Posted in Articles on December 26th, 2010
In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about the important tutorial submission directory websites.
Background/What This Article Will Cover
I’ve been running tutorial sites for over 6 years now. Over time, I’ve learned nearly everything there is to know about the different tutorial submission sites. This article will cover the 2 main directories extensively, and also mention a couple of smaller ones.
When it comes to submitting photoshop tutorials, Good-Tutorials is the king of all submission sites, and will bring your website the most traffic. This is not the case for non-photoshop tutorials, sadly. Good-Tutorials is the original, and started almost a decade ago. Back in the day, you’d just fill out a form, and press submit. Zach used to manually go through every tutorial, and put 10 up a day. About 4 years ago, I was running running a site called Tutorial Craze. This was when good tutorials was in its peak. New tutorials would average around 2000 clicks! Now a days, things are different. Good-Tutorials now accepts tutorials of all kinds, from photography to ruby. Tutorials are know longer reviewed by Zach himself, but instead, all the members of good-tutorials. After you submit your tutorial, it will be placed on the upcoming queue, for 24 hours. If your tutorial gets enough votes, and averages a well enough quality rating, your tutorial will by placed on the front page. If, it’s not accepted it will still be placed in the directory, it just won’t make the front page. There’s no longer a limit to how many tutorials can be moved to the front a day. This creates a huge variation in the average amount of clicks a tutorial gets. It could be anywhere from 200 to 1500. It all depends on how long it stays on the front page and how good the tutorial is. Good-Tutorials seems a little neglected these days, but is still a great resource to bring in traffic.
Another original tutorial site is pixel2life. Pixel2Life has always been know for its extremely wide selection of categories, and there green and blue skin. P2L still goes through every tutorial manually, only accepting the best tutorials. P2L is much harder to get a tutorial accepted into. It’s common to get an email telling you your tutorial was not p2l quality, or that the subject has been covered to many times. Once you submit your tutorial it will be placed on a queue where it awaits a staff review. A lot of new tutorials are submitted a day, so it generally takes around a week, for your tutorial to be reviewed. Tutorials accepted, while on the front page, generally average around 500-1500 clicks. One thing I hate about P2L is that they sneak ads in the front page. They disguise them as tutorials and trick you into making them money. Overall P2L is my second favorite tutorial submission site.
As most of you know already, good-tutorials, and pixel2life, are the biggest and the rest don’t even get half as many clicks as they do. Below is a few other websites that at least deserve a mention.
DesignBump is mainly for articles, and is different from your standard submission site. You basically submit your tutorial/article, and try to get bumps. The more bumps you get, the higher your submission will move up the rankings. Generally a submission receives around 50-150 views, but it’s possible to reach a few hundred. Design bump is relatively new, I expect it to grow a lot over the next year.
PSLover is another standard tutorial submission site. It doesn’t receive too much traffic, but more then all the other small submission sites I tried. I submitted a couple tutorials here, and according to google analytics I got around 50 uniques. It my opinion, it’s worth it to submit your tutorials here too. At least get a few hits, and a back link, right?
Other Tutorial Submission Sites
Honestly all the other tutorial submission sites will not bring in much traffic. I tried out a bunch of them, and got maybe 5-10 views each. Maybe its worth it, but it my eyes its a waste of time.
Update: Brushes Download
Hey guys, just wanted to give a shot out to brushes download. I recently noticed I’ve been getting a lot of traffic from them. You can submit tutorials to them, but I’m guessing they picked up some of our tutorials through G-T. Worth looking into.
Did I miss something? Disagree, or agree, with me? Have a question? Leave a comment, they’re much appreciated.