Medium Partner Program: How to Make Easy Money Writing on Medium, 2 Ways

By: | July 15, 2021 | Tags: , ,

Are you interested in making money through the Medium Partner Program?

This guide offers ways for you to make money through Medium, the content curation site, by joining the Medium Partner Program.

I have been writing on Medium through the Medium Partner Program for months.

Even if I only made a few cents, thousands of writers are using the Medium Partner Program, so I feel it must be beneficial.

This guide shares empirical evidence in the form of screenshots as well as anecdotal evidence from other bloggers who are writing on Medium.

By the time you are done reading, you will be able to decide if writing on Medium and participating in the Medium Partner Program are for you.

Let’s dive in and learn how to make money with the Medium partner program.

Advantages of Writing on Medium

Here are the advantages of writing on Medium:

  • You don’t have to deal with SEO.
  • Help is available when you need assistance.
  • Writing on Medium saves time.
  • Writing on Medium generates website traffic.
  • Writing on Medium helps you build an online community.

You can link to your posts on Medium. This link-building strategy boosts your SEO.

Also, you don’t need to worry about SEO methods or plugins that you need on your own site to rank well.

Note: Make sure you don’t insert too many links to your blog. You don’t want to risk being called a “spammer” by Medium.

Help is Available

To help you succeed in the Medium Partner Program, Medium has groups on Facebook and Quora.

Strong ROI

Does writing on Medium have to be original? No.

You can repurpose your blog posts on Medium, so you don’t have to come up with new content.

When you are writing on Medium, do you need to be worried about being accused of incremental plagiarism? No. Google doesn’t care about duplicate content.

However, you do have to fear being called a spammer.

Interview with Larry Kim

I interviewed Mobile Monkey’s Larry Kim about the advantages of writing on Medium. At the time of this writing, Larry has 209,000 followers on Medium.

Larry reported,

“Medium is an underrated publishing platform which gives us lots of referral traffic to our site.”

Advantages of Writing on Medium in a Group Publication

How Writing on Medium in a Group Works

Did you know there are publications within the Medium publication?

I was unaware until some blogging friends asked me to write on Medium along with them.

Writing on Medium in a group takes one step more than when you spend time writing on Medium outside of a group publication.

When you publish to a Medium publication, you need approval from the group administrator.

There is a lag time between the time you publish to the group publication and the time you see it published and receive notification your post is published.

The reason is the administrator needs time to read and approve your request.

writing on Medium

Medium notifies you when the administrator of the group accepts your post into the publication.

Networking Opportunities

When you write together, you give each other support that results in increased visibility.

For instance, you “clap” for each other’s posts. The more claps, the more visibility Medium gives your writing.

The Bloggers is a publication within Medium. According to The Bloggers administrator, Dexter Roona,

“The more content that goes up regularly should mean that it’s noticed by the algorithm.

I read somewhere that a new post that gets 20 claps gets shown a lot, so with a group of writers clapping for each other we have a start.”

Also, you can link to each other’s blog posts.

Blogging in groups has many advantages over blogging alone as you can see.

Disadvantages of Writing on Medium in a Group Publication

I am a member of the Bloggers, a group publication.

As you can see from the screenshot, at the time of this writing on May 1, there hasn’t been a contribution to the group publication since April 18, and that was my article. In fact, I submitted two of the last four submissions.

Since the group that I participate in when I am writing on Medium is not active, I am discouraged from being active. Low activity on my part in the Medium Partner Program leads to a low payout when Medium pays me.

This is an example of an email Medium sends you:

medium partner program writing on medium

As you see, I earned funds from the Medium Partner Program in March. However, the funds, a mere 71 cents, are low.

The head of the publication requires a minimum of 500 words and an image. Is that worth .71 cents? I like to think my time is worth more. Do you agree or am I being a diva?

In order to compare, I published more writing on Medium outside of the group publication.

Look at the results:

medium partner program

As you can see from the screenshot, my payout was $1.22.

Advantages to Writing on Medium in the Partner Program

How Writing on Medium in the Partner Program Works

When you join the Medium Partner Program, you have a chance to make money.

Medium charges subscribers $5.00 a month. However, you pay nothing. Joining the Medium Partner Program is free.

You’re paid a percentage of that $5 a month fee that each one of your readers who are Medium members pays. You are paid based on how long they spend with your post.

Medium puts money into your Stripe account. If you don’t have a Stripe account, you’ll need to set one up and enter your taxpayer information.

