Should I Write on Medium or Start a Blog? 59

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I’ll now start publishing specific questions I know some readers have, to make sure I cover important pain points.

Medium or Blog, for instance, is something many people try to guess. And because it’s a question I have an answer I believe 100% in, I decided to share it with you this week, together with the reasons why.

So, let’s start from the beginning.

 

Why You Want to Write Stuff Online in The First Place

All the lifestyle advice and freedom and independence I talk about here on the blog, won’t be possible without laying the foundation by doing some meaningful work.

This always includes sharing your journey online, building your expertise, writing on a subject and building content on a platform, having an audience, grabbing attention by exposing your opinion, making a difference with your words, being noticed, and more.

And this includes writing.

Now if you haven’t done it before, a few things might concern you, or even stop you from ever giving this a try. Such as what to write about, how to come up with ideas for new blog posts all the time, how to distribute that content afterwards, what platform to use, how long it will take to build some traffic, what should the goal be, and more.

These are all things that deserve attention. Although, truth is, you can simply write something now, hit ‘publish’, and thus start your online journey.

Easier said than done, though. And that’s why so many people still haven’t started their own blogs or shared their written work anywhere.

So now, I wanna talk about the platform you’ll use.

 

Where to Publish Our Work?

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Let’s say you’ve finally found the courage to start sharing your writing. Maybe you even have a few articles prepared and plan on publishing the first one over the next few days.

The only challenge now is whether it should be Medium (or a platform similar to it), or your very own blog.

Let’s talk about these separately.

Medium.com is an online publishing platform, where people from all over the world create profiles and make their words live.

What separates it from the many others like it is that it’s gained way more attention, and millions of eyeballs are looking for new, smart pieces of content to check out.

So there’s a chance that whatever you write, it can go viral, or get shared, even if you don’t have an audience. Still not big chances, though.

There are more good things about Medium.

The design of the platform is minimalist and powerful, it’s all about the content there.

In fact, Let’s Reach Success follows the same philosophy.

Many readers and writers are there, and you can form connections if you produce content on a consistent basis and like, comment on and share other people’s work. But it takes time, as with anything else.

Also influencers are there. Some have their own profiles, that are separate from their blogs. But they already have the brand and audience, so just cover some of their most important topics on a different platform sometimes.

In fact, the best summary of what the site is about can be found on Wiki:

‘The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium and is regularly regarded as a blog host.’

Still, I think you shouldn’t waste your time there.

If you just feel like writing a few posts and put them somewhere online, knowing they will look professional (then maybe link to them to people who wanna see your work), that’s one way to do it. And an easy way, actually.

But if you want to become an expert in a niche, turn writing into your thing, to start an online business, build an audience on your own platform, and own a site that will showcase all that you’ll be doing over the next few years, then you need to start your very own blog.

For web hosting, I always recommend Bluehost and that’s what I’ve been using since the beginning. Here I explain exactly how to set up a WordPress site on Bluehost.

Why Medium is a No?

It’s a third-party platform.

You can never know if tomorrow a bigger company would buy it, the founder will decide to change direction (and start charging, or put annoying ads), there will be a server issue, or if your content will just disappear.

In a nutshell, you have no control over this platform (unlike with a blog you own, as we’ll see below).

You most probably won’t be discovered.

Even if you sit down and invest 8 hours in a how-to guide covering the ins and outs of a topic you know a lot about, Medium will still place it in a certain Collection, together with other similar topics. So next to you might appear 100-word blog posts with no real value.

Whether or not the piece gets any traffic also depends on how many likes and recommendations you’ll receive from others. And if you don’t already have some connections, or are found by people who have no interest whatsoever in that exact field, you won’t get in front of the right folks either.

When posting on your own blog, however, over time search engines will bring natural traffic to each article, if you really put in the effort and make it extensive and engaging.

Medium is great for readers, though.

It could definitely be a good addition to your free-time activities related to your online business, as there’s a lot of good stuff there.

But for bloggers, it’s not worth the investment of time.

Now, let’s move onto talking about why you should have a platform of your own, such as a self-hosted site with a blog:

Here’s Exactly Why You Need a Blog

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  • it will be the only platform online you can control;
  • each thing posted can bring you traffic years from now, or be the reason a potential client finds you when you least expect it;
  • all your work and online creations will be in one place;
  • you’ll be a site owner;
  • you’ll start selling your future products there too;
  • your site will be the home of your personal brand;
  • and you’ll be growing together with it.

