Best Practices for Writing On Medium

A non-exhaustive list of tips from our editors

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  • Your story should contain original insight, ideas or perspectives. Don’t just aggregate the work of others, and don’t plagiarize.
  • Clean it up. We all make mistakes, but do look out for typos and janky formatting. Put care into your work.
  • Avoid CTAs. Readers tell us that they find repeated calls to action — to sign up for a newsletter, to clap — annoying. Consider eliminating CTAs altogether.
  • One of the things our readers like best about Medium is that it’s an ad-free zone.
  • Please don’t publish stories with the primary purpose of selling a product or a service. Readers can see through content marketing.
  • There are a lot of places on the Internet for clickbait. Medium doesn’t want to be one of them.
  • Put a nice image on your story — just make sure you’re not violating someone else’s copyright.
  • Finally, please don’t peddle pseudoscience or bad health advice. Life’s already too short to give people bad health advice.

VP, Editorial @Medium. I write and edit, usually in that order.

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