What Are We Getting Paid For On Medium?

I have heard every theory under the sun.

Grace Bianco


By Grace K. Bianco

On here, we write what we want, and in return, we make a mysterious few cents or a couple of hundred dollars.

If you thought this blog was going to answer the title’s question, I am sorry to inform you that I have no idea what the answer is. Although I cannot answer it, I can list out every theory I have heard (or at least the ones I can remember).

For the longest time, I thought we were paid based off of how many hours of reading time our post got. It didn’t matter where the reads came from as long as they read the whole thing.

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Then, I read an article ages ago that mentioned external vs. internal views. The writer claimed that external views meant nothing, and we didn’t get paid for those. We are paid based off of how many internal views we get.

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I have seen a couple of posts claim that it is based off of how many Medium members read our post. Meaning a non member reading our post is worthless.

Another person told me that they had heard that shorter posts (1 minute or less) don’t get paid. In a way, that supports my theory of getting paid based off of reading time.

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I know for a fact that’s not all of the theories I have read, but those are the ones I can actually remember. Another theory that seemed to debunk itself was that Medium used to pay based off of claps, but according to the one who made the claim, they took that away.

So, the question is: Is one or more of these theories right?

Either way, I am thankful Medium pays us at all. YouTube and Tiktok’s pay are based off of views, but you barely make anything. It’s like for every 1,000 views you get a half of a penny. On here, we write what we want, and in return, we make a mysterious few cents or a couple of hundred dollars. Other blogging platforms definitely aren’t making it as easy either.


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Grace Bianco

I am the author of “Party Pooper: Growing up with Anxiety.” I love oversharing my life. I talk about my faith, marriage, mental health, & everything in between.