My First Month on Medium: 11 Tips for Others

Shamar M
Shamar M
Nov 25, 2020 · 6 min read
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It has been one month since I joined Medium. I can definitely say I am enjoying it so far.

I’ve published 17 articles this month and have a bundle of drafts ready to go out, some just need editing. What helped me here was having a week off work, it was just full of writing and colouring!

I’m not going to talk about how much money I made, I don’t agree with it (most people don’t make any money from Medium in the first month but lucky me, I did). If you want to hear my figures and stats etc. then you’re not going to see it. I believe this is personal information and I’m not going to it share with you.

This post is regarding everything I have learnt so far and what I can teach others who want to write on Medium for the first time.

1. Finding a Niche

One thing I was advised when I first started is pick a niche. Yeah, not happening. My mind is overly active and full of wonders. There’s too much in the world to talk about to only talk about one thing unless you’re just a poet, writing about business/marketing, science or politics.

You do not need to pick a niche. If you feel you can write about whatever, however, wherever, then just write. A good piece of writing is a good piece of writing regardless.

2. Post all Over Socials

This is absolutely key. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. The whole works.

I don’t like Facebook, I have never had it before. I’m not a people person online. I had to start an account in order to get hints, tips and have any questions answered. I made a Quora and a Redditt also.

There is no need to rack up a mass amount of followers on every platform. I do not post on any of them frequently, it’s all about the hashtags and being able to post in the relevant groups/spaces.

I have joined eight Facebook groups that are all about Medium. All of them give me an opportunity to post links to my work which has helped me MASSIVELY and I highly recommend you do the same.

3. Interact With Others

This is also absolutely key for your work. If you want it to spread, you need to interact with others.

When you are posting all over socials and in general having a browse, please take time to read other people’s work. Clap, highlight, respond. The odds are that they will do it back for you and this is how you help develop your little fanbase.

There’s also a lot to pick up from other people. Look at how they format their work, potentially you can start formatting in a similar style if you like it? Pay attention to their style of writing. If they have a lot of claps, maybe there’s something for you to take away here? If your work is seemingly different from everyone else’s, maybe you should try and fit in a tad more.

4. Publications

I had absoutely no idea about publications when I first started. I had self-published about three pieces and then decided I should have found out about publications from the start.

If you choose to self-publish, publications can come to you and ask you if they can publish your work. What you need to say is; “Yes and thank you.” It will only help you in the long-run.

I am part of ten publications, but I have not submitted to all. I have my favourites and so will you. Have I been rejected? Yeah, of course. My first rejection threw me off a bit. But believe me, it happens to everyone religiously.

I advise you take a good browse through a publication before you ask to become a writer or pitch a piece of work. I am a writer for The Start Up, I only went for it because it’s one of the biggest publications. I have no work for it. I can’t even think of what to write for it and none of the articles that are published on their page actual interest me.

Rookie mistake.

5. Sign up to the Partner Programme.

A lot of rookies don’t realise they’re a good writer until it’s too late. There is a chance to make money from publishing on Medium.

All it takes is that one article that can make you a good few hundred, maybe even a grand. You will not sleep at night knowing you missed out on that.

Even if you’re making a few pounds here and there, money is money and you should be grateful you’re making it. If you don’t want it, donate it to charity or just ask me for my PayPal details.

It’s only $5 a month, for me it’s cheaper because I live in the United Kingdom. 100% worth it.

6. Don’t listen to “How I Made X Amount on Medium”

Please don’t fall for this shite. It’s not your money and it’s not your work. It doesn’t concern you and there’s a strong chance they’re lying just to get views. It happens.

In fact, these type of articles really pee me off. People just like to brag. Set your own goals and targets.

To make it worse, I have just seen someone on a different writing platform talking about how they are now going to start a course regarding how to make money on Medium. Are you taking the fucking piss?

THERE IS NO ALGORITHM FOR MONEY. THE ONLY PERSON MAKING MONEY IS THE PERSON SELLING THE COURSE.

If you’re here to make money on Medium, it is rare you will hit big bucks in the first few months. It does happen, but it’s rare. Even some of the writers that I see now that publish how much they made in the month started off with $0.00 or under $100.

Keep grinding.

7. Publish Once a Day

This is a big debate regarding success on Medium. You will find that the majority of good writers who do make a good amount of money will post five times a week minimum.

I also do this and I advice you do to. The more you can publish, the more interactions you’ll have and the more you’ll learn.

8. Curation

Also known as “going viral.” Not happened to me yet, and actually, I don’t care. Judging by other people’s comments and attitudes, it does nothing much for you anyway.

Want to be curated? Read the curation guidelines! Do I read the curation guidelines even though I’ve been bitching about not being curated? No! Hence why it probably hasn’t happened to me.

9. Followers

Nearly 200 followers in my first month. Not bad. One of whom is absolutely gorgeous. I started by just randomly following about 50 people a day. Quite a few followed me back.

I don’t know how relevant followers are. I guess, just like anything, the more followers you have it gives off the impression that you are good at something.

Wrong. It just means you have been writing on Medium a long time.

Don’t get it twisted, you do need followers for your own little fan base. I just don’t really know what it does for you other than be another statistic for you to watch out for.

10. Stats page

I look at mine once a day. You kind of need to if you’re new. You need to know what’s working and what isn’t.

I can’t make sense of how the money is calculated on here. I don’t waste my time. Just know if you’re racking up numbers then be grateful and you should probably continue to post surrouding that topic/format.

11. You Will Never Be the Best and Don’t Aim For It

Okay, bit harsh. Of course you can aim for the top. Just not in your first month. Find your feet first.

I always try and be the best. I have an extremely competitive nature and it’s ended me up in pretty cold and selfish situations with people I do love. I get jealous very easily, so when I see people doing well on Medium? I WANT IT.

Time and patience. You have your own flow, your own way of doing things. Who knows, you might be one of the best. Prove me wrong.

I’m still trialling out new things. I can see how my work has drastically improved from my first article. Claps are going up, views are going up, highlights and responses.

You don’t need to follow my advice at all. Do what you want to. But, I can say I’ve done well and I won’t be stopping writing any time soon.

I can also now admit I still don’t know who Tim Denning is…

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Shamar M

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BSc Psychology. PG DIP HR Management. Cat lover. U.K. based. Editor of Show Your City publication.

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BSc Psychology. PG DIP HR Management. Cat lover. U.K. based. Editor of Show Your City publication.

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