witness, then we are known as witnesses to the community as seen at which is a very helpful Steemit tool I use every day thanks to witness @roadscape.

Where does mining happen in Steem?

Mining a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin happens when new tokens are created and transactions are verified and added to the public ledger also known as the blockchain. With Steem, what we call the mining process is managed by witnesses. Steem witnesses produce all of the new blocks in the blockchain for Steem on our witness servers through what is known as delegated proof of stake. In DPOS the accounts with Steem choose who gets to make blocks instead of in Proof of Work mining where miners compete to finish a new block without needing to hold any of the cryptocurrency itself. All transactions with Steem and Steem Dollars including the creation of new Steem go through witness servers generally in just a few seconds. While Steem previously allowed proof of work mining alongside this Delegated Proof-of-Stake system, as of August 2, 2017 there is no proof of work mining in Steem but it may be introduced again in exclusively for creating new accounts in the future. We generally use just the term witness to keep it simple talking about mining and explaining our specific system for producing and maintaining our blockchain with DPOS.

Who are the existing witnesses for Steem?

View the list of witnesses today at available to us because of the service of witness @jesta. The top 20 witnesses online handle the majority of the blocks while witnesses below have the chance to rotate in as a backup.

How much to Steem witness accounts earn?

Witnesses are literally creating the blockchain we are using which powers everything we do with Steem including posting on Steemit and transacting with Steem and SBD. As a reward for this service, witnesses collectively earn about 3% of all the new Steem created each day with top 20 witnesses making around 0.18 Steem Power every 63 seconds and the witnesses below that making a little less than 1 Steem Power per block. Converting the witness earnings in seconds to days shows that the top 20 witnesses earn about 250 Steem Power per day equal to around $300 daily at the current Steem price. Meanwhile, a new witness with just a few votes will be lucky to earn even one block per day! Getting started being a witness is not likely to be profitable in the short term BUT becoming a witness as a part of being an active and dedicated community member can pay very well especially when combined with witness updates, author rewards, and curation rewards.

Where am I in the witness listing and how much do I earn?

jerry banfield witness rank.jpg

At rank 62 today with 10,088 Mega Vests in votes for me which is equal to about 5,000,000 Steem Power or about 2.68% of all Steem Power available in the accounts voting for my witness, I get about 12 blocks a day. At $1.30 Steem price I get around $15 a day or around $450 a month which is about what I pay in server hosting. I am very grateful for the upvotes from those listed at especially @hendrikdegrote and @roadscape and @fulltimegeek and @teamsteem and @snowflake because their top 5 upvotes account for the majority of my total approval rating! I consistently check the witness upvotes to help me be available for collaborating and giving back to those giving the most to me! See my daily block history since I launched through August 2, 2017 below with zero misses SO FAR thanks to @someguy123 updating me to 19.1!

jerry banfield witness blocks.jpg

Why take the time to vote for witnesses?

With the trust we place in Steem witnesses to literally continue creating our community in real time and receive compensation for it, we have a responsibility to either vote for witnesses ourselves or choose someone to vote on witnesses on our behalf at The top 20 witnesses determine which version of Steem to run, maintain the price feed for SBD, adjust the account creation fee, select the interest rate for savings accounts, and are in the best position to communicate with Steemit Inc. That said, given the top 20 witnesses already have a lot of votes, often our best opportunity with our witness votes is to help witnesses not in the top 20 rise up and participate because we need a deep roster of available witnesses in the event of an attack or disaster or challenge that we face together. Just like on a football team, we need to have players ready to substitute in at all times that are ready to play as if they were a starter. The top 20 witnesses are our starting lineup while the rest are on the bench and should especially in the top 30 to 50 be ready to serve at a moments notice as a top 20 witness. Each vote we place helps determine the rankings for all witnesses.

What is the easiest way to handle voting?

