Medium offers a $5 per month membership, this allows you to read stories on the platform with no limit. If you aren’t a member, you can only read a limited amount of stories each month. So theoretically, you can write for Medium and not be a member. I tried this at first, but I found that the stories written by other writers, especially those that offered tips, were valuable and I decided to become a member.
It’s a personal preference, Medium doesn’t force its membership on its writers. Yet, one of the biggest perks of being on Medium is connecting with other writers. I have found reading stories on Medium to be one of the most helpful things in learning the platform.
Medium partner program
This program is how you become eligible to earn money on Medium. By joining the program your stories are eligible to earn money. You will need 100 followers and to have published at least one story.
You do not have to be a medium member (have enrolled in the $5 per month membership) to join the partner program or write on Medium.
As I mentioned, you will need 100 followers to become eligible for the partner program. This is an easy one, the more people you follow, the more followers you will gain. Make it your habit to follow a few new people each day. Take the time to read some stories, if you like them give them a follow. It’s one of the easiest ways to connect and show support.
When someone is your follower they will see the stories you publish, it opens the door for more views for your stories.
Comments on Other Members’ Stories
I’ve been posting lots of comments on other members’ stories. I didn’t only leave a comment, but I actually read the story first.
Also, I left long comments. So, I didn’t write “Thank you, great post”. Why would people want to follow you based on such a generic comment? When you write a comment that adds value to the post, people who read your comment are more likely to follow you.
The comments work the same way as your stories. When you write something that adds value to your readers, they start following you.
The Follow for Follow Method
Of course, there are other things you can do to get followers fast. For example, you can follow other members hoping they follow you back. I didn’t do that. I did follow other members, but only those who interested me. So, I didn’t follow lots of random members to get them to follow me.