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"Very helpful! I really enjoyed this course. Each person interviewed was a true experienced expert. The instructor was very natural and easy to listen to in his interviews. I hope to take more courses from Tim Cooper." - Kevin Maples
Have you been thinking about creating an online course but don't know where to start? Or maybe you've created an online course and you're now looking at various ways to promote.
When you're starting out creating a course you have so many questions. I know I did. So I thought, “Wouldn't it be great to contact some people who have successful courses and ask them how they did it. Wouldn't it be great to ask the questions you've been asking?"
"Valuable Hints from Helpful Udemy Teachers. I enjoyed this survey of successful Udemy teachers with handy hints of how they did it. Much useful information from some very different points of view. It's inspiring just to see how it can be done. thanks," - Ron Masa, Ph.D.
"Great course with practical advice. This course was excellent, giving us a chance to hear from people who have successfully created and marketed their online courses before. Sometimes creating a course can seem daunting (I'm about the create my second one shortly), but the interviews in this course really helped to spur me on! Tim also distills the information well so students can take the key points away - because there is a lot of good content!" - Ben Brearley
How do I know what questions you've been asking?
Well I did my research, I scoured the Internet for anything I could find about creating and marketing online courses. I searched blogs, Facebook groups and Udemy courses and compiled a list of all the questions I could find.
All the questions that have been holding you back from creating your course!
Then I started contacting successful online course creators and asked them if they would be willing to be interviewed.
"Well structured, well spoken and progressing with ease. I have followed 10 out of 25 session and am very happy I have booked this course with Tim. Feedback comes immediately and his contents is well selected and high quality. Very good professional background and lots of experiences. His idea to interview successful Udemy teachers is great. Has encouraged me to get the ball rolling. I liked the message: Do not try to be perfect, just get started." - Peter Bloecker
"This course is up there with the best. I'm beginning a new career and the content is relevant to building my brand. From designing engaging presentations to marketing, understanding my audience and communicating clearly; plus being confident in my ability to share my skills effectively. I highly recommend Tim Cooper's courses to anyone interested in his topics." - Jodie Tunks
Welcome to the Online Courses That Sell: Expert Interview Series
By following the advice these experts generously shared you can avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes that can cost you a lot of time and money. You can break through the barriers that have been holding you back and confidently start producing successful courses.
Look at the results these experts are getting.
John Purcell | 8 Courses | 405,000+ Students | US$12,000 per month
Miguel Hernandez | 8 Courses | 15,000+ Students | US$8,000 per month
Phil Ebiner | 34 Courses | 75,000+ Students | US$10,000 per month
Here are just some of the benefits to be gained through taking this course –
And that's just the tip of the iceberg!
What would being able to earn an additional income mean for you? House, care, holidays? Or is it freedom, working where and when you want?
Whatever your dreams, creating online courses is a rewarding path to attaining your wishes
Bottom line is we all have skills and knowledge to share.
Believe Me, Everybody Can Teach!
So stop thinking and start doing. The sooner you produce and publish your online course the sooner you'll start making money.
Meaningful content can only be added with your feedback. If you have a question please take the time to add to the discussion or send me a message. I can guarantee your question will help many other students. I will happily add more content based on your questions and feedback. I look forward to communicating with you through the discussions.
This is part 1 of my interview with Miguel. We talk about what got Miguel interested in creating online courses, what he believes are the main benefits of becoming an online instructor and what his online teaching business looks like at the moment as far as the number of courses and students he has as well as his average monthly income from course sales.
I ask the question, "Can anyone create an online course?". Then we touch on topic selection and the equipment you need to start creating your own online course.
We start part 2 of the interview is a question on outsourcing. Then I ask Miguel what he considers as the first step when it comes to creating a successful online course.
We then move on to discuss tips on outlining and structuring your course content and address a lot of the fears most people express when it comes to he technical aspects of putting a course together and the equipment required.
Part 3 starts off with a discussion of ways to stay on track throughout the course development process. How to overcome perfectionism and get your course to market as well as some of the best places to publish your course. As part 3 comes to an end we touch very briefly on how easy it is to set up courses on your own website.
In part 4 of Miguel's interview we discuss some of the reasons why a course might fail to sell and ways to ensure your course is successful. We then look into various promotion techniques before recapping the main points.
This document summarizes the main points that were discussed during the interview.
This is part 1 of my interview with John. We talk how John was introduced to creating online courses, what he believes are the main benefits of becoming an online instructor and what his online teaching business looks like at the moment as far as the number of courses and students he has as well as his average monthly income from course sales.
I ask the question, "Can anyone create an online course?". We talk about ways to identify a topic to teach as well as how much money it takes to start creating a course. Then I ask John what he believes is the first step when it comes to creating an online course.
We start part 2 of the interview by addressing common concerns about the equipment and software required to create a course. I asked John how he stays on task during the course creation process and what advice he would give to someone holding off publishing their course until it was perfect.
We looked at the options available for publishing your course online before going on to discuss the main reasons John believes why a course may fail to sell. We also highlighted why you shouldn't be put off by competition.
Part 3 starts off with a discussion on the various ways you can promote your course. Having an extremely successful free course with over 300,000 students, I asked John what sort of information he included in his free course.
We are all looking for a bit of freedom, so I asked how John set up his business to run on autopilot before recapping the main points.
This document summarizes the main points that were discussed during the interview.
This is part 1 of my interview with Phil. We talk about how Phil got involved in creating online courses, what he believes are the main benefits of becoming an online instructor and what his online teaching business looks like at the moment as far as the number of courses and students he has as well as his average monthly income from course sales.
