How I got five of my Medium posts in the top five results on Google
Writing on medium is hard. It is certainly difficult to get noticed by the curators, or even get more than 30 views on a post. However curation isn’t the only way to gain popularity. Medium has really good search engine optimization. Meaning they can get posts on the first page of google.
For authors who are apart of the partner program, this can be a way for them to earn money without being curated. If your post comes up on the first page of Google, odds are a few Medium subscribers are going to read it at some point.
In fact, none of these posts were curated at all.
Let’s break down my 5 posts (google results are based on results excluding YouTube videos). I have included the Google search URL if you want to see the results for yourself.
1. How to skip 2b2t queue
How to skip 2b2t queue. (Oldest anarchy server in Minecraft) 
The most effective way to manage the 2b2t queue. Used right you can essentially bypass the whole queue.
This topic might seem completely irrelevant to you, but this post has 15k+ views. This post was not curated, most likely because it does not fit in to the content Medium provides. However, the content still stays up on the website. Meaning you can reap the benefits of SEO (search engine optimization).
This post was number one because it appealed to a certain category, which had very few posts in that topic. All of these posts actually have a common reason they came first on google. However I will not get into that yet.
2. Copying CS:GO settings to another account
How to copy your CS:GO settings to a 2nd account
Today I will tell you how to copy your configurations from your main account to your second account. The process is…
This post is very similar to the one above. It was a post in a topic with very few entries. It was easy for this post to rise to the first page because there are not many clear posts about “How to copy your CS:GO settings to a 2nd account”.
3. Minecraft server without port forwarding
How to run a free Minecraft server without port forwarding. (Safe & Secure)
You and your friends can now play together without port forwarding on your router. And it’s 100% free.
There is a pattern catching on (actually two patterns). The first pattern is that I write about topics with very few “good” posts about them.
When a new post from a reputable site comes along in the topic, google will push it to the top because it’s new and that means it’s relevant.
4. Portable Python
How to have a fully portable Python environment on your system
Python is currently the most used programming language. Famous for its easy to understand syntax, this is all you need…
I can now reveal the last pattern: the title. The title is the most important part of your post. The content of your post does not matter if no one clicks on your post. A good title is your gateway to traction on your article. These last 4 posts all have a certain element about their title.
If you look closely at all of the titles you will see they all include “how to”. How to posts are very popular and tend to generate good traffic on google. They generate traffic because people most of the time search google with a question, and a how to answers the question while looking appealing to the searcher.
5. Plex vs. Emby vs. Jellyfin
This is my most successful post. This post has 34k views at the time of writing. This post comes as the number one result for a variety of search terms. Here is the most common one:
This post is so popular for the same reason all the others are. It answers a question, has a good title, and is about a topic with few posts about it. This post is also a comparison, which could also be why it has great seo.
In conclusion, if you want to have your posts come up in google searches, then you need to follow these guidelines:
- Have a good title (clear, concise, etc)
- Try to include keywords in your title (how-to, and topic relevant keywords)
- Pick a topic that does not have a ton of results already
First, you have to know that there is certainly no instant results. These posts took a long time to gain traction, but when they did it was worth it. Don’t give up on your posts. This is my views chart for my python post:
As you can see the results were not instant. Have faith in your posts, and do not forget to keep your content good quality.