In the past month, I have started writing and publishing posts on the Medium.com platform. It is something that has been in the back of my mind for some time, but I never got around to getting started. Finally, in early October I changed that and published the first of six posts for the month of October.
I want to ramp up my efforts in the month of November and increase my publishing on the platform. With the aim to publish on a daily basis for the whole month of November.
In the past, I have always made use of my own platforms to publish my content. When you look at the differences between publishing on your own platform and somewhere like Medium there is a big difference.
Publishing On Your Own Platform
When you choose to publish on a platform like WordPress there is a lot to consider. It is not as simple as just writing your content and hitting publish. Before you can even start thinking about publishing you need to register a domain name, web hosting and install WordPress.
At this point, you technically could start publishing what you want to write. But you will find that the look of the site is maybe not quite how you like it. You need to consider steps like getting the look and feel of your website right. Finally, you also need to consider how you are going to get people to come and read what you have posted.
Publishing On Medium
I am not going to say that publishing on Medium is easier, just that the process is significantly different. To start with you can be writing and publishing immediately.
You do not need a domain name, website hosting or anything else. All you need to do is sign up to Medium and you can start publishing. If you want the ability to make money from your work there is a couple of extra steps.
There is also no need to worry about the look and feel of the site, as this is all predetermined. All you need to worry about is writing and publishing great content.
Making Money On Medium
Potentially the most interesting aspect of Medium for me is the ability to make money because of your work. There has recently been a change in the way that earnings are calculated on Medium.
Previously the way that you earned money on Medium was dependant on paying members adding claps to your posts. The monthly fee that they pay would be divided between all the posts that the user clapped on.
However, this process changed on the 28th of October 2019. Now when a paying member reads your post the membership fee is divided based on reading time.
In either case, you are likely making small amounts from each instance a clap or a minute of reading time. But I think the second option does in a way make the playing field more level for all content producers.
I only just started on Medium with my first post on the 10th of October. I managed to make eight cents for the month. You might say why such a big deal? But I look at this that I made eight cents with a total of six posts which garnered a total of 13 reads and four claps, in my very first month.
November Daily Goal
If I can start making a few cents in my first month it will be very interesting to see what can come from some consistent publishing over a few months. To get this started I want to set myself the goal of publishing daily to Medium throughout November.
There is no doubt that this is going to be a challenge. But it is a challenge that I am very much ready to take on. One good thing about Medium is that you can repurpose content from other sources. So for example, if I have a post on my own blog, I can republish that to Medium. As part of importing a post that already exists to Medium a tag is added that refers back to the original post. What this does is remove any issue of duplicate content penalty from Google, but still allows you to potentially earn some money from posting to Medium.
Time to Get Started
Being the first day of November I am going to have to get started on this quite quickly. The last thing that I want to do is fail before I have even begun.