Contact Support

Medium Partner Program FAQ

With Medium’s Partner Program, it’s easy to earn money for creating and sharing stories right on our platform.

 Writers are paid based on how Medium members engage with their work. You can learn more below.

I want to earn money writing on Medium!

Great! We want Medium to be a place where quality writing is rewarded. Get started and join the Partner Program.

But, can I still write for free?

Of course. You can still write and share stories without choosing to earn money.

Do I have to be a subscribing member to participate in the Partner Program?

No, you don’t have to be a paying Medium member to join the Partner Program and earn money for your writing.

Do I need to be invited to the Partner Program?

No, the Partner Program is open to anyone who wants to join.

Is there a monthly limit on how many stories can earn money?

No, you can earn money from anything you publish. Let your imagination run wild.

Can I earn money from previously published stories?

Yes —you can edit a post directly in the editor to earn money from any previously published story, but previous member engagement won’t count towards your earnings.

Are Series eligible to earn money with the Partner Program?

Unfortunately, Series aren’t currently eligible to earn money.

Will choosing to earn money on a story limit my audience?

When you publish on Medium, we want your ideas to spread. When you set a story to be eligible for payment, everyone can still read your work, including:

  1. All subscribing members, as part of their membership plan.
  2. Non-members, who can read a select number of free stories every month.

 That way, you’ll still be paid based on how members engage with your work, and more people can get a taste of the smart thinking and quality writing you put out there.

What happens when I share my story on social media?

The more you share, the more your story spreads. Medium readers who aren’t subscribers yet can read a select number of free stories every month.

Do I still need to promote stories that earn money on social media?

Sure! Remember, all subscribing Medium members (and readers with access to a select number of free stories every month) can read your work no matter how they find it. Promoting your stories on social media can help you find more readers.

If I become a member, will my posts perform better on Medium?

No. Being a Medium member doesn’t influence how any work is published or featured through the Partner Program.

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.

How does clapping and applause work?

Clapping is a way readers can show appreciation for a Medium story and recommend it to their followers. The more they like something, the more they can clap.

 Clapping plays a role in determining how much you can earn per story. When members clap for a story, a portion of their $5 monthly membership will be paid to the author.

Learn more about clapping.

How do I get paid as a Partner?

We’ve chosen Stripe as our trusted and secure payment partner. To get paid as an individual from the Partner Program, you’ll need to register with a U.S. bank account. To get paid as a business, you’ll need to register in a country supported by Stripe (see supported countries).

Do you support PayPal?

Unfortunately, we don’t currently support PayPal for Partner Program payments.

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.

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.

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 content guidelines and Partner Program terms you can review.

Can I earn money for my stories when they’re in a publication?

You will soon be able to include Partner Program posts in publications. You can read more here. 

Can my publication participate in Partner Program?

If you’re a high-quality publisher that owns the content in the publication and you are interested in working with us, fill out this form and we’ll reach out to you. To join the Partner Program as a publication, you are required to certify that you own 100% of the content in your publication, and either pay the writer(s) directly or otherwise obtain the rights to the content.

Have more questions? Submit a Request