Hi guys, I just wanted to share with all of you my thought about bonus lecture... I took the time to make a bonus lecture for all my courses and put there all my coupons code and it is really paying off... Every day I'm having some student using a coupon to enroll in one or more of my courses...
I'm writing this post as I also notices that many of the courses I'm enrolled in as a student don't have a bonus lecture or if they have there are not all the coupons for their courses... That's really a big waste!
I have not used that heaviliy in all my course, I have tried in a couple only - I was not impressed by the outcome. My courses are long and students need weeks, months to finish it... so getting to a bonus lecture takes a very long time and we cannot advertise it.
However, do it fully or do not do that at all 🙂 So... hard to judge.
It is on my list to do next month - add a bonus lecture with a coupon.
Will share my views when I finish it 🙂
I think Bonus Lectures and Course Promo are the most under-utilized features on Udemy courses. They are a great way to get more students for sure!
For those wondering what can and can't go into the Bonus Lecture, be sure to check these Udemy guidelines.
We have one bonus lecture and accompanying files that link to all our other courses with coupon codes. We use the same one on every course so it doesn't take much time to add. We have a separate summary/congratulations message for students as they complete a course, that is unique to that course. We find a pretty decent amount of sales from the bonus lecture. It is one of our many sales tactics that only takes an extra 30 seconds or so to add to a new course. This month, for example, the code we use in the bonus lecture is our second highest promotional code-the top one being our new launch code for the course that was released this week.
I have a short "Now what" video where I suggest next steps for the student, then I talk about my other courses, the books and tests they should use. Less than 2 minutes.
Then I have a text lecture where I have links to my own classes, books and all the other resources I mentioned.
My highest coupon this month, it is normally in the top 2, that and my promotional announcements. (unless I launch a new course then that would be #1).
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To help promote my courses I create instructor coupons. I have a coupon code which is the same for all of my courses. This is more to make it easy for me to remember than anything else, and it makes it much easier if I encounter someone and we get talking and they say they may consider checking out my courses, I can just say ‘if you use this coupon you can get any of my courses for this price’. Whenever I create a new course I always create that coupon code first. I set the number of coupons to 1,000,000 because I know I am very unlikely to ever reach that limit, and if I ever do then that is a good problem to have. If I am doing a specific promotion then I want to track whether it has led to any students, so for example, if I decide I want to do a promotion on Facebook then I will create a code for that promotion. I don’t normally put a time limit on my coupon codes unless that was part of the promotion I was doing, in which case I normally put a time limit one day more than the promotion to account for time zones or I don’t put a time limit, I just turn the code off a day after the end of the promotion. This allows me to use that same code for future promotions. I also create specific coupon codes if I am doing a promotion with an organisation, for example, if a company is going to share my course(s) for continued professional development, then I will have a price and coupon just for that company so that I can see how many people signup from them. I almost never create free promotional coupons, if I do it is because someone is going to take a course and talk about it on their blog, website, podcast, etc, and so I make them a coupon to give them free access. Occasionally I may create more free coupons, for example, if I teach a live course and as part of that course I will be giving the students free access to the online course or if I would like to offer a friend free access to a course. I send promotional coupons out to current students, cross-promoting my courses (I make sure all of my courses are related). I also share coupons on my blog in blog posts and on a dedicated course page, and on my Facebook page and when relevant, in the description of YouTube videos and sometimes in Twitter posts - especially if I am sharing about a new course. How do you use instructor coupons?
I do pretty much the same as you do, Dan. The only difference is that I create a different coupon for each YouTube video I create (it has a version of the video name in the code). That way I can see which video are more popular and bring the students over. I have one specific code I share on Facebook groups when I see people asking about which course to use for such and such.
If I hand out free coupons, they are always personalized with the person's name.
Last thing, for all the promo codes, I usually don't set expiration dates, just in case someone find it late. I wonder if you still get credit for people who get to Udemy on an expired instructor coupon?
I use one coupon code per course in all areas of advertising, whether it be as an promo announcement or social media, blogs etc. I create one coupon code when it's launched, don't put an end date on it and add 1000000 coupons so that it will never run out!
I've never got into creating new ones for particular avenues for tracking etc, I simply get the link and but it through bit.ly to shorten it and then use that.
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Sorry for my month-long hiatus! After vacation and the release of my latest masterclass I am able to finally focus on the community and on my students. I just released a new course and with each course release comes a new promo video you have to produce. I wanted to walk through tips and tricks on how to build a strong, compelling promo video as it can be the deciding factor for your course to be chosen over others.
First of all, a promo video should never be too short or too long. How do we determine this? My rule of thumb is the longer the course, the longer you can push your total promo video length. 2 minutes is a sweet spot but for a class that exceeds 5 hours, it is very challenging to truly condense all aspects of your course in that short amount of time, so expanding it by an additional minute to 3 minutes is usually a good length. There are times where I need to reach closer to 4 min (like my latest course, still in review) simply because I had a lot of extra downloadable resources, I really wanted to explain in more detail than my usual courses and those are a BIG selling point. Shorter 2-hour courses should have a shorter promo, perhaps that one and half min mark or less.
Should I start with introducing myself?
Not always. For some, talking about yourself toward the end may work better and putting your course topic and content first tends to grab people’s attention. Of course, if you’re a therapist or in coaching, things may have to shift more toward your introduction. I usually like to keep this super brief and toward the middle/end.
How do you handle music? Music is so important in peaking one’s interest in promo videos as music can give viewers an emotional response can be utilized to sell your course. I find keeping the background music lower during moments when you are talking is best, making sure the music never overwhelms your spoken words. A trick I use in my promo videos is to pick multiple songs, perhaps two. I like to start out with a high energy song, and then move into a softer background track for the middle portion and exit with a quick 10 second music clip to end it on a high note. When picking your music think about the emotional response it gives, how can you best use this to sell your course? Is the music too overwhelming? Post it on community forums to get that sort of feedback.
What do I talk about and in what order? The overall structure I use for my promo videos are as follows: Course Topic and Overview: Two sentences that sum up the entire course, your thesis statement basically. The software used or the topics should be mentioned.
Who this class is for? Mention briefly who this class is best suited for. Best to do this early to go ahead and weed out students that the course would not be a good match for. Why I should take this class? Mention the benefits of learning this software or industry. Can it move you higher in your career, satisfy life goals?
