How to create private, shareable links for the work samples in your application

Nung-Hsin Hu, Travel and Study 2017.

If you do not want your work samples to be public, you’ll take an extra step to make them private so you can post them so panelists can access them, but the public cannot.

Video Work Samples


Screenshot of how to upload and pick a password

In Vimeo, you will password-protect your videos. You can do this when you upload a file by selecting "Only people with a password can see this video." Remember the password you select, as you'll need to include it in your application.

Screenshot of how to change your privacy setting

You can also do this to an already-uploaded video. Click the button below to see your videos. Select your video, click on "Settings," then "Privacy." Under "Who can watch this video" select "Only people with a password" and enter in your password.

screenshot of Vimeo share video

To get your link, click "Share" and then copy the link starting with "[set of numbers]" 


In YouTube, you’ll want to make your video Unlisted. Unlisted videos can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.

Your unlisted videos won’t appear to others who visit the "Videos" tab of your channel page or show up in YouTube's search results. You can share an unlisted video's URL with other users. Unlike private videos, the people you share the video with don't need a Google Account to see the video.

  • Go to your Video Manager. Find the video you want to change, then click Edit.
  • In the "Privacy Settings" drop-down menu, choose Unlisted. Click Save changes.

Audio Work Samples


You can share a “secret link” in Soundcloud by going to your track and clicking the 'Share' button below its waveform. Anyone with the secret link will be able to listen to your track.

To make an already-existing track secret, go to and click to edit your track. Then, select “private.”

Image Work Samples via Upload

You will upload your image work samples directly in Submittable. The preferred file type is jpg/jpeg, though png and tiff files are accepted. Generally speaking, the larger the file size, the better quality the image will be. We prefer images under 30MB.

Image Work Samples via Dropbox

Put all of your images into a folder. Go to the folder that has your images. Click “Share folder,” then click “Copy link”. This will give you a shareable, private link.

Screenshot showing how to get a shared link in Dropbox

The link you get will have a random mix of letters and numbers, like this:

If you get a link that looks like this, you haven’t created a shared link: