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
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4.7 (689 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
10,459 students enrolled
Created by Miguel Hernandez
Last updated 2/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: $200
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
View Curriculum
  • Presentation software (Keynote or Powerpoint)
  • Screen recording software (Camtasia or ScreenFlow)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

*** 2017 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?
  • 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 "Create Your First Lecture" challenge has been added where I'll personally give you feedback to improve your video recording chops for free!

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 is the target audience?
  • Anyone that is passionate about teaching and would like to make some passive income selling online courses.
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Curriculum For This Course
93 Lectures
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
17 Lectures 01:00:31

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

Choose A Lecture Recording Style

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
Hosting Your Course
3 Lectures 20:08

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?
Promoting Your Course
13 Lectures 01:50:19
Promoting with YouTube

YouTube Analytics

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
22 Lectures 02:33:23

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)

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!
About the Instructor
Miguel Hernandez
4.6 Average rating
1,661 Reviews
23,351 Students
9 Courses
Top Udemy Instructor, Founder of Grumo Media

I'm a veteran top Udemy instructor with over 20,000 students and the CEO of Grumo Media, a video marketing and online education studio located in Vancouver, Canada.

I have true passion for online education and have spent the last 6 years creating multiple best selling courses and taught thousands of students across the world in both English and Spanish.

Check out my courses and I'll promise you not only you will learn new valuable skills but you'll have lots of fun in the process. At least that is what most of my students have expressed in over 800 positive reviews.

I have courses on animation, video marketing, online course creation, productivity, website development, lifestyle business creation and even online dating.

I also have 10 years of experience in multimedia production and have produced hundreds of  promotional videos for some of the top Silicon Valley startups including clients like Microsoft, Walmart, Fidelity Investments, Reckitt Benckiser, Hipmunk and even Ashton Kutcher.

I hope to see you inside one of my courses soon!

Peace, Love, and Cookies ;)