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I’m Consistently Being Featured In Medium’s Top Stories – Here’s How.

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All of us who visit Medium.com secretly want to be featured, gain claps and spread our message to the world.

Many of you email me and ask me how I managed to get featured in major publications both on Medium and off Medium (like CNBC).

There’s no point holding onto the strategies. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and then no one gets to benefit from what I’ve learned. I want you all to share your message so I can selfishly read it to and be inspired.

Enough preamble, sarcasm and pointless self-promotion. Let’s get to the advice.

Here’s how I consistently get featured in Medium’s Top Stories:

 

Be you – don’t be afraid to make a dick of yourself.

There’s nothing better than reading a bloggers work who clearly doesn’t care what people think about them. It’s refreshing to see people be vulnerable and be okay with making a dick of themselves.

Drop the mask and take the Micky out of your life.

Make us feel something.
Make us laugh.
Make us remember you.

Most of all, share some wisdom that can be valuable to all of us.

 

Leverage top publications.

Let’s keep this really simple: On Medium, you can either write under your own name or write for a publication. Always try and write for a publication.

Publications have their own followers whereas you probably have zero. By publishing through a Medium Publication, you leverage their audience – plain and simple.

Okay, next problem. There are hundreds of publications. Which one do I choose Yoda Tim?

1. Go to Google
2. Type Medium Top Publications
3. Start from the top of the list and work your way down

Okay, I could have given you the link but I want you to do some work.

Strategy One

So, you found the top publication. Congratulations you’ve mastered Google! Email the publication and ask to be added as a writer. Send them an exclusive article that is your best work. If your content is good, then they might add you as a writer.

Strategy Two

Start with a lesser known publication who doesn’t have every man, woman and dog emailing them to be a writer, write some stuff, gain some traction, then try a top publication again.

Follow this process, rinse, and then repeat.

 

Real stories.

Medium readers are junkies for stories. Share stories that are interesting that have happened to you or someone you know.

“People will clap the sh*t out of your articles on Medium if you share interesting stories that we can all learn from”

Use a story and share some lessons. This format works well.

If you have no good stories (I highly doubt it) turn a recent book you have read into an article. Share the lessons from the book in your own words, with your own opinions.

 

Show the real you.

There’s Tim Denning who has a cookie cutter profile picture taken by a $400 an hour photographer, with a perfectly dry-cleaned suit and an amazing bio. He’s never missed a meditation session, goes to the gym, eats healthy food and is impeccable with his time.

Then there’s the real Tim Denning who suffered from anxiety, had a near miss with cancer, has a fear of public speaking, procrastinates a lot, doesn’t know what he’s doing most of the time, and can be a half whit sometimes. Version two of the above is the one you want to aim for.

“Medium readers don’t fall for fake Instagram models with perfect bio’s”

They want the truth. Give it to them.

 

Being nice to people who contact me.

Once you get a few readers on Medium that clap you until you’re deaf and send you messages, you’ll have to respond to them. The first tip is put your email address in your bio. Make it easy for people to engage with you.

When you get messages from readers, respond to them – not every single one otherwise you’ll never actually write any articles. But engage with as many as you can. A three-sentence reply is often enough.

You’ll get messages from fans asking for your opinion or advice. Give it to them. Be human. Be nice. Be humble. If you get asked the same questions a lot (I know I do), then write articles like this and send them a link to it when they ask you a question you’ve answered before.

Take a few fans under your wing. Send them messages which help them and give away all your secrets. These fans will become raving fans and that will make your content spread tenfold.

 

Collaborating with other bloggers.

Having other Medium bloggers help you is another little hack.

For example, my buddy Anthony Moore who also writes for Medium, shares my stuff and quotes me, and I do the same – I’m doing it right now 🙂

Other bloggers can teach you what they do and then you can pick and choose the bits that work for you. Blogging is a community. Don’t be all about you and your articles. Share other people’s work and collaborate.

 

Writing consistently (minimum three times a week).

I’m about to sound like Gary Vaynerchuk. You have to do the work. Meaning: you must publish articles to be consistently featured in the top stories section of Medium. That line makes sense if you think about it.

“If people see you once a month they’ll forget you because the Internet will distract them with notifications, porn, sugar-rich food, fake models and a feeling they are not enough”

The only way to rise above this is to be consistent. You need to be aiming for three articles a week if you want traction on Medium. Ideally, every day if you can.

There’s always a break out blogger or two who write one article that goes viral and then you never hear from them again – this is not the norm though.

 

Reading other people’s blog posts.

Guess what? If you follow the previous step and write heaps then you may have days where you run out of ideas. That’s why it’s good to read other people’s content.

You’ll be inspired by other headlines and stories, and then you can change up what you’ve read and give your side of the story.

After all, there’s no one person who is right 100% about the topic of fear as an example. We all have a viewpoint that’s slightly different or sometimes radically different. Share yours.

 

Keeping my stories and advice simple (easy to follow language)

The best compliment I consistently get is this: “Tim, your advice is really simple and English is not even my first language.”

The whole world doesn’t bow down to western culture or understand English for that matter. Keep this in mind when you are writing.

Keep your advice simple.

Keep your English simple and try not to use too many big words. None of us can be arsed having to use the dictionary every few words just so you can feel smart when you are writing. It’s not about you.

 

Gaining feedback from publication owners.

Just because you submit an article on Medium to a publication – or for that matter any publication – it does not mean they will accept it and publish it thus resulting in access to their valuable audience.

I write regularly for the Personal Growth Publication and I noticed a few articles were getting rejected. I emailed the publication and asked them the following:

1. Hey, is there anything I can do to increase the quality of my content?
2. Are there any types of articles I should avoid submitting?
3. Generally, what are the main reasons my articles are missing the mark?

As long as you ask nicely and be polite, the publication will tell you. Once you know more about how they think and what they are looking for, you can be more targeted with what you submit and therefore increase the rate you’re published.

Happy publication, happy audience, happy blogger – that’s how it goes on Medium.

Use these tips, and you too can get featured on Medium’s top stories.

If you want to increase your productivity and learn some more valuable life hacks, then join my private mailing list on timdenning.net

Aussie Blogger with 500M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and EntrepreneurshipYou can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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