Making our votes at or setting a proxy are the simple ways to participate in witness voting! Setting a proxy is the easiest because we can just trust another user then to handle all the voting for us! For my first month on Steemit, I did not vote or even think almost anything about the witness process. I figured that was too technical for me and better to let people that understood those kinds of things handle the voting. As I continued to participate here and read posts from authors I followed, I realized that each of our votes for a witness is our best chance to have our views and interests about Steem represented as we consider changes and work together to make the best community for everyone. Today I carefully consider my witness votes and work to both help top 20 witnesses doing great service to us to maintain their positions while helping new witnesses and top backups move higher. If you would prefer not to go any deeper into the witness process or think about voting, would you please set me as jerrybanfield as your voting proxy or another user you trust because you will then be contributing your vote fully? We can easily remove a proxy later by typing the name in again in the proxy voting box if we decide we want to start doing it ourselves or change to another user. If you are doing your own witness votes, would you please vote for me because we feel good giving to those that take the time to give to us?

When is the best time to get started becoming a Steem witness?

Today! The biggest challenge for me getting started was that I had no experience with Linux which I assumed was such a large liability I should not even bother. Fortunately, I was able to get my server online after investing an hour daily for two weeks reading guides and learning the basics of Ubuntu Linux. If you have no experience with Linux, I hope my next tutorial which I will link here when it is finished will make it even easier for you because I took note of every single command I used to setup my servers for you to literally copy and paste your way into being online!

Who can become a witness for Steem?

Any Steemit account that can get the server online and update the witness to the network can become a witness! If we are planning to be dedicated members of the Steem community and would like to participate fully, becoming a witness is ideal when combined with authoring posts, curation, and commenting because it provides us with a well rounded investment in our community. Technically you can even completely outsource getting the server setup and maintained preferably to an established witness that has deep skills in maintaining the server. After doing everything to set my server up and get it online, I have now collaborated with top 20 witness @someguy123 to receive help with the management of my server to keep it in top shape for our community through updates and unexpected crashes. If we are already skilled Linux users, it may help to make the opposite collaboration with an existing author if we do not author many posts or have much voting power in our followers. In summary, being a witness is about working together to maximize service to Steem with many possible ways to be a valuable witness!

My Ubuntu Linux server specs for both witness and seed.

2x Intel Xeon E5-2630 V3
2x 240GB SSDs
1Gbit/s connection

How to setup the witness server from zero?

While I was originally going to show every step here, this guide has already gotten so long answering the basics that I am going to make a separate post showing the complete process which I will link to here when it is finished. Until then, here is a post linking all the guides I used to setup my server at along with understanding the basic steps below!

