You have probably heard of Medium, the website where you can share your texts with the push of a button.
But did you know that Medium offers ways to make your writing easier with your writing?
Medium’s affiliate program can get you paid for your writing based on the number of people involved. Now earn a quantity Money is a different story. Since payment is determined by reader engagement, you need to get people to pay attention in order to make money.
However, this is not the only option. Mid-range publications like Gen, OneZero, and Zora pay up to $ 1 per word. But in order to get that money, you need to convince an editor to accept your work.
We spoke to a few writers who made money on Medium to share their best tips for using the site to make some cash.
To understand how the affiliate program works, we asked two writers – a novice and a vintage car – to share how they make money on the site.
Danielle Sullivan is an autistic mom who runs Neurodiverging, A blog and podcast about neurodivergent family life – and she’s just started publishing with the Medium Partner Program. Last month, she made $ 20 on an article with 2,000 views.
Tom Blake, on the other hand, has been a Medium Partner since 2018. The marketing blogger behind it This online world The site passed the $ 1,000 mark earlier this year.
Both have some tips for new medium partners.
1.Write (or rewrite) your post
Writer face few limits when it comes to what they can post on Medium – just time and imagination. Sullivan chose to write “smaller, personal opinions” that “only took a few hours” to put together.
In order to publish in the Medium Affiliate Program, you don’t necessarily have to write something new. Newly published posts are perfectly fine.
“If you’re a blogger, you can easily repost your content on Medium to increase your sales and reach,” said Blake.
2. Publish your post
It’s easy to make an attractive, professional medium post. You can use the in-browser word processor to add headers, images, and tags.
3. Promote your work
Medium does not publish exactly how the payment system works, but we do know that more clicks, longer reading times and “claps” (likes or kudos) from paid Medium subscribers can lead to higher payouts.
Basically, it’s not enough just to get people to click your article. You actually have to pay attention to what you have written.
One way to get attention is to get the attention of the middle editors. One of Sullivan’s articles received 2,000 views after Human Parts, a medium publication, posted it on their site.
4. Profit – maybe
Sullivan made $ 20 last month. According to medium statistics, this is pretty typical.
In May 2019 the website offered a peek behind the curtain:
- 55% of the medium partners have earned money
- Less than 10% earned over $ 100
- The highest earner that month earned $ 9,743.90
Medium also selects multiple authors each month to receive an author bonus or extra cash for authors who do a good job on the site.
Blake said this can be a much appreciated boost for new writers.
“At the time of my blogging career, making my blog $ 50 a month was a huge deal,” he said. “When I woke up and saw that my first medium story was making $ 100, I couldn’t believe it.”
Advantages and disadvantages of the medium partner program
- You can write something very quickly and earn money with it.
- An active audience encourages your work.
- You’re on your own. No editorial team!
- Payouts can be small.
Option 2: Write for a medium publication
You don’t have to be a lone wolf on Medium. Mid-brand publications consist of editors who work with writers to publish high quality articles, just like any traditional media company. It is known that these publications pay fair and good.
writer Kelly Dawson earned $ 2,050 for her play in Gay Mag, a midsize publication that went out of business earlier this year. And she wrote on a topic that was important to her: the economic challenges for women with disabilities.
1. Choose your publication
Gay Mag may no longer be around, but some other medium publications are still around and they are thriving.
The Middle editorial group includes:
- Zora – “for, by and about women of color”
- Elemental – “scientifically sound health and wellness reporting”
- Human Parts – “The home of the medium for personal stories and perspectives”
- and many more!
2. Set up the editor
A pitch is an email describing the story you want to sell. Some editors get hundreds of slots every week, and it can be difficult to stand out.
Here are some general tips to help you accept your pitch:
- Put your passion up.
- Have an original angle.
- Look at the audience of the publication.
- Explain why you are the best person for the job.
Even then, it’s a gamble. Dawson had submitted her story to several publications without hearing anything.
“With Gay Mag, I stressed that this is a story about marginalized voices that needs to be told,” she said. The editor saw her vision and she got her “yes”.
3. Write the piece
Once you’ve received an assignment, the real work begins.
For Dawson’s play, she interviewed sources, wrote the play, and went through several rounds of editing. Not every job requires this level of work, but many highly paid ones.
“When I got clearance, I delivered,” Dawson said. “As a freelance writer, that’s the best you can do.”
4. Profit – maybe
While prices can vary, writers can expect to earn a fair wage for middle-class publications.
At the same time, it’s not exactly a get-rich-quick scheme. Dawson made $ 2050 on her piece, but she also worked on it for a year!
Keep track of your hours as you work on a word assignment. You don’t want to spend so long on a piece that you earn less than the minimum wage.
Pros and cons of writing for medium-sized publications
- Really decent payment – like $ 1 a word decent!
- You can work with an editorial team to create a standout piece.
- You need to convince an editor to take up your work.
Ciara Ainsley McLaren is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com