Join the Partner Program

Enrolling in the Program

To join the Medium Partner Program, all you need to do is to link your Medium account with your bank account or debit card via Stripe. You'll find more information below.

Note: See this page to check if Stripe is available in your country.

  1. Go to and click Join the Partner Program at the bottom of the page.
  2. Read and accept the Partner Program Terms.
  3. Connect your bank account or debit card with your Medium account by choosing the option relevant to you from the list and click Set up payments on Stripe.
  4. Fill out all the information required by Stripe to create your Stripe account. You must use your legal name, and not anonymized or pen names. To learn more about choosing the right type of Stripe account to your needs and setting up payments, see this article.
  5. Finish creating your Stripe account.

Once you enroll in the Partner Program, you will be able to publish stories on your own and start earning money from them. To learn how to make your story eligible to earn money, read this article.

Common questions

How do my stories earn money?

Currently, Partner Program writers are paid every month based on how members engage with stories. Some factors include reading time (how long members spend reading a story) and applause (how much members clap). Each member’s $5/month subscription is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month. So if someone engaged with 10 stories in a given month, their monthly subscription would be distributed to those authors only.

Check out this section to learn more about recent Partner Program updates.

When do I get paid?
Your Partner Dashboard is updated every Wednesday with what you’ve earned up until the previous Sunday. We deposit your earnings into your bank account on the last Wednesday of every calendar month.
Are there any content guidelines for publishing in the Partner Program?
It’s important that Medium is a place and a platform for quality thinking—and writing. To ensure the best reader experience possible, we’ve created some Curation Guidelines and Partner Program terms you can review.
Do I have to be a Medium member to participate?
No, you don’t have to be a paying Medium member to join the Partner Program and earn money for your writing. Being a Medium member doesn’t influence how any work is published or featured through the Partner Program.
How do taxes work?
If required by law, you’re responsible for reporting and paying any applicable taxes related to earnings from the Partner Program. We recommend speaking with a professional tax advisor for more details.
Do you support PayPal?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently support PayPal for Partner Program payments.
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