Site Color

Text Color

Ad Color

Text Color





Sign Up to Save Your Colors


On Steemit and DBlog: Because Monetization Rules the Internet by@jare

On Steemit and DBlog: Because Monetization Rules the Internet

Jarett Dunn Hacker Noon profile picture

Jarett Dunn

A while ago I installed Steempress on my WordPress blog on http://localhost, and Simply Static to export my WordPress site as a static site to local drive and the git commit it to my repository.

Lo and behold, after originally thinking that Steempress wasn’t working, it appears it is!

I’ve even included the dblog tag, which means they appear here:

The only issue is that I have to replace the images from localhost to Small price to pay! If I were to instead host my WordPress somewhere in the cloud (even on a port other than 80/443), it would work.


Now, $0.06 USD in crypto over 7 posted articles might not sound like much – but in an adless presentation that solves the monetization-without-bugging-people sense, I’m now being rewarded by all these people voting on my content instead of a centralized force like Adsense and you’ll notice that my and my hackernoon don’t share ads!

It’s also continuously improving.. that $0.04 is for the latest article, meaning I’m gaining momentum.

I mentioned the benefits of DPoS at length to the folks at Hacker Noon when they were dreaming up HN 2.0.

Monetization is key. Incentivization is what rules the internet and any publication platform should be centered around ‘how do we turn content into $.’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that we need to consider tokenization and blockchain in order to put the ability to upvote/downvote content (self regulate and moderate) while also allowing shareholders and prolific content producers to have the most influence on the monetary rewards for contributing authors. While Steem appears to be failing because of a misbalance in currencies producing bidbots and scammy 115% returns on promotion budgets, there are alternative sidechains to consider that did away with the SBD concept and pay everything out as VESTed income, so that people are – in turn – vested into the success of the platform. Check and



I truly believe in DPoS as a technology – although with a few tweaks it could serve far better than it does on

When someone shares or upvotes a story, if it then becomes popular and earns a ton of rewards through the social algorithm % of inflation, that person who shared it to get it popular in the first place earns a % of that social % as a curator – as do all the other curators, weighted by when they expressed interest. This is important for a few reasons. .first, as your most prolific writers along with the team and the stakeholders would be the biggest currency holders, they can do a lot of good by spending time (or automation ways to) upvote posts they like, and get exposure to users or groups of users they think deserve it – you only get a certain number of upvotes/downvotes per day, which you can increase or decrease by increasing or decreasing the ‘strength’ of your vote (out of 100%). Second – these large token holders would also be paramount in fighting spam and self-regulating the environment. If there are people drawn to the site with the gleam in their eye of earning crypto by regurgitating content or plagiarizing, these highly vested people can ‘downvote’ said spammy posts and undo any earnings they may have accumulated – to the point that their post gets a negative up/downvote ratio and can be taken off of web + mobile + whatever UI interfaces to the chain. In short, you gain currency by sharing, creating, or upvoting content… . proportional to your VESTed interest in the platform.


Moreover, there can be other % uses for the inflation of the currency that can do a lot of good – one of the integral parts of DPoS is the ‘delegated’ part where there are many nodes hosted by many people, and they can acquire votes from users that are weighted based on how vested they are into the system as a whole. Some of these people (usually the top 21) will earn a % of the inflation pie just for helping produce blocks – but how they accumulate votes is the important part. They must continually deliver value and hold the network’s priorities at heart in order to outperform those other contenders – which is good for the network.

Lastly, there can be a ‘team’ or ‘reserve’ % of inflation that can be used to continually fundraise based on the current value of the coin. While everyone is earning via social algos or by being a witness, the team can have a source of continual income with which to spend on the project or improving various aspects to it.

@David @Dane I know that HN in the past has said one of the advantages to HN 2.0 will be the ability to publish without the hassle of ads… and a DPoS-driven network is one way to ensure that HN will never have to sustain itself by running ads. If the team creates wealth through inflation and the community drives the value of that currency upwards (when really the token came from almost nowhere and represents no legal obligation) it’s basically free money… for everyone  – while empowering those with faith and trust in the new platform to exert more influence by buying more and VESTing more.

It opens a whole lot of other doors, too. How do we add ‘real value’ to that coin? What sorts of services or products can we sell as a group or as the team that aligns the value of the coin to something? Can we create a distributed network of writers that are vouched by community consensus via a new kind of Blockchain reputation system that doesn’t yet exist in Blockchain content networks (aside from their exponential ‘rating’ applied to accounts which can be fabricated if you buy enough attention for your posts), and then pitch this new marketplace of content creators at brands and agencies for exposure and so everyone can win – while having them pay in the currency, which drives value? Swag stores? Can we set it up so that content creators on the network can hustle out communications to their subscriber list to these brands and agencies? What sort of services can we come up with that are ‘out of the box’ and apply to the hacker community?

I agree wholeheartedly the incentives need to be aligned. I think a good step in the right direction would be to move rewards from liquid to VESTed amounts, which means that those who are looking for a ‘quick buck’ will be less likely to spam up the ecosystem.

I really shouldn’t have said ‘free money,’ and you’re right that it’d have a huge impact on the project and the value of the coin could potentially devour what we’re trying to achieve – ‘Sure, the upside of a token is very high…but the downside is also very low.’ this is absolutely true!


See this post on