I did a year-long observation on this.
When I joined this platform last year, I was also one of those aspiring writers who thought they would write without being a member. I just wanted to know much I could earn from this site.
So in my first 5 months, I just survived on 3 stories a month. This was frustrating sometimes as there were a lot of topics and discussions I wanted to know more about, I had to save them aside and wait for my free stories.
What happened to my earnings? I earned around $3 in those 5 months altogether. Even though I believe I was a beginner, my articles weren’t worthy of getting a lot at that time and I was struggling to get views but I thought let’s give this membership a try.
In the 6th month, I paid my membership fee. (which is only $5)
Instantly, I felt so good, the freedom of reading every article when there’s no limit on how much can we read a month. So many creative minds share their ideas and life lessons.
For the ones concerned about earnings, I earned $70 the month I became a member but it’s not primarily because I “paid” for the membership.
Medium doesn’t favor the members more than the non-paying ones. But being a member gives a writer more benefits than a non-paying writer.
When you become a member:
- You get to read more about what’s trending. you get ideas from it.
- You build an audience faster because you engage with others’ stories.
- The membership fee is economical.
These benefits made me earn more and explore new ideas that will work here.
There’s still the possibility that non-members can earn more than the members just like most of the top writers here do but as a writer’s community member I believe it’s like appreciating each other’s work and the platform’s initiative by paying a small amount of fee to them.
I have earned more than $600 till now, reading, getting inspired, and writing here.
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