Make a story eligible to earn money

 Who can use this feature?

You need to join the Medium Partner Program to be able to earn money from your writing. Learn more.

Publishing a new story to earn money

Desktop iOS & Android
  1. Once you’re done writing your story, click Publish.
  2. Make sure the checkbox Paywall your story is checked.
  3. Click Publish now to publish your story.

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

Making a published story eligible to earn money

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

Desktop iOS & Android
  1. Enter edit mode by visiting your story page, clicking the  three-dot button in the top-right corner, and choosing Edit story.
  2. In edit mode, click the  three-dot button in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. From the drop-menu, click Manage paywall setting.
  4. Select the option to make your story eligible to earn.
  5. Click Save. Your story is now eligible to earn money.

Common questions

How are earnings calculated?

When your stories are paywalled, they will begin to accrue earnings based on Medium member activity: reading, listening, claps, highlights, replies, and follows. Read more about different scenarios here.

What happens when I share my story on social media?
More readers can find your stories which means more reach and earnings. Right after publishing, we recommend sharing your story with your network. If they're not Medium members, you can send them a Friend Link: a special link you get for every story that allows anyone to bypass our paywall. Feel free to use that when sharing your story broadly. Members who read your story through the Friend Link will still contribute to your earnings. Learn how to use Friend Links. 
What happens when a member uses a Friend Link to read my writing?

If they're not Medium members, you can send them a Friend Link: a special link you get for every story that allows anyone to bypass our paywall. Feel free to use that when sharing your story broadly. When members read your story through the Friend Link, they will still contribute to your earnings. Learn how to use Friend Links

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

Yes, you can set your story to be eligible to earn 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.

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