What am I going to be doing? When it comes to this section, I am always showing final finished course work (and also showing me in the process of creating it in short high-speed clips). In my field of graphic design, this is a bit easier to do. I show them the final created pieces early, so they know right away what they are going to be able to produce by the end of the course.
What comes with the course? Is there anything that comes with the course outside of just video content? Talk about your downloadable resources, extra community groups, quizzes, worksheets etc. It is best to bring all of these “extras” up right before you bring up your final pitch!
The final pitch and call to action: HUGE one here. Always end your promo with a question or call to action statement. “see you in lesson one”, “Let’s start your new career now” etc. Make this very short and sweet and add that pop of music to add an additional emotional overtone. Try not to end your promo video with a soft statement.
Quick tips: Make sure to keep each section brief. If you have 8 sections to your course, only spend 15 seconds or so on each section. You can go into more detail about your course in a course guide our course introduction later on. This is video is meant to sell your courses, not be your course outline. Make sure you craft this video for marketing not for small details. Your most important course aspects should be highlighted here.
Be very visual. Trying to make your promo more polished than any other video in your course. You should spend at least 4x the amount of total editing time for your promo over other lectures.
Make your intro impactful. Studying your competitors’ intro can help you find a way to make yours more memorable and enjoyable.
Just a few tips from someone who has created over 74 promo videos in the last 2 and half years. I do believe my intro videos have helped my course sales dramatically.
Example of my latest intro, a little longer than I usually shoot for, but wanted to accent all the extra freebies the students get and the student Facebook group.
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Hi Miggy! I love that you will be teaching and sharing tools for women's empowerment and personal development! I am personally interested in this subject and would absolutely love to check out your course once you publish it. 😊
If you need any tips or help from the community, feel free to start your own post anytime!
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As a graphic designer for 14 years, I have created 1,000’s of images for my clients. Course images need to be both dynamic and also effectively communicate your course subject matter.
You also need to produce a clean image that communicates a sense of professionalism. Using more than three images may overwhelm the viewer especially when course thumbnails are viewed no larger than 200x100 pixels at times. I like to create a course image and then zoom out, so I can see how effective it is as a small thumbnail. Can I see any course icons, logos? Is the background graphic or photo effective or not too busy? Are there any elements that seem unnecessary?
Text is not allowed on cover images, so make sure you use icons, logos or symbols effectively, but using only the ones that are absolutely necessary to tell the story of your course subject matter. How about the color of the course cover image? That does matter. I once created a bright yellow cover photo for a design theory class because I could not find one other yellow dominated couse image in my topic. I believe using that unique cover photo has helped that class stand
out among heavy competition .
Looking at what others do in your category, what do the top three ranking courses do with their cover photos? Why do you think they are effective? Lastly, should you have a theme with all of your classes, some sort of unifying design element across all of your course images? Yes, that can be helpful if the classes are connected (in a series) or you want to establish brand recognition. For example, placing your headshot on each cover photo so when people view your course cover photo, they already know who the instructor will be (but that may not be for everyone, including myself). You can also have a design: banner, slash, swoosh, circle, geometric shape, color that also unifies your courses in some way without making them all look line clones of each other. I have done something similar to this with a two-part series, creating those bright vivid yellow cover photos so those two courses seem linked in some way visually. If I were to make all of my course cover photos the same color, it may be harder to establish two courses in a linked series or to highlight particular course types. Just a few tips to think about as you start to create those course cover photos!
Also remember to think about the course tags (best seller, new, hot and new) when creating your course images, everyone gets a tag at some point (new tag) so do not put anything that cannot afford to be covered up in that upper left area.
Please feel free to post tips of your own that has helped your course stand out from the crowd visually.
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Hi @The "Teacher,
Interesting question. I would say, from what I have observed in our Instructor Community, there are multiple effective teaching styles that you can adopt to enhance the active learning of your students. Every instructor has a different way of teaching and many take into consideration their topic area, course curriculum, their student feedback, and interact with students to understand their learning styles to help them grasp their lessons more easily.
We always ask our Community Champions ''What is your teaching style?'', and I think you might be interested in taking a look at what some of them have responded below:
''Adding Real-Life Stories to Your Content: Topics in my niche are generally dry. So, I prefer to add several real-life stories based on my experience. I also dive deep into how and why particular tools and techniques came to life. Humans love stories, we have heard stories since we were kids. And when you add exciting stories, we all understand the concepts way better.
Slides and Voiceover (at the beginning): When I started on Udemy, my teaching style involved using slides and voiceover. Those courses did very well. For the first 3 years, I had only invested in a Blue Snowball Microphone and Camtasia Subscription. Talking Head Videos with Stock Photos, Videos, and Slides (Now): As my income grew in the online teaching space, I invested that money in building my personal studio laced with all the necessary equipment (such as flood lights, ring lights, dslr camera, sound absorbing curtains, teleprompter, high end desktop, bigger screens, switching from Camtasia to Premiere Pro etc). This helped in enhancing my course quality multiple times. My teaching style has enhanced to talking head videos that include stock photos, stock videos, and slides.'' Community Champion Spotlight: Rahul Iyer
''Engaged and eclectic - I am here for my students. It is a very practical style interspersed with the nuts and bolts of knowledge to deepen the learning.'' Community Champion Spotlight: Sharon Ramel
''No-nonsense and concise. I try to explain technical topics in plain English, avoiding jargon and notation as much as possible. My goal is to demystify this stuff, because at its core it's not really that complicated.'' Community Champion Spotlight: Frank Kane
''Straight to the point, no fluff. I typically cover the theory behind a marketing strategy and then show students how to actually implement it themselves in real-time. Theory x Practical = The ultimate learning experience.'' Community Champion Spotlight: Joshua George
I hope this helps! 😊
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This is a great question! I believe your fellow instructors will be able to give you some tips, but I also wanted to suggest this article on our Teaching Center with our recommended best practices for engaging with your students. There, you will learn not only how to interact but also re-engage your learners to bring them back to your course.
I hope this helps! 🙂
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Welcome to the community! This community is only for instructors - a space where you can ask questions, share your experience and knowledge and connect with others, so feel free to jump right in and start asking questions or reading discussions. 🙂
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Ha llegado el momento de reconocer a algunos de nuestros miembros más estimados de la comunidad mientras echamos un vistazo a algunas de las publicaciones más populares del mes pasado.
Principales colaboradores de la comunidad:
Este mes, nos gustaría dar un agradecimiento especial a @Sergio-Apasoft y @CarlosMartinez.
