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The 3 New Ways To Earn Money on Medium in 2024 – Here’s What You Need To Know

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There’s a method to the madness. If you hit publish, your stories land in one of these three (new) categories.

Ever hit the ‘publish’ button on Medium and wondered where your precious words are going?

Hopefully not into the void. haha. Just kidding!

* If you’re a visual learner you can also watch today’s YouTube video on the 3 new ways to earn money in 2024:

I received a lot of emails and DM’s based on meta stories about Medium’s latest changes a few weeks ago.

Even top writers and earners Sinem Guenel and Zulie Rane who recently became editors for Better Marketing, one of Medium’s biggest publications, told me in our interview on YouTube that the Boost means all or nothing.

If you want to get read, you need to get Boosted.

This is the VIP lane.

However, I was asked about organic reach and distribution.

Let’s pull back the curtain based on Medium’s latest update on its quality guidelines for the Boost which also tells us a lot about the three updated distribution categories.

Medium’s three distribution categories

Good news!

There’s a method to the madness. If you hit publish, your stories land in one of these three categories:

  1. Boosted
  2. General Distribution
  3. Network Only

Yep, that’s it.

Three categories steer the fate of your storytelling.

Intrigued? Let’s learn more.

1 — Boosted = The VIP Lane

Imagine Medium’s curation team sitting in a hip office, sipping on lattes, scouring for gems.

Your gem.

If they pick your story, it gets “Boosted” and is shown to a wider audience like it’s the belle of the ball.

Here’s an example from Michelle Teheux:

2 — General Distribution: The Beating Heart

This is where most stories find their home.

It’s the heartbeat of Medium.

If your story is generally well-behaved — meaning it doesn’t break any rules — it gets distributed to readers who are genuinely interested in what you have to say.

They follow the topics you write about, or they follow you, or the publication you’re in.

General distribution is the natural habitat for stories.

No jazz, no thrills.

Just good ol’ content finding its way to people who care.

Here’s an example from my content library:

3 — Network Only: The Cozy Nook

Ah, the sweet, intimate setting of “Network Only” stories.

These stories are like those indie coffee shops frequented by friends who love to talk about the latest news.

If your story falls under this category (e.g. this one because it’s a meta story about Medium), it means the distribution is limited to your network of followers and the publication, if you’re in one.

Don’t underestimate this nook.

Your story is still searchable, shareable, and lovable — just on a smaller scale.

Whenever I write a meta story about Medium I know that it’s “Network Only” but that’s fine for me.

With my following, it reaches the right audience.

In addition, I pick the right publications such as “New Writers Welcome”.

Here’s an example from my content library for a 1 min read of 150 words in “The Shortform”:

So, What’s The Big Deal?

Why should you care about all this?

Simple.

Knowing how Medium works can help you tailor your stories to reach the right eyes or a LOT of eyes.

But here’s the kicker — no single lane promises fame or obscurity.

Stories that aren’t Boosted can — and do — rake in thousands of views.

Here’s today’s video for you — Why not leave a comment on YouTube and let me know what you think? Thanks so much!

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