The Very Beginner’s Guide to Medium Stats

And a list of writing articles because, why not?

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Here is a bit of a quick how-to navigate your general stats screen.

Full disclosure: These are screenshots of my current stats and I am making roughly 200.00 per month. (I have linked a variety of my writer’s articles at the bottom of this article.)

Stats Page

The stats screen is based on a 30 day averaging of your numbers with regards to Views, Reads, Fans, and Claps. Here is how to read the information.

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Views

You see Views, Reads, and Fans across the top and note in the above screenshot that Views is selected. Across the bottom of the graph is the timeline and along the left-hand side you will see a count in tens, hundreds, or thousands, depending on the amount of traffic you are receiving.

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Reads

Note that the green bars all changed to now represent measurements of reads. To be clear, I am not certain how long a person has to read your article before it actually counts as a read. There is very fuzzy Medium math going on there, I am sure. But, here again, you can see the total number of reads for today and go back to a 30-day window, and you can hover over the green bars to see your daily reads. This statistic is now the most important overall statistic for you to monitor if you want to see your growth.

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Fans

Again, the green bars have changed to represent the daily fan count. “Fans” are the unique individuals who read and interact with your work. Medium defines these metrics as:

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Claps

Here, again you can see the total number of claps in the top right of the screen. Mine is 56,oo6. Because I was unsure what this represented, I emailed support to clarify this when I first discovered this metric. This was the response: Yes, that is the aggregate claps for the previous 30 days.

More stats

Back on the stories tab, you can scroll down to where the stories are listed and by clicking on each of those you can view more detailed information, including the curation status of your story.

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