Medium’s own product science team analyzed popular content and said:
What does matter are two things:
How much effort you put into writing something engaging
How many followers you have
The Medium mechanism is based almost completely on followers and who the editors recommend when they send out emails.
How else can we explain the phenomenal popularity of redundant self-help and start-up advice articles? The content’s value is highly questionable in terms of efficacy, and does nothing more than repackage existing information.
With respect to the other findings, another commentor makes the point that this type of data dump shows correlation but does not really prove causation.
Having said that, I look forward to following your guidelines in my next post and seeing my recommends increase substantially.
[UPDATE: Here was the result of everything I learned.]
The Lord of the Greens trilogy: