How To Make Money Writing Articles On Medium In 2020

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There is so much task involved in running a full blog , some of which involves web design skills, search engine optimization and even earning money, this skills takes very long term to master and even make it very hard to make earn money with your blog without deep expertise.

How about i show you a platform that have all this features embedded into it, all the way from inbuilt traffic, search engine optimization and all the way to helping you earn cool money for all your articles, this platform is no other than Medium.

My Personal Experience.

I saw Medium at first in 2017, and at that time i was a blogger seeking a platform to be able to outreach more writers like me and also read more articles with deeper insight.

I found Medium very interesting and lovely, the amazing and simply user interface makes you want to stick with it and on top of all these Medium is Ad free, so don’t bother that any form of Ad is gonna pop when you just about to digest an amazing article.

The ability to categorize article based on your interest have also made Medium an amazing platform to visit everyday you also get daily digest as to what articles you might just love to read, in all you just gotta keep coming back.

Another awesome feature embedded into this amazing platform is that ability to create as many publication as possible, see publications more like opening a Facebook business page, If you are a multi-niched writer then you might considering starting a publication based on different niches of your expertise.

Coupled on all of these, Medium also allows you earn money too, Medium earns money on subscription basis from it users.

Actually i have not earned with Medium personally and this is because such feature is not available in Africa, Medium uses Stripe as a mode of payment which is not supported in Africa countries.

If you live in other first-world continents such as the US, Europe and Australia then you can make really good money with Medium.

About Medium.

Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Evan Williams and launched in August 2012. It is owned by A Medium Corporation.

The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium, and is regularly regarded as a blog host.

Williams, previously co-founder of Blogger and Twitter, initially developed Medium as a way to publish writings and documents longer than Twitter’s 140-character (now 280-character) maximum.

The platform software provides a full WYSIWYG user interface when editing online, with various options for formatting provided as the user edits over rich text format.

Once an entry is posted, it can be recommended and shared by other people, in a similar manner to Twitter.

Posts can be upvoted in a similar manner to Reddit, and content can be assigned a specific theme, in the same way as Tumblr.

In August 2017, Medium replaced their Recommend button with a “clap” feature, which readers can click multiple times to signify how much they enjoyed the article.

Medium announced that payment to authors will be weighted based on how many “claps” they receive.

In October 2019 the company announced it would no longer pay authors according to claps but according to readership time spent on article instead,

Users can create a new account using a Facebook or Google account. Users may also sign up using an e-mail address, when they are signing up using the mobile app of

Medium offers users subscriptions to become a member for a $5 monthly or $50 yearly fee.

With a Medium membership, access to “exclusive content, audio narrations of popular stories, and an improved bookmark section” is enabled.

Posts on Medium are sorted by topic rather than by writer, unlike most blogging platforms, including Williams’ earlier Blogger.

The platform uses a system of “claps” similar to “likes” on Facebook, to upvote the best articles and stories, called the Tag system, and divides the stories into different categories to let the audiences choose.

Publications on Medium are distributing hosts that carry articles and blog posts, like a newspaper or magazine. The articles published or saved on it can be assigned editors, and can be saved as drafts.

Why You Should Write On Medium.

There are so many reasons why so many freelance writers should start writing on Medium and i am going to be sharing a very few.

1. Medium Is free.

The cost of running and scaling a blog is far too much for so many people to bare, some people have the writing skills but they do not have enough technical know-how to run it.

Medium is a great place to get started from.

2. You don’t have to worry about traffic.

One of the major thing that causes so many bloggers to fail is the inability to generate traffic, this can however cause their blog not to make money as soon as they want and they eventually give up.

Medium is a community of over 300 million writers and readers you have nothing to fear, all medium is doing is to unite readers alongside writers under one umbrella to share common thoughts and reasoning

3. You don’t have to worry about SEO.

When you start a new blog for the first time, the average time frame for it to hit the search engine is over 6 months and above only if you follow strict SEO guidelines such as writing good contents and backlinks.

You don’t have to worry about that on Medium because every article you write becomes visible to search engines.

And if you doubt this, check out the Google discover page via your smartphones and look out for the articles that rank the most, they are that of Medium’s.

4. You earn a bigger reputation.

One of the features embedded into medium is the ability to follow each publication or personality.

When you become a bigger name on medium be sure to get a lot of accolades from admirers all over the world.

5. To Make Money.

Lastly, this feature is not available globally but to be honest Medium pays you royalties for all you work.

There are so many bloggers that have been blogging on their personal blog for so many years but are not able to monetize it enough they just don’t get moetization strategies like affiliate marketing, consultation, sponsored Ads, they still get confused, but this is different on Meduim.

You don’t have to ask for one because from the day you publish your first article on medium then you are eligible to get paid.

How Medium works.

Meduim is an online community of writers and readers, all the platforms does is to bridge the gap between reader and writers so as a writer you get an already designed audience for your works and as a reader, you get accessto quality articles.
On the Medium platforms, there are two kinds of profile and they are.

1. Personal Profiles.

This kind of profile is what you get when you sign up as a writer with medium.

All you need do is create a profile and you begin to make various post that are linked to you only.

2. Publications.

The second type of publications on Medium are publications.

This type of meduim profiles allows you to contribute with other meduim writers.

Just like a newspaper works you can create as many publications on medium and invite various writers to contribute to it.

Look at it just like a Facebook business Page.

Medium uses a metered paywall and a subscription service that allows writers to be paid based on the engagament their articles generate over a perioid of time.

Readers pay a certain amount of money either every month or even yearly to read articles and as they engage the articles they love, like making a clap to it then a cartain amount is paid to the author of that articles of publication.

