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Olá comunidade de instrutores! Estamos empolgados em trazer mais um seminário educacional! No dia 31 de maio, às 16h** PST, estaremos conversando com Trevoir Williams sobre tudo relacionado a áudio e visual. Trevoir compartilhará suas melhores dicas para obter áudio e recursos visuais de alta qualidade para seus cursos online. As vagas são limitadas aos primeiros 500 participantes. Registre-se aqui. Se você tiver alguma dúvida específica para Trevoir, deixe-a nos comentários abaixo! Estamos ansiosos para nos conectar com você virtualmente em 31 de maio! *Por favor, note que este evento está sendo realizado em inglês.* **Reconhecemos que, ao tentar acomodar os fusos horários, esse horário pode não ser o ideal para alguns de vocês, no entanto, uma repetição do seminário estará disponível na comunidade no final da semana.
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Hello Instructor Community!
We are excited to bring another educational webinar! On May 31st at 4pm** PST we’ll be chatting with Trevoir Williams about all things audio & visual. Trevoir will be sharing his best tips for attaining high-quality audio & visuals for your online courses.
Space is limited to the first 500 attendees. Register here.
If you have any specific questions for Trevoir, leave them in the comments below.
We look forward to connecting with you virtually on May 31st!
*Please note that this event is being held in English.*
**We recognize that in trying to accommodate the time zones this time might not be the ideal time frame for some of you, however, a replay of the webinar will be available in the community later in the week.
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Hello @StefanoCurzi1969, that's quite an impressive journey you've been on, and we're glad you've chosen Udemy to share your knowledge with students all around the world.
If this is your first time teaching online, feel free to ask questions and participate in discussions anytime. There are many instructors passionate and experienced who will be glad to assist.
Wishing you all the best!
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Welcome to the community, we're so happy to have you here! 😊
Let us know if you need any assistance with course creation - we're here to help!
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Hi @JazminJewelYoga, welcome to the community, it's nice to meet you too! 🙋 ♀️
I'm excited for you to publish your first Yoga course soon! Once you have published it, you will gain access to the 'Published Instructor Club' which is a special forum in the community where you can connect and ask questions to other experienced instructors. I'm sure you will get to know many people who share the same interests and mindset as you.
If you need anything in the meantime, feel free to participate in discussions or create your own posts. Wishing you all the best! 😊
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Udemy Senior Product Marketing Manager, Katie Bent presented an hour-long webinar "Making the Most of your Instructor Experience" and we've got the replay for you below!
In this hour-long webinar Katie goes over:
The 4 P's of being an online instructor
How to make the most of Marketplace Insights
The importance of the first 15 minutes of your course
How to optimize your course landing page
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Today we are happy to bring you the replay of the webinar with @MarkLassoff & @DiogoAlvesd487 . In this hour-long session, our panel discussed their top post-publishing tips and took questions from the audience.
Here are a few more marketing resources for you to check out:
Establishing your credibility with reviews
Making the most of your coupons & referrals
Reach out to your learners
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In this hour-long webinar Chen answers the following questions:
What are the Udemy SEO considerations that I should be looking at before the course launches?
How can I check that my course titles & instructor page are optimized for SEO?
Is it possible to rank a new course on 1st page of search results if all other courses on 1st page already have 100’s - 1,000’s of reviews?
What can Udemy instructors do to promote their own courses?
How has marketing for Udemy instructors changed in the past two years
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Our approach is much different than most on here-- Our business on Udemy has diminished over the last few years, but, we're still very grateful for the partnership.
My company, Framework Television, has evolved from a Udemy seller to independent publisher to fledgling educational digital television network.
Not the normal Udemy path.
I started on Udemy because of cancer.
Strange but true. I had been flying around the world as a technical trainer, teaching the first generation of mobile developers and multi-media web developers. I had a great client base-- Lockheed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boeing and even the US House of Representatives were all my training clients. I was making buckets of money and having a great time. It was the life. First class seats on planes, great hotels, and great people.
Then one day nine years ago, I was about to start a course for the FAA. I was about to begin teaching and realized my muscles were so fatigued; I couldn't get out of the chair.
They brought me to the ER, and the eventual diagnosis was colon cancer.
I was 35 years old.
What they don't tell you about fighting cancer is that (for me at least) it was not so debilitating that you can't do anything, but, I wasn't able to travel and continue working. So there was a lot of Price is Right and a lot of web surfing.
One day in my web surfing, I discovered Udemy. And I thought to myself, "I can do this better than these people! Maybe this is a chance to make some extra coin."
To my surprise, the course made money.
Suddenly it was making lots of money. I was lucky.
So I made another course. Then another. Soon I had to hire an assistant. Then he had to work full time.
So years later (and two paradigm shifts later) here I am. I've had a #1 computer book on Amazon. I've authored dozens of courses myself and published dozens of courses authored by others. Now I'm on the adventure of my life starting a streaming video network teaching people coding, digital design, and game development. It all started with Udemy. And we're still there.
