<h2>As Steemit, the Gateway to Crypto, Grows So Does the Room at the Top for More Steem Stars. What’s Your Path to the Top?</h2> https://s1.postimg.org/gkdeqoh4v/steemit_welcome_cover1.jpg **A lot of it depends how much time and energy you spend here. You can get to the top but it's going to be a rough ride.** The past few weeks have seen a huge rise in the crypto worlds market cap. So much money has flooded in and the smart investors and bloggers are finally seeing what Steemit has to offer the world on so many fronts. From financial rewards, sharing information and life stories securely and a great place to be a part of a likeminded community that rewards positivity and punishes dirty trolls in ways no other social media site can even dream of keeping up with. https://s24.postimg.org/5qdtiuaz9/2017-05-11_at_10-56-21.png So if you’re new here Steemit seems like fantasy world that can make turnips turn into nickels and dimes which it absolutely is but please understand it's not easy all the time. **Without out doubt you could be the next Steemit Star** and see your posts on the trending page daily, racking loads of money. http://i.imgur.com/rF6fwUb.gif I have seen some people post for months and months making less than a dollar every time then suddenly they get noticed and one of their posts gets the right attention and **BOOM** they’re famous and earning rewards that has them bragging on Facebook and Twitter how cool and awesome Steemit really is and they need to sign up ASAP; They wouldn't be wrong. https://s4.postimg.org/9eebq3bjx/00005849.jpg It takes time and effort. Yes, I know you see simple meme posts making decent or even huge rewards and you want that too, so do I. People who achieve that have been here months and months, maybe since the beginning, and have written many other stellar posts which earned them votes and healthy following because they are trusted to write things beneficial to the platform, minds or strikes an emotion. Once you have written enough posts to build up a solid foundation and a following of curators with decent or great Steem Power you will reap the rewards of being well known and liked by the community. https://s10.postimg.org/kbjfc4sgp/AAEAAQAAAAAAAASTAAAAJGMy_YTQ3_Mzk4_LTg1_Zj_At_NGFi_YS1i.jpg **I'm just your average user nowhere near the top,** I don’t hold a lot of Steem Power, I am now going to start building it back up though. I have had my share of ups and downs, being loved to being shunned. I've had times where I averaged $60+ a post *(I peaked $550 last summer)* and times where I rarely cleared a dollar. Just scroll down my feed and see. **Steemit is social media at its finest. You have to be active.** If you come here, post and disappear you probably won't be as successful as you could be. You need to reply to comments while your post is fresh to ensure it goes in the right direction. Though, if you have the right friends here that might not matter so much but for now it does. http://www.myfaithmag.com/public/media/articles/feb16/change-revolution3.jpg (Image source http://www.myfaithmag.com/article?id=217) # Steemit is not Twitter! https://s21.postimg.org/hydung0on/697029-twitter-512.png **This is not a game of having more followers than following.** On Steemit, it rewards you to follow more people because those people will show up in your news feed and you can vote sooner, earning more rewards, and comment near the beginning which helps set the tone for following comments and opinions of the post. Always follow the authors you like so you can support them with your votes and comments. Reply to the comments in your posts but be active and give useful comments to other authors, the more active a post is the more attention it will get, that much is like Twitter **As much I love the rewards try basing your growing success with how active the comment section is.** If you are new; this is how you'll get the attention of the big players here and **your following will grow.** Many of the more popular authors love to “Resteem” posts with active, intriguing or important comments that they want to share the opinions of the post as much as the post itself with their following. # View Counts https://s28.postimg.org/qiu9um9ct/2017-05-11_at_11-54-01.png **Don’t worry too much or let view counts get you down.** This is only showing you who is logged into Steemit and not actively hiding their online activity trail. If you are Tweeting or FB, Redditing your articles for the sake of sharing a message than possibly hundreds or more could be seeing your article and it just isn’t getting into the Steemit analytics. # The Steemit Pie is only so big every reward period. Like any job in the world the boss only has so much he can pay out and the harder you work and the more positive attention you receive the bigger the slice you can have. The more people that are buying Steem Power and Powering up will make this place even wealthier for us all. https://s28.postimg.org/j7mcz3ljh/4231995857_2bc6e4f122.jpg **We want you to succeed in writing**. If you are a great author that adds value and keeps things positive without a doubt you will eventually reap the rewards you came for. Your success will attract new investments so we want it for you as much as for everyone else. There are many things you can do to get known here. **That’s up to you to figure it out and execute.** Originality and shared true life experiences get a lot of my votes. And cats and animals but not that spam taken off the web, I want to see your pets and animals. https://s14.postimg.org/dc2e7qhep/meand_puppy1.jpg *(it’s me)* **I look forward to reading and voting for your posts soon**. There are tons of advice posts on Steemit you will stumble upon if you don’t search it out. Most importantly get involved with the different events and activities hosted by other Steemers/Steemians/Steeminites comment, vote and participate. https://steemitimages.com/0x0/http://i66.tinypic.com/24e1j6r.jpg Please leave any other advice or your experience in the comments including links to any useful resources or posts that new and veteran authors might find interesting. I will add some later I’d recommend that get missed. I will be using this post as part my welcome to the people posting in the **#introduceyourself** section, if your comment is here you will be getting lots of exposure for the foreseeable future. https://img1.steemit.com/0x0/http://i67.tinypic.com/346wef4.jpg # Welcome to Steemit Keep at it. Comments, Questions?