¡Vemos su impacto positivo y estamos agradecidos por toda su dedicación al foro!
Y esas fueron algunas de las discusiones más productivas:
@FedeGaray empezó el mes compartiendo lo que aprendió en Udemy durante su trayectoria para inspirar a sus compañeros instructores, ¡y lo consiguió! Este fue el post con más 'likes' de abril, y Fede fue reconocido incluso en nuestra comunidad inglesa - ¡Gracias, Fede!
@CLAVEDIGITA296 inició el primer hilo sobre ¿Cómo van las ventas! y @RaulMontesinos concluyó el mes preguntando: ¿Cómo cerraron en Abril?. Esperamos que todos tengan buenos resultados este mes. No te olvides de publicar tus logros -grandes o pequeños-, ¡cualquier progreso es algo de lo que estar orgulloso!
Novedades en Udemy
Lanzamiento de una nueva herramienta de creación de cupones en lote;
Reforzamos nuestras medidas contra la piratería;
Realizamos algunas mejoras en la gestión del currículum y en la sección de preguntas y respuestas del curso.
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I would love to see what other experienced instructors can suggest, but initially, I recommend that you check out the thread How to record my desktop? which could be an easy solution for recording your Google Drive slide presentation alongside a video of yourself presenting it.
I hope this helps! 🙂
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Hola @AlvaroChirou, de momento los hacemos separados, uno al mes por comunidad, pero esta es realmente una gran idea!
Todavía no lo hemos considerado, pero voy a remitir esta sugerencia a nuestra gestora de la comunidad. Tendremos que revisar con Zoom la posibilidad de separar un gran número de usuarios por idioma en tiempo real.
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É hora de reconhecer alguns de nossos mais estimados membros da comunidade e, ao mesmo tempo, dar uma olhada em alguns dos posts mais populares da comunidade do último mês!
Principais Colaboradores da Comunidade:
Este mês, gostaríamos de agradecer especialmente ao @IsaacMartinsPRO e @Sansaoms! 🏆
E essas foram algumas das discussões mais produtivas:
O Isaac Martins iniciou o mês perguntando aos colegas instrutores '' Quais são as suas Metas para Abril 2022? '' e tivemos muitas respostas interessantes. Conta pra gente nos comentários se você conseguiu alcançar seus objetivos desse mês!
O @Sansaoms e o @Marcio foram os membros mais ativos do fórum este mês. 🎖 ️
Perguntamos quais são seus canais de marketing mais eficazes e quanto tempo vocês levam para promover seus cursos -- confira a thread pra ler as respostas surpreendentes que tivemos.
Também realizamos nosso primeiro bate papo através do Zoom, onde os participantes puderam trocar experiencias e compartilhar estratégias de Marketing entre si. Mal podemos esperar pelo próximo!
Novidades da Udemy:
Anunciamos uma nova ferramenta para criação de cupons em massa;
Reforçamos nossas medidas anti-pirataria;
E depois de ouvir o feedback de muitos instrutores, fizemos algumas melhorias no gerenciamento da grade curricular e na secção de perguntas e respostas.
Equipe da Comunidade Udemy
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That's amazing, @SteveCampbell2022, congratulations! 👏
Now, don't hesitate to visit the Published Instructor Club and participate in discussions with your fellow instructors. And feel free to post in the community anytime you need help with something related to the platform!
Best of luck!
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Hello Instructor Community!
It’s time to recognize some of our most esteemed community members while also taking a look at some of the most popular community posts from the last month!
This month, we’d like to give a special shoutout to Basit Khan, John Thompson & Frederico Garay for sharing their Instructor milestones in the community during the month of April! Congratulations, we love hearing about your Instructor wins!
April Community Recap:
In April, we dedicated the entire month to discussions about Marketing and boy was it busy! We hosted our very first networking session where over 20 instructors got together virtually to discuss their best marketing tips. Mark Lassoff & Diogo Resende were kind enough to share their best post-publishing tips with us during an hour-long webinar & when we asked the community, “ If you could only choose one marketing channel, which would you choose? “, we were blown away by the responses!
You can file this next post under, “Reasons I should visit the community every day” ....Community Champion Scott Duffy offered to purchase and review any course! And the community took advantage of this offer !
And lastly, as we mentioned earlier in this recap, we celebrated some wins with John Thompson , Frederico Garay & Basit Khan .
P.S. There is still time to register for our next virtual coffee chat!
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Hi @Davidshishaki970701, welcome to the community -- we're so glad to have you here! I would love to see what other instructors will respond here, but in the meantime, I'm happy to provide some resources about marketing strategies that can help you promote your course and reach more students:
Best Instructor Posts of All Time — Marketing
How you can market your course
Improve your course’s search results
Establish your credibility with reviews
Make the most of coupons and referrals
Getting started can be challenging, especially if your teaching area is a competitive subject, but don't be discouraged! Here in the community, you will be able to connect with people who have been through the same situation and were able to achieve their goals by understanding their audience and consistently improving their marketing efforts. Check out our Stories & Milestones section to see how they're doing it!
Don't hesitate to ask questions and comment on other threads to learn more, and if you need further assistance with the platform, please let me know. 🙂
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Hi @Human-Science and @ThomasMitchell,
Thank you for asking about this. I'm happy to provide some clarification about this partnership.
Our marketing partnership with Emeritus is intended to provide us with the insight and data to help us make informed decisions around the type of certificates that Emeritus offers. We hope to learn how learners value these certificates, whether they are willing to pay a higher price point, and whether they are interested in taking live courses.
As you can see from the Teaching Center article, we will only conduct this short-term test with students whose previous activities indicate they can be a good match for Emeritus' learning programs. While this group of learners will be redirected away from Udemy in the short-term, the test will help Udemy determine how to proceed with certificate offerings in the future. As this is a targeted test we’re running with a partner, there is no opportunity for instructors to get involved at this time. But we will absolutely let you know if, when, and how that happens.
On-demand instructor courses are the core of our business and why students know and love Udemy. Experiments like these simply help us make the right decisions about how to expand our offering to meet the needs of all our learners.
I hope this helps clear things up. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!
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In life, it’s a good thing to have no regrets. But when it comes to creating your first course, we’re guessing that you might have had one or two….
If you could go back in time, what is one thing that you would do differently with your Audio/Visual setup?
