Having worked in the Higher Education Industry I always felt that it was an Industry on the verge of digital disruption. And boy was it disrupted. Most Universities had already included an online distance learning program by this time however some such as Harvard and Stanford went a step further by offering Mooc's (Massive Open Online Courses) that are free for an unlimited amount of students and you only pay if you want an official degree or diploma from the university in question.
Now even though this did change the education Industry for the better these courses and learning materials are still controlled by each institution. But what if I told you that there is a range of courses most of which you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else taught for the people by the people?
I first heard about Udemy (Click here to have a look) when I read that its top 10 instructors had made just over a total of $ 1.6 Million. This did catch my attention but what striked me even more were some of the reviews by their students stating 'this course has helped me set up my own profitable business' or 'this course has allowed me to get a job without having gone to university'. A perfect win win situation I thought, the instructors were making a lot of money and the students were benefiters so I decided to give it a go.
I launched my own SEO Course – How I made $ 200K in one year from SEO (Click here to preview it). I decided that if I was going to do this course I wanted it to be complete from the first step to the last chockfull of all the tips and tricks I had picked up throughout my decade of experience. I also wanted to include a section of how I am able to profit from my own SEO websites so that potential students could benefit financially from their learning. I spent a lot of time developing the course and it seems to have paid off. In just under a month I have had 1796 students join my course which is priced at around £44 or $ 69 and to have such a big following in such a short amount of time leaves me dumbfounded and a very proud man.
Udemy does take a 50% cut if the student has enrolled in your course through their website or a 25% cut if the student has enrolled in your course through your own website or promotional activity. Now the 50% might be a bit off putting at first but when you realise that the majority of students will find your course through the Udemy website and the levels of traffic it receives daily is extremely large it is a very fair cut.
Now not only have I taught on Udemy but I have also learnt a world of information that has changed my world. I know my SEO very well, I know how to make money from it but I am not that great when it comes to making money on eBay or Amazon or YouTube or Twitter. You can even learn how to do yoga, radio jingles or even how to become a football agent.
The courses that I took that have helped me profit from the platforms mentioned above and I really recommend that you do too are:
- How I Make $ 2000 A Month On YouTube – And No Filming by Alun Hill
- Kindle Secrets: How I wrote a Best Selling eBook In 72 hours by Benjamin Wilson
- Twitter For Business: Attract 200+ Lifelong Customers a Day! by Benjamin Wilson
- Make an Extra $ 1K – $ 10K a Month Selling On Amazon by Willam Pena
- eBay Secrets: Make Money on eBay and Spend No Money Upfront by Matt Bernstein
The great unique selling points of Udemy are: the ability to preview the course you are interested in, the 30 day money back guarantee if the course fails to impress you, the ability to learn on the go – on your iPhone or Ipad and a certificate of completion. Therefore if you are considering being a student then it is really a no brainer.
Alternatively if you think you are an expert in your field or especially if you think that there aren't many instructors already teaching this subject then I would say teaching on Udemy is a must for you. However one final piece of advice I would give you before signing up as an instructor and listing your lecture for sale is that you enrol yourself in these two courses:
- How I Make $ 4000 A Week From Udemy Courses With No Marketing by Alun Hill
- Double Your Udemy Course Sales (In Just 2 Hours!) Guaranteed by Benjamin Wilson
These two courses will give you the insight and confidence to know exactly what you are doing before filming your course so that you know the best way to teach, market and sell your lecture in the most efficient and less time consuming manner.
Thanks for reading, hope to see your course live soon and to see you learning and earning.
*Until the 28th of February 2015, you can get 65% off any course on Udemy including mine by clicking on this link here, searching for the course you want and entering the coupon code START215
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