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1300th Published Story — 13 Kickass Medium Writing Tips

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To master the game of online writing and become a better writer

OMG. I’m jumping out of my skin excited.

Recently, I published the 1300th story on Medium.

Here’s the proof:

If you could see me right now… I’m doing my happy dance.

It looks like this:

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“Yeah! I feel really good about this awesome achievement.”

So while I’m writing these lines, from time to time, I’m looking out of the window and watching the seagulls flying in the air.

I’m listening to my favorite song Belly Dancer and my fingers are flying over the keyboard.

I’m in the zone. I write like no one is watching.

But it hasn’t always been that way.

Let’s cut the fluff and let’s dive right into the nitty-gritty…

Here are my 13 tips from writing 1300 stories on Medium

#1 Make Your Stories Easy-Digestible For Goldfish

Your audience is a bunch of goldfish with “internet brains”.

Please don’t take this personally.

We’re all goldfish.🐠

On the internet, people scan. With hungry impatient eyes.

When it comes to reading stuff online, we all have almost ZERO attention spans.

So what’s the secret to getting your story read online?

You need to make your stories skimmable.

Here’s how to catch fish:

  • 🎣Use a catchy headline and a subheadline.
  • 🎣Use headings and subheadings to group content and make your text scannable.
  • 🎣Break your text into small paragraphs (not more than 3 -7 lines) and use bullet points.
  • 🎣Have only one idea/takeaway per paragraph
  • 🎣Highlight/emphasize with purpose using bold and italics
  • 🎣Provide contextual references — using links and quotes
  • 🎣Mix smart ornaments — images, gifs, emojis ❤️

Here’s my transformation — 2020 vs. 2023

Guess what?

The retention rate in 2023 is much higher than in 2020!

People really take time to read my stories and Medium pays me for reading time, so it’s definitely a win-win!


#2 Learn The Top Writer Tags

One of the biggest mistakes I made at the beginning of my writing journey was not tagging correctly or not tagging at all.

By doing so, you’re missing a wonderful opportunity: to get seen, read, and rewarded for your writing.

You need to make yourself familiar with the 73 Top Writer eligible Tags on this platform.

Medium doesn’t provide a list but I put one together for you.

Here you can download the full list of Top Writer Tags for 2023 for FREE.

Pick one or three tags and write about the topics you love on a regular basis to become a Top Writer in this category.

Why is it worth becoming a Top Writer?

With topic tags (=labels) you can…

  • optimize your story
  • gain more exposure
  • be seen and read
  • make your story get found on Medium

“Adding relevant tags to your post will help with its discoverability around the platform.” Medium

I earned Top Writer badges in more than 35 topics on Medium.

Here are some badges:

Exercise: Start combining tags that are eligible for Top Writer status with more specific ones and become a Top Writer within the next months.

Learn the exact 3-Step-Process to becoming a Top Writer in 2023:

#3 Make Use Of All 3 Ways To Earn Money On Medium

“What, there are three (?) ways to earn money on Medium? Tell me more!”

Sure!

Here are three original ways to earn money (besides affiliate links, brand promotions, etc.):

#1 — Reading time:

I get a lot of emails where new writers share their Stats with me asking me for help because they received tons of external views but made only a few cents.

So here’s the most ESSENTIAL thing you need to know:

Medium pays you for Member Reading Time. If you check your Stats and wonder why you earned xy for a story, you ALWAYS need to check the Member Reading Time.

It looks like this and shows the exact reading time by paying members for your published story:

#2 Referred Members:

The Medium Referral Program allows earning passive income on a monthly basis.

From a referred member you can earn around $2.

Here’s how to win referred members on Medium in 3 easy steps

In my Medium Kickstarter Boot Camp, I teach my students to…

  • #1 — shift your mindset: It’s not salesy to ask your non-paying audience to become a referred member.
  • #2 — call to action: place a little blurb at the end of your stories for readers to sign up or this box by simply copying and pasting your unique referral link (which you can access via SETTINGS_AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT)
  • #3 — promote the Medium Membership not only on Medium but on all socials you’re using (TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, your blog, podcast, Vocal, NewsBreak…)

#3 Tips:

Since late summer 2022, you can tip your favorite writers and receive tips too — even if you're from a non-Stripe country!

I’ve distilled everything down in this popular article:


#4 Take The Time to Comment and Respond to Boost Your Views

Our most underrated superpower as writers is collaborating with others.

Medium wants us to “get relational” instead of putting ourselves in the center of everything.

In my early days on Medium, I worked in a silo.

Luckily, within a few months, I discovered that by building relationships, getting to know other writers, reading, and clapping as well as commenting I’ve also had better results.

In fact, I received my first $500 bonus for relating to others!

In my opinion, all writers on this platform have “writing karma”.

Whatever happens in the writing world usually happens for a reason.

Whatever you do now will impact your online writing business at some point in the future — positively or negatively.

‘Writing karma’ is something you definitely have to work for, nobody gives it to you.

It’s all about relationships.

This means Medium’s algorithm will reward you for commenting, responding, and mentioning others.

My tip: Comment on this story and engage with me and the others! Check your stats then. You can thank me later!


#5 Celebrate Every Clap Instead of Counting Followers

Most writers don’t know this notification:

It’s definitely worth celebrating.

Why?

Fans really matter on Medium

What are fans?

Fans = users who clap for your story

My story, Twitter Will Shut Down Revue — What You Need To Know… reached its next milestone.

