What a month! October 2020 was a wild rollercoaster, and I’m here to share with you my stats, my findings, my strategy for the past month, and everything I’ve learned in October 2020.
I know why you are here, and I won’t let you wait long. I earned a little bit above $380 in October, which is 13 times higher than what I made the month before.
Imagine how I feel? I’m now more excited about writing than before. And I have many ideas to write about and to consider in the coming months. But for now, let me share with you all what I did in October 2020.
In October 2020, I wrote a total of 23 stories, and I got 19,373 views.
I broke the 10K total views as well as the 25K total views milestones. I’m now at 29.31K total views on Medium.
And yes, you read correctly, I got the 10K and the 25K total views milestones in one month — Actually in 20 days to be exact.
When the first Medium changes happened early this month, I got worried. Changes do not come without problems, and the Medium abrupt changes came with many bugs to be fixed. I was afraid that the changes would negatively affect my views and reading times. The reality is totally different. The changes may be the reason for my October success.
I have seven curated stories, I published in six publications, I got rejected four times, and these stories are now self-published.
I published in superjump, The Ascent, The Startup, DDI, Illumination, and 2 Minute Madness.
The table shows the number of stories I published in October and the publication to which the stories were submitted.
I’m in the process of starting two own publications. It is currently not going well, but I’ll continue the hustle in the next months to get them off the ground.
You might ask, why do I self-publish?
Self-published stories, and after curation, get noticed by multiple editors. Editors typically leave a private note if they like the story and will ask you to submit the story to their publication.
If a story gets rejected, I typically self-publish the story anyway. Some get picked up by publications while some remain without a publication to call home.
Viral stories and earnings per reading minute
Two of my stories in October 2020 reached over 6K views. That is 12K views out of my total 19.37K views from two stories only.
Both stories are tech-related, which dominated my posts in October. I’m now also a Top Writer in Technology.
The viral stories are about Apple releases:
Apple Presented the iPhone 12 and the Internet Just Lost It
Don’t be hasty in your judgment — Apple played all the right cards
Apple MagSafe Is the USB-C Killer
We might never see a USB-C iPhone now that MagSafe is here.
Now here comes the interesting part.
I analyzed the earnings per reading minute for these two stories over time. I might have found something.
The first story was published on October 15, 2020. I noticed that even though the members' reading time is dropping over time, the earnings are constant or, in some cases, even higher. So, I calculated the earnings/minute, and I generated the following diagram.
As you can see, there is a steady increase in the earnings/minute, which started on the seventh day. And a correction happened on the 14th day; I don't believe a reading minute is worth $1.
However, almost on the seventh day, the earnings went from 2.3 cents a minute to 3.2 cents a minute, and later it reached 5,6 cents a minute on day 8, and it continues to climb since then.
The second story has been online since October 24th, 2020. It has been online for 8 days now — Do I notice the same increase per reading minute?
The answer is yes! Also, for this story, I created the following diagram.
Once again here, on day seven, an increase in the cents per minute occurs. It goes from ca. 2.3 cents/minute to ca. 3.2 cents/minute.
Why does this increase occur?
To be honest, I don't know. However, in both cases, I reached 5K views on day six, which may mean that Medium’s algorithm starts paying the story more after it reaches the 5K views milestone — sounds reasonable, right?
I cannot verify this revelation on my own. If you are reading this and can check your stats, I would be happy if you share your findings too.
What did I do differently in October?
As I mentioned before, I’m trying to launch two publications, which means that I’m investing time and effort into the two publications to get them off the ground.
I added a so-called “read day” twice a month. On this day, I ask Facebook groups’ members to share one story with me to read. I ask for nothing in return. I do this to see the different styles of other writers and discover new topics and search for inspiration — This plan actually worked.
I’ve connected with new writers, learned new subjects, and got to learn a couple of new tricks in formating my stories on Medium.
Writers liked my initiative, and the majority of them actually started following me too. My followers grew by 100+ in October.
I’ll make this short:
- Write about current subjects — I wrote about Apple releases in October, and readers liked it.
- Write consistently — You never know which story will go viral or semi-viral.
- Considering adding a day every two weeks for reading only.
- Analyze your stats consistently — You might learn new things from looking at your stats.
- Share your small milestones on Facebook or Twitter. Other writers will applaud you and eventually follow you.
- Consider self-publishing if your story got rejected, and you believe in the story — Follow your heart.
How are your stats in October? Care to share them with me? Please respond to this story and show me your milestones in October. If you are interested in increasing your traffic, you might want to read the following story:
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Walid Al Otaibi -WAO- is a top writer in Gaming and Technology. He works at an engineering company in Germany. He comes from a multicultural background and is located in Germany since 2003. He is writing about Arab Culture, Multiculturalism, Finance, and Trending topics.