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Getting in the active validator selection

After setting up a reliable validator the problem is getting in the active validator selection, which is not an easy feat. You need to have enough nominations to get in the selection and start getting some return. Since nobody knows you the question is how to get nominated. A high self stake helps but when your validator doesn’t get selected your dots earn nothing, which they would do if you would nominate another known validator with enough nominations to get in the selection. To tackle the problem of getting elected there is the option of participating in the thousand validator program but you need a high self stake especially for polkadot; minumum 5000 dots for polkadot and minimum10 KSM for Kusama. You also need to confer to some rules (in essence using the “perfect but complicated setup”).