You can start making money on Mediuim via the Medium partner program.

How To Post An Article On Medium.

Medium is indeed an important platform that allows people show their skills and expertise, and you dont have to pay a dime for doing that.

Here is a brief walkthrough on how to start posting on Medium.

1. Register an Account With Medium.

All it takes is an Email Address or even you can choose to authenticate with either of your social media accounts if you have issues remebering passwords.

There is no sign up fee on Meduim, in other words Medium is Free to use.

2. Log on to you User interface.


After you must have signed up, you would be redirected to a discover page that shows you the top publication for that day, You can custmize that page based on your interest or even get it done by the Meduim inbuilt machine learning algorithm.

3. Click the link to the top right To start posting articles.

Now to get started with post in Meduim is very easy and does not involve going through a very rigorous process, all it takes is click on a button then you are there.

4. Start editing and creating contents with the inbuilt WYSIWYG Editor.

Medium comes alongside it platform an inbuild WYSIWYG Editor which is very easy to manipulate even for newbies.

You can add various text formatting as well as images drawn from the Unsplash API.

I personally love the Medium Editor, it just feels like home


How To Promote Your Medium Article.

Now that you have written an article on Medium the next thing is to get people to read that article and respond to it.

You can as well leave it as is and let Mediuim do the heavy lifing to help you recommend such article to it users or even allow it get impression organically which whatever way you like.

But if you would like to add a catalyst to the whole process here are some recommended steps i recommend you take.

1. Word Of mouth.

This is a very crude way to tell people about your post but i must tell you that it still works very well even till now.

All you just need do is tell your friends about the new articles you just wrote and ask them to go read it.

You can also do yourself a favor by obtain a URL link to the article and share it to them via an instant messaging platform for quicker response.

2. Share on Social Media.

Just after publishing an article on Medium, there is usually a compulsory social sharing button that gives you the priviledge to share your articles to on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

If you have very huge followership on social media then you are free to reach out.

Here is an article i recommend you read in order to get started on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

3. Email Marketing.

Another potent way to reach out is through the use of email marketing.

If you have a huge list of subscibers then spreading the gospel becomes a lot more easier.

I wrote an article for newbies in email marketing and i recommend you read it.

Just before going to consume the above recommended content on email marketing i usually like to ease the stress of my reader to allow them benefit as quick as possible, and one way that i usually make this happen is by introducing the best way of doing things to them.

It is my personal custom and tradition to always conduct a full forensic investigation on any online progam and give my users feedback, this is more reason why i am recommending GeResponse as your official email marketing software.

Personally i have used GetResponse and i must tell you that it is indeed an amazing company that is constantly innovating and building great products.

I highly recommend that you read this article below to learn more on how you can also benefit from this amazing product and scale you email marketing campaigns to success.

4. YouTube.

YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos.

Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

All you need do to get your post out on YouTube is to make a short video or illustration of what your article is all about and add the link to the intended medium article in the video description, such a video might go viral and you would likely get very much clicks.

You can read this article to help you get started on YouTube.

How To Make Money On Medium.

Now to the part that everyone would like to read and i call it the business part.

The main purpose for you writing on platforms like Medium is to make money in the end and if you dont know this, Medium pays it writers.

I am going to be breaking the whole process down to you so that you can prepare your mind to start making money on Medium.

How then can you make money on Medium.

1. Join the Medium partner program.



Partner Program writers are paid based on how deeply Medium members read their work.

As members read longer, writers earn more. In addition, Medium distributes a portion of each member’s subscription fee to the writers they read most each month.

So the main idea is that you have to get your articles to a larger audience then inturn you get paid for it.

2. Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

All you need to start an affiliate marketing is to recommend a great product service and share the link.

I wrote an indepth article on how you can start making money as an affiliate.

3. Sell products.

Whether it be physical products or digital products you can choose to sell them via medium.

You mghht also need a third party website to handle your sales and business logic and this is more reason i recommend that you read this article on how to run an E-Commerce business on your own.


I know that Medium is stress free and it requires little or no mental effort, you don’t bother about things like website infastructure, Search engine optimization and having to buy things such a domain or host, but come to think of it this way, what if Medium shuts down ?, then you are grounded.

For this reason suggested below i recommend that you own your own blog, Guess what ?, you own everything on your blog and have dominance and control over it, you can choose to monetize it anyhow you feel, I now hope you understand.

I wrote a full indepth article on how you can get started with your blog today, click the link below to read it.

Just before diving deep into the basics and hardcore part of owning a website or running a blog, allow me assume that you at least have a basic knowledge of how a full website or a blog should run, so therefore it’s time to stop talking and start doing.

I deciced to drop a dedicated article on how you can own an awesome domain name and a cheap web host with BlueHost and i recommend that you study and do what is advised in the article below.
Afterward you may return to fully digest the part you really need to get started and stay on top of your game.

Here is a link to the recommended article.


Meduim is an amazing place to get started if you all you seek is intelectual prowress.

Article based on every work and niche of life are constantly posted to edify it readers.

Waste time no more and join Meduim today

Final words.

Dear reader, I want you to know that we are predestined to meet in this world but may be not physically, I am so glad that we could meet on this platform today.

I want you to know that i value relationship and friendship and i want to get to know you more, connect and express feelings towards each other.

That is why i am appealing that you drop your email in the email subcription box below, you never can tell we might have solutions to the problem of each other and even help ourselves from there.

You never can tell, great relationships starts from somewhere, don’t forget to drop your email.

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See you in the next email

What do you think?

Written by Udemezue John

Web developer| Digital Marketer| Entrepreneur.

I love sharing great things

You can connect with me on twitter @_udemezue


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