Tips and Tricks on Optimizing Articles Exposure on Medium

Numeric Citizen
2 min readMar 17, 2021
Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash

I’ve been on Medium for many years and I learned a few tips along the way on maximizing articles exposure. These tips and tricks made a difference for me.

  1. If you plan to submit an article to a Medium publication, beware of busy publications: the exposure might not what you would expect. The turn-over is too high, your article won’t stay fresh for long. One example of such busy publication is Mac O'Clock. I did publish many articles for them over time. My content does get some traction, but it is for a very short period of time.
  2. Articles like “The Top 5 Utilities for macOS” are really popular. Opinionated articles tend to perform well too. “The Rotten Side of Tim Cook’s Apple” is such an example. This article was published by The Startup, not on the Apple-centric Mac’O Clock. It still receives regular views and reads, months after initial publication.
  3. Allow some content to be published outside Medium paywall to increase your chances of being noticed (cross-post a link on Twitter for example). It’s a difficult balance to achieve, though. If your article is interesting, people will get it for free, you’ll leave money on the table. Considering doing this as giving samples of your quality work.
  4. Publish on your term. Some publications require that you submit an article in draft mode (not yet published). Depending on the publication owner schedule, it may require up to a few days before your article get published. Sometimes, timing is everything. Consider publishing on your own, if that’s the case.
  5. Reviews of hot tech gadgets are also popular, particularly from Apple. As a fan of Apple, since 1981, It’s easy for me to write about Apple.

Your mileage may vary. Many articles on how to be successful are already available on Medium. Search for them. You’ll get a better picture.

This article was originally published on Numeric Citizen I/O. This article hasn’t been submitted to any Medium publication; it won’t get much attention, and it’s ok. The header picture illustrates a photo technique called “long exposure” to create lighting effects. That how it is related to this article, in case you were wondering.😊



Numeric Citizen

Long time blogger about #apple #photography #privacy, #climatechange and some more.