<center>!(https://steemitimages.com/DQmSikqbvPCyKZo6smdS5Cd9sDMkVjuYmDx71or5E7qEJj6/image.png)</center> The main question that I get when talking to people about Steemit is “where does the money come from?”. It’s a question that I have gotten used to answering by explaining the rewards pool. I did a whole post about it, but this is the basics of how it works from my previous post: >Every three seconds, a block is created. If you do not know much about cryptocurrencies, this means that more tokens are created. Every year, 75% of the tokens created are distributed between content creators/curators, 15% are distributed to vested token holders, and 10% are distributed to witnesses. So, now that you know where the money comes from, let’s look at how it is split between users. That brings us to today’s topic, the upvote. <h2>What is an Upvote?</h2> <hr> We all know what a “like” is on social media. If you enjoy someone’s content, you show your appreciation by liking it. This is much the same on Steemit, except your “like” is worth a lot more than just appreciation; on Steemit, your “like” is known as an upvote. This upvote rewards users with STEEM. <h2>How Does it work?</h2> <hr> <center>https://steemitimages.com/DQmRaTQzcUUwj5hMTgLrwHgT23AX7Y1Q2TzY2io4hq6PKTJ/image.png</center> <br> This is generally the next question that people ask me about Steemit – how does it actually work? Some people seem initially think that by upvote I mean that they give away their STEEM. That is not the case; you do not lose any STEEM by upvoting others! When you like someone’s post through your upvote, based on the value of your upvote, the STEEM blockchain will give a certain amount of the daily rewards to the person that you just upvote. <h2>Why should you upvote others?</h2> <hr> When you upvote someone on Steemit, you earn what is known as a curation reward. This means that a small portion of the rewards for that post will be given back to you when the post pays out. This varies depending on _when_ you upvote a post, but I will do another post about that in the future. <br> <h2>SSI Update</h2> <hr> <center>https://steemitimages.com/DQmQ4fR3pTtZvR5QLxxmu1WDizg8zMJWKoVg2qzhzauBbDL/image.png</center> <br> For those of you that don't know, I am currently trying to get a project up and running called the Steemit Success Initiative. The project has had a little bit of a slow start, and I have not been able to post as much as I would like to. Over the next few weeks, I will be getting more seriously devoted to a chain of weekly posts with regards to the SSI, looking at doing some rebranding as our graphic designer has just come on board, and I will also be working on getting some really cool projects up and running! I am currently looking for delegated Steem Power, and will be doing a post about it in the next week or two, as the project that I have coming up will require a lot of support. I'll be posting on the weekend and will update the current list of delegators who I am extremely grateful for, but all SP helps to fund the upcoming projects that we will be running. Thank you to everyone who supports the project in any way, shape or form! <br> <hr> <b>Thank you for reading this post.</b> This post is a part of the upcoming Steemit guide that I am working on putting together. If you feel like there is anything that I have missed in this post about the Steemit upvote, let me know in the comments. If you're wondering, I will be covering downvotes in a later post, which is why I have left them out in this one.