I Got Lucky On Medium And Earned A Fortune

Then it all sorta went downhill

Tom C
2 min readMar 11, 2022


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I’ve written about 300 posts on Medium. Most of them have bombed with a few views. Some have gone semi-viral and only two have made me any real money.

I wrote one article on losing weight and another on running. Funnily enough, neither of them gained any traction until a few weeks after I had written them and then all of a sudden they were filling up my post feed with comments and applause.

The best month I had before that was around $3. The month after I wrote those articles I earned $997 and then the following month, $680. This was insane, the best buzz in the world. I never thought I could make money from my content, I just wanted to improve my writing and learn how to be a freelance copywriter.

Suddenly, I was living in a world where anything was possible and the future was mine to create.

Fast forward three months and my earnings are way down from there. They are still respectable — $260 last month — but however hard I try and no matter what I do, I cannot seem to create a story that gets the traction or the earnings that those two articles collected.

Life is learning and this is not a bad thing. Our earnings on here are really just feedback and like anything, the tweaks we need to make are always there if we look for them.

The proof is out there that we can make money. On here and elsewhere, but it’s hard and there’s lots of competition. That competition will only get stronger over time as more and more people create content. We will have to innovate.

The titles that used to work don’t work as well now and everyone is hunting for the next thing. The good news is that most people will give up because it’s hard. Not because they don’t have the talent. Hard work beats talent every time and the world belongs to those who work day in day out and hold to their vision, knowing that they will find a way.

If you have made your first $0.10c, you can make your first $10,000. Maybe not on here but somewhere, somehow and someday. All you have to do is show up, do the work and keep doing it. For years if you have to. It will pay off. Maybe quickly, maybe slowly but it will.

I’m staying in the game until I get where I want to be. My future self will thank me for it. I hope the same for you too.



Tom C