Can I Get Paid to Write a Blog about… ANYTHING?

At Working Writer, Happy Writer, the answer to “Can I get paid to write a blog?” is YES, YES, a thousand times, YES! Mostly we focus on writing blog posts for clients. It’s a bread and butter gig, and if you’re doing it right, you’ll probably have regular work month after month for years. Every business out there needs a website, and every website needs a blog – and that means someone’s got to write the blog posts… and business owners are FAR too busy doing a thousand other urgent tasks to sit down and write blog posts. Plus, I keep hearing from business owners that they HATE writing.

But as lovely as blogging for clients is, blogging for yourself is even better. You get to write about what interests you – however you want to write.

You can take blogging for yourself a step further on the sweetness scale by blogging as an affiliate marketer.

Basically, you pick a niche (or topic that a group of people is VERY interested in) that you’re especially interested or experienced in, and write posts that provide your take on the topic. If you’ve got a course or book, or some other resource that would help your readers, you can promote it through your blog and make a bit of money in the process.

You can also promote OTHER people’s books, courses, and other resources – as an affiliate marketer. Basically, if you write a blog post that recommends an affiliate product, and a reader clicks through to buy it, you get some percentage of the sale. Pretty cool. You get paid to help people find the resources they need to solve a problem.

==> You can learn more about affiliate marketing here.

But…

You can’t just write blog posts and expect to start cashing in big affiliate checks! You need people find and read your blog – and not just any people… people who are eager to find help, advice, and resources. You’ve got to get your posts in front of as many of these people as you can.

Medium is one of those sites “everyone” is talking about for getting lots of exposure for your writing. It’s pretty easy to use directly – but why not kill two birds with one stone, by automating the process of posting your blog content to your Medium account at the same time?

Here’s a lovely step-by-step process you can follow to connect your WordPress blog to Medium so you can publish in two places at once with a single click. Tip of the hat to Social Media Examiner – always good stuff there.

Do you want more exposure for your blog content?

Have you thought about cross-posting your blog content on Medium?

Republishing your WordPress blog posts on Medium gives your business another incredible source of traffic to your site.

In this article, you’ll discover how to automatically publish your WordPress blog posts on Medium.

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Discover how to connect your WordPress blog to Medium.

#1: Install the Medium Plugin on Your WordPress Blog

The Medium plugin for WordPress lets you republish your old blog posts or publish new blog posts automatically from WordPress to Medium. It saves you the time and hassle of manually copying and pasting each of your blog posts onto Medium.

Once you have the Medium plugin installed on WordPress, it takes just one click to republish your content.

To get started, go to your WordPress dashboard. It should follow this format: https://mysite.com/wp-admin/. In the left menu, click Plugins and type “Medium” in the search bar. The Medium plugin for WordPress should appear at the top of the search results.

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Search for Medium under WordPress plugins to install the plugin.

Click Install Now to install the plugin.

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Click Install Now to install the plugin.

Next, click the Activate Plugin link.

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Click Activate Plugin to get it to work.

Once the plugin is activated, go to the Users section of your WordPress admin dashboard and click on your profile. Scroll down to Medium and find the Integration Token field, which is blank initially.

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Scroll down to the Integration Token field.

Open a new window and go to your Medium settings. If you don’t have a Medium account, you’ll need to create one.

Scroll down until you see the Integration Tokens section.

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Enter a description and then click Get Integration Token to get the code.

Click in the Enter a Description for Your Token field and type in a description (for example, “Medium WP Plugin for [your site]”). Then click Get Integration Token to generate an alphanumeric code.

On your WordPress profile page, copy and paste this code in the Integration Token field under Medium.

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Copy and paste the integration code into this field.

Once you update your profile, your Medium account will be synced with your WordPress blog.

#2: Republish Your WordPress Blog Post on Medium

Now it’s time to republish your old blog content. In WordPress, open one of your old blog posts in Edit mode.

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Open an old blog post in Edit mode.

By default, the Medium plugin cross-post setting is None, meaning anything you post or update on WordPress won’t be published on Medium.

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This is where you change the cross-linking options on your WordPress post.

To change the cross-post setting, click the Edit link in the Medium plugin box and select Public. Click OK to save your changes.

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Select Public to publish your blog post under your Medium profile.

Next, you’ll need to click Update to save the changes to your post. Note: Make sure everything in your post is finalized before you click Update. That’s because once updated, any further edits you make in WordPress won’t show up on Medium.

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This is what you should see after republishing your WordPress post to Medium.

Once you click Update, your WordPress post will be automatically published under your Medium profile, which can be seen by everyone.

#3: Customize the Plugin Settings for Future Posts

In WordPress, go to the Users section in the left menu, click on your profile, and scroll down to Medium to see the default settings for the plugin. This is where you can change the options for cross-posting your WordPress posts.

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View the default options for the Medium plugin on WordPress.

Here’s a rundown of your options for each of these settings.

Default Cross-post Status

You can set your cross-post setting to one of these options: None, Public, Draft, or Unlisted.

Choose Public to publish your post publicly on Medium. This is ideal for text-only posts. Note: The hero image and some graphs and charts don’t transfer over. Remember to add them to your cross-linked post on Medium if you’re in a time crunch and just want to push out as many posts as you can.

medium wordpress plugin cross-post status

Choose Public if you want to publish your post publicly on Medium.

Choose Draft to transfer your WordPress post as a draft on Medium. This is a good option if you care about the layout of your blog post, as Medium gives you some unique text options that WordPress doesn’t have.

Choose Unlisted to publish a blog post that can be seen only by those who have the link. Unlisted posts won’t show up on Medium’s public pages (the homepage or your profile).

Note: You can only republish 10 posts per day.

Default Cross-post License

This will set the license for each post. Choose All Rights Reserved so others can’t copy, distribute, or use your work without your permission. Choose CC 4.0 BY licenses if you want to allow people to use your content for non-commercial purposes if they give you credit.

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Choose All Rights Reserved if you don’t want people to use your content without your permission.

Default Cross-link Status

This is a pretty useful feature that will show that you’ve cross-linked your content. If set to Yes, it will display a link at the bottom of your WordPress post saying the post was published on Medium.

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What you’ll see at the bottom of your WordPress post.

Similarly, it will display a link at the bottom of your Medium post that points back to your original WordPress post.

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What you’ll see at the bottom of your Medium post (with your business name).

Default Follower Notification

This lets you choose whether you want to notify your Medium followers when your post gets published to Medium.

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Decide whether to notify your Medium followers when you cross-post to Medium.

Default Cross-post Publication

If you own a Medium publication, you can submit and republish your WordPress posts to your publication.

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Decide whether to cross-post to a Medium publication.

After you make changes to your settings, remember to update your profile!

Wrap Up

Considering that over 60 million visitors come to Medium every month to read valuable content, Medium provides the perfect opportunity to attract visitors based on your blog content. If done right, you can get a ton more subscribers, users, or customers, depending on your goals.

Remember, the more value your content provides, the more likely that people will be interested in your business. That’s why the Medium plugin for WordPress is such a useful tool to put your WordPress posts in front of an engaged audience.

via How to Connect Your WordPress Blog to Medium : Social Media Examiner


So, Can I Get Paid to Write a Blog?

Yes – for your clients. Yes – for yourself. The need for freelancers to write blog posts and other types of content is growing all the time. Every business needs a website; every website needs a blog; every blog needs a writer. If you want to learn more about how to build a profitable blog, my friend Fleur can teach you.