Blocked By Facebook for 48 Hours and Quora for Two Weeks, But Why Are My Medium Earnings Higher Than Ever?
It’s been a daily routine.
I share my Medium posts with Facebook and related Facebook groups, including Medium-themed pages on the site, Linkedin and related Linkedin groups, news.ycombinator.com, Quora, Twitter, Mix, Instagram and various Reddit pages.
I do not share each article with every outlet; I do so based on appropriateness of story to platform.
With the occasional exception of Reddit, my Medium articles have been generally very well received, attaining substantial views and excellent feedback. My followers list is a day or so away from 1000, which is gratifying considering not two months ago I stood at a shade over 200.
Reddit has a prejudice against Medium postings, and several Redditors disallow anything from the site, considering any linked posts from the platform as spam.
But Facebook is a whole other beast. I have a large following there, due primarily to my outspoken political views, and my interactive posts about social issues and media.
Regarding Quora, they’re apparently cracking down on Medium links as well, as I recently read a Medium post about someone here being blocked for the same reason.
Regardless, Facebook — my larger interest— blocked me on a limited basis for 48 hours as someone complained about a Medium post of mine. I appealed, and heard nothing. The block disallowed me to post or comment on any site not managed by me, including the various Medium group pages on and off their daily threads.
I could not even click on a Daily Thread comment to read a posted Medium-linked story.
This is what had happened until the block was removed:
All of this, and yet … my earnings for the last 48 hours nearly-doubled, each day, my earnings from the day before.
Here’s what I noticed when I clicked into Details on my Medium Partner Program page, and I thank many of you for this:
- As I’m a voracious writer, my library of articles all had greatly increased hits, as I could not make most of you aware of my latest posts and some of you it appears sought me out. I’m flattered, to say the least.
- Akin to compound interest, those older articles notably upped their views and, as a result, the earnings were much higher than usual.
- I didn’t stop writing, and the new articles received their share of hits. Nothing like they usually receive, but it appears some of my friends here checked for new writing.
I have some advice I believe I can share with some credibility if this happens to you:
- Follow my lead and don’t stop writing. I’ve been posting an average of 2–3 articles daily since November. Do what you can and don’t stop. Some of your existing connections on Medium will find you and read your work.
- Don’t get discouraged. Just because you’re blocked does not mean no one will see your posts if you cannot share them. Again, Medium members have access, and you can still share your links to other pages.
- I guess it needs to be said: Watch your spam. We all want to earn views and/or money from our reads; however, sharing the same post on an excessive number of related group pages (I’ve made this mistake), for example, can harm your reputation and alienate potential readership.
- Listen to feedback. If you hear reasons why you’ve been blocked, don’t tempt the fates and make the same mistake. Chances are, if you do, the block will be lengthier the next time.
- As ever, use your (inadvertent) indiscretion as a learning opportunity.
- Help others by sharing information. As I once learned in a networking group I used to run, “Sharing information is the most valuable resource we have.”
The bottom line, my Medium friends: Don’t panic. Wait out the block, from whatever social media page is impacting you, but keep moving forward.
Hiccups happen to everybody.
Thank you for reading.
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