Only a little over half of the writers who published stories to Medium earned money in July. Make sure you’re earning, too!
We all have our reasons for publishing content to Medium. We all have our own goals.
But I would assume for most of us to earn a little income on Medium every month (or, hey, a lot of income!) would be up there on the list of priorities.
And it doesn’t matter if you publish 1 story to Medium a month or 50 stories. If you put out good work, and you promote your work as best you can, you’ll likely make at least a little money on this site.
Trust me, it’s slow going at first. My first month on Medium I published 31 articles, and I made all of $13. It wasn’t great… but it was a start!
If you want to make income on Medium, especially significant income, you need to have patience. You have to keep trying new things.
Damn, I published new stories almost every day to Medium between May and December in 2018, and I made all of $231. $231 in eight months!
Still, though, that definitely beats making nothing. 43% of writers or publications who wrote at least one story for members in the month of July didn’t earn a penny. Isn’t that insane? It definitely amazes me.
Where did I get these statistics? Medium actually released an update about July and included it in the report. Here’s a short snippet…
Now I’m assuming many of these writers who earned nothing only posted one or two stories for the month. Didn’t come up with good headlines. Didn’t provide a good picture (or a picture at all). Didn’t format the story correctly. Didn’t promote it in any way.
And on and on. This is not the way you want to approach Medium with your writing and creativity. You want to have a smarter approach. Every single day!
I get up every single day motivated to do more great work on Medium. Write new stories. Take more chances. Try something new here and there.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I earned $29 on Medium this past January. Just $29 after nine months writing for the site.
And then in July I made more than $1000 for the second straight month.
Now I’m not able to tell you how to earn $22,000 in a month on Medium. I feel like I could write and produce Medium stories twenty-four hours a day and still never come close to that amount.
But every single one of you can absolutely start earning some kind of money in a month on Medium, as long as you work hard and work smart.
You don’t have to produce a new story every day if you don’t want to, if you don’t have the time.
The key is to do lots of things really, but most especially you need to
- write and produce great stories
- write excellent headlines
- provide fantastic photos at the top of your stories
- promote your stories well
- try to get your stories curated
- make sure you engage with the Medium community
- and create one or more Medium publications.
This is always a good place to start.
Again, you can start slow if you want. You can take your time with the creation of a new Medium publication. You can take a few weeks to get a handle on everything.
To keep publishing story after story, and never giving up. Write as much as you can, and then write a little more.
Study which of your pieces do well, and then write more like that one, while at the same time taking chances on new kinds of pieces in new kinds of topics.
Don’t be sad if you didn’t happen to earn any money on Medium in July. Don’t let it get you down if you happened to be a part of that 43%.
Instead, let it be your ultimate motivator.
If you keep at it, keep trying new things, keep doing the best you can, you’ll reach $5, $10, $50, maybe even $100 in a single month on Medium eventually, I guarantee it!
Brian Rowe is an author, teacher, book devotee, and film fanatic. He received his MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He writes young adult and middle grade suspense novels, and is represented by Kortney Price of the Corvisiero Agency. You can read more of his work at his website, brianrowebooks.com.