So a few recommendations for those just starting out:
1) Focus on quality. You're not going to do well trying to find the shortest path between you and making a buck. We've continually improved quality over the years in an attempt to better engage, better explain and create a better degree of success.
It's amazing that when you provide actual quality, you don't worry about the review system much.
2) Video lectures are not enough. Students learn better if you provide a multi-modal education. Add worksheets, labs, even a written version of the lectures. We now include the equivalent of an entire book with our courses as well as exercises, additional practice, etc.
3) Learn production. Sorry, if I have to watch another Powerpoint presentation masquerading as a course I'm going to scream. Differentiate yourself and create something worth watching. We know why you use PowerPoint-- It's easy. I can read the PowerPoint slides, thank you. Reading them to me does not make a course. (Argue all you want. PowerPoint makes bad courses and makes you lazy).
Here's a screenshot from one of our courses:
We're shooting against a green screen. Everything else -- lower thirds, animated backgrounds, etc, we learned in Udemy courses. You'd be surprised what you can learn here.
Production matters because your audience isn't comparing your work to other online courses... They're comparing it to other media. Video games, movies, TV Shows, are all your competition for eyeballs. Can you engage as they can? Do everything you can to engage your audience.
If they're not watching your snooze-fest, it's your fault. Not theirs.
4) Work as you've never worked before. I love every minute of the work we do. I cannot be more excited to take the 30-minute train ride to our studio each day. I work 12-14 hours on many days. I've created a team of folks that I love.
This is my passion.
5) Be an expert. I cringe whenever I hear the word niche. When someone is seeking a niche, they're looking for a way to make money-- not teaching what they are passionate about. We don't need another Facebook ads instructor who wants to do it because it's lucrative. Of those of us who've made it to the million dollar mark I guarantee most of us are experts teaching what we're passionate about.
The opportunities always lose in the end, because there is a shiner quarter somewhere.
6) If you don't like it, quit. Today. There is no imperative to make a course. It's even worse to make a lousy course and hate the process. If you don't like it, quit. Life is short and, in the end, you should spend time doing what you're passionate about.
That's all for now. Ask me anything.
Congrats Mark, what a great achievement!
It's an AMA, so here I go with the tough questions:
1) How long did it take you to get there?
2) You have over a quarter million students, are they all paid? It seems that ~$4 per student is a low number, that would mean most of them aren't repeat buyers? Any free coupons?
3) I see you have almost 7,000 reviews. How do you explain the low review to student count ratio? Do you think that has any impact on your sales?
4) You said your Udemy review has been dwindling. What do you attribute this to, what and when was your peak revenue and your monthly revenue now?
Thanks for the inspiration Stephane
Thanks. I don't mind tough questions. Not sure how some of these are helpful to you or help you sell more courses, but, here goes...
1) About 8 years.
2) I actually have over 375,000 students across different accounts. I have other accounts generating revenue as well. This was just the first one to reach a major milestone like this. For a period a few years back when I worked closely with Udemy they systematically gave away one of my courses as a way to entice people into buying. They don't do that anymore as their strategy has changed. I have no idea how many are repeat buyers. It seems like we have a significant number based on names I notice again and again, but, since Udemy doesn't provide a convenient way to track that, we have more constructive metrics to focus on. 3) We've never focused on trying to get students to review courses. Before the algorithm changes in 2016(15?) the number of reviews wasn't a huge factor. Now Udemy has made the number of reviews a major factor in search. (The unintended consequence was wide-spread cheating). We had plenty of reviews for social proof. Our current strategy focuses more on reviews and class participation. 4) We used to do over $25k a month up to $45K a month. Now we do under $5K some months. Our courses used to be featured by Udemy and supported with advertising. The competition used to be a lot less. Now that support goes to others. (Yes, I'm a bit bitter about the way in which we were unceremoniously dropped, but, life goes on). We are still participating and still trying to grow on the platform. In fact, last month, with the help of friends we had a pretty good launch in a healthy category... We'll see what happens.
View the full thread: 1 Million. Ask me anything. (And I'm NOT one of Udemy's Favorites)
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I'm Phil Ebiner. I'm a long-time Udemy instructor - been here since 2012. And I'm excited to be a part of this community. Please feel free to ask me any questions!
Since 2012, I've made over $1.5 million from Udemy. And I don't say that to brag, but to show you what a normal guy like me can do... someone who started like many of you without an audience, experience teaching, experience selling, email list, website... nothing.
It has taken a lot of hard work and time to do this, but I believe you can achieve your goals if you have the right mindset and put in the right amount of effort!
I love Udemy, and hope to help you out on this amazing platform!
very inspiring, what kind of courses you are doing
I just joined Udemy I am an Artist and art instructor for many years I want to start a cours but don’t know how .
can you guide me to start
how many hours should a cours be is it like continued courses ,
should a cours or a project be finished in one course and continue doing another project ?
