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Creating and Publishing Ten Udemy Courses

The yr 2015 is the yr of Udemy for me. My aim is to have ten courses stay by January 1st 2016. My secondary aim is to make $10,000 of my courses by the identical date. Though I favor to set objectives when it comes to things that I can control, I needed to add a financial objective to this challenge to keep me focussed.

Why Udemy?

I anticipate that within the close to future

  1. on-line studying will develop exponentially sooner or later
  2. video will be the hottest option to eat content
  3. Udemy will be the market leader in on-line video courses

As well as, Udemy has a really consumer pleasant interface, easy-to-use infrastructure, a lovely profit sharing system and over 5 million college students on their platform.

On this submit will chronicle my journey and share every part together with the great and the dangerous, the revenue, the challenges and the joy. I’ll replace month-to-month so ensure that to examine back typically!

As I’m scripting this it’s late April, so I’ll begin with a recap of the first 4 months and then update this reside in the future.

Right here’s what I started out with in January.


None, by no means constructed a video course nor edited any audio or video in my life.


Pc: Macbook Air (13”)
 Rode Mircrophone (Smartlav)
Software program: Screenflow

Now let’s get to the action and learn how’s it’s been going.

January: Delays

My plan was to launch my first course on Airbnb hosting by January 31st but this turned out too formidable. I had to spend a lot of time learning the right way to create and edit videos and had to re-do a number of videos that turned out blurry or the audio wasn’t ok.

I felt just like the course wasn’t ok but and needed to make enhancements.

I did plenty of research on how you can create good courses and tips on how to market them on Udemy. Here’s two programs that I took that basically helped me:

Udemy Course Advertising: Get Extra College students, Critiques & Gross sales – By Christine Maisel

Udemy 6 Determine Blueprint: A Tactical Guide To Udemy Success
icon – By Scott Britton

It’s fascinating to observe a course on Udemy on how one can create and market a course on Udemy, as you’ll not simply study concerning the content of the course however you can too watch how these instructors did their course and get some inspiration from that.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 0/10
Revenue: $0/$10.000

February: First course launched!

What I didn’t understand once I began is that after the course content is completed you continue to need a few week or two to get the course reside on the platform.

After I submitted the course, Udemy reviewed it and made strategies to enhance it. Some are obligatory, some are optionally available. After fixing the obligatory suggestions, I submitted it again and it was accredited. Nevertheless, I nonetheless had to wait until the Udemy design workforce had designed an image for my course.

Airbnb Hosting Video Course

The excellent news is: I lastly launched my first course on February 24th! Whoohoo!

I had been advised to supply the course free of charge after launching it to get a some college students in the course and get some feedback.

I posted a free coupon within the Udemy Instructor Studio FB group and within a couple of days I had over 1000 students! That was exciting!

A smash within the face: Dangerous Evaluations

The thrill pale shortly as only a few individuals truly sent me any suggestions and very few left critiques. To make matters worse, a few of the evaluations that I did get have been terrible.

Udemy unfair review

Ouch! Udemy displayed my course as six hours of video, though I solely had about two hours. What occurred is that I assumed it might be good to include the audio version of my guide, Get Paid For Your Pad, to the course as a bonus.

Mistake I assume, the audio is over three hours and therefore Udemy adds this time to the marketed video content material. This was perceived as deceptive by the one that left the evaluation I feel.

What bothered me was that the reviewer only took 12% of the course! In addition, he took advantage of the free pre-launch that I did so he acquired the course free of charge. So you get a course free of charge, watch 12% of it and then depart a 1-star evaluate, without truly strategies enhancements. I assume this individual doesn’t understand how a lot work goes into building a video course.

Here’s one other dangerous evaluation that I acquired.

Udemy Student Course Progress

Once more, the reviewer only took a small a part of the course.

Udemy unfair review

This title of this evaluate points out the one factor that I was having hassle with most. I found it really onerous to seem pure on digital camera and even when recording screencasts. I observed this myself, however wasn’t positive if it was simply me being over-critical (which a lot of people are when creating something that they have little expertise with) or if it really was that dangerous.

In any case, I redid a few of the first videos and after changing them I by no means acquired any unfavourable suggestions on this matter.

To shortly touch upon the opposite remarks, positive in the event you pay attention to each single podcast episode that I’ve revealed and learn all my blog posts, subscribe to my publication then you definitely’ll ultimately have a lot of the content material at no cost. That may take you about 50 hours to undergo. The worth of a video course is the added visuals and the truth that all the knowledge is packed right into a two hour product. That method you save your self a whole lot of time.

