Biz Tips: The Top 50 Medium Publications of 2018

Biz Tips: The Top 50 Medium Publications of 2018

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The Top 50 Medium Publications of 2018

It’s been a pretty busy year for publications on Medium. I’ve been watching as many of the publications on this list have grown drastically since the start of the year; it’s always fun to observe growth, especially when there’s natural competition.

As you may know, Top Publications by Smedian tracks over 8,200 Medium publications and ranks them by their number of followers to help readers and writers find the right ones for them. This article ranks the top 50 publications of 2018; visit Toppubs.Smedian.com to see the current rankings of the top 100 Medium publications.

In case you’re wondering what Smedian is, check out this article.

Let’s get into the rankings for 2018!

#1 freeCodeCamp.org 🏆

Stories worth reading about programming and technology from our open source community. — Edited by Quincy Larson & Toni Shortsleeve

freeCodeCamp covers Technology and had 522,624 subscribers at the end of 2018. freeCodeCamp grew form 359,967 subscribers in 2017, when they finished as the #3 top publication, to where they are now; that’s growth of over 162k subscribers in just a year. Kudos to Quincy and his editorial team for that feat.

They are currently growing by 439 followers per day to start 2019.

#2 The Mission

We publish stories, videos, and podcasts to make smart people smarter. — Edited by Chad Grills & Lacey Peace

The Mission covers Tech and had 505,908 subscribers at the end of 2018. The Mission grew by over 109k subscribers since 2017, but fell from their ranking of #1 to #2 in the same time.

They are currently growing by over 212 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#3 Hacker Noon 🚀

how hackers start their afternoons. — Edited by David Smooke

Hacker Noon covers Technology and had 412,116 at the end of 2018. Hacker Noon has seen extraordinary growth in the last year since 2017; growing by nearly 147k subscribers, the publication that brings the best stories from the greatest minds in tech has raisen from #7 to #3 in just 365 days. Great props to David Smooke and team for this amazing growth. Keep on rising.

They are growing by over 346 subscribers per day to start 2019. Their editorial team is always accepting new writers via Smedian; request to contribute here.

#4 The Economist

Insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology, books and arts — Edited by Adam Smith

The Economist covers Politics and had 408,162 subscribers at the end of 2018. Unfortunately, although The Economist grew by over 31k subscribers, they fell two spots from #2 since the end of 2017.

They are growing by 15 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#5 Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences. — Edited by Dan Pedersen

Personal Growth covers Life and had 406,571 subscribers at the end of 2018. While they grew by nearly 98k subscribers since the end of 2017, they kept at the #5; they are one of two publications in the top 10 from last year to have not budged in their ranking.

The publication is growing by 181 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#6 The Startup

Medium’s largest publication for makers. — Edited by Ali Mese

The Startup covers Startup and had 405,808 at the end of 2018. They also stayed at their position of #6 from the end of 2017 despite growing by 131k subscribers since then.

They are growing by 355 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#7 Startup Grind

The life, work, and tactics of entrepreneurs around the world. Welcoming submissions on technology trends, product design, growth strategies, and venture investing. — Edited by Karlie Krieger Valine

Startup Grind covers Entrepreneurship and had 367,208 subscribers at the end of 2018. Although they grew by about 32k subscribers since the end of 2017, they fell from their ranking of #4 to #7 during that time.

They are growing by 98 subscribers per day to start 2019. The editors are new writers via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#8 Twitch Blog

The Official Blog [of Twitch]

The Twitch Blog covers none other than Twitch and had 337,436 subscribers at the end of 2018. They rose from nothing to their current position in the top 10 during the last year.

They are growing y 320 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#9 The Washington Post

News and analysis from around the world. Founded in 1877.

The Washington Post covers News and had 304,791 subscribers at the end of 2018. Although they grew by nearly 54k subscribers since 2017, they fell one spot from #8 in the same time.

#10 The Coinbase Blog

Learn about working at Coinbase — Edited by Katrina Wollet

The Coinbase Blog covers Ethereum, and, I assume, other blockchain coins. They had 293,739 subscribers at the end of 2018.

It was not in the top ten a year ago, but it has quickly climbed the ranks and will continue to do so as it is growing by 207 subscribers per day.

#11 Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world’s most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles. — Edited by Terrie Schweitzer & Niklas Göke

Better Humans covers Productivity and had 278,543 subscribers at the end of 2018. A year ago, they were in the top ten, but, despite growing by 78k subscribers, they have be pushed down one spot from #10 since then. They are one of the two publications from last year’s top 10 to no longer be in that segment.

