In this episode, I teach you 3 tips on how to turn your Medium.com writing into landing freelance writing gigs.
Freelance Writing vs. Medium Writing
Freelance writing is when you find clients and write content for them to get paid. I have made over 6 figures writing for clients over the last few years. Freelance writing is the best way to make money quickly online! If you miss writing your own content, though, Medium.com is a great place to write and earn money through a variety of ways:
- The Medium Partner Program
- Affiliate Links
- Build Your Email List
The biggest difference between writing on Medium vs. Freelance writing is that you are your own boss. Freelance writing you have client deadlines and are writing for others; Medium gives you the chance to write about topics you are passionate about and more.
3 Tips to Land Clients on Medium
Here are 3 tips on how you can land clients by writing on Medium.com
- Get Published in Publications on Medium
- Link to Your Medium Features on your Writing Website
- Promote Your Medium.com Articles On Social Media
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Speaker 1 (00:00):
You are listening to episode number 92 of inspire your success podcast. On today’s episode, I’m going to teach you how to turn your medium writing into landing freelance writing gigs quickly and easily coming up.
Speaker 2 (00:17):
Hi, I’m Michael Leonard and I built a full time online writing business that offers me the freedom to never go back to a cubicle in a nine to five if you’re like most people, you want to make more money to pay off debt, have more freedom, travel, and actually enjoy your life. Whether you want to earn $500 per month as a side hustle or scale writing business to five figures per month and quit your job. Making money as a writer has never been easier in this podcast. I want to inspire your success as a freelancer and show you how I 10 X my income in one year and made $20,000 in one month as a freelance writer. If I can do it, I know you can too. Thanks so much for being here.
Speaker 1 (01:01):
Hey everyone. Welcome back to the show. This is your host, Michael Leonard. And as always, thanks for tuning into inspire your success podcast. So, um, thank you again. If you tuned into last week’s episodes, uh, had a lot of good response there and a lot of people are loving episode number 91 with Dr. Benjamin Hardy. So if you haven’t tuned into that, make sure you do and listen to it several times. Um, not to just inflate my numbers, I promise. It’s literally the, uh, one of the best interviews I’ve had a chance to do, um, not because of me, but because Dr. Benjamin Hardy is, um, just an unbelievable guy, uh, so much value to provide and has really just been serving and crushing it online for four or five years now. And so it just goes to show, um, what can happen when you really commit yourself to your craft and just go all in.
Speaker 1 (01:53):
So make sure to tune into 91. I think you will love it. So, uh, again, we’re going to jump in today and talk more about medium. Um, this was kind of my theme for may, was may medium. I want to help you launch that writing business on medium and use it in so many ways because that’s the beauty of it. There’s, there’s not just one way to do it. And, uh, if you’ve listened to any of the other episodes this month, I talk a lot about medium because there’s, there’s so many cool things you can do and we’re really living in a time where it’s never been easier to be a writer. Um, you know, you can literally log onto medium today and publish an article and get paid and you know, the next few weeks from it. And so it’s a very, very cool time.
Speaker 1 (02:32):
Um, but again, they’re, they’re very different. Medium writing is going to be a little different than writing for clients and things like that. So that’s what we’re gonna talk about today is how to use medium to land freelance writing clients. But, uh, before that, do have to jump into a random fact about me. And, uh, the random fact for me is that I love everything. Apple, uh, Apple Mac book, Apple, iMac, Apple phone. I think I have an iPad. The original. I don’t really like iPads, but I have the original one. Um, I had the first generation, uh, ever iPod actually still have it. I could never get myself to get rid of it cause it’s like a classic. And I remember in high school when I switched from CD players to MP3 players to the iPod woof man, now I was felt like the coolest guy ever.
Speaker 1 (03:19):
And I still remember carrying that little brick around with me and listening to it at the golf course. Um, so if you’re an Apple fan, let me know. I don’t even know how I would have an online business without that stuff. And I feel like a inspire your success probably needs a little update. And I could see a new Mac book air or Mac book. I don’t even know what they’re called these days coming into my near future because I need something to speed up a little bit. This thing has been running five years, but that’s a problem with Apple. They last forever. So that’s my random fact. Again, always love dropping that and just letting you know a little bit more about who I am and who is the beautiful voice behind inspire your success. So we’ll jump into it and talk a little bit more about it because, um, before we do that though, I think it’s important to kind of understand the difference.
