Sometimes the very thing that changes your life begins with something so small you won’t be able to trace it back to a definitive source or a particular point in time. I do not recall how, when, or where I first heard about Medium. My tag line for that site is “Medium…it’s just right.” This is the story of how I came to be involved as a syndicated writer there…
In doing my research for this project I went back through all of my stories published on Medium (797 to date and counting!) and ended up on the page for the first story I ever published there. To my amazement this was on May 19, 2009. This is the first story I published on Medium on that day:
The text is small in that image so you may want to take a closer look. This article was originally published on my other blog on May 19, 2009. Later that day it was published on Medium. I no longer syndicate my blog posts immediately to Medium, or any other site, for that matter.
I was so sure it had been much later, 2016 perhaps, when I signed up for my free account there. You can see from this image there is no graphic included just after the title, and I didn’t do a good job of introducing the topic. Also, my call to action is completely out of alignment because I am asking someone who is probably reading me for the first time to take a leap into a program with me that costs close to ten thousand dollars a year. Here it is:
My recommendation is to try this out for six months and see how it affects your online business. Belonging to the right forums is the closest you will get to being involved in a Mastermind, without having to invest that kind of money. If you are ready for a Mastermind, check out my Online Marketing Incubator and come aboard.
But even as a free member at that time I enjoyed exposure to a wider audience than with both of my blogs and all of my social media platforms combined. Why? Medium was already starting to blow up (that’s a good thing, in case you aren’t familiar with that term) and everyone who joined buckled in and came along for the ride of our life in terms of increased visibility, added credibility, and a huge potential for profitability.
It would be almost a year before I next added an article to here, in March of 2010. Then again in 2011, when I published two articles. In April and November of 2012 I posted one article in each of those months, and then there was a lapse until 2015, when I posted three articles a few months apart. During 2016 I see that I published sixty-articles, much better written and some with images. I was starting to get it! I discovered that Medium…it’s just right for me and for you as an author or entrepreneur.
How could so many years have passed between the time I originally signed up and when I finally understood and appreciated the value of paid membership? That occurred in April of 2018 and that’s when I approached the next level of visibility as an author, publisher, and entrepreneur. My audience grew and I began to experiment with writing on topics that were away from my core business of authorship and online entrepreneurship.
Beginning in April of 2018 the articles I posted first to one of my blogs and then to Medium were a cut above what I had been writing and publishing before that time. Certainly it wasn’t because of the paltry sum of five dollars a month I was now investing, or the hope of a big payday each month as part of Medium’s paywall arrangement. But no matter what the reason I was now spending a little more time and making even more effort with my writing. I will encourage you to do the same. If I have motivated or inspired you with this article I am satisfied that I have done you a solid today. Medium…it’s just right.
In fact, I began teaching others how to use Medium as a syndication tool to grow their businesses. The training is called Syndication Optimization and I teach it live every six to eight week. Then I add the webinar replays to the members area so everyone has full access to this training, along with a written guide and updated addendum. Perhaps this training would be beneficial for you as an entrepreneur, marketer, or author/writer.
Writing is the most valuable skill I have and my goal is to improve not only my writing but also my syndication of this writing 1% each day. That’s what thought leader Brian Tracy tells us; make your goal one percent improvement a day, every day and great success will be yours. Take a look at all of my published books here.
I’m author, publisher, and entrepreneur Connie Ragen Green and would love to connect with you. If you’re new to the world of online entrepreneurship please check out my training on how to sell yourself at Sell Yourself and Your Stuff and learn how to gain an unfair advantage when it comes to building a lucrative online business.