March 15, 2013 in Udemy
A couple of days ago, I was approved to become a Premium Instructor at Udemy.com. That means I can start charging for my courses and get paid! For those who don’t know what Udemy is, let me explain. Udemy is a free platform where anyone can create a video course and market it to the public. Courses can also contain non-video based training such as text files, presentations, PDF, audio and more.
These courses are beautifully organized into sections with lectures in each section. The minimum requirements for creating a Udemy course are as follows:
- Minimum of 1 Section
- Minimum of 5 Lectures
- 200 Word Biography
- Promo Video
- Great Title and Description
- 1 Hour of Content (60% video based)
I just started using Udemy and found that creating a course is really easy using their platform. It’s much like a WordPress blog because it’s all organized through a content management system. In fact, I have decided to stop building courses/membership sites with Profits Theme and Clickbank because of how easy Udemy is to use!
Migrating My Membership Sites to Udemy
I am so pleased with the way Udemy works that I’m going to start moving all the content from my Profits Theme sites over to Udemy and create new courses/membership sites with them on Udemy. And because I’ve been building an email list on those sites, I can immediately start promoting these courses to my subscribers when they’re live on Udemy.
Also, setting up courses on Udemy is free! I’m glad because when I was using Clickbank as my payment processor and membership gateway, I had to pay a set-up fee for each product I wanted to sell!
Advantages of Using Udemy
All payments, file storage and video hosting is handled by Udemy. And they offer a 30 day return policy to customers to ensure satisfaction. One thing I was not able to do easily before is to offer coupon codes. Udemy simplifies the creation of coupons to further entice customers. Coupons can be set to expire on a certain date or after a predetermined number has been used. This is quite an exciting time for me as I discover new avenues to generate income online. My paid course has been live for less than 24 hours and there hasn’t been any sales yet. But I feel great about the email list I built with names of people who are looking for just the information I’m teaching. Since this is still all new to me, I’m going to wait a few more days before I start promoting to my list. I’ll probably start out with a 50% coupon to get an initial rush of sales.
Have you used Udemy before? I’d love to hear from people who have hosted their own products vs products on Udemy. Do you prefer one over the other?