Medium’s Unsustainable Compensation Model

A very short rant


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I have always liked Medium and the ease of writing articles and publishing them on Medium. And, at least in the beginning, I didn’t mind the low compensation.

Here are three of my best performing articles, the number of readers, and the month and year they were published.

Sept 2021 — 2.7K readers; lifetime earnings: $232.00

June 2022 — 2.7K readers; lifetime earnings: $130.00

March 2023 — 3.4K readers; lifetime earnings: $3.82

Do you notice a trend or pattern emerging? I definitely do.

For those who don’t see it, note the decimal point position.

Yes, I am aware that Medium has a bunch of cool ways of describing how they determine earnings, but the proof is in the three examples above. See for yourself.



Erik Blair

Writer, technologist, web dev, consultant, loves travel