This guide will help you learn more about the Partner Program and will walk you through the process of applying and getting started.
Sections in this article:
- What is the Partner Program?
- Step 1: Learn more about the Partner Program and distribution on Medium
- Step 2: Apply to the Partner Program
- Step 3: Enroll in the Partner Program
- Step 4: Make your stories eligible to earn money
- Step 5: Track your earnings
- Common questions
What is the Partner Program?
The Partner Program allows writers to earn money for the content they publish on Medium based on engagement from Medium members, as well as users they convert to become Medium members. Here's how it works:
- Apply to the Partner Program
To join the Partner Program, you first need to meet two eligibility requirements:
Have at least 100 followers on Medium.
Have published at least one story on Medium in the past (Note: responses don’t count).
Please note, enrollment in the Partner Program is currently only available in eligible locations, as described in Step 3 below. If you meet both requirements and live in an eligible location, you can then apply to join the program by going to medium.com/earn and clicking “Apply to the Partner Program.” Once you’ve submitted a complete application, someone on our team will review your application and get back to you.
- Enroll in the Partner Program
To join the Partner Program, you need to link your Medium account with your bank account or debit card via a third-party payment service called Stripe. Additionally, you need to provide your taxpayer information within 180 days to be able to receive payments from Medium.
- Make your stories eligible to earn money
Once you're in, you can write your story, and put it behind the paywall. You can also put your already published stories behind the paywall to start earning revenue from them.
- Earn money based on member engagement and referred memberships
Partner Program writers are paid every month based on how members engage with their stories. This is determined by member reading time. Each member’s subscription fee is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month. You can always check your payment estimates in your Partner dashboard.
Writers can also earn from referred memberships. For every new reader that you convert to a paying Medium member, you’ll receive half of that new reader’s membership fee, net of standard payment processor fees. Referral earnings are recurring as long as the reader’s membership plan remains active.
Interested in applying? Here's how.
Step 1: Learn more about the Partner Program and distribution on Medium
Before you proceed, please take a moment to learn more about the Program by reviewing the following articles from our Help Center:
- Review the general Partner Program Terms
- Learn more about Medium's distribution system—stories published behind the paywall are additionally reviewed by Medium curators, who might distribute them around the platform
- Review Medium's Curation Guidelines to learn what curators look for in a story and what disqualifies it from being curated
- Learn more about how Medium calculates story and referred membership earnings in the Program
If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Medium Support.
Step 2: Apply to the Partner Program
To join the Partner Program, you need to:
- Have at least 100 followers on Medium
- Have published at least one story on Medium in the past (Keep in mind: responses don’t count)
Please note, enrollment in the Partner Program is currently only available in eligible locations, as described in Step 3 below. If you meet both requirements and live in an eligible location, you can then apply to join the program by going to medium.com/earn and clicking “Apply to the Partner Program”. Once you’ve submitted a complete application, someone on our team will review your application and get back to you.
If you don’t meet those requirements, please keep writing and building your community until you do. Don’t forget to connect to Twitter so your audience can find you, and check out these great resources on Creator’s Hub to help you grow.
Once you submit a complete application, we’ll send you notification that we’ve received it, and someone on our team will review it.
If you apply and are accepted, you can expect to hear back soon. We’ll notify you with your acceptance, and more information on enrolling in the Partner Program.
If you apply and are rejected, please wait at least 30 days from your last application before submitting a new one.
Step 3: Enroll in the Partner Program
Setting up payments with Stripe
Countries supported in the Program
Currently, enrollment in the Partner Program is only available in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Please note: Outlying territories of supported countries are not supported at this time.
- Once you've been notified of your acceptance to the Partner Program, you'll be sent a link to accept the Partner Program Terms and set up payments using our payments provider, Stripe.
- Click through, read and accept the Partner Program Terms.
- Connect your bank account with your Medium account by setting up payouts with Stripe by clicking Set up payments on Stripe.
- Fill out all the information required by Stripe to create your Stripe account. You can learn more about the process this article.
- Finish creating your Stripe account.
Submitting your taxpayer information
You also need to submit your taxpayer information to Medium, as Medium will be required to issue you a 1099-MISC tax form for your earnings in the Medium Partner Program. This is because the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires Medium to issue form 1099-MISC based on earnings thresholds. A link to do this will also be sent to you once you’ve been successfully accepted to the Partner Program.
While you cannot receive payments until you add verified taxpayer information, your posts can accumulate new earnings for up to one month. You will be eligible to receive payments if you add your taxpayer information within 180 days from the first day that nonzero earnings are posted to your Partner Program dashboard. After those 180 days have elapsed, your funds will be forfeited. Please see this article to learn more.
At all times you must maintain an active Medium account, connected Stripe account, and valid tax form in order to receive payouts through our Program. If at any point, any of these are not met, you will forfeit any accumulated earnings that have not yet been paid out after 180 days.
Stay active to keep earning
We encourage all Partner Program writers to remain active, publishing at least once every 6 months. Medium does reserve the right, at its discretion, to disable monetization from a writer if they have been inactive for 6 months or more. Writers who are at risk will receive notification before we take any action.
Step 4: Make your stories eligible to earn money
Once you've enrolled to the Partner Program and set up your Stripe account, you now have an option to put your story behind the paywall to start earning money. Note that this needs to be done on per-story basis, and you can still publish stories outside of the paywall.
To learn how to put your story behind the paywall, see this article.
Step 5: Track your earnings
Medium Partners have access to a Partner dashboard, accessible by clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner on Medium.com. Your Partner dashboard shows your earnings for each of your stories that are behind the paywall. You can learn more about your dashboard in this article.
Additionally, you will be also able to track your daily member engagement and estimated revenue on your post’s detailed stats pages.
You’ll also be able to track your earnings from Referred Memberships. To access the audience stats page, click on your profile picture in the top-right corner on Medium.com. Then click Stats from the menu, and click on the Audience stats button in the top-right corner of the page. Your Audience dashboard shows referred member earnings. You can learn more about your dashboard in this article.
To learn more about how payments are calculated and paid out in the Partner Program, please see this article.
Joining the Partner Program does not affect your distribution or SEO in any way. The sole purpose of the Program is letting you earn money for member engagement on your stories. Learn more about distribution on Medium.