#SharkSchool Lesson #5: How To Cook A Rotten Fish

in steemit •  2 months ago

"And whoever does not want to die of thirst among men must learn to drink out of all cups; and whoever would stay clean among men must know how to wash even with dirty water."

-Freidrich Nietzsche, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"

I guess it's kind of ironic if I come up here and say that I'm sick of all the fighting on Steemit. I guess now I know how "old timers" felt when they read my first posts.

The more time I spend here, the more it seems that this platform is rotting from the inside. Unless something changes I don't think Steemit is long for this world. But we'll get to that later.

  1. How to prepare your reader to accept your message
  2. How to hypnotize readers with vague language
  3. How to make your question their beliefs by using specific language
  4. How to make yourself look more important than you really are
  5. Using quotes and statistics to deliver your message
  6. Why you shouldn't spend all of your time on Steemit
  7. Censorship by high value accounts is the real problem with the centralization of SP
  8. Why you need to constantly evolve, especially when you gain notoriety
  9. How to deal with haters and trolls, pt 2
  10. Should you stay small and "boutique" or go big?

How to prepare your reader to accept your message

I've written thousands of words on this platform, but what I'm about to tell you is hands down 100% the absolute most important piece of knowledge you will ever learn from me or anyone else on here.

I don't care what you're doing right now, you need to devote all of your attention and brain power to what I'm about to tell you. You'll never be the same after what you're about to read.


I don't actually have anything groundbreaking to tell you. But did you notice how you felt when you read the above paragraph? Regardless of whether or not you think I give good advice, you probably found yourself anticipating the upcoming knowledge bomb.

There's a concept in NLP called "pre-framing" - a complicated term that means telling people what you're going to tell them before you tell them.

I'm sure everyone has had an experience where someone comes up to them and says something like:

"Okay, I have to tell you something. But don't get mad!"

What immediately happens? You start to get a little mad. What did this person do? How bad is this going to be?

That's an extreme example and very overt, but this technique is best used in more subtle ways. For example, you can prime your message with statements like these:

...and that's not the worst thing about it. The worst thing is...
...what I'm about to tell you might make you a little angry....
...because once you realize that X, your whole perception changes...

You get the idea. Hmm, maybe I wasn't exaggerating in the first paragraph. That IS some important knowledge.

How to hypnotize readers with vague language

Vague language is essential to getting your readers to accept your message.

For example, consider the difference between the two statements:

  1. The best way to make money online in 2018 is by selling cat toys on Instagram
  2. A good way to make money is by selling products

Whether or not you agree, the first sentence is more likely to cause our inner arguer to come out. We immediately start thinking, "Is that really the best way? What about Facebook? What about dog toys? I'm sure there's got to be something better."

The second sentence is much more vague and also results in less friction when you read it. As such, it is much more readily accepted by your reader. Combine a few of these together and before you know it, your reader is nodding their head as they read along.

How to take advantage of this? Once they agree with 10 vague statements in a row, you can hit them with your message. Even if it's not vague, it's more likely to be unconsciously accepted because the reader has been agreeing with all of your previous statements. Granted, it still has to be plausible, but that's fairly simple to do.

Example:

Even though most people don't like to talk about money, there are few people who would say that it's not important. Sure, there are a lot of people out there who hate their jobs. But most of them still probably go to work anyway. I'm sure that if they knew of a way to get paid for doing what they loved, most people would jump at the chance. Why? Because all humans secretly want to go back to a time when they had no responsibility or commitments, where their needs were taken care of just because they existed.

I'm here to tell you that there's a better way. There really are people out there who are getting paid to do what they love. There are people out there who wake up early every day because they're excited to work on projects that inspire them. How do I know? Because I'm one of them.


What's the message? "I'm someone who enjoys his work." Everything else was just a vague generalization about life in general. While I suppose you could potentially argue that there are some people out there who prefer to wake up every day and hate their jobs out of sheer masochism, most people are not going to argue such a stupid point. Especially not in public.

But by giving you several sentences of universal statements that are pretty much always true, I set you on a path of "Yes." When it comes time to deliver a message that is merely plausible (that I am someone who enjoys his work), you're more likely to believe it because you've accepted the previous 8 statements to be true as well.

This can be layered several times throughout a single post - a major reason why I am a fan of long form content. The more words you put in a single document, the more messages you can insert into the minds of your readers. The more messages you successfully deliver, the stronger your grip becomes on your audience. They begin to accept more and more of what you say simply because you speak in vague statements that are universally true.

How to make your question their beliefs by using specific language

Sometimes your reader has beliefs or opinions that are not aligned with your message. If you try to argue with them directly, you'll be met with resistance. While you can use the above method to try to smooth them into your point of view, the first thing you need to do is weaken their belief so that your message will have room to worm its way in.

This is fairly simple to do and much easier than trying to perfect the use of vague language. In order to force someone to "think," all you have to do is get them to take a deeper look into their belief.

Using the example of voting bots, let's say that we have a user who is vehemently against them. Let's assume that they make the following statement:

Voting bots are bad for Steemit because it means that people who have money can put their posts on the Trending page.

How would we use specific language to influence this reader to re-examine their beliefs? The trick is to get them to clarify their statement.

