Recently SteemPress announced a news greeted with joy by blog authors. That, they get a delegation of 1,000,000 Steem Power to help blog authors get the benefits and incentives from their blog writing activities. Through SteemPress Plugin for WordPress, SteemPress invites blog authors to join the Steem Blockchain ecosystem.
SteemPress is a plugin that runs on the WordPress platform. This plugin is built by @howo and @fredrikaa and officially launched on January 21, 2018 and in beta. Until this writing is written, SteemPress has undergone two updates, namely version 1.2.1 in May, and version 1.3.1 in June. I was lucky because it included one of the earliest bloggers using this plugin on the blog I managed: acehpungo.com.
Initially the presence of this plugin escaped the attention of Steemit users, especially those who do not have a personal WordPress blog with paid hosting. Based on my observations, when this plugin was released not received much welcome from the users of steemit. This is evident from at least the steemit users review this plugin. In fact, this plugin just get 4 times the download on January 27, 2018 or six days after it was released to the public on January 21, 2018.
The highest number of downloads was obtained by plugin on June 6, 2018 which reached 250 downloads in a day. This increase occurs after the @steempress-io account writes a post that tells them they get 1,000,000 Steem Power to curate content written on WordPress blogs using the SteemPress plugin. Until now, SteemPress plugins have been downloaded 700 times, and the number will continue to increase as the plugin is popular among Steemit users who have paid WordPress blogs.
Why is this plugin getting overwhelming response from Steemit users? In addition to being easy to use, WordPress blog authors who post content using SteemPress will get an upvote from @steempress-io whose voting value is highly dependent on the quality of the written content. Based on my experience with this plugin, the average percentage of votes I earn is 3.5 per cent. Only once did I get an upvote percentage of 15 percent. However, I’m also happy because all the content that I write using the SteemPress plugin or through the blog get upvote. Because, I monitor a number of content published by Steemit users where not all content gets upvote from @steempress-io.
Is SteemPress available only for WordPress blogs? So far, yes! However, there is a possibility in the future, SteemPress will also be available on blogs that use Google’s blogspot platform. At least here’s what I catch from the explanation of this plugin developer, @howo and @fredrikaa. So, before SteemPress comes to blogspot, it would be nice to use WordPress blog to get curation and upvote from @steempress-io. I strongly suggest to steemit users to start creating paid WordPress blogs, and to make their blogs not look new, try exporting posts from blogspot to wordpress. However, do not use steempress first if the process of moving blogspot content to wordpress has not been done. Because, this is very vulnerable to enter @cheetah and get downvote from @steemcleaners.
The good thing is, using steempress does not require us to write in English. “You can write in any language you want,” wrote @howo in one of his explanations in Discord. We also are not required to use the tags steempress in every post. “Any tags are fine.” He continued to answer the question of a steemian, whether in each post should include the tags steempress. They have their own tools in finding content posted using SteemPress, not by tags.
So if a steemit user writes content directly on the steemit.com site or uses party apps such as busy.org, esteem, or partiko, and adds the steempress tags, they will not be counted. According to the developers, only content posted via blogs using SteemPress plugins will get curation and upvote from them.
Can one blog be used for multiple steemit accounts? Actually okay, but very vulnerable to the flag. One of the goals of the SteemPress plugin is to help bloggers who join the Steem Blockchain ecosystem get fair benefits and incentives. “Not yet but the demand for that feature has been overwhelming, the expert that feature to be implemented fairly soon,” replied @howo related to this.
Someone ask me, whether the SteemPress plugin affect the blog using Google Adsense? So far, no problems. You see, the use of plugins for WordPress blog is a common thing. Indeed, Google Adsense has very strict rules, and prohibits anyone using fraudulent ways of getting clicks on Adsense ads installed. The SteemPress plugin is clearly different from other apps, as SteemPress only helps bloggers publish content on blogs automatically to Steem Blockchain. “It’s not an issue,” @howo answered the doubts of Google Adsense publishers.
How about blog speed after using the SteemPress plugin? As we know, the use of plugins (which quite a lot) does affect the speed of loading a blog. Especially for blogs that use small capacity hosting and has limited bandwidth. As far as your blog does not use a lot of plugins, I do not think it has any impact on the speed of your blog.
One more thing that most users asked SteemPress is about cutting rewards using the SteemPress plugin. How much does SteemPress retrieve all the rewards earned by a steemit user? Based on the information I read, the @steempress-io took only 10 percent of the rewards earned by a steemit user. The number of deductions is the same as we use @esteemApp app which also takes 10 percent profit. However, when compared to busy.org, utopian-io, dsound or zappl, the amount taken by @steempress-io by 10 percent is small. This amount is also used to continue developing the SteemPress Plugin to continue to be used by steemit users.
How, interesting is not it?