P.S. How many of you sang thought of Cher when you saw this post discussion subject line? 😂
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Hi @SteveCampbell2022, our team took a look at your account but it looks like your account verification is complete, but you still haven't submitted the course for review.
Could you try clicking on the button ''Submit for Review'' as shown on the screenshot below:
Check out this help article for a step-by-step guide and instructions on what to do if you run into any issues when clicking on this button. Also, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further assistance - they'll be happy to help!
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Hi there 👋
Our community grows every week as more and more people passionate about teaching and learning join us! We are pleased to introduce you to this week's new members:
@SaniaKhan288, @AndreeiVasi, @BharadwajSh342, @amadijoy450, @Joshi Laxman , @mr.darkness, @tcmartin24, @RAHUL3, @Pratham 1256, @ProThoughts824, @NandiniSingh, @Mahesh737, @JasonHasset296, @FlamesAcademy, @LauraBa, @MDSYDUR, @Kağan, @Doaa Abdelraouf , @SanjayShinde09 and @Davidshishaki970701!
We're thrilled you're here and can't wait to see you participate in our official Udemy instructor community, a space where instructors can support and motivate each other by sharing knowledge and experiences.
To get started, introduce yourself to your fellow instructors:
What you teach
Something fun about you!
Still not sure what topic you want to teach? Visit the Marketplace Insights tool and check out this thread to learn how to navigate the community.
Welcome! We're looking forward to getting to know you!
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Hello dear colleagues !
I want to ask which type of teleprompter are you using?
I have experience with this BestView T1 prompter
but it is small, and when I read the text, it either goes quickly to the bottom or goes slowly, in general, it does not work very well, but I want to read and so that it would be convenient.
The prices for prompters are different and 1 k and 2 k, as for me it's a lot.
Want to know which type of teleprompter are you using, instructor community?
I have heard good reviews of Glide Gear linked to an IPad or phone.
MagiCue Studio 15" Prompter Kit with Hard Case MAQSTUDIO15K
Which ever teleprompter you choose, I suggest downloading an app called Prompt +... The app is free but has limitations unless you purchase the pro version, which is about $15 CAD. With this app you can control font size, scroll speed, import/edit scripts from other programs. I use this on my phone and it works brilliantly.
I don't write a script so I don't use a teleprompter. I write outlines and diagrams which I place in PPT for prompting my brain. I use a tripod desk that I place my laptop on and then advance the PPTs with a clicker (not the right word, but you know what I mean.) See https://www.intension-design.com/tripodtable.
I use a Glide Gear TMP50 teleprompter with my Canon M50 and the Prompt Smart app on my cell phone for my scripts.
I use a Padcaster Parrot Teleprompter attached to my DSLR - just $79 and does the job nicely.
The best app I've found it PromptSmart Pro. It listens to you as you speak and automatically adjusts to your speed - even if you speed up, slow down or pause. You can also go off script for a bit and it will patiently wait you're back and then carry on. It's brilliant 95% of the time, which I find is more than enough for me.
I'm a new instructor, and I had to buy most of my course gear. To avoid overspending, I normally start assessing the cheapest options, leveling up in case the quality is not good enough for the outcome I desire.
In case of the teleprompter, I settled for the cheapest option. I bought the Pronstoor/Ambitful teleprompter. Be warned: the case is made of plastic, and the reflective glass is made of plastic as well. Only the adapter ring is made of metal. But it gets the job done. After all, I only needed something to reflect the text from my iPhone. I recorded my videos with a Canon 80D and I started to see the black borders only at 20mm approx., so a pretty wide angle.
I bought the package with the Bluetooth remote control included and only paid 25€, so an excellent value for money in my opinion.
I am cheap and also use a Parrot Telemprompter, attached to a DSLR I had anyhow. Generally the only lectures I actually script are the promo video and maybe section intro videos, so it's not something I use often.
If you are just getting going learning how to present to a camera and practicing with a Webcam on your laptop, you can make a full script teleprompter that you control the scroll using a mouse with a wheel (can't usually hear it at all) using MS Word for example as your teleprompter.
1. Type out the script
2. Enlarge the font and double or triple space
3. View the document in full screen read mode to clear all the tool bars
4. Scroll with your mouse wheel so no clicks are heard
HINT: If you wear glasses put word in BLACK MODE so your screen does not reflect on your glasses.
Now practice. Even though you see your eyes shift back and forth while reading its a great way to practice. Like what you see? You're ready to level up to the great suggestions the Udemy pros offer here.
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To create our training courses, the use of the correct microphone is critical. When I began my journey on Udemy, I invested in the Blue Snowball USB Microphone. It is outstanding and works superb even today after six years of its regular use. I use it to record audio lectures.
With that said, as I progressed and started using a DSLR camera, I required another microphone that could connect to the camera. So, I purchased the Rode Video Mic Pro+. Its a compact directional shotgun microphone with an outstanding sound quality.
Some details of both these microphones are as below:
Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Cardioid Condenser Capsule (Price ~$40 on Amazon)
Rode VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone (Price ~$265 on Amazon)
Which microphone do you use to record your video lectures? Share your thoughts.
@FrankKane: I'm a Shure SM7B guy, paired with a "CloudLifter" box to boost its signal, and a "Blue Icicle" device to convert it to USB. It's more expensive than the other options listed so far, but not crazy-expensive like the professional-grade Neumann microphones. It's a dynamic mic so it's not too sensitive to noise, and it sounds really rich.
@StanVangild204: I use the Blue Yeti Nano on a boom arm. Nothing fancy, but I'm happy with the sound quality, it's affordable, and super easy to set up and use.
@LawrenceMMiller: The mic you use is partly determined by how you shoot. I stand in front of a green screen and my camera is back abut 20 feet on a tripod. I use a wireless mic. I went through three different cheaper brands and finally decided to spend the $500 on a genuinely pro quality Sony transmitter and receiver. This has worked very well plugged into my Nikon z6ii camera. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1484178-REG/sony_uwp_d21_14_uwp_d21_camera_mount_wireless_omni.html
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Firstly I am happy to have my courses on the Udemy Marketplace.
In my 3 years of creating course materials I have learned the following points and I hope it can help new and aspiring creators to make better courses from the get-go so here goes.
1. Always keep the student in mind and try and simplify the material
2. If you are using a screencast video, generally engagement will be low as viewers may get bored, alternate between screencast and stock video. Or just bite the bullet and record with the camera on. I have found students completion rates are much higher for courses that have video recording. It took me almost 8 months to brave the camera but it was worth it. The courses where I face the camera reached best-seller must faster and have a higher enrolment rate.