  1. Consider whether running the marathon of being a Steem witness and investing in our community here is a goal worth pursuing. Getting votes for most of us is the most challenging part to being a witness because it can take months to just get enough to even pay for the server costs. If we are certain we want to be here indefinitely and contribute the most possible on Steemit, then becoming a witness is definitely worth the effort.
  2. Rent a Linux server for the witness node and also rent a server for the seed node if we want to be seriously considered ever for a top 20 witness and in the foreseeable future join the top 50. I chose to rent two servers with the specs listed above that could handle a top 20 block load for the foreseeable future because that minimizes my need to upgrade my servers and helps demonstrate my willingness to be a great backup witness. While it is possible to start with less such as just doing the witness node or getting about half the RAM I have plus slower/fewer processors, I believe for getting votes the server specifications make a big difference. My servers are rented from @privex where @someguy123 is the CEO. If you rent a server from @privex would you mention you found them through me because you might feel good about helping me earn a discount on my next invoice?
  3. Start by setting up the seed node if available and especially if new to Linux. After practicing on the seed node, then do the full witness setup because the seed node has a lot fewer steps to get online. The list of Steem nodes currently online is available at thanks to the work of top 20 witness @wackou.
  4. Update the server to get all the available packages such as the nano text editor and secure the server by changing the password and taking additional security measures such as disabling root login, changing the SSH port, using RSA keys instead of a password login, and enabling the firewall.
  5. Install Steem using @someguy123's Steem Docker at If doing the seed, that is it.
  6. Build the witness server! Do all of the same on the witness and then use the CLI wallet to update the witness and get active on the network! For help, visit use the witness channel on at Thank you to top 20 witness @riverhead for keeping online for us and making it so easy to ask for help as a witness!
  7. Setup the price feed with by @someguy123.
  8. Minimize and track block misses at by switching your username for mine. If a block is missed, try ./ restart and ./ replay to reload because if your server hosting is reliable the most common cause would be Steem crashing which can be fixed by a reload. For further reading, @someguy123 just posted a guide with more depth about restarting the witness server using his setup.
  9. Start asking for votes. I wrote a full guide on this at which I will summarize quickly here with one major update because getting votes is the most challenging part of becoming a witness. The best place to start is with existing relationships by directly asking for a vote and explaining why. I use the following sentence to ask my top followers to vote for me as a witness because it incorporates the basics of persuasive communication along with making my request clear and allowing for a yes or no answer. "Thank you for voting [insert number] of my posts up recently! Would you please vote for me as a witness at because [choose motivation]?" Getting the very first witness votes is critical to help us earn our first blocks as a witness because this provides room for improvement! Choosing a reason based on what the person might respond to best can also help increase the effectiveness of the ask. For example "because I am already upvoting you" is valid to directly ask for a favor while "because you might feel good about helping me" can also work. To communicate this, it is ideal to already have a private messaging channel available such as on or an email address or phone number. If this is not available, responding to a comment on Steemit or asking in a post can work. If this still is not available and the person has already upvoted you several times but you do not know of any other way to contact them, sending a message using the wallet with a transfer and a memo is effective at the risk of annoying the receiver if the amount is very small such as 0.001 SBD or creating resentment in the witness community if the amount is large like 100 Steem. I tried the wallet memo ask because my initial post launching my witness received less than 1% of the total voting power from all of my followers. I then spent about 1000 Steem to send 10 to 100 Steem to my top upvoters in the wallet to thank them for upvoting me and ask for a witness vote. While this was very effective helping followers convert to witness voters, I will not be using this method going forward because of the negative feedback received and because there are better ways to get witness votes going forward such as writing helpful posts about being a witness.
  10. Post witness updates. Being a witness for Steem is a long term investment of time and money that pays out the most with giving to the community on a consistent basis. Posting witness updates is the best way initially to earn enough to pay for the server and to help get witness votes on an ongoing basis. Use tag "witness-update" and also "witness-category" to share with other witnesses most effectively. Most witness updates earn at least $20 with the best ones often earning $100+. I plan to have this and another post to share in my witness update as proof of my work as a witness which I think is ideal for doing a good witness update. View examples at
  11. Make valuable contributions! Each witness has a unique gift to give to our community. Many that I have listed already have built valuable resources for us that make using Steem easier. One I have not mentioned already is who runs which is extremely valuable for me in publishing my posts out automatically with RSS to Facebook and Twitter. Another is @teamsteem who has helped me consistently in private chat along with being one of the first to upvote my witness and publishing guides that I read getting started on Steemit. @curie helps hundreds of people vote for the best posts by assisting with curation. @good-karma runs eSteem which I think is the #1 mobile app for using Steemit. @roelandp helps me find my top upvoters fast with @krnel and @kyle's witness guides were very helpful alongside those by @someguy123 for me to setup my witness. @blocktrades has helped me change thousands of SBD fast into USD. @lukestokes with his witness lukestokes.mhth had the courage to give me an honest, thorough, and helpful reply to my Steem witness voting thread when I was getting overly selfish with my work on Steem. Many of the witnesses ranking below me I am voting for helped me in the witness chat or joined us on Steem and setup a witness after buying one of my video courses. To summarize, each witness I am voting for has done something that has helped me a lot whether it was directly as in a comment or indirectly through service to all of us such as by building a website or publishing posts. Often the service of witnesses goes unnoticed as it took me over two months here to realize @roadscape maintains because I thought that was done by Steemit. I just discovered today that @jesta does steemdb which I use daily although I was already voting for him before because of his work on ChainBB. The more we give to our community, the more we will receive. We have the ability to receive a lot as a witness if we give a lot!

Thank you very much for reading this post which will soon be followed by a complete technical setup guide featuring the list of all the commands to get a witness server running in Ubuntu Linux which I hope can be nearly copied and pasted to get the server running.

Would you please vote for me as a witness at because it feels good to participate in the voting process and to vote for witnesses that are working for us today?

