Bear Market Got You Down ~ Maximize Your Curation Efforts ~ I’ve Got the Formula that’s Guaranteed To Maybe, Probably, Almost, Ever-So-Slightly, Kind of Not Work

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With HF-21 turned HF-22, everyone is talking curation. Curation this and Curation that... blah blah blah Nobody builds a fire without first fanning the spark. Sounds fan fun doesn’t it? With the new 50/50 split in rewards, we’ve seen some big changes in all of the weird places. The trending page, for instance, it was like changing that babies diaper. Now that baby is allowed to run free without being weighed down by all that sh... ould we move on?? I think so because I isn't here to here to talk about poo, I is here to talk about curation rewards and how you can maximize yours. I'm talking little to know effort for maximum curation return. Sea eye misspelled thhatt on porpoise. You don't know effort until you no effort, feel me? Are you clickin what I’m scrollin? I don’t get myself sometimes either, no worries. By the Way Steem.dao is set at a 75% beneficiary, how neat is that??

I believe to maximize our curation rewards, we need to first seek out and find those top paid authors on Steem so we can collectively ride their curtails to crazy curation rewards. You know what else this will do? It will give those top authors the recognition they deserve for their hard work and dedication to this great platform. You know... That glorious spot on the trending page.

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So, you know how it is, you go cruise around and upvote that occasional trending post and typically you are late to the party. “Dang, this one already has 500 votes!” Yet you toss your vote in the pond anyway. You don't read it, you just vote it. You aren't chasing engagement... nope! Won’t be doin none of that! Curation is what we’re after! Rewards, not that engagement stuff. Ok, Ok to make things fair, go ahead and engage with a sentence and an emoji like so.

I 🤎 this post!
Sorry for the brown heart, I’m still stuck on the baby diaper idea

See there, you just engaged, now you don't feel too bad for just upvoting and moving on, do you? When it comes to engagement, first make sure there isn't a whole lot of that engagement stuff going on in the post. You see, the less engagement there is on the post, the more likely one of those top rewarded authors on Steem will notice you. We will come back to this engagement topic later on when we start giving these top authors a Curation score. One quick note: Make sure you change it up when engaging. Don't copy/paste and Get all Spammy Spammerson with it or else you could get your hand slapped for spamming. Put just a touch of sincerity and a dash of “I won’t respond to your response anyway” and you’re on the road to Steem success. Always, now repeat after me, “always use an emoji!” It is of the utmost importance that you do this. It adds just enough flare to your comment to attract the attention of the Author.

Emoji lives matter too

Alright, but nobody wants to just occasionally curate an occasional trending post with an occasional 500 upvotes behind it... occasionally. We need occasional consistency!! We need to dig deep into the Steem-O-Sphere and search out the Top Rewarded Authors of Steem. Because believe it or not, the some of Steem’s top paid authors never make the "Trending" page. Go ahead, ask yourself this question:

Self, how does a top 10 rewarded author on Steem rarely, if ever, make it to the trending page?"

I’m bewildered, stumped, clueless, and I’m a lot of this too! Honestly, I have no idea how the top paid authors are top paid and not trending at the same time and, speaking of time, I think it’s time we fix that.

Could you imagine your favorite sports team never having televised games? I can’t! Or what about your favorite toilet paper being out of stock? Useless! What good is being the best if nobody sees you? I can’t imagine a top 10 paid author on any platform, especially #steem, being that selfish keeping all that potential bottled up and not putting their work on display.

With all our curation efforts, we can get those Top Rewarded Authors of Steem recognized and bring them to their full potential! Let’s just refer to these authors as TRAS - “Top Rewarded Authors of Steem.” Please don’t be a jerk and add an H to the end, totally uncalled for and unnecessary. edit “TRAOS”. There, I added an O for offensive “Of” to make it not so offensive. Moving on... The best and easiest way to find TRAOS for the month is HERE If they are the TRAOS... you can become the Top Rewarded Curator of Steem - TRCOS

I’m going to let you in on a little secret when it comes to maximizing your minimal effort curation maximization plan. Shhh don’t go telling everyone this. It’s just between you (the couple of people that read my posts) and me. Posting one post per day that earns you a big reward isn’t what you want. Not to mention the hundreds of votes they rake in along with that. It’s like splitting a pie 1,000 ways, you’re left with crumbs.

