Traffic and visitor statistics are available for stories you publish on Medium.
Accessing your stats
- On your homepage, click on your profile picture.
- Click Stats.
- In the app, tap your profile picture on the bottom bar.
- Tap Settings in the top-right corner.
- Tap Story stats.
- The Stats homepage will now indicate which stories are member-only and display their lifetime earnings inline. This helps writers see the impact and total earnings of their writing across their entire lifetime on Medium.
- A temporary change: Views and reads for individual stories now live on their story detail pages. We’re making some deeper fixes to the Stats homepage; your story views and reads will return in the next couple months.
- Your list of stories are sortable by claps, responses, and lifetime earnings. This will let you quickly identify stories that have had the most engagement. Claps and responses are two of the signals that factor into our new Partner Program earnings calculations.
Your story's detailed stats page
For each story you’ve published, click Details to understand more about the audience for that story.
- We changed our monthly charts to highlight member vs. non-member activity. Previously, monthly charts compared internal vs. external views and reads–that information is still available at the bottom of the page, broken down by referrer. Now, whenever you see yellow in the charts, you will know that this will contribute to earnings for your member-only stories. Note that this data will also be available for non-member-only stories, and could be a way to gauge when a story would have earning potential by making it a member-only story.
- The new Stats detail page reflects the new way we calculate reads. As previously announced, on August 1st we updated the definition of a “read.” Now, we count a read when someone views your story for 30 seconds or more–scrolling to the bottom of the story is no longer required. For this reason, you will likely find that the “reads” and “read ratio” numbers are higher on the new Stats pages than they were previously.
- We use “member read ratio” to adjust your earnings and discourage click-bait and misleading titles. You can find this new important number in the “Reads” section of the Stats detail page. We now adjust earnings for stories based on their member read ratios. This is defined as: “member reads ÷ member views.” Member read ratios will not include logged out and non-member views of your story, since only members can actually read the full story.
- A new bar chart displays engagement signals: claps, highlights, replies, and follows during the given month. Sparking a discussion or inspiring highlights and claps are signs that it resonated with the reader in a deeper way. When a reader follows you after reading your story, you will not only earn a little extra for the follow on that day, but you will also earn a follower bonus whenever they read your member-only stories in the future. Learn more about the follower bonus and other adjustments to earnings here.
If your story was Boosted, you will see it indicated on the graph. Learn more.
Views by Traffic Source
Here, you’ll see a breakdown of your traffic sources. You’ll see an aggregate number of views that came from Medium’s distribution — and then a list of your top external sources of views. You can click on “twitter.com,” “facebook.com,” or “linkedin.com” to search those platforms for posts that include a link your story.
If you published your story through the Partner Program, you’ll also see the number of views that came from your personal Friend Link. Friend Links are special links that you can use to give your readers free access to a story you publish behind our metered paywall.
Your Readers’ Interests
To help you understand your audience more fully, here, you’ll see a chart that shows the topics that the readers of this story are most interested in. The listed percentages are the proportion of logged-in viewers of the story who follow each topic. You can use this data to decide what you might want to write about next and to see whether you’re reaching your intended audience. Note: to protect reader privacy, we will not show this data unless your story has reached a certain threshold of logged-in readers.
Note: The story details page can be accessed from mobile apps by going to your profile, tapping Stats, and then tapping on the story title.
There are two reasons why you may observe slight changes to your stats over time.
First, if the account of a user who engages (views, claps, etc.) with your story is deleted or suspended, then the engagement will also be removed. This can cause changes in your stats months or even years after the original engagement.
Second, you may see fluctuations in your recent stats based on how we calculate and provide real-time stats. This does not reflect a change in the actual metrics but rather is a temporary side effect when tracking live stats. Below is an explanation.
We maintain two sources of stats for your stories:
- The first is a stable, long-term count of all engagement throughout time.
- The second is a short-term count that is updated in real-time. This real-time count has not yet been processed through robust deduplication checks and other safeguards.
Every hour, recent engagement on your post from the last hour is processed and converted from the short-term to the long-term stable count. We may identify duplicate or erroneous counts of the same clap or read during this processing. Therefore, the long-term stable count for that period may differ slightly from the short-term count you previously saw. You will not observe fluctuations in your stats for a given period in the long run, except for the user account deletion mentioned above.