How To Import Existing Blog Posts On Medium For Extra Traffic?

by Bishnu Mahali

Last Modified: October 26, 2019

By Bishnu Mahali

Last Modified: October 26, 2019

Drive Blog Traffic From Medium

It’s not so long since Twitter co-founder Evan Williams developed, in 2012. And today we’re going to learn to drive extra traffic to your blog/website from the medium.

But it’s growing very fast, and almost everyone knows about it now. (I mean peoples like you and me.) The image below is a solid proof of it:

Alexa Rank of

Many of us call it a Social Networking site. I say it a Socialized Blogging Platform with some restrictions. And there are many peoples who think the same.

So, according to me, it’s a socialized blogging platform and I’ll take it, in that way.

Okay, Now let’s get to the point! As you are reading this post, I’m sure that you are a blogger.

And since you are a blogger. I assume that you already know about, generating extra traffic by Guest Posting.

We will be applying the same technique here, with a twist. Since here we will be importing our existing old blog posts, this question may arise in your mind…

Hey, Bishnu what about the Duplicate content? Don’t you think that google will penalize it?

Well, Medium takes care of that by implementing the CANONICAL URL method.

Medium links to the original blog posts with a link at the bottom of each story. And also adds…

[html]<link rel="canonical" href="your old blog post URL here " />[/html]

in the

[code lang=”html”]<head>[/code]

tag to take care of SEO.

The point is, stop worrying – start posting. Like we call them blog posts, They call it Stories on medium.

You can also create Publications which is like a facebook page assigned to your individual account. The publications are the collection of stories by various writers and editors under the control of an Owner i.e., The Creator.

If you create one, then you will be the Owner of that publication and you can manage Writers and Editors to that publication. (like Page Admin on Facebook)

I would recommend that create your own publication and publish each posts under them. Like i created, IT ADDA! & Motivesta!


It's IT ADDA! - Medium Publication

The benefit of publishing stories under a publication is that both of you and the publication will be in the limelight.

Readers will be seeing the profile of both of you and your publication. And they will also be able to follow you and your publication right from the story. It’s the situation like — “Hunting two targets with a single bullet”.

Now without wasting any more time on the logic side. Let’s jump to the steps of the process…

Step 1: First of all “Click on the Profile Icon” at the top right corner after logging into your medium account.
Click on Profile Icon - Medium Screenshot
Step 2: Now “Click on Stories” as shown below in the screenshot…
Click on Stories under the Profile Icon
Step 3: Then “Click on Import a Story“…
Click on Import a story
Step 4: Now “Enter the URL of the old existing blog post” in the box and “Click on Import(See the screenshot below for help)
Medium Blog Post Import Form

Step 5: Now your blog post is already imported to medium, it’s time to fix if there are any minor errors and make some changes if necessary. To do that simply “Click on See your Story

Story Imported Confirmation
Step 6: Now the preview/editing window will be opened for imported post/story. If you want to change the title, then Click on the title to edit it.(see no, 1 in the screenshot below).
 If you need some changes on the post edit them as well in the body section of the story/imported post. (see no. 2 in the screenshot below)
After completing the editing of the title and the post body. “Click on the 3 dots (…)” at the top right corner of the page, (see no, 3 in the screenshot below)
Customize the post on Medium

Step 7: Now Click on the Add Publication to assign your story to a publication of your own or others (If you are invited as a writer). This is an optional step but I recommended you to do this as it increases the value of the post.

After adding your story to a publication, Click on Customize title/subtitle to customize the title and subtitle of the story if you want. If the title and subtitle are okay, proceed to the next step.

Now, Click on Customize Link to customize the link/URL of the story for SEO purpose. (See the screenshot below)


Add to Publication & Customize Link



Step 8: After clicking on Customize Link, Choose the Custom option and type the custom text that you want to add to your URL and Click on Save. See the screenshot below for the demonstration:

Cutom URL Form
Step 9: Now Click on Publish drop-down as shown in the screenshot below. Then enter 5 Most Relevant and Popular Tags for your story. And check mark the share options if you want to share them on your linked facebook and twitter account.
Click on Publish
And finally, Click on “Publish” to publish the post.
That’s it, now your old existing blog post is freshly imported on medium and ready to generate some extra traffic and readers for you.
While you’ll be using your medium account to generate some extra traffic and customer, You can also follow us on medium here:
You can also follow me on medium for my interesting stories here — @BishnuMahali.

You can also join us as our Writer on Medium and here in this blog also, Just leave a comment and we will reply you as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Thank you for reading this post! And don’t forget to like, share and comment.
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About the author

Bishnu Mahali

Hi, I'm Bishnu Mahali from Siliguri, India. Apart from Blogging, I am a Digital Marketer and Creator. I also produce YouTube videos and 2 podcasts as well. Do follow me on Instagram @itsBishnuMahali to learn more about me and the Business Stuff.

  • Really it is very helpful post,for how long I was looking for perfect guide on “how to publish existing blog post on medium” really it is very easy nice experience with you.

  • Hey Bishnu

    Medium can be very effective tool to drive traffic. This is very well written and detailed article.
    keep up the good work 🙂

  • Nice post brother. But I have one question. Can I write articles there regarding Tips and tricks related to tech? Can I get significant traffic?

  • This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

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