How I Increased My Earnings from under $100 to over $1,000 in Three Months

And how you can do the same

M Khorasani
May 14 · 7 min read
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Introduction

As far as I can remember, I’ve always yearned to be a prolific writer, with the sort of writing that can be transformed into a side hustle with a tangible extra income. With that mindset, I first began writing on Medium a little over a year ago and while the first year was largely without yield, the past couple of months have been rather rewarding. Now that was not the result of coincidence or sheer luck, but instead the culmination of a careful observation and learning process. And in case you are wondering, no I do not have an abundance of free time on my hands, I do indeed have a demanding full-time job as perhaps most other writers do. And nor have I published hundreds of articles and I most certainly do not have a large follower base. In fact, as of this moment, I have 306 followers on Medium.

Medium Partner Program earnings 2021 — image by author.

1. Get Featured

This is arguably the single most difficult step in breaking that glass ceiling I talked about earlier. In itself getting featured won’t deliver any tangible results, it is more of a stepping stone. See, to gain traction and publicity on Medium you will need to join a reputable publication. Writing a featured article will render your radar signature large enough to catch the attention of these heavyweights, and if you make it this far, chances are the publication itself will approach you and request you publish with them.

2. Join a Reputable Publication

This is perhaps the second most arduous task to get to the $1,000 mark and the logical successor to the previous step. Joining a publication is not easy and will take a near herculean effort, but once you get your foot in through the door, it will be much simpler to publish other articles with them.

3. Deliver Regular Quality Content

The keyword here is regular, not abundant. I cringe every time I hear someone claim that you absolutely need to be writing non-stop. I’m not saying that continuous posts won’t help, but it is not necessary. My delivery pipeline itself is a testament to that, I typically write four articles a month, hardly more. What is critical though is to write regularly and with quality. You need to make content delivery a routine, otherwise, you risk losing engagement with your followers and perhaps even the attention of some publications.

  • Content is God King, if you want to keep your traffic engaged, ensure that you are delivering rigorous and relevant content
  • Tutorials fare better than op-eds
  • Shorter less wordy articles acquire more traffic and higher read ratios than longer articles
  • Niche articles generate longer reading times and greater revenue than generic articles

4. Be on the Scout for Writing Opportunities

Blogging is a market in itself. There is a supply and demand for every topic and the price of an article so to speak, is determined by market forces. In the same way that you wouldn't invest in an unpromising stock, you should also avoid writing about subjects that are irrelevant or over-saturated. Instead, you should be on the look for content that is in surplus demand and attend to it before someone else does.

My stats before addressing writing opportunities — image by author.
My stats after addressing writing opportunities — image by author.

Conclusion

In the final analysis, it is fair to claim that making it above the $1,000 monthly mark was not easy and it should not be either. But it is definitely attainable for many of us out here. One must pay close and careful attention to the outcomes of others to learn what it solicits to make it this far and even higher. In my experience, I needed to get featured before I made it into any publication, and I needed to publish under the auspices of a reputable publication to gain enough traffic. But that wasn’t enough, I also had to deliver regular quality content and keep an eye out for writing opportunities whenever one presented itself. In short, stay vigilant and persevere, and you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.

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Just Pals on a Couch in a Yard

Thanks to Brittany Jezouit

M Khorasani

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Hybrid of a data scientist and an engineer. Logistician. Candid. Realpolitik. Unlearning dogma one belief at a time. www.linkedin.com/in/mkhorasani

Yard Couch

For those seeking long-term success. Open, honest, with nothing left hiding behind the curtains. Share your story with a few pals on a couch in a yard. #Bitcoin

M Khorasani

Written by

Hybrid of a data scientist and an engineer. Logistician. Candid. Realpolitik. Unlearning dogma one belief at a time. www.linkedin.com/in/mkhorasani

Yard Couch

For those seeking long-term success. Open, honest, with nothing left hiding behind the curtains. Share your story with a few pals on a couch in a yard. #Bitcoin

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