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How To Make a Profitable Speed Typing Video

Posted By Tony Rust

People like to watch other people doing things really well, and watching someone with amazing keyboard skills is popular on YouTube and other platforms. 

We guess that you’re not a professional cameraman or video editor, but you can still produce something that a lot of people will want to see – and hear.

A lot of people could want to see your video

A video of The Ultimate Typing Championship final held in 2010 has had 15,463,520 views at the time of writing - see ‘Fastest Typist: Ultimate Typing Championship Final 2010 By Das Keyboard’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9EXEpjSDEw

www.bsbltyping.com  run regular Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Big Match Cash Prize Fastest Typist Competitions, giving away thousands of pounds to competitors all over the world. There’s plenty of opportunity to practice and experiment with producing the best possible fast typing videos for a big audience and potentially generating income for you from the video platforms.

Lots of material to use in your videos

There are also 4 different types of Typing Tests, 6 Tests in each and all in 14 languages. Each of our typing input screens are feature rich and can be configured with different colours and different layouts to suit you so there’s plenty of ways to make a unique speed typing video.

There are plenty of interesting items on the bsbltyping.com to incorporate in your video – the bsbltyping.com Top 10 World’s Fastest Typist List and Fastest Typist Highest Earners list for example so look round and you’ll find an interesting image or fact to include.

If you have top ranking speed, make it about winning – ££££ CASH!

Everyone is interested in money, so when you make your videos about our Cash Prize Competitions don’t forget to include ‘£’ in the title – ‘How I won (or nearly won £10 (or whatever) in bsbltyping.com Cash Prize Competition’ or ‘Typing 100WPM with 100% accuracy in £30 Monthly Competition’ or ‘Tips to help you win £200 in bsbltyping.com BIG MATCH’.  These are just some suggestions, it’s up to you what titles you give to your videos. 

Typing Tests – if you don’t have top ranking speed, make it about accuracy

There are two elements to good typing skills.  The most talked about is words per minute, but perhaps the most important is accuracy. So, even if you aren’t blazingly fast at typing, see if you can get a high accuracy score. Try for 100%.

And if you don’t have top ranking speed or top ranking accuracy, make it about fun

Simple. Just say that you enjoy typing, you’re an average to good typist and this is what average to good typing looks like.  Or do some really bad typing!  You never know, a zero score could go viral.  ‘My name is Giovani Giorgio’!  - or the same with a perfect score.

The outline specification for each video

  1. Record the video and audio in as high a resolution and quality as you can
  2. Experiment to get the clearest screen display and the best sound. 
  3. It’s a fact that seeing hands on a keyboard as screen within screen as well as the typing input screen (the screen that shows the text that you are typing) is more interesting to watch, but not absolutely necessary if you have first created an engaging and absorbing ‘beginning’, or introduction to the video that informs the viewer what you are doing and prepares the viewer for what they are about to see next (see below).
  4. Keep the video length to around  2 minutes or less except for the Monthly competition and the 500 Word Text which obviously take longer to type.  You have a chance here to spend a little bit more time on the beginning and ending so as to balance these with the longer middle typing part.
  5. For the short videos don’t have any background music.  This is about typing fast and people like to hear the sound of the keyboard.  Apart from that, its’s difficult to find appropriate typing music and you could have copyright issues and you won’t be able to monetise your video.  However, if you could find a copyright free version of ‘The Typewriter’ by American composer Leroy Anderson you could be onto a winner!
  6. People like to hear a voice, not just see a screen.  Everyone’s voice is different, use yours to show your interest and enthusiasm for what you are doing.  Don’t use bad language– it limits your audience; it doesn’t sound good.  There are lots of other, entertaining and passionate words and phrases that you can use that have an equal or better impact on the viewer.
  7. Videos are much better with a ‘beginning and an end’.  The typing of the full text of the Competition or Typing Text should be the middle part of the video, don’t just publish the typing part alone.
  8. On bsbltyping.com we have lots of different competitions and typing tests.  The  aim is to have a different beginning and end for each video. 
  9. Each video should have a voice over to help to guide the viewer to understand the content of the video.  Something simple like ‘I’m selecting the Weekly £10 Prize Fastest Typist Competition from the menu... and now I’m signing in... and now I’m on the typing input screen… and I’m choosing the Mode – I think I’ll try Two Line Mode this time…’ That sort of thing.  It adds a lot more interest to the video and only takes 10-20 seconds.  It sets the mood for the viewer.  The typing itself doesn’t take all that long – there are 15 Second Burst Tests, 30 Second Sprint Tests, One Minute Tests, 500 Word Tests (all in different languages).  And then there are the Cash Prize Competitions – Daily £5, Weekly £10, Monthly £30 and then the various Big Matches with prizes for Winners, Champions, Famers and Wildcard competitors of up to £200.
  10. The movement around the website pages should not be so fast that the viewer cannot follow what is going on.  This is important.  Those extra few seconds when you show a scoreboard or nameboard make a big difference to how the viewer feels about your video.
  11. When you show screen captures of the bsbltyping.com web pages, don’t move too fast – or too slow.  Just go at the speed where a reasonable viewer can understand what you’re doing.  Always remember that you know what you are doing and where you are navigating to within the website but for someone new if you go to fast they won’t follow what you’re doing and could become disengaged quite quickly.

