Page I have been lobbying for Webmaster How to Videos in a right side column for webmasterworld..along with other webmaster "tools"
I love your idea..take it one step further and and also have actual webmaster courses/training
Another example of how to generate own income instead of relying on 3rd party advertising as well as providing a real service fro webmasters and webmasters in training
tell me more. Online - or in person? What topics? Certification?
A few basic videos for free to wet the appetite, Brett's 25 things list in video?
Pay per view for pre-recorded online event, one time fees or full access archive pass
Live webinars to build new content and community, optional free or fee based on topic
Perhaps make the pubcon library from past years available for a fee, if possible
Start with Basic Html & Css Courses in Video... You can give away the entry level videos and sell the advanced courses..
Plenty of online off the shelf course software.. that includeds feedback forms for the students for back and forth Q&A
Certification of competency at each level...WebmasterWorld certs would be valuable asset when looking for work at any level of expertise.
I think this is an excellent idea, too. As a relatively new web designer soon to turn webmaster, I know that my skills are "green" to say the least.
I highly value sights that offer training - and while it's relatively easy to find training for specific coding languages or software, learning the nuances of the subject of "general webmastery" is quite a challenge. It's taken me a long time and hours upon hours of searching through these forums and others only to find bits of information that I have to piece together. And then, I'm never sure if I'm piecing them together correctly... :)
If I'm going to start out simply by designing and hosting sites on a freelance basis, I want to make sure I'm doing it right. Know what I mean? I think there is tremendous value in this service and would be willing to pay a modest fee for it.
|tell me more. Online - or in person? What topics? Certification? |
Can I send you a bill afterward? :)
Okay, let me preface this with the fact that I have 6+ years working within a Distance Learning Environment not to mention 15+ years of fora browsing and participation. I remember SEF well. :)
I currently Administer a team that manages a large online distance learning program for an accredited college. It's been a learning experience to say the least, pun intended. We manage upwards of 500+ enrolled and active students at any given time. We've grown from being a small local college to now being recognized as the leader in distance learning in this particular niche.
So, what can WebmasterWorld do? You can be the one to set the benchmark in this industry moving forward. You would use the offline (traditional) to fuel the online. For instance, we record all local events at the college. Those are then utilized for streaming video instruction via the Distance Learning modules and there are a bunch of them! We have events throughout the week so there is quite a bit of material being recorded that can be used for the online educational streams.
Think about it, you've already got both parts of the equation in place. Now they just need to be melded together to create an educational resource that I think COULD be unmatched in the industry. WebmasterWorld have quite a few quality folks around this neck of the woods and if the financial incentive is right, you could rock the house.
I focus on the financial aspect because most Mentor types are not going to give their time away for free, not in this type of environment. This is a for profit venture for all involved, not just WebmasterWorld. You need to share with your contributors, tutors, mentors, whatever they want to be called. We can't have any Gurus though. ;)
Brett, I'm glad you brought this up. If there are a group of people I would support in setting up a Certifying Body for the SEO Industry it would be you and a list of others that I have in mind.
This one is a bit more involved I think. First, I'd recommend that you become accredited as a training authority in our industry. That's going to take a little money and some business expertise to set up. Once you're accredited, then you can obtain WebmasterWorld.edu and go from there. I personally would support any efforts put forth by the WebmasterWorld community as a whole. I like the folks over here even though I tend to piss most off. Don't take it personally! ;)
Yes, you COULD become the first Certifying Authority in this space. You've got some catching up to do though as others have already gotten involved with local colleges and have their training programs approved for CEU credits. And then there is another group who have set up their training via an online college, I'm sure you're familiar with them? Good group of folks too.
Again, you've got the components, now you just need to bring them together, organize and take things to a whole new level.
Topics? Pffft, you've already got an outline of topics with the Forums Index. Just take those that are the most popular and start implementing training programs as quick as you can! :)
^ That is absolutely one of me favorite resources these days. After WebmasterWorld and Twitter of course. The live shows with chat are an absolute blast.
Having folks on the phone for hot topics is a key element in keeping the community alive and kicking. We're actually doing live TV shows now for the web. Talk about natural link bait, OOH-RAH!
Seriously, I really dig the whole thing they have going on at WebmasterRadio.fm, definitely something to learn from them. That Brasco and SEO Guru freak are hilarious on SEO Rockstars! :)
^ That is absolutely one of me favorite resources these days.
I've tried to listen but time is money and I like to see an agenda instead of listening to file after file just to find out what's on it.
Massive time suck - I'd much prefer video with slide shows and such.
|I've tried to listen but time is money and I like to see an agenda instead of listening to file after file just to find out what's on it. |
Ummm, you're at the wrong part of the site. They have a schedule and it's the Live Events I'm referring to in this discussion. Yawnsville this! ---> :)
Actually For seo, i would avoid certifications. But training videos is an absolutely great idea. Ask moderators of each forum to come up with content for their area of expertise. Do a revenue share with the moderators. Send them flip camera to record videos from their office. Sell the videos or have a higher level of paid membership Plan where people could download these videos as part of membership.
Certifications for non SEO topics are also a great idea. Other revenue generation ideas here [URL] [webmasterworld.com...]
|There surely aren't enough resources at that level and I believe WebmasterWorld COULD set a benchmark. |
I think there are quite a few good resources for training. Most Started by members from here. But WebmasterWorld has a solid reputation and credibility which works in its favor.