Claim your Medium URL

It’s important to be consistent with branding across the Internet. With a name like Heather Smith, my name is already taken by the eighty thousand plus other Heather Smith’s in the universe. To combat this I added AU to the end, so everywhere online, you should find me at HeatherSmithAU.

I now have the opportunity to claim this on the Medium platform. Currently, you can find my writing at, but once I claim the new Medium URL, I’m told that will no longer be valid.

OLD Medium URL

The new domain shall be at is based on my current username. Your current username can be found by clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page and click Settings > Account > Your username.

To Claim your vanity Medium URL, publish a new Medium post.

Write a post on your Medium profile.

Click the green button on the top right corner labelled Publish.

The next screen appears.

On the right you have the option to choose the image that will preview with the story — you can see I choose the second image.

On the left, I had the option to select 5 tags. I then Selected the green button labelled Publish now.

A pop up-box labelled “Claim your Medium URL” appears with the option to create a Medium URL related to your username.

If you click the white button labelled Learn More you are taken to this Medium support note: Your profile page URL.

If you click the green button labelled Claim URL, the Medium vanity URL is claimed.

My new domain is at Come and follow me there!

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store