Speaker 1 (04:02):
So freelance writing is where you go out and you land clients. Um, so again, if you’ve listened to the podcast for a while, you know a lot about it, probably you’ve, maybe you’re inside freelance to 5k and you’re just getting some motivation or you just found me through medium or Instagram or whatever and you’re just getting started. I mean, freelance writing is how I made over six figures in the last few years writing online. And it’s one of the best ways that you can make money in a really, um, short amount of time. And so with freelance writing though, you’re writing other people’s stuff and it’s not to say you can’t in inject your voice and style, but for the most part you’re going to be following, um, their stuff. You’re going to have a certain tone, a certain, uh, you know, word count that they normally do and just style and type of reader and things.
Speaker 1 (04:46):
So, you know, for me, I mean I’ve written all kinds of different content, uh, as a freelance writer from personal finance to self improvement, I was the number one writer on fearless motivation, had hundreds of thousands of views on there. And, um, I’ve done a ton of golf writing. And so that’s really cool. I mean, with freelance writing, there’s a niche for pretty much everything out there and you can find it. And so, but you have to find it. That’s the whole thing. And so, you know, inside freelance to 5k we talk about all the different ways. And even on the podcast I share a lot of different ways and strategies to land clients because there’s so many ways to do it. There’s really no one way. Um, but that’s the thing. If you don’t have clients, you’re not getting paid. And so, um, freelance writing, those very different from medium because with medium you can get paid all kinds of ways.
Speaker 1 (05:30):
Um, you can get paid with the medium partner program. You can sell your own products or courses or coaching. Um, you can have affiliate links, you can set up membership sites, you can get people on your email list and sell them anything else. Um, but that’s really the biggest difference is that medium. You know, you don’t have a boss. Basically you are your own boss. You’re pumping out whatever content you want. If you want to write 10 articles and today you can, if you wanna write one a month, you can. Um, so you don’t have any deadlines. So I think it’s important obviously just to understand the difference there. Um, but for me, I’ve been writing, uh, for clients for the last two years and I wanted to get back into my own stuff. And so the podcast was a lot of fun last year, but I wanted to have a lot more written content as well.
Speaker 1 (06:09):
I mean, I’m a writer, right? So I was just spending all my time on other people’s stuff that I kinda got burned out. And so, um, that was a big push for me in 2020. And so like I talked about in the last few episodes is you can get started with medium very, very fast, but not only can you make money with medium, but you can also get freelance writing clients from it. So here’s a few ways that you can do it. And so, um, the first way is to get your stuff featured in publications. So if you haven’t listened to episode number 88 and number 90, highly recommend you go back there because again, you’ll learn some of the tips. You’ll learn some strategies about how I got started in five ways. You can get started in episode number 90. But one of the biggest things I talk about is to land in publications because publications are where a built in readership is.
Speaker 1 (06:56):
Like, for example, the startup is a publication on medium. They have over 100 hundred thousand followers. So if you publish an article in there, it’s going to get read. People are gonna see it. Um, you know, and then another one is like better marketing. They have like 50,000 and they’re highly engaged followers on that one. And anytime I submit a post, I mean I get minimum 500 claps too, you know, some of them have 7,000 claps on articles. So I get a lot of eyes on there. I get a lot of momentum, comments, um, and just, uh, obviously making money with the partner program, but helping people, people are actually reading my stuff. And so getting featured in publications is great for all those reasons I just mentioned. But you can also parlay that into a freelance writing career. So when you get featured in big publications, you can then, when you’re pitching clients and reaching out to clients, you can let them know that, Hey, I’m in featured in this publication or I’m featured in this one, or this one went viral, or this one got, um, uh, syndicated, whatever it is.
Speaker 1 (07:47):
I mean, you have a lot more kind of clout because it shows that you are a successful writer. You’ve been featured in big publications. And so as a writing client is going to look at it, they’re going to be like, wow, this, this individual obviously knows what they’re doing. They’ve been featured, um, all that stuff. And so it’s just gonna make you look more like an expert. So that’s why it’s really, really important to get featured in publications, not only for obviously getting more income from the media partner program, but you’re going to get more eyes on it. Plus you can parlay it into, um, getting more links, getting more exposure to yourself, into your brand. And again, you can kind of humblebrag when you’re pitching clients and let them know where you’ve been featured. And so not only would I recommend it in the pitch, um, but that leads to number two, which is you should link to them in your writing website.
