I Made $166.16 Writing For Medium
How Much Money Can You Make Blogging?
Sparky here. Remember me?
When we last saw each other, I was embarking on a 30 days of blogging, spree. I posted three times on this site, and then promptly went silent.
…Sorry about that….
The thing is, I never quit blogging. I just realized that there was a possible side income opportunity with writing on Medium.com, so I decided to take my words there. One month later, I’m happy to say I made $166.16!
It’s not that I don’t like you guys! I swear, it was only about the cash!
As you know if you’ve read my blog on Passive Income, I am always looking for ways to bring in money.
Get Paid To Write Articles on Medium
Medium, in case you didn’t know, is a blogging site that was created by Evan Williams in 2012. If his name sounds familiar to you it’s because he’s also a co-founder of a tiny company called Twitter.
The intention behind Medium was to create a place where people could share their stories with more than 140 characters. In doing so, it grew into a blog sharing platform with over 60 million unique readers a month.*
That’s no small number for those of us out there just starting blogs and struggling to find our audience. I figured that even if I didn’t make any money, I could at least send a few readers to my blog, Vancognito.
I published my first article “How I Accidentally Destroyed Portland Oregon” on March 23rd to a whopping 18 readers. Now, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but considering the posts on my own two blogs got less than 5 organic views a day, I was pretty stoked.
I continued publishing, and at the end of the week I saw that they had credited my account a whole $4.66. Again, I realize I’m not going to pay for a trip to Italy with that, but it’s something.
How To: Blogging for Money
Getting into the big bad world of blogging for money can, at times, be daunting. I’m still trying to figure out how it all works, so when someone hands me a small bit of cash I get excited.
The next few weeks I continued pumping out articles as often as I could, but more importantly, I was reading everything I could get my hands on.
The Medium Partner Program works by charging members $5 a month for unlimited reads on the site. When I, as a member, read something I like, I “clap” for it. Each clap is then counted as a monetary reward to the author of the article. Basically, more claps on your article=more money in your pocket.
They haven’t exactly made it easy for writers to figure out how much each clap is worth though.
Say I clap for 10 articles a month. My $5 member fee is then divided by 10 and each article will get $.50 from me. If I clap on 100 articles however, the each article only gets $.05
So it’s hard to really know or plan for how much you will get each month. Your best bet is to write something amazing, promote the heck out of it, and watch those pennies roll in.
And how do you promote?
By reading and clapping for other writers.
Writers on Medium are so warm and wonderful, I’m almost embarrassed to see my stuff published with theirs. I know I’m new to this, and I’m working hard every day to get better, but these people still read and share my work like it was their own. I feel completely supported as a newbie, which is wonderful.
That alone is worth the sign up. Even if you get nothing else out of it, know that other writers will read your work and encourage you to continue.
Easy Money is a Myth
As with all things though, it takes work. Each article I publish takes me from one hour to one day to complete. Sometimes, the words flow out of me like lava, and others I have to force them out.
Almost like trying to force a dog into a bath.
Putting in more work though, is never an indication that it will be read by more people.
The one article that matched up to my expectations earnings wise, was an article about the time I was on a reality T.V. show. I spent a solid day on that piece just trying to get all the details right. I only had 35 people actually read the article when I published it, but something wonderful happened a week later.
One of the editors for the site loved it.
He loved it so much that he sent me an extra $100 just for sharing it with the community.
In fact, most of my articles about my previous profession seem to attract the lowest amount of readers, but Medium still loves them.
Two days ago I even received the notification that they were giving me “Top Writer” status for Food.
A big achievement for sure, but still a head scratcher considering the low read rate.
Getting Paid to Blog
At the end of the day, if you’re looking to make some money online and all of your affiliate marketing is taking too long, try writing for Medium…
…But only if you have an engaging story to tell.
If you’re just writing the same “How to Blog” or “Stay at Home Mommy” posts everyone else is, you probably won’t get very far. But if you’re a weirdo and have some unique insights or stories about life to share, it’s absolutely worth trying out.
If I can make $166 in one month writing, then anyone can!
* Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_(website)
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