We are all responsible for growing smoke.io by making our content exclusive

6 months ago

These are my random thoughts about smoke.io and the things that get posted on smoke.io

I love this platform, as many of you guys already know. But I do have to say I get frustrated sometimes with the some of the users on platform and the things that get posted on here. It really isn't what is being posted per say it is more of the fact that too many people are cross posting and are not creating exclusive content for smoke.io. I am happy to see so many people in the Cannabis Community on other sites that censor people finding their way here, but they too many are cross posting and are not creating any exclusive Smoke.io content. And they are hurting the value of smoke. I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again. Why would anyone come to smoke to read the content if they can find it else where? The only way we grow as a community is to make what we post here exclusive to smoke.io. The exception to that is video hosting as we don't have a way to embed video yet. But even then you can unlist the video and make it exclusive to Smoke.io where your regular subscribers of that network doesn't have access unless they are also on smoke, because they can only view it through the posted link or through the embedded video.

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The goal

For many of us here (And it should be everyone's goal that is a user here) is to grow the platform and increase the value of the smoke token. The way we give it value is to make our content exclusive to smoke.io. Does that mean you can't occasionally cross post, no there are always exceptions to the rule, but when you have a video posted and you mention all these other social media sites but no mention of Smoke.io I have to wonder if you are just posting here to abuse the reward pool and do you really care about the long term growth? Cause when I see videos like that I just assume you are self-plagiarizing or you are pretending to be said person as a way to abuse the system. I also have an issue with contests where I have to go to other sites to follow in order to enter, as it takes people away from the site, and the longer people spend on site the more valuable smoke becomes. Which we all benefit from and if we all are making our content exclusive to smoke.io then we make it more valuable because people when then come here instead of other sites to get the information.

It is okay to disagree with me about this

Just so you all know, I don't mind people disagreeing with me, that is why I made the post, to maybe get other perspectives, but also to explain my own. I will not vote for content that I know is cross posted (not to say I haven't ever voted for cross posted stuff I have, then seen it posted elsewhere, I don't unvote it but I do make a note of what user it is). I will not support content like that because I think it devalues the site. I also will not support content that takes people off site. Seriously guys we want people to stay here when they are on here, not click out to go to IG, Twitter, Facebook or any other countless other sites where they might stay and not come back.

I do get disappointed

When I see cross posted content with high rewards. I wish that those with large accounts would think about how much of a value of a vote they give those who cross post. Personally I would like to see those post not be rewarded at all, but I know that some people feel it gives value where I think that cross posting devalues our site. But I can't do much about it, and I am not going to waste a flag on what would other wise be great content. But I am going to appeal to the content creators who are cross posting, to please stop and make your content exclusive to smoke.io. You can still post on other sites. I know I post on other sites and keep my content here exclusive. And if you are going to cross post do the right thing and disclose you are cross posting. That way you don't look like a complete content thief.

Till next time stoners

I didn't write this to offend anyone, just want to grow the platform I love with exclusive content. Don't forget it is 4:20 somewhere so puff puff pass

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#growingwithsmoke

Edit

Cross-posting and promoting are two different things. Yes everyone should be dropping smoke.io links

There is a difference between promoting and cross posting



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I am with you in this. The content if made exclusive to smoke can make it a different brand from all other platforms out there.
I mean if someone likes our(smoke.io) content, he has to get it exclusively from us. No distributors allowed. Not this time, atleast. May be once we grow to a certain level then it might not matter much because people would know where the original content is coming from but in these early days, it should be exclusive.

Must not have been easy to writte this and click post. I agree with you. If we dont start watching the little details of our actions as members of Smoke.io who wish for smoke to grow and expand, then we will do perhaps more demage to it then help. This site is all about cannabis and uncensored content. It is good that you spoke up knowing that there might be people who disagree but I think that one of the good things about smoke is that its troll free. Atleast I have not found even one case of it. We talk, we accpet opinions, we disscus and we conclude. Unlike on many sites our voice here matters and everyone can be heard. When I started with smoke I also joined a month later steem. Mostly because of dtube. Also my first interction with decentrelized sites and crypto in general. I thought that I would just crosspost (didnt even know that term then) and be done with it. Usie it just for dtube mostly. I still use it but I put perhaps 1 or 2 posts. My intro and I think one but I cant rememeber. I decided to focus mostly on smoke and try to promote it. Also steem didnt seem so appealing to me. I got bored with it fast.

Looks like this might've been quite tough to write. You make excellent points. I think your statements are balanced and I do not see them as being offensive or particularly authoritarian (rule-setting).

My position is that I find that I express different things on Smoke, perhaps even the same things in different ways :) ... I have cross-posted (here and Steem) for content I wanted to share on both platforms, and I will continue to do this - which is not often btw (twice so far!).

In other regards I agree with what you say, it makes a lot of sense.

