5 Easy Steps to Writing on Medium

With Medium, content creators and entrepreneurs alike have access to a powerful platform where they can share stories that are inspiring or informative.

This article was originally written as a guest post but it had many errors, so I updated it and am going to add to it as I learn more about medium. I know a lot more about Newsbreak and Microsoft Start, which I've linked to posts about below. 🙂 This update was written June 2024!

An Introduction to Medium – A Writing Platform for Entrepreneurs and Content Creators

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Founded in 2012 and based out of San Francisco, Medium is an online space that allows folks from all over the world to join together by publishing their work to a potentially huge audience.

Medium is one more way to syndicate your content, in addition to MSN (Microsoft Start) and Newsbreak.

When starting out on Medium, many readers and writers may feel less than confident in their writing. It's a great platform to dip your toes in, so to speak – but make sure you're consistent if you want to gain any traction.

I get lots of questions when people find out that I am writing and publishing on Medium. I am going to try an answer most of the common questions about writing, publishing, and earning money on Medium.

Starting on Medium

Starting on Medium is easy.  Simply sign up and start writing. Set up your profile and you can start publishing to Medium right away. 

Once your firstarticle is published, send a link to your friends, publish the link on your Facebook page, tweet it, put it on Instagram, TikTok, talk about it on your Podcast, basically put it everywhere.

You want to get viewers from everywhere and hopefully followers.

To start monetizing your writing, you will need to have a minimum of 100 followers.  This is why it helps to post the link everywhere.

If you are in very active Facebook groups, let them know that you have published a story on Medium (if it's allowed).

Drop the link in the comment section as long as it's not breaking the rules of your group.

Once you hit the magic number of 100 followers, you can then apply to have your articles published in their magazine: Illumination.

IYou might be surprised where your stories end up or who picks them up to share!

Once you have set up your profile suggested writers will show up on your page.  You can choose to follow them or not.  In most cases, if you follow someone, they will follow back. 

Using Medium is relatively simple.

Here are the basic steps for getting started:

Creating an account on Medium starts you off with a blank canvas to craft your stories – simply head over to and click the “Get started for free” button!

Fill in the required information to create your account.

Write a post: Once you're logged in, click on the “New story” button to start writing a post. You can use the editor to format your text, add images and videos, and publish your post. 

Medium is connected to Unsplash so you can use photos from there.

Customize your profile: Click on your profile picture in the top right corner to access your profile settings. Here you can add a profile picture, a bio, and links to your social media accounts.

Interact with other users: You can engage with other users by reading their posts and leaving comments, clapping for the posts you enjoy, and following other users whose work you want to see more of.

Promote your work: If you want to get more eyes on your writing, you can promote your posts by sharing them on social media or through email.

There are several ways to earn money on Medium:

Turn your stories into income with the Medium Partner Program! When accepted, earn money for views you receive.

Or take it further and add links to products or services directly in your story—earning extra when they’re bought through you.

Affiliate marketing allows readers to purchase items using a special link that earns commissions back on their purchases. But why stop there?

You can also create merchandise related to what's featured in the article, and provide consulting/coaching services as an expert — all while staying within Medium guidelines and terms of service!

You can include affiliate links in your stories and earn a commission when readers make a purchase through your link.

All affiliate links must be disclosed. If you received some form of payment for writing the post that must be disclosed.

No multi-level marketing is allowed, thank goodness.

Remember to follow Medium's guidelines and terms of service when monetizing your content.


Formatting on Medium is its own process. Not hard, just different.  Several writers have written articles on how to format on Medium. 

There are videos and diagrams, infographics, and basic instructions on how to format your articles, too.

Medium writing space, desk with mac desktop and ring light, microphone, alarm clock, and journal. art on the wall, view of buildings outside.

SEO and tags

Make sure you optimize your content in order to maximize its visibility on Medium.

Utilizing relevant tags when publishing stories is one of the best ways to ensure that they can be discovered by readers and potential income earners alike.

This is a great way for you to reap the rewards associated with SEO, even though it doesn't use traditional search engine optimization tactics as other platforms do!

Want to ensure your content on Medium reaches a larger audience? Make sure to take advantage of the platform's helpful features!

Utilize relevant tags when publishing, create catchy and descriptive titles, incorporate keywords into headlines and stories, and use visually appealing cover images — all this can boost visibility.

Pictures and Tags

Using images and tags on Medium can help improve the visibility and discoverability of your content on the platform. Here's how:

Including visually appealing images in your stories can help them stand out in users' feeds and attract more clicks.

Using relevant tags when publishing your stories can help make your content more discoverable on the platform.

When users search for specific tags, your stories may show up in the search results.

Overall, using both images and tags can be helpful for improving the visibility and discoverability of your content on Medium.

It's important to use them effectively and appropriately, as overusing tags or using irrelevant ones may have a negative impact on your content's discoverability.

here are the rules

There are a few community guidelines that all Medium users should bear in mind when publishing and interacting with others.

These etiquette rules exist to ensure everyone’s safety, comfort, and trust within the platform – so let's do our part! It's important not to spam or self-promote; any type of hate speech, harassment, or bullying won't be tolerated either.

Keep your posts genuine by sharing original content – no plagiarism necessary – nor is advocacy for illegal activities allowed on this medium (literally).

Let us honor each other as we create meaningful conversations together!

Posts should not violate the copyright or intellectual property rights of others.

If you see a post that violates these rules, you can report it by clicking the “Report” button located at the bottom of the post.

Medium will review the report and take appropriate action if necessary.

There are a few ways to get more followers on Medium:

To get more followers, create exceptional, original content. Make sure to add relevant tags so others can easily find your work.

Take advantage of social media and other online platforms by sharing stories there too! Interacting with fellow users will help you build relationships as well; comment on their posts and show appreciation for what they've created through claps or likes.

Another great way to reach a larger audience is by joining a writing community or publication – it’s an opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked!

Participating in Medium events & challenges is also very smart – who knows how many potential new readers might become acquainted with your words this way?

Finish off the perfect presentation combo by making catchy titles/cover images; these are key ingredients when attracting viewers' attention quickly amidst all the competition out there!

Collaborations on Medium

Collaboration can be a powerful way to boost your writing and expand your reach on Medium!

Here are some helpful tips for connecting, engaging with, and inspiring collaboration from other writers in the platform:

1. Join Writing Communities & Publications – Get out there and find groups or publications that match up nicely with what you write about so you know who else is working towards similar goals as yourself. 

2. Engage With Other Writers – Take time each day (or even just once a week) to comment on stories of others whose work resonates with yours — it's an easy way to start building relationships right away; bonus points if they end up following/clapping back at ya!             

3. Reach Out Directly To Writers You Admire – Can't help but think any writer would love hearing why their stuff matters?

Shoot them a message directly showing off your appreciation — not only will they likely respond positively, but potentially could also lead down the path of future collaborations too!

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  1. Excellent information, thank you. I have read it, clicked on all the links, and bookmarked the article for when I am ready to start using Medium.

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