First of all I would like to say congratulations to you all on your respective Udemy businesses. I've been part of a few online communities in the past and what I like most about Udemy is that pretty much everyone is an action taker - you do things rather than sit around and compalin.
I have a situation and would greatly appreciate your input (it's slightly different).
I joined Udemy back in 2014 and launched 4 courses within a couple of months. Just as these were taking off (I quickly jumped to $350/mo in revenue) I was offered my dream job, which had long been in the pipeline. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I let my Udemy business go and did very little to keep it going and support my students.
Fast forward to today and those 4 courses are still live, one of which has a rating of 4.7 stars from 17 reviews and has generated thousands of dollars in passive income. That course currently ranks on the 2nd page for 'Amazon FBA'.
I feel ashamed for having let my Udemy business go, but most of all, for letting my students down. Teaching is a real passion and seeing people succeed is both a pleasure and honour - and I've made a committment to myself that I'm going to recitfy this.
Out of the four courses, one of them has done well (considering I haven't touched it in 4.5 years), is in an area where I have had some great success and is a topic that genuinely interests me (Amazon FBA).
Do you think I should build on this one course and focus on Amazon FBA type courses (keeping in mind how competitive it now is) or would it be better to start a fresh in a less competitive niche?
Whatever I do, all of my existing students will have lifetime access to every course I publish for from now on. I am using this as an opportunity to focus on delivering exceptional student experiences and to add real value.
Thanks in advance for your input - it's greatly appreciated.
I would first update your current course(s). Then create new courses that have some similarity in subject and market to your existing students.
A less competitive niche is one in which there are fewer students. Most important, teach what you have enthusiasm for.