My First Time Going Semi-Viral on Medium

by Cole

How I Much Money I Made & How You Can Do The Same

Photo by Etienne Girardet on Unsplash

I’ve been writing on Medium since November 2018. I’ve watched tons of videos and read even more articles on how to grow on Medium. But I’ve never really had success.

I believe the real issue has been consistency. Even though I’ve been writing since 2018, I’ve only written a total of 34 articles. With 22 articles being in 2021.

At the beginning of 2021, I wanted to make more of an effort and actually see some results. 22 may not be a lot to you, but to me, it’s a huge step up. After my most recent success, it’s super encouraging to up the ante even more.

I’ve been mainly writing articles on entrepreneurship, but recently I decided to switch it up and write a true story from my life.

Here’s what I came up with:

The Moment That Emotionally Broke Me — I Won’t Ever Be The Same

It’s 12AM. I had been enjoying a lovely evening with my girlfriend’s family and my sister. A little tipsy off of wine…byrslf.co

I wanted to tell a personal story and began to brainstorm different ideas. I have been a part of the Be Yourself publication for a few months so after I wrote the story down I submitted to it thinking it was a great fit. Turns out it was! I believe that it being an emotional story and submitting it to the perfect publication gave it high odds of success.

How Much I Made (So Far):

So here are some earnings from November and December thus far. This is by far the most I have ever made on Medium by A LOT.

November Medium Income
December Medium Income (As of Dec 6)

In November, I made over $12. And already in December, I’ve made over $20!! I love it! I’m interested to see if this is a one-hit-wonder or if I’ve started to figure something out.

We will see, but in the meantime, here are some tips I’ve learned so far.


I believe the way a post is formatted can have a big impact on how long people read. Whether this is just the order of a story/information or the headings and photos used, it adds a dynamic to your Medium article beyond the writing. Aesthetics matter!


This is huge for finding an audience. I’m added as a writer on 5 publications, and every time I write an article I either find a new publication to write for or submit it to one of those 5. Zulie Rane (mentioned below) was very helpful in learning about these.

YouTubers / Mentors

I am a YouTuber, and I find so much value from YouTube videos. I believe I discovered Medium through Shelby Church. I learned tidbits from lots of YouTubers, but I by far learned the most from Zulie Rane. Highly recommend checking her out, and shout out to her!

Anyways, I hope this helps bring a little encouragement for those trying to make money doing what they love. If there is a little story or idea you’ve been putting off writing, get it out there! We want to read it 😉

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