Medium Paid Me HOW Much?!?

David Koff
7 min readNov 20, 2022

The Secret to Tracking How Much You’ve Earned on Every Medium Article

Does anyone remember this series?!

My History on Medium

I joined Medium early on. So early, in fact, that Medium actually hired me to write content for them when they were launching the platform. It was decent money and — even better — I was getting paid to do what I loved doing. Best of all, as an early writer on the platform, I got a lot of views and feedback from readers. I also got to work with all-star editors like Stephanie Georgopulos and others.


After delivering ten articles about digital privacy and security — a series that I named “The Firewall” — I’d fulfilled my contract and Medium stopped paying me. That was the bad news. The good news? They soon launched the Partner Program and recommended that I sign up. I was 100% skeptical of that recommendation but followed the advice anyway.

I’m 100% glad that I did.

It’s All About the Benjamins

I like writing. I do. I do it every day because of how much I like it. But to earn money writing…? That was a dream come true. Someone — in this case all of my readers — was going to pay me to do something that I already liked enough to do for free.

A win-win. Literally. Or, better put: literarily. (See what I did there?!?)

Thanks to the Partner Program, I not only continued to earn money from my writing on Medium, but some months I actually earned more than I had when Medium was paying me. Neato!

That’s no longer the case, but for a good reason: during the past 24 months, I’ve focused on launching my technology newsletter “Tech Talk” and not so much on my Medium brand.

Ironically, it was only when I began developing Tech Talk that I discovered a secret about how Medium tracks its authors’ work.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, please bring your seats to the upright position and place your trays in the seatback in front of you. It’s time to peel back the privacy curtain from the first-class cabin and share what I’ve just learned…

The Data & The Discovery

David Koff

I’m a tech writer who focuses on digital privacy & security. Subscribe to my easy-to-read tech newsletter to learn more!