Here are some questions we might ask:

  • Bad in what way?
  • What people with money, specifically?
  • Why specifically is that bad for Steemit? (then repeat the process with the new answer)
  • Is it bad for EVERYONE on Steemit, or just a specific group of people? If so, who?
  • In what specific situations are voting bots bad? Are they always bad? In what situations are they not bad?

Once you ask the reader to clarify their statement fully, you'll oftentimes find that their beliefs stem from one or two vague memories. They've turned their single experience into a general statement that magically applies to all situations. They've effectively hypnotized themselves into a given belief.

An effective way of using this in your posts is to state a common belief and then pick it apart with specific questions. If you're going to do this, then you have to make the original belief fairly specific. Otherwise you'll be accused of creating a Straw Man argument which will take credibility away from your points.

How to make yourself look more important than you really are

Anyone who's read "The Game" or is versed in classic PUA literature has likely heard of a concept called a DHV - demonstration of higher value.

For those of you unfamiliar with the theory of seduction, think of a DHV as a type of indirect sales pitch.

You don't want to come out and overtly say that you are the best thing since sliced bread. Instead, you want to be more slick about it by casually mentioning your accomplishments/characteristics while discussing an unrelated topic.

Consider the following story:

Most people would probably jump at the chance to go to university in Los Angeles at 22. Not me. I felt like I was wasting my life.

Maybe I read too many science fiction books as a kid, but I always thought I'd have some kind of adventure when I was older. But by the time I finished high school, nobody was talking about adventure. All they were talking about what college they were applying to and what they wanted to study.

I'd been studying my whole life. I didn't WANT to study anymore! I wanted to go explore the world. I wanted to test myself as a man. I wanted to challenge myself in ways that living in West LA just doesn't provide.

Actually, fuck that. I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to kill people. I wanted to survive a battle. I wanted to put myself in a situation where I could die and come out unscathed. And the only place I could do that was the military...

What does that little story tell you about me?

Well, there are the facts: I've gone to university, I've lived in LA, I read science fiction books. I am "adventurous" or at least wanted to be. I wanted to challenge myself.

What about the implications? I'm obviously a native English-speaker. Probably American. Definitely have some first world problems. Smart enough (and with an active enough imagination) to read science fiction books, yet still masculine enough to feel the need to experience a modern day right of passage via military service.

Okay, so I'm not talking about how Bill Gates picked me up in his helicopter to go fuck hookers and do cocaine, but if that ever happens I'm sure I'll find some way to work it into an article.

The secret here is to have two layers to your communication - you have to explicitly state your point somewhere, but you also want to casually mention little factoids that indirectly show you in a positive light. All you have to do is decide on a few qualities you want people to think you have and then tell stories where these qualities are subtly referenced.

For example, in my posts I try to highlight the fact that I do freelance work for blockchain startups and ICOs. I'll make casual references to clients, how I know high profile advisors, and am slowly making a name for myself in the ICO world.

Shit, even in that paragraph explaining what I do, I'm mentioning those things. And by using it as an example to illustrate a completely unrelated point (using a DHV), I'm able to work it into one of my posts again.

For every thousand words I write on here about anything, I'll slip in ten that refer to my business in a positive light.

And yes, I do explicitly state things like, "I know what I'm doing and am very good at my job," as well. That has its place, but I personally don't think it should make up the bulk of your self-promotion. The only reason I do it is because I am consciously aware that it is EXTREMELY rare for anyone to act so blatantly confident in their abilities.

I'm perfectly capable of being humble like everyone else, but when you publicly call yourself The Greatest then you are somewhat more motivated to live up to your own reputation.

Using quotes and statistics to deliver your message

Very often you'll see an author begin their article with a quote by a famous person. This is an extremely effective (and sneaky) way of getting your reader to accept your message without them even realizing it. After all, YOU'RE not the one who said that fat people are ugly - it was a statistic from a study at the University of Texas!

I actually have a lot of fun with this because it's virtually impossible to identify unless you know what to look for.

My preferred method of doing it is to quote and paraphrase myself in one of my previous posts. I'll write something like:

And yes, I do explicitly state things like, "I know what I'm doing and am very good at my job," as well. That has its place but I personally don't think it should make up the bulk of your self-promotion.

Hmm. That sounds familiar. Where have I read that? Oh that's right, it was in the last section!

When you read something in quotes, it's almost like your brain turns off the mechanism that is responsible for deciding if the statement is true. Your brain confuses the fact that the words were quoted with whether or not they are true. Does that make sense?

Granted, it's more effective when you quote someone other than yourself. If two people are in an argument and a third person picks a side, the loser is more likely to acquiesce just because the third person is seen as an impartial observer. This effect is multiplied even further when you are able to use a quote that is an axiom (universal statement) or "common knowledge."

"Once a cheater, always a cheater."
"It's always something!"
"You can't put the shit back in the horse!"

Why you shouldn't spend all of your time on Steemit

After I got sick of writing crypto articles and started flexing on the Trending page, I felt like I was hot shit. I admittedly still didn't know anything about how this platform worked, couldn't care less about the drama, and basically held the opinion that everyone who didn't agree with me could go fuck themselves.

That said, the more time I spend here, the more I learn about how this place works. While initially I thought that making this platform popular was as easy as seducing a few high quality content creators and incentivizing them to contribute, I don't think it's so simple anymore.

For one thing, the recent crash of the cryptocurrency markets is a striking realization that crypto is a bad investment. I've sunk literally thousands of dollars into promoting my posts on here and seen my investment drop by more than I'd care to publicly admit. Any "profit" gained from upvote bots has been completely wiped out and then some as a result of the crash.

