The Skillshare Affiliate Program [Review]
Does Skillshare have an affiliate program?
Yes, it does- read on to discover how much you can earn and some keyword research to get you started monetizing ‘online learning’ traffic.
According to Wikipedia,
“Skillshare is an American online learning community for people who want to learn from educational videos. The courses, which are not accredited, are available through subscription. The majority of courses focus on interaction rather than lecturing, with the primary goal of learning by completing a project. The main course categories are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, technology, and many more subtopics.”
According to their affiliate page, Skillshare provides:
“$10 for every new customer you refer to Skillshare”.
And, more specifically:
“Skillshare affiliates can earn $10 in commission for each new customer that signs up for a Premium Membership or free trial.”
So you get paid if they sign up for a free trial- which means they don’t have to buy anything for you to earn a commission.
Click here to sign up to the Skillshare affiliate program.
Below, I extracted 1,000 of Skillshare’s top organic keywords. This is a great way to get started creating content that will push qualified traffic to Skillshare.
If I was going to promote Skillshare, I would examine keyword research like this and figure out an interesting angle. For example, you can see that Skillshare itself ranks for the term “photography classes”.
This is a pretty high-value keyword to ring for because people searching for it on our primed to spend money on an online course.
Maybe you have a photography website, providing tutorials about how to use Nikon cameras. It would be pretty easy to incorporate Skillshare and its photography classes as an affiliate option.
In that case, a long-form listicle post could be and the evening ranking opportunity.
Another term that jumps out at me is the 17,000 among search term “chibi poses”, which has a keyword difficulty of 0.
I had no idea what this term meant – quickly Googling it I see that according to Wikipedia, “Chibi is a Japanese slang word describing something short.”
If you had some type of Art and drawing website, or maybe even an anime website, this could be a great keyword 2-ranked for on your blog, or perhaps incorporate into a YouTube video, and push traffic to the relevant Skillshareproduct.
Another term they rank for, which is definitely more top of the funnel, is the term “cool things to draw”. People that are Googling this term might not be explicitly looking for a Skillshare product to purchase, but it’s still a great way for Skillshareto draw in people interested in drawing, hopefully up selling them to an online course.
Yet another type of keyword that jumps out at me is the names of the course creators.
For example, “brandon woelfel”. This could be another interesting vertical of content.
You can see that is course creators name generator 11,000 searches a month with a keyword difficulty of 12.
You could easily write up a short bio of this course creator affiliate links to their top courses on Skillshare.
As you scroll through the keyword research table, you’ll see that there are tons of different terms, most of them related to art, graphic design, photography, digital media, etc.
It’s definitely a decent option- though on the face of it, I’d rather get paid on course purchases, rather than a flat fee for getting people to sign up.
But, it’s best to test out how it performs- and it’s not mutually exclusive. You can always promote Udemy and Skillshare alongside one another and figure out which one has higher earnings per click.
That’s how I’d approach it.