My Highest Earning Article in April was an Article About an Article

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Andy Spears


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I’ve been writing seriously on Medium since December of 2021. That is, that’s when I focused on reaching the 100-follower count and staying in the Medium Partner Program. At that time, I started reading the work of other writers who have achieved some success on Medium — earning 4 figures or more a month on the platform.

The key takeaway: Persistence. Keep writing quality content and keep engaging with writers and pieces you like, and you’ll (eventually) achieve some success.

I’m not (yet) in the $100 or more a month club. I do, however, have 500 followers and a payout that is growing each month.

Last month, I wrote about the top five highest-earning articles from March and how one of them was a piece I wrote back in August of 2021.

That piece had the most reads in April and also earned the most income. The read ratio was 63% — pretty solid.

The second-highest earner was a piece I wrote about my experience on NewsBreak. That platform is one where I earn significantly more than on Medium.

I also saw some pieces I wrote about my journey on the fiction platform Simily reach the top five.

Rounding out the top five was a consumer protection story on Buy Now, Pay Later products.



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .