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How To Earn Money On Skillshare

How To Earn Money On Skillshare

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Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

[Important update: see our new class, here, or blog post, here. Skillshare announced in December 2016 that they will switch from "premium enrollments" to "premium minutes"!]

There are many ways you can earn money on Skillshare, from premium enrollments to bonus payments and referral payments. It can be quite confusing to new teachers. This tutorial aims to help cut through the confusion and explain what's really going on! For more details, check out our Skillshare class on the subject. :-)

Premium enrollments

The main way teachers earn money on Skillshare is from the enrollment of premium members into their premium classes. Note, classes can either be "free" or "premium", and class teachers can even offer free enrollments into their premium classes! However, you only earn money for the premium member enrollments in your premium classes. Here's a breakdown...

Free classes.

  • Non-premium member enrollment: No income for the class teacher
  • Premium member enrollment: No income for the class teacher

Premium classes.

  • Non-premium member: Cannot enroll.
  • Free enrollment from teacher-generated "Free Enrollment Link": No income for the class teacher
  • Premium member: Generates income for the class teacher. (yay!)

How much is a premium enrollment worth?

The short answer is between $1 and $2.

The long answer is that Skillshare adds up all the premium member's fees for a month and splits it between teachers (50%) and Skillshare (50%). The teacher portion is then split between all the teachers according to what percentage of premium enrollments each teacher had in the month, across all their classes.

So, if "Teacher X" had 1% of all the premium enrollments in April, that teacher would earn 1% of the total amount paid to teachers.

Unfortunately, the precise amount each enrollment is worth can't be determined until after the month end, so there's no "running total" of how much a teacher has earned in a month inside their account. The best way to estimate earnings from premium enrollments is to count up how many you've had in a month and multiply by $1.5. Bear in mind that'll be a rough approximation!

How do you know who's a premium member?

They'll have a star after their name on their profile page.

Recent changes

The old Skillshare algorithm used to include the number of projects posted in your classes as part of your earnings, but this was removed according to an announcement in March 2016. I've also seen in the Terms Of Service that the total minutes spent watching your videos played a role in your earnings, but this is also no longer the case. Now, the only thing that contributes to your payment from the "Premium pool" is premium enrollments in your premium classes.

Before you can get paid

In order to earn money from Premium enrollments, you have to have published one class with at least 25 students. You cannot publish five classes, get five students in each class and have that count as 25 students. You have to get 25 students in just one class. However, they can be either premium or free enrollments. Once you've hit the target, you are eligible for the Skillshare Partner Program and can enter your Paypal address in your account settings. You're then ready to get paid! :-)

More ways to earn money

Another way to earn money on Skillshare is to refer new Premium members to Skillshare. You'll earn a payment of $10 for each new Premium member you sign up. Simply promote your class, via the class promotion link, or a "Free Enrollment Link" and if anyone you bring in to Skillshare signs up for a premium account, you'll earn $10. There are sometimes bonus payments on top for bringing in a specific number of new Premium members. For example, if you bring in 10 new Premium members in April, you earn a bonus $250 in addition to the referral fees.

Finally, you can earn a one-off bonus by creating a class as a new teacher if the class signs up 25 students (free or premium) in its first month. The normal bonus is $50, but sometimes there are additional incentives for classes in specific categories such as "Culinary" or "Design" which can be worth up to $250!

Learn more...


For more tips about how earning money on Skillshare works, including a look at how much other people earn and how much you could potentially make, take a look at our new Skillshare class... How To Earn Money On Skillshare! (Skillshare Teachers Crash Course)

Here's an early review about the class...

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and hope to see you in our classes soon!

Neil and Linda Shearing

Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

We are truly interested in helping you on Skillshare. Download our free "Unofficial Skillshare Success Blueprint" and get free links to our sixteen Skillshare marketing classes, a link to our 7.5-hour Skillshare course on Udemy, links to our two Skillshare Facebook Groups and a "Skillshare FAQ" with 33 questions and answers!  Since selling their first ebook online waaay back in 1997, Neil and Linda have enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO. As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!

Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

We are truly interested in helping you on Skillshare. Download our free "Unofficial Skillshare Success Blueprint" and get free links to our sixteen Skillshare marketing classes, a link to our 7.5-hour Skillshare course on Udemy, links to our two Skillshare Facebook Groups and a "Skillshare FAQ" with 33 questions and answers!  Since selling their first ebook online waaay back in 1997, Neil and Linda have enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO. As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!

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