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How to Write and Publish on Medium

Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.



I have been writing and publishing on HubPages for about seven years. I am trying a new site called Medium. It appears to fit my writings better than HubPages. First of all, I never write to make money. All the revenue I earned was donated to charity. For the last few weeks, I have been experimenting with Medium. Here are the things I've learned so far.

- Dec. 2020

Medium as a Platform for Writing and Publishing

Medium is an alternative online publishing site. It is very similar to HubPages in its mission. That is where the similarity begins and ends. Medium does not check for quality of content or duplicates. In fact, you can take something already published else where on the web and import it to Medium.

It is also very different in how it classify content. All postings are treated as articles, whether it is something you created new or some comments made to existing articles by others. This is hard to explain and hard to keep track.

Comparison Between Medium and HubPages

HubPages has a more robust dashboard. It tracks all views of each article by day, by week by month and by all times. You can also be sorted by various options. On the other hand, Medium only shows total views per day.

HubPages has modules that allow images, text, links and amazon product and video and user comments...while Medium has only text and images and links. Any reader can append comments without author preview. HubPages provides the option of no comments or comments with notification.

HubPages has a 24 hours period of QAP where your article goes through an automated quality assessment process to make sure it passes some standard before being published. Medium is published immediately without limitations or checking.

HubPages insert random ads into the article while Medium does not. It just makes the reading experience better. It would be better if the ads have some relation to the content but they don't. Who ever thought this would be a good idea baffles me. Of all the articles I read on HubPages, never once did I click on an ad.

Importing An Article to Medium

A feature of Medium that is very useful for people wanting to migrate from one platform to the other. This is called "import story". You can provide a link to a story published elsewhere and it will automatically format it for Medium and allow you to edit it and then publish it with one button.

Here is an example of an article I wrote a while back on HubPages.

It is titled A Major Difference Between the Left and the Right.

Here is the exact same article imported to Medium.

What is required is to edit the article and remove any extraneous artifact and links and comments that appears at the end. The other issue is the images embedded in the article do not get transferred. Only the first title image is imported.

With a few simple keystrokes, and a quick edit, your article can be migrated from HubPages or any other source into Medium. A simple message at the bottom make references to where the article originated and the author info.

Note: Importing a story is only available via a computer and not on iPad or iPhone.

Appended to the Bottom of my article on Medium...


A Second Comparison

Here is an article I wrote and published on HubPages called "What is American Exceptionalism?" back in 2016.

Here is the exact same article imported to Medium. It took me less than five minutes on my iPad from start to finish. That is how easy it is to import an article to Medium or export an article out of HubPages.


I have only tried publishing on Medium for a few weeks. Just learning the ropes for now and putting it through its paces. So far, it has some appeal.

The best part of Medium for me is that it is more suitable for the type of writing I do. The worst part of Medium is the fact it does not work too well on an iPad. It is my preferred device to write.

Hope this bit of information is helpful.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee


Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 08, 2020:

Political and relationship articles seem to dominate at Medium, from what I observed, Jack. Personally, I'm done with anything that has to do with ads.

Science articles on Discover HubPages look okay. I may leave some of mine relating to animals and general science there, without ads. When I think of the hours I spent writing the pieces that, in my opinion, look terrible on niche and Discover, I've compromised by removing all ads. I have to carefully review each one because some of the wording no longer works on Discover.

So many changes . . . thanks for sharing your experience.

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