What Is The Grey Star At The Top Of Some Stories On Medium?

What Is The Grey Star At The Top Of Some Stories On Medium?? By Natalia Golenkova
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What Does The Little Grey Star At The Top Of The Stories On Medium Mean?

The Good The Bad & The Ugly About The Little Grey Star

The Good.

The Bad.

The Ugly?

How To Remove The Grey Star Form Yur Post On Medium?

  1. Enter edit mode by visiting your post page, clicking the three-dot button in the top-right corner, and choosing Edit story.
  2. In edit mode, click the three-dot button in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. From the drop menu, click Manage meter setting.
  4. Uncheck the Meter my story, so it is eligible to earn money checkbox.
  5. Click Save. Your post is no longer behind the metered paywall.

Medium Earnings Basics

Basics Of Earnings on Medium
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  1. Only internal views count, so your earnings go down if your external views are high.
  2. Not the views that count; it's the reading time. More precisely, the member reading time. You get paid when a Medium member reads your story.
  3. Reading is calculated by time spent on the post and scrolling actions, e.g., the scroll of the reader.
  4. Claps and engagement are not taken into account for the earnings anymore. It was easy to hack the system; that's why Medium stepped away from relying on claps.


  1. It is gratifying. It is lovely to get feedback and see the impact of your writing. In addition, medium publications rank pretty high in Google search results (SERP). So, if you need mentions about your personal brand or your writing — it was the right starting point.
  2. 2. It is addictive. You can find yourself investing more time here on Medium for peanuts than investing your time in other projects, which are much more lucrative! Also, it is kind of addictive to share your thoughts and choose your subjects.

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Natalia Golenkova, M.M 🏆

A Nocturnal 🌒 Writer & Diurnal ☀️ Digital Advisor. New Jerseyan, Skier, Scuba-diver & Tea-lover. I Write About Digital Marketing, Addiction & Mental Health ⭐