Publishing on SQLShare
Who Can Publish?
You can become a content author by just submitting a video and having it
accepted for publication. We have a few guidelines to keep our quality high, but
we think as you read the rest of this you'll see that the guidelines are simple
and make sense. All you need is some knowledge you want to share and the
willingness to invest a couple hours of your time. In return, you'll get to
experience the fun of being a published author - it really is fun!
How Do I Get Started?
The most important thing is to identify a topic about which you are
knowledgeable and experienced, and then do a quick search of our site to see if
it something we already have. Even if we do have the same topic, it's often
useful to present more than one view of how to do a task, but it's something we
review on a case by case basis. Either way, once you've read the rest of this
page and are ready to go, you can be conservative and contact us before you
invest time in your video, or you can just go all out and upload your video and
we'll let you know if its something we will be able to publish.
What Topics Are Popular?
That's a really hard question to answer. Our most popular videos have a good
descriptive title, are done at a deliberate pace, and explain how to do the task
in plain language, all in 1 to 5 minutes. If you had to learn how to do it
someone else will definitely benefit from having that lesson available to view.
What Tools Do I Need?
It depends on the topic and how you want to explain it. For videos that use a
computer, we highly recommend
Camtasia (about $300) if you're planning to do more than a few videos. If
you don't want to invest that kind of money right now
Camstudio is a great free alternative.
You'll need a computer with a sound card, speakers, and a good
($50) in a room where you can close the door to reduce background noise. If your
video is about a task that requires the user to see what you're doing a good
digital camcorder is recommended.
How Long Should a Video Be?
There are always exceptions, but we prefer videos to be 1 to 3 minutes, with
a maximum length of 5 minutes. If you need more than that consider breaking it
up into Part 1, Part 2, etc. Our goal is to explain very granular tasks quickly
and simply. If you have a project in mind that needs to be a lot longer, drop us
a note and we'll discuss it.
What Kind of Preparation Is Required?
Here's our list, we tried to keep it short.
- Read this entire page and contact us with any questions
- Install the software and/or acquire a camcorder and other items you need
- Set a title for the video and do a quick search to confirm it's not
something we already have
- Write a mini script of what and how you want to show viewers along with
your main talking points
- Consider practicing on a very simple topic just to get used to the
Are There Any Tips & Tricks?
Sure! Like anything else you'll get better with practice, but for the first
few videos we think these tips will help you a lot:
- Patience is required. You'll make a lot of mistakes and have a lot of
do-overs, it's natural and common. The first video may take hours and 10
attempts, by the tenth video you'll be doing them in 30 minutes with only
- Invest in a good USB microphone, it makes a huge difference in sound
- If you do something wrong, just stop and start over. Rather than trying
to edit out mistakes it's far simpler to just start over, and the additional
practice doesn't hurt. This is one big reason why we like to limit videos to
3 minutes - redoing 3 minutes isn't bad, but no one would want to redo a 30
- Install any software you need on the computer in advance and think of
that as a separate task. That way when you are ready to get started you can
focus on producing a great video
- We recommend narrating as you do the task. Doing voiceovers takes more
practice and adds time to the task.
- Work hard to reduce speech fillers like um and uh. It's the end of the
world if a couple slip through, but in larger quantities is annoying and
- When using a mouse be very deliberate about moving it around. Most
people tend to gesture with the mouse and that can also be distracting.
Consider using a screen annotation tool like Zoomit when you need to
- Do a 30 second test to make sure everything is working and that the
sound level (and background noise) are ok before you get serious
- Be mildly critical, but not severe. Does it illustrate the task clearly
- If you're only doing a few, writing a "script" to follow may help you
get where you need to go a little faster. As you gain experience you'll
learn just from the repetition of doing each one a few times until you get
What Settings Should be Used When Recording?
We prefer video to be recorded at a resolution of 1024 x 768. If you're using
Camtasia using the default codec. If you're using Camstudio, please use the
Techsmith Screen Capture codec. Please test your voice recording levels, your
voice should come across clearly with the volume control set at 30-50% of
maximum available. The biggest mistake we see is voice levels too low.
How Do I Submit A Video?
Visit our Upload Your Video Page where you'll confirm that you've reviewed
our licensing agreemen, enter the title and description of your video, and
then upload the video. We'll send you an email to confirm that we've received
it. You can also monitor the status of your uploads on the Video Status Page
What Happens After I If My Video Is Uploaded?
We review new content a couple times per week. If the quality and content are
acceptable, we'll enter in into our system and it will become immediately
accessible (so you can show your friend!). If it doesn't mean our criteria,
perhaps we heard too much background noise, or other problem areas, we'll send
you a note back indicating the problem. Just correct the problem (by
re-recording in most cases) and just upload again.
Do I Get Paid for Making Videos?
We pay authors for original and first run content to which they own the
copyright. Payments range from $25-$35 for our standard length videos, and are
generally processed within 30 days of acceptance. Please note that this is a one
time payment. One of the lessons we learned from the internet bubble back in
2000 is that's far better to make a one time payment for content than it is to
try to manage and pay based on page views. The nice upside of the one time
payments is that because we know our cost, we can encourage authors to submit
content about smaller niche subjects that just wouldn't be worth doing on a pay
per pageview model.
What Are the License Terms?
The content upload page has the full details, but the essence of the license
is that you grant us a full and perpetual right to use and edit your video with
limitation, but you retain the copyright.
Do I Get Extra Visibility As An Author?
Once you're set up as an author your profile page will show all the videos
you've published here. We'll send you an email each time one of your videos is
featured on the channel home page, and we'll notify you when anyone posts a
comment to any of your videos (and we encourage you to participate in those
discussions). We provide an RSS feed for each author so that as you acquire fans
(you will!) they can easily find out when you publish a new video. Our goal is
to be very author friendly, and over time we'll be continuing to expand the ways
we highlight the efforts of our authors.
email us if you have questions, generally we'll reply within one business
day and we're glad to take time to answer your questions.