Sam Holstein

This One Chrome Extension Supercharges My Medium Stats Page

This One Chrome Extension Supercharges My Medium Stats Page

A short article today because I wanted to share with you something awesome I found a few months ago that’s changed the way my stats page looks. The chrome extension Medium Enhanced Stats.

It’s not an understatement to say this extension changes the way I think about article performance. Medium Enhanced Stats does many things, but the best is this: It adds a column called “Today” to your stats that shows you how many views, reads, fans, and claps a story gets per day. 

Some older stories of mine. Today section selected.

Mostly, this information is unactionable and a bit stressful to watch, mostly because “watching” means “watching my story be launched to crickets and tumble into the void.”

But this information lets me know when a story is dead, too, and that’s critical information. When a story is dead on Medium, you can re-use the content.

  1. You can delete the original story, rewrite or edit the body copy, give it a new headline (using CoSchedule’s headline analyzer, of course) and run it as a new story.¹
  2. You can take the story down and break it up into multiple stories.
  3. You can take a series of dead stories down and make them into lead magnets.

It’s true that some dead stories have great comebacks. One of my stories had a positively heroic comeback, pictured below. I’ve had other stories make great comebacks as well. 

But something heralded this heroic comeback. It never fell to 0 views per day. Every day leading up to that big spike saw 7 views, then 10 views, then 18 views, then 5 views, then 9 views, so on and so forth. There were never 0 views per day.

If your stories hit 0 views per day and have been there for months, I think it’s safe to assume your story will not be coming back. 

Medium Enhanced Stats makes it easy to see which stories have sunk to 0 views per day. A quick look at the “Details” page can tell you whether that story is having a temporary lapse in views or is dead and gone.

Medium Enhanced Stats also gives you this lovely little dashboard to summarize your stats page. You can look at it anywhere on the internet.

I barely look at it at all. It’s got fun vanity metrics like lifetime views, but it’s not information you’d need to know on a daily basis.

Best of all, this chrome extension is free. Go download it and see how your stories are doing.

1: A note about Medium’s policy against duplicate content: The language appears to permit people to republish stories if they delete the original copy, but not if they leave it published as public or unlisted. It also doesn’t directly address whether someone can delete, significantly alter, and then republish a story.

Lots of people say this rule bans deleting and republishing stories in any way, but I don’t think so. The language of the policy doesn’t call out deleting and republishing, nor does it call out deleting, making substantive edits, and republishing.

The language of the policy does say this: “We understand every author has workflows and motivations, and that republishing content to Medium is often a large part of that. New audiences, iterative improvements, and missed opportunities are all reasons we are aware of, and to which we are sensitive.”

I think Medium has intentionally left the language vague on purpose so they can prosecute the policy at their discretion.

For my part, I’ve deleted stories, altered them, and republished them several times now. Medium has not penalized me. I think as long as I continue to delete the original copies outright and modify the content to add value for readers (instead of just reposting over and over), it will be a-OK.