3. Ensure you use stock videos and pictures which are either free for commercial use or ones you have purchased. A great source for free images and video is pixabay and Pexels .
4.For simple animations and intro-videos you can use softwares that add extra professional look. It's easy to use and saved me tons of money than hiring a video editor to do intro videos and animations. You can get started for as low as a dollar.
5. For presentations and templates use canva. It can help save a lot of time making slides and worksheets. You can get started for free and then upgrade according to your requirement. Nowadays you can even use canva's presenter option to record your presentations.
6. Try and bring your own story and personality to the surface to engage better with the students. Including examples of own life, experiences helps build student rapport.
7. Don't wait for your course to be perfect to publish it. Start with what you have and work on getting your course out there. You can always improve based on student feedback and update your course
8.Always keep a hard disk and back up your videos to ensure that you don't lose them or they get corrupted
9. Investing in a ring light and a microphone can help the quality of your audio/video and the sooner you do it the better and more time you will save editing. The blue yeti is a good microphone to get started with .
10. Success may not happen overnight so don't be discouraged. It takes a little while for students to find your course and enroll. Having a good promo video can help.
So these are the top 10 learnings I can share with any new instructor. Hope they help you in your journey of course creation,
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy Prosperous New Year!
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We often discuss whether sales are going up or down and we discuss a lot of factors over which we have no control, such as Udemy’s advertising, the pandemic, etc. But we do not often discuss how our own work product determines the rate of sales. So, I thought it would be worth making a list of instructor’s “controllable” factors that will determine the rate of sales of a course.
Let’s do a survey. Assume you are launching a new course, so it has no current students and no ratings to begin with. Let’s not discuss inclusion in UFB because that will come later. What will impact its initial sales?
Please reply by stating the numbers of those you think are most impactful in order of important… #1, 2, etc. Pick your top five factors in order. Or, add to the list if you like. If you suggest an additional factor, I will add it to the list in this message so others can rate it.
Topic title (with key words)
Written course description.
Category in which the course falls
Quality of the promo video – video technical quality
Quality of promo – explanation of content and benefits
Quality of the promo – personality/style of the instructor
Quality of other sample videos
Instructor’s prior ratings and courses
List price of the course
Length of the course (longer)
Length of the course (shorter)
Number of competing courses
Rating of competing courses
Instructor’s marketing efforts – YouTube
Instructor’s marketing efforts – mail list
Instructor’s marketing efforts – website
Instructor’s paid ads (Facebook, etc.)
@Mufaddal: Here is my top 5 in descending order of their impact to sales Irrespective of Udemy or self hosted site
1, Category and level of interest in market for the course or topics
2. Level of awareness about the instructor and courses - Reach - Mailing list, youtube, Linkedin etc
3. Instructor bio- Trust is huge factor. Once students trust to be an authority or someone worth listening to and learn they will keep on buying.
4. Ratings and Reviews
@Marious: Here is my list:
11, 1, 12, 9, 4
For me it is all about advertising the course and targeting it.
I f targeted by Udemy, I will get a lot of sales... Udemy is really good at targeting people with ads. It is much harder for individual instructors... It is enough to look at Black Friday (not a year ago, but 3-4 years ago...) - crazy results! I do not want to panic (yet), I want to wait till the next big promotion from Udemy but my current results show huge drops despite my efforts in publishing new courses. I want to wait till the next big sale by Udemy to see if this trend keeps going
So from things I can control it is all about the price and showing that students own this course forever and can rely on me (I think it would be a good option to be added - active support from an instructor). So in a way it is about advertising Udemy as a great platform, showing the benefits, and saying there is a cool course that I actively support.
From marketing tools, Facebook worked for me a few years ago but no crazy results...
I think owning is a key factor here - I have heard a lot of comments from students from Udemy and outside of Udemy saying that they like to own a course, it feels better than 'renting' it for 2 months - they feel some kind of a connection. I get that and like it. On the other hand a lot of people enjoy UfB, I used to make a lot of money of it (not the case anymore and I have no control over it, unfortunately - 50% drop for me).
Also, try a number of things and see what works for you. Try new titles, new projects, and new ideas.
Thanks Lawrence for an interesting topic!
@Rahul Iyer: Hi @LawrenceMMiller ,
This is an excellent list. In my opinion, all the factors you've listed are important. Not one can be singled out. The best part is if we control these factors (which are rightly in our total control), Udemy does it's part very well. Some may not agree to my statement. But if it is an in-demand topic and all these factors are taken care off, we are making it easier for Udemy to market our courses. Thanks again!
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Course creation takes a lot of time and sometimes being productive is hard. I would really like to know from all the instructors how do you stay focused and productive? What kind of schedule do you follow to complete courses? Your guidance would really be helpful. Thanks.
@GregReverdiau: Hi @ShubhiSaxena
Making a realistic schedule and sticking to it is important. There are many steps to producing a course and what has worked for me in the past is to mix and match all the different steps so I'm not always doing the same thing for an extended period of time.
For example, you could record 7-10 hours of content over 2 days, then edit it over a couple of days, then upload everything to Udemy the next day, then publish your course. Personally, I like to record 2-3 hours at max, then spend the afternoon editing (during my lunch break, the computer creates my proxy files so I don't have to waste time waiting for that to happen). In the evening my computer exports all the videos while I sleep, directly to a Dropbox folder, which uploads by itself while I sleep. Then in the morning, I load those videos in Udemy using the bulk uploader and while the videos are getting converted by Udemy, I record my next 2-3 hours of video.
Getting more proficient at editing will also save you a ton of time. I used to spend 4-5 hours to edit 1 hour of content. Now that my process is more streamlined, I spend about 2 hours to edit 1 hour of content. Big time saver!
What are your main issues or bigger time wasters at this point in the process?
Here, check this article out. Look at the discussion about quadrants, this may help you. If you don’t have the book, it’s a good buy, cheap on Amazon.
Make sure you have a filming 'studio' set up so that you can walk in and start filming whenever you are ready...
Great question! I don't really have a set schedule, but I try to do at least something for my new courses every day, even when I'm on vacation. That might be some programming for a lecture, making slides, taking notes or writing scripts, or filming or editing. I notice that if I take a few days off, it get progressively harder to get back into it. That helps keep me in the right frame of mind.
