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Is it allowed to turn a free course into a paid course?

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Can i make a free course and when i get some students into the course turn it into a paid one. Is it allowed and does this strategy even works if we want to increase course enrolment? 

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ElianaC
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Hi @AnmolDeep  You can switch from Free to Paid only once. If you switch from free to paid and back to free (or vice versa) after the course is published, your promotional announcements for the course will be permanently disabled. For more information on pricing your course, please review this article. In case you have any doubts, I'll recommend you to reach out to instructorsupport@udemy.com 

 

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Hi @SoyMarketer a course can only be switched from Free to Paid once. If the course is switched from free to paid and back to free (or vice versa) after the course is published, the promotional announcements for the course will be permanently disabled. To have an overview of your account you can reach out to instructorsupport@udemy.com they will be able to provide you with further details.

 

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ElianaC
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Hi @AnmolDeep  You can switch from Free to Paid only once. If you switch from free to paid and back to free (or vice versa) after the course is published, your promotional announcements for the course will be permanently disabled. For more information on pricing your course, please review this article. In case you have any doubts, I'll recommend you to reach out to instructorsupport@udemy.com 

 

Regards,

Eliana 

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Thor
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You can, just make sure not to switch it back and forth too many times.

After 3? switches free>paid>free>paid you lose your promotional announcements.

 


Thor Pedersen - IT , Project Management, and Cyber Security trainer

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Ok, to clarify. I created a new course and offered it at a cost for few days. I am now running a 2 week free offer.  Can I price it in 2 weeks without penalty? I am just unclear if I can go from cost to free back to cost without penalty. Thank you!

 

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Hey @SheilaGarth520, I know it can be confusing-. The system detects and only allows one change from free to paid specifically. So, we have two scenarios:

1- Launch paid, switch free, switch paid, switch free, switch paid - no promo
2- Launch free, switch paid, switch free, switch paid - no promo

The amount of changes is different in both scenarios, but If you look close enough, you can see that both scenarios change from free to paid twice, which is what our platform looks for in this criteria. Which is why both scenarios would cause you to lose promotional emails. Let me know if this makes sense!

 

Abbie Reyes
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Just to be 100% clear. In a practical case: I´m about to turn a course that has sales, and I launched as PAID, into a FREE course. Once I get a bunch of students, I will switch it back to paid. Only one change from free to paid. This will NOT take my promo emails, correct?

ElianaC
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Hi @SoyMarketer a course can only be switched from Free to Paid once. If the course is switched from free to paid and back to free (or vice versa) after the course is published, the promotional announcements for the course will be permanently disabled. To have an overview of your account you can reach out to instructorsupport@udemy.com they will be able to provide you with further details.

 

Eliana Cerna

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@Abbie so can the course go -

1. Launch Paid, Switch Free, Switch Paid and still have promotional emails?

2. Launch Free, Switch Paid and still have promotional emails?

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Sounds about right.

 

Beware:

The main complaing about this strategy is the amount of low-star reviews.

 

It can hurt your course a lot.

 

I haven´t tried it,

 

And for all my 6 courses,

 

Udemy is just amazing...

 

The promote them well.

 

Your job is to chose the right keywords and make it compatible with advertising. (So using something like SEMrush for a course structure + adding some copywriting wisedom to create additional lessons that are not SEO driven.)

Happy hunting!

ElianaC
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Hi @csnorman12a course can only be switched from Free to Paid once. If the course is switched from free to paid and back to free (or vice versa) after the course is published, the promotional announcements for the course will be permanently disabled. 

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I dont even know if you can. As teacher, we need to be role models. That strategy seems tobe unethical. There out people is in need of growing personal and profesionally. Be clear from the very begining. Trust on the instructor is affected by doing that.

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