I teach creative skills like photography, photo editing, video editing, motion graphics.
Great question about how long a course should be. I always say that they should be 'as long as it takes to teach the topic.' I wouldn't focus on just simply trying to reach a certain length of course... just focus on teaching a topic in an efficient and easy-to-digest manner. You don't want to drag on and on about a topic. On the flip side, I've seen longer courses do better on Udemy. So adding additional topics/content, and making the course comprehensive enough to be 5+ hours is generally my rule of thumb.
In terms of finishing the course - do it! Just get the course done and launched!
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Sometimes it's a bit intimidating to start a whole new Post just to ask a question.
So go ahead and ask your question as a comment in this thread, and I'll do my best to answer. No stress, no worries. No dumb questions. Ask away.
Who am I? I'm a fellow instructor, and I've been on Udemy for about 7 years. Udemy's my full-time income these days and they've been very good to me over the years. I've seen a lot. And I'm here to help. So how can I help you? What do you need to succeed? LMK below.
Thank you for offering your help on here.
My course was recently flagged for not generating enough enrollments. The email from Udemy said that I need to update my course with a fresh video at least every 6 months. What else can I add to it?
Also, do you have any tips to attract new students? I've been marketing it through my Instagram page.
Hi there, thanks for asking.
I notice your course is called "Structural Analysis of Statically Determinate Trusses".
I can't say that this is a topic that I am familiar with.
For this particular course, you need to identify who your ideal student is. I think you did a pretty good job describing them in the course landing page. It appears to be Engineering students who are stuck on this particular element of learning structural engineering, who also speak English. Do you have an idea of how many people in the world that may be? Maybe 10,000 total? I don't know.
Next, you have to get this course in front of them. I am not sure if enough of those 10,000 are on Instagram and searching the right hashtags for your posts to get in front of them.
You might try Facebook ads, to catch people in the right age group, college and university engineering students, etc. But it's hard to see how you can make money advertising to a small group of people at this price point.
Your course has 4 students and 0 reviews. I always say that you need to push that thing to at least 10 reviews. So you might have to give your course away for free to "a few" people and ask them nicely to review it (honestly). 0 reviews is not a great place to be.
To be honest, I'd think about your next course. That's your highest expected value move. Something that might have some mainstream appeal.
Think about the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, and mass entertainment youtube channels and tv shows - and what kind of programs they air related to your expertise in Engineering.
Find the most-watched engineering videos on YouTube. Find the most popular TV shows in your field. What are they teaching?
"The Science of Suspension Bridges - How They Stay Up"
"The Science of Burj Khalifa and Other Mega Skyscrapers"
"How to Build in Earthquake Zones"
Things like that. What would a million people potentially be interested in when they are bored on a Saturday afternoon related to engineering?
I think your success on Udemy will be in that space.
If you want to remain on the academic side of engineering, you might have to do more marketing. Write a newsletter, build a mailing list, start a community, start a YouTube channel on the topic.... find a way to bring free information to people that can hook them into your paid course.
Have a look at Arjit Raj on Udemy, you might have some things in common: https://www.udemy.com/user/arjit/
Hi @ScottDuffy I am completely new to this field and also english is not my native language but i am trying very hard to improve english and delivery so that i can reach to wider audience’s. In June i have launched my two course. Conversation rate for first is 3.4 % and for second is 5.2% I able to earned in June :- $341.11 and July:- $412 Actually can you suggest me how can i improve my courses. Is it possible for me to earn $1500/month from udemy? maybe dumb question. Thanks in advance
There are no dumb questions, first of all.
"Is it possible for me to earn $1500/month from Udemy?" Don't let me or anyone else tell you what you can achieve. General life advice, OK? I know it's possible to make much more than that on Udemy. Maybe not easy for everyone. But it's possible. I know hundreds of people that do.
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford.
For future courses, you'll have to improve the sound quality. There is quite a lot of echo. It sounds like you are recording in an empty room. I can understand you OK, but as a future improvement, you need to figure out how to record without so much echo.
In fact, if you get bad reviews saying the student can't understand you, some of that will be because of the echo. I think this is probably the most important thing you need to work on.
The course I previewed is called "Full stack project with spring boot java and react - TDD".
It's a minor thing, but you should learn about "Title Case" because book titles, course titles, blog post titles, etc should have every word start with a capital.
In my search, you are #4 for "spring boot react" on Udemy. But I see that you expect students to have beginner-level skills in Spring and React already. So you're not "teaching" spring, you're just using it?
So what are you teaching? Test-Driven Development? You should use the word "Test Driven Development (TDD)" in your course title. TDD alone is not enough.
"Master Test-Driven Development (TDD) with Spring Boot & React"
I don't know if that title fits, but I would try that as a title and see if it improves things.
Those are my suggestions for now. It's a competitive category. Good luck!