This isn't the platform's fault. Crypto is unregulated and volatile. All coins have seen their value destroyed in the past few months, even STEEM. The problem is that any tokens used on this site are effectively locked up for 14 weeks. Kind of takes the "currency" out of "cryptocurrency."

I understand that's how the platform works, but what's become clear to me is that the money deposited into the Steemit ecosystem is anything but liquid. It's like putting your money in a CD and not being able to touch it for 3 months. The difference is that with a CD, you're guaranteed a return.

I suppose it would be possible to use this platform without purchasing upvotes, but I wonder how long it would take new users to find traction (even if they're the greatest writers in the world). Honestly can't answer that question.

The unfortunate end result is that "earning" STEEM is more of an illusion than anything because the system essentially requires paid upvotes to gain visibility. Let's even assume that the upvotes are all profitable - it still locks your money up in the system for 14 weeks where it can take a massive hit if the market crashes. And even if it goes up, you're not able to withdraw your profits unless you are constantly powering down.

I'm not saying ditch the platform entirely, but unless you control a high value account that prints money, don't expect to make full time income from this place.

All I'm saying is not to put all your eggs in one basket. The good thing about this place is that it teaches people to connect writing with earning money. I would recommend that you carry that mentality with you to other social networking sites and plant your flag on all of them.

Once you're on Twitter, FB, Insta, Steemit, Medium, YouTube, Discord and whatever the new flavor of the month social network is, it will be a lot easier for people to give you their money/time/favors when you decide to ask for it.

Censorship by high value accounts is the real problem with the centralization of SP

When people learn how the Steemit system works, their initial reaction is outrage at how unfair it is that certain account holders are allowed to upvote their own content (or proxy accounts) and send themselves free money.

I previously said that people shouldn't be concerned with this and just focus on creating better content. I thought it was just about the money. And yes, I understand how people would be upset that the gap between high SP and low SP accounts is widening, but like I said I thought it was just an issue of making money.

Actually, not just money. I mistakenly thought that people were REALLY upset that their work wasn't getting any visibility because of a combination of the upvote bots and the high value accounts' lack of participation in "curation" on this platform. My solution with this was essentially, "just create better content, market it on other platforms and stop worrying about people who have more than you."

For the record, I still believe that is advice most users on this platform should take.

I think the real monster lurking here is the fact that what is given can also be taken away. Today we have upvote bots - I think it's only a matter of time before we have downvote bots as well. I read a post on here recently that summed it up nicely: the system that can give exposure can also facilitate censorship-on-demand as well.

An enterprising high value account could just as easily send some STEEM through a mixer to a new proxy account and use it to anonymously sell their downvotes. I can't imagine anyone sees that as a good thing for the longevity of this platform. If I'm wrong, please let me know.

One thing there is no shortage of on here is drama. Until now, it's been fairly contained in some bickering in the comment section of various posts. Maybe a little name calling. But it's only a matter of time before things get heated enough and people start losing money.

It's all well and good if someone calls you an idiot in the comments. But take money out of someone's pocket and things will get ugly real quick.

What's the solution? No idea. But the day this becomes a problem on here is the day where people find somewhere else to host their blog.

Why you need to constantly evolve, especially when you gain notoriety

Ever since getting "Steemit-famous" I've noticed a fair amount of people imitating my style. People write a bit more casually, use profanity, and try to keep the tone of their posts more conversational. I guess I should have expected that.

While it's flattering to see little @yallapapi clones keeping it real on Steemit, I'd be lying if I said I liked it. I don't want a bunch of people like me running around. I want to be the only one. That was my whole shtick - I was the edgy asshole who broke all the rules, didn't care what people thought and just did whatever he wanted.

But now I find myself in a position where people are taking my techniques and attitude for their own little test drive, partially because I probably made a good impression - but more likely because I am explicitly teaching them how exactly to do it.

If everyone on here is like me, then who am I? The Original Vampire? That's not what I'm going for. I want to be unique.

I think that's really what I've been trying to teach this whole time, but I confused "being unique on Steemit" with "being unique."

When I looked at the majority of content on here, I saw that it was all very similar. I started calling it a circle-jerk because of how unrealistically positive, encouraging and superficial everyone was all the time.

I made a big deal about how that was wrong, how people should be more critical and take more pride in their work. And while that's true, I unfortunately didn't emphasize the critical role that being unique plays in success. If you are controversial and edgy but everyone else is too, then what makes you different?

And if you're not different, then how can you claim to be better than everyone else?

How to deal with haters and trolls, pt 2

I hate politics with a passion, but one thing I've noticed ever since Trump became president is that his political opponents (and their partners in the media) tend to go after him much more aggressively than they did George W Bush.

Yes, everyone hated Bush - but they waited patiently for him to finish his term so he could slink off into obscurity. They didn't pour billions of dollars into trying to ruin his reputation with daily stories featuring his name and linking him to various controversies.

With Trump, it's like the rules don't apply. The Huffington Post, CNN, Washington Post, and media personalities like John Oliver give virtually no impression of impartiality that you'd expect from professional journalists.

I make no effort to research Trump's past or learn anything about the current political climate in the US, but just from browsing Reddit (not even political subs) and reading random headlines, I can tell that there are some people with deep pockets who are funding a massive smear campaign against him.

