Earn money in the Partner Program

Once you join the Medium Partner Program, you can make your stories eligible to earn money.

Publishing a new story to earn money

  1. Once you’re done writing your story, click Ready to publish?
  2. You’ll see the option to make your story eligible to earn money and to allow our curators to review it. Keep that box checked, and your story will immediately be eligible to start earning money as part of Medium’s metered paywall.
  3. Click Publish now to publish your post.

That’s it! You’ll automatically be paid every month based on reading time and applause from members, and you can track your progress every week in your Partner Dashboard.

Making a published story eligible to earn money

Follow the steps below to add your published post to Medium’s paywall.

  1. Enter edit mode by visiting your post page, clicking the  button in the top-right corner and choosing Edit story.
  2. In edit mode, click the  menu icon in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. From the drop-menu, click Manage distribution setting.
  4. Check the Allow curators to recommend my story to interested readers box.
  5. Click Save. Your post is now eligible to earn money.

Note: This feature is not yet supported on mobile apps.

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

The vast majority of people will be able to read your story for free even if it is part of the metered paywall. Any Medium reader who is either a member or has not yet read their allotment of free stories for the month will access your story completely free (and without ads). Over 90 million people read Medium per month, and the overwhelming majority never reach their monthly limit.

You can also guarantee that the people you care about will not encounter the paywall on your story by sharing a Friend Link. You’ll get a personalized Friend Link when you publish your story, and you can always find that link on your story page when you are signed into your account on Medium. You can share your Friend Link with, well, friends — on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or anywhere else — to make sure they can always read your story.

Additionally, the only way for your story to be distributed by Medium is to enable earnings and curator review.

What happens when I share my story on social media?
The more you share, the more your story spreads. You can share your Friend Link on social media to ensure that the people you care about will not encounter the paywall on your story.
Can I earn money for my stories when they’re in a publication?
Yes. You can set your story to be eligible to earn money and also include it in a Medium publication. You will earn money through the Partner Program through the normal process and will receive all of the earnings.
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.
Is there a monthly limit on how many stories can earn money?

No, you can earn money from any stories you publish and that you set to be eligible for earning.

Can I earn money from previously published stories?

Yes — you can change your earnings and distribution decision after you publish the story. Simply go back into the story editor and change your earnings and distribution selection via the “...” menu. However, previous member engagement won’t count towards your earnings.

To enable your earnings and distribution setting — From the story editor, open the “...” menu, select the distribution setting option, and check the box. Your story will now be eligible to earn money.

Are Series eligible to earn money with the Partner Program?
Unfortunately, Series aren’t currently eligible to earn money.
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