FAQ

I've recently began working at a job for about a week. I have yet to fill out any paper work. Should I be worried about getting paid?
Unless you're being paid under the table a company will need some paperwork in order to know how much to withhold from your paycheck for taxes and the like as well as how to actually pay you. If you've been there a week and haven't completed at least a W-4 I can imagine two possibilities: either the HR department (or individual who handles payroll at a smaller company) is laggy or, as you seem to fear, it's a scam and they never plan on paying you. I don't think you need to jump to the latter conclusion (sometimes things just fall through the cracks and maybe your paperwork is one of them), but I would approach your supervisor and let them know that you're doing a little financial planning and just want to confirm your first payday. "Oh, and that reminds me, I never filled out any paperwork. Is there anything you need from me?" They should follow-up with the appropriate person to get you squared away. If they seem skittish about the whole thing and blow you off it's probably time to be more concerned.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.
How can one make money starting a blog?
While you can sell advertising on your blog, doing so can be tough and the returns might not be as high as you’d like.Plus, if you’re selling advertising, it means that someone else has figured out a profitable way to use the traffic on your site.After all, they can afford to buy it from you – right?Because of this, it is often better to cut out the middle man and capitalize on the traffic that your blog receives in a way that will produce greater returns.For most blogs, there are two things that you can generally sell – a physical product or an information/digital product.Whatever you sell, you’ll need to make sure that it is something that the visitors to your blog want to buy.If you’re looking to sell a physical product, take a look at your niche on Amazon and check out some of the high selling physical products found there.If you want to sell a digital product, take a look at the Kindle section of Amazon and find out what books are selling well, within your niche.You can also use sites, like Clickbank, to figure out what digital products are selling well within your niche.In both cases, you’ll find that your conversions are going to be higher if you can get people onto your email list.Therefore, once you’ve decided what you’re going to sell, your next goal is to figure out how you’re going to get people onto your email list.You don’t need to overcomplicate this.Create a giveaway that solves a pressing problem for your target audience. Then, offer it in exchange for an email address.I’ve discussed how you can create a brilliant giveaway here.Create a sidebar opt-in box and also create a popup that tells that people to enter their email to obtain the giveaway.Later on in this post, we’ll cover how you can use ‘Content Upgrades,’ to also generate signups for your blog.Create interesting contentNo one is going to sign up to your email list and engage with your offers if you don’t have anyone visiting your site in the first place.One of the best ways to get people visiting your site is by creating interesting content.You don’t need to be a brilliant writer (though you should aim to become a better one over time) to create interesting content.All that you need to do is find content within your niche that has succeeded before. You then need to create something similar, but better.You can find such content by using Buzzsumo.Let’s say that I’m creating a blog dedicated to ‘Keeping chickens.’After typing ‘Keeping chickens,’ into Buzzsumo, I’m presented with a list of highly shared content that relates to this topic.After a bit of scrolling, I find content ideas that seem to have done well within this niche. I have highlighted these ideas in the screenshot below.All I need to do is take these existing pieces of content and then create something better.So, what can I do, in order to make better pieces of content?The first thing that I can do is to make the content more in-depth. Above, there’s an example of how a chicken owner can ‘keep their chicken water from freezing.’I could take that piece of content and accompany each stage with a high quality image. I could also go into more detail, in terms of the steps that need to be taken.Research has shown that colored visuals increase a person’s willingness to read a piece of content by 80%.On top of that, content with relevant images receive 94% more views than content without images.I could even consider using GIFs, which will make the content feel more engaging and possibly more entertaining, too.On top of that, I could also provide a video at the end of the post that details the process a chicken owner needs to go through, if they want to stop the drinking water from freezing.I could make the article easier to read, by providing easy to follow headers that break up the content.I might even provide people with a free checklist that they can refer to when they’re not near a computer.Something like this is often referred to as a ‘content upgrade.’Providing content upgrades can be an incredibly effective way to generate signups for your blog, since you’re providing something tailored to what the visitor has just read.Eventually, you’ll want to create content upgrades for each of your blog posts.To begin with, however, create content upgrades for the top 5 blog posts on your site.You’ll then be able to capture the bulk of the people who are reading your content.Once you begin to get some results with your blog, you’ll want to make a few changes here and there, so that you can experience even better results in the future.Sometimes, you’ll be forced to do this, as some tactics might stop working as well as they did before.I experienced this with Infographics. In 2010, my inforgraphics drove 53,459 visitors and, in 2012, they drove 21,582 (on average).That’s still decent – but it indicates a downward trend that needs to be accounted for.So, what should you be doing, in the long term, in order to keep your blog engaging and profitable?One thing that you can do is to open up your blog to guest posts.This can be helpful, if you want to provide a different perspective for your readers.If you want to encourage guest posts, you simply need to put up a notice that lets people know that you’re accepting guest posts.You’ll also want to create a guideline for writers, so that they know your rules.Another thing you can do is split test.Split testing your blog layout, opt-in boxes and offers can lead to an increase in profit over time.There are a ton of elements that you can split test on a blog.Keep in mind that making drastic changes can sometimes bring surprising, but welcome results that would have been hard to attain with small, incremental changes.You may also want to improve the sense of community that your blog creates.You can do this by responding to people in the comments section, while also encouraging people to leave comments in the first place.It might even be helpful if you create a Facebook Group for people who are readers of your blog.Within this Facebook Group, people can ask you (and each other) questions.And, with the recent release of Facebook Live, you can even host Q&A sessions with people who follow your blog.
