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Hello fellow Instructors. For inspiration, I thought it might be fun to share student numbers. Plus any tips you might have on growing your student base?

 

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Personally, I have been working very hard since christmas to hit my goal of 15,000 by end of april 2019. I have been active in many facebook groups, not advertising, but helping, offering advice and positioning myself as knowledgable in my niche. I have seen a lot of growth since I started this push (approx 300!). Many have come from organic growth, but quite a few have followed my social profiles back to udemy and ended up buying one or more courses.

 

 

What have you been doing to promote yourself and your courses? Share below.

 

 

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I agree with Jason in that your best marketing is a good product. I get a lot of word of mouth enrollments. Some things I've noticed that help:

 

1. Building courses that are adjacent to each other in topic. It's much easier to build user affinity if you have several courses that all meet their needs (if they like your first course, then they would also like x.y,z courses you offer) 

2. Making sure whenever you pick a topic, you know you can win the category. There's no point really in making the second best course on x topic

 

It's also worth thinking about what is unique about your teaching style. Is there something you do differently than other instructors? Thinking outside of the box can make the experience more memorable and share-worthy

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Well, it is the day after the superbowl, so I am going to measure my numbers that way. I've been on Udemy for 26 months now, and I have taught enough students to fill up the stadium for the Super Bowl. That's over 65,000 students!

 

As for marketing, the best marketing you can ever do is to serve your students well. My students are the ones out there marketing me. When they succeed because of my courses, they post about it on Reddit, Facebook groups, and all over the internet. I never asked them to do it, they just did because they were so happy with their results.

 

Beyond that, I also help in various Facebook groups, have held livestreams, and do a small bit of email marketing during new course launches, but for the most part, I rely on Udemy and my students to market my courses, and I continue to work on my part: making the best courses with the most value possible!

 

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I agree with Jason in that your best marketing is a good product. I get a lot of word of mouth enrollments. Some things I've noticed that help:

 

1. Building courses that are adjacent to each other in topic. It's much easier to build user affinity if you have several courses that all meet their needs (if they like your first course, then they would also like x.y,z courses you offer) 

2. Making sure whenever you pick a topic, you know you can win the category. There's no point really in making the second best course on x topic

 

It's also worth thinking about what is unique about your teaching style. Is there something you do differently than other instructors? Thinking outside of the box can make the experience more memorable and share-worthy

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I like how the next step after 100,000 is 500,000... Going to take me a year or two to get there. But I love the optimism...

 

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Wow. This is great. As I see you're also teaching technical stuff. My first course is on the way. Good luck !
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Wahow you get great numbers Smiley Very Happy

Personnally I am 6 000 students for more than 1 year. I hope finish this year with 10 000 students, that will be awesome Smiley Happy

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I'm in a similar position to you Robin. Hope to hit 15,000 soon enough! Smiley Happy 

 

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Loving it! You are nicely ahead. I am going to have to crack on and get my next course wrapped up soon.. ;-)

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I've got 23,000 students and have been on Udemy since 2014 and full time since 2015.

I write books, blog, have a Facebook group and do youtube to keep people aware of me, build a reputation and promote my courses.

All the best 

Dan 

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Awesome Dan. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing ;-)

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6109 students and proud. Smiley Happy It's just one free course and advertised it a little bit on youtube! 

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And rightly so. 6109 Students are all learning from YOU! Way to go ;-)

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Soon I will get 15,000. Very much excited!

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Hello high acheivers. This is my student count in the 14 months.

My advise to other creators that want big numbers is to make sure that you provide a HUGE amount of value that far surpasses any other course in your category. Value is defined in many ways, but I know that is one thing I am doing that has helped me kill my numbers in my category, in addition to offering legitmate, good training that isn't just fluff and "circle-talking" which can be a big problem in my business. Be legitimate.

 

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Thats what I've striving for!

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Great thread topic, Robin! I have found that spending time with each student who asks a question or posts a project is essential. Not only do they come back to purchase other courses but the usually give you higher review ratings, giving you a better chance to rank higher organically in search. I have a student facebook group which helps to foster this relationship as well. I offer feedback on every project posted as well as holding monthly design challenges where I give live video feedback on all projects submitted. So really, just taking care of your student base, every single day.

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I'm impressed by your 261 courses. That's almost 1.5 courses a week for 3.5 years.

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Thanks, I always have a plan for more and enjoy making them.

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Nice numbers dear colleagues.

