The topic page was one among several pages to come across when signing up on Medium.
It listed 100’s of followable topics the user could select from out of interest. The algorithm personalized the homepage feed based on the user’s followed topics, reading history, and network.
The limitations with stories, suggested, based on topics were:
Readers with a more specific interest in a topic, say algebra in mathematics, found it irrelevant to view any stories other than algebra.
Medium writers’ benefited less from their stories shown to…
It is a known fact that the longer a Medium member spends reading a story, the more the writer earns.
In this sense, it is logical to think that short stories on Medium are disadvantaged in earnings compared to longer stories. After all, the longer the stories, the more time a member spends reading, right? And the more the writer earns?
Well, that is not entirely the case. While it is true that longer stories hold the potential of accruing more reading time, it is not a guarantee. The quality and complexity of the stories play a vital role. In…
More than 500 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. (Source: YouTube for press)
The competition for niches on YouTube is increasing every day.
There are more than 2 billion monthly users on YouTube. (Source: YouTube for press)
YouTube is a video platform with search engine functions.
Users search for videos with keywords of interest to them. An example of a keyword is how to bake a cake.
The first four videos that appear in a search result receive the most views and subscribers.
Competitive keywords are difficult to rank for small channels.
Most small youtube channels create…
What is a story’s optimal length? Is it determined by the reader’s attention span or by the ability of a piece of writing to keep its readers engaged? Or just the word count for search engine optimization?
There are many schools of thought when it comes to the optimal length of web content. But for the sake of this piece, we will focus on what works on Medium.
The optimal story length on Medium falls within long-form stories.
At every stage of writing on Medium, there are levels of earnings already attained that new writer’s desire to experience.
Writing about how these earnings were achieved in a story while sharing helpful strategies and findings that can help improve the reader’s earnings accounts for why these topics rarely go out of season.
A few weeks back, I wrote about earning $1.08 from a 3 mins story with 34 reads. …
Growth on YouTube can be painfully slow for new content creators to the platform. Of course, there are rare occasions where newbies rise to the top and garner millions of views with roughly a couple of videos.
But for most, YouTube is a slow grind. It takes tact and consistently putting out valuable content to be able to build an audience.
And twice the effort to keep an audience returning for more when new content creators with fresh ideas spring up every day.
With such a high level of competition, the average newbie still figuring out how to properly edit…
In the past, to earn on Medium, you only needed to enroll in the Medium Partner Program by setting up payments to a stripe account from a supported country, write and place a story behind a metered paywall.
The latter was to cross some fingers while waiting to see cents trickle in as members read and stayed on your piece longer. Even for unsupported countries, there is or was a workaround.
Unfortunately, with the new Medium Partner Terms, Medium writers risk losing their earnings. …
Medium lag earnings occur due to delayed earnings calculation in the partner program.
Lag earnings work by charging a percentage from a reader’s Medium membership based on the reading time weeks after a story’s read. The amount gets credited to the writer.
To further explain, a Medium writer will earn from lag earnings when a free user reads the writer’s metered story on Medium and, weeks after, subscribes to a medium membership.
This fact sheds more light on external views as a potential earning factor besides the Medium referred memberships.
The plus side of the Medium lag earnings is that…
Creating catalogues of stories is possible with the Medium lists feature.
The feature helps writers that enjoy writing on several topics to categorize their stories for easy accessibility by readers from the homepage.
I use the Medium lists to improve navigation to my stories based on topics, and here is how you can do the same.
The Medium lists feature ties into the bookmark feature for curating stories.
Add a story to a custom list by first creating a new list.
To accomplish that, hit on the bookmark button located between the bell and the search icon.
Tap the new…
Her screams echoed throughout the entire house. It was midnight. Cries of grandma in agony shot throw our rooms. My mom, little sister, auntie and I awoke from our sleep. Anxiety washed down our faces, and sleep escaped our tired eyes. Mom rushed to Grandma’s room to get her some painkillers to ease her pain.
My uncle, grandma’s only son, was not far behind mom.
I stared at the ceiling pondering why the heavens would allow such a terrible illness to show its ugly face again. And why of all people, grandma.
My memory elapsed to the good old days.