When you get that email from us congratulating you on your first 25 students, we know you start to do the happy dance.
25 students is the first of many milestones that track your success on Skillshare. Below are a few things you can do so you can soon celebrate your 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 student milestones!
Promote Your Class
Marketing your Skillshare class is important, quite simply because more promotion means more students watching your class. The more places you share your class, the more new students you can attract.
There are a ton of ways to promote your class. There is the the tried and true tactic, like posting your class referral link on your social media accounts. And there are the more unconventional methods, like asking blogs to share your class or posting in online forums. For more tips on marketing your class and building your following on Skillshare, check out this helpful Teacher Handbook article.
However you decide to market, your ultimate goal is to keep new students watching your class. Don’t stop promoting just because you’ve reached your first milestone.
Teach More Classes
To reach more student milestones, your next step is to teach more classes, or as we like to say, build your “Skillshare Channel.” The idea of a channel is similar to a television channel. For example, you know that when you tune into the Discovery channel, you’ll always find new, exciting shows on the great outdoors, and that’s what continually brings you back (if you’re an animal lover, of course). Building a channel of classes on Skillshare around a core theme or concept is the best way to keep your students coming back for more and continue attracting a wider audience.
Take for example Skillshare teacher, Helen Bradley: she teaches a new class every week and has amassed a student following of over 6,000!
Market Your Channel
As you grow your channel and teach more classes, you begin to establish yourself on Skillshare. Once you have more than three classes and over 1,000 student followers, it will become even easier to encourage external communities to sign up for a Skillshare membership to watch your classes. It will also be easier to convince a blog or an influencer to promote your channel to their audience. Your students, positive reviews and projects give you the clout you need to reach wider audience — making marketing not just easier, but more impactful.
For more tips and ideas on how to get the word out about your class and how to build and market your channel, head to the Teacher Handbook.
Success doesn’t end at 25 students, it’s just the beginning. The key to achieving even more celebratory milestones is to invest in teaching more and explore different ways to promote your class(es) to communities outside of Skillshare.