 

I wish I could have also posted this big numbers, but I am on 54 at this moment Smiley Very Happy

 

In case you have any suggestions/advices as super experienced instructors, will be highly appreciated.

 

Cheers,

 

Gubaz

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I've been on Udemy for over 3.5 years - eveyrone starts at the same place.

Keep going set your goals and you will achieve them.

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Hi Gubaz,

 

Don't feel bad. I have 524 and out of those only about 6 have paid. 

 

Good luck and hang in there.


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54 Is a respectable number. That is more than a large classroom, packed full of people eager to learn form YOU! Keep pushing. Get the word out that you have knowledge to share, make forum posts, start a blog, create a youtube channel, post to twitter, even talk to your local learning centres. It all helps to get eyes on your courses. BUT, above all else.... have fun. Enjoy the journey and know that you are changing the lives of many people with your content. Well done ;-)

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These numbers just totally blow my mind. Totally makes spending hours in my video editor worth it!! Great job Kyle and thank you for sharing ;-)

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm on the brink of 90,000.  But the more important metric is number of reviews and course star rating.  Thousands of students can be had overnight through BestBlackHatForum but reviews have to be worked for and earned.  I find that providing quality product and quick response to support questions are key to maintaining my star rating.

 

I have one important and easy "trick" for getting good student reviews.  I'm wondering whether I should post it to this forum?

 

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I’m curious as to your “trick”. Jason
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Yes please share if you can

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Jason,

 

In a nutshell:

 

1) Sort your students by percent completed.

2) Send Udemy messages asking for a review to those who have completed 100% of your course and haven't left a review.

 

Don't ask for a 5 star rating, just a review.  Students who have completed your course are more likely to leave 5 star reviews anyway.

 

Say something like...

 

Hi {name},

I see you completed my "" course.  Congratulations!

Could I get you to do me a favor and leave a review?

(Instructions on how to leave a review)

---Brian

 

I get a lot of good reviews I would have normally missed this way.  Of course, I miss a lot because many Udemy students don't know how to receive Udemy messages ;-).

 

Hope this helps,

 

---Brian

 

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Good idea!

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You have to be very careful when asking for reviews, I was told before by Udemy , "instructor can't explicitly or implicitly request reviews of a certain type. Also, some students can report this and it can negatively impact your course, which we are trying to avoid. "

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Actually, you could include this request in the "Congratulations Message", that's sent only to students who complete your course.
No need to filter and message each student one by one.


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Thats a good idea. Sort of like a friendly reminder. "Hey thanks for completing my course and getting your certificate! If you enjoyed the course, dont forget to leave a review..." or sum'ting. ;-)

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I don't believe you can say "If you enjoyed the course" thats what was told to me anyway

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On my way to 20,000!  Working on creating more shareable content to speed things up.  I have a step by step eye illustration that went crazy on Pinterest.  It got over 80,000 repins and hundreds of students created their own version of the ART!  I noticed that I get a lot of traffic from students sharing their completed art and saying that my course content helped them as well.  Got to love free advertising! Smiley Happy

 

 

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Thats awesome thanks for sharing your success

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50K, here I come!

 

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You are really close to the next milesone, nice Smiley Happy

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So close.... I hope you are planning a celebratory event? Good luck ;-)

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I agree important to celebrate and mark those milestones - keeps you motivated 

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Certainly a vodka or twelve! Smiley Wink
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Great idea - count me in

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Mostly see new students from my Facebook group, but it really is the product that has to sell you. 
This week I saw a few reddit posts about how amaziballs my courses were and they helped the person pass their certification, that advertising is worth so much, that is how you grow fast. 


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Can you tell me more about your Facebook group?

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I'm really killing it. LOL

It's a start and getting better every day. Most of these are freebies. My course has been up for about 2 months.

 

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More than half way!! Keep pushing. I know you got this ;-)

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Been on Udemy since January 2015.

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Congrats on the 50000 milestone Smiley Happy
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I started in 2013 and left Udemy to self-host shortly after as I was teaching "live" and the feature was never made to fruition (still hope of mine to see it working!)  Left for 4 years due to life, work, moves, and 2 kids and now back so the numbers are mostly from the last year. 

 

I do a lot of social media interaction, podcasts, word of mouth and referrals from Psychiatrists.  I (almost) never turn down another respected person in my field wanting to chat, podcast, write an article, etc. for both selfish and selfless reasons.

 

Overall I think especially for my field, mental health being genuine and authentic is my best sales tool.

 

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