Views Are Down But Here’s What You Can Do About It
Many writers are talking about a drop in views and I can relate, but I’m not one to sit around moping and complaining. I’m one to try to do something about the situation. I’m one to observe what’s happening, figure out what’s wrong, and see if I can do anything on my end to fix the situation.
After some observation, this is what I think is the cause for the drop in views lately: See, on your homepage, if you look at the top right corner, you will see the ‘latest from following’ and it’s always the same eight faces that don’t seem to change.
Also on the same homepage, you will see the same stories every day. Seeing the same stories in my opinion is the reason for the drop in views. These stories don’t change often and sometimes it’s not even from people you follow and other times you’re just not interested in reading another self-help article. That’s okay. Medium recommends stories it thinks you may want to read and the stories remain there until you're done reading them.
It remains there until you click it.
You can pretend you don’t see it, you can pretend it’s not there, but it’s not going anywhere and that’s one less view for someone you follow.
Every time you fail to click on a story and leave it sitting there, some writer’s new story isn’t getting the chance and space to make it to your homepage. So you’ll keep seeing the same old stories every day. And of course, the views will be low if many people aren’t reading or at least clicking on stories so they can go away to make space for new ones.
As readers, we read what’s in front of us. We read what we can access easily.
If I’m seeing the same articles day after day because I’m not clicking on them, guess what I can’t see? Your new article. I’m not seeing your new article even if I follow you and to see them I must remember your name, how great of a writer you are, the value you offer, type in your name, search and then go to read your newest article and let’s be honest, how many times do people do that? Not often. We read what we can see.
So you’ve gotta click it. You can pretend you don’t see it, you can pretend it’s not there, but it’s not going anywhere and that’s one less view for someone you follow.
Sadly, sometimes, even when you click on them, they don’t change. And in that case, you must still do something. You must dismiss the stories you are not interested in. When you dismiss something, it goes away. This makes way for new stories and you help a writer's views go up.
This problem is happening to most writers, and it’s not your fault. But it’s your responsibility to do what you can to help the situation. And if we all do what we can, then the problem will not be so big anymore.
When you dismiss something, it goes away. This makes way for new stories and you help a writer’s views go up.
Many people are speaking and Medium always listens and fixes our problems, but sitting around and waiting for Medium to fix things only delays your progress. And this isn’t just a Medium problem. This is a life problem and a very important one.
If you want something gone, you’ve got to deal with it.
Read it, click it or dismiss it. Don't complain. For someone who is super grateful for the existence of this platform, you can't complain.