I am a new writer on HubPages writing on topics related to Reviews and Technology.
It’s been 50 days since I have started writing on Medium. I have got 1194 views from my 29 published articles. And I got accepted as a writer into some of the top medium publications like The Startup, AI in Plain English, and Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine.
I think that’s good enough to write a review. In Medium, all you want to do is to make your article reach the right audience, then the views will flow automatically.
I haven't got any viral articles till now -> only 3 of my articles have greater than 100 views, but I think it’s fine for a beginner. I have also recently started writing on Vocal Media and HubPages to check how they work out.
I am also planning to write a thorough review of them after 30 days. Stay tuned for future updates.
Now let’s go for a full-on review of what I liked and what I didn’t like about Medium.
POSITIVE: THE AUDIENCE
Medium gets around 75 million readers every month. If you don’t that’s enough audience for your articles, I don’t think what else is.
You will never be able to beat this number in your personal blog unless you have a significant following already.
NEGATIVE: MEDIUM PARTNER PROGRAM IS NOT AVAILABLE IN INDIA
As I am from a country where the Medium partner Program is not supported, I can never earn money from Medium unless stripe starts making payments in India.
And also unlike other blogging platforms, Medium does not encourage using affiliate links in your articles too. So even though I can gain exposure to my other blogging sites like my blog, or My Vocal Media, or Hubpages account, I can never earn from that.
POSITIVE: THE SEO IS GREAT
Most of my articles on Medium are about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Topics. If you check out any keyword regarding these kinds of topics on Medium, at least 3 of the top 5 search results you get will be from Medium. So in that case, it worked out pretty well.
POSITIVE: IMPORT POSTS FROM YOUR WEBSITE
Medium has an option to import articles from your website and edit it and post it again on Medium with a canonical link. This will not affect the SEO of your original post and also increase your audience - it’s a plus in both cases.
NEGATIVE: YOU DON’T HAVE FULL CONTROL
Your homepage/ the blog page theme can never be changed and you don’t own the page, so you will forever have the .medium.com extension.
The medium does not have an option for adding a custom domain to your page. So if someday the Medium executives think of eliminating you from their website, they can.
And that’s why people say, “ Don’t put all your eggs in one basket “. You will never know what would happen.
POSITIVE: THE ANALYTICS IS SIMPLE AND INFORMATIVE
The Medium Analytics is simple and has everything you need to know like the views, the reads, fans, from where did you get your reads, the internal sources, the external sources, etc.
It doesn’t have any stats that are present in Google Analytics like What time do people visit your blog or what region your visitors are from? But I think it’s more than enough information that you will be needing.
So with all things said and done, I liked writing on Medium and I think everyone thinking of blogging should give it a try. And if you are from a place where a Medium Partner Program is available, then there’s nothing to think about. Just start an account and create a story.
I will continue posting on Medium, but only as a secondary source just to share my previously posted articles. For now, I am going to concentrate more on Vocal Media and check how they work out.
Thanks for reading through the article.