RETRACTED — How to Monetize Your Comments on Medium and Why it Barely Pays

I made a mistake: turns out Medium does not allow monetization of responses.

KR Franklin
5 min readNov 17, 2020
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Many thanks go out to Nancy Lovering for correcting my mistake. She discovered the “Make this response a story” feature does not monetize Medium comments.

In my original story, I claimed you could monetize your comments by selecting that hidden feature before submitting. Upon further research, I confirmed Nancy’s findings and realized my error.

Source: Medium’s Help Center

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The “Make this response a story” feature simply allows you to write a more extended response/comment to a story. It does not qualify your comment for Medium’s Partner Program and thus earnings.

In my haste to share an insight, I forgot to cross my T’s and dot my I’s. For that, I apologize for the oversight and any confusion.

For more information, check out the Medium Help Center:



KR Franklin

Just a writer trying to make a dent in the universe, one typo at a time.