So Far, Is It Worth The Effort?
Yes, I’ve earned money writing on Medium.
I thought that writing an article, publishing it online and getting paid because people liked it was just a dream. But it’s not a dream anymore, it’s real.
Please don’t think I’ve made millions of dollars on Medium. The competition is high and it takes time for people to get to know you and for you to get to know people. Also, I might not be a good writer. I’m still trying.
I’ve only made enough money to go for dinner twice. Or three times if I order tap water instead of beer. I’ve written an article showing my first pay on Medium and how happy I was. You can check it here:
Medium made it possible: I got paid for writing
My first month: my earnings and my experience
But after almost three months in the platform I’m asking myself a lot of questions.
There’s no doubt that it’s been highly beneficial as a reader. I’ve found amazing articles and I’ve connected with great writers. Medium is an unique social media platform for readers and I’m really happy with it.
But what about the other part? What about being a writer?
I’ve started writing since the moment I found out you could get paid for it. I had no expectations: at the beginning, earning $1 was more than enough for me. The first month passed and I got paid. Then the second and now the third one.
“Is it worth?”. That’s the question that is in my mind right now.
Pretty much all of the writers on Medium would like to work as freelancers. So I though that the comparison should be made with that kind of job.
Freelancers can charge per word, per article or per hour. So let’s begin…
My total earnings on Medium are $60.78.
That’s $13.52 for the first month, $25.49 for the second month and $21.77 for the third month. I hope the fourth is better, but I can’t know thatnow. I’ll let you know at the end of the month…
During those three months, I published 21 articles.
According to Medium, all those articles need 91 minutes to be read. People read, on average, 230 words per minute. That means that I’ve written around 21,000 words.
I would say I spend around 30 minutes for each article. That’s about 11 hours.
That’s $60.78 for 21 articles or 21,000 words or 11 hours.
So, if I was a freelancer, I would have earned:
- $2.89 per article
- $5.52 per hour
- $0.002 per word
That’s really bad. But…
Here’s the good part
First of all, Medium gave me the opportunity to get paid for writing for the first time in my life. So I can’t really complain.
English is not my first language, so my writing skills are not good and I still get paid. Again, I can’t complain.
I write whatever I want. I don’t have to listen to clients or to write exactly what they want me to. That freedom is a big plus.
Deep inside I know that the better content I create the most I’ll earn. It will take a long time until I find what I’m good at and what the readers want. I need to define a personal a style, get followers and try yo figure out Medium’s algorithm. Once I learn that, everything will be better.
I have’t published every day. I’ve worked only 11 hours. That’s just a little bit more than a normal shift. If I work a little bit more and I get a little bit better I will really be able to tell the difference.
Every time I have a beer or some ice cream, I know I can pay that latter by sitting down and write one or two articles. Isn’t it great?
So, is it worth?
There are a lot of people out there trying to make a living out of Medium, and it’s not possible for all, so I know it will be hard.
As I’ve already said, I’ve just started. Only three months, writing in a foreign language and working less than 4 hours a month. $60 is not bad at all, is it?
The good thing about Medium is that the readers set the value of your work. If they like it, they clap. If your article is not good enough, it’ll get lost in the Internet. So you’ll find out whether your articles are good or no.
I just wanted to do this exercise to see what the value of my work was so far. I know it all depends on me.
And what about you? How much have you earned per article?