Linda, it all started when I found “How I analyzed a million Medium articles to learn how many claps great stories get.”

  • Assume Medium’s 20% cut (which I don’t begrudge them for creating and maintain a massive multi-user writing platform with the best formatting features I’ve seen online) and the total money pool for writers = $4,000,000
  • Subtract the money earned by the $100 earners and the total pool = $2,183,000
  • If we assume a normal distribution curve, where the bottom 80% earns 20% of the total money, that’s $800,000 and the remaining amount is $1,383,000
  • That leaves the segment between 81 and 92% who earn more than the bottom 80% but less than $100 per month. Assuming they make $25 per month, that’s about $700,000, decreasing the remaining pool to $683,000
  • Divide this pool by 9900 and you get the maximum number of writers who could possibly make $10,000 per month = 69

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