Stories that are not part of the metered paywall

Once you’ve published a story, you may see a message like this at the top of your published post:

This article addresses frequently asked questions about stories that are not part of the paywall.

Why is my story not part of the metered paywall?

Stories become eligible to be part of the metered paywall if the writer selects that option in each story’s distribution setting. Medium will never meter a story without the writer’s permission.

During the publish flow, you have the opportunity to check the box to be eligible for curation review and distribution. Checking this box means that your story is eligible to be shared as part of Medium’s metered paywall.

If you do not check the box, your story will not be distributed by curators or be part of the metered paywall.

Stories that were published prior to the introduction of the publish flow checkbox are not metered, except those published through the Medium Partner Program or commissioned by our Editorial team.

What are the benefits of being part of the paywall?

Stories that are part of the paywall become eligible for distribution to Medium readers through topics, which power recommendations on Medium on our home page, on our topic pages, in our Daily Digest and in our apps. Stories are also eligible to earn money, for writers who are part of the Medium Partner Program.

Stories that are not part of the paywall will only be distributed to your followers, and are not eligible to earn money.

How can I make my story eligible to be part of the metered paywall?

From the story editor, open the “...” menu, select the distribution setting option, and check the box - your story will become part of the metered paywall. If you are in the Medium Partner Program, then your story will now be eligible to earn money.

Will curators review my story if I make my story eligible to be part of the metered paywall?

Curators prioritize reviewing stories that were marked for distribution at the time of publishing. Therefore, it is unlikely - but not impossible - that stories that are not initially marked for distribution will be reviewed if you change the setting after the fact.

Will I earn money if my story is not part of the metered paywall?

No. Only stories that are part of the metered paywall are eligible for earnings through the Medium Partner Program.

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