How I Gained 103,886 Email Subscribers With Just One Article

“It took me four days to write the following piece: ’13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful.’
But it took me over nine months to make it go viral and to become the most recommended story in the history of Medium.

However, the most interesting part wasn’t the virality, but that it generated over 103.886 subscribers (in less than a month of being published).

Let me tell you why I am glad it took me nine months to achieve this.

Having an article go viral doesn’t guarantee that you will get a lot of subscribers unless you take care of certain things.

Since Zero to Skill is a one-person show (for now at least), I had to use my time in the best way, and that is why I decided to focus on just three high leverage activities.

It might seem like a simple task, but when you want to build a blog, there are so many things you can do, and if you are not focusing your energy on the most important things, it will take you ages before you get the desired result.

Here are the three things I did during that time, to build a platform with a smooth user experience, that can generate a big number of subscribers and finally how to craft content that supports elements for virality.

Three Pillars Of A Blog:

  1. Stable Platform
  2. Content Creation
  3. Content Distribution

Before we proceed with each one of these, have in mind that if you are a solo-show, you will spend much time learning how to do these things, which makes the process longer, but more enjoyable once you see the results.”

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