I'm very new to this whole formal teaching thing but I think I am finally getting a groove. I have taught before online but nothing formal or paid so I wasn't as concerned about all the small details. I digress..
I would love to do the batch processing thing except I tend to do some research, then talk. Then research, then talk. So, because of this, I only batch record a few videos at a time. Actually, let me step back.
My newest method I just started and love so far is this:
I have a written script of what I am going to say ahead of time prepared. Maybe just 8-15 paragraphs worth. I record myself talking through the script without the camera, errors and all (I can edit those out). The key is to talk a bit slow and create natural breaks.
Then, I start diagraming or creating slides for my script if I already didn't have them in the script. I'm actually editing the content now.
Finally, I will green screen myself talking about what I talked about behind the scenes. So, as I edit, I learn more or realized I needed to add something else. This is where I would switch to "me" on camera and just talk it. Then I splice it in.
So far, I really think this method is going to be my winner.
One slow down for me is that I switch between a Mac and a PC alot. I love the Mac but certain things I am just faster at with Windows on a PC.
Like I said, I am very new but enjoying the ride so far. Good luck.
I do nearly the same as @GregReverdiau regarding a schedule; although mine looks different as I have an FT job as well:
Film 3-5 hours at a time, I have done 8 the latter is a bad idea if you want quality. 3-5 hours of "tape" 2-4 hours of useful material for me.
Next week or a few days later I edit it all of it, my editing is basic (maybe too basic tbh) so that's 1:2, one hour for every 2 filmed so 6-10 hours later all done
I upload as I go in these bulk sets so that's usually a large chunk of my course overnight and hope my wifi doesn't fail me. It usually does so I then upload the last of it in the morning or hit up a co-working space by the day- well worth the $20 for free coffee (& beer!) and fiber speeds!
During the week I engage in social media, type landing page info, etc.
Repeat this 3-4xs over a month or two and viola a new 4-6 hour course!
Watch entire course before going live, I often submit and keep private for a week to tweak and have select students in "early" to give feedback and build some hype
It total does help to have a home studio, saves me 1-2 hours to not have to set up now.
What motivates me? Let me be real, I can't stand editing, seeing my face and hearing my voice for HOURS is painful and I mean in a cringe, why did I do that, why is my hair a mess, etc, so I am quick to film, edit and have a live course up to generate revenue. Yes, money and enrollment motivate me to complete a quality course quickly and on schedule. I also update my social media accounts and students with a launch date early on. It makes me stick to a schedule. Right now I have 10 days to complete my next course; 10 hours unedited, 5 more to film and I can see the sweet sweet finish line!!!
this is a great question. My favourite motto is "Eat the elephant one bite at a time". For me that means instead of being overwhelmed by all you have to do, just concentrate on one thing - do that until it's done! This has helped me alot especially when I am not feeling motivated.
It a great question. Staying on track is important. When off track, better to come back quickly.
Since you need to be creative whileaking content a break also serves as a breather.
This is how I stay focussed :
Categorize and break your course creation task. Mine are :
1) Outline, research, Script writing
2) video shoots, screen recordings, audio files.
4) prepare downloads in PDF.
I take up things in batch. I complete point 1 and point 4 simultaneously. I complete the scripting first. Mark the lecture numbers also. So redo is avoided while recording.
Mostly first I make my own outline. This keeps my content original. Then do the research and improve it.
Keep adding parts to the main outline.
Only once this step is complete I start recording. I record everything in a batch again, mark and save my files to edit in batch for next week.
Right now, for me it takes time. I follow a tight scripting schedule. For e. g. lecture 1 to be finished by (date)
This has to be done to stay productive. Since we are our own boss. By following this it's easier for me to be productive. I can easily script for two to three lectures ( 10 minutes each) in a weeks time. So in two months 8-12 lectures can be scripted.
You could just do one in a week and see it will start becoming easier. Sometimes it's just the load of work that needs to be done bogs us down. So little steps are also good to be productive.
After scripting I take 3 days for recording and a week's time for editing. I rerun everything again before producing. So another 3 days. Udemy has a template for video editing. It's quite a help.
On the days I do not feel creative, I simply research and find myself writing in an hour or so.... 🙂
Hope it helps.
@GregReverdiau I love this! I did my first course recently (published on Friday, so I'm about to embark on a week of promoting it through various means - wish me luck!) and I was chewing over a solid workflow for my next one. I was thinking something similar, but a little different: -Pre-Produce all my lectures and sort out my talking points (I've never liked presenting with a finished script. Bullet points FTW), outlining what next steps I'll be finishing each lecture with. -Film everything over a single day (2 if needed).
-Offload footage, backing up and transcoding overnight.
-Then aim to edit a bunch of V1 drafts, ready for my business partner to have a read of (benefit of having another set of eyes) each day - batch exporting these (To google drive - love your Dropbox idea Greg!) with Media Encoder.
-Start each edit day with any changes to existing edits, then queue up to Google Drive, ready for Bulk uploading and also getting Rev.com ready to go for captioning. I'll be processing these as soon as each edit is signed off. -Eventually all of my lectures should kind of be there within a couple of days to a week (depending on what other stuff I've got in my calendar that week.) Any thoughts as to how I can improve this anyone? I'm hoping to save myself a tonne of processing time in not shooting the whole thing in 4k (Yeah, that was a bit silly last time) but any feedback from more experienced minds would be super welcome!
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Editing takes the biggest bulk of most instructor’s time. Some instructors are lucky to have video editors who can work with them/for them, but not all of us are so lucky! I do one hundred percent of my own editing and finding ways to streamline that process can save me the most time.
First of all, I create a theme or template video for my course I am working on. This theme will have a standard look for a lower third, banners or an intro screen. These graphics look consistent or have a branded theme. I start each lesson with this template, so I already have the first few seconds set up in my editing software, same for the outro, music and fonts. This saves me a ton of time as I do not have to set it up each time, I start a new lesson as there can sometimes be 60+ lectures. I also film in one day. I can film up to four hours of screen recording content in one afternoon. This way I can record it all and save the editing for one session. This also helps to cut down on editing time and streamline my process, so I am not going from filming to editing too often and shifting gears too frequently.
I also plan ahead. I open up a google doc with my course outline and I write out the title of each lesson. If I need to write a script ahead of time, I will do all this at once.
