Getting My Tribe on the #Steemtrain! Part 2: "Kenny's Keys for Steemit Success"

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While the concept of Steemit is pretty basic; post articles, earn STEEM, there are a ton of little ins & outs that one needs to navigate in order to be successful on the platform. In this post, I'm going to try to run through some of the most important things to remember when starting your Steemit career, and I've also got a collection of links to VERY in-depth guides for those who want to dive deeper.

a note before I begin:

I'm writing this series on Steemit, but I'm writing it for all of my tribe who aren't yet on Steemit, or who dipped a toe in the water, didn't make big money on their first post or two, and never logged into their account again. I'm writing it to help express how powerful an opportunity I feel like this platform is to the many beautiful content creators in my life. I want each of you to expand your audiences, find inspiration & community, and for your art to become a consistent conduit of abundance in your life.

Find the rest of my "Getting my Tribe on the Steemtrain!" series here:

Part 1: What is Steemit, How Does it Work, and Why am I Excited for You to Join Me on Steemit Part 2: "Kenny's Keys for Steemit Success" Part 3: "Kenny's Guide to Writing Your Introduction Post"

My qualifications in writing this

I've been here on Steemit for over a year now, I'm up to 966 followers and 1,118 posts, I've effectively lived off my Steemit income for most of the last year, I've on-boarded more than a dozen content creators, I've had a handful of posts that paid out over $200, I've spent dozens of hours walking people through their first steps on the platform, I've given away hundreds of SteemDollars worth of @randowhale votes through my # payitforward program...

Now, I am nowhere near one of the "big names" on Steemit. There are plenty of creators who break $200 in earnings on EVERY post, day after day; there are plenty of creators with 5x as many followers as I have (or more), not to mention the Witnesses, and those who invested heavily in STEEM when it was down under $0.50. There are a LOT of people on Steemit who have made LOTS of money, and who have built huge followings.

What I am is someone who has found great inspiration from Steemit, creating far more content since joining this platform than ever before. I've built a following from the ground-up (less than 50 of my followers are people who knew me before Steemit), I've been able to balance investment in the system and using my earnings here as my primary source of income, and I've put in a LOT of work to help make these things possible for others and build our community up.

All that said, don't have any expectations!

Yes, it's possible to earn thousands of dollars from Steemit. Yes, it's possible to put up a single post and earn hundreds of dollars. Yes it's possible to turn this into your full-time job. However, all of these things take time, a following, and putting out great content.

The key is to join Steemit for the higher-quality content, the community, and because earning is even possible here. Just because your post only made you $1.25 doesn't mean it wasn't great, it just means it earned you $1.25 more than it ever could have on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It takes time to build a following, and catching that whale vote is something that isn't just automatic.

If you create quality content, become part of the community, and stay persistent, you'll find success here.

Here's some of the key things I've found important in Steemit Success.

Get involved in the community. Join some of the amazing Steemit Communities, Projects, and Contests The Communities

There are 2 main communities that exist with a focus on helping new Steemians, building the community, and making everyone's experience here better:

The biggest community that has formed around steemit is the Minnow Support Project, with thousands of users on our Discord server, multiple upvote bots, contests, and the support of witnesses like @aggroed, @ausbitbank, @canadian-coconut, @teamsteem, and @theprophet0 The oldest community is #minnowsunite, one that I have been proud to be part of for the last year, run by @cryptohustlin, @cmtzco, and @alchemage. We've got a Discord Server, as well as a growing curation-bot-swarm. Contests

Steemit Culinary Challenge Steemit Photo Challenge Steemit Open Mic Spanish Challenge

Use your votes wisely, it's how you spread wealth

Up-voting content is one of your biggest powers in the world of Steemit. Together, over the course of it's 7-day payout-span, the Steemit community decides how much "value" a post has, based on upvotes & flags. Each time you up-vote someone's post or comment, you're saying that it adds value to the Steemit platform. Now, as a brand new member of the community, your STEEMPower is going to be pretty low, and your vote will most likely not add much. It's still good to get in the habit of voting for good content, and being mindful of how many votes you use. With the current voting system, you get about 10 votes per day at full power. (You'll have no option except full power, until you hit somewhere around 450 SP, when you get a slider) You have a few options in the way that you vote, and there are different opinions from different parts of the community about what is "best", but as you all know I prefer a let-them-do-as-they-will approach rather than trying to control people. Personally, I spread my votes across my friends & family, projects that I support (like @minnosupport, @treeplanter, @wearechange-co), some posts that catch my eye from my feed, vegan recipes, and finally new folks introduceyourself posts when I have more time to just browse.