Some constructive developments…and one dangerous one

I ended the month with zero gross sales. On a extra constructive word, I began working on my second course,. I initially didn’t assume there was sufficient to teach on this matter, however a fellow Udemy instructor recommended it to me. She needed to know how one can recognize good hosts on Airbnb and asked if I had plans to construct a course on this matter.

One other lesson I discovered from previous experiences is that you need to by no means try to accomplish one thing all by yourself. All the time seek advice and help from others.

Subsequently I started a FB group and added a couple of different Udemy instructors to trade experiences and ideas. This turned out to be an ideal determination as the group instantly turned lively and I discovered so much from others. Extra importantly, it’s nice to get help from those who are in the identical boat and with comparable objectives.

One main setback that affected my progress was an unfortunate accident on the ski slopes that resulted in a damaged wrist. I had to wear a forged around my arm for six to 8 weeks which didn’t notably improve my productiveness.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 1/10
Revenue: $0/$10.000


First sale! A number of weeks after I revealed my first course the day finally arrived: I made my first sale!!! I made a whopping $5 on this first sale.

First sale on Udemy

Why did I solely make $5, although I listed the course at $47?

Udemy Promotions

A lot of the gross sales will come from promotions that Udemy provides their students. As an instructor you possibly can select wether you need to opt-in to these promotions or not. They do common promotions where all courses are discounted to $10 or $19, but additionally they goal particular clients with custom-made provides. For instance, if someone checks out the course but doesn’t purchase it, Udemy will then send that individual a discount coupon.

In my case, somebody received provided to buy my course at $10. Because it’s an “organic sale” (i.e. Udemy discovered the scholar for me) they take a 50% reduce.

In my case,

Here’s an summary of my complete revenue in March:

Udemy earnings March

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 1/10
Income: $84/$10.000


In April I made a decision to quiet down in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and concentrate on getting my second course revealed. I additionally met up with Rob Cubbon, a very profitable Udemy instructor. He gave me some good ideas and advice that was very motivating. I ended up interviewing him, you possibly can learn the interview here.

New course launched and selecting the best title

By the top of the month, I launched my second course: Airbnb: Save as much as 25% on Stays by Negotiating Successfully. I initially referred to as it “Airbnb: Travel Cheaper and Smarter,” which is why that title continues to be within the URL. As opposed to the title, the URL can’t be modified. The rationale I changed the title, is that I discovered that titles with clear consumer end benefits convert better than broader and vaguer descriptions of the benefits. “Travel cheaper and smarter” isn’t very concrete and particular, whereas “save 25% on your stay” is.

The difficulty with these sort of titles although is that you simply don’t need to set unrealistic expectations as a result of that may harm scholar satisfaction, one thing that Udemy doesn’t permit. They’ve gotten stricter on this lately. It’s slightly confusing because you see tons of courses with titles like “Make $10k doing X” and so forth. It appears Udemy doesn’t tell instructors to adjust the titles of older courses to the brand new policy. The title for my Airbnb internet hosting course, “Make $60k with your house,” in all probability wouldn’t be authorised if I have been to publish it now.

So how do you create a fantastic title with out setting unrealistic expectations? A lot of the titles on Udemy mirror the results that the trainer was capable of obtain, like in my Airbnb course. However that obviously doesn’t imply that the scholar is assured to succeed in the same outcomes, as that all the time depends upon the actions the scholar will take and his or her state of affairs. So the question is, what’s real looking for any scholar? In the long run, Udemy would be the decide of that so all we will do as instructors is submit the course and see if it gets accredited.

No extra dangerous critiques!

In response to the dangerous critiques I was getting in March, I re-recorded a whole lot of the lectures for my Airbnb hosting course and consequently I didn’t get anymore dangerous critiques. My general score continues to be down, round four stars, hopefully I’ll have the ability to get that again to >four.75 over time so it should present 5 stars.

Extra gross sales in April!

April ended up being an excellent month for me as I (1) launched my second course (2) didn’t get any dangerous critiques and (3) made greater than double than what I made in March.

Right here’s an summary of my April earnings.