There is a theme here of sitting down to do one task before moving onto another. As instructors we can get excited about teaching that sometimes we rush to film before we really planned out the outline to our course, and “play it by ear”. I found that to be more time consuming in the end as I had to go back and refilm things I have said because I decided to change up the course after filming the first few lessons.
What are some things that you've done to create a course in less time?
@Artemakis: I also find it more efficient to first record all lectures/screencasts, and then start the editing process.
In my first course, after recording each lecture, I would edit it and only then I would proceed with the next one. It was a nightmare! 🙂
Then I switched to record all-first, and then edit them, which works much better for me.
@GregReverdiau: Personally, I too like to record one chapter in one day. I try to keep the editing to later in the day, the morning is my prime time to record while I'm fresh. Plus, editing in the afternoon means I can export the videos while I sleep, and since I export directly to a Dropbox folder, they are also synched by the morning, which means I only have to add them with the bulk uploader.
A few tips that have saved me a ton of time:
- I use FCPX and there is a way to save some of the edits and apply them later. For example, color correction, where my body is located on the final video, the size of the screen that I'm showing, my fake background, my keyer, etc... is all saved for each of the angles I have. It makes it super easy to do the entire setup before I start editing. I'm sure other software have the ability to do the same. It also helps with keeping everything consistent.
- In FCPX, there is a Multicam option available. This allows me to set up an unlimited number of "angles" that I can easily switch between when editing. I simply click on 1,2,3 or 4 on my keyboard when I want to switch to one of the angles. They are all synched in and all I have to do once it's setup is to play my course and cut between all the angles.
- I play my course at 2x the speed when I edit. I can still hear everything I say and catch the bloopers, and it really saves down on the time!
I hope this helps someone!
@SatyaAnandaDhar: I do basically the same.
I've also switched from more expensive and complex video editors to camtasia 9 to speed up the editing process.
What wears the most is the time lost waiting for rendering! Breakes the work flow! I always record the course and then I'll edit at the end. Sometimes I add one class or another when I see the material ready, for polishing What works for me is to create a video file with the introduction ando other for the "background" parts like text, images, quots etc.
I just wanted to add that I do screencast and PowerPoint based presentation courses and I've found that a lot of my time can be sucked up producing PowerPoint slides -- especially if I go for high production value with lots of animation.
Want to speed up your video production to the max? Do pure screencast software demonstrations. I can record as much as 1 hour per day using this method.
If I start messing around with PowerPoint slides, or of late talking head and green screen, the minutes start spinning like Clark Griswald's electricity meter when he had all the lights on in "Christmas Vactation". You get my point -- at least you do if you're a John Hughes fan ;-).
@Anonymous Great tip! This is exactly what I do. I do not even mess with PowerPoint and do all of my text and instruction right in screenflow (the mac video editing software I use). It is great because there is just one program I am juggling. I record my screencasts there but also edit video there as well, streamlining the process. It also adds a much more professional touch to my courses as my text is almost always, animated and structured.
If you are using Camtasia, you can render all of your Camatasia projects in bulk. What I'll typically do is record all my lessons, mistakes and all. I'll then edit them all. Once edited, I'll open Camtasia, select all of my lesson projects, and bulk process them - sometimes letting it run after I go to bed. When I wake up (or get back from food shopping, or return from the gym, etc), all of my lessons are ready for upload.
@kalimaAcademy: Hello, I use a " debut "program from a company " nch " that is easy to use and the payment is $ 49 for one time. For montage, I use Filmora.
Around my house there is noise, so I only shoot early in the morning for two hours, and then I do the montage and for noise removal I use the Audacity program, which is free. It is better to record several videos at once, because you will shorten the time to set the device and lighting, and then devote yourself to editing. The other command was prepared using PowerPoint, a simple introduction and I use it as an introduction before the videos and arranged all the things in one folder, and so I find everything I want in one time.
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I see a lot of people asking, "Why didn’t my course succeed on Udemy?"
Honestly, though, this question often comes too late for us to help them because they have already filmed and published a course. They have spent countless hours and effort to build this course, and they are discouraged because it didn't get a bunch of students buying it up in the first week.
So, with that in mind, here are my four tips for increasing your chances of success onUdemy based on my experience. It is a long read, but worth your time and consideration before you start filming.
(Following all of these tips will NOT guarantee success, but they will certainly put you in a much higher chance of finding success here on Udemy. Remember, Udemy is a crowded place these days with 100k courses from 50k instructors...how will you stand out and succeed?)
Please please please, follow these tips in order. After all, if you don’t get Tip 1 right, the rest of this post doesn’t even matter...
(1) Proper category selection.
This is probably the number one mistake of new instructors on Udemy. People think, “Hey, I know Java and the top Java course makes like $90k a month. I want some of that sweet sweet Java $$, so let me throw together a 3 hour course on it, publish it, and I am going to be instantly rich!”
What they don’t realize is topics like Java, Web Development, iOS Developer and Python are highly competitive topics with 500-1000 courses already released and in the marketplace on each of them. This means you are likely to get buried in the noise (sheer volume of available courses) and no one will be able to find your course. This equates to low or no sales.
Instead, you really need to find a topic that isn’t overcrowded and make a name for yourself there. The topics I have had the most success with (translation: the one with courses making large amounts of money if we measure success by revenue) is categories with less than 10-20 courses in them. Once you find a category like this that you are knowledgeable and can teach, we can then move on to step 2...
(2) Make a better course than what is out there.
Once I find a category, I actually watch the top 1-5 courses for that category (at least their free preview videos). I analyze their course and ask myself, “Self, if I were to make a course on this particular topic, could I do it better than this instructor?”
My first breakout hit for a course was in a topic with only 10-15 courses in it. The #1 course made around $3000/month, and when I watched the previews for that course I was bored. The videography was ok, the audio was ok, but the presentation was outright BORING. I knew I could create a better course than that instructor, so I built one. Within 3 months, my course became #1 for that category and has been my top selling course ever since. (Oddly enough, the top course revenue went up significantly as a result to, moving to 2x the previous top revenue because now there was a better option for students to buy, which in turned increased conversations for this topic area across the Udemy platform.
Now, the hard part here is that there are some categories I found that “looked” like a good opportunity (high demand from students and low number of courses), but the leading course was already very good. For some of these topics, I opted to ignore these categories because I didn’t think I could take the top spots from the existing courses. Could I make a great course? Sure. Could I make one significantly better than the existing leader? Probably not.
