10 Things I've Learned Throughout my 2.5 year Udemy Career! [Tips & Advice]

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  • Lizzy
    Lizzy Posts: 162 Community Champion rank
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    @MikeXCohen

    Hi Mike

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts because there is a lot that I agree with but I haven't read other instructors post these views. I would rather focus my efforts on making courses than social media so it's good to hear this works for you. Also, I was planning to be realistic about pricing. Good advice.

  • SamarAdel638
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    Thanks for sharing this!

    Appreciated!

  • PatricRozario
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    Very useful post. Short and to the point.

  • InezJordan708
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    Thanks Filip for the great tips. I am just getting started. My first course has been submitted for review. I was a bit concerned about publishing during a $9.99 sale period. I do not think that will be an issue this time around.

  • TotalSeminars
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    Right on, Filip. I think you put everything new (and experienced) instructors need to know right here.

    How do you drive your students to outside groups like Facebook or Discord? I know Udemy doesn't allow outside links in many circumstances, so how do you reach out to your students to connect outside of Udemy?

    Shannon Murdoch, VPM Total Seminars

  • Marieari
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    Hi thanks!

    Great tips for new instructors!

    I appriciate the wish to influence good.

    Ronit marie

  • JulianneBenford
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    I was wondering this too.

  • EasyProfessor
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    Hey there,

    Thank you for the list. Great read. But can you point as to how to go about achieving 2nd point, i.e, directing students to a FB group.

    So far as I know it is against Udemy guidelines to ask students to sign up or join a group outside of Udemy. I may be wrong on this.

    I would love your thoughts on this.

    Thanks

  • PratapReddy
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    Thanks for taking time to write this post and also for a well organised and clear explanation.. Helps a lot..😊

  • RajkumarBM
    RajkumarBM Posts: 19
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    I liked the way you have described it here. Quite useful. Thank you.

  • Francisoji048
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    Thanks for your wonderful advice.Those of us that are new in this community will always count on you to always give us guidelines to succeed in the community.

  • kapilkasera
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    very good advice

    thank u


    @FilipK
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    Hey guys!
    Filip Kordanovski here. I'm very much enjoying this new community and what a better way to start than with some valuable tips I've learned through my relatively short, but amazing, Udemy career.

    1. Be consistent with communicating with your students.
    Send out promotional announcements whenever you have something new to sell or upcoming course release. Send out educational announcements with related course content, at least once per month and provide even more value to your existing students.

    2. Gather your exsisting students within a community group.

    I prefer Facebook Groups, Discord chatrooms or anything other, really. Let this be a hub for your existing students and connect with them. Students like when they are receiving attention from their instructor and 1-on-1 communication with them may be crucial for that student to enroll in your new course!

    3. Respond to private messages, reviews, Q&A questions and assignments.

    Student engagement is by far the most important thing you can achieve as an instructor. Engaged students are likely going to enjoy your upcoming courses based on how you treated them in your previous ones!

    4. Research what your existing students are interested in, besides your course topic.
    This is important because you get to know what your audience would like to learn next and what a better way to surprise them than with creating a course they are simply dying to watch! Udemy provides in-depth statistics of this matter.

    5. Quality over quantity
    Always focus on delivering high quality content, catchy visuals, crystal clear audio and always improve on your delivery. Don't rush to create course that is not perfectly made or even not finished completely. If you want any specific tips about the things I mentioned in this tip, feel free to ask away!

    6. Quality courses equals high selling price

    Don't set your courses at 20$! A carefuly crafted course is worth way more than that. Always aim for the 100$+ price mark, so when Udemy has a sale, the student will be excited to see that the course they want to purcahse is 90% off!

    7. Learn from the big guys

    Always research your competition before creating a course on a particular topic. I'd say, research about 10 competitor courses in your niche, and start listing out things that their courses are missing and make sure to include them into your courses! This is the best tip I can give you to win on Udemy.

    8. Free coupons is a risky move!
    Most students who enroll in your premium course for free are not interested in your topic as a person who would pay for your course. Be cautious with this, since this may lead to low review ratings, overflooding your course with inactive students and thus resulting in incorrect statistics like engagement, analytics and more. I'd say just give 10-15 free coupons to close friends and let them criticize your course!

    9. Bite sized lectures are the way to go!
    Don't make your lectures long videos that the student may feel overwhelmed by watching! Let them grasp a concept in a short video and make them feel like they've learned at least something throughout that short lecture! They are also more likely to watch a shorter lecture, thus, increasing your engagement!

    10. Never stop learning

    I've been an instructor for 2.5 years but I'm still learning new things daily. Always research delivery techniques, learn from more successful instructors than you, visit this community hub at least 1 hour per day and learn and contribute! It will return ten times higher in your journey to become the best instructor you can be.

    Don't forget that you're changing lives of students daily throughout your courses. You help them land their dream job, get an internship or simply learn a new skill!

    Feel free to talk and share your ideas on how to improve on any field! Let's make this thread the ultimate go-to for any newcomer and seasoned instructor!

