7 reasons why I made 43 cents in my first 10 days on Medium — and how you can too!

Psst. The second reason will blow your mind

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Photo by Viacheslav Bublyk on Unsplash

First of all, before we all go crazy, I just want to point out that the reason for this post is by no means to brag about how much money I make or how many followers I have. Sure, it’s nice, but Medium is so much more to me than just money. If you’re in this game just trying to chase that 43 cents, I’ve got news for you, you’re in the wrong game.

There’s going to be a lot of trial and error and a lot of self-doubt and sleepless nights in your first 10 days. Don’t think you’re just going to waltz in here and make 43 cents on your first try.

But if you’re still reading and are in this for the long haul, then by all means, let’s do this.

Without further adieu, I present a transparent look at the secret to my success.

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1. Create amazing headlines

If you don’t have a headline, you don’t have a chance. I came up with that little mantra myself. So what is a good headline you ask? Good question. The best headlines are ones that involve lists, use superlatives, ask questions, give advice, and last but definitely most important, tell the reader how to make money. If you can combine at least two of these things into all of your headlines, you’re well on your way.

Let’s break down my headline.

7 reasons why I made 43 cents in my first 10 days on Medium — and how you can too!

What did I do here? As you can see I’ve incorporated the ‘list’ aspect by giving you 7 reasons. And I gave you a timeline with the ’10 days’ part. People love to know how long shit takes because they don’t want it to take very long at all. If I say 20 days there, you probably stop reading. I also offer advice by letting you know that I’m going to show you how to do it. But the kicker, as you have probably already guessed, is the cash reward I mention with the 43 cents. So that’s four important things I did there in just the headline. We haven ‘t even talked about the sub-header — so let’s.

Psst. The second reason will blow your mind.

I start off with a whisper, as if I’m about to give away a secret, which I am. And then I tell you that it’s going to blow your mind. Intrigued yet? You’re god damned right you are.

If you don’t click on this story after reading that you better check if you have a heartbeat.

2. Get followers — and lots of them

This point is very important. I have 13 so far, and they didn’t come easy. But that’s an average of more than one per day. I don’t know how much that is over a year but it’s a f*cking lot. This is the strategy that I have used to acquire them:

Clap, clap and more clap. Clap on, clap off, the clapper.

People eat this shit up. You always want to be feeding people’s egos. By constantly applauding them you’re going to give them a rush of endorphins which will manipulate them into following you if you’re lucky.

Leave thoughtful comments.

I’m not talking about “Nice story.” or “Great job.” That’s boring AF. You need to once again pull on the ego strings. Tell them that they are very good looking. Ask for their phone number. Tell them that you’ll take them out for dinner. You need to get creative here.

Write good content.

Definitely not as important as the other two but should still be part of your strategy.

3. Write often

Quantity over quality. Just keep pounding that shit out. Smash that keyboard. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. No matter how much trash you put out there, one will eventually gain traction. Unless you’re a complete f*ck up, in which case I can’t help you.

4. Read other successful articles on Medium

And then copy them! You think I came up with that subtitle idea by myself? I’m smart but I’m not that smart. I’m constantly reading other people’s stuff to steal their ideas. You see, Medium is like a giant pyramid scheme. Someone creates something compelling and makes money, you steal it and make money, someone steals it from you and makes money, etc. At the end of the day, someone’s going to be left holding the bag but we don’t care about them do we? Of course we don’t!

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That’s 42 views. And not store bought views, those are 100% organic

5. Photos

Picking the right photo is key. You are always going to want photos with high cheek-boned models, sensitive looking young men in designer clothing, and of course, pictures of cash money (please note my title photo). Best case scenario is to have all three of these in the same photo.

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Photo by Chris Murray on Unsplash

6. Submit to publications

You know who probably doesn’t have a lot of followers? You. You know who does? Publications. Piggy back on that shit and ride it all the way to the bank.

7. Formatting

Always use pull quotes. Why? Because they’re fancy as f*ck, that’s why.

Always use pull quotes. Why? Because they’re fancy as f*ck, that’s why.

Bonus tip:

Always remember to disrupt. You have to be a disrupter. I don’t know exactly what that means and neither does anyone else, but you need to remember to always be doing it if you want to have any success in Medium or in life.

If you follow all of this advice and take it seriously there is no reason that you can’t make 43 cents and have 13 followers in your first 10 days as well. I’m just a man. If I can do it, so can you.

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