My Journey To The Medium Partner Program
An insider’s look at the Medium Partner Program and the journey here
I’ve recently(just a few days ago) got to that 100 followers mark, and was able to join the Partner Program. It’s been a pretty long journey already, and I know there’s so much more ahead of me, too.
Here’s a quick look at my journey and the process of starting from 0 followers to now at 100, and how much money I’m making now.
A Rough Beginning
However, I was looking into making money with writing, and thought Medium sounded like a pretty solid choice. I wrote my first article, hit ‘Publish’, and anxiously checked my ‘Stats’ board each day, waiting for my article to go viral and get thousands of views.
Of course, it didn’t.
The day I got my first view, I thought everything was going to get easier. But it didn’t. I got the occasional view, my first follower, that month, but I slowly gave up. I wasn’t getting the amazing results I expected, and so I got discouraged.
That’s one of the most important pieces of advice I want to give to beginners. Lower your expectations. It will probably take months and months, maybe even years, to see results you’re happy with, and in the first month or so, you would be lucky if you hit 5 followers.
That’s not to say that you’re not going to succeed — it just means you need to be patient and realistic.
Back to the story — after my first article, I published a fiction short story. It wasn’t a bad piece, necessarily, but Medium doesn’t exactly love short stories, and they don’t do well in the algorithm. I think because of that, and my erratic posting times, Medium sort of forgot about me. That’s when I really gave up.
The next year/month, January 2022, I forgot about Medium for almost the whole month. Then, on the 30th, I decided to pick it back up. I wrote an article, and published it.
It got a few views, one or two per day, and that motivated me. So I published another article, and I decided to take Medium more seriously, clearing some space in my life for my digital work.
I put in place a publishing schedule, which is something I heavily recommend all writers do. I still follow it to this day — publish an article at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays. I’ll be honest, this was a random time and day I sort of came up with on the fly, but it’s working out, even now.
I kept writing articles, and in February, I gained 3 followers, which brought me to a total of 4. The next two months were pretty slow, but I kept at it — in March I got 2 followers, and in April 3.
So far, I had been writing on Medium for five months, with only 9 followers to show for it. But it was progress, and seeing the two to three views every day was enough motivation to drive me.
That’s another thing — let even just a single view keep you going. Even if it’s just one clap or one read, that’s a real person reading your article and hopefully enjoying it. You’re making an impact on somebody, even if it’s small, and that’s something you might have not been able to do if you haven’t started Medium.
Getting The Ball Rolling
In May and June, however, thing started picking up. I gained a total of 47 new followers in the course of two months(21 in May and 26 in June), and I started seeing some real progress.
People were replying to my stories, highlighting and adding to their lists, and I felt like I was really growing, making progress. Sure, it had taken me seven months to reach over 50 followers, but it was a far cry from the original 0 I had started out with.
I was excited, motivated. I kept writing, kept publishing, even though sometimes it would get boring, or the road to 100 seemed too far.
And then…July hit.
July of 2022, this month, doubled my followers and brought my previous 300 views for 30 days to over 1,500 in 30 days!
On July 12, I got 75 views, which topped my previous record of around 40 views. Then, July 13, I got 102 views. July 14, 236. July 15, 280 views — and the day I hit 100 followers.
Now, I have 122 followers, and I get two to five every day. I’m not saying any of this to brag or show off — these are realistic results if you stick with it and work hard.
Let’s take a look at how much I’ve been making, and some final words of advice if you also want to start making money off Medium.
I’m going to lead with this — the results I have are not groundbreaking, hundreds of dollars every day. However, I came in with the expectation of getting barely a cent per day, and I know that there’s room to grow and expand.
My first day in the program, after metering all of my stories and putting my referral link out there, I got no money. I wasn’t too deterred, though, as my newly metered stories had only been up for a few hours.
The next day, I made my first cents — $1.33. I was pretty happy with the amount, and the next day(today), I made another dollar, bringing my running total to $2.33.
Again, these results won’t make me rich, but it’s about a dollar a day, amounting to about $30 per month and almost $400 per year. I would say that’s pretty good for typing on my computer two hours a week.
Advice If You’re Just Starting Out
It took me eight months to get here, learning everything from writing good headlines, optimizing my time, and publishing an article on a time crunch, and it might take you longer, or shorter. However, I truly believe that if you do work hard and don’t give up, while it might take years, eventually you’ll reach a point where you can actually say, “I make money writing.”
Here are some tips on how to get there:
- Be patient. As discussed above, patience is key — this is not a get-rich-quick-scheme, it’s a slow, long-term game you have to be willing to play. Be consistent, and eventually you’ll see results.
- Form a community. This involves letting the readers know you’re a real human being, and interacting with them beyond just publishing articles. The easiest way to do this is simply by clapping and responding to comments on your posts. It’s a great feeling when a writer you admire actually responds to your comment!
- Adapt. Blogging success isn’t just writing. It’s analyzing your statistics and optimizing your SEO — and one of the most important parts of this is adapting to what your readers like. If you find your articles about programming do better than 3D modeling, try to write more about programming for more views.
There’s a lot of things to think about when trying to write on Medium, between publications to get more readers promoting email subscriptions, and it can be super overwhelming when you first start out.
To keep it simple, just remember two things: One, every 100k-follower writer used to start out knowing absolutely nothing.
Two, success isn’t quick nor easy, but if you put in the time and the effort and most of all you keep consistent and don’t give up, somewhere along the line you’ll start reaching your goals.