Some ideas for videos to create.  You’ll see the buttons for the different Modes of typing input screens down the side of the typing input interface screen - the actual competition or typing test screen where you do your typing.  There’s a new ‘Expert Mode’ coming soon, along with other features so there's always the opportunity to do an 'update' video.  There's lots of  opportunity to do various series of videos.

 

Competition or Test

Typing Input Interface

1

Daily £5 Prize Fastest Typist Competition*Dec 2021

Two Line Mode

2

Daily £5 Prize Fastest Typist Competition*Dec 2021

Single Column Mode

3

Weekly £10 Prize Fastest Typist Competition

Two Line Mode

4

Weekly £10 Prize Fastest Typist Competition

Single Column Mode

5

Monthly £30 Prize Fastest Typist Competition

Two Line Mode

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Monthly £30 Prize Fastest Typist Competition

Single Column Mode

7

15 Second Burst Speed Typing Test

Two Line Mode

8

15 Second Burst Speed Typing Test

Single Column Mode

9

30 Second Burst Speed Typing Test

Two Line Mode

10

30 Second Burst Speed Typing Test

Single Column Mode

11

One Minute Typing Test

Two Line Mode

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One Minute Typing Test

Single Column Mode

13

500 Word Test

Two Line Mode

14

500 Word Test

Single Column Mode

 

Make the video interesting.  Begin with one of following  www.bsbltyping.com web pages

  1. Treasure Chest Sign in page
  2. Signing in from the Product Choice Page which is accessed by choosing  a ‘Competition’ item from the Main Menu,  £ Competition drop list i.e., from the URL https://bsbltyping.com/WFTProduct
  3. Select the item to be typed from the Main Menu £ Competition or Typing Test.
  4. From the relevant link on any of the Competition Pages
  5. From any of the links on the Typing Test Scoreboard Pages
  6. Selecting a Mode and/or the colours for the Typing Input Interface screen
  7. The Highest Earners or Fastest Typist Lists
  8. Any of the Winners, Champions or Hall of Famers nameboard pages
  9. From any Typing Test Scoreboard Page and then to go to a Competition Page
  10. From any Competition Page Scoreboard or Nameboard Page to go to a Typing Test Scoreboard Page
  11. Any other page on the www.bsbltyping.com website that can be used appropriately with a voiceover to lead into a video

 

End the video with something different and interesting    

The end of the video should always include displaying the results of the typing entry in the relevant scoreboard page and should conclude with one or more of the following elements of the www.bsbltyping.com . Any of the Winners, Champions or Hall of Famers nameboard pages are interesting places.

  1. The Highest Earners List
  2. The Fastest Typist List
  3. In the scoreboard click on your own or any other Competitor Name in the Competitor column and show the content of the User Data page that appears and explain and remark on what you see.
  4. In the scoreboard, click on  the WPM number on your row, or any other Competitor named row ,and display the performance data and explain and remark.
  5. In the Competition Scoreboard screen use the ‘Click for more scoreboards’ column and explain and remark
  6. In the Typing Test Scoreboard screen, after displaying the score that you have just achieved, click to clear the Search box so as to show the rest of the scoreboard and remark.  Show the Top table to see if your new score has been high enough to get a place in the Top Table.

That has set out some ideas and tips.  It’s up to you what you create, so get cracking and show the world how well you can type, and maybe tell them or show them something about yourself too.  You can really enjoy doing this!