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Hi There, I'm Denise and I have been on Udemy for a few years. I have 10 courses. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about NOT being the most successful of Udemy instructors. I think when you first come to Udemy it can be easy to give up before you have even got going with creating your course. Or you create your course and it isn't successful at all and you feel deflated. It's comparisonitis!!! Comparing yourself to other people. Some course creators just nail their course and their niche and are immensely successful from the word go. I want you all to know that there is room for everyone to get some success and over time you can be more successful. It just takes more time and perseverance for some / many people. Don't give up. Learn. For me I overcome my technical shortcomings just by learning bit by bit. It was an enormous mountain to climb.I am still learning. I have become more successful and Udemy does reap rewards as long as you keep at it Sometimes it is important to keep in your mind that there are course creators who earn nothing but also there are course creators who earn a fortune. However there are a lot more who earn somewhere inbetween and that is ok and can pay your bills or help you earn extra money if you have lost your job, you need more money, you need to work flexibly because of family commitments, you have been ill or you are retired.
Just keep the end in mind and your reason, your why for create online learning
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This post might come off sounding a bit self-centered and egotistical. Apologies in advance if it comes off that way. My intention tonight was to reflect on my 7+ years as a Udemy instructor. I thought I would share them.
As always, if any of these spark questions or interest, feel free to ask about them in the comments below.
1. I don’t read my reviews. Stranger’s opinions about me are not important. I do, however, have someone to read them and respond.
I once heard Seth Godin say something similar at Udemy Live. I care about the opinions of people I trust and respect, not Internet strangers.
2. If one person says something bad about me or my course, I don’t believe them. They’re having a bad day. I forget about what they said. Everyone has a right to their opinion. But I also have the right to ignore it.
You have to have thick skin to survive in an Internet Marketplace. Or a Facebook Group. I really don't let what people say to me affect me. That's on them.
3. If multiple people say something bad about me or my course, ok maybe there’s something that can be improved. So I improve it. And then I forget about what they said. My lack of memory for inconsequential things is my greatest strength.
At some point, there's a quorum. If a few people say something needs to be improved, OK, I improve it. But I still don't let their harsh judgements affect me. It's fixed! Moving on!
4. I don’t read emails, private messages, social media messages, or answer phone calls unless I want to hear from that person. I currently have 26.999 unread emails and I’m perfectly fine with it.
I view being hard to reach as a strength.
5. I am not perfect. I can always be better.
6. I am not a perfectionist. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a perfectionist actually. There are just people making excuses for why something isn’t done.
7. Great is the enemy of good.
A book I have not read. But it makes sense. If you spend too much time trying to be perfect or trying to reach greatness, your competition will have passed you 6 times.
8. Practice makes you better. Create one video, and it’s at-best “ok”. Create 100 videos, and you get better. Create 1000 and you get better. Do it again, and again, and again.
Practice, practice, practice. What we do is a skill. You can't beat me with your first course. I've been doing this for years. Work harder. Practice harder.
9. Not every course I have made has been a success.
You don't see the failures. Shhh....
10. I watch my own courses frequently enough. I’ll just sit and watch 1-2 hours of each of my courses every few months. And that spurs ideas for making them better.
How many instructors watch their own courses one or two times per year? I bet it's less than 1%.
11. I don’t give away all my best secrets to public Internet forums.
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Someone asked me the other day why I spend so much time in the Udemy community, reading posts, sharing information, and interacting with fellow instructors.
Well, it is simple...I find value in it.
Easy as that. Now, what kind of value? How about people who understand what you are going through? When you start doing online teaching and it starts going well, and you decide to spend A LOT of time doing it, people in your normal circle of friends might think you are a little weird. After all, while they are out on a Saturday night at the bar, I am home recording courses!
But, my fellow Udemy instructors get it. They understand the hard work, the time it takes, and the weird life that it creates for us (in a good way).
Other people in my life don't understand this online business or teaching thing, but the friends I have made through the Udemy community do, and we chat about it all the time. I have met a really great group of folks that I talk to numerous times a day, and it was all thanks to the Udemy community group.
In addition to that, I find inspiration in the big winners (Frank Kane and Phil Ebnir posting their $1 million miletsones) and other stories like theirs. It makes me think, if they can, so can I!
Well, I am not to their level yet, but I am catching up. (To be fair, they had a headstart on me.) But, stories of inspiration and community are two of the biggest reasons I personally come back here time and time again.
Jason Dion (@JasonDion)
I agree. I love coming back because I love the value I get from listening to the more experience guys or even seeing questions from newcomers that I never thought of before. So much value and it has helped me take my courses to the next level and be almost full time doing this in less than a year.
Yes - I am totally inspired by how I can discover how to evolve through the hlep of others. Daily we are all challanged to produce the highest quality courses that we can. I learn so much not only being apart of these groups but also by taking other peoples courses; this often gifts me a different perspective on how to create and propel my own courses forward. I am in the five zero's club; however have some distance to close before I reach Frank Kane and Phil Ebiners level. Lots of dedicated devoted work planned and lined up in front of me.
