19 quick tips for succeeding on Medium
I checked my Medium earnings today and realized that I’ve already earned over $4,000. The exact figure is $4,011.82. That’s in just under 6 months. I’m just getting started though. I have a 5-year plan.
Other writers often ask me how I’ve had such early success. I’ve shared many tips over the months, but here are 19 quickies to get you started.
- Just write — This is where it all starts. If you never write you’ll never earn anything. If you can only focus on one thing, focus on writing.
- Be consistent — If you want to become a successful writer you need to have some consistency. It’s no good writing 10 articles one week and then taking a month off. Publish regularly. Preferably daily.
- Set your profile up properly — Look at the profiles of the top writers on here. Use those as inspiration to create your own great profile. Don’t copy them, but adapt them to your own circumstances.
- Be yourself — Don’t just blindly copy topics that others write about. Readers want to read what you have to say. They don’t want a repeat of what a top writer just wrote.
- Write 5–10 headlines for each story — Headlines matter. A lot. Choose the best headline of the ones you came up with.
- Write for your readers — Don’t just write to make money. If you write what your readers love, the money will follow.
- Make a long-term plan — I’m planning to write for at least 5 years. Writing isn’t a get-rich-quick side hustle. It takes time to hone your writing and build a following.
- Don’t get burnt out — Some writers get burnt out. Make sure that doesn’t happen to you. If it’s getting too much, take a break and re-evaluate what you’re doing.
- Don’t obsess over your stats — Your views will go up and down daily. That’s perfectly natural. Look at the bigger picture. View your stats over months or years. My views are down over 80% in the last two weeks. No big deal.
- Experiment — In the beginning, you need to experiment a lot. Find out which topics work best for you. I’ve experimented with writing, side hustles, making money, wealth, economics, relationships, and more.
- Don’t compare yourself to others — We’re all following different writing paths. It’s counter-productive to come yourself to writers that are years ahead of you. Instead, compare yourself with where you were 6–12 months.
- Don’t write for different platforms — When you’re starting, write for one platform. For me, that’s Medium. Don’t write for 5 different platforms all at once. You’ll likely fail at all of them.
- Carry a notebook with you — You never know when a great article idea will pop into your head. Write it down right away. I’ve had too many ideas that I didn’t write down. By later in the day I’d forgotten what they were.
- Once a week take a day off — I don’t mean just from writing, but everything. Have a lie-in, lounge around, go for a walk, whatever. Have a totally relaxing day. It will keep you fresh. I don’t do this enough.
- Review your stats once a month — See what’s working best and double down on those things. If certain topics work better for you, write more of those.
- Create public lists — Group your best stories into lists. It’s an easy way to share all your best stories with just one link.
- Pin your best stories — Pin your best stories to the top of your profile. Change them regularly. Maybe once or twice a month. Experiment. Maybe weekly will work best for you.
- Reward yourself — If you have a great month, reward yourself. Take your partner out for a romantic dinner — paid for by your writing. They’ll think you’re awesome.
- Enjoy yourself — Writing should be fun. Relax. Don’t stress about stories that don’t get views. Have fun. Don’t be so serious.
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