I’m Talking About:

Compound Curation, that’s right! STACK those curation rewards! There’s no better way to grow your Steem Stake than Steem Stacking. One author can provide A-LOT of potential curation rewards by their multiple postings each day. Now that isn't the only aspect we need to look at when maximizing our curation efforts. There are a few other factors that help determine if you should ride the author to Curation glory. So, using a complex formula involving 5 key stats —

  • Posts Per Day
  • Votes Per Post
  • Trending Posts
  • Post Reward
  • Engagement

We will come to a Curation Score. The formula is one of my own, however, at this time, I’m not feeling too inclined to share it with everyone. I might at the end of this but you are gonna have to stick with me until then. It is so complex, I don’t even know how to use it or if it even works.


Maximize Your Curation

Let's just navigate to and take a look at the Top Rewarded Authors of Steem according to the link I just shared. Ok.... @burnpost isn't what I would call an author so they have been removed for the sake of curation rewards and this article. We want Curation Rewards <>DANG IT!!! Let's scroll down to the next one...


Alright as far as curation goes... this one is a gold mine!!! A Jacked Pot if you will! Compound Curation up the Yoo-hoo! Due to multiple postings a day, as an added bonus, you’ll be able to stake your little slice of engagement in there also. Don’t forget that emoji or 2 or 3. 🙈 👌 😎💩 Hot Dang!! Look at all of those active posts in the last 7 days!!! That’s dang near 5 posts a day!! That’s 5X Compound Curation!!! SCORE!!!

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The vote count per post typically is around 100 with this user so I think you could get a good piece of that tasty curation pie. All the while, helping get this top paid Author get nudged a little closer to that beloved trending page. This goes back to our favorite sports team that nobody can see, what’s the point? As basically the #1 Top Rewarded Author of Steem, why isn’t there any trending page glorification??? Want to know another secret? This lack of being on the trending page also increases the users curation score, “cha-ching!” I see lots of positive things here so let’s get this one setup for some serious curation.

Simply go to - Log in with Steemconnect - click Fan Base - Select the user you want to autovote - set your parameters - you should consider placing your voting time at 4.7892 minutes or 4.8 if you want to round it up. With this user posting frequently, you have to be careful with your voting mana. "Mana, whatchu talkin' about?" Sorry for doing that, my bad, this is no laughing mana! 4-5 upvotes a day on this one at 100% will use up almost have your voting mana for maximum curation.

So, after I ran the numbers through my complex formula, the one that’s so complex I don’t even know how to use it, I calculated a score for this user.

Curation Score ~ 10/10


Alright let’s go to the next one and see how they score. Can they even come close to touching the previous user?

Oh, wow!! This one has some big rewards coming in that are double and sometimes even triple what the previous user had. Could this be even better? Let's get a piece of that curation pie! We’ll at least try anyway. Hold up, only 17 active posts in 7 days. That’s barely over 2 posts a day. The Compound Curation of this user is lacking. Gimme that 10X - I want a 10X!! Not a measly 2!!

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Votes per post typically run between 3-400. Rewards are 3-4X the previous user but so are the votes. It’s looking pretty even in this department. Engagement seems minimal at times but somewhat decent. I guess it just depends on what your idea of decent is. So, pick and choose your engagement wisely, now let's check the trending.... Yep, this user loses some points for having several posts hitting the trending page. This users score takes a direct hit for that one. We don't want to see these users in trending. We need to fly under the radar so that no one else notices. This user scores...

Curation Score ~ 6/10



The Compound Curation on this one is pretty low. Just 10 active posts over the last 7 days, roughly 1.5 posts per day. That is crap without an emoji and crap 💩 with one if you’re looking for that 1 user to hook you up with Compound Curation.

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Typically, this user is getting rewards over $20. Curation seems pretty promising there. As for the amount of votes... I would say they average 250. Your slice of the curation pie isn’t too bad with this one but let’s take a look at engagement opportunities. Seems to have some engagement with some back and forth chit-chat. I would say if you actually feel like reading a post and want to chat a bit, this user might be the one for you. As far as flyby engagement, it’s iffy, which equals a Low Compound Curation. Vote to reward ratio is pretty good but there is that trending thing again. Ka-Pow That gives this user a little smack down in the curation score department. This user gets...