When you start doing online teaching and it starts going well, and you decide to spend A LOT of time doing it, people in your normal circle of friends might think you are a little weird. After all, while they are out on a Saturday night at the bar, I am home recording courses!
Totally agree with you about this Jason! I also juggle my full-time work and Udemy hustle so I relate with what you said. I work early in the morning; I work while on the train to and from work; I work when I have free time in the office and I still work before hitting the sack. It's truly hard work but whenever I see the positive feedback from my students (and the $$$ on my revenue report) -- it's all worth the effort!
There were even some weekends when we host a "karaoke party" in our flat and I'm working on my course while waiting for my turn to sing. That's a little weird in the eyes of my friends but to my fellow Udemy instructors, they understand the hard work that this business entails.
I still have a long way to go towards my goal but I know I'll achieve it along with the like-minded folks here in the Udemy community. And perhaps, once everything is done, I can sing all day long without having to worry about anything at all!
Same here: I also enjoy hanging around here instead of going to a bar. 🙂 I enjoy programming - but I hate being told what to do, where to sit, when to have lunch, etc. Love learning new stuff - but definitely don't miss the corporate bullshit, meaningless meetings, and soul-sucking, never-ending projects. Thus, online teaching and publishing was the biggest blessing for me; it allowed me to quit the rat race and work on projects I love.
I've tried many things, but this one finally clicked! I'm so glad to be able to put my content in front of people from all over the world!
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I recently reached/passed 1 million students on Udemy. A huge THANK YOU to Udemy and all those at Udemy that have supported me, provided feedback, given direction and opened doors that allowed me to reach this milestone.
To give you a little context, I've been on Udemy since Nov. 2015. Before deciding if I wanted to put in the time to create a course, I did a quick search to see if the topic I wanted was relevant and how many courses has already been published. Nearly 6 years ago there was roughly 900 courses on the topic I planned on. At the time, I thought why even bother. How could I compete against 900+ courses, let a lone the 10's of thousands of other courses on the platform. In the end, I decided to create a couple of small courses to test the waters, both my own ability to create an online course and using Udemy as the platform. A few months went by as I maintained the little bit of content I had on the platform. The initial courses weren't paying the bills, but I became addicted to posting content, answering questions in the QA section of the courses and communicating with my students.
Student Location Map
I never dreamed or expected to reach a milestone like this. I was looking for a "side gig". This "side gig" has turned into my full-time gig and allowed me to hire a team to assist with maintaining the courses and keeping up with the QA.
It definitely didn't happen over night. But, with patience and giving more then the student expects, I've made more then just a "side gig". Thank you Udemy!
Lifetime Student Monthly Enrollment
I'm not one to typically toot a horn, but I feel this is something that I not only accomplished but something that Udemy has accomplished as well each instructor on the platform. In reality, a platform is only as good as the content on the platform and that content comes from all the instructors.
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Super excited to have finally reached this one. 100,000 in sales on Udemy and here is some of what I learned on the way. ( Thos took 3 years by the way! )
1. Consistent output is key. Either updating existing courses or making new courses. ( I have 12 courses now. )
2. Appreciate bad reviews. What!? Yep, I said it. Those are the ones that will lead you to better course creation if you listen! ( of course I mean the constructive ones. )
3. Learn to promote your content. Don’t wait for Udemy to do all the work. You can notice that over time I got better at selling my own courses. I started to get less organic sales so I began to share more videos on YouTube, engage with my audience on social media, and create more blog posts. I now bring in 30% of my own sales.
4. Build your audience off Udemy! The real power is in your following and they love interacting with their favorite instructor so give them ways to do that. For me it is pretty easy since I teach art. I comment on their art and give any insights I can. Create helpful free content for your target student as well as a clear line of sight to your course content.
5. Help as many people succeed as you can. Do this and you will find success along the way!
6. Don’t wait for perfection! It isn’t even a real thing in my world. I am an imperfect being and I share that in my content. Besides, I would never get anything done if I thought otherwise.
I hope this helps and I am here if you have any questions! 🙂
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MILESTONE! 🏆 I know it is not much to some of you big instructors out there, but I achieved a 5-figure number this month! Last Nov I came within a few dollars or reaching 5-figures but it feels good to reach it on an "off summer month" and not on a high sale month. This on top of the nice chunk of change I get from other sources/platforms monthly, teaching online is surpassing any prior expectations I had for income. A few tips of how I got here: ✔️ The first 12 months was spent getting my income to $ 1,000 a month with only 12 months after that spent getting it to $10,000. You will notice how it speeds up quite a bit once you get past that $1,000 monthly marker. Same goes for building your net worth. That first $100,000 is a beast, with future subsequent $100,000 milestones being easier and quicker to reach.
✔️ You will notice that this month comprised of 20 percent instructor promotions. It can be higher, but it rarely has gotten that high and I think that helps a great deal in boosting you further past your prior numbers. I sent two promo e-mails this month along with a new course launch.
