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.
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.
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.
Medium notifies you when the administrator of the group accepts your post into the publication.
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:
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:
As you can see from the screenshot, my payout was $1.22.
Advantages of Writing on Medium in the Partner Program
What is the Medium Partner Program?
Updated Information August 2021
To be a member of the Medium Partner Program, you need at least 100 followers. Facebook engagement groups will help you generate followers as well as readership so you can boost your income.
Beginning in August 2021, the Medium Partner Program offers new ways to monetize. For instance, the Medium Partner Program now offers a referral program. If you can get a new member of Medium Premium, you get half their membership fee.
The Medium Partner Program is also called “The Medium Partnership Program.”
Content creators who write on Medium can make money if they join the Medium Partner Program. Applying to join the program is easy.
You need to give tax information. When you make money through the Medium Partner Program, money earned is subject to taxes. You need a Stripe account to join.
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.
UPDATE After joining this additional group devoted to the Medium Partner Program on Quora, I received many new followers on Medium.
Also, the Medium Partner Program sends you their newsletter full of articles.
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
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?
Like Medium, Steemit is a content syndication site that pays creators. Here you will find how to make money on Steemit.
Janice Wald is the founder of MostlyBlogging.com. She is an ebook author, blogger, blogging coach, blogging judge, freelance writer, and speaker. She was nominated as the 2021 and 2019 Best Internet Marketer by the Infinity Blog Awards and in 2017 as the Most Informative Blogger by the London Bloggers Bash. She’s been featured on Small Business Trends, the Huffington Post, and Lifehack.