The Pay-What-You-Want Medium Course

Welcome to the pay-what-you-want Medium course! This is a comprehensive guide to writing on Medium, from creating your account to growing your following. Best of all, the entire course is run on a pay-what-you-want model! You choose how much to pay based on what you feel the course is worth and how much you can afford.

You can pay and support the course through either Patreon or Ko-Fi. Thank you in advance!

The course is divided into three major sections: “The Basics,” “Growing Your Following,” and “Writing Skills.” I’ll be adding even more content, so make sure to check back often for updates.

Use the table of contents below to navigate through the course. If you’re new, start with the introduction.

Make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it for easy navigation!

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Basics

  • Introduction (START HERE!)
    • Welcome
    • What is Medium?
    • What is This Course?
    • Let’s Get Started!
  • Getting Started on Medium
    • Creating a Medium Account
      • Updating Your Username
    • Signing Up for the Medium Partner Program
      • Is the MPP Available in Your Country?
    • Upgrading to a Paid Account
    • How You Make Money on Medium
    • Helpful Resources
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • Your First Post on Medium
    • Medium’s Editor
      • Accessing the Editor
      • Writing a Title
      • Adding a Photo
      • Writing Your Story
      • Saving
    • Publishing Your Story
      • Story Preview
      • Tags
      • Metering Your Story
      • Publishing (Now or Later)
    • Editing and Deleting
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • Customizing Your Profile
    • Settings
      • Name
      • Bio
      • Photo
      • Username
      • Custom Domain
      • Promotion
      • Other Settings
    • Design Your Profile
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • How to Format Your Posts
    • Titles, Subtitles, and Kickers
    • Images
    • Headings and Subheadings
    • Breaks
    • Bold, Italics, and Links
    • Embeds
    • Quotations
    • Lists
    • Code Blocks
    • Drop Caps
    • Mentions
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment

Part 1 Wrap Up

Part 2: Growing on Medium

  • Setting Goals on Medium
    • What Are Your Goals?
    • Comparison is the Thief of Joy
    • Wrap Up & Assignment
  • What Should You Write About?
    • Brainstorming
    • Research
    • Experimentation
    • Niches
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • My Strategy for Making Money on Medium
    • How Making Money on Medium Works
    • The Question
    • The Answer
    • Internal vs. External Views
    • Wrap Up
  • Everything You Need to Know About Curation
    • What Are Curation and Distribution?
      • How Medium Selects Stories
      • What Happens After Curation
    • Does Curation Matter?
    • Researching Curated Stories
    • Tips and Tricks
      • Publications
      • Optimism
      • Blend Personal Experience and Research
      • Proper Spelling and Grammar
      • Counterintuitive
      • Reader-focused
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • Expanding Your Reach With Publications
    • What Are Publications?
    • How Can Publications Help You?
    • Finding Publications
      • Medium-owned Publications
      • Other Publications
      • Which Size Publication Is Best?
    • Joining a Publication
    • Submitting Your Articles
    • How to Improve Your Chances
    • What Happens After You Submit?
    • What to do When You’re Rejected
    • The Importance of Experimentation
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • Creating a Solo Publication
    • What Is a Solo Publication?
    • How to Create a Publication
    • How to Add Stories to Your Publication
    • How to Create a Newsletter
    • Wrap Up
    • Assignment
  • Networking on Medium (Coming Soon)
  • Audience Engagement (Coming Soon)

Part 2 Wrap Up

Coming Soon: Part 3: Writing Skills

  • My Writing Process
  • The Secret to Writing Captivating Titles
  • Writing for an Audience
  • And More!