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How to Succeed on Medium: Four Strategies That Actually Work

How to grow your following, increase your engagement, get curated, and earn more income through the MPP

Nico Ryan
14 min readMay 30, 2019


[*Update*: I’m very fortunate to be able to say that my success on Medium has grown significantly since the publication of this piece. From November 2019 to February 2020, I earned $10,500+ and my stories accrued 300k+ views.]

As both a ghostwriter and an author writing under my own name, I’ve been publishing content on Medium for three years now.

I’m currently having my most successful month ever in terms of engagement:

In the last 30 days, my stories have:

  • Been viewed 14,514 times
  • Been read 4,045 times
  • Acquired 722 fans.

I’m also having my best month yet in terms of my earnings via the Medium Partner Program (MPP).

I earned $347.15 USD for May:

For the current pay period, my two most successful stories are:

  1. How Emotional Trauma Drives Nearly Everything We Do, published on Nicole Akers’s Publishous, which generated $114.13 in 30 days
  2. How to Become an Exceptional Writer by Studying Philosophy, published on The Understanding Project, which generated $52.31 in the same amount of time.

On the one hand, my engagement statistics and earnings pale in comparison to a number of Medium’s most successful (and inspiring!) writers, including Shannon Ashley, Shaunta Grimes, Gillian Sisley, Niklas Göke, Anthony Moore, Tom Kuegler, Ayodeji Awosika, Maarten van Doorn, Michael Thompson, and my friend Danny Forest.

On the other hand, however, Medium’s public data suggest I’m well above average in terms of earnings.



Nico Ryan

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