You can only write behind Medium’s paywall if you live in a country that allows you to have a Stripe account.

To help you succeed in the Medium Partner Program, Medium has a Medium Facebook Academy Facebook group.

In addition, Quora has a Quora Space devoted to the Medium Partner Program.

Also, the Medium Partner Program sends you their newsletter full of articles.

 Medium Partner Program
Medium Partner Program

Strategy to Make Money in the Medium Partner Program

How to make money with the Medium Partner Program Strategy 1:

A Quora user offered a strategy to make more money in the Medium Partner Program when you are writing on Medium.

The writer, Amber Blaze, shared how to make more money: The longer your article, the more Medium pays you.

How to make money with the Medium Partner Program Strategy 2:

Better Marketing Pub recommends a different strategy: “Publish at least two articles a day at varying times in varying [big] publications.”

The author, Jamie Logie, explains he makes $58 for every thousand views of each article he writes with the Medium Partner Program.

Disadvantages of Writing in the Medium Partner Program

Medium partner program

As you see from the screenshot, a Medium user struggled getting verified with Stripe, the money transfer service Medium uses to pay you.

Medium Partner Program Frequently Asked Questions

Can Anyone Join the Medium Partner Program?

Yes. Anyone can join, but you need a Stripe account to collect the funds.

Is the Medium Partner Program Free?

Yes. the Medium Partner Program is free to join. You need a Stripe account to join the Medium Partner Program, but getting a Stripe account is also free.

Wrapping Up: The Advantages of Writing on Medium

In closing, this post guide shared two methods to making money in the Medium Partner Program:

  • Write twice a day and contribute to big publications inside of Medium.
  • Write longer articles so people spend more time interacting with your content.

As you saw, I gave a negative review of writing for the Medium Partner Program:

  • Participation by members dried up.
  • The pay is low.
  • I don’t receive ROI (Return on Time Invested) for my efforts.

However, is writing on Medium worth my time? Yes.

Medium has a high user base. All those people wouldn’t be writing on Medium unless they discovered the activity is worth their time.

Also, I have friends on Medium and enjoy networking with them.

Next, Medium has SEO potential.

Finally, writing away from my blog has benefits such as I’m not restricted to my content niche.

Please share so other writers discover the benefits when you write on Medium.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Do you know any additional advantages when you write on Medium? Do you write as part of the Medium Partner Program? If so, do you recommend joining?

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  1. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I joined the MPP in February 2019. At the time I joined I had several other blogging commitments, and I was trying to split my efforts. I’ve always made enough to cover my membership fee and more but I don’t have time to keep up with my own blogs. None of those made much money, and I make more through the MPP. Last month when I actually did post 30 posts in 30 days, I almost reached $50 in earnings and then my actual Stripe payment included an additional $50 bonus. That was my highest month ever. So far this month I’ve made only $10.07 with 16 days left to go. So far I’ve only published six stories this month. I have a total of 148 stories published there total.

    I normally publish in group publications, but last month finally started my own for some of my own niche work. I would advise anyone who is considering submitting to a publication to check it out first and make sure you like most of what you see already there and then check how recently the publication has accepted new work.

    I love how easy it is to post on Medium. I love the networking, especially between writers in the same publications. I love not being limited to a single niche. I’m anxiously awaiting the changes that will be announce for the MPP next month.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Barb,
      Great to see you here! I love seeing you over at Medium. I know you’re active there.
      Regarding your advice to check out a group publication before you join one: I agree this is an important tip. As my post reports, I felt disappointed that the publication I joined became so inactive despite early promising potential.
      I had not heard about Medium’s upcoming changes. I’ll look forward to learning about them.
      Thanks for commenting and sharing your insights and your experience.

  2. Enstine Muki

    Hi Janice,
    A couple of hours ago before I got notification of your post to my inbox, I was actually checking out this monetizing option on medium. Sadly, it’s not available for my country at the moment.

    I’m hoping it gets enabled in the few months or year ahead


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Enstine,
      I don’t recall what country you are in. May I ask so people from your country are aware they are not eligible for this?
      Thanks and thanks for commenting. I hope you are able to participate one day as well.

      • Enstine Muki

        Hey Janice,
        I’m in Cameroon in Central Africa.
        Our official languages are French and English


        • Janice Wald

          Hi thank you for answering my question. That is a shame about the program that you can’t participate.

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