Speaker 1 (08:32):
So if you’re in freelance to 5k, you know, I talk about this a lot, um, that you really need to have an online brand. Uh, you really should have your own domain name. Um, you should have some sort of a brand that you control out there because writing on medium is great, but if medium goes a way tomorrow, you don’t get to keep any of your stuff. You don’t have any followers that you get to keep none of that. And so it’s important I think, to have your own brand. So yes, I have my medium profile, but I also have my writing website, which again is Michaelleonard.net and that is my domain. That’s where I have all my writings. Uh, how’s that? So I have information about myself, my courses, programs, all that stuff. But you know, as a writer, you know, when you’re first getting started, you need to have a website to show that you’re a legit person.
Speaker 1 (09:15):
So that way when you’re reaching out to these clients, it shows that, you know, you spent the $200 on the domain, you built a website or had someone build it for you and that you’re taking this seriously. Because again, clients want to work with writers who know what they’re doing and aren’t just in it for a month and going to try the next side hustle and then again start a blog or whatever. So it’s important to have that because then when you get featured in these publications, you can link back to them on your writing website. Um, you can create some sort of, um, little authority picture. Um, so for example, like on mine, if you go on to Michaelleaonard.net, it’ll show all the places I’ve been featured. And that again, when clients see that they know that they’re working with someone who’s committed, they’re obviously been featured in big publications, which most likely means you’re pretty good at writing, um, which makes you a good candidate for them because again, you always, always, always want to make it easy for clients to say yes.
Speaker 1 (10:06):
And so think about it from a client’s perspective. If two people email them and they want to be a writer for then and writer number one says, Hey, I’ve been featured in XYZ, here’s a link to my samples. Um, and they have a writing website, you know, versus writer number two who just says, yeah, I’d love to be a writer for you. I mean, think about it from the client’s point of view. I mean, that’s a no brainer. They’re going to go with the person that has the experience that’s been featured and that knows what it takes to create Epic content. So that’s a big, big thing and I can’t stress that enough. And you know, as you continually publish on your portfolio or on your medium profile link back, update your writing website, um, you can also do it on Upwork.
Speaker 1 (10:47):
So, you know, a lot of people are using multiple platforms. So if you have an upwork profile, add your samples on there. Again, you always, always just want to have a lot of great content that shows that you can get the job done. And my number one motto when you’re pitching clients is make it easy for them to say yes, you want to build that know, like, and trust factor as soon as you can with as much exposure to the media and places you’ve been featured. So hopefully that makes sense there. Again guys, make sure if you haven’t downloaded it yet already, I have that free medium checklist that basically is my like 10 point checklist that you can go through before you hit publish on any article and it will make sure you have all the things. So it’ll make sure your titles optimize your headline.
Speaker 1 (11:32):
Um, excuse me, sub-headline, all the different things that I talk about in there. So download that [email protected], forward slash medium because that will really, really just print that out, set it next to your computer. And before you hit publish, just go through that checklist, spend five minutes, make sure you’re editing right, doing all the things I mentioned on there so that way when you’re submitting them to these publications, you’re, you’re more likely to get accepted into them. So again, take a [email protected] or go to inspireyoursuccess.com/medium and the third way to use medium, um, for a freelance writing, um, exposure is to, um, basically promote all this stuff on your social media. So social media is another great way that you can land clients. Um, it’s not talked about nearly as much in the writing world. I feel like most people still only talk about Upwork and job boards and cold emailing and all that stuff.
Speaker 1 (12:24):
But social media is a great way. I mean, I’ve landed several clients in the golf niche, in the personal development niche from uh, social media, having an Instagram, having a Twitter. So, you know, if you are getting your content out there, it’s getting featured in publications, you’re getting a response to it, you know, you need to be promoting that on your social media. So, you know, if you have a LinkedIn or if you have a Twitter or if you have, um, Instagram, which again, you’ve probably should have one or all of those. Um, not in an overwhelming way. But you know, again, you want to really show clients that you’re taking this serious and so promote your stuff on social media, use some hashtags and uh, you know, someone might be browsing that hashtag or see it pop up on their feed and that could then, you know, maybe it’s they could be a client or they could forward your work to someone they think would really like to work with you.
