In recent days I’ve seen a couple of posts about established Steemit users discovering Steemit users who were creating amazing content but weren’t getting their content noticed.
And I’ve also stumbled across a few Steemit users myself who really deserved much larger rewards and recognition than they are receiving. And not just from the perspective of quality content creation. I have encountered highly active and very passionate Steemit users who simply deserve encouragement to continue working on their skills as a content creator. We can’t only reward those who create outstanding content, the users who are working hard to develop their craft need reward as well.
Based on these observations, it seems that it is getting harder to get noticed on Steemit these days.
I believe it’s partly due to the volume of content being created. But it may also be because we spend way too much time screaming about the disaster that is the trending page and commenting on the low quality content that we find there. It could also be the fact that we’re all simply too busy creating our own content to spend lots of time trawling through the various feeds and tags that we enjoy creating content for.
Whatever the reason is, it can be hard to get noticed these days. I am thankful that I joined Steemit just prior to a large influx of new users in late 2017. I was able to establish myself here reasonably quickly, even with a few blunders and hard learned lessons along the way. These days I have a lovely group of followers who I interact with on a daily basis and a bunch of people who I follow and communicate with often.
This means that when I post content, I know that there will be at least a few people who will read my material. But not everyone is this fortunate.
What if no-one is paying attention to your content? What do you do then?
Well, firstly, don’t give up. It is insanely easy to feel discouraged and walk away from the platform. But with the continual and rapid development of new applications, features and services on the Steem blockchain, the last thing you want to do is walk away. Steemit will look incredibly different in 3, 6 or 12 months time, and you’ll want to be here to see what it’s like then. I am extremely positive about the Steem and Steemit and am here for the long haul, and I encourage everyone to keep working at building your presence here, keep working on building your base of Steem Power, and work hard at becoming an integral part of the Steemit community.
So you need to find ways to integrate yourself into the Steemit community. You need to build a following of active Steemit users, and you need to create content that will receive upvotes and a high level of engagement from other Steemit users.
There are number of things you can do to achieve this. Not all of these things are common sense. Some of the ideas below may even force you out of your comfort zone, but bare with me. Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing when it comes to content creation.
Let’s start with the most obvious way to get noticed.
We hear it all the time; comment on other people’s posts and it’s possible that people will check out your profile and follow you as a result.
I’m sure there are people here that don’t believe this will happen. But it does. I can’t count how many accounts I check after seeing a good comment under someone’s post. And I’ll often go through and upvote their most recent post by that user if I like it as well.
The thing with commenting though, is that you can’t do it with the expectation that you will receive upvotes and followers as a result. Your comment MUST be genuine. So to do this you have to find content that you genuinely enjoy. Can’t find content you like? Then you’re not looking hard enough or in the right places.
Spam comments are blatantly obvious, as with comments that are simply designed to receive upvotes. Genuine comments are the only ones that I personally pay attention to.
A little challenge for you is to provide a comment that isn’t overwhelmingly positive about someone’s post. Try leaving some constructive criticism on someone’s post and see how they respond. My bet is that you’ll gain a new follower as a result. On a platform where you can earn money just by leaving a nice comment, it’s rare to see people being truly honest about what they see.
My strategy with commenting is very simple. I’m honest with people. If I see something I don’t like, I’m not about to pretend that I do. If I feel there’s a need to point out an error, I will. And I’ve never been flagged for my honesty. If anything, I’ve probably received more upvotes and followers for it.
Another important thing with commenting is that you need to ensure you have some quality content under your profile before you start commenting. If someone checks out your profile after seeing one of your bitingly honest comments and only sees a few memes that you’ve published on dMania, they’re not likely to become a follower.
I wrote a post about contests quite recently so I won’t spend too much time on it here. But if you’re new to Steemit then contests are the best way to get yourself in front of new people and receive recognition for your work. I still enter contests to this day for the simple fact that it forces me to write about something that I may not normally write about, they might give me an opportunity to learn about something new, and that it puts me in front of new people with every competition that I enter.
The added bonus is that you’ll also be in a position to win some excellent prizes. If you’re not sure where to start with contests then simply check out the #contests tag or some of the more well known contest accounts such as @originalworks and @photocontests.
Try some of the many dApps on Steemit
When I hit a creative rut a while back I decided to start making video content instead of writing posts. This lead me to creating beer reviews and other content on @dtube which proved to be an excellent decision.
Firstly, it took me well and truly out of my comfort zone. I never thought that I would be someone who would get in front of a camera to create videos but I did, and in time, I really enjoyed it.
Creating video content is challenging, there’s a lot to learn. And while I never became skilled at it, I learnt a lot and I’m thankful that I chose to give it a shot. I also put my account in front of a lot of new people, and gained a lot of new followers as a result.
You might be thinking that you’d never get in front of a camera, well that’s fine. What other types of video can you create? Can you create something artistic? Can you interview people? How about filming your cat doing something stupid? There are a lot of options with video and it’s well worth trying to see what you can create.
But you’re not just limited to video content, what about @dsound? Can you turn your posts into podcasts rather than only creating written content? What about streaming your gaming activities on @dlive?
And if you’re into photography, you have dApps such as @steepshot that you can upload your content to as well.
There are a tonne of options available to you and new dApps and services on Steemit are becoming available every week. For example, I’ve started creating my posts using @steempress.io which is a relatively new WordPress plugin that allows my WordPress blogs to be automatically posted to Steemit. By doing this I’m posting under the #steempress tag which puts my content in front of a new audience again. And because of this I might gain some new followers.
Find your favourite Discord channel
There are a huge number of active Steemit users on Discord, and many of us spend way too much time chatting there rather than spending that time creating fresh and new content for our Steemit profiles.
You’ll find me in the #TeamAustralia channel on the Peace, Abundance and Liberty (PAL) server on a very regular basis. On the PAL server, you’ll find a large number of rooms that are centred around a variety of themes and topics. There are also a number of rooms for which ever country you may be from and this is a great place to start if you’re new to Discord.
Why would you head over to Discord to meet your fellow Steemians? For the simple fact that you’ll more than likely meet some like-minded people who can encourage you, provide you with inspiration for content creation, and teach you a few things about how to succeed in this great big Steemit world of ours.
For example, I would never have discovered the #TeamAustralia group if I hadn’t randomly clicked on a Discord invite link one day that I discovered in a fellow Australian’s post. And if I hadn’t done that I would never have become a part of the vibrant #TeamAustralia community and met some amazing people. I’ve even met a number of these people face to face which I never expected would happen when joining Steemit.
At the end of the day, getting your content in front of your fellow Steemit users isn’t overly complex. It might take a few attempts before you succeed but you have a variety of tools at your disposal to succeed.
Commenting is the easiest way to meet new people, so find content you enjoy and let the author know what you thought of their material. Contests are being run all the time, and many run weekly, such as the #BeerSaturday competition that I participate in every single week. You have the many dApps to try and use. And I personally encourage you to try them all. You then have the active communities in Discord, there are countless, so head on over to Discord and check them out.
And if you want to find me on Discord, I go by the same name there as I do here. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have and/ or help you out if I’m able to.
Most importantly, get out of your comfort zone and try something new! No one will laugh at you for learning a new skill.