When you look at these existing courses, you have to be truly realistic in your approach. I have considered making a Python course before. Python is one of the most searched terms on Udemy and may be the single best selling topic on the platform, BUT the top courses are already REALLY REALLY good. I mean, Jose's Python course is top notch. Could I make a really good course, too? Sure, but there are already so many good courses (and literally hundreds of Python courses on Udemy already), I would likely get buried in the noise, so I don't make Python courses.
Let's take for example, a topic like ITIL 4 Foundation (my #1 course). If you look at the Insights tool for you would think this is clearly a topic you should make a course for. Low number of courses and high demand. But, you would be wrong...
Why? Because the top course is my course. It has great visuals, an energetic and well liked instructor, and exceptional video quality. The course is a complete study solution, where I give the student all the videos needed to pass the exam, quizzes, 2 practice exams, and a downloadable study guide. I give students so much value for their money, it would be hard to displace me from this top spot, because there isn't much you can do to give more value than I already have.
Now, if you are a brand new course creator, it is going to be hard for you to steal students from me. In fact, 9 out of 10 people who search the word ITIL on Udemy end up buying one of my courses. When I have spoken with Udemy has told me, “You clearly dominate this topic.”
But even beyond me thinking my course is the best, (and students agreeing), you have another challenge in entering this particular topic. This topic is regulated by Axelos, owners of the ITIL brand. If you publish a course there without their authorization and approval, they will have Udemy remove your course under copyright infringement. So again, not a topic you want to join unless you jump through the very time consuming and expensive process of becoming “authorized” by Axelos to teach ITIL. (The same holds true for the CEH certificatoin for those in the IT space who want to teach hacking.)
(3) Make courses people actually want/need.
This may sound stupid, but do people want/need your course? If you are making a course on Underwater Basket Weaving, will anyone want or need it? Is there a big enough audience to support it?
I personally make most of my courses on IT certifications because it gives me a natural audience who is searching for courses to pass these exams. People go to Udemy everyday to search for “CompTIA Project+” or “AWS Associate”.
When you are starting out, people will find your course because of your topic. This is why finding a topic with less than 20 courses is so crucial, because it virtually guarantees you will be one page 1 of the search for that term. Over time, as you become more known and liked by student, then they start searching for you and you can break my 10-20 courses in a topic recommendation.
For example, many of my student search “jason dion python” or “Jason dion Java” because they want to learn those topics AND they want to learn them from me. (They won't find one, because I don't have those courses, but they keep searching.)
Going back to our Java discussion at the beginning of this thread, I now have a big enough following that I could launch a Java course and do pretty well. I won’t knock out the top guy, but I could probably make a few thousand $ a month with one because enough students know me and would buy a course in that topic from me at this point. But if I was where I was 2-3 years ago, forget it. That same course (regardless of how good I made it) would earn me maybe $100/month if I was lucky, and I would be on page 5, 10, or 15 of the search results. It would be very hard for students to find it and discover me.
(4) Happy students.
The last strategy I use is that I put my students first. I give them a complete course, a full study solution, in their Udemy course. I answer their questions. I support them in our FB group, etc.
These students are my biggest marketing effort. Just go into any CompTIA Facebook group and ask what you should study if you are going to take the CompTIA Security+ exam. I bet within the first 5 comments you get at least 3 of them saying “Jason Dion’s course on Udemy”.
This is marketing for me. Now, I don't get 97% because they didn’t use one of my coupon links (I am not the one marketing in these groups), but these recommendations are all over Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and LinkedIn, an they are all driving warm traffic back to my website and Udemy’s looking for my courses.
You have to be patience with this strategy though. It doesn’t happen overnight. These students took my course, passed their exam, and now they share the good news of "Jason's courses" with others because my courses worked for them. For that to happen, it takes 3-6 months from their first purchase, so you have to be patience. But, once the flow of recommendations starts to flow (you’ve primed the pump), it becomes a snowball effect.
I am not saying to go create courses in areas you are not an expert in. Please don't read it that way. I am not trying to make you a mercenary for hire. But, I do want you to consider all the things you COULD teach before deciding on a particular category. Your BEST thing, the thing you are the biggest expert in, may not be your best choice on Udemy because the market is too crowded in that topic.
This particular person is skilled in many things. He has been an online instructor probably longer than anyone else I know. He knows how to do some amazing things in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and Audition. He knows how to program computers. He knows how to run a profitable business. He knows management and human resources from running his companies. He knows educational design and learning management systems. You get the idea...this guy knows a lot of things. I just listed 6-10 different topics he could teach, teach well, and with expertise.
Most of us are like this. I look at my own background, and I have 20+ IT Certifications across cyber security, IT service management, and project management. I also can play guitar, run a business, manage people, do videography, and numerous other things that I could teach.
So, when I started making courses on Udemy, I looked at various topics. My third course (which became my best seller) was on ITIL. It is something I had done at my job for over 10 years. It wasn't the thing I was most passionate or excited about, but it was a high demand area with a low number of courses. Yes, I have expertise in it, and I am certified in it, so I decided to make a course on it....and it paid off (big time).
That is my point here, because I could have created another Web Development course, or Java course, or Python courses, but I didn't. Even though I am knowledgeable about those things, I knew I would be fighting an uphill battle teaching them. For example, I used to own my own web development company. I have been a web programmer since the late 90s. I definitely could create a "Complete Guide to Web Development" course if I wanted to. The same with Java or Python, I program in both of those languages, but it doesn't mean they will provide me the best return on my time investment by creating courses on them. Some things may be good topics, but they may not be good FOR YOU.
Now, when I say things like this, I often get the objection, "But Jason, the only thing I know is Python", or Java, or Web Development. To that I say, "Well, nothing says you have to be on Udemy." Yes, I know this is a Udemy platform I am writing this on, but remember, no one is forcing you to use Udemy. Udemy is awesome, but if you are going to spend 50-200 hours building a course and get ZERO traction because you are hidden in a sea of other courses, then maybe you need to find your own path...or be prepared to market the heck out of the course yourself on Udemy.
Either is fine, but remember, if you are making the next Web Dev, Java, or Python course, you better have a plan for how you are going to be found and how you will stick out among 500+ other courses on that topic. If you think you will just click "Publish" and students will flock to your courses in these highly competitive topics, you are going to be sadly disappointed, I promise you.
I hope this helps some of you out there as you embark on your Udemy journey,
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