Udemy earnings breakdown April

Udemy earnings April

As you possibly can see, most of my earnings came from my very own promotions as I promoted my course to my Airbnb group on my Airbnb hosting blog, Get Paid For Your Pad.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 2/10
Income: $262/$10.000


I went back to Holland to spend time with associates and household and I didn’t get to work much on my programs. I did nevertheless began engaged on my third course. I made a decision to workforce up with my pal Erik. He runs a blog on journey hacking, Abroaders. I figured there can be synergy in teaming up with Erik since he already has an viewers within the matter that we will market the course to.

My income went right down to March levels, however hey it’s still dinner for two at a pleasant restaurant :).

Screenshot 2015-11-14 09.26.59

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 2/10
Revenue: $347/$10.000

June, July & August

I’ve put June, July in August in a single section because I didn’t had a lot time to work on my programs during this era. I joined an entrepreneurial summer time program which lasted for 10 weeks and it consumed virtually all of my time. I did manage to work on my third course (travel hacking). It turned clear that my good friend and companion Erik had loads of content material so it was going to take a while to finish it.

Listed here are my earnings for the three months:

Screenshot 2015-11-14 09.32.27

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 2/10
Revenue: $696/$10.000


By the time September got here around, I noticed I had 4 months left to publish eight courses. This appeared like a daunting activity, as I’d solely managed to publish two within the first eight months of the yr. Nevertheless, nothing is unattainable and I still felt very committed to at the least attain my essential course of publishing ten programs.

I labored arduous with Erik to get the third course out and we simply made it. September 30th, the third course was pusblished: Travel Hacking: Fly Round The World For Low cost. We initially choose a special title to spotlight the used end profit (fly anyplace on the planet for less than $150) however this title was rejected by the Udemy reviewer so we had to change it.

The course took so much longer to construct than I anticipated, but the course was starting to appear to be a reasonably superb useful resource, with 10 sections and over six hours of video content material.

At the finish of the month I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, the place I might stay for seven weeks to concentrate on building more programs. I additionally determined to start out a really intense health program referred to as P90X, which might take an hour or two out of each day as it’s a day by day workout program.

September incomes the place fairly disappointing. My second course on Airbnb travel hadn’t been making any sales, so I made a decision to make it out there without spending a dime. In consequence, I received a number of students in the course and quite a number of good critiques. The course is now the No.1 free course within the class “Travel,” which is pretty cool.

Here’s my September earnings:

Screenshot 2015-11-14 09.49.50

Pretty meager end result. My Airbnb hosting course wasn’t getting many sales anymore, partly because over the summer time lots of other Airbnb courses the place revealed. As well as, a rival course on Airbnb hosting was doing rather well, being the highest paid course within the Travel category.

We hadn’t began promoting the Journey Hacking course yet, so I used to be wanting ahead to seeing what we might make off that in October.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 3/10
Income: $730/$10.000


I spend most of October working on the finished touches of the travel hacking course. Erik happened to be in Bangkok so we truly met in individual for the primary time and worked on a number of course enhancements.

With three months to go and only three courses stay, I noticed that I needed to step on the fuel to succeed in my objectives and I decided to focus solely on creating programs for the month. I favored partnering on the Travel Hacking course with Erik, so I made a decision to seek out more individuals to associate with. I didn’t need to look far, as my buddy Danny Flood was staying in Bangkok as nicely and he just launched a ebook on sleep hacking. I didn’t know much about sleep hacking myself, however I figured I might do a piece on stopping and managing jet lags, in addition to doing the production aspect of the course.

Danny and I labored collectively on our course for about two weeks, recording all of the lectures in my room on the Aloft lodge in Bangkok and I was quite content with the outcome.

Udemy earnings october

The travel hacking course was selling quite nicely in October, with Erik selling the course to his listing. Consequently, I loved document earnings in October: virtually $600, greater than 3 times my greatest month to date. My Airbnb course did quite nicely too.

This was encouraging, even if a lot of the earnings came from promotions and not from organic Udemy gross sales. November promised to be a good better month, as Udemy does an enormous Black Friday promotion that month. Consequently, most instructors have their highest sales in November.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 3/10
Revenue: $1325/$10.000


Two months left and nonetheless only three programs stay, it was time to step on the fuel. Luckily, the sleep hacking course was ready to be launched: Sleep Hacking Masterclass: Sleep Quicker and Feel Refreshed.

