How to Create an Awesome Online Course
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How to Create an Awesome Online Course

Miguel Hernandez reveals all the secrets he uses to make over 90K a year teaching online
4.4 (1,865 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
16,581 students enrolled
Created by Miguel Hernandez
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto], Italian [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Intro to opportunities to make money online teaching
  • Hardware/Software/Mental requirements
  • Validating your course idea
  • Putting the course together
  • Promoting your course
  • Making Money with your course
  • Presentation software (Keynote or Powerpoint)
  • Screen recording software (Camtasia or ScreenFlow)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

*** 2020 Update! Now this course is good for both Mac and Windows users! ***

  • An entire 11 lecture module has been added covering how to use Camtasia and Powerpoint to record your online course.

  • A new course validation module has been added to help you validate your course before you build it.

  • The promotion section has been expanded with 35 marketing strategies proven to help you find more students for free. After all, no matter how good your course is if you cannot get any students, right?

  • 2 new lectures on how to leverage Youtube to generate tons of sales explained with precise numbers and steps.

  • A free Facebook support community is now available where you'll get all the support and motivation you'll need to launch your course.

  • A new in-depth lesson with 39 recommendations to help you make talking head videos looks more professional

  • A "Create Your First Lecture" challenge has been added where I'll personally give you feedback to improve your video recording chops for free!

  • How to record lectures using a green screen.

My name is Miguel Hernandez, it will be an honor to be your instructor, your humble guide and supporter throughout your course creation adventure.

Join me in this fun and comprehensive course and start learning how to monetize your expertise today!


As a top Udemy instructor I've made over $500,000 US selling online courses. In this course you'll learn with all detail exactly how I made that happen so you can do the same.

I will teach you how to create your own online course, make it look awesome, promote it, sell it, and make money with it.
Sounds good? well here is exactly what we will cover:

  • Getting started: how to break down your course, all the tools you can use to create a course, and how to make it interesting so people actually listen!

  • Validating your course: before you spend a zillion hours creating your course I'll teach you 3 strategies to validate your idea to ensure you build a course people will actually pay for.

  • Creating a great course curriculum: I'll teach you how to create a proper course outline and a super cool presentation using Keynote or Powerpoint.

  • Recording your course: once you create your presentation you need to record it. I'll teach you how to use ScreenFlow for Mac or Camtasia for Windows to record your computer screen and yourself and how to edit it all together.

  • Promoting your course: once you have created your course it's time for the world know it exists! I'll teach you the most efficient ways to promote your course, including over 30 marketing strategies to get your first students for free.

  • Making money selling your course: how much to charge for your course? where to host it? I'll teach you how to create a great sales page for your course, how to use PayPal to make money selling your course, finding affiliates, and much more!

Just like you I have invested zillions of dollars and many years educating myself, learning new skills. It's time to share that hard earned knowledge with the world and creating an online course is one of the best ways to do so, reach thousands of people and why not make some money on the side.

Are you ready? Let's do it!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone that is passionate about teaching and would like to make some passive income selling online courses.
Course content
Expand all 97 lectures 08:45:44
+ Thank You!
5 lectures 20:04

Let's take action right away. The number one reason students don't create an online course is because they don't even get started. In the next 5 minutes I challenge you to record and upload your first lecture. It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't matter what you teach. You can worry about perfection later, this is about loosening up, making mistakes, learning and enjoying the process. Are you ready? Let's do it!

Create Your First Lecture Now! - Quick-Start Challenge
Who is Miguel Hernandez?
What will you Learn?
+ Hardware, Software, and Mental Requirements
4 lectures 19:10
Hardware and Software Requirements
Software Requirements
Recording Voice
+ Course Validation
6 lectures 34:55

The lasy thing you want to do is spend weeks creating an online course that no one wants to buy. To avoid that you need to validate your course idea before you build the course. In this chapter we will cover 3 validation stages.

Preview 01:19

The first validation strategy is to search for market proof online. We want to ensure there are already people looking for similar courses or existing courses that people are already paying money for.

How to Find Market Proof

The second and more analytical approach to finding market proof online involves using Google's free Keyword Planner which will help us discover how many people a month are looking for solutions on the topic for our potential course.

Using Google Keyword Planner

Now it's time to gather real world feedback from our existing network and audience to discover exactly what are their main struggling points. We will use that information to create the outline for our pilot course.

Gathering Feedback To Build Your Course

The 3rd validation stage is the most effective of all. It consists on selling the course before you build it!

How to Pre-sell Your Course Before You Build It

You can also leverage existing crowdfunding platforms to validate your course idea. the best thing is that you get paid by your supporters to build your course in advance!

Crowdfunding to Validate Your Course Idea
+ Create your First Lesson with Powerpoint and Camtasia
11 lectures 32:32

Miguel lists the tools required for this module

Preview 03:04

We download and install Powerpoint and select a template for our presentation

Get Started With Powerpoint

Miguel teaches the basics of creating your first presentation slides and formatting text and background

Create Your PowerPoint Presentation

Learn how PowerPoint can be integrated with Camtasia so you can start your recording right within PowerPoint.

Connect PowerPoint with Camtasia

Learn how to set the proper recording settings to ensure your audio and video are captured properly with Camtasia

Prepare PowerPoint for Recording

It's time to step up to the plate and record your epic educational performance. In this lesson we'll learn how to record your PowerPoint presentation, import your recording into Camtasia and set the canvas size to proper 1080p widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.

Record Your First Lecture with Camtasia

If the Add-in that connects PowerPoint with Camtasia doesn't work follow the instructions in this lesson to record your PowerPoint Presentation using Camtasia Recorder instead.

