The Best Tips for Writers and Bloggers Here
Secret tips from a prolific writer (not so secret!)
Medium is an incredible platform for self-expression, creativity, and writing according to your own interests and passions. I’m super passionate about attracting new writers and audiences to Medium.
I basically also want to dabble in offering educational advice here, though I’m not a big influencer like some others who do this on a regular basis.
There are amazing ambassadors for Medium, including Shaunta, Shannon, Brian and many others who will consistently get curated in Writing. Follow these folk, because they do this for a living.
This is also because of the uplifting and helpful content they provide the ever-growing community within the Medium Partner Program.
Now it’s also easier than ever to publish on Medium’s homegrown publications that are revamping mere publications into top-notch magazines on the topics that demonstrate the evolution of Medium’s unique voice on the internet.
- Medium’s Editorial Group is now actively collaborating with walled garden writers, both new and old alike.
- How they work with writers on the platform is showing huge potential!
- Here’s a quick list of Medium pubs and how you can submit to them!
Chrome Extensions for Medium Writers New Writers Need
I’m a huge fan of both the curation system and the Medium community of writers, along with the creativity involved in the platforms that are challenging norms on the internet with fresh subjective and objective takes on the world around us. Words matter from within and without, but there’s always a new tool that can help us embolden our inner scribe.
Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
- Grammarly. I’m prolific in my bad grammar and typos. IF you are too, perhaps you will want this chrome extension (even the free version does wonders for me!)
- Medium Enhanced Stats. I’m a stats nerd and if you are too, you will LOVE this tool. I love it when new writers seem shocked that I have access to deeper insights into my articles, and it’s an open secret that this tool deepens the enjoyment of numbers. (This is the app that let me know I have 1.5 million views and 1,500 articles lifetime on Medium).
- Play.ht if you love hearing stories. This is my favorite AI tool for listening to my own stories, mostly to correct my (above mentioned) annoying typos. I also love the different voices. It’s super addictive, I think.
- BuzzSumo for more insights on social sharing stats. Medium already does an incredible job of helping you know where your external traffic is coming from, but I always double check these with external analysis as well. I guess I’m just obsessed! Maybe you are too.
- Take a Break by Eyecare Plus helps to remind me to take breaks. I’m the ultimate procrastinator but I also get bogged down by PC addiction, sometimes forgetting to move, eat and what not. I’m experimenting with productivity apps and Chrome extensions that take my mental health into full account.
- According to the Similiar Web chrome extension, Medium has 232.60 million monthly visitors, with an average duration of 1.45 seconds, so writing more shorter articles might sync well with its global audience. Medium ranks within the top 200 websites in the United States. This is very encouraging if you love what this platform offers.
Tips for Writing Great Subject Titles and Story Subtitles
- Always have a killer title and subtitle that will help let your reader know what the article is about.
- Evoke curiosity, above all, in a strong headline. Also remember to add several subtitles throughout the article to help guide the scanner in all of us (most people don’t “read” online like they do a book).
- Evoke emotional responses in the title and subject line, so people are tempted to comment without even reading the story, that’s how hooked they should be. (However, if it's too negative it may be considered clickbait and may be disqualified from curation).
- If you know who your audience is, create titles that best match their interests, preferences, topics, and style. Audience-centric titles do the best.
- Think of a title for your story that offers real value and is accurate with what you have written. Be genuine in how consistent the title is with the actual article . Over-promising is a form of clickbait.
- Write titles and headlines that you think would perform well for SEO (on Google), this takes some practice and tinkering but if external traffic matters to you, it might be worth a shot and some consideration! This is because Medium already has stellar native SEO. Do what works!
- Use a headline analyzer if you feel it might be helpful to decide between 3 or 4 potential headlines you are considering for an article.
Tips to Getting Curated
- Contact support and ask them if they could please submit your stories for consideration to be curated if you get the high-volume notice. Be an advocate for your own creativity. Remember support are human too and want to see you succeed.
- First, however, make sure your article template and design is congruent with what the top writers on Medium are doing. They have a Newsletter, so then maybe you should too!
- Write short paragraphs, even stand-alone sentences, for easy mobile reading.
- Use a lot of images that are free to use, which you have expressed permission to use. Do not be lazy in this, above all.
- Have a wide banner image that’s high resolution with details of the source beneath, preferably from a source mentioned in Medium’s curation guidelines. Words matter, but they shine with great design.
- Have multiple sub-headings in the article to improve its core readability and immersion.
- Choose more general mainstream topics that a wide audience might be interested in, including people of different ages, genders, and backgrounds if possible. (Medium has millions of unique visitors each month).
- Have no fear to hit publish, because your article will only reach a limited audience anyways. Be bold and creative and write as frequently as you feel like.
I’m no expert, but I hope you got some value from this article. Feel free to highlight the parts that were most useful to you so I know what to write about more in my educational series for new writers to Medium.
Is there a topic you want me or another writing advocate to cover? Who is your favorite writing about writing author on this platform? We are all in this together so gather tips and share them, since the more we all succeed the better this app becomes.
I’m engaging less for a while on Facebook, so I can write more helpful articles for new writers.
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