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Once you have acquired some Steem, you will probably do like most people on Steemit and power up with Steem power.
Your Steem power is what determines the value of your vote on Steemit. For the first year of Steemit, most people with Steem power used it to vote up content on Steemit.
Once Steem power delegation became available, more Steemit users began to delegate their Steem power to various new Steem platforms and services like voting bots. You can delegate your Steem power and earn a return on your delegation. The return on your investment will vary depending on which project you are delegating to. In essence, you are only loaning your Steem power out for a return, but the Steem is still in your possession.
The delegation button may be found in the Wallet section of your Steem account. Once you delegate Steempower, you will see a record of the amount of the delegation. The amount with the minus sign indicates the delegation amount. One of the best things about delegating power is that you may cancel the delegation at any time. Your Steem power will take 1 week to be released back to your own account. Delegation allows you to engage and support many of the Steem platforms and projects without making a long term commitment. You may also delegate to more than one project at a time.
The returns for delegating can be quite lucrative. Delegation is a great way to grow your Steem power while exploring the many platforms of Steemit.