My New Followers Are Not Leading To More Earnings

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I Have Fake Follower Profiles Galore

Medium has a fake account problem. It’s been really bad lately. I’m getting about 1,000 new profiles every few days, and the majority of them are new and fake. I got a new alert notifying me I had 8 new followers. Of those 8 followers, 7 were new profiles and only one was real with a completely filled out profile, real profile pic, etc.

Screenshot of notifications of new followers on Medium. Source- Author

Readership and Claps Are Down

Since October, the transition has been painful for writers. I decided to wait a while before I bitch about how shitty things have been. Since the to the Instagram-like platform, readers can’t access any of our older works. Readers will scroll a little and move on. It’s harder now to read older works from writers unless they have their own publication where their works are profiled. I’m sure we’re missing eyes on our old treasures, which means you’re required to write more new stuff more frequently to earn money. Even the new stuff is buried within a few days or suppressed by algorithms so readers who don’t follow you can’t easily find our work. If readers don’t read and clap for our pieces and read them until the very end, we don’t get paid.

Being Featured By A Medium Pub Didn’t Earn Me Anymore Eyes or Dollars

I was featured in Zora this Month for Black History Month in addition to having several publications pick up a few other pieces I wrote. That used to translate into significant Medium earnings. This month for the first time ever, a piece featured in a Medium pub earned me only $30 more than the piece was commissioned for after an entire week of circulating. Previously, my pieces could earn hundreds of dollars. There is definitely a dead cat on the line. How do you write more and earn less? How is it that I’m getting new followers, but those followers aren’t reading my work, and not commenting on my work, not clapping for my work? Makes me wonder whether Medium has pimped us out to the highest bidder to harvest our personal info because it’s not doing well financially. This is insane. Again, what exactly am I paying for?

Swarms of Racists Still Present

I’m still getting bunches of racist fake profiles writing incoherent or stupid comments in the comment sections of my posts. Swarms of short, incoherent, ranty, or racist comments have become more abundant since the switch. Is anyone monitoring the site for trolls? I’m really tired of getting bunches of back-to-back notifications for spam posts from racists. Spam comments used to be bad before national elections here on Medium, but nothing is happening now. Why so many racist trolls now, and why is Medium not doing anything about it?

Screenshot from the comment section of “Yes My Dear, All White People Are Racist.”
Screenshot from the comment section of “Yes My Dear, All White People Are Racist.” Source:

What’s Not Trending On Medium Are Black People or The Human Condition In America

Consistently when you look to see what’s trending on Medium, it’s not Black people. Why is that? I looked before writing this essay, and this is what’s trending on Medium at the time.

Trending on Medium on 2/24/2021 @ 9:00 pm. Source: Author from
Author Screenshot. Source: Medium

My Money Is Funny?

Even being featured in Medium pubs doesn’t guarantee your articles will earn money anymore. Before the switch, I could earn sometimes $100 a day or more if one of my pieces went viral. These days, I’m doing good to generate $20 per day. I’m doing the same thing I did prior to Medium’s switch, but whatever they’ve done, the switch has made it more difficult to find my work. Many followers had their settings changed during the transition. I’m not sure if this was intentional or accidental, but I’m sure it’s had an impact on my readership, claps, and earnings. My Medium earnings have dropped steadily each month by 20%-30% to the point my monthly earnings now are half what they used to be.

In Closing

Something isn’t right. I’m getting more followers, but not more readers or revenue. I’m writing more, but there is no increase in my earnings. More transparency is needed. More safeguards are needed. I hate the new platform. If I wanted Instagram, I’d go there. I came here because it was different, but it’s turning out to be the same as the other social media platforms. I know Medium is a business, but they are nothing without consumers.



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Marley K.

Marley K.


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