Jerry Banfield

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loved this article good work jerry


Thank you very much @danlupi!

This is another great post @jerrybanfield. thanks for sharing. Just upvote.



This post received a 2.5% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @somenathsen! For more information, click here!


You're welcome @somenathsen thank you for taking your time to comment!

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Thanks for the info! I voted you and see you're number 62 now. Only those in top 100 can participate right? I've set the witness (following great @someguy123's tutorial) more than a week ago and still didn't get a block.


Under 100 really struggles to get a block. There are still 17 (at last count) dead witnesses ahead of me. I'm at 97 as of this morning and I get 1 block every 36 hours or so.


Thanks for the clarification. It struggles but still there are chances to get any (being bellow top 100), right? I do understand it isn't worth to keep the witness running if for more than a week it did nothing, but want to understand the system. And BTW is it worth for your case to mine a block in 36 hours?


If you're talking straight income, then no, it's not worth it. I'm doing this in a firm commitment to the platform, while that lose me money out of my pocket until and if I can reach into the mid 70s, then it will just about pay for itself. As far as your number now, I don't know, I was fortunate enough to have votes that got me up the list pretty quickly. My first opportunity came at around 115. I had my key set incorrectly, so I missed it.

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If you are paying about $450/month in Witness server hosting, you are doing it wrong. Who is gouging you that bad?

Also, security through obscurity is no security at all. (in regards to changing the SSH port)


@netuoso I could have got a much cheaper server but I got ones that work best for me and are capable of handling a top 20 witness load for at least the next year or two!

Good post @jerrybanfield, even tough I think that anyone wanting to start a witness should think both once and twice before joining up as a witness. It's not like any other mining process since it's what makes the network tick.

We need to talk and write more about how important witnesses are. Especially now with the discovery of @lukestokes post How Many Steemians Are NOT Voting for a Witness? I Found the Answer!

I wrote another post about the confusion about voting that some users may feel when we talk about it in The Difference of Votes and "Witness Votes"; Don't waste your Witness Votes on Dead Witnesses!

What some might not think on is that since all transactions on Steem is free, posts, comments, votes etc, so is also the cost for setting up a witness on the network. Advertising a new witness on networks like BitShares or Peerplays (that also uses Graphene and DPoS) can cost up to $100 - $150 in initial costs.

Starting a witness on Steem is easy and inexpensive, but you still need the trust from the community in form of votes.

Anyone becoming a witness should ask themselves:

  • Do I have enough time to do this?
  • Do I have enough time to read about new releases?
  • Do I have enough time to listen on what the community wants?
  • Do I want to learn new things?

If the answer is Yes to all of that, Welcome as a witness! :)


Outstanding feedback @sc-steemit thank you for helping provide a clear idea for what to think about in getting started as a witness! I appreciate you mentioning the participation because that was part of my goal for this post especially with most of those commenting not having voted for any witness yet!


Truly, you've reached out to a lot of users today. Each of us in small batches and we can educate them all in the importance of voting for witnesses.


Hello my friend , I am new on the site , can you help and follow me @elad1982 and vote i follow you and upvot you
Thanks and Good luck

you will be in top 50 in no time Jerry - you have my vote - or votes no problem


@xgrosz thank you for your words of encouragement here! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote today?


I just did - go Jerry


Thank you very much for making me your first witness vote @xgrosz!

You have my vote :) and have a goood day Jerry !


@baghera17 thank you very much for voting for me as a witness!

It's so easy when you reached that level on Steemit!
Thanks for the tips, especially I liked it Point # 9 "Begin to ask for votes." It seems to me that 90% of users do this Steemit! Lol


The average users are asking for post/comment votes. And yes, it is annoying as hell.

But witnesses asking for votes is necessary. We currently have 7.5% Witness Voting engagement.


The people that run and control the Steem network are decided by 7.5% of the network. That doesn't have to be the case. But people insist on "that witness stuff is too complex for me so I just dont vote" or something along those lines.

Makes it hard for people like Jerry and I to really get known and break through.


Exactly I am amazed out of the comments the majority even showing support are not voting for any witness!


