How A Single Article Getting Curated on Medium Quadrupled My Followers in 18 Months
I wrote an article in September 2018 which eventually got curated on Medium and it has brought me more followers than all of my other articles combined.
Before I published the article I mentioned above, I merely had about a hundred and twenty followers. As of writing, I now have a little over five hundred followers and I’d attribute all of the added followers to that piece of writing.
I know 500 followers on Medium might not be considered a big deal by most writers. It might mean I’m now a budding writer on a Medium, with a following the size of a mustard seed. And it took me 18 months to get from a hundred to this.
Now, I’m beginning to wonder how Benjamin Hardy, PhD reached 239 thousand followers. How long did it take him from 500 to his current following?
The answer is not in this article.
If he replies, I’d be in awe.
What’s the point of this article? Why am I writing such a catchy title for nothing?
I’ll stop my monologue here.
I mentioned that it’s through that curated article that I got three-fourths of my followers. I believe that to be the truth. Well, because I’ve seen people follow me after they clapped for that article. So there’s that clear correlation.
What’s not clear however is how I got curated.
There are a lot of articles about writing on Medium and getting curated. If you’d like to know more, I suggest you check Tom Kuegler. He has a lot of materials that will teach you how to make an empire on Medium.
As for me, what I simply did was as follows:
1. I rewrote an old article I published
2. I thought of a catchy title
3. I made the content more relevant, more up-to-date
4. I submitted it to a publication
5. And I made sure that I used the five available tags to my advantage
That article gained traction from day one.
Then it started to lose its effect. Fewer and fewer people read and clapped for it.
But it still brought me a number of new followers on Medium every month. And I find that really fantastic.
To this day, I couldn’t bring any of my article to that position.
I might follow the same rules above and not get the results I wanted.
What article should I write to get curated and quadruple my followers?
How can I go for 2000 from my current 500?
And 18 months might be too long.
What can I do to make this goal in six months?
There are no right or wrong answers. There are only actions that are more advantageous than others.
And now, I’ll be writing more often to find out what works.