How much has Medium paid out to its writers?
How Much Money Can You Make Writing for Medium? – MediumCan You Make Money Writing on Medium?Medium is the only platform on the Internet right now that allows anyone to sign up, post an article, and get paid earnings immediately. And yes — you definitely can make money through Medium’s Partner Program. The Medium Partner Program has been used by thousands of writers, and it is not a scam (as a few have suggested). However, the amount earned writing for Medium can vary widely.How Much Money do Writers Make on Medium?Screenshots of Medium EarningsIn the era of internet marketing and self help gurus, it’s hard to trust what you read online, especially if it involves earning money.So while this is by no means a thorough scientific answer, the following screenshots offer some testimonials about earning potential on Medium.Given that exceptional results are typically bragged about (and would subsequently by posted) I’m going to assume that these authors all experienced at least short term success that would place them in the upper 10–25% of paid writers on Medium.Medium Earnings | Source: Stella J. McKennaMedium Earnings | Scource: Yann GirardMedium Earnings | Source: Blake GossardMedium Earnings | Source: E PriceMedium Earnings | Source: Medium MasteryEarnings Data Released by MediumAnother way to Estimate Medium Writer Earnings is to look at the data provided by Medium.Here are some other stats Medium included on their Partner Program as of July 2018:$2,059.72 — the highest amount earned for a single story$16,007.02 — the highest amount earned by a single author9.8% — the percentage of active writers who earned over $100Anecdotal Medium ResultsI’ve only just started writing on Medium but it appears that it is realistic for someone putting in decent part time writing effort to make $35–250 per month. I cannot say for sure, but given that the search algorithm weighs story recency so heavily, I’m willing to bet that a writer that can consistently produce marketable content could earn $500-$1500 per month without being featured by the site or major publications. If you can manage to be featured repeatedly, that is when you have the potential to earn thousands of dollars per month.How are Medium Payments Calculated?Photo by rawpixel on UnsplashWhen you enroll in the Medium Partner Program (which is free and open to the public), you can start earning money with your Medium content.With Medium, users are able to read up to 3 articles per month. If readers want to enjoy any content past that limit, they must become a Medium member for the price of $5 per month.When Medium Members clap for an article, a portion of their $5 monthly subscription fee is paid directly to the author.According to Medium:Partner Program writers are paid every month based on how members engage with stories. Some factors include reading time (how long members spend reading a story) and applause (how much members clap). Each member’s $5 per month subscription is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month.In other words, you are paid per clap on Medium. Generally speaking, the more claps you receive, the more money you make. Each reader is limited to 50 claps per article (with no total clap limit across all articles they read).The confusing part of this payment system is that your payment per clap varies using a weighted average. Since clap payments are a fraction of a user’s $5 per month subscription fee, users who clap very frequently have lower paying claps than users who only clap a few times per month.This means a single clap ranges from $0.01 to $5 depending on who is viewing and clapping for your article. This assumes the person clapping is a paying member (non paying readers may create a free account and clap however these claps do not factor into your earnings).How Writers Actually get Paid Through Medium?Your Partner Dashboard is updated every Wednesday with what you’ve earned up until the previous Sunday. Your earnings are deposited into your bank account on the last Wednesday of every calendar month. Medium makes payments through Stripe.Should I Lock my Articles and Make Them Exclusively Available to Members?This is a choice each writer must make based on their goals of reader engagement. Generally, by “locking” an article in the Medium Partnership Program, you will receive less views, reads, and overall engagement. However, articles that are not “locked” and are freely available to anyone may get more views but they are not eligible for payment. So if you are a new author it is probably worth at least experimenting with leaving a certain amount of articles “unlocked” to help gain exposure. Remember — you can always start off with an article being accessible to everyone and later choose to make it available exclusively through the Medium Partner Program (or vice versa).Do I Need to be a Previously Published Author or Professional Writer to Succeed on Medium?Partner Program stories are rewarded by readers who believe writers should be compensated for the quality of their ideas, not the attention they attract for advertisers or their status as a previously published author. So, no — you do not need to be a “professional author” to succeed on Medium.Do I Need to Promote my Articles Outside of Medium?Medium won’t be the right platform to promote all types of articles. However, certain industries have really great, established audiences.Topics that do really well on Medium include:Life learningBusinessEntrepreneurshipStartupsCultureTechnologyPoliticsEven if you are not publishing articles focused at the above topics, Medium can still provide sufficient traffic:Medium Internet Traffic | Source: SimilarWebHowever, if you really want to boost your Medium article views, I would suggest sharing your article on other social media platforms.I recently posted a link to my Medium article on Uber Vomit Fraud on LinkedIn to see whether it would gain any traction. I was shocked to see that within a few days I had amassed 45,000 views and nearly 20,000 reads:How Sharing a Story on LinkedIn Can Generate 45,000 Views on MediumWhy you should post your Medium articles on LinkedInmedium.comSo while it is not necessary to promote your Medium articles on other platforms, it should certainly be considered to maximize traffic.Source: How Much Money Can You Make Writing for Medium? – Medium