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4 Reasons Why Medium Is Still Worth It for New Writers In 2023

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Medium remains a valuable platform for new writers to grow their skills, audience, and income.

As a new writer, you might be wondering if Medium is still worth it in 2023.

There are so many posts by naysayers and doomsters out there. That’s confusing and frustrating. I feel you.

To be honest, I think it’s quite disappointing to read bad reviews on Medium by senior writers.

Why?

They demotivate new writers like you.

My tip: don’t listen to them.

Tell me. Why do they still write on this platform if it’s not worth it?

And “worth” doesn't have to be synonymous with money. Worth can mean different things to different people.

So let’s dive into the 4 main reasons why the online publishing platform Medium is still worth it in 2023 and is definitely the right place for you.

Reasons Why Medium Is Worth It for New Writers in 2023

1 Ease of Use

Medium is the easiest place to start a blog.

You don’t need to set up a domain or worry about search engine optimization (SEO) to rank on Google and get views.

All you have to do is create an account and start writing — no coding or design skills are required.

2 Monetization

Medium offers two ways to earn money — the Medium Partner Program (MPP) and the Referral Program.

The Partner Program pays writers a portion of the monthly membership fee when their articles are read by paying members.

50 hours reading time = around $100; photo credit Kristina God

The Referral Program rewards writers for referring new members to the platform — $2 per month per referred member.

one referred member = around $2; photo credit: Kristina God

3 Supportive Community

Medium is a fantastic community for learning and making friends.

It offers publications, distribution, and tags to help your stories reach the right audience.

Publications

There are thousands of publications on Medium. Medium is in the middle of creating a list of all publications to give you some orientation.

In addition, there are 10 Top Publications you need to know about:

1 The Startup/ Start it up (768K)

2 Towards Data Science (656K)

3 Better Humans (394K)

4 The Writing Cooperative (243k)

5 Entrepreneur’s Handbook (223K)

6 Better Programming (212K)

7 Mind Cafe (139K)

8 Better Marketing (118K)

9 Illumination (66K)

10 Invisible Illness (53K)

To learn how to get published as a new writer, click here.

Distribution (see reason number 4)

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Tags

To make it easier for readers to navigate and explore the depth and breadth of content available, Medium has launched a brand-new topic directory.

The new topic directory is designed to help users explore and dive deep into over 500 organized topics on a single page.

Tags help new writer to get discovered on this platform.

Especially if you know about the 70+ Top Writer tags and become a Top Writer, your views and reads will get up.

Here’s the full list of Top Writer tags for you.

4 New Boost System

Medium’s biggest and most impactful Boost is here. If your story gets Boostes (with a big B) you’ll gain at least 500 extra views and up to 100,000 views.

On February 21, 2023, Medium updated its Distribution Standards.

Learn the 5 criteria to get Boosted by going here.

Medium as a Vehicle to Further Success

It’s true.

Medium doesn’t pay you what you’re worth (anymore).

Tony Stubblebine, Medium’s CEO, stated in an interview on YouTube:

I don’t want to be the one to tell you what you’re worth. (…)

We’re distributing money from the subscription for the benefit of the reader. (…)

We have an audience for you that sustains you or not.

  • 6–8% earn more than $100
  • 1–2% earn more than $1,000

While earning a full-time living on Medium is not as common as it once was in the gold rush days, the platform remains an excellent opportunity for writers to…

  • gain freelance clients
  • expand their networks
  • get a book deal
  • create and sell an online course
  • self-publish their first book
  • grow their audience off Medium.
  • gain subscribers

Medium for Business Owners

Business owners can benefit from Medium’s high domain authority of 95+. Facebook or Amazon also score 95.

This means Google cares about Medium and you can rank on page one on Google.

example of one of my stories on page one on Google; photo credit: Kristina God

In addition, by tagging the topic you’re writing about you have access to a built-in audience on Medium and grow a following.

If you own a business and have your own website with a blog, it’s also smart to cross-post content with a canonical link (stating an article was first published on your website and redirecting to it).

This way you can improve your SEO and reach potential customers.

Quick comparison of Medium with Competitors

Oftentimes I get asked which platform is better: WordPress or Medium, Substack or Medium? Here’s a quick comparison (I’ll dive into this topic in an upcoming post).

Medium vs. WordPress

For new writers, Medium offers a simpler way to start a blog than WordPress or other web hosting sites.

WordPress may offer more control and customization, but it also comes with a steep learning curve and requires more effort to gain readership.

Medium vs. Substack

Substack may provide a closer connection to your audience, but it requires bringing an existing audience to the platform.

Medium is a better choice for new writers looking to build their audience from scratch.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Medium remains a valuable platform for new writers in 2023.

It offers an easy-to-use interface, monetization opportunities, and a supportive community to help writers grow their skills, audience, and income.

While it may not be the best choice for those looking to make a full-time living solely through the platform, it can serve as an excellent starting point for new writers and a useful tool for business owners.

What do you think about Medium? Any questions?

P.S. You want to earn money on Medium? Become a member today and start earning!


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