I ask the question, "Can anyone create an online course?"
Part 2 starts off with a discussion on how much money is required to get a course off the ground, what equipment is needed and the importance of good audio. We then look into how Phil selects topics to teach and how he has experimented with outsourcing various course creation tasks. Part 2 ends with what Phil believes to be the first step in creating a successful online course.
Part 3 starts out with a very detailed discussion on the best ways to structure your course content to improve student engagement. We address the common questions people ask when it comes to the equipment and software required to create a course and how to overcome perfectionism and get your course published and making money for you. We then go on to discuss a number of options when it comes to publishing your course for maximum exposure.
In the final part of Phil's interview we discuss some of the main reasons why a course might fail to sell. Phil also reaffirms that while a lot of money can be made from online course sales, it does take a lot of work and it doesn't happen over night.
This is the template that Phil referred to in his interview and provides an outline for a comprehensive course structure that encourages student engagement.
Miguel, John and Phil have shared a lot of information with you in this course. Let's just go over some of the main points
In this episode I am joined by John Colley, a highly successful Udemy instructor and Podcaster. Most instructors aren't good marketers and the bottom line is if you want your course to sell you are going to have to do some promotion.
This interview focuses on various marketing and promotional techniques that John has found to be very effective.
John was very generous, going into detail and freely sharing useful information on –
The Online Course market is booming but still very much in its infancy. While it is becoming more competitive it is still very much a growing field and people shouldn't be intimidated by jumping in now. You definitely haven't missed the boat.
While Alexa teaches people how to present in person and on stage, she has dedicated some of her courses specifically on video and how to present on camera because many people have misconceptions on how they need to be on camera.
“People are fickle. If you make it difficult for people to understand you, focus on you, those habits create little invisible walls.”
When Huw first started out teaching online with Udemy he mainly produced screen recordings. However with his background in broadcasting and media, he was soon looking for ways to make his videos more engaging.
Huw believed that if he added some talking head video to his online courses it would make them sparkle more. This led him on a quest to find inexpensive equipment that was suitable for the task.
His first investment was a small HD pocket video recorder, costing around US$60-$70.
Finding that the audio from the camera's built in mic wasn't very good, the next item on the list was a microphone. Huw didn't want the mic to be seen on the video so he invested in a Blue Yeti microphone due to versatility it offered.
If you have a camera that has an external microphone jack then you can use a lapel microphone to capture good quality audio.
Once Huw had good quality video and audio setup the next thing that needed attention was lighting. While using natural light was okay it wasn't very controllable, you can't always be guaranteed of a bright sunny day, so purchasing a set of daylight rated video lights is definitely a good investment.
So all in all Huw's initial setup with HD Camera, quality microphone and lighting kit cost around US$350-$450.
People get tied up over what camera to get and believe that they need an expensive digital camera, and that's wrong. You probably already have a camera that is capable of producing good quality HD videos. Just remember it has to be HD.
These days' smartphones, tablets and iPads are capable of producing wonderful HD videos.
Mini digital cameras are still very affordable.
“Anything that produces HD video will do the job and won't cost you a lot. It would be a misuse of your money to invest in a high end camera as a priority.”
What people should invest in is a good quality microphone. People find washed out audio with background static and hiss very difficult to listen to, so don't rely on the built in mic, invest in something like a Blue Yeti or a lapel microphone if your camera allows you to connect an external mic.
If you are filming outside you may even consider a Zoom microphone. Portable audio recorders give top quality audio while you're being filmed from a fair distance away.
Huw uses a Panasonic Lumix camera which is a digital SLR camera. This is quite an expensive camera and Huw only made the investment because there were certain things he wanted to do with his videos and needed the additional features. But high end cameras definitely aren't a requirement.
You will also need to work out a way to hold the camera steady while you record and there are a number of options here from various types of tripods to portable grips.
GoPro cameras are small cameras that can be mounted on your body or anywhere for that matter. If you want to make a video from the first person perspective then these cameras can be mounted to your chest or head. Great for demonstrating manual skills.
The other thing to consider is location. If you don't have a space that you can set up permanently, or the area is cluttered, you may consider purchasing a plain backdrop. These are inexpensive and really give your videos a professional feel.
Huw has acquired various equipment over time and has reinvested what he earned from his courses into upgrading his equipment. Once again, it doesn't have to break the bank.
When it comes to lighting Hew shares a very neat and affordable trick if you're fortunate enough to have a window in the correct position and a sunny day. As we can't control the brightness of any particular day you may have to invest in a lighting kit so you can keep your video production on track.
Lighting kits range in price and quality. A very acceptable and affordable option is a 3 light soft box kit. If you have the money in your budget you may be interested in a video LED lighting kit.
When it comes to screen recording and video editing software Hew uses Camtasia for both Mac and PC. Camtasia has more than enough features for producing online courses. There are a number of software packages on the market all offering very similar functionality. Just start with what you can afford.
Tim is an entrepreneur, marketer, presenter and coach with a diverse professional history including software design and development, natural health and fitness and clinical massage therapies.
Tim has helped hundreds of people achieve their goals through his videos, Podcasts, courses and coaching programs.
Tim's journey hasn't been without challenges, including supporting his young son as he successfully battled cancer, twice. These experiences either make you or break you. Tim chose to become stronger and work towards making a real difference in the world.
A life-long student, Tim is passionate about gaining and sharing skills and knowledge. A dedicated teacher, Tim is driven to assisting those striving to reach their life's purpose.
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