I’ve been a consumer of Medium articles for almost an entire year.
It’s hard to believe that only a month ago I began actually creating content.
I have Gary Vaynerchuk and his book Crushing It! to thank for helping me overcome my inhibitions and finally get started.
I also have many others to thank who’ve helped me along the way. You can consider this a way of saying thanks and a way of showing that it is possible to earn a nice little amount of extra income here on Medium.
While there’s been a lot of spinning my wheels and multiple different directions, here’s the most important points of what I’ve done.
I ran into this YouTube video from Jeff Rose, CFP® and signed up for his email list on making your first $1000 blogging. He says to commit to at least a year at first. So I did. I’m still keeping that commitment today.
Next, I subscribed to Tom Kuegler’s email list on making money on Medium. I’ve done everything he’s said in that email list every week since I started and so far, it works! That’s included publishing 5 times a week, following others, contributing to publications, and continuing to use the right tags as I work to become a top writer. I’ve also learned from Tom to become part of the community that is available here. It’s vital to succeeding, you can’t do it alone.
The rest of what I’ve done was based mostly on Tom’s recommendations or was as a result of following them. The basis of everything that follows is that I continued to write articles 5 times per week, regardless of how terrible I felt they were.
First, I was contacted by Sam DeBrule and invited to contribute to Noteworthy. I gratefully accepted and have been actively contributing since.
A couple weeks after that I was contacted by Nicole Akers and invited to participate in Publishous, which has been kind enough to feature my articles multiple times. There has been a clear improvement in my stats since then, and I earned my highest amount for one individual story because it was featured in Publishous.
Tom, you were right, “Medium is all about the publications.”
Really, what that means to me after I’ve actually followed the advice of an expert, is that Medium is all about the community.
I’ve loved the community I’ve joined here and I hope to continue to grow and help others grow as I keep my commitment to do this for at least a year. Hopefully much longer.
If you’re apprehensive that you are capable of earning money on Medium, don’t be! Just start writing and join the community. You might earn a little extra cash, but more importantly, you’ll develop relationships and connections that will mean a lot more.