Showing posts with label teachers pay teachers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teachers pay teachers. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I Don't Hate TPT

Last Friday on Practical Ed Tech I published an announcement of my new webinar How to Ditch TPT & Sell Your Digital Products. Over the weekend I fielded emails from a handful of people who were defending Teachers Pay Teachers. I want to clarify that I don't hate Teachers Pay Teachers. I'm all for the idea of teachers being able to put a little more money in their pockets. Believe me, I know all too well how bringing in just another $50 can make huge difference in how you feel at the end of the month.

My concern about TPT, and the reason for the webinar, is that TPT takes too big of a cut of the revenue for themselves. I think that a lot of people don't realize that there are other easy-to-use platforms for selling your digital products that don't take a 20-45% cut of your sales revenue. That's why I'm hosting How to Ditch TPT & Sell Your Digital Products this Thursday at 4pm ET.

In the webinar I'll introduce you to three platforms that you can use to sell your digital products, five methods for marketing your products without buying advertising, and how to protect your products from piracy. I'll also answer your questions during the live webinar. Join me!

The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Access to the recording will also be available to those who attend but want to be able to go back and watch it again.  


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Check the Source Before You Subscribe or Buy

The online education community has a problem. We want our students to be aware of copyright and respect the work of authors yet we don't respect the work of our colleagues. Three times this month I have found my blog posts re-used in their entirety on other blogs. Those are just the obvious examples that pop-up in my Google Alerts. Last week Doug Peterson wrote a post about plagiarism. Someone commented on his post with a related issue facing the online education community. That is the issue of people stealing the work of others and selling it on Teachers Pay Teachers and similar sites.

Why it matters!

Short version: stealing deprives original content creators of financial opportunities. You wouldn't allow students to plagiarize so don't allow adults to do it. 

Long version: read on...
Blogs like this one take a lot of time and effort to maintain. For every post that you see there is lots of time put into reading, testing, and learning about how new tools work. There is also a lot of time spent trying to answer as many email requests for help as possible. That time comes at a cost which is why you see advertising on FreeTech4Teachers.com. When someone syndicates or outright copies and pastes my posts without permission, it takes away pageviews for me and the advertisers which affects the bottom line.

I'm not the only blogger to earn advertising revenue. And the popular bloggers that you see that don't use advertising and making money in other ways like book sales, Teachers Pay Teachers sales, and consulting fees. In short, anyone running a blog or other social media account with a large following is selling something.

The Teachers Pay Teachers issue in some ways is even worse. When you take a blogger's blog post and republish it without permission you don't instantly profit from it (it takes tens of thousands of pageviews to make any significant money from ads). When you take someone's work and sell it as your own on Teachers Pay Teachers, you can profit quickly from just a few people making a direct purchase.

What can you do about it?
Before you click the purchase button on Teachers Pay Teachers take a quick look around and see if someone else has published the same thing. A quick Google search for the title can yield some blatant copies. Use the "date range" search refinement tool and see who the original creator of the work is. If it's not the person doing the selling, don't buy it.

When you come across a blog or website that is syndicating lots of blogs and blog posts in their entirety, it might be convenient to just visit that website instead of going to individual blogs. Don't do it. That website is getting the benefit of the traffic without doing any of the work that it takes to actually create original blog posts.

Notify the author. I always appreciate it when someone tips me off to blog that has been using my posts without permission. I know many other bloggers who feel the same way.

"Richard, stop ranting!"
Long-time followers of this blog are probably tired of reading my rants about bloggers stealing the work of others. I plan to rant for as long as it takes to get people to understand this problem.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wikispaces/ TES Gets Into the "Teachers Pay Teachers" Game

Last year Wikispaces was acquired by TES Global based in England. One of the services that TES offers is a marketplace for teachers to sell materials to other teachers. On the Wikispaces blog I just read that TES is expanding that marketplace to include teachers in the United States. If you want to get into the TES Resources marketplace, you can apply here.

I've never tried selling lesson plans, printables, or other similar materials, but I know that some people have made a nice supplementary income on the Teachers Pay Teachers platform. For teachers that are inclined to sell materials, the new TES Resources platform could provide a good place to earn a little supplementary income.