DAY 8 STEEMIT: THE FOREIGN COUNTRY (FOR THOSE GETTING HERE FROM YT)
Get Paid For Your Content..... or not.
This post is a continuation of a series started by @weetreebonsai and continued by @daddykirbs. It is geared towards those arriving on steemit from YouTube, but will contain valuable information for others as well.
So, you heard that you can GET PAID here on steemit, right? Money does have a certain nice sound to it, doesn't it? I know that it probably sounds insane and like some sort scheme or scam or something, but soon enough you'll otherwise.
As I mentioned in the previous post, "getting paid" is a possibility, not a guarantee. Like many of us who've already joined the steemit community before you showed up, you think that getting paid sounds like a good possibility, and you're wondering how exactly it works.
Here in the steemit community there are basically three "kinds" of steemians. What kind of steemian one is is mostly based on Steem Power, which is the financial influence within our community. Have you ever wondered why some posts will a lot of upvotes do not earn very much and yet other posts with far fewer upvotes may be worth a lot more? Have you ever heard terms like Minnow, Dolphin, or Whale.
Basically, newer users start out as a minnow. They have very little Steem Power and their upvotes are not worth anything. As they post, comment, and interact, they begin to earn a bit on their posts and comments. Their reputation begins to rise upward from a 25 and they begin to have some Steem Power and SBD or STEEM in their wallets. Soon, they may be able to add a few cents to someone else's posts.
After a lot of hard work, they may eventually work their way to the point that they have tens of thousands of Steem Power. At this point they can potentially add a few dollars or more with each upvote. Usually these types of steemians are referred to as Dolphins. They are not longer Minnows, but they are certainly not Whales either.
Whales are the ones with A LOT of Steem Power. Depending on the value of STEEM, a full power upvote from a whale could even add hundreds of dollars to a single post. In the end, the goal of users who really want to earn a lot on steemit is to catch the attention of the Whales.
To get to the point of becoming a Dolphin or Whale just by posting and commenting may take a very long time, which is why many people have chosen to invest in steemit and power up the STEEM that they purchase. If you were willing to invest enough, you could become a whale overnight.
INVESTING CONTENT vs. WASTING CONTENT
If you've ever seen one of my posts, you have probably noticed this quote:
Don’t waste your time online, invest it with steemit.com
I came up with slogan a while back, and I think that it rings true. A lot of people spend a lot of time online. Others waste their time online. However, here on steemit, we can invest our time, because every comment, post, and even upvote can potentially give us something in return. When I can simply comment on someone else's post and possibly earn a few bucks for doing so, I call that an investment. Not every comment or post will give me a return on that investment, but some do!
Did you notice how I mentioned that "not every post will get me a return?" This is especially true for newer users. You may try making a few posts and never earn more than a few cents. There are two ways of looking at this.
The first way is that your material is "worth" more than that and it is obviously not worth your time to post on steemit. Many have chosen to conclude as such, and many have left steemit because of it. The other option is to realize that you are new, and have very few people who are even aware of you, much less consistently supporting you.
Often I tell people point blank, "Without good content you will not get noticed, but, until you get noticed you will use up a lot of good content." You may have to invest in your account by sharing a lot of "good material" that never gets a "good payout." If you cut back on the quality of the content because you are not getting the payouts that you desire, it may make it even harder for you to get good support and decent payouts.
Ultimately, it comes down to your mindset about whether you want to choose to view your posting on steemit as an investment in the possibility of getting paid or as a waste of your time.
Most of us have at least done something that could be considered as "creating content" previously in our life. For those coming to steemit from YouTube, it will most likely be video creation. For others it may be artwork, taking photos, writing short stories or poems, or even having your own online blog.
The point of steemit is not to repost the entire internet and document it on the blockchain. However, there is no reason why authors and content creators cannot also share their previous work here. If you have a video that you shared on YouTube a few years back and want to make a post out of it here, you are certainly free to do so. I would recommend adding at least a few sentences about it as well, to help us know what the video is of.
While it is less likely to happen with linked videos, there are some anti-plagiarism bots that help "keep steemit clean." Anyone who has ever tried to repost a post from a their own blog may have already round this out. Shortly after making their post on steemit with content already shared elsewhere online, they get an automated message sharing a link to the original source and notifying the readers of it. This is why I always recommend that steemians make sure to notify their readers if the content has ever been shared elsewhere online.
Here is a video I made a while back where I share about why YouTube content creators should also use steemit as a chance to potentially monetize their videos in another way.
Not only are you free to share content that you have previously created, I actually recommend it. However, there are a few things to consider when doing so.
"SUPPLY & DEMAND"
I believe that it is important for steemians to capture the attention of their audience. This is where a concept that I call "supply and demand" comes into play.
I once saw a user come over from YouTube and immediately they began sharing all sorts of their YouTube content. They were making posts every few minutes and making a few cents here and there for their posts. Ultimately, they were "flooding the market" with their content. It was overwhelming to even see, and no one would reasonably have the time to even check all of their videos out. The supply was incredibly large and there was no demand. Soon, they got frustrated and left steemit.
As a newer user, one thing to consider is daily posting. If you post at least once a day then anyone who begins to take an interest in your content can stop in every day to see what you are up to. If you do not post every day, no one will take a daily interest in you.
Additionally, if you are posting at least once a day, this gives other active users a daily chance to encounter your content and take an interest in you. If you have been creating content for a while already, then you may be ahead of the game and have a stockpile of potential content to share.
I'll be sharing a lot more of my advice tomorrow, and then handing this series off to @mericanhomestead. Hopefully this has provided some good insight into sharing in our community.
THE PREVIOUS POSTS IN THIS SERIES
This series has a lot of great information presented by a few Steemit users that have learned a few things. Follow along, vote and become a GREAT STEEMIAN!
So welcome to steemit, read, respond and be real.
cover image provided by @daddykirbs
Until next time…
Don’t waste your time online, invest it with steemit.com