I agree with this article with the exception of the line about email list sign-ups. Email list sign-ups are actually prohibited by Medium’s Member Guidelines for Member stories. (I am not sure about free stories, I would hope it’s the same):

“Do not ask for claps or include other calls to action, including gifs of clapping, requests for donations, email list sign-ups, or other links or embeds for the purpose of capturing user information or soliciting money.”

The full guidelines link is below.

I add a link to a simliar story I have written at the end of my stories as a convience for the reader (yes, it also promotes my writing.) I include the sentence: “Similar stuff I wrote:” before the link. It’s not a hard sell, or asking for anything, and is not “for the purpose of capturing user information or soliciting money.”

And please Medium people, don’t beg for claps! We know we are supposed to clap if we like the story. Begging for claps actually makes me not want to clap.

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