Make a post eligible for curation

Posts that are eligible to be part of the metered paywall are also eligible for wider distribution on Medium (via Medium curators) as well as monetary earnings, via the Medium Partner Program.

Making a new post eligible for curation


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  1. When you're ready to publish your draft, click Ready to publish?
  2. In the Publish menu, select the option to allow curators to review your story.
  3. Click Publish now to publish your story.

Adding a published post to the metered paywall


Follow the steps below to add your post from Medium’s paywall.

  1. Enter edit mode by visiting your post page, clicking the  button in the top-right corner and choosing Edit story.
  2. In edit mode, click the  menu icon in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. From the drop-menu, click Manage distribution setting.
  4. Check the Allow curators to recommend my story to interested readers box.
  5. Click Save. Your post is now eligible to be part of the metered paywall.

Note: This feature is not yet supported on mobile apps.

What happens next?


  • Your story will be eligible for review by Medium curators. If your story is selected, it will be added to one or more topics on Medium and recommended to readers interested in those topics on our homepage, in our app, and in our Digest email, through our metered paywall.
  • If you are in the Medium Partner Program, your story will immediately be eligible to earn money based on engagement from Medium members. Learn more about earning money in the Partner Program.

Common questions


How will I know if my story has been selected by curators?

You can find your story’s curation and distribution status on the story stats page. You will see at the top of the page whether your story has been reviewed and selected for distribution (and in what topics). To visit your story stats page, go your writer stats page and click “Details” for a particular story.

We’ll also email you every time a story is selected for distribution in a topic — make sure to have the email setting enabled for “Notifications on my stories” to receive the emails. If your story is not selected, you will not receive a notification beyond the updated status on your story stats page.

What happens if my story is not selected by curators?

Stories that are not selected by the curators will not be recommended to readers based on their topic interests. Readers who follow you on Medium will still see your story in their “New From Your Network” section.

If you are not in the Medium Partner Program, and your story is not selected, then it will not be part of the metered paywall.

If you are in the Medium Partner Program, and your story is not selected, then it will still be part of the metered paywall given that the story will still be eligible to earn money from member engagement.

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