Course Topic Selection for Udemy - Unofficial

A custom 5-step process for selecting the best course topic that will succeed on Udemy
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.

Are you ready to create a new course on Udemy? The first step is to learn what makes a good topic for your Udemy course. That’s exactly what this course will teach you. You will go through the step-by-step process I use when deciding what to create a course on, and you will have a strong idea of how popular the subject will be before you invest the time and effort to create your course.

Of All The Things You Could Teach, What Are Students Most Wanting To Learn?

* How to use the brainstorming technique to find course topics you might not have even considered before

* How to do research within Udemy to see how much competition there is, and if students are searching Udemy for it
* How to do web research to see how much demand there is for a course on this elsewhere, even if nothing similar exists on Udemy

You will know what is the best topic to teach by the end of this course!

Topic selection is one of the most important early steps along the course creation process, yet one that is often glossed over or overlooked. Many instructors come to Udemy with a first course in mind already, and so the first question they ask is "what camera should I buy?" But a little time diving deeper on the course topic will pay long-term benefits, as you will find a solid place among all the thousands of courses out there and know in advance what makes your course unique compared to all the courses in your category. It's not enough to do this process at the end, as you're trying to sell the course. You have to spend some time at the beginning to find this spot.

This course will guide you through a custom process for discovering what's best for you. We'll go through a brainstorming process to discover hidden course topics that you might not normally think to teach. We'll evaluate these ideas to discover the best prospects, and I'll give you the criteria that I use to filter them. You will then learn a basic research process for evaluating the strength of the best prospects, and finally, narrow it down to the best topic for you.

In the advanced part of the course, we'll go through even more course topic generating ideas, competitive analysis techniques, as well as course ideas evaluation methods if you want to take that to the next level. But I often find the core process enough to get the idea into the course creation stage.

Thank you for signing up for this course on Udemy. The course will always be up-to-date here and nowhere else. I am also available for questions inside the course discussion board.

Enroll today and start your Udemy journey with confidence!

What are the requirements?

  • Be prepared to do the homework assignments for discovering topic ideas
  • Be prepared to do the homework assignments for understanding the potential market size
  • Be open to making slight changes to their existing course topic ideas

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pick the right topic to make success even easier
  • Understand which of your course topic ideas will be the most successful
  • Understand the strength of your competitors before your begin the course creation process
  • Know exactly why students will buy from you

Who is the target audience?

  • People hoping to make their first course on Udemy or any other platform
  • Instructors who already have courses but want to know what their next course should be about

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What Can You Teach?

An overview of the course


Make sure you go into this process with the correct expectations for success.


Answering the key question - can ANY subject be successful, or is Udemy only good for certain subjects?


An overview of the process.


The first item on the list has to be the topic you know best, even if you think there's nothing to teach there.


How to go about getting the rest of the ideas for things you can teach.


An assignment. Now you do it.


Here I summarize what was covered in this section.

Section 2: Filtering the List Down to a Manageable Size
Need Passion for the Topic?

The first filtering process.


Starting to think about these ideas critically.


Using scope as an evaluation criteria.


The other ways you can evaluate an idea without having to research it.


Your assignment - decide on how YOU want to evaluate the ideas.


Your assignment - evaluate the ideas.


Here I summarize what was covered in this section.

Section 3: Resources and Tools for Research

Understanding supply and demand; and trying to assess supply


Understanding supply and demand continued; trying to assess demand


An overview of some of the best ways to do topic research


There's a 9 out of 10 chance your course idea is not on this list, but let's look at it anyways just in case one of your ideas is here.


Having a look at the Google Trends tool to see the long term trend for the topic.


The Kindle store has almost 3.8 million titles, while Udemy has around 33,000 courses. Udemy has 1% of the content of Kindle, and there may be some benefit to seeing what's popular on Kindle that isn't yet strong on Udemy.

Another Easy Way to Validate Demand

YouTube - the king of free video content.


Researching competitors


Now go off and pick the topic


Here I summarize what was covered in this section.

Section 4: See It In Action

Watch as I brainstorm 60 possible topic course ideas myself - no holding back here.


Now I start to eliminate them based on the criteria outlined in the course.

Live Case Study - Evaluating Part 1

Looking at the ideas and their scores, and picking a few to get into research about.

Section 5: Summing Up
How Long a Course to Make

Wrapping the course up

Section 6: Extra Content (Optional)
EXTRA 1 - Top 10 Subcategories on Udemy
1 page
EXTRA 2 - Is Udemy the Best Course Platform for Any Topic?
EXTRA 3 - Effects of Pricing Changes on Topic Selection
EXTRA 4 - Udemy Live and Topic Selection
Bonus Lecture

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Instructor Biography

Scott Duffy Of VideoCourses, Bestselling Udemy Instructor, 15+ Courses, 25,000+ Students

Hi there, my name is Scott Duffy and I've been teaching on Udemy for 2 years now.

More than 25,000 students have enrolled in one of my courses. I am forever grateful to everyone who has chosen to learn from me.

I have spent the last two years studying how Udemy works. Every day, I search for courses, and have devoted more thousands of hours to figuring out how the Udemy search algorithm works and what makes a successful course topic. My courses on SEO, topic selection and course marketing all come from my experience as a keen observer, using documented research, and through my own experience as a successful instructor.

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