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How to Start Writing on Substack

How to Start Writing on Substack

If you want to make money with your writing, there's no better platform than Substack. Here's why:

Substack is free, so starting a blog or newsletter doesn't cost anything. You don't need any special software; we provide everything you need for free on our website. Your readers can sign up for your newsletter in just one click!

Plus, our Dashboard gives you real-time statistics about how many people open your email and click through to read more of it—and even how much money they spend when they do so!

What is Substack?

Substack is a tool that makes writing, publishing, and managing your newsletter easy. It's like Medium for newsletters. Substack helps you build your audience and grow your email list by providing all the tools you need in one place.

Substack also has an email service that lets you easily send emails to people who subscribe to your newsletter.

Is Substack free?

Substack is free to use. We offer a free and paid plan for writers who want more flexibility and features. Substack also offers paid programs that include additional features for readers of your work.

How does Substack work?

How does Substack work

Substack is a platform for writers to publish their work and make money from it.

  • Sign up to start writing on Substack.

  • Choose your topic, create an outline and write articles on it.

  • Publish your content on Substack and get paid!

How to make money on Substack

It's free to use Substack. The company makes money by selling ads on your posts, your newsletter, your profile page, and your website if you have one.

Is Substack worth it?

Substack offers an excellent platform for writers to publish their work. Substack is free, but it has several features that can help you grow your writing business.

The website is easy to use and has excellent support.

How to grow your Substack

Substack is a platform for growing your audience, so it's essential to understand what works and what doesn't.

  • Make your posts easy to read. You want people to feel like they can jump anywhere in a bar, so it should be written clearly and concisely. If you're writing about something that requires some context, provide as much of that context as possible upfront. For example:

I will share how I used Substack's […], which helped me grow my blog from 0 followers to over 15k in 6 months!

The goal here is not only this make the post more digestible; it also lets readers know what they are getting into before they click through!

  • Write about something people want to read. This sounds obvious, but I see so many bloggers posting about topics that no one cares about (e.g., "How I started my blog.").

It makes sense if this is an important milestone or turning point for you personally, but if not, then consider whether or not there are other ways for you to improve upon this topic or turn them into something more interesting (for example: How do I get my first 10k subscribers?).

If there aren't any ideas floating around, try researching similar topics on Google Trends until one comes up with lots of searches--then write about them!

  • Post regularly—but not too much! Posting consistently is important because readers will repeatedly return if they know when new content will be available on Substack (which has its own algorithm). However, if someone never sees any posts from their favorite author because those same authors post too often--it might cause them to leave forever!

My suggestion would be posting at least once per day but no more than twice per 24 hours unless it's during peak hours when everyone else is doing the same thing anyway...and don't forget about weekends either :)

Welcome to Substack! We're so grateful you've decided to join us.

Welcome to Substack! We're so grateful you've decided to join us.

You are now a part of our community. We're grateful you've decided to join us.

We are here to help you succeed. We have a great community of writers, readers, publishers, and advertisers with whom you can partner.


Substack is a content creation platform that helps you create, schedule, and publish your content.

You can use Substack to write blog posts, newsletters, and emails. Substack is free to use and doesn't require any coding knowledge. You simply create a project from scratch or one of our templates (such as an email campaign) and start typing away!

We have tons of features, including:

  • A beautiful editor designed for writing on the web

  • A simple way to schedule posts in advance, so they go live automatically when you want them to

  • The ability to embed content into apps like Slack or Facebook Messenger so people can see what you're working on right away

Your Dashboard

Your Dashboard is where you can see your posts, newsletters, and stats. You can also set up your email subscription here.

You'll find a breakdown of how many people are currently subscribed to your newsletter and how many subscribers you have over time.

You can also view the stats for each of your posts. This screen will show if anyone has interacted with the command (liked it or commented on it) and if they did so via email or social media (such as Twitter).

Your newsletter

Your newsletter is the place where you can send your content. It's a tool that allows you to see how many people read your content. You can also use it to send your content, making it essential to writing on Substack.

Write posts in your browser or tool of choice.

When you're ready to start writing, there are two ways to do it. You can write directly in your browser or use a tool that supports Markdown.

Substack provides an editor built right into the site that's simple, clean, and easy to use.

If you're uncomfortable with editing on the web or want more control over how things look, we've got you covered: our API allows full integration with any text editor or IDE (like Atom).

Writing in the Post Editor

You can use the editor to add links to your social media accounts, as well as links to your website. The post editor is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. You don't have to worry about learning HTML or any other code—the interface will do most of the work for you.

