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Improving how we calculate writer earnings

In Medium’s Partner Program, writers earn daily through a new model to reward quality writing

  1. We will include reading time from non-members too, once they become members.
    If a reader finds your story and subscribes to Medium in the next 30 days, you’ll earn for their reading time.
  2. Your earnings will be updated daily, not weekly.
    We heard your feedback that it’s confusing to only see your earnings as a weekly sum. In order to minimize your time spent cross-referencing your calendar, we’ll calculate and update your earnings daily. We will still send payments once per month, which you can track via your Partner Program earnings dashboard.
  3. Your story stats will show new metrics to explain your earnings.
    We will be clearer about when your readers’ views do and do not contribute to your earnings, so you understand where your earnings come from. Along with a set of upgrades to your story stats page, we’ll now show your story’s daily member reading time — a new metric that directly contributes to your earnings.

How we calculate your story’s earnings

From the start, our goal with the Medium Partner Program has been to reward the quality stories that resonate with readers.

1. How long members spend reading your story.

As Medium members spend more time reading your story (“member reading time”), you will earn more.

2. How much of their monthly reading time members spend on your story.

By calculating a share of member reading time, we support authors who write about unique topics and connect with loyal readers. For example, if last month a member spent 10% of their monthly reading time on your story, you will receive 10% of their share (a portion of their subscription fee).

Reading time

Reading time is the time that someone spends actively reading your story. As a user reads, we measure their scrolls and take care to differentiate between short pauses (like lingering over a particularly great passage) and longer breaks (like stepping away to grab a cup of coffee). Reading time incorporates signal from your readers without hurdles. You don’t need to ask your readers to remember to clap, or click, or do anything other than read.

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