In addition, I had two courses in thoughts on subjects that I used to be fairly conversant in, so I didn’t need to spend much time on researching the content material. I actually wasn’t positive if there can be demand for these subjects, so I made a decision to create MVP (minimal worth product) programs and I cranked out two courses in slightly below every week: Hack Your Brain for Entrepreneurship and Give up the Rat Race and Convention Hacking For Entrepreneurs: Network Effect.

At the similar time, I was speaking to my good friend Ian who was touring with me in Asia. He’d just lately give up his job and wasn’t actually engaged on anything in the mean time, so I advised to him that we create some courses collectively. He was open to the thought and recommended the subject of vitamin hacks to start out with as he felt confident educating that topic. He had truly coached me earlier that yr and I managed to make some good improvements based mostly on his advice, so it appeared like a very good start.

Since he already had all the content in his head, we started filming instantly. Ian turned out to be very pure on digital camera and excellent at talking without pausing. In consequence, we created the course in just some days: Vitamin Hacks for Entrepreneurs – Get Healthy and Match.

To both our shock, the course immediately started promoting and we soon hit the New & Noteworthy section. Not lengthy after our course was the perfect selling course within the Vitamin category!

Top paid courses Udemy Nutrition

We have been clearly very excited about this and it appeared ironic that the course that took the shortest amount of time to create was doing so properly. This jogged my memory of one thing I had been advised by another instructor on Udemy. He stated that it’s arduous to predict which course will find yourself doing properly, so that you simply should create plenty of programs.

November is the month of the Black Friday sales promotion and I was excited to see what the gross sales can be like. With the four programs that went reside in November, I now had seven programs in complete. Soon after the promotion started, the gross sales began rolling in and I used to be selling 20 to 30 courses a day.

November ended up being the second document month in a row, as I broke the $1000 mark for the primary time with complete earnings at $1048!

Udemy earnings November

I favored the look of this graph!

An exciting improvement…

In the direction of the top of the month I started planning the last three programs that I’d should make with a purpose to reach my aim of ten. I wasn’t positive of the subjects though. I seemed at the Udemy scorching matter listing, an inventory Udemy publishes occasionally to assist instructors select a topic that has good demand and not much provide. I observed a link to apply to show a scorching matter course. I wasn’t positive exactly what it meant, however I picked a couple of subjects and submitted an software type on the website.

A couple of days later, I used to be contacted by one of many content material managers of Udemy. He needed to have a chat with me to discuss potential new course subjects. We jumped on a call, and quickly sufficient we decided on a the subject of freelancing. Udemy would help me in the course of the course creation and provide me with a lot of assets to help me construct a fantastic course. I used to be super enthusiastic about this, as a result of with the help of Udemy it might be easier to turn out to be one of many prime Udemy instructors.

I teamed up with Ian and began engaged on the course. Based mostly on the brand new improvement, I made a decision to vary course. As an alternative of making another three courses and attain my aim of ten, I decided to place all my efforts into creating one actually great course. The Udemy staff had set the standard standards excessive and I obviously didn’t need to disappoint them.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 7/10
Income: $2378/$10.000


I spent the entire month of December working arduous with Ian to satisfy the deadline of our new course on freelancing, which was December 31st. Udemy helped us so much and I discovered a ton about how you can create top quality videos as well as probably the most environment friendly approach to create a course. This was extraordinarily thrilling!

The course ended up being extra work than we had initially anticipated, however with a number of sleepless nights we managed to scramble it collectively: Earn cash quick on Upwork, Fiverr and Uber.

December was a very sluggish month when it comes to sales, which was anticipated as so many students loaded up on courses in the course of the November Black Friday sales. I barely broke $100.

Progress in the direction of my objectives

Courses: 8/10
Income: $2479/$10.000


Wanting again, I didn’t manage to succeed in my objectives of 10 courses and $10.000 in earnings. Nevertheless, I’m very proud of the progress I made. I went via an incredible learning expertise. In just a yr, I went from zero information about recording, producing and modifying videos to feeling very snug at it. In addition, I now have eight courses stay on Udemy and I’m working with the Udemy content workforce at creating more programs in the future.

Last but not least, I used to be invited to speak on the subject of Udemy at DNX International, one of many largest conferences for digital nomads, which takes place March 1st and 2nd 2016.

It’s onerous to be disenchanted about not reaching a aim going from nothing to talking at a convention and working with the Udemy workforce in just over a yr.

So what’s the plan? I’m not giving up, I’m going to use all that I discovered to push ahead to understand my end aim, which is to be one of the prime instructors on Udemy.

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