The publication is growing by 228 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#12 UX Collective

We believe designers are thinkers as much as they are makers. So we curate UX stories we’ve always wanted to read. — Edited by Fabricio Teixeira & Caio Braga

UX Collective covers User experience and had 234,199 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 209 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#13 The Coffeelicious

Home to some of the best stories on medium. Look around, relax and enjoy one with a sip of coffee. — Edited by Srinath

The Coffeelicious covers Culture and had 206,092 subscribers at the end of 2018. They are the other publication of the two from last year’s top 10 to no longer be in that segment because they only grew by about 4.5k subscribers in the last year; they fell 4 spots from #9 since the end fo 2017.

The publication is growing by 7 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#14 ThinkGrowth.org

ThinkGrowth.org is a HubSpot publication. We bring you stories, insights, and ideas to help you and your business grow. — Edited by Meghan Keaney Anderson & Jami Oetting

ThinkGrowth covers Business and had 179,914 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 55 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#15 UX Planet

UX Planet is a one-stop resource for everything related to user experience. — Edited by Nick Babich

UX Planet covers User Experience (UX) and had 178,182 at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 176 subscribers per day.

#16 Product Hunt

The place to discover your next favorite thing. — Edited by Ryan Hoover

Product Hunt covers Tech and had 171,965 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 9 subscribers per day.

#17 Due.com

We teach you everything you need to know to get paid quicker, close more deals and get the best deals on payments alive! — Edited by Chalmers Brown

Due covers Business and had 161,910 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#18 Towards Data Science 🚀

Sharing concepts, ideas, and codes. — Edited by Ludovic Benistant

Towards Data Science covers Data science and had 158,061 subscribers at the end of 2018. If this list is any indication of our society’s interests during this time, this publication shows that the popularity of data science is on a rise; Towards Data Science grew from outside of Smedian’s top 100 publications ranking to being in the top 20 all during 2018. That’s admirable. Great work, Ludovic and team.

The publication is growing by 421 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#19 Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Tips & News on Social Media Marketing, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Content Marketing, Growth Hacking, Branding, Start-Ups and more. — Edited by Larry Kim & Elisa Gabbert

Marketing and Entrepreneurship covers Marketing and had 152,905 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 11 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#20 Be Yourself

Don’t instruct, share. — Edited by Joel Mwakasege

Be Yourself covers Life and had 152,898 subscribers at the end of 2018. The editor, Joel, is an old friend who continues to run this publication very well on his own. Keep up the great work!

The publication is growing by 17 subscribers per day.

#21 The Atlantic

Syndicated stories from The Atlantic.

The Atlantic covers Politics and had 152,451 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 38 subscribers per day.

#22 Hillary for America

Stories from the campaign trail, moments in history, ideas to help Americans get ahead and stay ahead.

This publication is probably defunct; it covered Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign and had 144,194 subscribers at the end of 2018. It isn’t growing, so you probably shouldn’t follow it; we’ll eventually remove it from our rankings.

#23 Muzli — Design Inspiration

All the design inspiration you need. It’s like crack for designers. And good for you too! — Edited by Eyal Zuri

Muzli covers Design and had 142,310 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 93 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#24 The Writing Cooperative

Helping each other write better. — Edited by Sand Farnia

The Writing Cooperative covers Writing and had 139,583 subscribers at the end of 2018. The contributors, led by a great editorial team, of this publication aim to help each other be better writers everyday. Keep up what you’re doing, Sand and team.

The publication is growing by 129 subscribers per day. Their editorial team is always accepting new writers via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#25 AngelList Blog

The Official AngelList Blog

The Angelist Blog covers Startup and had 136,019 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 2 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#26 Google Design

Google Design is a cooperative effort led by a group of designers, writers, and developers at Google to support and further design and technology. Our Medium collection features highlights from design.google.com, and original content written by designers and engineers at Google.

Google Design covers Design at Google and had 135,381 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 119 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#27 The Huffington Post

#28 Prototypr

Daily design news, inspiration and deals: Everything you need to supercharge your design skills. — Edited by Graeme

Prototypr covers Design and had 126,225 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 86 subscribers per day and is accepting new contributors via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#29 Signal v. Noise

Strong opinions and shared thoughts on design, business, and technology. Since 1999.

