3 Powerful Ways to Ethically Maximize Your Hive Earnings, Faster

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If you have a lot of liquid fiat cash then maximizing Hive earnings is a lot easier. Most of us are not in that situation so we need to work harder for our rewards.

Today I want to share how you can work harder AND smarter, to maximize the rewards you get from Hive while avoiding annoying anyone. Hopefully.

1. Maximum Effort Blogging

One of the things that frustrate me to see on Hive is people expecting high rewards for blog posts that look like this:

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Two things happen when you put very little effort in:

  1. You have a buddy (or a sock puppet account) who upvotes you with a whale vote so it doesn't matter what you put out.
  2. Your post gets very little rewards or even downvoted.

Either way, if you do this, then nobody likes you.

Take this account below, for example. It could be very useful, but instead, it is plagiarism - just a purely automated feed that takes headlines and pumps them continuously to Hive with no added value.

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We are not on Hive to read headlines from elsewhere.

What is YOUR take on this news? How will it impact us, what are they not saying, should we take action on this change in events?

Most of all, give us a reason to read YOUR version of the story versus go to the source of your headline.

Oh, and before we go further, a sure sign that you are an amateur is calling a single blog post a "blog". A blog is a collection of articles, a single article is a blog post.

As a community, we worked against the folks who wanted to trick the system to get un-earned rewards. Don't be one of those people.

Instead bring something fresh, new, unique, valuable. Put in the effort.

Do the best you can to proofread, format, and polish.

I will be posting more about how you can elevate your blog posts above the crowd, but just by going the extra mile, you will already separate your work from the minimum-effort folks.

2. Multiple Posts Per Day

When I joined Steem back in the day I was told repeatedly to only post once per day.

What I have figured out is there is some nuance.

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Most people will do better by taking the advice in point one above - make one really excellent blog post.

If you are willing to put in a massive effort, then you can post more than once.

To avoid the complaints and downvotes, don't post them to your own blog - use the tribes/communities/front-ends to silo the articles where they belong. That will mean your followers are less likely to be bombarded with your content.

Seriously, though, put in the effort like the articles will be all you post this week. Don't phone it in!

3. Comment Like It's Your Job

In Hive, if the coin is King, then the community is Queen. If we really work at it, I think we could make the Hive community valuable with or without the currency. That might be a delusion on my part.

On the days when Hive isn't worth very much financially, I am still rewarded by the people I get to talk to here.

What many people forget is that you can vote on comments and have your comments voted on.

Plus, you can comment hundreds of times per day!

This is where some people think "spam bot" but ... don't.

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The best approach, and the one that makes friends and not enemies, is to post carefully crafted comments that ...

  1. Add to the conversation.
  2. Show that you have both read and understood what the author was saying.
  3. Makes sense and has correct grammar, spelling.
  4. Invites further comment, a discussion rather than "great post!"
  5. Allows or even invites others to participate.

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Remember right up there we discussed minimum effort blog posting? I put more effort into my comments than many people put into their articles, and I get rewarded for it.

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Over to You!

What have you found works best for us cash-poor Hivers? Will you try commenting more? Could you put more effort into your blogging? Have you already tried and got results to share?

Please comment and keep the discussion going (See point #3!)



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Tbh I'm not sure I fully agree with your second point. I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with posting multiple times per day but there are some issues associated with it. Firstly, each article does show up in a persons feed. Maybe not in all front end platforms but it does in peakd. So it does bombard a persons feed a little, at times. More importantly though, I think the fact that most people have autovote trails sort of muddy's the situation a bit. Realistically, much of the rewards for posts come from autovotes. Even the photo you posted above shows that. It's not a coincidence that all four posts earned the same amount within $1 of each other. Reward pool rape could become an issue.

There's no judgement from me towards people posting multiple times a day, especially if they are effortful, but I am leery towards multiple posts per day consistently. If everyone takes this advice to heart I would be a bit worried about a situation in which, everywhere you turn, every community, you're seeing the same authors over and over again.

I'm not totally against it but there are things to consider. Just Food for thought and for discourse.

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I'm not totally against it but there are things to consider. Just Food for thought and for discourse.

Completely appreciate your points, and it is doubtful many people could do multiple high quality posts per day unless it was their full-time job (in which case at current Hive levels they would be better off as a freelance writer earning $0.10 per word and buying Hive with any leftover cash.

Putting your efforts into one (or maybe two) massively useful posts per day is likely the optimum.