Speaker 1 (13:12):
Whatever it is, there’s a ton of opportunity. But again, if no one reads your stuff, no one gets to see how great you are as a writer. So it’s up to you to promote it and get it out on social media. So again, just a quick recap. Here are three ways that you can use medium to land freelance writing clients. And the first one was to get, get featured in publications. So, you know, try and get each story you publish into a publication. It will help your reach, it will help your partner earnings and it will help really you as a writer because you’ll learn what’s working and what’s not. Um, pretty quickly. Uh, tip number two is to link all of your stuff once you do get featured onto your writing website. So I’ll link to that in the show notes. Again, it’s Michael leonard.net.
Speaker 1 (13:53):
You can kind of take a look at how my writing website looks so you can see how I link to everywhere I’ve been featured. Um, but again, highly highly recommend this because it will just show clients who visit your writing website that you are a serious writer, you’ve been featured in big publications and you can get the job done for them. And then the final tip as we just mentioned, is to share everything on social media. Um, you’re only one person away from changing your life and getting a piece of content out there that makes five, $10,000 or landing a client that pays you a hundred thousand dollars over the next two years or whatever it is. But you got to get your stuff in front of eyes. You got to get your offer in front of more people and you got to get you in front of more people and your awesome work.
Speaker 1 (14:32):
So again, promote that stuff. Believe in yourself, know that, um, you know, you’re enough and that you don’t have to wait until you have 10,000 followers or anything like that. Just promoted as much as you can. Um, and just be proud of everything you’re doing out there because there’s a lot of ways you can do it. Now. Um, as I mentioned, freelance writing with clients is very different than medium, but together they can blend together beautifully. And that’s what I’m doing right now is I have a small handful of clients I’m writing on medium. And then of course working with everyone inside freelance to 5k. And so that just goes to show there’s a lot of ways you can make money writing even during a pandemic. I want to stress that again, we’ve got 21 plus million people that are unemployed and unemployment just keeps going up.
Speaker 1 (15:14):
But you know what, if you can write words, you can make money as a writer, you can get a side hustle or you can really scale this thing into a full time gig. You can make five, 10, 15, 20,000 a month. Um, that was my most I’ve ever made in one month from writing. So you just never know what can happen, but it all starts again by going through it. So if you didn’t listen to last episode about medium, make sure you go back there, episode number 90, that’ll help you out and really know what you need to do to get started on medium. And if you just need some life inspiration even more than this one and make sure to go back to episode number 91, Dr. Benjamin Hardy, the number one writer on medium, um, been read by millions if not billions of people at this point.
Speaker 1 (15:56):
Um, and just an unbelievable, uh, author out there. So make sure to follow and read his stuff as well. So, um, thanks again for listening. And, uh, finally again, just a quick reminder, if you haven’t downloaded it, go over to the, um, medium checklist, download that, print it out, and use that to get started on medium. And that’s [email protected], forward slash medium. So thanks again guys. I really appreciate you being here. I’ve been getting some more reviews on the show, which is helping get more listeners and I’m so, so excited about that. So again, if you can share this with anyone, friends, family, coworkers, um, that needs some inspiration or want to learn about freelancing and writing, please, please do share it with them or leave a positive review over on Apple so that way it’ll help the algorithm figure out, Hey, people are liking this. We should show it to more and get it up there in the chart. So thanks again. I really, really appreciate you and as always, I hope you have an Epic day.
Speaker 2 (16:54):
Thanks for listening to this episode of inspire your success podcast. If you’re the kind of person who likes to help others, please leave a positive review on iTunes so more people can learn about the show. Also, if you have any questions about freelancing, I’m here to assist. Please email [email protected] and I may even use your question for a future episode topic and if you want more inspiration and freelance writing tips to build your business, follow me on Instagram. My username is at @IamMichaelLeonard. Finally, if you’re ready to learn how to make your first thousand dollars as a freelance writer, check out my free seven day series @inspireyoursuccess.com/1k Thanks again for listening.
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