Check out some of the MANY useful Steemit tools to help ease your way into the world

There are a LOT of 3rd party tools available to make your Steemit experience better.

Some of the basics like Steemd, SteemDB, and SteemStats are there to help you keep track of your complete history, your voting power, and a lot of other statistics that Steemit itself won't show you.

SteemVoter is there to help you maximize the effectiveness of your voting, especially as someone who isn't going to spend all your time browsing & curating. You can sign up, and connect a Steemit account (with Private Posting Key, NOT password {See the difference here}), and set it up to vote on specific creators, with a set voting power and time delay. You get just a few "rules" for free, and you can pay 3 SBD/month to get premium, where you have 500 rules (thus 500 people you can upvote).

The Lint Tool is something you're going to need if you plan to share your Steemit posts on FaceCrook. For some reason, FB often doesn't catch the previews of Steemit posts, but this tool will fix that for you. Much gratitude to @lukestokes for creating this guide introducing the tool.

SteemConnect is a way to delegate Steem Power to someone else. By delegating SP, you maintain ownership of it, but give the use of that SteemPower/Voting Power to another account. This is done to help new members, people can rent SP to increase their influence, and many use this feature to create collaborative voting bots. For a full walkthrough of delegating, check out this article by @timcliff.

There are a LOT more tools in the steemit world, there's even an entire website called www.steemtools.com, which is creating a directory of these tools. Personally, I would not recommend using anything without knowing how to read the code, or having someone you trust vet it for you. Don't ever give anything but your private posting key to any of these tools. If it asks for your password or active key, be wary.

It's a good idea to start getting a feel for the platform before you start posting articles. Find some creators to follow, start commenting and getting involved in conversations, and when you're ready to step into the arena, open with an introduction post. The introduceyourself tag is one of the most popular, and using it in your first post will help garner you some early followers, and maybe even a whale vote. I won't go into too much detail about an introduction right now, as that's all of what Part 3 of the #steemtrain series is about. Let's just say it's very important (it is your first impression after all), and I've broken it down into a step-by-step process I'll be sharing with you.

Make sure you're "following" everyone whose content you want to see

Your "feed" or home page (what comes up at www.steemit.com/@yourusername) is a compilation of all the recent posts by everyone you're following, plus any posts that they re-steem (same as FB's sharing). If you keep your "following" list full of the people you want to see, you can always go look at that list if you need to find folks again, and I've found that new users will often find someone they enjoy, and follow many of the people that creator is following, so it's another means of promoting great content.

Be mindful of your Re-Steems

I say to be mindful of your re-steems for 2 reasons: their power, and something I see as a minor issue in their functionality at the moment. When you re-steem a post, you are sharing it to your "blog" wall/front page, and you are sending it to the feeds of every one of your followers. This is a GREAT way to help spread creators & posts that you are excited to share, and is especially a great tool when used by a community, where everyone re-steems the content that they enjoy from their tribe, thus maximizing everyone's exposure.

The only issue right now is that re-steems are permanently on your blog, which can lead to things looking pretty messy if you re-steem a lot of content. I'm guessing that in the near future (remember, Steemit is still in beta), there will be a way to remove re-steems from your wall, whether it happens automatically or we just get an option.

