Written by Casey Botticello
Medium is without question a leader in the digital publishing and blogging space. Perhaps most notable is Medium’s Partner Program which allows writers to monetize their writing with just a few clicks.
Although Medium is arguably the leader of these “pre-monetized” blogging platforms, there are several Medium alternatives that writers should consider. These alternative platforms can be used to replace Medium or to compliment Medium. Most allow the reposting of content, meaning that these platforms can at least function as content syndication platforms.
When I talk about Medium alternatives, I am really referring to two distinct types of alternatives: direct Medium alternatives and indirect Medium alternatives.
Direct Medium alternatives refers to the platforms that have a similar “pre-monetized” payment system to Medium’s Partner Program. For direct Medium alternatives, you write, publish, and can automatically enable monetization through the platform. Although the payment programs very for each of these platforms, they all are similar since they attempt to drive traffic to your articles, and reward the most successful articles with higher payments.
Indirect Medium alternatives refers to the digital publishing platforms which many Medium writers choose to use in addition to Medium, or in place of Medium. These platforms are similar to Medium in that they allow writers to publish and monetize digital content. However, these platforms differ from Medium and its direct alternatives, because they do not contain a premonetized payment structure. The onus is on the writer to market their content, drive traffic themselves, and monetize their work using third party systems.
Below is a list of the best Medium alternatives.
Direct Medium Alternatives
Indirect Medium Alternatives
Medium is an amazing blogging platform, but as seen from the list above, there are several alternatives. Many of these alternatives have unique features that help distinguish them from Medium. However, if you are looking for an easy-to-use blogging platform, that allows you to focus on writing (and not marketing your content, collecting payments, building a website), Medium may be a great option to consider. If you are interested in becoming a successful Medium writer, consider taking our Medium Writing Course. You can also sign up for our newsletter, Blogging Guide, which contains digital publishing insights on all the platforms mentioned above, and more!
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