50 fans = 50 unique users who clapped for my story. It doesn’t matter if they clapped once or 50x. It only matters that they clapped.

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If Medium’s algorithm recognizes this high level of engagement, it pushes your story and boosts it.

This boost is awesome because it helps you get your next 100 fans.

You can even get 500 fans!

The sky is the limit.

I always do my happy dance when I see this notification on Medium or in my emails.

It’s a really big deal and it’s worth celebrating.

Here’s all you need to know about the importance of fans on Medium:


#6 Hit Publish Before You’re Ready Mindset

Many new online writers first spend weeks (or even months!) creating their content and putting it in their draft folder (editing it over and over again).

The key to overcoming these obstacles is to hit publish before you’ve told your whole story in full-length and before it’s perfect.

Yes, you heard it right, my sweet perfectionist!

Perfect is a lie.

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Make 2023 the year of ACTION and start yesterday!

This mindset shift will help you on Medium where the algorithm rewards you for pumping out content on a regular basis.

Hey, no worries, this doesn’t have to be long form stories. I write short form stories all the time.

Bonus tip: Embrace your humanness and make your mess your message!

Tell the stories you don’t want to share. Tell us the messiest parts of your life.

Medium loves personal stories, anecdotes and rewards you for sharing first-hand experiences.


#7 Make Medium Your Own Blogging Site

Instead of a random username or pen name be confident and use your first and last name as a username on Medium.

⚠️Why?

  • It helps you to build your own brand
  • Become a trustworthy and credible source of information.
  • You can become an expert in the category/ies of your interest.
  • You get offered writing gigs.
  • People can connect with you via LinkedIn.

Medium is a great publishing platform with more than 400M visits…

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…it’s super smart to use it as your personal blogging site!

On Google my #1 search result is my Medium blog:

P.S. You can also set up a custom domain for your profile, for instance, kristinagod.com.


#8 Pimp Up Your Bio and Gain More Followers

I see many writers who don’t pay attention to their profiles.

That’s a pity.

⚠️They are missing out on gaining more followers, customers, and clients.

For instance, the short description next to your avatar is your bio.

  • Your bio introduces you to your (potential) readers.
  • If you want to signal to your readers that you are a trustworthy writer and a credible source of information you need to pimp up your profile.

Tell your readers:

  • who you are
  • what type of content your readers can expect from you
  • what makes you a credible source
  • how they can contact you

If you have no clue what to say…the one-sentence introduction most influencers use comes in handy:

I am….

and I can….

(so you can…)

Bonus tip: Show your expertise! Medium’s CEO, Tony Stubblebine, shared that subject matter experts will benefit from their expertise in 2023 because they are real experts. They will get boosted. Fake experts will lose.

Here are 2 inspiring WOW-worthy examples from my alumni:

Linda Locke

Patricia Ross

Make people lean in, want more, and fall in love with you.


#9 Don’t Put All Eggs In One Basket When Writing On Medium

Because of Mediun’s continuous (algorithm) changes, I’ve decided at some point to not put all eggs in one basket!

So I started creating YouTube Videos and TikTok shorts and I joined Substack and created my own newsletter.

My tip: Don’t put all eggs in one basket when writing online. Why not enjoy the best of two or three worlds?

My recommendation is to add at least one social media channel, for instance Twitter, because it’s easy to connect with Medium.


#10 Earn More by Getting More External Views

From several trustworthy sources of writing friends of mine, I got the official confirmation there’s a top-secret program Medium hasn’t announced yet.

Medium is already paying some writers for external views.

It’s called the “Experimental SEO Incentive Program”.

  • It started in January 2023.
  • A limited number of Medium writers will be eligible to participate in the reward scheme.

Sam Warain and Rukshan Pramoditha😊 are part of the program.

My recommendation is to start experimenting now to find out which topics drive external traffic to your articles.

In the past, it was really annoying if you wrote a story that went viral and you earned only peanuts…. this year it’s different.

Finally, you will get paid for external views.

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My recommendation: Make use of timely news hooks. I experimented with them last year and this was pretty successful.

Here’s more:


#11 Be Smart and Republish Your Content to Amplify Your Message

Keep in mind that when you create a piece of content in one format, there’s a huge opportunity there to repurpose that content and share it again in a different format.

You can use that as a way to promote the original content or to deliver the same message to a completely different audience.

Concrete example:

I took this popular short form post…

…and turned it into a short video of 60 seconds for YouTube as well as for TikTok.

Repurposing is one of the most valuable secrets of content creation.

As a new writer, here are the Top Platforms you need to know to repurpose your content and create an infinite stream of fresh content from day one:

Learn more about repurposing your content:

#12 You Don’t Need to Spend Hundreds of Dollars on a Medium Course, Grab My Freebies

Yesterday, I launched my Gumroad shop where you can download my super valuable resources for (new) writers for FREE:

Kristina God Gumroad

Grab The Medium Kickstarter Guide and other resources you need for FREE.

On YouTube, I also share How-To videos about Medium for free!

Special announcement: I know a lot of you are waiting for my next paid Medium course.

The good news is: I will offer a new Medium Kickstarter Course in spring 2023. This time it will be an on-demand course with a community experience.

If you’re interested, leave a comment or make sure to sign up for my newsletter!

#13 Stay Up-To-Date

Trust me, this is super important.

Medium changes all the time.

Latest news for you:

A lot to keep up with, am I right?

No worries!

I’ve got you covered.

Make sure to follow me to stay up to date and get all the news you need:

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Tell me! How many stories have you published so far?

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