And it doesn’t involve the word “blockchain”

Still confused why someone would pay $69 million for a JPG file anyone can download for free? You’re not alone. …

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In December, I published just six articles while battling burnout all month long.

I’m not a fast writer by any means. To keep up with the algorithm, which seems to favor volume, I’ve been trying to write every day. Last month, I finally hit a productivity wall. …

Breaking down three successful pitches and why they worked

When I started freelancing on Upwork this year, I had one goal: to build a full-time income. Though it was derailed when I was offered a full-time job I couldn’t refuse, I’m satisfied with my attempt. …

Filling in some gaps on behalf of the education system

Wealth inequality and student debt are on the rise, and there’s a lot of disagreement over who’s at fault. However, there’s one institution we can all agree to blame for at least a portion of this crisis: schools.

Over the last few decades, schools have gradually omitted more and more…

How to boost your click-through rates

“[On average], five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy,” legendary marketer David Ogilvy once said. “When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

These days, Ogilvy’s words are more relevant than ever. Whether you’re a writer, marketer…

If I could only turn back time…

22 is a pivotal year for many. You graduate college, enter the “real world,” and suddenly find there’s pressure to perform. Did you land an entry-level job? Are you moving to a cool city? What kind of jobs are your peers landing? Which cities are they moving to?

The mindsets…

How to learn a highly profitable trading strategy

When you hear the word “investing,” who do you think of? Most would say Warren Buffett, and for good reason. With a net worth of over $86.7 …

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To keep up my promise to be transparent with my progress, here’s everything I experienced on Medium in November. Please keep in mind I’m very much still an amateur, so any opinions on algorithms and earnings calculations expressed might be inaccurate.

November was my lowest earning month yet, but also…

The internet is turning writing into big business

Making a living as a writer was much harder just two decades ago. If you couldn’t land a copywriting job or find a publisher that liked your manuscript, you were probably out of luck.

The internet has since dismantled these barriers. These days, there are dozens of ways for writers…

Matt Lane

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