You're welcome @andrianna thank you for commenting and sharing what you liked best!

Wow, thanks @jerrybanfield for this awesome post about steemit witness.

It is very much helpful for crypto noobs like me. :D

Your experience and detailed steps are much helpful for us.

Will always vote for you as witness. Really have become a fan of your guides. Really inspired to write steemit guides from my experiences here.


Nitesh thank you very much for adding me to your witness votes!


You are awesome man!
Just love your work and guidance. :)

I think I'll have to read this post a few times to really get a handle on witnesses, but Jerry I just gave you my first witness vote. With all the great posts and youtube videos you provide I know you are dedicated to this community.

Thanks for all the great content and keep up the good work!


Thank you Kris for voting on me as a witness today! I see that you went through a series of approvals and unapprovals at because the voting interface does not make it easy to see what happened. I just did this myself today in voting for another witness and had to refresh to make sure it was right. Would you check it to see if your vote is listed there because on my end it looks like it is not?


Sorry about that. I think I got it right this time. The process is confusing because I thought I had to click the upvote arrow next to your name when it appeared and apparently when I did I unvoted you. I just double checked it to make sure it was good.

Jerry, you hit on MANY great points on witnessing here. One thing that I notice is how you mention how important it is to vote for witnesses that are both established and new. I am a newer witness and I notice that you do have one of your witness votes pointed towards a dead witness that hasn't updated since HF16. I would be thrilled to receive that vote swelker101, but please, keep in mind that anyone that proxies to you is also voting for this dead witness instead of one that is struggling to rise in the ranks. If I am not that vote, at least update your witness to someone that IS running a current and stable witness.

Using this tool, you can see who your votes are being used on and if they are running or not.



Thank you Shane I voted for you and am now your second highest upvoter after @neoxian! I now also know how to remove first if I need to make another vote which will be the witness not online since HF16!


Thank you! It's a handy tool to keep track on who is keeping up with the latest Hard Forks, Price feeds, and soft forks.

You're just amazing Jerry. I've been following you for a really long time. And I know that you're the guy who have taught me a million things on internet. I just hop you stay happy alive and healthy. And I keep on seeing you smiling the way you're smiling now.
Even if I don't get any upvotes on this comment, it doesn't matter because it's not for the upvotes at all.
THANK YOU SO MUCH @jerrybanfield


Fareeha thank you for commenting on so many posts and sharing your kind feedback here! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote?

This is very informative post. I always wondered about the witnesses and how to become one. You have explained it in detail. Although I am not able to understand this in one reading, I will read it again to know everything about how witnessess work. Thank you sir. :)


Salman thank you for your words of encouragement here! Would you please vote for me at because that one vote of support will last indefinitely?


Sir, I have already voted for you. You're the best and I know it since the first time I read your posts. I don't need thank you for that by the way :) WIsh you good luck @jerrybanfield :)
I have a written a post about you. I'll be glad if you read it please.
Here is the link.
Thank you :)


Thank you very much for your vote! I will read your post!

Just gave you a vote to be a witness. Hope it helps, if you can see who voted for you then confirm it received the vote from me.


Thank you very much for making your first witness vote for me @realestatecoach! I used to live with Brad Allen in Columbia when he started his career in real estate and I graduated from USC in 2006!


Small world. He has really done a good job for himself.


When I moved here my first USC game was the 0-1 to start the 0-21 streak. However, the passion of the fans around here completely converted me. I remember when I backpacked through Europe I came home days early from Paris because I didn't want to miss the home opener.

Wow! This post we extremely helpful. Thank you for writing such a well thought out explanation. Up Voted!

Great Insight and very helpful for a new witness such as myself :)



@cloh76 thank you for joining us as a witness and telling me this was helpful for you!

Thanks for the post Jerry. I wasn't aware of 'Steem Witness' before. Upvote and post a comment if you are hearing it for the first time after reading this post.


Upvote and comment if you think this type of comment is borderline spam


I appreciate you resteeming! Would you vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote with us?

Very well explained in this post - with more to follow as mentioned. It's a good 15-minute read maybe more if you want to digest the information completely!