Curation Score ~ 5/10


Alright, who’s next on the list? We need another one that gets us up in the 8-10 range.

With 15 active posts over the past 7 days, our Compound Curation is just above a 2X. It’s not bad but it’s better than a poke in the eye. Even eye can tell you that. (insert emoji) 👁

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Oh, ya! We see some really nice rewards here. I mean, who am I kidding? All of these users should be getting great rewards... “Hello!!!” Top Rewarded Authors of Steem TRAOS!! Close to an average of $20 per post give or take. As for engagement, it’s really hit and miss on this one. You are gonna have to do a bit of sniping if you’re gonna get your engagement sentence in. As for votes, this one is throwing a pretty big party. At an average of around 400 votes per post, that sure doesn’t leave much to maximize your curation effortless efforts. Unfortunately, this user is rarely trending so they get some point reductions there. My formula could get fried with this one but....

Curation Score ~ 7/10


Let’s see what the next user has for us wannabe TRCOS’...

Nothing to see here, they are just keeping Steem Streets clean is all. With this user only having 7 active posts in the last 7 days, compound Curation is just 1 to 1 which is equal to 1 to 1 which is pretty weak.

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This user totally broke my formula machine! Springs and bolts shot everywhere. “Boinng-g-g!” But it resulted in quite an amazing score. Bewildering I might add and darn right confusing.

Curation Score ~ 22.653/10 ???


Well, I guess there is only one thing I can do, move on to the next TRAOS...

I sure hope the “king” in this user’s name can provide us with some King time Compound Curation. Well, that idea wasn't totally squashed. This user has 15 active posts in the last 7 days. We’ve seen bigger numbers but it’s better than 14 even though it does net just a little over 2X in compound curation.

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Let’s see here... averaging around $20 per post while taking in close to 500 upvotes per post... I ain’t no pool repair guy but that doesn’t leave much of that Curation pie laying around that we can scoop up and put in our little Steem piggy bank. This is a perfect one for your snappy little engagement sentence here. Pretty much 0 enagagement... if you are tricky enough, you might get a reply back but don’t count on it. As far as trending goes, with that many upvotes, one would think this user might score a spot or two up there.... nope. Is this one flying under the trending radar too?? Yep! I don’t feel this is the gem in the “kings crown” but it isn’t too bad. Hmmm let’s score this one... calculating.... calculating.... kidding, kidding... actually I have no idea what I’m doing which is what makes this so much fun.

Curation Score ~ 8/10


There’s got to be someone that can get us that glorious spot we’re after. We wanna sit on that throne and be known as Top Paid Curator of Steem... let’s hope this next user can give us a hand?

Well, it was a worthy effort, but with only a 2X score on that Compound Curation, this user is slackin’. We want that 5X again!! (Sing it with me now) “5X! 5X! 5X! We want the best, no less than 5X!! Goooooo, 5X!” I feel like we almost need to put all of our eggs in one basket, song louder, or something?? These other TRAOS’s aren’t producing!!

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This users rewards seem to be increasing but the vote count is staying below 100. We might have found some leftover curation pie we can nibble on. And check this out... 0, and I mean 0, like any alphanumeric number multiplied by zero (number x 0 = 0) engagement. Maybe 1 or 2 comments, if that, no need to translate, just let them have your best engagement sentence. Maybe, “This post made me feel happy” (emoji, emoji) then you will be in like a dirty politician shirt!! This user isn’t on trending so I see good potential with this one. Formulating... formulating... wait, I already have a formula??? Uhhh..

Curation Score ~ 9/10


We are getting to the last couple of Top Authors and let's just pray to the curation gods we can get someone to give us that 10X Compound Curation. Scrolling to the Next one...

Hmm, let’s take a little peak at this user and see what we can get, if anything... <>Dang it!! Not even 3X!!! Okay, with 18 active posts in 7 days, we can achieve some decent Compound Curation. Let’s not get too bothered about this, there is more to the formula than that...

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Averaging just under $20 a post and around 350 upvotes, you might get a piece of the cherry if, and only if, it falls off the top and nobody else grabs it. Even though there’s a fair amount of other users trying to scrape up those curation crumbs, I think you might be able to get a few for yourself. Trending... points deducted for trending. User has been seen several times in trending therefore your sniping of curation rewards is severely effected. Engagement seems pretty good with this one also so, unless you want some sort of online conversation, I don’t recommend engagement. After the numbers have been crunched...