I think the reason is that Trump is the type of guy who will say whatever he wants without thinking about whether or not it's appropriate. His verbal filter is either malfunctioning or nonexistent, which is very rare in politics.

This comes off as brash and cocky and I think it rubs his opponents the wrong way. It flies so heavily in the face of their politically correct, pandering, virtue-signaling articles that they are forced to confront the fact that they are carefully tailoring their messages to overtly manipulate people into a certain point of view.

This is so offensive to his opponents that they are essentially trying to drown him out by flooding the media with negative talk about him. Meanwhile, the guy just continues to be himself, a total alpha male who makes moves and doesn't give a fuck what other people think.

Eventually, you will get people who get so rabid when your name is mentioned that they'll get triggered HARD. This is intimidating at first because most of us are normal people who want everyone to like us. But you have to understand that it doesn't matter what your message is, there will be people who disagree with you. Some of them will be vocal about it.

If you have haters, at least people know who you are. Much better to have 100 negative comments on your post than 0 comments at all.

Trolls, on the other hand, are just haters that are trying to make you look bad by cheapening your message with caustic talk hidden behind a thin veil of "discussion."

It's like when you were in school and the class clown would make fun of someone by mocking them. If someone else called them out, the typical response is: "I was just kidding. Can't you take a joke?" How convenient.

Their motivation is less honorable than the haters. At least haters offer some sort of reason why they disagree with you. It's a fair fight.

But trolls are just looking for attention. They want to perform in front of a crowd at someone else's expense while simultaneously implying their own superiority.

You can either choose to ignore them or sink to their level. Does Trump answer every accusation or respond to every negative news article about him? He's got better things to do. Sometimes he makes a comment, but normally he just jokes them down or just dismisses them with a single sentence. But even that's rare.

Should you stay "boutique" or go big?

Go big baby. No point in staying small.

For one thing, setting a massive goal is much more motivating than setting a small one. Consider the difference between the two of these:

  1. I want to make $5k/month as a freelancer so I can move to Thailand and work from my computer
  2. I want to become an internationally-recognized influencer in the digital marketing world My opinion is so widely respected that I'm paid thousands of dollars for speaking engagements and book deals

Which of those is more ambitious? Which of them is more likely to motivate you to work when you'd rather play video games? Which of them has a bigger payoff?

Also, when your ultimate goal is to go big, you are not as affected by minor setbacks. I don't care what you're doing, you're going to have minor inconveniences that you have to deal with.

Last year when I had my own kiosk in Australia, I had problems all the time. Sometimes the mall management would come by and tell me about some new rule affected how my employees and I worked. Sometimes I'd get an angry customer who came to the shop and wouldn't leave until she got a refund. Sometimes I'd have an issue with a depressed employee and have to spend time getting them out of their funk.

But you know what? Every day that I went to work was a profitable day. I'd wake up in the morning with $0 in the register and by the end of the day there would be several hundred/thousand dollars in there. All because of my words and actions.

Nobody did a marketing campaign for me. I didn't have commercials on TV. Nobody knew my brand. The products I was selling were expensive and frankly, not as good as the competition.

That said, I was determined to wake up every day and find 3-4 people MINIMUM out of thousands who were willing to make a purchase. There were always problems to deal with, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other and the money kept coming in.

When you're freelancing or just starting out, it can be harder to stay motivated because you're just by yourself on your computer the whole time. There are no coworkers around you and you might not have any money coming in. It's harder to learn because there's nobody you can turn to if you have a question.

The only way to stay motivated is to have a big enough reason to continue plodding along when you're stressed and want to quit.

Granted, you need to have a REASON behind the goal as well. You can't just say you want to make a million dollars and have weak reasons for wanting the money. But I'm sure if someone put a gun to your head and the only thing that could save you was $50k, you'd probably work very hard to make it happen.

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well, i guess persuasion is much more efficient method to convinced anyone than imposing force. :)

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Well i believe there are several ways to go about any thing in life, since concept is all about one's individual opinion,how ever this article of your does make some sense to me.

Nice ..
I liked your work .. great tips from you
Thanks for sharing

  • Your are one of the very few writers in my life to read a long article for lol 😂
  • Yep, I hate long articles. I like the nutshell type ! However, you @yallapapi have such a magical style to attract readers attention , even of a lazy reader like me -:)
  • I am half kidding lol I followed you just shortly .. but now I just want to go back and read all your articles and learn from a great teacher like you.
  • I don’t like, so hate any bloody person who does, “Ass-kissing comments” of some trash trending writers just to get upvote or follow lol 😝
    Have a good day great teacher 👍🏼😍
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So this is how you sell hair products to ignorant girls?

What nonsense! I disagree completely.

Nah just getting your attention.
Ha! You've been yallapapied!

Good points @yallapapi. Though, I think it is possible to rise and get attention on Steemit without using votebots.

Opinions

1st point works.

I find the 2nd point to be unnecessary.
Personally, I like to skip the BS and directly get to what the person's trying to say. Also seems overdramatic for just conveying such a simple point.

3rd point is cool. That's how all arguments should be. Sounds like a good discussion.

4th point's example was straight up cringe man. I'm sure you could have come up with something better...
Indirectly talking about your achievements always makes you look like a dick though.
Anyone with average common sense can tell when you're subtly trying to showing off.

