About the metered paywall

Readers on Medium who aren’t yet paying members may encounter a metered paywall, which is a key part of the system we are building for high-quality publishing at scale. By putting great stories behind our metered paywall — and helping readers find stories they care about — we’re able to pay the writers of those great stories. There are no ads on Medium, so our business is built on the value we provide readers through subscriptions. That means we can pay writers based on the quality of their stories to readers, not the attention they can attract for advertisers. In 2018, we paid nearly $5 million to writers. Read more on the Medium Model here.

Our editorial curators review every story that is recommended to readers on Medium to ensure its quality — and then our personalization system makes sure it’s relevant. And, virtually all of the stories that we distribute to readers — on the homepage, in the apps, in the email digest, and in other emails — are eligible to be part of the metered paywall.

To get unlimited access to the best of Medium, become a member for $5/month or $50/year. Non-members get a select number of free stories in their member preview, which replenishes on the first of each month.

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