Curation Score ~ 6/10


Like they say, "Save the Best for Last." Well, I hope this is true because we are desperately trying to get that 10X Compound Curation!!! C’mon...C’mon!!!!


Hmmm.... at 7 active posts in 7 inactive days, that’s just 1X... ummm, ya, that ain’t gonna work here!! It’s missing one thing... a frikkin 0!!! Big loss of points for the curation score on this one.

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These posts are raking in some serious rewards!!! But the votes to reward ratio is way off from what we are after. We want a low number of votes and high rewards combined with a good Compound Curation multiplier and avoiding the trending page like the plague. With some of these posts getting 900 plus votes, we are out on this one!!! Sorry, it's just not what we are after. The engagement factor, if you wanna play patty-cake or possibly go do a leg workout with this user, feel free to engage. Often found in trending is another point that is really taking this user’s score from hero to not-so. Let’s see what my non-working formula has for us this time...

Curation Score ~ 3/10


And that folks is your top 10 Top Rewarded Authors of Steem and a little I-don’t-know-how-to Curation. I really hope this post takes your curation rewards to the moon in this bear market. It won’t, so I can hope all I want ain’t nothing gonna happen. Oh, the “formula”? That made up thing I made up to make up just for this post for that whole made up Curation Score thingy? Ya, that’s just it... it’s Made up


This post is brought to you in-part by, @jlsplatts, and spiced up slightly a lot with a side of this, one upper-cut, two or three punches below the belt, and maybe just one or two edits (like this sentence right here) by The Luckiest Guy He Knows who then decided to end it with one of these. We hope you got a few laughs out of it, maybe even had difficulty maintaining a giggle here and there and, most importantly, we hope you spit your coffee out which then burned a hole in your favorite pair of drawls as you learned these facts! One more thing—I almost forgot! Emoji, emoji, emoji, emoji, zero engagement, zero engagement again, another emoji.

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The sarcasm is strong with this one! 😆😂🤣

It was a fun read. 👍😎👊

Off I go now to add Poopy McPooperson to my auto-vote list!

Yes, Yes it is... Now remember, don’t be a Spammy McSpammerson, change up those emojis when you engage. 🎉💩🧼😎


And Wow... What big Rewards You Have...Oh My...5 times a day also... impressive....

Better to cash out with.

You get all the LOLZ today my friend... all the LOLZ

Mission Accomplished!! At least I am not the only one laughing, so I don't feel so selfish.

Funny and informative at the same time. When I have the time, which has been at a premium the last several weeks, I find curating to be where I will go. Curating is something that I can do on a daily bases, without having to sit at the computer for hours developing a blog. Lately I have had very little to share, and find it very difficult to just shoot the breeze without being somewhat passionate about what I am bringing to the table.
Had to push the edit button only seconds after posting this comment. Ya I forgot to add an 🩹
Enjoy the weekend!

I am glad you found the time to read this. A guy I know gave me a hand with a little added sarcasm in this post. Pretty wild to see how much some of these authors are bringing in with little to no engagement. In my mind a top paid authors posts should be read my many and have information that is worthy of engagement. Posting 1-2 times a day is one thing... but 5 times.... no comment

I have a few people set on autovote but it is only for one post a day. Sorry if you post more than once a day... no soup for you. Unless it is some type of emergency I don't see posting multiple times a day necessary.

Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure
No I haven't forgot about your hats. I just get distract... squirrel!!!

'We hope you got a few laughs out of it, maybe even had difficulty maintaining a giggle here and there and, ...'

Exactly what happened here, though it wasn't coffee but a sip of beer that woke up the dog.

Tbh, I also put some people (who I would have upvoted anyway) on autovote (for only one post per day). The rest I upvote manually.
Do read all I upvote(d) though.
Am quite busy with work so don't have the time to sit behind a screen all day. And, when finally being home, not always in the mood for "full throttle commenting" on the posts I've already (automatically) upvoted.

Upvoting comments should become worth more again, to get back some of the engagement, I think/hope. Besides that, I see lots of posts where the posters don't even reply on the (few) comments they get (one strengthens the other v.v.?)

Anyway, took a while ro read it all but absolutely worth it. I like good satire and a bit of sarcasm and this was a good example of how to tell the "truth" and what's currently going on here, without being offensive.
Resteemed also, more people should read this.