5th point is so-so. Works sometimes. But if the person likes to cross examine facts, and you happen to state a slightly incorrect one, you're done for.
Your whole credibility crumbles thanks to their one comment.
Your words will always be questioned from then on.

For 6th point - Steem value is rising again. Pretty sure it would continue to do so after the much-talked-about SMTs and whatnot are introduced.
SBDs are liquid. So you could always withdraw whenever you need money by keeping some SBDs aside.
Only an idiot would like to withdraw all their investment in one go. Why bite the hand that's feeding you? Better to keep some Steem invested for long term for supporting it.
Unless there's an economic depression or some extreme event like that.
Also, did you know that - if my posts were to start getting $15 at one post per day, that's equal to earning a middle-class earner's income in my country? Yep, there's a chance I could make this my full time job.
Always good to keep our eggs in multiple baskets though.

Hopefully flag bots don't become a thing as you said in the 7th point.
A friend once said that - people like to follow good behavior rather than bad one when the latter is tougher to follow while the former is made easier/rewarding to do so.
So, I'd guess that's why upvote bots will be given considerably more attention, even if flag bots were created.
Agree with the other points.

8th point - Sucks to be you. :P

9th point - Interesting.

10th point - Cliche, but true.

Also, agreed on that Insta pic. Jim can give all his money to me any time.

This comment here is a blog post in and of itself.
So yal, how good does it feel to see a follower who read your post completely and gave a thorough feedback as a comment? Still think comments are useless? ;)
Yes trolls, I know he's already changed his stance on it. It's called poking fun. Now stop being a dickhead and upvote this comment.

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I find the 2nd point to be unnecessary.
Personally, I like to skip the BS and directly get to what the person's trying to say. Also seems overdramatic for just conveying such a simple point.

Unnecessary in what situations exactly? What's your exact criteria for BS? Overdramatic compared to what? Simple compared to what? Etc.

4th point's example was straight up cringe man. I'm sure you could have come up with something better...
Indirectly talking about your achievements always makes you look like a dick though.
Anyone with average common sense can tell when you're subtly trying to showing off.

Yes, it's transparent, but that's the nature of promotion. Especially self-promotion. In sales, you need to convince the customer to make a purchase immediately. Not in a week or a month, but while you're with them.

If you're with a girl and trying to "make a sale," you need to be more subtle and tell stories that illustrate why you're awesome as opposed to just coming out and saying, "oh I make a million dollars a year and drive a Ferrari."

That said, yes my example was shit and I should have picked something else.

For 6th point - Steem value is rising again. Pretty sure it would continue to do so after the much-talked-about SMTs and whatnot are introduced.
SBDs are liquid. So you could always withdraw whenever you need money by keeping some SBDs aside.
Only an idiot would like to withdraw all their investment in one go. Why bite the hand that's feeding you? Better to keep some Steem invested for long term for supporting it.
Unless there's an economic depression or some extreme event like that.
Also, did you know that - if my posts were to start getting $15 at one post per day, that's equal to earning a middle-class earner's income in my country? Yep, there's a chance I could make this my full time job.
Always good to keep our eggs in multiple baskets though.

The fluctuations in STEEM value (or any crypto for that matter) are sadly irrelevant to the health of the company or the soundness of the technology. Case in point, Bitcoin is the "worst" of all cryptos yet crushes them all.

Crypto is not stock. When you buy a coin, you are not investing in the company. You are not buying "shares" of the company, you do not own any of it. It's like buying gold in World of Warcraft. You can sell the gold to other players for real money or use the money on the platform, but that's it.

Furthermore, you only make money with crypto when it goes up. Companies whose stocks are traded make all their financial information public so anyone can analyze it and make an informed decision on whether it will go up or down.

Why will STEEM go up or down? Or BTC? Or any of the cryptos? Many of them are just open source projects run by a non-profit foundation. They are privately held companies that don't disclose anywhere near as much information as public companies that sell stock.

On top of that, when you "earn" STEEM/SBD on this platform, the initial payout takes 7 days. If you want to liquidate the rest of your payout you have to wait 13 weeks. And that's only if you decide to power down, which people are not exactly encouraged to do around here. Even worse is the fact that if you post AGAIN during those 13 weeks and are still powering down, your new rewards are not rolled into the power down. You have to restart the entire process.

Also, did you know that - if my posts were to start getting $15 at one post per day, that's equal to earning a middle-class earner's income in my country? Yep, there's a chance I could make this my full time job.
Always good to keep our eggs in multiple baskets though.

Well first of all, your English is very good for someone who lives in a country where $15/day is middle class. I thought you were American.

Second, I recommend you don't rely on this platform for making a full-time income. Crypto is volatile and half of the rewards you "earn" on take 13 weeks to liquidate.

5th point is so-so. Works sometimes. But if the person likes to cross examine facts, and you happen to state a slightly incorrect one, you're done for.
Your whole credibility crumbles thanks to their one comment.
Your words will always be questioned from then on.

The point is that you are able to say what you want without taking responsibility for the statement. You're passing the responsibility off to whoever originally said it. This is like adding another person to the argument who agrees with you. Probably should have made that more clear.

Hopefully flag bots don't become a thing as you said in the 7th point.

Start spreading those eggs out.

So yal, how good does it feel to see a follower who read your post completely and gave a thorough feedback as a comment? Still think comments are useless? ;)

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YOU'RE A DOG !

