I’ve been a student, teacher, and affiliate for Skillshare for a long time now (well, since August 2015, which feels like a long time in Internet years! 😋) And while I’ve mainly done #4 on this list, I thought I’d share some other ways I’ve used to make money with the Skillshare affiliate program, so that you can use them on your own blog.
Before I share ways to make money with the Skillshare affiliate program, I want to point something out that is not totally unique to Skillshare’s affiliate program, but it may be something you’ve never come across before.
Here’s the thing: you can sign up for Skillshare’s affiliate program in a variety of ways.
If you’re a student and/or a teacher on the platform, you simply grab referral URL’s for individual classes and share those. (Like here’s a link to my class, Affiliate Marketing Side Hustle: A New Entrepreneur’s Guide which I just grabbed under the “share” button on that page.)
If you don’t want to share a specific class, you can get a general link under your profile image (click on the image and scroll down to “refer a friend” and you’ll find your link there.) Either way: For every person who signs up for the free trail, you earn $10.
But if you go to Skillshare’s affiliate program page (at www.skillshare.com/affiliates) it says you earn $10 per referral, but if you click the “join for free” button, it sends you to their affiliate network (Impact) which states you earn $7 per referral. (So you obviously don’t want to do that!)
But actually, Skillshare is in several affiliate networks. This isn’t super common, but it’s not unheard of, either. Other big brands (like Target, etc.) also do the same thing.
So if you sign up for Skillshare’s affiliate program through the FlexOffers affiliate network, you actually get $12 per referral. So if you have no plans to be either a student or, more importantly a teacher on the platform, I’d suggest signing up via FlexOffers.
Now that we have THAT out of the way… let’s get to it!
4 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WITH THE SKILLSHARE AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Skillshare Class Reviews
At one point I had an idea to make a blog that was ALL about Skillshare class reviews. I’d take the class, do the class project, and share the whole experience in a blog post.
With 26,000+ classes on the platform, you’d never run out of content! (So feel free to steal my idea, if you want to. 😉)
But you don’t need to dedicate an entire site just to reviewing Skillshare classes! With all the class categories, you’re likely to have many classes to choose from that fit your exact niche. Here are just some of the categories you can chose from:
- Creative Writing
- Film & Video
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
- UX/UI Design
- Web Development
- Business Analytics
- Freelance & Entrepreneurship
- Leadership & Management
And those are just the top-level categories. There are dozens, if not hundreds more sub-categories. Just as one example, under lifestyle you’ll also see: crafts, culinary, gaming, health & wellness, home business, languages, teaching, etc.
And there are even more categories under those sub categories. So you can really get niche-specific.
Not only is this a great way to make some affiliate income, the classes are actually fun and/or informative. So you’ll learn new things and be able to earn a little extra money in the process. Plus, by promoting classes, you’re helping to support the independent teachers on Skillshare. Win-win-win!
Which reminds me… if you do a class review (especially if it leans positive), I would contact the teacher and let them know about it. Who knows? They may re-share your post with their audience, as well. Another win!
Skillshare Class Round-Ups
If you want to create a quicker blog post, rather than taking just one class and reviewing it, you could create a class round-up.
For example, depending on your blog niche, you could write something like:
“10 Craft classes you can take (and complete!) this weekend!”
“8 Free Social Media Classes that Will Make Your Business Stand Out!”
“Photograph Your Handmade Products like a Pro with these Free Classes”
“Learn all about Branding Your Business with these 3 Free Classes”
You get the idea!
I always mention they’re free because either the person is already paying for Skillshare (therefor the class is included with their premium membership) OR they get 1 (sometimes 2) free month(s) as a trail premium membership when they use your affiliate link. (You still get the $10 credit, whether they stay on as a premium student or not… At least at this time.)
Promoting Specific Skillshare Classes on Pinterest
Did you know you can share affiliate links on Pinterest? It’s true (even though they’ve gone back and forth on the matter. As of right now, it’s still true!)
I’m even making a, you guessed it, Skillshare class about using affiliate links on Pinterest now! I’ll update this post as soon as it goes live.
In the meantime, this would essentially look like this:
First, you’ll want to create a Pinterest-friendly image about the class. It might look something like this:
Then you upload the image to Pinterest by clicking the red + button at the top right of the window, and click “create pin.”
This will allow you to add the image, add a title and description, and the URL (which will be your affiliate link). In the description, you must disclose that it’s an affiliate link (per Pinterest and FTC rules).
As an example of that, for the above image I might write this description:
“Take this video course, “Affiliate Marketing Side Hustle, a New Entrepreneur’s Guide” free for the next two months! #affiliatemarketing #affiliatelink”
You don’t have to use a hashtag. In fact, some people advise against it. Personally, I mix it up – I go back and forth to test which works best. So far I haven’t noticed a big difference either way.
Teaching and Promoting Your Own Skillshare classes
This is probably the most lucrative way to make money with the Skillshare affiliate program, because you not only get the $10 referral commissions, but you’re also paid for the time that students watch your class.
So you’ll create a class and promote it to your list, on your website, etc. Obviously you’ll want to create a class that appeals to your audience in order to get the most referrals and students in your class.
In fact, I have just under a dozen classes on Skillshare and I earn thousands of dollars each month from the combination of my classes and referrals. The highest month I’ve had so far in referrals was 98 (or $980) and the highest month in income (so far) there overall for me was $2,288.21. Not bad considering most of my classes are around 30 minutes.
Interview Skillshare Class Instructors
And finally, one more way to make money with the Skillshare Affiliate program is by interviewing the class instructors.
This isn’t a tactic I’ve personally tried (yet!) but I think it would work well, especially in certain niches.
Say the class you want to promote is an art class. That instructor may have a lot to share about being an artist, making a living as an artist, doing business online, teaching art, etc.
So it doesn’t have to be all about the class or classes that persona teaches, but you’d definitely want to include links throughout the post as well as (maybe) at the bottom of the post with a list of all the classes that person teaches, if it’s more than one.
There you have it: 5 ways to make money with the Skillshare Affiliates program.
Some other highlights you may be interested in about it:
- Every student who signs up using your referral links gets 2 free months of Skillshare Premium. In return, you get $10.
- There are 26,000+ Online Classes on Skillshare
- 30-Day Cookie
- Real-Time Tracking
- Monthly Payments (get paid on the 16th of each month for the month before)
Good luck! And I’d love to hear how you plan to promote Skillshare in the comments below.