The most popular tags on Medium are hard to spot. There’s no list anywhere on the internet, no ‘leaderboard’ that Medium’s put out–it’s simply left up to us as writers to find them.
But that’s okay, because today I’m going to give you the most popular tags on Medium.
Here are the top 20 most popular Medium tags in 2018
1. Startup (301,000 followers)
2. Life (255,000 followers)
3. Politics (239,000 followers)
4. Life Lessons (227,000 followers)
5. Travel (211,000 followers)
6. Entrepreneurship (205,000 followers)
7. Poetry (194,000 followers)
8. Health (187,000 followers)
9. Education (185,000 followers)
10. Love (170,000 followers)
11. Design (169,000 followers)
12. Music (160,000 followers)
13. Writing (149,000 followers)
14. Technology (143,000 followers)
15. Business (135,000 followers)
16. Self Improvement (134,000 followers)
17. Social Media (130,000 followers)
18. Sports (118,000 followers)
19. Food (98,000 followers)
20. Art (94,000 followers)
QUICK NOTE: If you take my free email course, I give you a Google document with ALL the tags you can become a top writer in during lesson 4.
Choosing The Right Medium Tag Is Super Important
Choosing the right tags is an INCREDIBLY important step when publishing a story. It could be the difference between 10 views and 1,000–do you know that?
The reason for this is that Medium users naturally get stories from the tags they “follow” on their homepage or daily digest emails. The more people that follow the tag you’re posting in, the higher probability that they’ll get your latest story.
Example of story suggestion from someone you follow:
Example of story suggestion from a Medium tag you follow:
Pretty cool, right?
Further than that, if someone is searching for stories in your tag on Medium and your article is doing well, it will get “suggested” near the top of the search results for other users to find.
And heck, some Medium users might stumble upon your article if they were searching for the “latest” stories in a tag.
Oh, and did you know some tags have home pages of their own?
Here’s an example of the “Travel” tag’s homepage:
I’ve discovered that only tags you can become a Top Writer in come with their own homepages. So, if you target a top tag and write a story that takes off, you could be featured on the homepage for that Medium tag.
Next week I’ll write an article about what Medium’s top tags say about the culture of Medium itself, but for now, here’s the top 20 most popular tags on Medium!
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