How to Go From 60 to 2,000 Views a Month in Medium
Yes, writing more is part of the answer, but there’s more
This is a topic that has been written about a lot. And I have to say that when I was starting, at first it got me quite excited to know that you could grow here. But as time went on and I saw no progress, I started giving up — until last month, when I finally started getting some traction.
But before I go into how it went, let’s see the progress in numbers.
Around December, I was about ready to give up on Medium. I was still going to write, but I was already testing other platforms to see how they worked. And this was especially the case when, during the first weeks of January, I started getting this message:
And my stats were quite bad
Seeing this, and then seeing no feedback in weeks, made me start thinking that curation was out of reach for me. I was ready to give up until one of my articles was accepted by Better Marketing and curated. This made me write even more than I had previously. I started to write a few articles per week. And this took me from where I was in December to where I was in January.
But it wasn’t until I started writing at least one article every day that the results started showing. This was also what drove me to create my own publication, which went from zero to 14 followers in two weeks without my trying to grow it (not much, I know, but still a really pleasant surprise).
And here is what I learned about growing on Medium.
I know this has been used and mentioned more times than we would like, but there really is a reason why. Unless you write and put content out, there is no way for you to actually get seen.
Nobody is going to search for you on a platform where so many people are writing every day. There is no way you will be found unless you appear enough times.
So make it a habit to write every day. If you find it hard, don’t force yourself to start with full articles. Try to write one tweet a day. No matter what happens, for one week write one tweet a day about any topic you want. Once you get used to that, start writing a Quora answer a day.
By doing that, you’ll be able to get into the habit of writing, and you’ll discover that you can beat writer’s block. In my case, for example, it wasn’t writer’s block, it was just that I was too lazy to write an article a day.
So start writing something as simple as a sentence, and then build up from there. Try to publish what you write because another fear we usually have is the fear of showing our work. By publishing it as a tweet, you’ll train yourself to get used to the process.
Try to control as many variables as possible to make the change smoother. Reduce the amount you have to write to an amount that is too easy for you to fail. Do it on a social network where you will lose nothing by writing. Tweets come and go so fast that you lose almost nothing with them.
By using platforms such as Twitter and Quora, you will also start building your own audience. Interact with the communities there and show that you know about some topics. And as you train yourself to get better at writing daily, you’ll find that you are also creating a following to share your articles with, a community that cares about who you are.
2. Value Process Above Everything
As you write day in and day out, you’ll most likely start looking at your stats to check how well your articles are doing. This is normal. You care about what you wrote and you want people to like it, so you’ll most likely check the information every day, and even many times a day.
While this is bad because you could be using that time to write, it’s also unavoidable if you care. But the problem is that those stats will have a bigger effect on your mood than you think.
When the stats are as high or higher than you expected, all is good. You’ll get a high and write a lot more than you were supposed to.
But when those numbers are lower than you expected, you’ll find yourself with no motivation and might even want to give up. Maybe not the first or the second day, but after one week? You might really want to quit, and this is exactly when you should persevere.
This is the point where you can learn one of the most important lessons ever, the value of focussing on the process. Because when you focus on the process, when you focus on what you can control, then there are no mood swings, and there are no ups and downs in motivation. There is only effort in, writing results out.
You care only about writing one more article. You don’t look at the numbers, you don’t look at the follows, and you focus only on writing one more word, on growing one step at a time.
If you can achieve this change in mindset — I have to admit I still haven’t; I mean, I am so happy about the increase in stats that I’m writing about it — you’ll find that work becomes easier. You don’t write when you feel like it, you just sit down and write at the same time every day.
3. Support Others
Try to clap as much as you can. Give as much love to the work of others as you can. If you like even one of the ideas that someone mentions in an article, show it. Clap or write a comment or tag that person, and share their article.
By doing this, people will be more likely to take a look at what it is that you’re doing. They’ll be more likely to also show you their support. It’s important to understand that we are all playing in this together. And that it is only through helping each other and having fun that we can create a community
For example, I really enjoy the work of David O., Fab Giovanetti, and Sergey Faldin, and I have clapped for almost all of their articles I’ve read. And in the same way, I received the help of many people who also clapped for my articles.
So if you ever find someone’s work interesting, show it. They will appreciate it.
4. Don’t Get Discouraged by the Lack of Curation
Work every day and don’t worry about the “Hang tight!” message. It doesn’t mean that your story won’t get more coverage. It only means what it says.
At first, I assumed it meant that the articles were out for sure. I continued thinking that for almost two months — until this week when, for the first time, I saw that articles that weren’t curated weeks ago got curated on the 26th.
If your article isn’t getting as much traffic as you’d like because it hasn’t been curated yet, it doesn’t mean that it won’t ever be curated.
It just means that you have to continue with your craft and focus on getting one more article out. If it gets curated, good. If it doesn’t, then one of the next 30 articles you write will, so just take it one step at a time.
The best way to get more articles curated is to write more and better quality articles. In my case, I saw that, so long as you can manage this for a few months, you can get results, such as four articles curated in a single day.
Frankly, that was a pleasant surprise but still only something that isn’t under my control, something I can’t let myself be controlled by. Once again today I released one more article.