About the Medium Partner Program

The Medium Partner Program allows writers to earn money for the content they publish on Medium based on engagement from Medium members.

Stories set as eligible to earn money in the Medium Partner Program are put behind the metered paywall, and can be read by those who have a Medium subscription, as well as those readers who have free reads on their account. Moreover, you can also share a Friend Link that guarantees that your friends, family, and fans have free access to their stories.

How to earn money on Medium


  1. Enroll to the Medium Partner Program
    To join the Medium Partner Program, all you need to do is to link your Medium account with your bank account or debit card via Stripe. You can learn more about the process in this article.
  2. Make your stories eligible for the metered paywall
    When you’re ready, write your story, and set it as eligible for revenue. You also put your already published stories behind the metered paywall to start earning.
  3. Submit your story for curator review
    When you make your post eligible for the metered paywall, you are also submitting it for curator review. If a story meets Medium Curation Guidelines, a curator will recommend it to readers interested in relevant topics across Medium.com, our app, and email digests. You can learn more here.
  4. Earn money based on member engagement
    Partner Program writers are paid every month based on how members engage with their stories. Some factors include reading time (how long members spend reading a story) and applause (how much members clap). Each member’s subscription fee is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month. You can check your payment estimates in your Partner Program dashboard.

Common questions


Do I have to be a Medium member to participate?
No, you don’t have to be a paying Medium member to join the Partner Program and earn money for your writing. Being a Medium member doesn’t influence how any work is published or featured through the Partner Program.
Can I still write without earning on my stories?

Yes. You can make this selection when you publish your story, for each story that you write. You can learn more here.

Are there any content guidelines for publishing in the Partner Program?
It’s important that Medium is a place and a platform for quality thinking—and writing. To ensure the best reader experience possible, we’ve created some Curation Guidelines and Partner Program terms you can review.
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