Becoming a witness means that you have to be prepared for the ongoing administrative cost and time required for it. It is a tough call for anyone who is new but is no less challenging for folks who have been around and also have the resources for it.

On the other hand, if you do volunteer to become a witness and extend your contribution in helping others on the platform, you are implying your long term commitment to serve the community.


@maxabit thank you for summarizing here! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote?


DONE! Voted for Witness!

In fact I have gone ahead and done a small promotion in my latest post - The Steemit Success Tips I Learnt From Jerry Banfield.

Hope you like the post! If you think it will be useful please resteem it so that it reaches a wider audience. Thanks!

Wow, great breakdown. Always wanted to know what it takes to become a witness. I may want to try it down the road 🤑


Now that you know how much work and effort is put into it .. maybe you can read into my witness post and share a vote with me as well? Good for you for voting in jerry though. It is much better than having 30 unused votes.


@netuoso thank you very much for voting for me as a witness and helping so much in the comments here! I just voted you up as a witness!


Or maybe I was voting for you already and I just went through an unnecessary unapprove and then approve vote again according to steemd.


Thank you Charles I think you would make a good witness!

Being a witness on top of creating good content is a lot of hard work. Thanks for doing it Jerry.


You're welcome @mergesort and thank you for resteeming! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote today?


I just did that. Keep up the good work ;)


Thank you @mergesort for making me your first witness vote!

awesome post. when I get more time and understanding of steemit. I will definitely be searching for this post to help get me pointed in the right direction to become the next top 50 witness.


Thank you Gnik! Would you please add a vote for me at because you have space for a few more?

I was wondering about the "witness stuff"...thanks for explanation @jerrybanfield
Very useful!


Yeah it's nothing big .... just the entire backbone of the STEEM network is all ;)


@awesome-seven thank you for commenting on so many posts and sharing your kind feedback here! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote?


Onto it as we speak jerrybanfield :)

great info jerry and did you get some bcc lol btc forked two coins now crazy


Joel thank you for commenting on so many posts and staying connected with me after being in my mastermind group! Would you please vote for me at because then you can enjoy making your first witness vote?


Do we type in your name to vote for you?


Yes witnesses not in the top 50 require typing in the name!

I just voted for you in the witness section! Thanks for your help!


Thank you very much for the witness vote!

It looks like a double vote happened. Would you try it again to see if it sticks?

silvercoin unapprove witness jerrybanfield

6 hours ago

silvercoin approve witness jerrybanfield

You got my vote even if it's small I have followed you for a little while now and think you are doing a great job keep up the good work


Dave thank you very much for voting for me as a witness!

You're the king of content @jerrybanfield Are you working on a book on how to succeed in Steemit? Because I'm saving a lot of your posts to go back to then over and over haha thanks for all this work man :)


@arturomdg thank you for bookmarking the posts for later!

another amazing post, I've been trying to take seriously my votes for witnesses and still have the majority to measure out still, peace all ! and TY !!


Thank you @clumsysilverdad for commenting here! Would you please also add your support by voting for me as a witness at because this one vote will last indefinitely?


just voted you up, peace


Thank you very much @clumsysilverdad for adding me to your witness votes!

Thx for sharing

how would I know that if not for Jerry - Thank you

Fantastic post Jerry. Im going to give this a try. I've also sent you my vote because you deserve it many times over.

Always a great post from you , upped. I voted for you already as a witness and hope that you can show me (one day) some love by visiting my posts. I wish you success.

Thank you sir for your informative post. @jerrybanfield

Wow... this is awesome Jerry..

Great article @jerrybanfield. Especially from someone new to this. You got my vote. Keep up the great work.

it was a nice read indeed.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Hi @jerrybanfield! I would not be here on Steem if it wasn't for you! I saw a Facebook video of you talking about Cryptos, then the next day I read an article on Mashable on the Beginner's guide to Cryptos. Then I enrolled in your course and then boom!!--- here I am!

Thank for this great post, I'm improving my knowledge of steemit thank to you
and maybe i will improve my writing style and content on steemit too.

