Welcome to Steemit likely one of the most revolutionary blockchain related applications that exist today.
Likely you are here because you heard you can earn money from posting and upvoting quality content.
There are more new users than ever on Steemit which makes the prize pool more competitive, those publishers that are creative enough to earn the trust of a larger audience will always be the bigger winners at the end of the day.
Well this is quite correct but don't expect to suddenly start to earn thousands of $ worth of cryptocurrencies by spamming other people's posts with follow and upvote requests. Here is something interesting to read regarding spam on steemit by @rubenalexander
Don't get angry and impatient
In my personal experience it took me weeks until my first post got enough upvotes to make a dollar worth of steem. Im a slow learner but I kept insisting and as I had made an investment in steempower I felt the obligation to keep trying. Many a user here has quit steemit gone on a big rant and made a big fool of him/her self. That includes me I also had this problem but it had more to do with my personal situation and ongoing depression problems.
Keep posting, engage other posts that interest you and your follower count will increase and over time you will continue to earn more and more upvotes which will obv increase your payouts. Here is a relevant post from @fisteganos Have you noticed a potential drop in payouts
Tell your friends
Make sure that you spread the word of Steemit and other cryptocurrencies, on a daily basis I inform new people about the the amazing oportunity we have to reset most of our problems by switching on decentralization. I have been quite the advocate since my first blockchain transaccion early in 2014 and since then I have not stopped talking about cryptocurrencies to people and the change we need. Found a very cool article about converting your friends to Steemit written by @shenanigator Steemit recruitment
Buy Some Steem and convert to SP
If you are sitting on any spare change or fake paper money and dont need to spend it any time soon, why not convert it into Steem. This will increase your Steempower which in turn will allow for bigger curation rewards. The price is a big high right now but in a few years time when Steem is worth hundreds of dolars we will be laughing at the missed oportunity of not having purchased more steem while it was being given away. Here is a very interesting post by @fxminer about why to buy steem and invest in Steempower
Make sure you tag your posts properly
Before hitting that publish button make sure that you have selected the correct tags for your post. This will help users to find your content which is relevant to them in a much more organized and efficient manner. Check the most popular tags for posts if you are unsure about how to tag properly. Here is a post from @eroche that explains in better terms how to properly tag a post
Hope this has helped to guide the new Steemit user in the right direction
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