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

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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

- Filip is founder of www.teachermethod.com, 1-on-1 mentorship program dedicated to teach you how to create and sell exceptional Udemy courses
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Thank you for your tips Filip, I have a question how can I see what the other instructors are doing now 

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Thank you for sharing this info Filip 


 

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Thank you for your tips Filip, I have a question how can I see what the other instructors are doing now 

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@Lidya wrote:

Thank you for your tips Filip, I have a question how can I see what the other instructors are doing now 


You're welcome Lidya! Can you clarify what you mean by what other instructors are "doing"? What do you exactly mean by this?

- Filip is founder of www.teachermethod.com, 1-on-1 mentorship program dedicated to teach you how to create and sell exceptional Udemy courses

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Thank you for sharing this info Filip 


 

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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! 

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Thank you for the tips. It's really helpful

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I must confess that I am really learning a lot from this community. Filip, these tips are great. Thanks very much for sharing. I expect more tips from you.

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thanks for your tips , it's really helpful for me , specially i'm kind of a new instructor here.

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@AhmedAhmedHassa wrote:

thanks for your tips , it's really helpful for me , specially i'm kind of a new instructor here.


Very welcome Ahmed!

- Filip is founder of www.teachermethod.com, 1-on-1 mentorship program dedicated to teach you how to create and sell exceptional Udemy courses

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very helpful

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Thanks!

- Filip is founder of www.teachermethod.com, 1-on-1 mentorship program dedicated to teach you how to create and sell exceptional Udemy courses

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Thank you, Filip, for your insights! 

I have just started recording videos for my first course and I am so excited to get it up and published! I think recording it perfectly is the hardest part because I'm using my cell phone right now for video as my cash flow is not great at the moment to purchase better equipment. Sometimes it takes me like 10-15 takes to get it right! 

My question for you is do you know of any free or nominal fee software out there that I can use to edit my videos? Like cropping or cutting something out of the middle of a film? Right now I can only edit the beginning and ending of my videos and this can be quite time consuming to get the middle content just right. If I fumble a word or something I have to start all over again- noooo!!! 

Anyways- thank you so much for being part of this community! I am super excited for this next adventure in my life! 

Regards, 

Dawn Sisti 

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Hello Dawn, thank you for your contribution to the e-learning world.
My tip for you is; you have to find a way to optimize the recording time and lowering any chances of screwing up your script while mid-talking. This can be achieved in couple of ways... Try to summarize your script in some bulletins that would be placed around you somewhere that you can always take a look and remind yourself of the content.

Maybe, move the recording platform to a monitor where there'll be a presentation of your talking. This way you can easily do it in one take while reading a script that you've previousely written.

There aren't many good free video editors out there unfortunately. Movie maker is the default windows software for this, but I'd suggest going with OpenShot. Its available for Windows and Mac as well.

In case you're using a Mac, try the iMovie, which is free.
Good luck!

- Filip is founder of www.teachermethod.com, 1-on-1 mentorship program dedicated to teach you how to create and sell exceptional Udemy courses

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Filip, 

I took some of your suggestions, especially the bullet point notes in front of me and what a world of difference that made! I just ad-libbed the rest and I have published my course! I haven't made a ton of money from it but that wasn't the goal for me- just a bonus if and when it happens :). I just wanted to actually publish my course and it gave me a great sense of accomplishment and was a fun project! Thinking of what I might teach next. 

Regards, 

Dawn 

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10 very good points. Thanks.

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Thank you very insightful


@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


 

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Hi thanks! 

Great tips for new instructors! 

I appriciate the wish to influence good. 

Ronit marie

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Thanks for sharing your tips! Your fellow instructors really enjoyed the post, so we're featuring it on our homepage -- check it out here!

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Thank you Filip for your advice. Do you think is it a good idea to publish a course free for some time and convert that to paid? Specially for new instructors.

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Filip, 

In #8 you talk about free coupons. How do I just create a free coupon and select who I give them too? Doesn't the free coupon go public? 

Thank you, 

Dawn 

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Really informative. I am new to Udemy as an instructor. Thank you for your Tips Filip.

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