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In February 2021, I Made $14 — Here’s What I Earned One Year Later

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If you are serious about writing on Medium, you will become a flying pig and eventually make money. Trust me. Oink. Oink.

Did you know that until 2021 Medium used to share monthly earning updates?

According to Medium’s last monthly update from September 2020, here is an overview of how much writers earned:

  • 6.4% of active writers earned over $100.
  • $49,705.40 was the most earned by a writer, and $16,685.5 was the most earned for a single story.
  • 68.7% of writers or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money.

Based on these earning reports, they say that only 6–8% of writers earn $100 per month.

That seems like a shockingly low number and, from a reasonable financial perspective, discourages writing on Medium.

You might think:

“Well, I guess I’ll earn $100 when pigs fly! Oink.Oink.🐖”

You shouldn’t feel disheartened by these numbers!

Recently one of my avid followers Chris Thompson joined the $100 Club!

screenshot Chris Thompson

I’m so super proud of you, Chris! You’re a flying pig! Oink. Oink.🐖

Chris joined Medium in February 2022. So he is relatively new.

Imagine what he could earn next January.

What’s Chris's secret?

Chris shared in his article “I don’t follow most advice”:

“My first month I made $4.10 and I was happier with this than when I was earning my corporate pay a few years back.”

And he added:

“As new writers come onto Medium they are seeking guidance and advice. And there is excellent advice here and I learn from every article I read each day.”

People like Kristina God provide incredibly helpful and professional advice on writing.

So why not follow my lead?

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, new writer!

That’s my inspiring journey.

In April 2021, I earned $14.

Here’s the proof:

Exactly one year later, my paycheck was $700. Oink. Oink.🐖

No growth-hacking.

No follow-for-follow.

I’m a part-time writer with a toddler, a loving husband, a dog, and a family.

I dedicate around two hours per day to writing.


I don’t know what will happen in a year, but I stay optimistic about crushing my Medium writing goals for 2023.

The same goes for Chris.

For us, this year in a word is ACTION!

Come join us.

Let’s make 2023 the year of ACTION!

Start before you’re ready…

Let 2023 be the year in which year you did big, scary things and had your mind BLOWN by the results.

This is the year for action-takers. Are you one of them?

Kristina God is a Top Writer on Medium. Besides being a full-stack marketer and manager, she is the co-founder of SCM and owns a 5-figure online business together with her business partner.

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👉Oh, and if you’re not a Medium Member yet, consider becoming one and joining Kristina and Chris in the $100+ Club!

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