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.

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