In fact, I think you should write it down on your to-do list for the next few days to get a domain name and hosting and install WordPress on it. The rest will happen in small steps.

More responsibility goes together with it, of course. In this case, you just contact the support team of your hosting provider (Bluehost, in my case), and let them do their job. If having your site down, for instance, (which may happen for a number of reasons), they’ll get it back up in minutes.

Having a blog is applicable to every possible thing you’ll want to achieve online in the future.

Want to be a freelancer?

Well, it’s much more professional and attention-grabbing to showcase your work by linking to relevant works on you own website.

There you’ll also have a Contact, About and Portfolio page. With WordPress, the free beautiful themes it offers, and the easy to set up and smart plugins and widgets (such as testimonials), you can make a potential employer take you very seriously once they land on your website.

What’s more, if you are updating your blog frequently, are on all social media channels, have published a short guide on a topic, or something like that, you’ll gain trust and credibility in less than a minute.

If you want to be an entrepreneur and start a real business after some time, begin building your brand and an audience today by having a blog and publishing content around the niche you’ll be in and the problems you’ll try to solve with your products or services.

Your name can serve as the name of the site, and if you really set out on a mission to say all that you can about all aspects of the topic, you will become an expert in the field.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, but know you’ll want to be making money online after some time and break free from the 9 to 5, start building your digital empire today by having your own website with a blog.

It’s a therapy to share all that you’re going through and know that your words might inspire someone in the same situation if they end up reading your post.

Expect to form connections too. And not just with anyone, but with like-minded people who have similar goals, attitude towards life or current lifestyle.

Who knows, you might meet up with them, travel with them, start something together. The possibilities are endless.

So if you ask me, start a blog!

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How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How You Can Do The Same) 22

How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How Can You Do The Same)

I’ve been offering my freelance writing services professionally nearly 7 years now. And what started as a one-time project every now and then, has now turned into the online business that allows me to keep working remotely and operate globally, although I’m based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Forget about the competition, the broad niche you’re trying to enter and that it takes time to build a name for yourself. We live in the digital era and thanks to all its opportunities you can make a living as a freelance writer if you decide to.

Let me share the things that helped me make money from my freelance writing services. Maybe they can help you raise your prices, get started as a freelancer, or write and publish your first post today.

I started from the bottom.

I believe those following their passion, who are interested in becoming lifestyle designers and finding meaning in their days, should start from nothing.

Even if you have your family to support you, or connections in the field, or are given opportunities already, leave that behind and go ahead and build something on your own.

That’s important because the years you’ll dedicate to learning skills, making mistakes, getting to know your field and finding what works best are priceless. No business degree, internship, parent, easier career choice, or even initial capital, can do that for you.

The only millionaires I respect, for example, are the self-made ones. That’s because I’m all about self-improvement and it means following your own path. But first, defining and creating it.

If you decide you want to be a writer and to make money from that online, you need to invest years to get better at this and be able to call it your craft. You need a new mindset that will help you understand what your clients want and give them exactly that. And you need to be truly invested in doing it right as it’s all about providing value with your content, not making a few bucks.

You’ll build habits, find focus, work from home, ditch distractions, make sacrifices, and eventually start earning a bit. But you’ll be doing what you love. Then, there will be more doubts and challenges to overcome. Again, you’ll stay consistent if you’ve decided to make a living from your freelance writing services and achieve something bigger.

I make sure I cover topics I’m passionate about.

I believe anyone should be doing work they are passionate about. While the way you do it may vary, its main topic should be something you truly care about.

For me, that’s self-improvement, spiritual development and business growth. I have always been reading about this, and so it made sense to also start writing about them on my blog.

Such passion never goes away.

You take it with you whenever you write something, be it for a client, for a social media post, an email, or your own book.

Find your passions in life and make sure you incorporate them into your writing.

I build my portfolio every single day thanks to my blog.

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It’s not about a polished resume or a ton of experience working for other people anymore. I don’t have that. In fact, English is my second language and I have no degree in Journalism or anything. What I have though, is more than 1000 articles on my blog (which eventually turned into an authoritative platform), each of which is written to provide value, to help those who find it through social media or search engines, to give advice and share my thoughts on the issues of life that I care about the most.

