When you get that email from us congratulating you on your first 25 students, we know you start to do the happy dance.
Not only does this mean that you’re now in the Partner Program (if it’s your first class) but it also means that your class can be found on the trending page! It is absolutely a worthy celebration, but you may be left wondering, “well, now what?”
Enrolling 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 eyeballs means more enrollments. 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 enrolling new students in your class. Don’t stop promoting just because you’ve reached your first milestone. In fact, now that your class can trend you should capitalize on this momentum to trend even higher by adding new student enrollments.
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.
With Skillshare’s focus on bite-sized learning, a class only needs to be 10-25 minutes long. This makes it easier to produce more classes more frequently! Check out some of our favorite bite-sized classes here.
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 enroll in your classes. It will also be easier to convince a blog or an influencer to promote your channel to their audience. Your enrollments, positive reviews and student 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.