For everyone in my tribe that joins Steemit, I will be re-steeming your introduceyourself post to my almost 1000 followers! Get to know some of the curation bots

There are a wide variety of curation bots on Steemit, some for sending upvotes (like @randowhale, @minnowbooster, @discordia, and @treeplanter), some for locating plagiarism (like @cheetah), or are even fundraisers for great projects (like @treeplanter) (Photo Source)

Some of the bots

| @booster | @cheetah | @crowdfundedwhale | | @discordia | @minnowbooster | @msp-lovebot | | @muxxybot | @randowhale | @treeplanter |

Some tips specific to posting articles 1. Make your title catchy

When someone is scrolling through their feed, or through a specific tag/category, they are decided what to read based on the thumbnail image, the title, and then the first sentence of the article. If your post names stand out, give people an idea what they're in for, make them laugh, or otherwise are actually engaging, your chances of getting new readers are greatly improved. For my audience on the platform at least, I've found that 2-part titles often do very well, something like: "Kenny's Crumbly Chocolate Cake: A Raw Vegan Dessert that feels Decadent". (No, that's not a real recipe)

2. Your first image is your thumbnail, choose wisely

For the same reasoning as the previous item, it is very important to put an eye-catching image as the first one in your article. It doesn't matter where in the article it actually appears, the first image is going to become your thumbnail image. Not only is the thumbnail what people see when they're scrolling through their feeds, but it is also the image that will appear if you share your post to FB, Reddit, in the Steemit.chat channels, etc.

3. Make sure that your posts use plenty of images/video

A good rule of thumb is that each full desktop screen should contain at least part of an image, so your readers are never looking at an entire screen of nothing but text. Keeping lots of imagery, color, and different shapes on the screen keeps people engaged, breaks up reading in a great way, and helps make your post look really professional.

If you use any photos that are not your own, be sure to properly source those images. For just one image, I'll often put the link right underneath the image itself, as a hyperlink; if I use multiple images from other people, I'll usually put a list of all of them at the bottom of the post.

4. You get 5 tags for each post, use them (all) wisely

For each post that yo create, you are allowed to use 5 "tags". This includes the tags in the box below where you type your post, AND actual # hashtags inside of your post. Though there can be multiple appearances of the same # hashtag throughout those locations. Don't worry, if you try to use more than 5, the system won't let you post your content without fixing that. Tags are basically a categorizing system for Steemit. If you go to the front page (or your feed), you'll see this list of "tags and topics", and any one of them you click will bring you to the "trending" page for that tag, though you can easily change to new, hot, or promoted at the top left of the page. The importance of tags is that they are how people see your content, especially when you don't have a follower-base yet.

5. Just because you clicked "POST", doesn't mean your work is done

It's important to promote & spread your post out to as wide an audience as you can, both to benefit your post, and to help spread Steemit to more people. Whatever outlets you already use, I would highly recommend sharing your Steemit content there. The more outreach you do to get your followers & friends from other platforms onto Steemit, the more of them that can begin making money as well, and you all empower each other more.

If you have a Facebook "page", I would post your link there first, and share that post from your personal account and into groups (this allows you to keep track of total reach). If you have an issue with FB not showing a decent preview for your link, just use this tool.

Among the wider options like sharing to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, personal website, Steemit has it's own places to share your links as well, including a variety of www.steemit.chat channels, the @minnowsupport Discord Server, and the #minnowsunite Discord Server

6. Make sure you do not have "upvote post" checked when posting

This one is no longer such an issue, as they just recently changed the default to "no" instead of "yes". If you want to vote on yourself, do so 30 minutes after your post goes live, it nets you more curation rewards.

Finally, here are some other, more in-depth guides to Steemit

@teamsteem's Ultimate Steemit Guide @reggaemuffin's Complete Guide to What is Steem(it) @walkingkey's Complete Guide to Steemit Success

A perpetual state of gratitude is there for us always, we just have to choose it. If you enjoyed this post, and want to support my work in the physical & digital worlds, please consider following me and up-voting (maybe even re-steeming) this post. I am in a perpetual state of abundance, and I am grateful and appreciative of it Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kennysconsciouskitchen Bitcoin: 1FhTQQB7QD9xh4t3VqeenZFfCtf5uZAzMt ETH: 0xf350af8bd751d10b8ed43d97a9a05a26b6d83005 DASH: XqrFJtPDdkFJtN2iamYfWZxDvGVunQWuEX ETC: 0xd2f7a6e2b87d78b0d65e6b3da7b8461ec0d3b6fc Augur: 0xf350af8bd751d10b8ed43d97a9a05a26b6d83005