It’s in every single one of my top 5 earning articles
Now that I’m posting more often on Medium, I’ve wanted to figure out why some of my articles earn so much more than some others.
I’m looking at a variety of factors:
- The day I post
- The time I publish
- The length
- The topic
- The headline
- Engagement before and after posting
I know there are a lot of elements that play a role in the success of an article. I don’t expect very article to go viral. Some articles get 1,000+ views and some articles get >10 views.
I still believe that consistency is the #1 key to success. But there are some things you can do to increase your chances of success.
Only Two Things Lead to Success on Medium
I’ve been on Medium for 18 months and earned $11.44
I understand the importance of good headlines, so it was one of the first things I looked at.
When you have written your headline, you have spent 80 cents out of your dollar.
- David Ogilvy
The one similarity I found in my top earning articles was one specific word:
The word “You” was in all of my top earning article headlines, and in none of the other headlines.
I only have 44 articles published, which isn’t enough data to change everything you do, but it’s something I’ll continue to test and encourage you to add more you in your headlines.
Remember your audience is selfish
People don’t read your articles because they care so much about you. They read because they think your article will benefit them somehow.
I don’t read stuff on Medium because I want to support other writers.
I want to learn something that’s going to benefit me. If you write an article that’s useful for me, I’ll support you in return.
Instead of writing “How I Earned $5,740 Writing” write “How You Can Earn $5,000+ Writing”.