P.s. sorry for the lack of emoji's in my comment, I just couldn't. ;-)

Dahahaha Poor doggy got woke up from their beauty sleep.

I am not against autovoting one bit and I sit in the same boat as you when it comes to being busy. Many things take priority over sitting on my phone or Pc curating. Autovoting 1 post a day per user is a responsible way to do it. Hopefully it deters the abusive style behavior of milking the rewards pool soo bad. I try and take some time in the morning before my wife and kids get up and around to squeeze some commenting in.

I couldn't just stop at the top 3 or even 5 top rewarded authors of steem. It was pretty eye opening for me when I saw this and really hope many people see this and make their own conclusion to the information I provided here.
Your lack of emojis has made me sad and disappointed... emoji lives matter too.😢👀🐱‍🏍🤣🤣

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my nonsense post about curating. More like an exposure post of who is taking in the majority of the rewards around the Steem-O-Spere.

If you like this style of humor, I know a guy that assisted me in this post that you would enjoy his posts.


It was a pleasure to read and to me not at all a nonsense post. Besides the (great) made up formula for curation score, to me it was more like a very funny explanation of why engagement is getting less and less and the reward pool (although on much smaller scale and in a different way) still is getting raped.
In short: highest ROI (is) seems far more important than engagement.
Anyway, would love to hear who that guy that assisted you is. A good laugh here (especially nowadays) is very important to keep enough motivation to continue.

@dandays added his flare to this post. I wrote 90% of it and he added all the links and a some other funny stuff in there. I find him to be pretty dang funny and also really creative.
Hey, do you ever post about food? If so you should check out @foodfightfriday. We have a pretty fun time over there. when you have some down time check them out. Plus there are a ton of creative recipes and random food related stuff... everyone love food... and beer😉

And he’s leading the league in downvotes, too, people always seem to leave that part out and, quite frankly, I’m offended by that. I mean, how many people can attract genuine friendships, quality followers, have virtual strangers lean on them to add #satire flair to their original content, all while toning their skills and touring his beautiful wife around the world and still manage to maintain a huge sack full of douche bags?

Give it up for @camillesteamer the coxmoker! “Yaaaay!!! Oooh! Oooh!!! Oooooh! Smoker, Smoker, Smoker!”

“I’ll see your pair of downvotes and raise it 26!” :fist pump: followed by a moonwalk exit.....

What? 🤔 No one’s ever walked in the moon, what?! WHAT!!! What’s next, Camilly Streakerpoo still gets punked for his lunch money? You gotta be kidding me. That’s it—I’m going back to bed.

Here’s a funny one. What’d the guy who added flare say to the creator of the article?”

I forgot to upvote it!!

It took me almost an hour to read your post and I must say I am entertained, much of what you mentioned are pretty much sarcastically true looking from a distance of engagement.

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Just wanted to make sure I covered the Top 10 Authors and didn't leave anyone out. I really hope people could see what type of content is taking in the most rewards and how they are doing it. Zero engagement, multiple posts a day and a big vote after 5 minutes keeps you out of the Trending Spotlight 😉😉😉

🤙🏿🕺🏿👍🏿Prerty fun read ‼️see what I did there

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Excellent job with the emojis, you have got some serious potential. 😎😉. Glad you enjoyed it.. 🍻

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Good work!😀 Sorry I will upvote next time. To many people ete the cake😀😉

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No worries, they can't eat all of it... Great use of the emojis BTW 😎😜

Very interesting post slightly confusing maybe a littl to much on the information side broadly crammed into this post but very useful to us steemers in the bear right now. Thanks you I can appreciate this information

You totally missed the sarcasm and satire of this post. I find it abusive to be posting 5 times a day and earning enough rewards to be the top rewarded author of steem with zero interaction. A few of these users a taking in a huge amount of rewards with little to no engagement. I am in no way saying my posts get all the engagement in the world but I am not bringing in that amount of rewards on a constant basis either

Read it to an extent became tired because its too long and had to skip to the end

Summary of the post is engagement matters, personally i have a friend who only curates and comment these days said his comments earns more than his posts

This had a lot of sarcasm and satire, and in no way meant to be a way of curation. FYI your summery is way off. LOL but engagement does matter. 😉

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