✔️ Speaking of course launches I *try* to do one each month. That means most of the month I am focused on course production and editing with one hour a day for student engagement. ✔️ This was built on zero prior audience. It took that first 12 months to build a small audience to then build a bigger one in the next 12 months afterwards to achieve this type of income. 2 and a half years in total to get here, not really an overnight success but one where it was worth the years of effort. ✔️ I do not have a huge youtube following, instagram following or anything else for that matter. This has largely been built using the Udemy platform and a student facebook groups and a page. I have spent too much time with little return on social networks like youtube/instagram. If it ain't working after several months of posting GREAT content then focus your efforts on building new courses instead. ✔️ I have focused more on producing new courses and less on boosting and editing older ones. BUT Every 4 courses I take a month off and focus on upgrading prior courses with new content/lessons.
✔️ I have had a larger focus lately on creating additional "bonus content" or "downloadable resources" for my classes to add a more rich experience. Students love being able to study things "offline" and some have a hard time streaming in their countries and really prefer this mode of learning, coupled with videos. My first few classes did not include many downloadable extra learning items. It is a student preference I had to learn over time. ✔️ I have been focusing a lot on student support. One hour of each day is spend helping students with feedback. I have slowly (and it has taken over a year) to build a 5,000-member facebook group that contains just paying students. Paying students convert very well when you send them new course coupons. It is also a place where you can earn your 5 star reviews without asking by being helpful. ✔️ Reviews are a HUGE deal in ranking. Any negative review (3 stars or under) with a comment is addressed immediately, not matter how crazy that review sounds. I never write a review off as "ridiculous" or "unfair" unless they use bad language. There is some truth in all reviews, no matter how unfair it sounds. I address all items, it if is a problem with sound, it gets addressed THAT DAY. ✔️ I have a Black Friday plan in place. I am producing a course I think would have the greatest student demand (based on a poll on my student facebook group). I plan to launch in early October to get ranked high enough for Nov sales. ✔️ Speaking of black friday I am boosting my biggest money making class. I have one super large course that is selling over $3,000-$4,000 per month. You bet I pay very close attention to that course. I recently upgraded the audio on 5 lessons and totally replaced 4 of them. I am adding new downloadable worksheets to lessons and I hope to remove lessons I think are unnecessary. All this will keep my rating boosted (in theory!). There is a point when upgrading a successful class is more profitable than creating a new one. Make sure you know when that point is. Usually, when a current course is still outselling your new additional courses.
Anyways, just felt like sharing this milestone but also sharing a few tips as well! I hope you found some of this useful in your own teaching journeys!
@LawrenceMMiller: Congratulations! You have done a great job of building a business on Udemy and it is obvious that you have worked very hard at it. You also did a great job explaining how you got there, which I am sure will be helpful to many.
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So, it finally happened. It is really strange seeing that 7th digit pop up on my Udemy revenue report. It just feels so surreal. I cannot believe this happened with just one company and without any paid ads that I had to run on my own and almost zero expenses, minus my own human capital.
I am grateful to be in the right place at the right time in my industry and I think there is still great opportunities out there for those just starting out.
It took me 4 years and 20 full length courses to get to this point. 2 years had been creating courses full time and the first two it was just a side hustle thing.
I would have a system each week where Monday’s I wrote content, tue was filming, Wednesdays were editing, Thursday’s was launching and Friday’s was social media. I would do this every week for 4 years. When I had client work, I did it in the evenings, which was hard and I do not think I could have gotten to this point if I did not take the risk of letting my clients go halfway through this journey.
This will be my last revenue sharing post as I reached the last goal I was wishing to share.
Not going to go on and on with this one, just thankful to be given the chance to accomplish this, thank you for letting me share with you.
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New milestone unlocked. I did a $20,000 monthly milstone post a few months ago and decided to do one for each notch from here.
My first $30,000+ month on Udemy. The January sale seemed more effective than the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.
Other than this, there is not one thing I did that magically make my numbers steadily increase each month.
I am still on track to release one new 10+ hour course every 6-8 weeks.
Continuing to grow my Facebook student groups (only paid students can join, this keeps the content and post quality up) and have 10,000+ in three groups.
Youtube and Instagram are growing, but very slowly and do NOT contribute a ton to my revenue share.
I have totally overhauled my flagship money making course to be updated to the newest software. This and many other updates have helped this course have higher ratings and sales.
The Udemy Promotional algorithm that chooses which course gets paid ads by udemy, selects "best sellers" tagged courses. I have noticed a big increase in ad revenue sales in that course. It took 2 years for my flagship course to get the best seller tag. Not something that came overnight.
Building Facebook communities have been a huge help in having bigger course launches
I have stopped doing shorter courses on Udemy and now try to have at least 8 hours or more of content for each new course
I have not offered any free courses for over a year
I have created several intermediate courses to compliment my flagship best selling course to naturally make more cross sells.
