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AP 0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?

AP 0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?

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AskPat 725 Episode Transcript

Pat Flynn: What’s up, everybody? Pat Flynn here. Welcome to Episode 725 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, I’m here to help you by answering your online business questions five days a week.

We have a great question today from Brian, but before we get to Brian’s question, I do want to thank today’s sponsor, which is Design Crowd helps entrepreneurs and small businesses outsource or crowdsource custom graphics, logos, and web design from designers all around the world. They have over a half a million designers from over 100 different countries who are ready to help you with any creative or design projects you might have. Check them out,, that’s, to learn more, and get started at to get a special VIP offer just for you guys, so check that out. Okay. Here’s today’s question from Brian.

Brian Miller: Hi, Pat. My name is Brian Miller, and I have a ministry coaching website at Every weekday morning I try to listen to AskPat on the short drive to work, one, for the information, but more importantly, for the positive attitude, which is contagious. My question is about how to distribute a video class I’d like to sell. I know there are various sites, like Wistia, Vimeo, and YouTube, and I don’t want to use a site like Udemy. I want more control than that. The heart of my question is how do I give the buyer access to my video series? It seems like if there was one common password, it could easily be compromised. I’m not sure if these video sites are able to handle a membership style access. I don’t really want to host a membership site. I simply want to give the buyer secure access to my video product. I hope you can help, because I’d look awesome in an AskPat t-shirt.

Pat Flynn: Hey, Brian. Thank you so much for the question. Thank you for listening on a regular basis, and wishing you all the best of luck with your project. Now, in terms of selling videos there’s a number of different ways to do that. You had mentioned Udemy, and I wouldn’t recommend doing Udemy, because, like you said, you lose a lot of control on how it’s being sold and all those kinds of things, but there are a couple of ways to go about it.

You can set up what would essentially be a membership access platform on your website where, like you said, people will have to log in, and that is typically secure enough for you to not worry about having it be distributed and all those kinds of things, like if you were to just hand over the file. They could do whatever they want with it. You don’t want to do that obviously. You don’t want to collect payment and just send a Dropbox link or a link to a Vimeo or even Wistia, even though you can password secure videos on those websites as well, and they’re great video hosting platforms. In terms of videos that you sell, I wouldn’t recommend that. We’re going to steer away from that.

There are two options. The membership platform that you can create on your own website, giving you the most control, would be using a WordPress plugin or some type of plug in, like a Zippy Courses or WP Wishlist, which is essentially a way for you to simply embed those videos onto your website, and you would need a host for those, so maybe you would use a host like Vimeo or Wistia, just to simply host the videos. You don’t want to host them on your own website, because that’s going to eat up a lot of bandwidth, so you want to find some media hosts like that. I would also recommend PodBean. I use Podbean to host my videos for my video podcast. It’s only $18 a month, which is very reasonable actually. Anyway, you would create pages on your website that would then be hidden and only given access to people who would pay. They would log in and then have access to those pages after having paid. Those plugins again are Zippy Courses, and there’s also WP Wishlist.

Now, there is another membership kind of course platform that you can use that is similar to Udemy in the way that it looks and it feels, which is great. Udemy is a great platform, but you have total control over it, and this is what I’m using to distribute my courses, which are a mix of video, and written content, and audio content, and lesson plans. If you have more than one video that you want to sell and there are perhaps lessons that you want to guide people through, I would recommend using Teachable. You can actually go through my affiliate link at, and you can go there and see what it’s like. It’s actually really, really cool. It’s all set up for you to just simply drag and drop your videos, upload them, begin to create texts, and your course begins to form itself.

They handle all the payments and all that stuff. The cool thing about them is they host the videos for you too. I actually believe they partnered with Wistia, and so you’re using Wistia hosting for free, well, with the payment of Teachable, but there is a processing fee for every student that you get in. That’s kind of the price you pay for using a software as great as that. Again, that’s or That’s what I’m using to host my courses that I’m creating as we speak actually.

The other option is using Gumroad. Gumroad will, like Teachable, come with a little bit of a payment fee for each transaction, depending on what level you’re at, but what’s cool about them is if you have one video to sell … This is mainly for people who have music videos, or documentaries, or things like that. They love using Gumroad, because you upload the file, I believe 16 GB max per video that you upload on Gumroad, but them people can’t get access to it unless they pay.

When they do they click a button and it streams. It’s like they don’t necessarily get to download it, although I believe you can give them that option. It streams. It’s streaming video. You can give them streaming video rentals too, if you have movies or documentaries that you want to give people seven day rental access to. The Gumroad actually can handle that for you, which is really cool. Again, that’s They do a very good job of securing and letting only those who purchase be able to see those videos too, so that’s another option that you can have.

I think you’re headed in the right direction. Keep up the good work. Hopefully those resources will be helpful. I’d recommend checking those out, just to see which one might be right for you and your situation, Brian. To go over those lists again, that’s Zippy Courses, and WP Wishlist, and Teachable, if you want to kind of host them on your own website and that kind of thing, or if you want to sell them through another company, Gumroad, and have them host it, and serve it, and be able to handle transactions for you. That would be the way to go, so

Brian, thank you so much for the question. I appreciate it. Thank you for everybody who’s listening and all the questions that have come in. You know, Brian, because your question was featured on the show, you’re going to get an AskPat t-shirt, just like you wished for. We’re going to send that over to you as soon as we can. For everybody else listening, if you have a question that you’d like potentially featured here on the show, all you have to do is head over to, and you can ask just right there on that page. Thanks so much. I appreciate you.

Here’s a quote to finish off the day, by Sumendra Singh. He said, “The hustle will never end.”

There you go. Happy Monday. Happy Halloween, and I wish you all the best. See you in the next episode. Bye.

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