Medium Best Practices

Medium wants to help you make your story the best — and most widely read — it can be. To that end, here are a few tips and tricks:

  1. While there is no designated word count for any story on Medium, stories of 400 words and up have generally been the most popular.
  2. Write a headline that best reveals the gist of your story.
  3. Choose a high-quality photo (minimum 900 pixels, or 900x900) for the top of the story. Horizontal images work better than vertical.
  4. Where appropriate, make use of Medium’s formatting features: two levels of headlines, Notes for footnotes, hyperlinks, and section separators (formed by pressing return twice).
  5. Get feedback on your draft, and proofread for grammar, punctuation, and formatting.
  6. Submit to relevant Medium collections.