Signal v. Noise covers Business and had 117,404 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 29 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#30 Startupsco

Amazing content for Startup Founders, by Startup Founders. — Edited by Ryan Rutan

Startupsco covers Founders and had 115,831 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#31 CRUSHING IT

Sharing stories of personal and professional success inspired by @garyvee — Edited by Colin Campbell

Crushing It covers Startup and had 114,145 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#32 Life of Thought

Celebrating Knowledge! Building a community around philosophy, education & ideas. Original epistemology and curation courtesy of Colin Campbell. — Edited by Colin Campbell

Life of Thought covers Philosophy and had 113,527 at the end of 2018.

#33 P.S. I Love You

Writing from the heart. — Edited by Dan Moore

P.S.I Love Your covers Love and had 112,369 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 114 subscribers per day to start 2019. Their editors are accepting new contributors via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#34 Electric Literature

Expanding the influence of literature in popular culture. — Edited by Halimah Marcus

Electric Literature covers Books and had 94,224 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 75 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#35 Fortune Insiders

Where the most influential players in business and beyond offer leadership and career advice. — Edited by Nin-Hai Tseng

Fortune Insiders covers Business and had 91,857 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#36 DailyJS

JavaScript news and opinion. — Edited by Peter Cooper

DailyJs covers none other than Javascript and had 90,172 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 40 subscribers to start 2019.

#37 OMGFacts

OMGFacts makes you the most interesting person in the room. — Edited by Erin Klabunde

OMGFacts covers Life and had 87,039 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#38 The Nib

Political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction. Words plus pictures. — Edited by Matt Bors

The Nib covers Comics and had 86,321 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 5 subscribers per day.

#39 ART + marketing

We publish creators. Why they make. How they see. What they do. Everyday is the creators’ perspectives. — Edited by Linh Dao Smooke

ART + marketing covers Art and had 85,522 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 13 subscribers per day and is accepting new contributors via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#40 The Billfold

Everything you wanted to know about money but were too polite to ask. — Edited by Maik DieKrönung

The Billfold covers Money and had 85,044 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#41 NewCo Shift

Covering the biggest shift in business and society since the industrial revolution — Edited by John Battelle

NewCo Shift covers Business and had 84,481 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 5 subscribers per day.

#42 Financial Times

A collection of interviews conducted in the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table.

Financial Times covers Finance and had 84,462 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 18 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#43 Google Developers

Engineering and technology articles for developers, written and curated by Googlers. The views expressed are those of the authors and don’t necessarily reflect those of Google.

Google Developers covers Technology by developers at Google and had 83,661 subscribers at the end of 2019.

The publication is growing by 67 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#44 3 min read

The official Medium blog

#45 Slackjaw

Your source for the Medium funny.

Slackjaw covers Humor and had 82,977 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 49 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#46 Entrepreneur’s Handbook

How to succeed in entrepreneurship; feat. founder stories, design articles, and startup deep dives that inspire your entrepreneurial journey. — Edited by Dave Schools

Entrepreneur’s Handbook covers Startups and had 82,628 subscribers at the end of 2018.

This publication has seen massive growth in the last year. It looks like that’s going to continue because EH is growing by 103 subscribers per day to start 2019. Dave and team are always looking for new contributors via Smedian; you can request to contribute here.

#47 Human Parts

Human Parts explores the patchwork of the human condition through experimental and traditional personal writing.

Human Parts covers Personal stories and had 82,508 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 4 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#48 BRIGHT Magazine

Fresh storytelling about health, education, and social impact — Edited by Sarika Bansal

BRIGHT Magazine covers Education and had 82,506 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 7 subscribers per day to start 2019.

#49 Calendar

We are Calendar, trying to make the world a much more productive place. — Edited by John Rampton

Calendar covers Productivity and had 81,909 subscribers at the end of 2018.

#50 The Intercept

Fearless, adversarial journalism

The Intercept covers Criminal justice and had 80,454 subscribers at the end of 2018.

The publication is growing by 3 subscribers per day.

Wait, There’s More

The top 100 Medium publications — via Smedian

That’s it for the top 50 publications of 2018, but there were so many more impressive publications that rose to prominence in 2018. You can browse the top 100 ranking anytime on Toppubs.Smedian.com.

As a final note, if you want to be on this list next year and need ideas on how to grow your publication, check out the Marketing & Growth Hacking publication (which was the #75 top publication for 2018). Furthermore, if you’re looking to contribute to a publication, there’s no better place to look than Smedian.com.

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