How to Record Your PowerPoint Presentation without the Add-In

Learn how to do some basic editing in Camtasia to remove any mistakes in our video.

Basic Video Editing In Camtasia

Learn how to apply basic zooming effects and transitions to your video in Camtasia.

Applying Video Effects and Transitions in Camtasia

Recording yourself talking is optional but if you do you want to make sure you can control how your webcam video looks over your presentation. In this lesson you'll learn how to make your webcam video look great!

Edit Your Talking Head Webcam Video Track

Once your are done editing it's time to export your masterpiece. In this lesson Miguel will show you the ideal settings when exporting your video.

Export Your Video File from Camtasia
+ Putting the Course Together
12 lectures 40:35
Break It Down
Break It Down With EXCEL
Keynote Vs Powerpoint

Select the right theme format and learn how to change the look of your theme and master slides.

Edit Your Keynote Theme

In this lesson you'll learn how to create, nest, and add basic content to your presentation slides.

Creating The Content for Your Lesson Slides

Slide transitions allow you to advance through your slides with more flair.

Creating Slide Transitions in Keynote

Learn how to insert and edit shapes and arrows in Keynote

Working with Shapes in Keynote

Learn how to use builds and actions to create cool animations in Keynote.

Animate Objects with Keynotes

Here is how to add a video inside your Keynote presentation.

Embedding Videos in Keynote

Learn how to find free high quality stock images online to use them in your Keynote lesson.

Working with Stock Images in Keynote
+ Recording Your Course
20 lectures 01:12:53

Miguel will show you seven different lecture recording styles. Which one will you choose?

Choose A Lecture Recording Style

Do you struggle trying to make your lectures look professional?

This makes sense though — 99% of new online teachers don’t have experience talking to a camera or dealing with video and audio technical issues.

However, I believe with the right direction and a bit of patience almost anyone can make their online lectures look much more professional.

This tutorial will give you 39 recommendations to make sure your next batch of lessons look 10x better.

How To Record The Perfect Lecture

Miguel shares a comprehensive checklist you can use to record a perfect lecture. It includes a checklist with of all the best tools, software, and equipment needed to get started plus a list of the most important pre-recording, shooting and editing tips.

Complete Video Lecture Recording Checklist Explained
Recording Intro
Screen Flow Intro
Screen Flow Basics List
Audio Settings
Video Settings
Resize Browser Trick
Editing Video
Working with Audio
Show Keystrokes
Adding a Watermark
Exporting Your Video

Learn how to make your background transparent with ScreenFlow chroma key video filter.

Green Screen Effect in ScreenFlow

Learn how to make your background transparent with Camtasia chroma key video filter.

Green Screen Effect in Camtasia
+ Hosting Your Course
4 lectures 39:01

Both options have their pros and cons. In this lecture you'll learn exactly what to expect when self-hosting your course or publishing it on a marketplace like Udemy.

Self-Hosting vs Marketplaces

You can either do everything yourself and build your own website to host your courses or you can upload them to an online hosting platform like Teachable or Thinkific. In this lesson you'll learn what are all the moving parts you'll need to deal with in order to do one or the other.

Which Self-Hosting Option Should You Choose?

Learn what are all the costs associated with hosting courses on your own. You'll be surprised to find out that the most expensive part of hosting has nothing to do with which platform you choose!

What Are All The Cost Associated With Self-Hosting?

In this lesson, you will learn how to host your courses on Thinkific a very popular self-hosting platform. First you will learn how to set up your online school and then how to upload and customize the look of your school and course landing pages.

Hosting your course on Thinkific (Full Tutorial)
+ Promoting Your Course
11 lectures 01:39:12
Promoting with Vimeo
Promoting with Wistia
Promoting on Vidler and Vidyard
Promoting using Social Media
Google AdWords and Facebook Ads Overview
Affiliate Marketing Overview
Promoting on Your Blog
Promoting on Other Blogs
Promoting on Interviews
Promoting with Webinars
Promoting with Newsletters
+ Selling Your Course
24 lectures 02:47:22

In this lecture you'll learn 35 marketing strategies you can apply for free to get your first student super as fast as possible!

The Top 35 Free Marketing Strategies to Get More Students (Part 1 of 2)

Ok, I couldn't fit the 35 + (bonus) strategies in one video due to Udemy's 20min max video duration limitation so here is Part 2. Vamos!

The Top 35 Free Marketing Strategies to Get More Students (Part 2 of 2)

Understand how to generate sales by building a YouTube sales funnel. We'll even cover the exact number you'll need to hit (views, clicks, subscribers) in order to make over $60K a year just of sales from YouTube.

Why Top Online Instructors Use Youtube to Sell Online Courses

Learn how to create the ideal YouTube sales funnel to generate tons of course sales. We'll go over all the steps and use real world samples of successful instructors (including myself) leveraging Youtube as one of their top sales generation channels.

How To Build The Perfect Youtube Sales Funnel
Selling Intro
Where To Sell Your Course
Pricing Your Course
Selling Impulses
Selling Through Your Website
Creating a Sales Page
Sales Page Case Study: Grumo Media
Sales Page Case Study: Udemy
Sales Page Case Study: AppSumo
Say NO To Chorizo Sales Pages
Create Sales Page Video
Sales Video Samples
Create Pay Pal Button
Host Course using Wordpress
Create Protected Pages
Restricting Vimeo Videos
Restricting Wistia Videos
Sale Confirmation Workflow
Review and Wrap Up
Final Thoughts and Thank You!