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I agree that some people can pull it off, I just think there are ways of "gaming the system" on Hive and I wouldn't want to see large swaths of people who are like:

"Well, I start my day with my daily reflections post, then I head over to the food tribe where I talk about my dinner from the night before, then I bang out a good book review in another tribe, followed by some photos of my daily walk. Then at night before I settle in I talk crypto in with the leo finance folks. As long as I add two photos and 700 words I can earn about $20-40 per post."

This does happen lol.

Putting your efforts into one (or maybe two) massively useful posts per day is likely the optimum.

Yeah I agree.

So where can one earn 0.10 per word doing freelance writing?

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The venues are shrinking in number since managers started asking for "content" to fill up boxes instead of wanting actual writers, but they still exist (especially technical writing, or where the writer is expected to know SEO etc). A lot of places moved to a flat-rate so to earn a good rate it is about being fast and knowing the rules. This isn't just because they want to squeeze value for money though, it is good now in the digital era that we don't have to arbitrarily match column inches and word counts.

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Great list of hacks @makerhacks. I follow 1 & 3 by heart. Working on 2. 😋

Would like to add one more - As a newbie, participating in contests is quite helpful to get the initial boost and eyeballs.

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Contests are something I have yet to try but I was just talking to @themarkymark about me running some to reward Authority Blogger participation.

The trick is making it so the contest doesn't get spammed, where it encourages only the best efforts and behavior.

Do you have any good examples for me to check out that you can remember?

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We all really have what is best or would I say is really working for us on the blockchain. I believe not everyone is really a blogger or have the ability to write long post which is why I appreciate some communities for giving individuals in the blockchain to participate in some contest or post that relates to what the community has to offer. One thing I believe is that the best way to boost or make one account grow is by socializing with others by commenting on their post like you said which is also a way of showcasing yourself in other to progress and this act shouldn't just be once but consistently and I believe it will definitely work out.

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One thing I believe is that the best way to boost or make one account grow is by socializing with others by commenting on their post

Yep, thoughtful comments go a long, long way toward letting people get to know you - especially comments that take the conversation further. It is worth putting in the extra time rather than trying to get in early like many of the bots do.

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You're right, all are the best way to Improve on hive blockchain. But

Makes sense and has correct grammar, spelling.

Remember English is not everyone first language, some can't express their self well with the language. Therefore I think the writer should make it comment or content so simple for readers to understand. Infact too much of grammar is not needed.

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Remember English is not everyone first language

Oh yes, agreed! There is no way I could comment on even languages I learned at school and get my point across well, so I am especially impressed by anyone who can write multiple languages :)

I just meant the higher rewarded comments are usually the ones that impact more people, the ones that stand out. That said, tools such as Grammarly are free and can help a lot.

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I see a lot of Hive users worry about the letter of the "law" and not color of the law.

Self-voting and multiple posts are delicate subjects for some and I don't think they should be. That's is a bit of a segway, but I do absolutely agree that good content and comments are what this is all about.

We should remember to focus on the people we are trying to serve. That is a grind, but what a rewarding grind it is. We will always get more out of giving over time. Commenting (engaging) is probably the most powerful activity on here and seemingly so under-appreciated.

As far as rules go, its way too early for all that. We should just do whatever we think is best and respectful and not worry. Sadly, that's not the way of humanity. The reward pool can really muddy morality - or it can add value like society has never seen before.

I guess its up to us to decide.

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We should remember to focus on the people we are trying to serve. That is a grind, but what a rewarding grind it is. We will always get more out of giving over time.

Exactly!

Having a service mentality is not just a good habit, but also allows us to lead with empathy, which as it turns out is also the best approach strategically.

This isn't the place for me to get all spiritual, but I do believe there is a truth to "what you put out comes back". When we are grasping, angry, etc it doesn't just amplify our own emotions but they transmit to others. On the other hand when we do good we also tend to do well :)

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We should just do whatever we think is best and respectful and not worry.

I think this approach tends to work on Hive for the most part because the community has a way of demonstrating what it likes and what it doesn't like. It rewards behavior it likes (votes), and in some cases punishes behavior it doesn't (downvotes or lack of vote). Hive is a free market afterall.

I think it only becomes a problem (for the individual) when a person does what they want, has a certain expectation for themself and the community regarding rewards, then gets angry when things don't go their way and they refuse to change their behavior based on the markets feedback.

I think problems arise when hubris and entitlement are at play. Luckily it's rare though.

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This is actually great advice! Definitely important to note that if someone is just starting out, posting one post a day or even less is probably the best - simply to get used to writing, make sure you put enough effort in, and so on.

