Why Medium Writers Should Care About External Views Too

Plus, how you can get more of them.

Leo Serafico
4 min readAug 8, 2022


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External views on Medium are views that you get outside the platform like Google or ManyStories.

Since the Medium Partner Program only lets writers get paid for internal views, external views seem to be overlooked.

I’ll make my story short:

Medium was the reason I was able to transition into a full-time freelance writing career.

A client found one of my articles and he hired me as a freelance writer for his start-up.

This Medium article was basically my trial article for the job and is still my highest viewed piece on Medium to date — yes, because of external views.

I’ve written about how you too can get your first freelance writing client using Medium:

This brings me to the first point of our topic:

Why Medium writers should care about external views

It can get you seen by potential clients

Admittedly, that short story has something else involved in it — maybe luck. Just because you get external views, doesn’t mean clients are going to be all up your inbox.

There are other factors that they consider, you know, like writing skills.

However, external views sway the odds of clients finding you and your blog. Give it some love.

Make sure you’re prepared if they ask you for a writing portfolio. You could use Medium for that as well:

You can direct those views to other platforms