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Masterclass: Getting started for video creators and monetizing your Substack

Hosted by Randa Sakallah, Substack writer partnerships
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This masterclass is for video creators, but I cover all the important parts of starting a Substack, whether you’re a writer, podcaster, video creator, or some combination thereof. I talk about general best practices, with special attention to our video tools and marketing your Substack to your off-platform audience. Anyone looking to monetize their work on Substack could benefit from this knowledge, even if you don’t identify as a video creator or have tons of social media followers. 

I’ve been on the Substack partnerships team for about a year now, and I joined as an employee after being a writer on the platform. Through writing on Substack, I was able to meet collaborators and friends, grow creatively, and land work aligned with my interests. I love that my job now enables me to share the magic of Substack with others, and although I am primarily a writer, it’s exciting to me that we’ve expanded to video. Substack is an economic engine that can support any creative person, regardless of the format with which they choose to share their work.

If you’re just getting started on Substack, I’d recommend claiming your URL and watching the video above in full. If you’re looking to leverage video to grow your Substack, check out these three tips:

Launch with a video

When you launch your Substack, you should make a video about it. You can make that video your first post and also embed it on your About page. This video should explain who you are, what you’re doing on Substack, and what your free and paid subscribers will receive. You should also post a version of this wherever else you have a following (like

does here). Here are a few great examples:

Zeteo
Welcome to Zeteo
Mehdi Hasan’s brand new media company is here. Zeteo will deliver hard-hitting interview shows, engaging podcasts, provocative essays, and more to audiences across the world. We’re a new and completely independent media company that hopes to challenge the status quo by boldly seeking answers to the questions that really matter in today’s world…
Listen now
The Curl Diaries
Welcome to The Curl Diaries
Listen now
Night Out
where should i go out tonight?
As a woman in her late 20’s…32, I’m sleepier than ever. But as a former Jersey Girl, the need to go out is deep within me (next to the belly button ring). While I have the energy, how dare I stay home on a Saturday night binging Grey’s Anatomy when I live in…
Listen now

Post teaser videos to your social media accounts

Substack is your home base for paid subscriptions, and we have features like Notes and Recommendations to help you grow from within the Substack network. If you happen to have a following elsewhere, you should leverage it for growth.

does a great job of this by posting recipe videos to Instagram and TikTok, giving her followers a preview of the weekly meal plans she paywalls on Substack. posts previews of his paywalled music mini-documentaries to his social media accounts as well. You can use our video clipping feature to export short clips for use wherever your audience hangs out.

Learn more:

Share videos on-the-fly to Substack Chat

Now you can post more conversational or on-the-go videos to Chat for your subscribers. Unlike Instagram or TikTok where you have to cater to the algorithm, chats are sent directly to your subscribers like a text message in the Substack app. You could solicit questions for an AMA and then post a video to respond, for example. Maybe you’re out and about and want to share a video of your environment with your subscribers. Take

’s Substack, : members of her community will sometimes share videos of their gardens in her chat space.

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If you start a Substack using these tips, I’d love to hear about it. Tag me on Notes

when you share your first post. I’m excited to see what you create.

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