Your posts of raping reward pool are OK..
But you then go and shit on a post of a newbie..
WHO SIMPLY DID THE SAME THING.

PAY BOTS!

YOU ARE A RACIST DOG.

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yeah. no contest.

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Not too many people are paying attention. It kind of is the main goal, to make people pay no attention at all.

Nice post @yallapapi!

I can feel that you are running a bit low on the enthusiasm you showed initially, the bot money-making scheme and etc, I get it, it sucks to put money into something and then see the value sink...

You are in the VIP-area DJing on stage, the most famous guy, free Champagne, free everything! (only problem is that you are on the Titanic and it is sinking)...

Well brother cheer up, STEEM DOLLARS just doubled in value over night, so things are looking a bit better now, also United Colors of Benetton started to accept STEEM as a payment, that is a very good sign! (bitcoin, ether, dash & STEEM)!

But sure all things crypto are super unpredictable, and a bit like gambling so I guess we all have to keep that in mind, so we don't "loose our minds"...

Keep up the good work, you are a good writer, motivator and mentor, and even though I don't always agree to a 100% with the stuff you write, I like it and I hope to see more relevant material like this being delivered from you @yallapapi!


Keep your shark-fin above the water!

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Well brother cheer up, STEEM DOLLARS just doubled in value over night, so things are looking a bit better now, also United Colors of Benetton started to accept STEEM as a payment, that is a very good sign! (bitcoin, ether, dash & STEEM)!

Sorry brother but I don't think STEEM is going to shoot up in value because some clothing company is accepting it in Lithuania. And that still doesn't change the fact that half of our rewards on here are locked up in SP for three months.

But thank you for the encouragement.

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You crazy? Everyone I know buys their clothes from Lithuania. Everyone I know says everyone they know and all their friends and friends friends buy clothes in Lithuania!

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Lithuania is a small country, but United Colors of Benetton still a multi-national company...

I see that as a very good sign that STEEM is an option (together with Bitcoin,Ether,Dash and also NEM apparently)... They are using "Coppay" it's a crypto payment gateway, no fees and the merchant receives fiat.

And they are also testing it out in Belarus and Chile, and if things work they are going to try and go global...

https://coppay.io
(They are here too (not very active though): https://steemit.com/@coppay )

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The issue is that the price of crypto does not depend on adoption. Virtually no adoption last year and the price was through the roof. You can only make money if crypto goes up unlike stocks which you can shift. Yes there are futures but that’s only one method and it’s only for btc. That’s the issue with crypto as an investment.

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It's my humble belief that the price was through the roof last year because of market manipulation, maybe as a part of a greater scheme to create a "bubble" so that people would loose their interest in crypto or something like this.

I still think there will be massive new amounts of fresh money coming into the crypto space from the people by mass-adoptation, and also from various financial institutions who want to "get with the times" so to speak...

But you are right there are other ways to make money...

I think most people are afraid of being unique, easier to blend in with others than stand out, that being said I for one couldn't care less with trying to blend in - once in highshool a classmate told me "You are a very strange girl!" - that was the best compliment I received in my whole academic years (and the only reason I still remember that classmate).

"The only way to stay motivated is to have a big enough reason to continue plodding along when you're stressed and want to quit." I absolutly agree. ❤

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I think most people are afraid of being unique, easier to blend in with others than stand out, that being said I for one couldn't care less with trying to blend in - once in highshool a classmate told me "You are a very strange girl!" - that was the best compliment I received in my whole academic years (and the only reason I still remember that classmate.

This right here. Funny how everyone says just be yourself her few people actually enjoy being different.

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I enjoy a particularly type of writing, raw with a sense of humor and to the point - but sadly sense of humor seems an endangered species nowadays...

You do not need paid upvote bots to gain exposure. Sure, it's one way to get on the trending page, but I have personally experimented with them and they aren't all they're cracked up to be. I have gotten noticed several times by curie and Dtube because I put effort into writing my posts and have lots of high quality photos. If you make good connections with people, you've basically got a free resteem service because they will share your content. You can also join curation trails and they can upvote your own content as well.

Before people used upvote bots, the only people on the trending pages were whales or friends of whales. They were the same old people that would write whatever they wanted, give themselves a $70+ upvote and boom, they end up on trending again and again. Now that minnows have the power to combat this issue, people are still complaining. I'd say it's a step in the right direction, and things are evolving.

When people realize that being selfish doesn't get you anywhere here, they will realize the importance of building relationships here. I am in many discord servers and we help each other because that does a lot more for our success then trying to scavenge for $0.05 upvotes like a dumb fuck.

Big goals aren't always better than smaller ones. It depends where you are in life. A small goal can be more motivating because it can give you a sense of direction. A goal that is too big can often times make you feel lost and uninspired. A small goal can inspire you because you might think, "Yo! That is totally realistic! I can do that!"

I do think Steem can become really successful. A platform that becomes successful isn't necessarily the one that doesn't have any problems. It is the one that sees it's problems and takes action to solve them. Tired of spam? Downvote shitty spam comments. I noticed a drastic reduction is spam comments. Phishing scams? there are bots that go around reporting this shit and you can downvote scam accounts. Whales are assholes? Delegation, curation trails and relationships will save you.

Those are my thoughts.

