I Made $532.77 in One Month on Medium After Just 5 Months of Writing
In October 2018, I made $422.83 with the Medium Partner Program in 5 weeks and published my first ever earnings report.
This month I broke $500 in just 4 weeks.
Here’s how I did it, and how I hope that you can too.
Commitment to consistency comes first
First, many thanks to Niklas Göke for the advice to just start, Jeff Rose, CFP® for inviting me to commit to an entire year of blogging, and Tom Kuegler for his email course that helped me get started on Medium itself.
And most importantly, thanks to the many of you who have been reading my articles and helping me grow.
Medium is all about the community, and the money is only second to the amazing relationships I’ve developed here.
I committed to an entire year of publishing at least 3-5 articles each week and have not stopped. Consistency is a massive factor in my success. I cannot emphasize this point enough.
I’ve now published over 200 articles on Medium. All because I chose to be consistent and stuck with it.
“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.”
— Gena Showalter
You cannot earn well with the Partner Program if you are not publishing consistently. Sometimes those articles will be garbage, but you have to learn to publish them anyway to become better.
I keep track of my improvement
I have a Google Spreadsheets document that I use to track everything about Medium. More on that later.
The most important part is that I am tracking my progress. I check my stats frequently, consider what made certain articles great, and adjust accordingly.
You learn well from failing prolifically in the beginning.
But you learn even better by studying your successes and those of others, then replicating the process. This is how to reach the next level as a Medium writer.
Some days I obsess over stats to a fault. Most days, actually. But I’m okay with that because I know that I’m not perfect, and neither will my experience on Medium.
If you haven’t noticed on by now, this article isn’t perfect, but I’m going to finish it and publish it anyway.
You’ll never be perfect, and neither will your stats. You have to admit this when you get started so that you can learn from your mistakes rather than letting them cripple you.
But if you keep going, your stats will improve because you will improve.
Writing more articles = better stats = more earnings
This month I started writing more articles. One Friday afternoon I wrote an additional 5 articles and submitted them to publications.
The following Monday I saw my best stats ever. Nearly a month later I have tripled my views and doubled my reads and fans.
Don’t just publish unedited and sub-par posts though. Make sure that each article is your best work and thoroughly edit. Your best work doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be YOUR best.
How do you come up with so many ideas for articles though?
Every time I have an idea for an article I’ll just open up the Medium app, start a new story, type the title I’m thinking of, and save it for later. I have nearly 100 unpublished drafts. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas.
And when I get writer's block I just write and publish anyway. I made a commitment to myself and I refuse to give up. Do yourself a favor and commit.
I continued my system and make micro adjustments
As I began writing, I became hungry to learn all I could about being successful on Medium. I still am.
I was getting so much information from webinars, articles, and other Medium writers, that I decided to systematize it into a Google Sheets document. I’ve continued using it from the very beginning, and make minor modifications every day.
It’s those little adjustments one day at a time that have turned my Medium Success spreadsheet into quite the powerhouse for information and inspiration.
I have the following sheets in the document, and I hope some of these ideas help you create your own:
Title Ideas (NEW!)- A list of blog post ideas from Pat Flynn in this article: 25 Copy-and-Paste Blog Post Templates — UPDATED with 8 New Templates! with columns for me to add my own ideas based off of what he gave in his post.
Headline generator- A work in progress, but is designed to produce headlines with the push of a button. I don’t use it super often though. To be honest, I usually just work on titles as I go. Adapted from a seminar done by Anthony Moore.
Every day checklist- The source of the system itself and how I implement micro improvements. When I get on Medium, I know exactly what I need to do because I’ve refined this to the essentials (what you see above).
Persuasion generator- Also a work in progress, and less finished than the headline generator. When it’s finished it will generate persuasive statements to use in my writing.
Pre-frame generator (NEW!)- I’m learning this concept of pre-framing from Russel Brunson’s DotComSecrets book and it’s amazing how powerful it can be. I’m working on a generator that will help me determine good ways to pre-frame my articles.
Quotes- I read a TON and I need a good place to store all my favorite quotes and stories to use in my articles.
Top tags- The list of my tags I would like to become a top writer in and that I regularly use when I publish articles.
Lessons learned & ideas- Just a place to throw ideas in so I can sort them out later.
Top publications- I took Tom Kuegler’s list of the top 10 publications and listed out which ones I’m in and what ideas I have to get articles into the ones I’m not.
Earnings and spendings- What I’ve earned and what I’ve spent. I just broke $1500 total! Much of my money gets re-invested into helping me become a better blogger
You can do this too, I believe in you
I didn’t believe any of this was possible when I first got started.
I was once where you are now, dumbfounded at how much some people were earning through the Medium Partner Program.
It still feels weird to tell people that my side hustle makes me over $500 a month.
But my goal isn’t just to enjoy this money and keep everything I’ve learned to myself. I really want to help you discover how to get to this point. I really hope these ideas help you get started and that you begin earning money.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I would be glad to offer any advice that I can. I’m far from the best and certainly not an expert, but I will share with you what I’ve learned that can help you reach your goals.
Commit to consistency, keep writing even on hard days, and track your progress.
I’m in this with you.
You’re going to go far.