I have to make meaningful comments as a part of the curating that I do, so I rarely have time to do it in the communities I actually follow and post in the most - this is something I want to work on, sneak in a few every day!

I treat HIVE blogging as a fun way to chill after work - I have to say my posts have been mildly successful and I'm happy with where I'm at - I plan to expand to write on more communities and keep posting at least once a day!

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I treat HIVE blogging as a fun way to chill after work

That is a good way to do it. I use Hive as my coffee break activity (and also when meetings are long and boring, shhhh 🤫).

One of the best things I did was to take facebook and twitter off of my phone, now when I need a hit of dopamine I come here instead!

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If someone is starting out, there may not be enough Resource Credits available to post daily. There could be, but that is not a given. Definitely engage with other people by commenting on their posts and with other commenters. Earnings from comments may not seem like much individually, but take one day's worth of comments which earned upvotes and it can be a good day for earning!

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I try to do a minimum of 10 quality comments per day. I also try to post twice a day. I used to do 4 times a day but my life has not allowed me to continue that. I had meteoric growth for a while, but it has tapered. That's to be expected. Consistency is key.

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Most of us will burn out if we try to post too much, I think the majority of us are better at focusing on quality over quantity, and on the days we CAN do more, perhaps scheduling one of the articles :)

Consistency is important for sure, we want people to associate our name popping up with good things - especially when many of the people voting add us to curation lists so need to trust we will deliver!

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Commenting is valuable in many ways 1 way that I haven't seen mentioned is practice. The more meaningful comments you write the more practice you get writing content. This eventually shows in your blog posts.

Though I agree multiple blog posts per day is great for improving your Hive presence. This only works if those posts are meaningful pieces of content. The more frequent you can leave great comments the more likely you will be able to write great blog posts quickly.

@hivebuzz has a nice little tour you can take to improve your hive experience (https://hivebuzz.me/) while earning badges.

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Comments are definitely good practice, and they are also good for testing ideas - if an idea in a comment sparks more ideas you know you have something there that can be made into a full article :)

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Maximum effort blogging is the ideal, although it may be at odds with publishing multiple posts daily. Perhaps this depends on the community and the topics covered there.

For posts which tend to be long, it helps to break up text with other elements such as various headings, lists where they make sense, one-column tables to highlight a point or to make an aside, and other creative uses of Markdown and HTML. Images help, too, but aren't necessary except for perhaps the cover image and horizontal rules.

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Absolutely, in fact my latest article is precisely about that!

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Testing what works is part of learning process for someone new in this amazing blockchain. So much to learn, so little time. At first, I don't concern myself much with the incetive for I didn't know how it works. To me it's just an added bonus to the many insights I learned. However, when I realized a portion of the power of Hive with so many dapps built on it just last month, I thought why not do it the right way? Save a portion of your income, buy tokens of your preferred dapps and communities, stake them, and then upvote and post engaging comments. As your stake grows, the value of both your author and curation reward will grow with it. That of course requires a long-term focus for someone whose monthly income is just 300 USD.

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The good news is people who stay and put in the work get rewarded longer term, I have had months where I didn't do anything here and I see people who joined at the same time have so much more HP stored up. I know that is my own fault :)

for someone whose monthly income is just 300 USD

This gives me a lot of good perspectives because I am privileged living in Canada and working a middle-management job, what I can mistake as a small reward could be huge for someone where the wages are lower.

Knowing this, I have powered down a portion of my Hive to start giving out spot prizes and competition rewards for Authority Bloggers members, to encourage effort and growth! Perhaps the $Hive and the recognition will help keep people motivated :D

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Knowing this, I have powered down a portion of my Hive to start giving out spot prizes and competition rewards for Authority Bloggers members, to encourage effort and growth! Perhaps the $Hive and the recognition will help keep people motivated :D

Yes, both appreciation and incentive work! That's a great idea!

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I come and go with Hive. Love reading, but still didn't get the hang of posting. When I start posting and interacting, I run out of resources fast. So I guess it's a matter of being more perseverant to have enough juice to interact at will. I do love the energy.

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It can be energy-draining, and also sometimes we fall short of ideas, but I find by talking to people the ideas come easier. Many of the comments just in this article's comment area could be made into full articles :)

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I will be posting more about how you can elevate your blog posts above the crowd, but just by going the extra mile, you will already separate your work from the minimum-effort folks.

I will really love to see more content that will help us grow in this community

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Very good information my friend
@makerhacks i agree with you
I think it takes people time to get it depending on how they Onboarded😎
Have the best weekend came from Listnerds

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Thanks for putting this together, It helps those like me, new on the trail.

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