    You're awesome, keep rocking!

    Filip Kordanovski


  • StanleyEze
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    I'm new to the instructor community and will want to grow my engagement and course enrollments. I'm a very new beginner 😊


    @FilipK
    wrote:

    Hey guys!
    Filip Kordanovski here. I'm very much enjoying this new community and what a better way to start than with some valuable tips I've learned through my relatively short, but amazing, Udemy career.

    1. Be consistent with communicating with your students.
    Send out promotional announcements whenever you have something new to sell or upcoming course release. Send out educational announcements with related course content, at least once per month and provide even more value to your existing students.

    2. Gather your exsisting students within a community group.

    I prefer Facebook Groups, Discord chatrooms or anything other, really. Let this be a hub for your existing students and connect with them. Students like when they are receiving attention from their instructor and 1-on-1 communication with them may be crucial for that student to enroll in your new course!

    3. Respond to private messages, reviews, Q&A questions and assignments.

    Student engagement is by far the most important thing you can achieve as an instructor. Engaged students are likely going to enjoy your upcoming courses based on how you treated them in your previous ones!

    4. Research what your existing students are interested in, besides your course topic.
    This is important because you get to know what your audience would like to learn next and what a better way to surprise them than with creating a course they are simply dying to watch! Udemy provides in-depth statistics of this matter.

    5. Quality over quantity
    Always focus on delivering high quality content, catchy visuals, crystal clear audio and always improve on your delivery. Don't rush to create course that is not perfectly made or even not finished completely. If you want any specific tips about the things I mentioned in this tip, feel free to ask away!

    6. Quality courses equals high selling price

    Don't set your courses at 20$! A carefuly crafted course is worth way more than that. Always aim for the 100$+ price mark, so when Udemy has a sale, the student will be excited to see that the course they want to purcahse is 90% off!

    7. Learn from the big guys

    Always research your competition before creating a course on a particular topic. I'd say, research about 10 competitor courses in your niche, and start listing out things that their courses are missing and make sure to include them into your courses! This is the best tip I can give you to win on Udemy.

    8. Free coupons is a risky move!
    Most students who enroll in your premium course for free are not interested in your topic as a person who would pay for your course. Be cautious with this, since this may lead to low review ratings, overflooding your course with inactive students and thus resulting in incorrect statistics like engagement, analytics and more. I'd say just give 10-15 free coupons to close friends and let them criticize your course!

    9. Bite sized lectures are the way to go!
    Don't make your lectures long videos that the student may feel overwhelmed by watching! Let them grasp a concept in a short video and make them feel like they've learned at least something throughout that short lecture! They are also more likely to watch a shorter lecture, thus, increasing your engagement!

    10. Never stop learning

    I've been an instructor for 2.5 years but I'm still learning new things daily. Always research delivery techniques, learn from more successful instructors than you, visit this community hub at least 1 hour per day and learn and contribute! It will return ten times higher in your journey to become the best instructor you can be.

    Don't forget that you're changing lives of students daily throughout your courses. You help them land their dream job, get an internship or simply learn a new skill!

    Feel free to talk and share your ideas on how to improve on any field! Let's make this thread the ultimate go-to for any newcomer and seasoned instructor!

    You're awesome, keep rocking!

    Filip Kordanovski


  • Brigitte
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    Thank you Filip! Your post is quite interesting and gives us many tips as to how to market good quality courses. I have found very difficult to achieve high quality as far as sound is concerned and sometimes, I spend many hours in front of the camera doing it again and again because I am not satisfied with the way I am saying it!

  • TroyDevaney
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    Thanks Filip! I've just joined Udemy and read your post. Fantastic tips and advice. Hope to hear more from you in the future!

  • Learner's_World
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the post.
    I am new to Udemy. I've got two questions, if you can answer

    • Can we announce about our outside udemy groups [FB/telegram/google group, etc.] in the educational announcement section of the course?
    • Can we offer a webinar/live meet to our students and announce it in the educational announcement section of the course?

    The idea is to interact with the students and solve their queries and make them engaged.

  • Thiago Berka
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    Good questions, i'd like to know too.

  • VittorioLiu92
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    Thank You Filip ! :smileyhappy:

  • VittorioLiu92
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    Very good , thanks ! :D

  • AmandeepKaur Sodhi
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    Thanx for your valuable tips Filip. Need a small advice. I have recently got my first course published on Udemy which is available for free. After about how many courses should I start putting it on paid mode? Thanx a lot

  • NextGenHR506
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    Hi Philip

    really nice post of yours.. congratulations on your success on udemy.

    I would like to know where can I put my FAcebook link for my students?

    Also please let me know is it better to create 2 separate courses on same subject as a continuation if it’s a very deep subject?

    regards

    Meghana

  • Monica2021
    Monica2021 Posts: 211
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    Thanks, I do appreciate the tips and I will try to put them to good use.

    All the best in your endeavors.

  • amulia&8
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    Thank you very much Filip for your valuable suggestions on content creation... Really true that I want to practice these in my courses...