Just curious about Medium. Anyone writing there and what's your experience versus here at Hubpages as far as traffic, editing staff, professionalism, average payouts, collective atmosphere. Do you feel valued as a contributor? Are you satisfied one way or another??
... your insights please
I write on both HP and Medium. The biggest difference I have noticed is that content that does well on HP doesn't do well on Medium and vice versa. For instance, on HP I write gardening articles. They are not popular on Medium because people don't want to pay to read about gardening (Medium is subscription based). There is too much free gardening advice on the internet. I write about politics on Medium which has a very short shelf life. It wouldn't work as well on HP which favors evergreen content. Another big difference is the payment structure. On HP we are at the mercy of advertisers and how much they are willing to pay to buy advertisements. Because Medium is subscription based, we are paid a portion of the monthly subscription for each person who reads our articles. So the more people who read an article, the more money we earn. There is no CPM. On Medium, you don't get paid if a non-member reads our articles so we don't have to worry about Google and SEO. All we are concerned with is our titles and content. I've done some experimenting and found what kind of content my readers prefer on Medium. I earn about 10 times as much on Medium as I do on HP.
Thanks for your insight. So, I'm curious. Since I'm a photographer and a travel writer would you say there's a big interest in destination articles with photography on Medium? I guess what I've been thinking is not to have all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. But, I'm not wanting to waste my time either.
Travel articles are fine but not photography. Medium is text based rather than image based.
I have written a few things on there but find the community to be quite snotty and possibly immoral. There was a gentleman on there recently who was stealing articles and then got banned. He then set up a separate account stating that he 'removed himself' to reflect on 'new beginnings'. He was blocked again. Basically, a website of people who think they are the next Zuckerberg.
I think he came here.
Welcome, by the way.
I have to disagree. Medium does not have forums like HP but there are numerous FB groups composed of Medium writers. In my experience they are welcoming, friendly and very helpful.
From a reader's perspective, what I know is that medium articles pop up fast in the search engine when we search for anything and that's why the platform is more popular among readers. It might be due to their good domain authority. But like others mentioned what makes HubPages different from other platforms like Medium is indeed the forums. We can ask any queries (either related to article writing or anything else) in the forums and we get advice from experienced Hubbers. That's an added perk for the platform. As a newbie, the forums section has helped me a lot in many scenarios.
Medium.com is a lot like YouTube: They both function in a very similar way. If you want to have a database of you literary work published and readily available on the Internet, use Medium.com.
HubPages is the king of content creation, and socialization service provider for artists. It has taken 15 years to build HubPages. It has taken 9 years to build Medium.com. HubPages will always have an advantage of 6 years.
They parent companies of these two companies — Maven and Twitter — also have different purposes and principles.
Thanks for your input. Wasn't aware of Twitter's involvement. I get how the platforms operate, but what I'm really looking for is user experiences and preferences. The nitty-gritty so to speak ... would love to hear various opinions, the good and bad. What can writing on Medium offer it's contributors that HP cannot, vice-versa ...
HP for ever green content and medium for opinion pieces and content with a short shelf life (news, etc).
I think HubPages provides everything than Medium.com can provide. However, Medium.com can not provide all that HubPages provides. This very conversation could not take place on Medium.com. There, we are isolated, silenced into a corner.
One good thing about Medium.com is the fact that its articles get indexed by search engines very quickly; more quickly, perhaps, than hubs do. Post your first article on Medium.com, it will show up on Google within 12 hours.
One very bad thing about Medium is the fact that its user interface is absolutely cryptic, even esoteric; only a very select group of code~savvy people might take full benefits of the user interface gears and gadgets that Medium has to offer. I envied those folks; I still envy them.
Thanks for the breakdown, Tanmoy. The indexing timeframe is outstanding!
Why is indexing by search engines so important to you on Medium? We don't get paid for any of the non-member readers who discover our articles through search engines. We only get paid when Medium members read our articles. They discover us through curation and publications, not SEO.
I've already cleared that on this forum thread why I like that Medium.com has a fast indexing service.
"Medium.com is a lot like YouTube: They both function in a very similar way. If you want to have a database of you literary work published and readily available on the Internet, use Medium.com."
Is anyone still messing around with Flipboard? It was quite a trend for a while to link over there; does it bring any traffic these days?
For non-members, is Medium of any benefit for drawing readers here? I wrote a teaser article there, then added a reference to a more comprehensive article here. My Medium article although indexed by Google, doesn't get any traffic though.
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