How to Find the Most Read Stories in Any Medium Publication

Using a little URL trick

J.A. Taylor
2 min readJun 5, 2020
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There are some big publications on Medium. By big, I mean they have hundreds of thousands of followers. When you go to their homepage you may see the newest stories or stories they feature, but have you ever wondered what the most read stories were?

Perhaps you’ve submitted to publications and you’ve wondered how your stories stacked up against the competition? You can see your own stats, but you can’t see others’.

Enter the Archive view. Not every publication displays a link to its archive, but with this little URL trick, you can get a little more insight on which stories are popular and how your own stories are performing in the publication.

  1. Go to the publication you are curious about. This only works on a browser, not the Medium app.
  2. In the address bar of the browser, add /archive to the end of the URL and press enter.
  3. This will bring you to a version of the publication’s layout that will show you all the stories. At the top left, click on “All.”
  4. Next, sort by “most read.”