Platforms to Write on Besides Medium

Medium writing alternatives

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I am obviously a huge fan of Medium.

There is no other platform that allows writers to monetize their writing so effortlessly, while still presenting content with a clean and stylish typeface.

However, Medium is not perfect.

Some reasons your content may not be working on Medium:

  • You write about a niche that is too obscure or has too few paying Medium readers.

  • Your content pushes the limit of what Medium considers appropriate content.

  • You are struggling to build an email list/direct following since Medium does not directly provide tools to accomplish this.

Even if your content is doing well on Medium, there are still other reasons to consider diversifying your publication of digital content:

So where are some places Medium writers can earn money from their content (besides posting on Medium)?

  1. SubstackSubstack is an email newsletter platform designed for small publishers hoping to turn their subscribers into paying customers. If you are writing about very niche topics, Substack is an option you should look into, as it emphasizes connecting with a targeted audience.

    Read More on Substack: How Much Money Do Substack Newsletters Make?

  2. HubPages—HubPages is a revenue-share writing sites are, they are just large collections of user-submitted articles about anything and everything. Revenue sharing sites don't pay you directly for writing for them. Instead, you earn a little off the ads and affiliate links that appear on the articles you post. This is similar to Medium except that the money you make from views can come from sources other than paying Medium readers.

  3. Ghost—Ghost is a free and open source blogging platform written in JavaScript and distributed under the MIT License, designed to simplify the process of online publishing for individual bloggers as well as online publications. If you are tech savvy and want more control over creating your own blog, Ghost is definitely worth checking out.

  4. WordPress—Among the best blog sites, the self-hosted version of WordPress is, by far the most popular blogging platform in the world. WordPress powers over 30 percent of the Internet. If you want to create your own blog, and want more control and customization than Medium, then WordPress is a great solution.

    Read More on WordPress: Medium vs. WordPress

  1. Quora—Quora is intended to be a question and answer site. It does not put up a paywall but it does have an ad-wall which encourages readers to sign up and become users. Quora does not pay writers but it is probably the easiest way to build a Medium-transferable following.

    Read More on Quora: Medium vs. Quora

  1. LinkedIn—Writing articles on LinkedIn is a powerful way to help you differentiate your personal brand from other people – and to stand out from the crowd. Writing also helps you demonstrate your opinions and expertise so you become front-of-mind when your contacts might need your skills or services.

  2.— is an extremely minimalist blogging platform mainly to curate your own articles, the ones that you write not for traffic and visibility but for yourself. Basically it’s a good privacy focused blogging site. Using can be useful since you can write more personal and creative posts here, anonymously, allowing you to feel creatively fulfilled, and save your more general content that has broader appeal for Medium.

  3. Vocal—Vocal is a platform for supporting, discovering, and rewarding creators. Vocal provides the storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and all types of creatives to get discovered, and fund their creativity. Vocal is unique because they pay writers directly for their views. For Vocal creators, they pay $3.80 / 1000 reads, for Vocal+ creators, they pay $6.00 / 1000 reads.


I hope you enjoyed this article on platforms other than Medium you can post your writing to (and make money). While Medium is still the best option for most people, everyone’s writing is unique, and it may be worth exploring these alternatives.

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