I Got 1554 Reads Yesterday and Made Just $20
Yesterday I earned $20 on Medium. The good news? That’s twice my usual daily take.
The bad news?
I got 1554 reads.
I was paid less than a tenth of a cent a read.
If you’ve guessed that a whopping number of those reads were from folks who weren’t paying Medium members, you’re right on the money. (Intended pun!)
This gap between what you make when your reader is a paying Medium member (two cents!) and what you make when they aren’t (bubkas!) is what I’ve called the Medium Money Gap.
Watch Out For The Medium Money Gap!
I was recently elated when an essay I posted on Medium got 4,600 views. It reached more readers than anything I’d…
The bottom line? You can get a million reads, but if none of those readers is a paying Medium member, you’ll get zilch.
Because? Those are the rules. If you don’t like them? Find another platform.
Yesterday’s take came mostly from two stories.
This one, which was just published in PS I Love You and was curated/distributed/whatever the hell they’re calling it this week:
When My Adult Son Changed His Life, He Also Changed Mine
My only child moved across the country.
And this one, which was published last month in It’s a Hardback Life and wasn’t curated, but has been read by 4.5K people, 1,500 of whom read it yesterday:
Writers! Chicken Soup is Looking for Essays by Black Women for a New Collection
Here’s What You Need to Know
I wrote this post to alert Black women writers to the fact that Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently looking for work by Black women writers for a new collection.
I knew it wouldn’t make much money, because if it were widely shared and read, as I wanted it to be, most of those readers would not be paying Medium members.
And so it has come to pass.
But that’s okay. The payoff for this one has been emotional — knowing that I’ve made thousands of Black women writers aware of a terrific publishing opportunity that they hadn’t know about before.
Feeling like a success on Medium isn’t always about making money.
Which is good, since very few of us are going to get rich writing here.
( Writing Coach and Medium Sherpa Roz Warren writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, has been in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections, and is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor . Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.)