Writing in your editor of choice.

You can write on Substack in a variety of different ways:

  • Use an editor. You can use your text editor of choice—like Emacs or Vim—or the distraction-free editors we've built, like [Dillinger]( and [Aloha]( They support markdown syntax and have minimal UI, so you can focus on writing without being distracted by ugly websites.

  • Use an online editor that supports Markdown markup language (a fancy way of saying "write using simple formatting codes"). A few examples include [Google Docs]( or [Atom]( If you're starting out with this option, it's best to pick something simple, so you don't get overwhelmed by all the options available at once!

Edit posts on the web anytime.

When you're writing, you don't want to sacrifice your workflow. That's why we've made it easy for writers to edit posts on the web anytime.

When you publish a post on Substack, it'll automatically be published on your website and social media channels. But if you want to make edits after publishing or during the draft phase of writing, that's okay too! You can edit any post in your browser or tool of choice—we'll keep track of everything for you. And when someone opens it up online (or clicks through from their email), they'll see what was published first: the original version or one of your edits.

And if one of those readers follows along with Substack updates by subscribing via email or RSS feed? We'll send them an email letting them know there's an update waiting for them!

Schedule existing content to appear in your newsletter at a future date.

Substack is a social media platform that allows you to write, schedule, and publish content. It's a great way to get your content and grow your audience.

Substack is free to use, but if you want more features (like unlimited subscribers or custom domain emails), paid plans are available.

Use our real-time stats panel to monitor opens, clicks, and subscribers as they happen.

We track the number of key metrics to help you keep tabs on how your content is performing. You can see the most essential stats here:

  • Open rate: How many people have opened your emails

  • Click rate: How many people have clicked links in your emails

  • Subscribers: Total number of subscribers to your email list

Use our email scheduler to send a single email later in the day rather than publishing it immediately.

  • Use our email scheduler to send a single email later in the day rather than publishing it immediately.

  • Use the scheduler to send multiple emails on different days.

  • Use the scheduler to send emails at other times and days.

Start writing right now!

Writing is one of the most important skills you can learn. It's not just for writers and journalists, either—everyone can benefit from learning how to express themselves better through writing.

But it's hard to get started if you don't know what you're doing or why you're doing it. You need a plan and motivation before sitting at your keyboard (or laptop or typewriter). And once you sit down, it's easy for distractions to derail your writing session in seconds flat.

Let's start with some basic guidelines that will help keep your writing sessions focused:

  • Set goals before beginning a new piece of work (or even while working on an existing one). This helps keep your mind focused on what needs doing rather than getting distracted by other things around you or worrying about whether or not people will like what they read when they see it later on!

  • Stay focused while working on something new (or trying different techniques within an old piece) by keeping distractions away from where people typically spend their time when attempting creative tasks such as these. I'll leave this blank so that someone else might fill in their suggestions here someday :)

Setting Up for Success with Substack

The first step to getting started is to set up an author profile so that you can start building an audience. You'll need to enter information like your name and email address and add a photo so readers can recognize you on the platform. This is also where you'll add a bio section and links to other websites or social media accounts you want people to follow once they subscribe.

It's important here because it makes your profile stand out from all other writers who have signed up for Substack. It also helps readers see what kind of content they'll receive from you in their inbox each week.

If this sounds like something that might interest you but isn't super high on your priority list right now (or maybe just not yet), don't worry! We've got more suggestions later in this article when we talk about how best to build a following once everything else has been taken care of.

5 Tips for Writing on Substack

  • Write regularly, and write often. Whether it's once a month or once a week, don't wait too long between posts. The more you write, the better you'll get at it—and the more opportunities you'll have to discover what your readers like.

  • Write about topics that interest you and your audience. If you're looking for inspiration, consider these questions: What do I know well? What topics am I passionate about? How can my writing help my audience? By answering these questions, we can ensure our content is relevant to our readers' needs and interests; this will keep them coming back for more!

  • Write about topics relevant to your business goals and those of its audience members (e.g., people who share their interests). Your goal might be increasing sales conversions or gaining new subscribers (or both!), so figuring out how much time should be spent marketing vs. educating/entertaining is key here - just remember, not all content has equal weighting!


You can use Substack to write and publish your blog posts. Once you're ready, you can share them with your audience via email or RSS. You'll also get access to a statistics panel to know how many people read each post and where they came from (like Google search results).


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