About Medium's distribution system

When publishing content on Medium, you can choose to make them eligible for curator review and distribution behind Medium's paywall.

  • If you make your story eligible for curator review, our curators will be able to review it. If they find that it meets our Curation Guidelines, they will recommend it to readers in the feed on our home page, on the relevant topic pages, in our Daily Digest, and in our apps.
    When that happens, the story will also become part of Medium’s paywall. Additionally, you will be able to share a Friend Link with an unlimited number of friends or followers to let them bypass the paywall and read your content for free.
  • If you opt-out of distribution on Medium, your story will not be eligible for curator review. This means it will not be recommended to readers on Medium outside of your existing followers. It will also not become part of our paywall, which means all visitors will be able to read it without any restrictions.

Regardless of the distribution setting, all stories you publish on Medium are displayed on your profile page, distributed to your existing followers, and discoverable by search engines (such as Google) and Medium's on-site search. Additionally, if you join the Medium Partner Program, you can earn money from your stories behind the paywall based on engagement from Medium members.

Curation at Medium


Stories published on Medium are reviewed by the curation team — real live humans — who apply our best practices and standards to every story review. Curators come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide array of interests and expertise, from writing to teaching to industry.

Curators are looking for thoughtful, clearly written pieces that tell a compelling story, convey an interesting idea, or share a smart point of view. These can take many forms — we don’t have a specific mold we’re looking to fill. We explicitly do not want to distribute misinformation, stories with clickbait headlines, stories that are primarily marketing a product or service, stories that use photos that the author doesn’t have the rights to use, or stories with excessive typos and errors.

Please read our Curation Guidelines for more information.

Making a story eligible for distribution


You can learn how to make your new or already published story as eligible for curator review and distribution in this article

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