Alternative sites to Medium where you can start your own free blog and build your brand.
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Medium is not for everyone, the site is saturated with bloggers, and writing now is a bit hectic thing. Let me rephrase the question; “Are there other platforms like Medium that pay people to write?” This question is also part of our article. One thing that makes Medium different from all the available platforms is its high domain authority. A site with good domain authority ranks well in the search engine compared to other sites that give you the ability to publish content on their platform.
I was a student, my father gives me money that is too low to support me in one week. The university campus was in the rural area so finding a physical job was a bit pain in the ass. So, I decided to start working online. I started my research and luckily, the platform I found was “Blogger” This platform is free and if you accepted into Google-owned Ad network, you run ads on your blog and make money. I made over $1.2K in one-year writing on this platform. Later, I shifted to my own WordPress blog with a custom domain and hosting and made good money writing about “How to topics”
Medium Vs Other Similar Sites
Every blogging platform is different from one another. You might get success on one time with a different kind of niche but might get failed badly writing about the same niche. This is what you have decided to which site to choose? Before we discuss the pros and cons of Medium and other similar sites, let me tell you my story and how I find blogging platforms.
Medium has great SEO, while all other sites I have mentioned have a lower rating of domain authority compared to Medium.
Medium.com Business model revolves around Medium members who pay $5 a month and the writers are getting paid based on the read time. While the sites I have mentioned that are alternative to Medium as a blogging platform might have different business and revenue, sharing models.
I love Medium editor and the way it works. You build yourself an audience on this platform.
Let me tell you a story;
On April 2nd, 2020, Medium suspended my account, that Medium account was 1 year old with 4 fourth of consisted of publishing articles on this platform. Spoiler alert: That Medium account has been restored after 14 hours.
I was searching for finding Tweets of people who’s account has been suspended, one strange thing I find out in this research is that people were blaming Medium for *Censorship* Medium could be anything but far from being a censorship platform. It is a quite liberal platform that gives rights to everyone to publish.
If you respect the rules and terms of conditions of this platform you will be here for quiet along.
Alternatives to Medium.com That Pay you for Writing Content
HubPages: They have a very similar model compared to Medium but in a completely different way. They have two business models at the same time. They show Google AdSense ads beside your content and also display amazon affiliate products. If a person finds your article from the search engine and click on the Ad or buy the affiliate product then you get paid based on the different factors.
You need to be living in a Paypal eligible country to receive your earnings from that platform. If more and more people finding your content through search engines and they are mostly based on developing economics then you will be paid somewhere between $0.08 to $1.5 per thousand views.
The same way you get paid if someone buys an Amazon product from the amazon affiliate link they display on your blog post. Companies like HubPages make a lot of money because all they do is to act like a third-party and the writers are getting paid far less.
Vocal.media: Vocal.media is a very similar platform to Medium.com. When you make an account on Vocal.media, you have to write an article and then curators will review your story. If it is accepted then it will be live across the platform. They pay $3.80 per 1000 views to creators who didn’t join Vocal+ Program, if you join Vocal+ then for the same 1,000 views you will be getting paid $6.
Vocal use stripe as a payment method. If you are living in a stripe eligible country then you can join this platform and could make money.
One problem with the vocal.media is the waiting time and the idea that someone is controlling you. On Medium, you could write a 2,000 words article and it will be live on this platform in the next minute, all you have to do is to click on the green “Publish” button, while the same is not true for Vocal.media. If you write an article on Vocal, then you have to submit it for review and the chances that it might be rejected is way higher. Here is a prompt asking me to add relevant tags to submit your vocal.media article for review.
A Vocal.media prompt asking the user to add a community and the relevant tags to your story and then you have to submit it for the review. The chances of getting rejected are higher. Screenshot by the author
Blogging on Vocal.media is good for some writers but you could make substantial more amount of money from your blog post if you publish it on Medium and it get curated.
Steemit: Steemit is a decentralized site that is like a digital currency and is traded in the crypto market. Steemit is quite a good site and most writers have made hundreds of dollars on this site but the currency Steemit is using called the “SP” is losing value so do your article.
To get paid from Steemit, you need to make an e-Wallet so technically any person can join this site. The process of getting your Steemit account is a bit hectic but they will send you your conditionals under a week.
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Substack: Substack is a completely different platform based on Email marketing and subscription-based model. You can create free publication — publication where a user could read your content for free and Paid Publication — Publication where the user have to pay you to read your content. One benefit of using Substack is that you could use it as a free email marketing platform.
A writer that has already email subscribers can easily find success on Subsctack. There are some great paid publications that are generating five figures of income every month just from this platform.
Alternatives to Medium.com that you make money through other ways
These sites really didn’t pay you directly but instead, you could use them to drive traffic or getting leads using these sites.
Quora is a question & Answer based platform with over 300 million users and the traffic statistics is much higher than Medium.com. Quora has a feature called “Quora spaces” Quora is very sensitive to adding links to your answers but if you own a Quora space then you could publish links, posts, and Questions on your Quora spaces. I owned a Quora Space with over 65K followers and it generates 500 to 800 of traffic to my Medium and my own blog posts. Also, if you are living in a stripe eligible country then you could join the Quora Partner program and get paid directly from Quora just by asking questions.
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Fiverr is a freelance site where you could sell your skills. Fiverr act like a Third-party between the seller and the buyers. They take a 20% cut on your earnings. You can start writing gig on Fiverr and if someone contacted you, you get a writing gig.
The ghost is like any other site but quite good. You can start your own Membership site like Medium and if you want to just run ads on their blog. You have to pay $25 per month for their hosting and you could also buy your own domain to host your site on Ghost server. Ghost is also a blogging platform similar to Medium.
Using WordPress to use it as a content management system and to publish content on your blog. Photo by Webaroo on Unsplash
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In this article, we have mentioned different alternatives to Medium.com where you could write about the thing you love or do blogging and also build your brand and make money on the side.