I do one big promo each month and offer my students all my courses for $9.99
I do a live stream and review students work in a live video (sometimes over 50 student projects in total), I ask for reviews right after this video so they are at peak satisfaction with the course and bonus content I provide. I can also quickly review 50 students work instead of having to get back to them one at a time.
I have improved my course intros dramatically. I have made them longer (4-5 min instead of 2-3 min) to make sure the right students enrolls in the course.
I have added new downloadable resources to ensure they have something other than just videos to engage with. This has been HUGE!
I would rather come out with one 12 hour masterclass than try to do 3, 4 hour mini classes. Longer more broad topic classes just tend to make more.
My total breakdown of earnings this month JAN 2020 (last 4 days of the month are projected average daily earnings and added to the total)
✔️ Udemy: $33,500
I do everything myself, so no need to pay any contractors or employees I get to keep it all. I do not do any paid advertising myself.
Just giving people a breakdown because I know when I first started I LOVED to see some of the top earners break down and give lots of details of their earnings. It is like getting to peer behind the curtain.
Not doing this to FLEX, doing it to give you a raw breakdown of some things I do to slowly increase my earnings AND showing you do not HAVE to have your own platform, do tons of paid ads, have a great social media following.
You can to still do well as an online instructor. Just make tons of high-quality content and be consistent with putting out that content and engaging with your students in positive ways.
Content is king, if you work on anything this year, continue to up the bar on your video/audio/editing/content quality.
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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
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Today was the day when I paid off our mortgage. We're now completely debt-free! I left the 9-to-5 back in 2016 to dedicate myself completely to what used to be my side-gigs: writing books, developing software, and creating courses. It turned out that it was one of my best decisions ever that has changed my life in so many ways! Thank you all who've inspired and motivated me over the years. May the force be with you! 😉
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We all know Udemy can change lives financially and there is a lot of focus on a number of students and income. What isn't discussed often is how Udemy provides is a platform to get a "name" in the world and become better known in your field. Adding "best selling instructor" or "taught 50,000 students worldwide" can open up some doors outside of Udemy.
I have been on a handful of podcasts, have done speaking engagements, and even have a book deal from a publisher who found me on Udemy, her first e-mail called me an "expert" in my field. I have been asked to create specific courses for a large mental health organization, write for websites with five million+ monthly visitors, and many more that keep me motivated to keep creating courses and engaging with students.
What opportunities has Udemy given you?
I received an inquiry if I offer live training to one of the biggest auditor firm in Japan. (I do Udemy as side hustle and in Japan, side hustling is becoming popular, but this is not something you openly want to brag) I don't do live, so I turned it down. Even so, I felt good to receive such an offer.
Other than providing me an opportunity for a second career, and helping me discover that I immensely enjoy creating online Courses ... none at all 😁
Frankly, not many people here have heard of Udemy ... and my Corporate Career earned me a lot more fame and fortune ! But those are not big priorities for me in my second career. I earn OK, definitely not as much as what I made during my Corporate Career, but I enjoy the flexibility, and the opportunity to learn and do totally new things at 50 !
A university student came to my LinkedIn profile asking me if I could provide promotional coupons of my courses for students of Chemical Engineering
The opportunity to be with my children during the summer holidays.
I can’t think of a better opportunity.
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My husband and I built a local music school that has been running for over 10 years now, and we've been spending every hour and dollar into growing it.
As I'm sure you can imagine, we've been hit really hard with multiple lockdowns and have had to close. Though this gave me the time to really work on my dream of publishing a course, and a book.
Prototypes and creating my layout Creating resources and doing voice-overs Shooting the Course
I spent lockdown creating my Udemy course, and now with the time to set up and shoot videos, I was able to get it done the way I wanted. My Music Course has just launched a few days ago, and I'm really happy with how it looks on Udemy.
Although it has been hard to see the school doors close in a physical sense, we are moving everything online, and Udemy will be a big part in that.
It's been a while, but I feel optimistic about the future, and growing my student base, not just in my local area, but across the globe. Maybe lockdown has been an opportunity for other Udemy members too?
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This is the story of my journey on Udemy to earning my first $1000. This post is almost long overdue. I wanted to write this post at the start of Aug, but I got very busy with my next course.
I am going to start at the beginning.
I graduated from university majoring in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. I had no idea where my life would take me five years later. Having found no job in Afghanistan and desperate to work, I found myself teaching 4th, all the way to 10th graders at school. I started teaching basic computer skills and the English language. In a matter of five months, I wrote six books on office and some necessary software. There were no books in the school curriculum of Afghanistan for computer so I had to come up with some to teach.
It was the start of 2017, where I thought of getting a scholarship and take my skills to the next level. So, I decided to take the TOEFL test and I did. It was almost the same time when I started having chronic lower back pain. I was studying more and more everyday and the sitting was killing my lower back. I was sort of an athlete when I was in university. I ran a lot and did bodybuilding as well. But sitting made me familiar with the physical pain. It has been 3.5 years and I still get the pain but it is not chronic anymore. It comes and goes. Last year I went to Kabul and visited a doctor among other doctors over the years. He was the first one to tell me that I have a spinal abnormality. I have an extra lumbar vertebra, a sixth one like there were not enough already. And that guy is causing the pain. He told me if I am not careful, I might end up with a spinal surgery. It is very difficult to be careful about your health and program at the same time and live in Afghanistan with no resources at all.
