Tubetorial is a video based tutorial site which will focus upon web development and internet marketing.
It’s launched with three videos:
- What Bloggers Need to Know about the Law (part of a series on Blogger Law 101)
- Why Sell Information (part of a series on 7 Steps to Creating and Selling a Niche Information Product)
- Be the Master of Your Own Domain! (part of a series on How to Build a Profitable Home on the Web)
The topics are excellent and I’m looking forward to future episodes of each series.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from tubetorial but here are a few first impressions:
- Helpful Topics – as a blogger I obviously found the topics appealing. They’re obviously starting with some fairly basic level topics, but they are all practical and helpful.
- Well Designed – Chris is a great designer and it’s reflected in the layout and design of the site.
- Good Presentation – the first three presentations are all well thought through and scripted. I did feel at times like I was listening to someone reading a script (I’m much more used to presentations that are free flowing and spontaneous – its just my personal preference. I’m sure they’ll get a little more natural over time though as they become more used to making the videos). The visual elements provided interest. I liked that it was more than just a dull screencast and incorporated talking heads (in one of them), flowcharts, pictures, screen grabs etc.
- Usefulness – the actual content is useful. It’s early days of course as they are only 3 videos in, but so far I can see that a lot of bloggers (especially those towards the beginning of their journey) will find tubetorial helpful.
I’m no video making expert but the videos are of a good quality. I’m sure they could be a lot better polished with time, but if they want to keep pumping them out they obviously need to find a balance between quality and quantity.
Video is hot right now and it’s a smart move to be exploring it – but if blogging has an advantage it’s that it has lower barriers to entry in terms of bandwidth (and cost) and time/expertise needed in putting together content.
In my own miniscule dabbling with video I know just how much work it can be to put together – it’ll be interesting to watch how tubetorial does in finding this balance and remaining a profitable venture.
It looks like they’ve already found some sponsors which will help get things off the ground – ads are both in the site but also at the end of each tutorial.
Some key questions for whether tubetorial will catch on:
• Will the demands of producing video cost more than the income it generates?
• Does the medium of video lend itself to the audience they’re after (ie web users are notoriously known for being lazy scanners of content)
• Can they keep the quality of content up?
My feeling is that all three questions can be answered with a yes – but it will be a challenge and something I’m hoping tubetorial will succeed with.
All in all it’s a nice launch for tubetorial and I’ll be watching on to see things progress for them. All the best Chris, Brian and Samantha!
Martin from ePublishingDaily has written a review of tubetorial also.