How I Made My First 100,000 Views From Writing in 3 Months
To achieve big things begin asking
Looking back, it was easier to get to 100,000 views than it was to 1,000.
I published more than a dozen articles in my first two months for less than 1,000 views in total. In the next three months, I published four articles and received well over 100,000 views.
Here’s how I did it and the lessons I’ve learned as inspiration for your journey.
Why Do You Want to Write
I never thought I’d write a story about crossing 100,000 content views. It never really occurred to me that I could get so many views so soon.
I started writing after a decade of waiting, when the idea of running a business for a lifetime, just to earn a constant paycheck, made me miserable.
I’m not sure whether my writing has made any real difference to the world. But I’ve enjoyed it far more than anything else, including my biggest paycheck. I used to wake up at 5 just to write before work.
I had everything, and I still wanted to write.
And this is exactly what you’ve to figure out. Why do you want to write?
Would You Read It
To think about writing and to sit down and perform the real act are two very different things. Initially, my only goal was to write. Anything, but every day.
Slowly, I tried to make more sense and published my first piece online. It was garbage, really. But it was good for my confidence. Until it got zero views.
A mistake most new writers make is that they publish everything they write.
My advice? Don’t.
Yes, you should write every single day. But don’t publish everything you write. I understand you’re excited about your first few pieces. But no one else is.
The moment you go online you’re next to so many great writers, and everything else. Publish when you have something important to say. Otherwise don’t waste your reader’s time.
If you can’t decide if it’s worth it, ask yourself would you read it?
No One Owes You Anything
You can be forgiven for thinking that the simple act of writing is enough. But as I said, I didn’t get many views for my first dozen stories.
Readers don’t come looking for your content.
It’s something I should’ve known from the beginning. And I suppose I did. But chose to ignore to focus on one thing at a time. But writing isn’t one thing. And sooner or later, you’ve to figure out the other parts.
Trust me, no matter how good, your story doesn’t matter if no one gets to read it. And the world is not going to conspire to make you a writer. Or it will, I can’t say. But I didn’t depend on it.
Because let’s face it, the readers don’t owe you anything.
I had to figure out a way to put my content in front of an audience. And the best way to do it was to collaborate and use someone else’s audience.
But how do you collaborate with magazines and publications to get your content in front of their large audiences? Especially without any experience, while working full time, and with every other excuse in this world.
You begin asking properly for it.
But first of all, read their content, and make sure you meet their standards. Now, this part can get confusing. But I’ll keep it simple. What you really need to ask yourself is whether or not you can imagine your content up there?
I compare my work with other writers and, on most days, I’m convinced I’ll never be as good. But every now and then, I come across a story, and I think I could’ve done it. And that’s your cue.
I’ve written a step-by-step guide on how to pitch any publication. Check it out. Once you begin asking, it’s only about not giving up after a few rejections.
I’d recommend you to be prepared for plenty of rejections. Treat it like a routine, like writing, and editing. It’s really simple: the more rejections you get out of your way, the closer you are to getting published.
So go ahead, and begin asking.
Unlike most new writers, I didn’t wait an indefinite amount of time to pitch major writing outlets.
I thought as long as I was in the business of collecting rejections, I better make them good. So I started to pitch big magazines and news outlets.
And I got lucky.
One of my articles got accepted by a major publication. And it changed everything. And more than the views, it was the huge mental shift, that has mattered to me the most in my career. I started to back myself as a writer.
I’m not special. And I don’t have any secrets. I was being unreasonable.
Repeat Your Luck
I’ve never had a problem with attributing my success to luck, as long as I can repeat my luck.
My first successful article made me afraid. Now I wanted to outperform myself as proof that I could create my own luck.
So I repeated everything to the best of my knowledge. And the process became its own reward. I became a better writer the more I wrote.
In the end, I published a couple more articles with the same publication. And made my way into a major digital news outlet.
I started repeating my success.
Remember, once you get lucky, it’s all the more reason to test your luck.
Don’t Chase Money
I’ve made multiple times more money than most new writers and bloggers. But it happened as an unintended side result of dedicating myself to what I love.
I started writing because I was tired of running a business where the only motivation I had left was the money.
And it wasn’t very motivating.
None of my top-performing articles, that have also made me the most money, were written for the money.
I do get attracted by the prospect of making money with my articles. But often at the cost of losing interest in my writing.
So I make sure I’m not running after the money.
Ultimately all writing advice boils down to this one basic rule: you’ve to keep making progress.
Whether it’s 100 words, or 10,000.
At the end of the day, the only reason I can’t make progress is that I’m not writing. The only reason I can’t get published, and can’t get more views, is because I haven’t written anything.
So whatever you do, keep writing.
That’s What I Did
When we look at the past, what appears to be connecting the dots, could really be a vague attempt at making sense of the randomness. But this is how I believe things might have worked out for me.
I want you to treat it as your own history. Act as if you’ve already achieved success as a writer. Because 100,000 views or 1 million, it really doesn’t matter.
In the end, we all wake up empty-headed, wondering if we’ll be able to put together more meaningful words ever again.
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