Anyway, I did not let the pain stop me and self-studied TOEFL, which was nothing new at that time (the self-studying part) and scored 98. I could not get any scholarship and one year passed. It was start of 2018 when I found a scholarship to study in Japan. I studied IELTS and scored 7.5 and I still did not get the scholarship. I realized, if there is anyone or anything that is going to change my life, it has to be me, no scholarship, no nothing. So, I started studying Data Science and Machine Learning which was really interesting for me and still is. But what I got from the Japan scholarship was the light of my life, I met my wife who is the best scholarship I can get and got married after 5 months. In the march on 2019, I hurt my knee badly. Multiple injuries. Torn meniscus, torn ligament, displaced kneecap and a few minor ones. I could not afford knee surgery so I let it heal itself. It did heal to some extent, but in the process, I hurt the left knee. Subsequently, I suffer from pain in both of the knees and the back every day.
It was towards the end of 2019 when I stumbled upon Udemy and the idea of teaching on Udemy. It took a month to create a compartment to record. It was in the preparation for teaching on Udemy that I understood the true meaning of difficult. I searched for days on in my city and other cities and I could not find any good microphones to record. Finally, I found used (second hand) headphones just to realize my laptop does not record well. I must have changed the OS tens of times along with the drivers but nothing changed. I had saved almost $1.5k and I had already spent $600 on the compartment and bought the laptop for almost $950 (borrowed 50 bucks). The laptop is quite fast. Intel core i7+ (12 CPUs), 16BG Intel Optane Memory (IRST), 8GB physical RAM and 1TB HDD and 2GB dedicated GTX graphics. The laptop can handle mountains but not recording apparently. So, I decided to record the audio on my smartphone and synchronize it with the video. This is when I brought my brother into the equation. He is very good with the Adobe Realm and is also working on his Udemy courses. So, that’s how it all started.
Here is me sitting in my 1.5m by 2m studio built with the technology of 21st century in Afghanistan.
Nonetheless, the most challenging problem was yet to come. It was the month of Feb of 2020 when I was hit the hardest in my entire new life (development). The Udemy website was blocked in Afghanistan. The reason that this was the strongest punch thrown at me, was the very fact that I could not do anything about. I checked all the ISPs in Afghanistan and nothing could open Udemy. I could log in through some kind of VPN service, but I was not about to do that because I thought doing that is unethical and I might get banned from the platform. So, naturally, I got depressed. I did not eat for days and stopped working and studying altogether. I drowned into the horrors of not being able to change myself, my life and the life of people around me for the better. I tasted the bitterness of this world. I sank into the notion that I am good for nothing and no matter what I do, life in Afghanistan will always prevail over me. It was the worst weeks of my life. My wife helped a lot and never gave up on me, encouraged me as always, but I was drowning deeper that even I had realized.
After almost a month, one day my wife told me that Udemy is working again and I could log into my account once more. I remember the moment clearly. It was like someone blew life into my lungs again and I was able to breathe again. I was hit the hardest because when I saw Udemy and the potential of having a wonderful life, I was mesmerized. I knew at that moment that teaching on Udemy is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I had a clear picture of my life’s purpose and why I was born.
The first course was published on Apr 6th and after two days I earned $20 with no prior online presence including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I removed my Facebook account in 2018. It was basically a waste of my time. My course grew more and more. I got more and more students. On the 31st of July, I released my second course and earned almost $95 in half a day. The courses are growing rapidly and so is my excitement. I teach 57 countries and 312 students in just 4 months.
Here is a screenshot of my earnings so far. I hope I can inspire at least one person in the world. If I can do it in Afghanistan, so can you.
At the end I want to thank dear Abbie and dear ElianaC for being there for me and answering my questions. I also would like to thank the Udemy policy and instructor support teams and all of Udemy deeply for inspiring people around the world and providing opportunities to learn and grow. I also would like to extend my gratitude to all of my fellow instructors and thank you for your posts and guidance. You have helped me a ton, literally.
Love from Afghanistan
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I am happy to share I have completed, my first month as Udemy Instructor and have reached 5000 paid student milestone as well with enrolments from 59 countries.
Really thankful to Udemy for creating this wonderful platform & changing lives of millions of students, and thousands of instructors. The insights and analytics dashboards are great, and shows how students are progressing in a course. Here are few things that helped me to reach milestone without spending on paid advts. - Build a active community of people on LinkedIn
- Keep sharing valuable learning content - Host free LIVE Sessions/ Workshops on youtube - and Yes, bring your A Game in making a course Once again Thank you Udemy & Instructor Community!
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