The Medium platform sounds great. Writers' income does not come from advertising (yay!) but from a chunk of the membership fees. But here is the catch: As a non paid up member you are only allowed to read three articles per month for free. After that, if you are interested in a topic and want to read more about it via an internal Medium link you get this message:
Sorry Medium writer I was interested in reading your article but not for $5 p.m. So that poor Medium writer just lost me as a potential reader. As a business model, that sounds to me like a snake trying to eat itself by its own tail. Correct me if I'm wrong.
What is your experience as an active paid up Medium writer?
That's interesting. I read articles on medium all the time.I do not have a paid account nor do I have a free account. I read while not signed in. Are there some categories or pieces that can be accessed only when signed in?
Glenn writes on Medium. Hopefully, he chips in.
I'm what's called a "lead writer" for one of the topics on Medium. I have about 30 articles on the site and learned a few lessons:
- Your article must be "featured" by the editors to get any views or money. Otherwise, it gets buried on the site far deeper than here and receives almost no views or income.
- The editors place a heavy emphasis on original themes and points of view. They seem to like more of an essay approach to major life topics.
- Less than 10% of all Medium writers make more than $100 a month. If you hit a home run, you can make a lot of money from just one article. But getting a home run is very difficult.
- Even "featured" articles don't seem to rank well with Google, maybe because of the subscriber paywall.
Makes me wonder if more than 10% of the writers here earn more than 100 USD a month. I have a feeling it's not the case. Medium does sound like a good place to publish non-evergreen articles that are not intended to get traffic from search, do you think I'm right or partly right with this opinion?
Well, I actually discovered Medium via a Google search for something or other.
Yes, I think you are right.
I also think Medium is a good place to write if you have some goals other than just income.
For example, I'm writing a series of articles on a single topic that I hope will lead to a book. I also get some value out of links in the articles as well as a stronger SEO profile.
As a writer on Medium you have a choice of labelling articles as "free or unlocked" (for anyone to read) or "locked". Only the locked articles are eligible for earnings and they can only be read by paid up members. So an unlocked article gets far more views but no income and vice versa.
Oh wow. Now that I know this, I would think that the free version also gives people some earnings if the paid members hit clap. At least that would be the logical thing to do.
I've read a lot of Glenns work, so I wonder how he does there. If he does not respond here, I will write to him and point him to this thread.
Subscription models work to the extent that people subscribe, so I would want some idea of their user base and pay per view from them before trying to jump in.
You get paid every month based on reading time and applause ("claps" ="likes") from members.
I think it's quite a big larger than the HP network. I suspect it has grown quite a bit since the 2016 stats below.
https://venturebeat.com/2016/12/14/medi … -visitors/
No, Brendon, the free version doesn't give any earnings. Obviously the articles links are beneficial.
I am tempted but it is seems a lot of work.
"Tom Kuegler firstname.lastname@example.org via n.convertkit.com
3:19 PM (1 hour ago)
Post 5 x a week - can be min 600 wrds.
On a separate piece of paper, write down "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday" side-by-side. Now write down 5 "topics" you want to write about continuously from here on out.
After that, make each day a different "topic," and ALWAYS write about that topic on that day from here on out. This gives you some variety to write about a lot of different things.
ONE MORE THING: Before you publish, make sure to use some of the more popular tags on Medium for your article. Here's a Google Doc with the list.
Tune in tomorrow for literally the best piece of Medium advice anybody will ever give you.
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"Even "featured" articles don't seem to rank well with Google, maybe because of the subscriber paywall."
I can image! Who in their right mind would want to pay for reading an article when the information searched for is so readily available elsewhere for free.
The NY times shows up in search some times but they have a 5 article limit. I therefore think Medium is a place where experts collect and share information on non-evergreen topics.
I know for a fact that the blockchain has a lot of people who post only on Medium, so if I were looking into blockchain news and stuff like that, Medium is the place I'd go to. News sites that do have articles too, are usually rewrites by journalists and not experts.
Ignore the grammar and punctuation typing while walking on my phone.
Medium editors place a heavy emphasis on both originality and quality of writing that people may not get elsewhere. The subscription model may work for that reason.
I found this interesting: http://studyhall.xyz/blog/2018/6/12/med … journalism
It seems there is zero transparency about why people are paid what they are paid, the algorithm for views/claps to dollars is secret. I don't think I would sign up to that.
If it stayed at tens of hundreds of dollars it might be fine but those numbers are back from when paid partners were all invited. I bet it looks a bot different now.
Bottom line: before I sink effort into something I want to know what the deal is, exactly, Been burned too many times....
Googling around generally does not show anyone celebrating the open paywall as creating a great place to write for profit.
You may find this interesting: https://writingcooperative.com/can-you- … 565989d599 seems like it may not be worth your while.
I wrote for Medium and soon found that it is not the place to make any significant money. I now write for Smarterparenting.com for which I get paid for per article. I also have written travel articles and beyondhonolulu, http://www.euroradialyouth2016.com/trav … -kongaika/ and Hubpages.
Thank you everyone. I think I'll give Medium a miss after all your input.
The worst thing about them is that they give many beginners a $100 incentive bonus, in the hope that those new writers will write wonderful things about Medium to promote the site to more naive potential members.
I received pay out from Medium, but it doesn't work like a regular publication:
You don't get paid per view, even if paid members viewed your articles. You get paid per interactions: claps. Eligible claps are from paying members.
How much money you get per claps depend on how many other people receives claps from the paying member. If one paying member claps only on your story, you get all the money.
There are many publications that publish Medium writers. Some of these publications pay you per article IN ADDITION to publishing your content.
To get paid from Medium you need to join the Medium Partner Program.
I hope this late response is useful )
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