One of the new eligibility requirements of the Partner Program is to have at least 100 followers. If you don’t have 100 followers, this guide is the best place to get started. If you’ve already reached 100 followers, these tips will help you grow your audience further.
This requirement eliminates a big appeal of choosing to write on Medium over another platform. I chose to write on Medium in order to tap into an already-existing audience for technical topics. I don't care about building my own audience. I simply want to write, have my writing discovered by the right people, and be compensated for it right away.
That said, after my first viral article last year, I did hit the 100 follower threshold. The sad thing is that had this requirement been in place when I published said article, I wouldn't have been eligible for a large chunk of earnings from my own IP.
Basically, this requirement means that new writers must pay a "cost" of foregone earnings in order to gain enough followers to be part of the MPP. The requirement is essentially asking people to write/work for free to join the MPP!