This is demoralizing

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This is demoralizing

I have been here a full year by now.  

At this stage, I am convinced that this platform is not for me.  How do I delete my courses and take my toys home?


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Hi @drewprof , we're sorry to hear about your decision to leave the platform. Have you checked out this compilation of marketing posts from other instructors? It's packed with tips and tricks you may find useful! 


If you're still decided to leave, unfortunately, courses cannot be deleted. This would break Udemy's lifetime access policy. What can be done is unpublish your course. This will remove the courses from the marketplace and prevent new enrollments but the students who are already in them will still have access to them.

@MariaG , I am just going to stop adding courses and referring students to this platform.  You can read my responses to other posters below to get the idea.

Hi, I don't think that you should give up. Most times when you are on the verge of giving up that is when the break through comes. Just bear a little more patience and hang on there. Give it another try. Good things do not come easy. Wishing you all the best.

Giving up on Udemy isn't giving up on my business.  Udemy is just not right for my courses or my style of teaching.  However, when I offer my courses for free, it's amazing how many people sign up everyday.  That would be okay if they signed up for paid courses eventually, but they never do that.  This tells me a lot about this platform: it's not for me!



"However, when I offer my courses for free, it's amazing how many people sign up everyday." These are probably not real people signing up for your courses. There are bots that roam the Udemy countryside looking for free courses. When they detect a free course they sign up. You can get hundreds or thousands of these. Most of these signups will never actually go through your course. There is little reason to offer a course for free on Udemy. Worse yet, if a real person did sign up for your free course, you could never send promotions to that person. Udemy doesn't allow it. 

I think what's best for you is to find better ways to get sales. Packing up doesn't make you better, it just closes this channel of income and that's not something you'd want.


So please, search out tips on how to improve your marketing skills so you can get more leads who will inturn transform to students. I'm hopeful you'll find your feet here!

What marketing? Udemy is supposed to do that, that's why they take a huge chunk of the revenu.  I had however directed some of my "real life" students to some of my content and published links on facebook and other social media.  What else do i need to do?

There was a reason I picked Udemy, Skill Share...etc. for some of my courses.  In the end, Udemy ended up being the least performant for my courses.  Maybe my stuff isn't for its audience, or it's utter garbage.  I doubt the latter to be true since I am doing well elsewhere.

As to marketing, on my own, on my platform(my own website), I am doing well there, thank you.


Meu Nobre Samuel, não podemos transferir a culpa das politicas erradas aos geradores de conteúdo, isso é injusto, FIZ MINHA PARTE, tendo o melhor curso na plataforma de eletrônica, são 7000 alunos, .... então vimos a plataforma mudar nossos percentuais, sem nenhuma consulta previa.

@drewprof  You have over 5000 students for a year plus? I consider this a success, but only you could tell why you want to leave now.

I could only get those numbers when I offered my courses for free.  As soon as I lock them to be monetized, I get a trickle.  To this day, since I started with Udemy a year ago, I have accumulated $255.  I might as well sell my ware in a bazaar in the middle of nowhere.

On the other hand, I am getting better results on other platforms... MUCH better results.  This is why I am going to stop publishing additional courses here.

Oh, before I forget, did I mention somewhere else that my courses on Udemy are being pirated?  Yep, they were lifted right here from this platform.  

What is the particular course you made that you are selling? 

How big is the course? 

Are you a motivating instructor? Do you have energy in your talks? 

Are you advertising enough? 

Have you gotten any feedback from students who take your course?

Is your course really worth the amount your selling maybe the price is to high?

There are so many factors that play into the success of your course!

I am new hear at Udemy and I am excited to get started I am making my first course. 

But I know this is going to be great! This instructor board is pure awesome, a place were anyone can come and ask questions!

Before you make that decision I would rethink.

I mean do you depend on the money as income to provide for you or do you have a job because if you do have a job than you are getting a boast in your income from a course you want to totally give up on! 

Let me know if you changed your mind. 

Let's just focus on price and leave the rest for students to judge; go look at my ratings.  It doesn't matter what you price your course at, it will most likely sell for $11 and the instructor portion will not exceed $4 at best; none of my courses sold for face value.  That is not up to you the instructor, it's Udemy's way of getting volume.  You simply provide content for this to happen.


I get what you mean your ratings are pretty good although your problem is the sales you get on your course, right?

I would say this is a marketing issue, you are not getting enough publicity for your course. 

You should not make your course to professional and you should act natural and share some tips in your videos, students will not enroll in a course that they are not engaged in. When they read your intro this is were it will all begin and determine weather they purchase you should add more energy in your speech in your preview course video that the student will watch! 

You and I both know the truth that a student needs motivation and modern day education teaches in games! 

Try adding energy in your voice in your preview videos! 

Cool, since you know everything go and publish your own course then get back with me about how you feel things should be.

I do not know everything I just watched all the beginners tips! 

Everyone should! A good company stays in the competition if they are constantly learning which involves change if they dont they just fade away. 

I am at peace with fading away from this platform.  I am just not going to add any new content, unless there is a favorable strategic shift to encourage instructors to be more involved.  

Over recent years there have been a good number of instructors who have posted similar messages saying they were leaving Udemy. I have come to the conclusion that they are right, for them and their courses. I think there is a little point trying to convince them otherwise. In any field, music, writing, athletics, a minority succeed and the majority are wiser to spend their energies on other pursuits. 


It reminds me of these commencement speeches when graduates are told to pursue their dreams and never give up. That is total crap. Only a moron never gives up. Your dreams are often misguided fantasies and "never giving up" is synonimous with not processing feedback and not reacting to the realities of a marketplace. This is a business endeavor, not a dream, and success in business is all about listening to how the market responds to your offering and making changes as a result of that response. Change course, adapt, be agile, give up when things aren't working!

Lawrence M. Miller

I am adapting, I find other platforms much more receptive to my content.  Udemy only works for me when I offer my courses for free.



"Udemy only works for me when I offer my courses for free."


No, Udemy is not working for you when your course is free. 99% of the signups you get when you offer a free course are from computerized bots looking for free courses. None of those signups will ever go through your course.

I realized that... No need to to put stuff for free to get students interested in my ware.  That was my mistake!

I am sure the reviews from these bots were fake as well.


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