According to InternetWorldStats, the number of Internet users in December of 2000 was just under 361 million people. By the end of 2009, that number had increased to 1.7 billion users. That’s a growth rate of about 380 percent. Even more impressively, InternetWorldStats points out that this is a global penetration of about 25 percent. That means that three-quarters of the world population isn’t online yet, but soon will be.
So how does someone take advantage of this rapid growth? Visions of the “dot-com” boom and bust scares many people away from trying to earn money online. Also, a social stigma associated with “working online” keeps many away as well – after all, the Internet is just a place to go when you want to play games and waste time, right?
The reality is that the Internet is fast becoming the backbone of our global society. Social networks are to blame for an even faster growth rate – as many people who would have never used the Internet are now turning to Facebook and Twitter to see what their kids and grandkids are up to every day. This growing online population does more online than it ever did before – including playing, research, homework, collaboration, business networking and shopping. Any place there is a large population of people, you have yourself a booming marketplace.
By choosing an online business that aligns with your talents and abilities, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot be financially successful by working exclusively online. In this article, I’m going to show you how you can build your own Software Instructional Video Business with no up front capital required and virtually no overhead.
Collaborate With Bubblecast To Sell Instructional Videos
It’s important to exploit the talents that you have if you want to earn a decent living on the Internet. Now, I love to write, so I’ve turned to blogging, SEO and website promotion as a source of income. Maybe you enjoy writing instructional books, in which case you might be very successful writing and selling eBooks. Maybe you’re a graphic designer or artist, in which case you might consider earning money with your creative designs. However, this particular article is for those of you who are excellent teachers, charismatic and enjoy instructing people on how to do things. If you have those skills then you can make money by creating instructional videos.
In a recent article on website video tools, I mentioned Bubblecast as a useful video widget for your blog or website. If you glance to the right side of the menu on the main page, you’ll notice an interesting button that says “Turn video into money with Bubblesoft.”
Clicking on that link takes you to the money-making opportunity that I’d like to cover here. The opportunity is to generate income by creating instructional videos for the software listed in BubbleCast’s directory of software for sale. You don’t even have to buy the software, just download the trial version and create your instructional video. If people watch your video and then buy the product, you get a commission. Bubblesoft is very fair – splitting the sale 50% with the video creator.
The first thing you’ll need to do is download CamStudio, the free video capture software recommended by Bubblecast to capture your computer screen.
With CamStudio, you can capture a Flash or Avi video of your activity on the computer screen. You can also add annotations to the video if you’d rather not use your voice for narration. Setup only takes under a minute and you’re ready to start recording. When you’re ready, browse through the BubbleCast directory to find a software application that you’d like to create an instructional video for. There are over 32,000 products for sale, so if you think there isn’t something you’ll be interested in – think again!
Just browse through the categories that interest you and find an application you’d like to review. To make this kind of fun, I decided to cover an application from the gaming section – Sky Aces: World War II to be exact.
When you’re ready to create your instructional video of a particular application, just click the download button to install the trial version of the software. Before you get started, make sure that CamStudio is configured to record the correct region of the screen. Just select Region from the menu. Most of the time either Region or Full Screen will suit your needs.
Here’s a zoomed in snapshot of CamStudio at work, recording every movement of my mouse in Avi movie format. The quality of the video depends on how you set quality in the video options configuration. When you’re playing a full screen game, it’s probably a good idea to cut back a little on quality in order to conserve space.
Once you’re done recording your “how-to” video, just save the file to your PC and then go back to the BubbleCast page for that product. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find the following buttons.
When you click “Upload Video,” you’ll find yourself whisked away to a WordPress editor. Don’t panic…this is normal. You simply type up a short description of your video and then upload the video using the blue Bubblecast button. Keep an eye on the commission rate at the right side of the screen. This is how much you’ll earn per sale. If the commission isn’t high enough for you, simply move on to another application.
Creating and submitting Bubblecast instructional videos for pay is a lot of fun, and as people start buying the application through your videos, you will start seeing some fantastic profits rolling in. The key is to find software that’s really in demand, perform important tasks for that product that a lot of people want to know about, and then marketing your Bubblecast how-to video across the web for maximum exposure.
Would you ever consider creating software how-to videos for income? Do you feel that Bubblecast offers a fair business model for you to do so? Share your opinions and any other similar opportunities you know about in the comments section below.