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Another $0.05 upvote seeking Habibi. I doubt if you have read everything he wrote above. Just another skimmer for comment Habibi you are. You rambled as if what he wrote above encourages selfishness. For the second time, let me post the sub-headings maybe you'll read them this time.

How to prepare your reader to accept your message
How to hypnotize readers with vague language
How to make your question their beliefs by using specific language
How to make yourself look more important than you really are
Using quotes and statistics to deliver your message
Why you shouldn't spend all of your time on Steemit
Censorship by high value accounts is the real problem with the centralization of SP
Why you need to constantly evolve, especially when you gain notoriety
How to deal with haters and trolls, pt 2
Should you stay small and "boutique" or go big?

Those are nuggets for not only steemit but copywriting and whatever concers writing, and life in general. If it still sounds selfish to you, then I doubt if your situation can be salvaged.

You have my upvote though.

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This is an amazing piece. Good one dear. Very educating...

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You might seem obnoxious, but still some pretty good stuff in there

I have walked through your article, "but that wasn't sufficient" i said to myself. I had to go back and tip toe. Maybe after dropping comment, I'll go back this time to crawl. I need to savour all the juice therein

This is a very grossly fetching knowledge you summed up in one piece, especially the pre-framing. My suspense built up as i read the first paragraph.
I couldn't believe one can write so long without attaching some images to make his write-up very catchy — or so i was taught when i came on board steemit, but you proved wrong.

I'll sure try out these tips. Am learning everyday and i hope a day will come, when my contents can get same visibility and large audience as yours. All it's gonna take is consistency and hard work. Great piece of literature @yallapapi, Goodluck

Shoutout @yallapapi for the really deep post. I'm still meditating on Jimmy Carey's experience on the self and its failure to please. It's pretty synonymous with the scriptures. I'm glad to see that the world really is coming to the end of itself..

We can take out a good learn from your blog.

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Wow how interesting!
Keep up the good work!

I think fish..................... Make A Stink About Rotten Fish

what a creative piece with a picture that drew curiosity.
to be honest, your headline actually glued my curiosity and the content did justice to your idea.
your 10 point agenda added more value.

bravo

water is life

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Vodka is better my friend.

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It's not easy to write so much words. You are hard-working.

or a person living in China, understanding these words is extremely difficult.

Nice article

You don't sound like you know very much about crypto. Shit you bought steem at six dollar, so obviously you are not a trader. You are a good writer and probably an even better bullshit artist :)

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Said it before, but I bought it to upvote posts. Not to hold forever.

Disagreement on rewards

Every time we publish something good to nourish myself, to know, and for that I thank you, thank you for leaving us a good contribution to grow in this ... friend of I hope you follow the successes and triumphs in your life. .. I wish you the best, from Colombia I follow you fully ...

Dude, I didn’t like you at first, but this post is awesome! Resteeming...

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I have a lot of friends who hated me when we met.

Good shit brother, fun to see you drawing upon good old PUA concepts, they are really universal principles in their essence. 👍🏼

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Yep. Lots of similarities between old school PUA and sales. These days it's all Red Pill stuff which I also like, but they just have a different set of fundamentals

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Red Pill? Is it a legit sales method or are you just referring the matrix one?

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No.. TRP (the red pill) is the new dominant pick up strategy for men. It’s hard to explain but look it up on Reddit. Massive sub and lots of info. Ignore the posts for now and just read the sidebar

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Yeah spot on. Followed red pill stuff a couple of years back, definitely some good material. Still follow some of the guys from RSD from time to time.

Nice article sir though it is too long.

@yallapapi. This is very good, it will be seen where people who fail to focus and fail to understand, just reading the title .. for me this is cool

you nailed it bro...

Very good post with a lot of insight. You made so many points that address issues and solutions. Particularly, I feel that when one has to spend so much on "advertising" that it can become ineffective as everyone is competing more by how much they can spend rather than creating a connection with one another and the quality of the product. As time goes on and the communities come more into play , I think that will help a lot.

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Damn... I actually agree with this. I guess you do need both.

Lots of value here. Thanks again for the free articles and guides. I gave you and #sharkschool a shout out in my 1-month roundup post. I hope it brings a few of the new people following me to your page.

Proximity is Power. Perhaps I'll start a #trollschool.

I'm kidding. (How ironic.)

♥️

Everybody gets dirty altogether.
Was kinda scared that the posts too long but if had some real facts in there.

@kenanqhd, I love you man

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Love you too

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Nice one,lots and lots of upvotes.. A new steemer trying to grow

Everything "civilized" humans created in the name of modernization, has led to destruction.
This qoute below might answer or may relate to the quote by "Jim Carey", what he is trying to tell.
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I'm just starting out on steemit and got a lot of value from this post. Thank you!

But the dogs picture is not real....lol

this post is quite interesting and build....

No u can't

Bid bots are not good for Steemit, even if you do make a profit the bot makes much more than you do, because apart from what you pay it for the up vote it also pockets the curation reward.
As for the 14 week thing, yes it sucks, but what I do is not power up the liquid SBD I get from my rewards I just move it to savings where it is safer and if I need it I just withdraw it(with a 3 day notice). Of course you can just keep it in your account but it could be stoen if your security is breached.

This is really a great post overall. Well done dear @yallapapi
I upvote and Resteem your post :)

Looooolllll :)))))

Nice deep fried 'Upvote' logo ;)

I always believed that some whales would take adcantage and laugh back to the bank

You're missing an L in sharkschool!

