How to Get Started Writing on Medium.
Getting your letter seen on the web can be challenging and a little daunting when there are already tons of other websites hosting content. Especially if you’re just starting out writing, knowing the best place or blogging platform to share your words can be tricky.
A great place to start posting is at Medium.com. This site promotes both established and new writers. This might just be the push you need as a freelance writer. You need to learn how to use Medium most effectively to engage your audience.
What Is Medium?Â
Medium is a publishing platform where anyone can publish their articles on any topic. The site does not host ads, allowing the most successful posts in their algorithm to be those that dive deep into topics or provide a unique point of view. You can also see how many readers liked your article by seeing how many “pops” is received, a similar concept to likes on Facebook or Instagram.
However, you can make money writing on Medium, and this is made possible by reader memberships. Readers can choose to pay a membership fee to have unlimited access to all articles, and this, in turn, allows the site to pay Medium contributors.
Can You Make Money on Medium?Â
The Medium Affiliate Program is a way for bloggers on the site to get paid for their work. To apply for a partnership, you need to post at least one story, reach 100 followers, and be active by posting at least once every six months.
The money earned from this program is determined in two ways. First, the more time Medium readers spend on your articles, the more money you make from them. There is no exact calculation of earnings, as it is based on the number of Medium members at that time, as well as many other factors.
You can also earn money by turning free readers into contributors. If you do this, Medium will pay you half the cost of that reader’s membership. With memberships ranging from $5/month to $50/year, you can see how that stacks up.
How to Get Started Writing on Medium
In the beginning, to start making money with Medium, you need to focus on actually building your blog and growing your readership. So let’s go through the easy part of setting up a Medium account.
On the Medium home page, click “Write” in the menu bar, and then click the “Start Writing” button. You will be redirected to a page where you can register.
Choose the method you would like to register. You can use Google, Facebook or email. Either connect an account or enter your email address.
Once you have verified your account with any method of your choice, you can enter the name you wish to use on Medium.
Now you can write a story first or start designing your profile page. Any of these are a good way to start, but you should do each as soon as possible.
How to Write a Story
To start writing and publishing your first story on Medium, follow these steps:
First, click on your Medium profile picture in the top right corner.
From the drop-down list that appears, select Write a story. This will take you to the Medium word processor where you can write directly on the site. If you prefer to write elsewhere, you can always copy and paste your final product there and do the final formatting in Medium.
Once you’ve written your story, you can click the green “Publish” button in the top right corner. You can now add a preview subtitle that readers will see before clicking on your story, as well as tags that tell readers what your post is about.
After you add this information, you can click “Publish Now” or select “Schedule for Later” to have the article published at a later time that you set. If you do this before creating your profile, it’s a good idea to schedule it for later.
As far as what to write on Medium, you can really write whatever you want. On the site, you can find an audience on various topics. As a rule, the best articles on Medium are those that describe first-hand experience with current topics or issues in the modern world. If you really don’t know what to write, some of the most popular topics on Medium are technology, business, psychology, and productivity.
You also want your articles to be of medium length, neither too long nor too short. You can see how long each article takes to read on the drafts page. The optimal shooting time is 5-7 minutes. Longer articles will come in handy later when it comes to making money, but shorter articles will hold people’s attention and get more readers. So, vary the length depending on the topic you are writing about.
How to Design Your Profile
Having a beautiful profile will help you create a good image and attract more followers as a content creator on the Medium platform. Luckily, it’s also easy to do.
Click on your Medium profile in the top right corner and select “Settings”.
On this home page, you can change your name, photo, and biography to be visible to readers.
If you scroll down to the Design section, you can change the font, heading, and colors that make up your profile.
Scroll down to “Connections” and you can connect your social media profile like Facebook or Twitter, as well as show a link to your Twitter on your Medium page.
These are small changes to make, but they can be incredibly helpful in building trust with your readers and growing your audience.
How to Grow Your Medium Audience
Now that you’ve developed your profile and published your first story, you’ll want to hone in on your readership. In addition to posting stories regularly, hitting the 100 follower mark will be your final step in qualifying for a partnership.
Make and reply to comments
A great way to get and keep followers on Medium is to write comments. It can be a thoughtful comment on someone else’s story related to your niche that will draw attention to your profile.
When someone else comments on a story you wrote, especially at the beginning, you need to make sure you reply. This will keep current subscribers engaged in your email and also attract new subscribers.
Send to Medium Publications
Medium has native posts that can expose your stories to a much wider audience, which will get you more followers. The site has a variety of publications for which you can write, including some for new authors.
To post with one of them, you need to visit their page and read their submission guidelines. Tailor your email to them and send it, you can potentially get a lot of followers this way if your story gets published with them.
Get formatted in a topic
One of the aspects of Medium that you should pay attention to when increasing the number of subscribers is curation. Medium selects high-quality articles on specific topics and places them in the search results center for those topics. There are some things you can keep in mind when writing to get a better chance of being a curator.
First, follow the curation rules. Medium curators will disqualify you for posting ads, plagiarism, duplicate content, undisclosed affiliate links, hate speech, indecent nudity or sexual content, images of violence, pseudoscience or other violations of their rules.
You will also want to follow the quality formatting and outlines. This includes writing well-thought-out articles and content that feels complete and doesn’t leave readers stuck. You can find all the specific recommendations on the Medium site.
Write On Medium to Grow Your Writing Career
Using this site is a great way to reach a potential audience for your work. Whether you’re just getting started writing content or have been in the business for a while and want to try a new way of publishing, Medium can help you expand your reach and influence.
How to Get Started Writing on Medium
How to Get Started Writing on Medium