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Hi, there!

 

As a newbie, I am learning as much as my students... My course is new and has only 7 students so far and no reviews yet.

 

The issue: I offered a free coupon to 2 people, one being a family member and one a total stranger who contacted me on my site and was very interested in my course. I wanted to make it possible for him to take it, plus I need students. Of course, I did not ask for any public reviews in exchange for it, that would be wrong. The family member actually won't be leaving a review for sure because I don't want anyone thinking it was fake and not honest (although he truly liked the course).

 

But the other student I am not related to or even know is really enjoying the course and asked me if he can leave a review, he wants to know if the fact that he got the free coupon would prevent him from doing so. I told him I would check and not to worry about it, the feedback he gave me was so helpful, but he is adamant about the review. Even wants to pay just to be able to review, as he feels it is not fair to get the value for free.

 

I learned that these coupons are tricky and won't do them again... but I don't regret helping someone out and I am happy they liked it...

Kindly,
Luisa
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Hi Luisa. Welcome to Udemy and congrats on your first course! Giving away free coupons is GREAT (in my opinion). I give away lots of free coupons, particularly when I first got started, and I still do when I launch a new course. Sometimes a student will ask a question about a course and I'll give them a free coupon just to be nice. Just last month I redesigned one of my old courses and it was a sunny day and I was in a good mood, so I sent a 3-day unlimited free coupon to my 38k students to join that course. I felt good about it Smiley Wink

 

As for asking for reviews, it's totally fine. In fact, it's great way to get started. You just have to be clear about the language you're using: You are not giving away free coupons in exchange for positive reviews. This is basically bribing. Instead, you are offering free coupons to get the course going and build social proof, and you ask that the students leave an honest review of the course. 

 

So definitely ask the student to leave a review! Maybe even send them a free coupon link that they can share with a few friends. Getting started on Udemy is difficult and takes a while. My recommendation is to work on building up a student base (free coupons are good for this), and don't worry about sales; those will come in the future.

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Hi Luisa. Welcome to Udemy and congrats on your first course! Giving away free coupons is GREAT (in my opinion). I give away lots of free coupons, particularly when I first got started, and I still do when I launch a new course. Sometimes a student will ask a question about a course and I'll give them a free coupon just to be nice. Just last month I redesigned one of my old courses and it was a sunny day and I was in a good mood, so I sent a 3-day unlimited free coupon to my 38k students to join that course. I felt good about it Smiley Wink

 

As for asking for reviews, it's totally fine. In fact, it's great way to get started. You just have to be clear about the language you're using: You are not giving away free coupons in exchange for positive reviews. This is basically bribing. Instead, you are offering free coupons to get the course going and build social proof, and you ask that the students leave an honest review of the course. 

 

So definitely ask the student to leave a review! Maybe even send them a free coupon link that they can share with a few friends. Getting started on Udemy is difficult and takes a while. My recommendation is to work on building up a student base (free coupons are good for this), and don't worry about sales; those will come in the future.

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Hi, Mike! I just wanted to make sure I am following the rules correctly, of course the reviews have to be totally honest, but I wasn't sure if it was ok to have them. Thank you so much for clarifying and sharing your experience! You're right, it is time to plant the good seeds and not worry about the harvest just yet.Smiley Happy

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Luisa
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