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Probably done purposefully to get people's attention and comments mocking the same = more clicks = more exposure for his account.

Orrrr, I've read too much @yallapapi.

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Nah I just fucked up. Of all the places to have a typo...

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lmao
Psst checked out my other comment yet?

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Wait that would be so clever

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I loved your post friend, continue with these good contributions to the community to follow the success ... congratulations ...
I still do not make my first post since I am new and I would like you to show me how to make my first post ... Thanks

Wow! It looked like everything you just stated here is for me..you caught my attention. Weldone you have spoken virtually spoken what i love to hear. Funny enough, it all i've just read keeps ringing in my head. Wow!

"Because all humans secretly want to go back to a time when they had no responsibility or commitments, where their needs were taken care of just because they existed."

I highly disagree with this statement ! I believe humans do well when they have responsibility and a sense of purpose as long as it is geared towards a creative endeavour that is helping the whole of their community.

There's small problem, most of the ' steemers " came only for the rewards.
I know very well that this is a natural thing that people seek for profits that helps in living expenses in a free way. This is why there are many, many who are spreading nonsense just to win the vote.
Thank you very much for these helpful tips.

i enjoyed your storytelling, you could probably entertain me with a shopping list.
by the way, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. with your skills i would be rather surprised would you not turn that into an advantage.

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I know. Working on it.

This is pretty interesting. I too have noticed some pros and cons to this platform. I’ve seen insignificant, poorly written and boring content bring in $500+ while some fantastic content go unnoticed. That is very unfortunate, as the author of the great but unnoticed content will get discouraged and give up. If that starts to happen we’ll have more and more junk and less really great content.

I definitely hear ya about not really owning anything with cryptos. (I have been waiting for Warcraft, Halo, Destiny, Call of Duty, etc to have an ICO) LOL. I am very use to having ownership in something I invest in. I buy silver, I OWN the silver. I buy stock, I OWN the stock and a tiny piece of the company. I bought Activision/Blizzard because I saw the number of subscribers exploding and multiplied it by $9 per month, per subscriber! I bought Marvel (before it was gobbled) because they were making fantastic X-Men movies and I heard the plan to expand on a company conference call.With cryptos, you kinda own momentum. :(

Anyway great post. We’ll see how this goes.

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Agreed. I was a Kool Aid drinker until this crash. I'm a little more skeptical now.

You should join the Discord chat if you haven't already. You seem like an intelligent person. https://discord.gg/DMkm8Nz

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Just joined discord. Don’t really know how it works yet, but thanks for the invite.

Oh man, how sad... interesting read - until you brought up Trump.

Trump? Really? To make a point about haters and trolls? And him being the "victim"? And an alpha male? Gotta revisit both your psychology 101 and check your facts on that one, papi.

And yeah, that's my inner hater speaking... but hey, better a negative comment than none at all in your books, right? So: you're welcome. :-D

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Trump? Really? To make a point about haters and trolls? And him being the "victim"? And an alpha male? Gotta revisit both your psychology 101 and check your facts on that one, papi.

The guy has haters and people troll him in the media all the time. I didn't say he was a saint or my role model. And yes, he is an alpha male. Maybe not physically but if you've seen him on TV or heard virtually any story about him he always tries to be the most dominant one there. The first few presidential debates were proof enough of that.

I wasn't crazy about bringing him up because I hate politics but it is a good example of how to deal with haters and trolls. The guy has big enemies who own media companies that devote at least 50% of their resources to anti-Trump articles. I wonder what they'll do when he's not president anymore.

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His inability to accept conflicting points of view, and the need to be cheered on and put on a pedestal all the time to me indicates self-doubt and inner weakness that don't pair well with an alpha personality. But: I brushed up on my psychology 101 and realized that one has nothing to do with the other. So I concede you were totally on right on that one. ;-)

As for the media topic, while 50% of the media landscape are calling him out, the other 50% are cheering him on, often even setting his agenda for him. The media is as split and partisan as the political landscape is (with a few notable exceptions on both sides). That aside: he's responding to attacks much more so than I'd think a president would. Dealing with trolls and haters, when you're arguably the most powerful men of the world, should be either ignore or role model how to deal with personal attacks with class & wit. Not bite back like an angry dog whose tail got stepped on. Wouldn't that be a much stronger and self-assured response to haters?

You don't seem like you know especially about crypto. Crap you purchased steem at six dollar, so clearly you are not a broker. You are a decent author and most likely a far and away superior bologna craftsman

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I purchased the steem to pay for upvote bots, not to sit and hold forever.

It is going to be real interesting how Shark School plays out. STEEM is pretty PC. I have a theory that 90% of the people on this platform were home schooled. lol

I love reading your posts. They are always gritty, crisp, and hot.

Hi there, I have upvoted you. I like your post. Can you please give me an idea on how about I can be successful in Steemit.

it's just a amazing method.

I am new to steemit kindly check out my introductory post
You comment are welcome
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I can't believe I read all this!!! Damn it.
Dude you are instense!!
I'll probably be back for more!

Ok. I lied. I skimmed through again, but I'm getting there...baby steps

5 followers, no one following, 5 posts and only 22 comments on this posts and your upvotes rises to $250? Whats the secret?

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nice post..

Much copy, so right, WOW!

@yallapapi The truth friend this becomes more vulnerable every day, greetings from Venezuela.