Thanks for the info, @jerrybanfield! 4 days


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Lets hope for the best on the future.
Keep mentoring us sardines Jerry.
Maybe you will help us grow :)

You are clearly one of my 30 votes on the witness list.

You answered a lot of questions I had today :-) amazing!

Thank you @jerrybanfield!

The way you write it makes it easy for noobs like me to understand. Thank you

Great post! I was just researching this very thing, and low and behold, a fresh post! I have a question unanswered though, how often do elections happen? Do my votes reset to zero every so often?

Jerry for president!

Great post @jerrybanfield keep up the good work. Should I buy bcc

very good article . i really needed it to be actually explained. well done. good guide! i will also consider to become a witness one day maybe ;-)

I have voted for you to become a witness some time ago without knowing what it means and how much it now means to you! I wish I could vote for you again! ;) I think I understand now how this works and I'm glad we can support you and other witnesses further KNOWING what it is all about. Thank you, @jerrybanfield for this great post!

Please support me a little...

thnaks for such a nice post

I voted for you. Thanks for taking the time to explain what a witness is and does.

Awesome article!

I always wonder how all this witness system work but now you break it all down for me here, thank you so much for this great content @jerrybanfield

Excellent information, this is content that belongs on everyone's feed.

upvoted and will be following

that's helpful. Thanks again for your work!

Thank for your words .

I kept seeing the word "witness" everywhere on Steemit but I had no idea what it meant.

Jerry to save the day! Thank you for the explanation!

nice information @jerrybanfield


Nice post

Nice job jerry thnx

@jerrybanfield Thanks for explaining this in detail. I always wondered what this is about and how steem is produced. You truly care for the steemit community. Voted for you as witness. J

What does it takes to be rank on the witness board? But never mind i will vote for you. I always love your post, have learnt much from you.

Invest more to earn more, is a good idea btw :)

Great guide, Jerry. I just finished setting up a bitcoin node today and have plans to run others, including Steem. A little research goes a long way. Obviously, running any sort of node won't be very profitable, though it looks as though steem is one of the few to have returns with the potential to offset costs. Thanks for the information and keep doing what you do.

You will be top 20 soon!

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Thanks dor explaining everything so well

I wish I could become a witness but all that information is overwhelming for me D: I couldn't understand pretty well what the vote was for but I voted for you anyways xD
Have a nice witnessing

Wow, definitely not like mining at all. With Proof of Work mining, you can just turn on your GPUs and let them run till they burn out.

From what I'm seeing, Witness(ing) is a lot more hands-on, requires a lot more participation -- but that's the true brilliance of Steemit. By definition, for someone to become a witness, they are already doing all those things. Much-is-given = Much-is-expected working seamlessly hand-in-glove 👍

Another great post from our very own jerry..

I appreciate you explaining all this on here. I was still confused about a couple of points and you cleared it all up. Thank you! And have a lovely day

Congratulations @jerrybanfield!
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i wish i could write these long posts like u @jerrybanfield

nice post
very helpfull for me

Jerry, I liked this article and It really shows the possibilities of steemit.

wow i wanted to bookmark this post unfortunately there's no bookmark feature on steemit yet

I don't think I can get to that point in the near future but knowing doesn't hurt, right? thanks.

Very lonnnnng n full juicy informative stuff , just tell any steem user can vote to witnesses Low or more SP holding dsnt matter ?

Thanks for all the in depth and educational posts Jerry. Because of your videos I have delegated a large amount of my savings into steem power and am writing high quality posts regularly and loving it. I will definitely be becoming a witness.

Have you considered offering this as a service? helping others get setup as witnesses for a % of their earnings? or a one off fee?

I was curious about the witness program and decided to do a little reading today. Although just saying this was a good post doesn't seem to be what should be said, I do believe it was a good post and allowed me to understand what a steemit witness is/does. I didn't see what the minimum specs are for running a server to be a witness besides Ubuntu/Linux, although it may have been stated and I overlooked it. Will continue to do more research into it to further my understanding. Overall, good article.

Thanks! I upvoted you for witness, you deserve it !

This is awesome.
Thanks for sharing @jerrybanfield
I look forward to see more of your posts