Every day I check my stats on my articles. Looking to see those views, reads, and claps keep rising.
Every stinking day.
And multiple times a day, too. I worry, fret, and wonder. I sometimes even compare weeks to estimate how much money I might make that week.
Admit it to yourself, you probably do it too. Far more than you’d like to say.
We all do it.
It’s okay. You’re not alone. You’re not the “odd one out” here for checking your stats too much. We are all still only human at the end of the day. It’s perfectly natural to want to improve, and want to earn more money as well.
I used to wonder what causes a good day for my stats and a bad day.
I’ve learned that it’s not as much the quality of your stories, although that is an important factor. But this principle, if practiced, tends to improve the quality of your stories anyway.
Consistently good and improving stats have everything to do with your consistency in publishing articles.
Every day that I didn’t publish a story in the month of September, for example, my stats were lower than the surrounding days that I did publish.
Even if the story wasn’t a great one and didn’t get very many views or fans.
The reads and fans were also lower on these days.
The real trick to improving your stats and earnings, I’ve found, is in one simple universal law of success.
If you can publish every day, or every weekday, or even just once or twice a week, and do it for a year, you will improve.
Try this for 5 or 10 years and you will generate a following that just might let you quit your job. What would that be worth to you?
Your Stats Tell You Where You’re Headed
If you publish consistently.
My favorite part of the principle of consistency in an effort to improve stats, is the math of where it’s possible to go.
I started with zero. No followers, views, reads, claps, or anything.
But as I began publishing every day, I got better. My numbers began to rise, and have done so consistently as long as I have kept publishing.
Let’s say that you have been posting every weekday (only missing a few here and there) for 3 months and have experienced the following growth:
Views: 1,793 → 3,532
Reads: 999 → 1,807
Fans: 399 → 524
Ignoring exponential growth (which is conservative but makes the numbers easier and doesn’t get our hopes too high) if you had these exact numbers and maintained your publishing schedule consistently for the entire time, in 18 months you would have:
Over 15,000 views
Over 6,500 reads
Over 700 fans
And probably more.
To be honest, I performed this analysis a couple of months ago and these are the numbers I got. As of right now, however, my stats (see the main image) are exceeding these estimates or are about to just one month later.
I’d be willing to wager that stats like that would net you well over $1,000/month if you only published locked stories.
All of that can be yours if you’ll publish consistently.
I believe it’s all possible if you make a plan and stick to it. I’ve already been seeing it work out for me.
Figure out exactly what you need to do every day and every week on Medium to keep this up, and know exactly where you’re going. Systematize the process.
Fix your vision on where you’re headed. What it would be like to have all that extra income per month? What would you do with it? How would it allow you to live with greater freedom?
On the days when my stats are down and my self-confidence proportionally so, I remember one key fact that keeps me going.
If I were to keep publishing exactly as I have been, in a year I could be making over $1,000/month (and probably more).
Where could I be in 3 or 5 years?
It’s my future that keeps me going. It’s what I’m looking forward to, not what I’m running away from that keeps me writing and publishing consistently.
Where will you end up if you keep going?
If you’re at all curious to know where your stats will be at any time in the future, click here to get access to the spreadsheet that will calculate it for you.
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