Hey Folks and Happy Thursday,
I wanted to send some thoughts and inspiration out to new instructors and anyone struggling a little. I know what it was like starting out as an instructor wondering if I could make it work, could I make it count, could I do this full time.
My first course went live in September 2017 and I made less than $50 for the first couple of months, I added another and another because all of the top instructors kept posting that it was a "long game" and you had to keep at it and keep producing courses.
Fast forward 28 Months to this January....... this month I crossed the 40,000 paying students mark and the milestone of $200,000 income. I'm not saying this to impress you as there are many instructors with way more impressive numbers. I am saying this, however, to impress upon you that it can be done! It takes time, effort and determination, it takes hard work and a learning curve that keeps you on your toes...... but it can be done.
I'll add some tips below, many you will have seen before from other instructors but I may just add something that sparks a thought inside you, here goes:
- Content is your livelihood...... very few people will make loads of money with one course so keep creating content and adding courses.
- Connect with your students....... use the announcements to connect, answer Q&A's and messages, start and get involved in your own Facebook groups. The more your students get to know the real you, the more they will buy extra courses from you.
- Learn as much as you can about the Udemy search engine..... the more you learn the greater you can use it to your advantage. Just like Google, if you can push the right buttons and hit the right keywords you can succeed.
- Quality rules...... you don't need to aim for perfection but you do need to make the best quality courses you can. People buy quality, it's as simple as that.
- Read these pages...... When I first started there was an instructors Facebook group that then moved across to here. Everytime I saw a post from a top instructor who was doing well I read it over and over until I knew their strategies. There are always posts from top instructors in here giving you hints and tips so use them! These guys know what they are talking about!
- Be consistenctly persistent..... Keep going, no matter what happens, keep going. If one course doesn;t make what you thought it would, do another! I have some courses that turn over very little and some that do a decent amount. Not all of them work, but some will! I once heard a Sales Trainer say..... "Some will, some won't, so what, next" - a great mantra for a Udemy instructor!!
From me to you, I wish you every success in whatever area you are in.... you got this!!
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What he said, mine is a similar story.
I started in March 2017 with 0 following, 0 presence, 0 content, 0 online training experience. ,
Now I have 35k students, 10k reviews, $265k earnings (average $15-20k /month on Udemy now + $5-8k off Udemy).
Thank you Graham, I am a new instructor preparing to submit my course soon, I have worked hard to release the best content that can be but also I am afraid of failure I always say there are instructors with bestseller tag why students would buy my course, All negative thoughts come at once, but I am committed
Thanks for the inspiration, I wish you more and more success
I am very excited to join this community.
I took the first step to sign on as an instructor today. I am looking forward to building my couse online. Thank you for sharing your story because it inspired me
I haven't added any quizzes into my courses, but it should be noted that I am in a different area to you (going from your username). I know in some areas people like them so it might be trial and error on your part to see what works by asking for feedback from your students.
Good luck with your course 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story, Graham! Truly inspiring. As an instructor, one needs to keep patience, continuously produce quality content and have constant engagement with the students. Difficult but not impossible.
I am looking forward to learn and soon start building my course.
Once again, thank you for the tips and best of luck to all instructors 👍
Thank you for your post, I realised a course at the end of November, and another a couple of weeks ago, was feeling worried as I not sold any of my second course (given a few away free) and haven't had any sakes for 3 to 4 weeks. Is this normal in February, so feeling more positive after reading your comments . Thank you
Thanks for the inspiration I really needed this am a new instructor with just 2 courses with the second one just published in the animation niche any more tip will be really helpful thanks once again..
Good Evening Mr Graham,
I am truly inspired by your jouney and at the same time curious to know on a few things below.
* What will be my earning potential during my initial courses may be 2 or 3 courses
* How long will it take for me to start earning a respectable revenue say around $1000 per month or so.
* Is there any platform on udemy which gives a snapshot on the revenues generated course wise/ instructor wise, so that i can get a insight on the same.
Your thoughts and advise will be highly appreciated. Shall eagerly await your replies
I completed your Emotional Intelligence Course, which was a little repetitive in places but overall it was engaging and each video was about the right length. So, I learned a lot from that.
I am currently doing an NLP course from a different instructor, to see how styles change and their effectiveness for me, his videos are averaging 15-18 minutes and are too long, whereas you repeated things for emphasis, I think he is 'padding'.
Now. I am just building my first course, waiting for the test video response before I start filming, and I have initially the ability to build 4 courses. Do you think that will be sufficient for my first year? Or, do I need to find other topics that I am passionate about although not related to what I currently teach?
BTW youhave recently marketed the same course to me that I have done, is that a 'mass marketing' or a mis-match?