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The Medium Earnings Rollercoaster Ride of 2023

Did I forget how little I earned before August?

Alan AJ
2 min readNov 1, 2023

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A bar chart of the author’s daily Medium earnings, showing a rise in early August, a bigger rise in mid-August due to a boosted story, and a fall in late September
My daily Medium earnings from 1 May to 31 October 2023. Chart created by the author using Google Sheets

Are things roughly back to where they were in June?

My gut tells me I’m earning less than I did in the past. But have the spectacular August and September numbers affected my judgement?

Let’s take a look.

My October earnings and views are similar to June’s

A bar chart showing the author’s monthly Medium earnings from May to October 2023. August and September are higher, but the other months are similar
Total monthly earnings, May — October 2023. Chart created by the author using Google Sheets
A bar chart showing the author’s monthly Medium views from May to October 2023. July is lower and August is higher.
Total monthly views, May — October 2023. Chart created by the author using Google Sheets

My October ‘cents per view’ is similar to pre-August levels

A bar chart showing the author’s cents per view on Medium from May to October 2023. August and September are much higher, but the other months are similar
Cents per view, May — October 2023. Chart created by the author using Google Sheets

My average earnings per story is now higher than before August

A bar chart showing the author’s dollars per story on Medium from May to October 2023. Compared to the first three months, August and September are much higher, and October is a little higher
Dollars per story, May — October 2023. Chart created by the author using Google Sheets

What does it all mean?

Until now, I thought my current earnings were at an all-time low. However, my statistics tell a different story.

There is more variation between my best and worst numbers than in the past; perhaps I have focused too much on the worst ones lately.

On average, things are similar or better compared to earlier in the year.

I’m not saying my current numbers are good.

For the hours I’ve put in, they are terrible!

  • Several hours a day on Medium for a month earns me less than my son gets from a single shift at McDonald’s.

This is why I planned to spend more time elsewhere after July. However, Medium’s August changes made me postpone those plans.

It’s hard to give up on the hope of another month like August. But perhaps it’s time to resurrect July’s plan and look elsewhere for income.

Medium is addictive, but my bank account does not understand.

Thanks for reading! 💛
Alan

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Alan AJ

Random life stories, opinions, and a dry sense of humour. A 55-year-old former electronics engineer and programmer in England. Previously 'Autistic Widower'.