Bravo for having the courage to speak your mind in such a clear manner 🔆 .

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The words flowed easily the hard part was deciding to post it or not, but I decided if some get butthurt over what I say then that is on them. I am doing what I can to try to grow Smoke and make it a place people want to come to read my stuff because the content can not be found elsewhere. I would love to see that site wide...But hey it is what it is.

As you know I am not a fan of cross posting to steem and whaleshares, I know that posting to twitter is not the same as crossposting if you are dropping the smoke link and a few tags, I mean when it comes down to the people who are doing a direct copy and paste cause they are more worried about the rewards than building smoke and I can name a few that have told me this is why if they do they have lost my support and will continute to do so.

Posting a image and linking to smoke is what we should be doing to get users to come over to smoke. we all should be using other means of social media to get people to come see an article over on smoke

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What I meant by that is there was a contest that wanted me to go follow them on Twitter Facebook Instagram and YouTube in order to enter the contest didn't say anything about following on smoke. So they want me to leave to enter the contest? No
But yes always link don't know why people are mixing promoting and referring people to the site with cross posting

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Yes, I understand what you mean, They should be getting people to also come on over to smoke and join the contest by following them here. I agree this would be a great thing if we can get the people that are doing outside contest to smoke.

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I been thinking about this for days it has been eating at me. Maybe because all the contests I do here, but to see people hosting contest that you have to go offsite, I mean it is great and all but I would love to see it being done to promote smoke and where you don't have to go offsite, but looking at that particular blog, they are not vested in our community they are using it as a platform to market products and to shill their affiliate links. I like the guys on Youtube but since they have started to post here and are not making any exclusive content, I feel they are here to make a quick buck off our backs and don't really care about our community. As they are not engaging really with us. But then I realized as I was thinking about it, that this boils back to the whole culture of cross posting and being rewarded for it.

Smoke.io is my only posting platform for cannabis. If you want my content you’ll come to smoke!

I must confess.... I am the worst Offender. I cross post and share on Twitter like Crazy. I am always always looking for an excuse to paste that https://Smoke.io LINK everywhere I go. Everywhere.... I want the whole world to know about Smoke.io .... I will cross post and share with a Link saying Originally shared on the All-Cannabis Social Network Smoke.io ... the only place you will never be banned for sharing your Original Cannabis Content.

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I think that this is really helpful, because you remind people where this content is actually coming from and if they want more they should visit the site.

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That is exactly my thought process.... we need to share the great content we find here and always include the Smoke.io Link....

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Sharing links on twitter, facebook, and other social media is different. I am talking about copying and pasting cross posting. Like posting the same thing here as you do on steemit, whaleshares, medium and other blogging sites

I'm also not a fan of cross-posting and usually don't reward them, but I think that sharing Smoke posts elsewhere is really beneficial to the site, especially since we have such a low user count. As the community grows in number, cross-posting will lose it's meaning and probably less people will actually do it.

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If we don’t share our Smoke posts outside of Smoke.io how will anyone outside of Smoke ever learn about Smoke ?

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Maybe I wasn't clear enough. What I meant was is that I don't reward the same post on two different platforms because It feels dumb to me. I don't mind seeing it shared tho, if I've seen a post pointing to the original I would rather go to that site and reward them there instead if that makes any sense.

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I think what I was saying was confused some. Share the links on other sites to here. Just don't copy and paste your blog posts 1000 places. But always share links that come back here.

How do you expect to spread smoke.io to other if you don't cross post.. what if you missed something important because it was exclusive to Reddit?

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I think there’s a difference between sharing and cross-posting. Check how @rawpride now shares his Smoke content on Steem. That’s what I think @tecnosgirl refers to when she drops the term self-plagiarism (how many times do you think can you sell that exact same content to different publishers?).

Of course, platforms like reddit/Twitter/FB are for many “marketing” assets used to drive traffic.

With (especially YT) videos it is different since there is no requirement for the traffic to go to a specific location, the video can be embedded and depending on account status the creator can earn from ads no matter where the video is shown.

The question then becomes: what profile are you marketing/building? Are you actually an active contributor on the platform (clearly you are, but for others it can often seem like it’s just a “flyby copypasta dump fo the rewards!”).

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Unnamed that is what I am getting at this copying and pasting blog posts every where. The links that come back here are great. But the posts that are at 2 to 10 places word for word is what hurts the platform and doesn't grow it.

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Yes, I agree if we can share the links like https://whaleshares.io/@skylinebuds to places around the internet that all lead them back to smoke to read the article it is the best thing for smoke as it will drive traffic here.

This is now what I have been doing with whaleshares as I am under the understanding this is what whaleshares is meant to be a place to share now blog, I have thought about doing this on steem but well , I think we could all be doing this on places like twitter instagram and any other means of social media to drive traffic to smoke

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Smooth linkdrop. :D