Such portfolio can only get better. The more things you publish under your name, including guest posts, then more you’ll have to share with your clients.

The way I do it when promoting my freelance writing services now is this: When I’m about to pitch someone who seems to be a good fit, I give them samples of relevant articles. That means I always make sure he wants me to write about topics that I’ve covered before. So I simply get 2-10 links, share them with the client and tell them this:

If you like any of these, I can provide the same quality for the work I’ll do for you.

Simple as that. And I do keep my promise. Also, there are no wrong expectations here as I will do for them what I’ve done before for my own projects.

If you’re wondering how to become a writer and offer your freelance writing services, start a blog today, write about whatever it is you’re interested in and share it with the world.

I make it a win-win situation.

There are many parties involved when you do work for a client. First, there’s you. Then, there’s the client. But there’s also the reader this content will eventually get to.

Whether you’re writing something for a company or an individual, you’re helping them grow their business, improve their online presence, build a following, sell their products or services, or educate their audience. Whatever it is, your content matters. Keep in mind everyone your writing is going to affect and let that inspire you to be a better freelancer.

I enjoy the process.

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Because I started my freelance career in order to have an enjoyable lifestyle, not the other way around, I do make sure I take a step back every now and then and evaluate the situation.

I’m a lifestyle designer. That’s why I started working online, doing what I love, left my home country and relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands, but still operate globally and work from home.

I need that freedom and independence in order to be doing my best work, to keep my focus and to have peace of mind. Without them, I won’t be able to make my clients happy.

That’s why you should enjoy the process as a freelance writer. Even the unpleasant moments. It’s a journey with ups and downs. But no one had it easy.

I stopped underselling my freelance writing services.

I wasn’t charging much in the beginning and that’s okay. I believe every freelance writer makes this mistake when they start out. It’s because of the competition, wanting to please every client, being scared you’ll never make more money out of this, not being confident enough in your writing, etc.

The only way to overcome this barrier is to do more of the work only you can do. As your reputation grows and you see you have enough clients, you’ll start saying ‘no’ to low prices and will learn to ask for what you deserve.

I diversified my income.

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Freelance writing goes together with a lot of insecurity. From not getting paid on time (or at all), to not finding new clients, not meeting a deadline, not scaling, or else. If you don’t do something about it, this will cost you your precious focus and creative energy. And as a writer, you need these with you all the time.

So, I made sure to diversify my income. In my case, it was thanks to my blog, growing it and monetizing it by offering sponsored posts.

For you, it will be different. I sell my books on Amazon too, do affiliate marketing and many other things on the side. But these aren’t a significant part of my monthly income.

I make half of my money by selling my freelance writing services. Which means that even if I don’t necessarily find enough clients soon, or something else happens, I’d still make it until I get back on my feet.

Find your other income stream that will help you stop worrying too much and focus on doing what you do best.

I’m picky with my clients.

Saying ‘yes’ to every project that comes your way means you’re desperate to make some money, don’t have priorities and are trying to please everyone. I made big changes to my approach when I started being serious about selling my freelance writing services.

For a start, I ditched the clients who didn’t pay on time. From then on, I set the right expectations from the very first chat we had and discussed all the details such as payment, deadline, whether they would require me to make changes to the articles, etc. All these matter and after doing it for years, you start noticing recurring issues. But when you talk about each one prior to working together, it’s all good.

I’m absolutely okay with rejecting clients or projects that seem big or tempting in some way. It’s because I know exactly who I want to be working with and can feel whether we’d be a good fit from the first few emails we exchange.

That’s been a game-changer for my work and freelance writing business. Some amazing individuals reach out to me personally because they liked the story I share on the About page of my site and decided to work together. Or because they saw my name on another platform, liked my work and now want something similar for their blog.

From clients like that, I get positive feedback, an enjoyable working experience, no pressure, honest communication, regular payments, good mood, and referrals. These are the people I can do a good job for. And while it’s not always easy to find them, it’s worth the wait.

These are the things I did to be able to make a full time living from my freelance writing services. It took me years and a lot of mistakes, but you can do it differently. Stop being afraid to ask for more. Go build your portfolio, learn everything you can about the topic you’re covering. Be confident when you pitch potential clients and see how big opportunities are coming your way.

If you have a question about this, or if you’re interested in hiring me to help you out with content creation for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out.