How I Earned $240 in My First Month on Medium

Complete Breakdown of the strategy I implemented and accurate analysis of the viral blog post that earned me $200 a month.

I am not a Profesional writer and I neither have a professional writing background and yet last month I earned over $200. If I could do it, definitely you could too. Having seen other writer's initial Medium earnings, it seems to take some months to build up to this figure. But I'm grateful and lucky to reach this figure in my early stages.

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Breakdown of Stats

Below I have included some stats from my first month on medium

  • I published a total of 17 stories within a Month
  • 13 of my published story earned money
  • 3 of my articles were curated
  • The Lowest-earning of an article is $0.03
  • Highest-earning of an article is $244.61
  • Total Monthly Earnings $248.82
  • The average Views across all Stories equaled 12.1k
  • The average Read across all stories equaled 7.8k

Heres my top article which earned me $240

It must be clear that 98% of my total earning I’ve earned is from this article.

It’s easy not to get hung up on how Medium pays its writers. I would Focus on writing quality content, not in the quantity.

Behind every success story, there are a lot of failures too. I’ve also made several errors and lessons that I have learned from my brief journey so far.

So, I’ll share with you some methods and steps of How this Post earned me these figures.

It works for a B2C, B2B, a personal blog, or a corporate blog, it works for everything. I kid you not; it is the best formula out there.

First tip: Start off with a title.

I just don’t start writing a blog post, unless I have the exact title. Eight out of ten people will read your headline, but only two out of ten will click through or read the rest of your article.

Doesn’t matter how amazing of a blog post you write, if you don’t write a good headline, no one’s going to read the rest of your post.

If you need some creativity, go to a grocery store and check out a magazine. When you go to a grocery store when you’re checking out, you see all these magazines!

They have amazing titles with How To, Livspace, articles like “Lose weight in 30 days”, “How to shed five pounds fast!”

Doesn’t matter what kind of magazine they are, whether it’s a business magazine, a fitness magazine, or a gossip magazine, they all use catchy titles.

And that’s what you need to do with your blog post. Look for magazines for inspiration.

I stick with the basics. I use ‘How To’ a lot, it has worked wonders for me, and they haven’t got old.

So start with the title.

And you don’t have to just create one variation of it. You can create two or three variations, and that’s what I do. And I ask people hey, what do you like, I’ll ask a few friends, then I pick the best one and that’s what I go with.

Second Tip: Introduction

In your introduction, you need to hook people with a bold statement.

By hooking people in, they’re going to read the rest. And with your introduction, it’s not just talking, hooking people in.

It’s also about talking about what’s going to be covered in the post. Just give them a quick overview of what you’re going to teach them.

It’s a great way to hook them in, as well, to get them to go more into your blog post, read more, and ideally, even leave a comment at the end of your post.

Now that we got the introduction done, let’s get into the third part.

Third Tip: The Body

The body of your blog post should include subheadings.

Keep in mind, you want your content easy to skim. If people can’t skim it, you’re not going to do well.

In your body, use subheadings and keep your paragraphs around five to six lines max.

Besides that, when you’re writing your content in your body, Link out to other people. That’s part of my formula, it’s not just about linking to your own site, it’s about linking to other sites.

When you link to other websites, you open up your sources, you’re citing them, it creates more credibility for you, makes you and your business look more like an expert, and that’s what you want to perceive as you’re writing content.

Fourth Tip: The Conclusion

You should wrap up your post with a conclusion.

The conclusion summarizes what your post was about, and you end your conclusion with a question.

By ending with the question, more people are more likely to leave a comment. When they leave a comment, it creates engagement. By getting engagement, you’re much more likely to generate sales.

If people read your blog but they don’t engage with you, they’re not likely to become a lead or buy your products, or your services. So it’s important to end with a question.

And here’s what I found with conclusions.

Brazing Crazy Egg, I use a scroll mat feature.

What I found through testing was many people read blog posts, when they first land on them but they quickly scroll to the bottom, check out the conclusion, and then they go back up and read the rest, assuming they like the conclusion.

So with your conclusion, make sure you label it “Conclusion”.

Don’t get fancy, keep it simple. Just call it a good ole’ conclusion.

And that’s my formula for writing blog posts!

It’s not that hard.

Now one thing I mentioned within this entire process of writing blog posts, that you need to link up to other sites. And here’s a bonus tip:

I know this goes above just writing, but very few people do it.

When you link up to other people, it flatters them. People love getting back-links because when you link out to someone, it drives in more traffic.

Especially when you’re linking to them positively. Hopefully, you’re not bashing people in your blog post. Stay above that.

So when you link up to them, shoot them an e-mail.

“Hey Curtis,

I have to say I am a huge fan of your work,

so much so I linked out to you in my latest blog post.

You can check it out here.

Cheers, Adam.

P.S. If you shared it, it would make my day”.

That’s it. Many people who get linked out to, including me, don’t mind sharing those articles. It makes the person you link to look great!

Hope This article was helpful. Read the article I linked to learn more about writing a perfect blog post. ThankYou!

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I am a Business Student. And I’m enthusiastic about exploring the Internet. I like to share my thoughts and experiences with Blogging.

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