Succeed as a Udemy Instructor Without Paid Ads - Unofficial

Watch as I show you exactly what I did to kickstart my Udemy courses in an amazing way, backed by screenshots & proof.
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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

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

Are you a new instructor in Udemy struggling to make sales? I know exactly how you feel!

In this course, I reveal what I did to not only survive, but make $637 in just under 30 days, for my very first course in Udemy. Forget the courses that give you pie-in-the-sky ideas on how to make sales in Udemy. This course is based on facts & data, and I hold nothing back!

I recorded everything I did on a daily basis as part of my "online marketing journal". I made mistakes, stumbled, and also achieved some shocking breakthroughs.

Join me on my journey LIVE as I utilize growth hacking concepts and 2 hours of my time every day to achieve my goal of making $10,000 in Udemy.

What are the requirements?

  • This is an evolving course - I keep adding daily videos since 27 January 2015 when my first course was approved
  • This course is NOT about creating a Udemy course. I only cover promotional ideas and tactics
  • I do not cover anything about recording, audio, presentation or submtting your Udemy courses
  • I take screenshots every day, compile them into my Keynote presentation every week, and record the videos

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what growth hacking is and how to apply it as a Udemy instructor
  • See real examples of my own promotions and advertising campaigns
  • Analyze the results of my Udemy marketing activities with real data and facts
  • Get a clear, simple and doable action plan that can be applied to any future Udemy course

Who is the target audience?

  • First-time or newbie instructors in Udemy who have not made any money
  • Instructors who just got their first course approved and need an action plan
  • Instructors who need to develop an action plan before actually creating a course
  • Anyone curious about what it feel like trying to succeed and become a top instructor in Udemy

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.



Watch this video to discover why I created this course, and how it can help you!


I explain what I cover in this course, how the course is structured, and why you should get started with it as soon as possible.


I went from ZERO to a total of $637 in net sales during my first 30 days. I have been told that this is better than 90% of new Udemy instructors.

Section 1: The First Week - Kickstart It!

See the results I achieved by following the recommendations given by the Udemy Instructor Team.


Getting reviews, students and engagement rates up in the shortest time possible.


Reaching a milestone and making my course look really attractive.


Using out-of-the-box ideas to ensure consistent sales from my own promotions.


Start a conversation, and keep it going to skyrocket your engagement rates and show up in Udemy's radar.


Making a key decision for my course image, and piling in the positive reviews.


At the end of my first seven days I take some time to measure my results and understand what the numbers really mean!

3 questions

Answer these questions to get a deeper understanding of Udemy.

Section 2: Week 2: Creating a Solid Marketing Strategy

Udemy encourages instructors to create multiple courses. Since my first course was in a narrow niche, I started to create my second course early and using the most direct method I can think of.


Today, I make my first Earnings Per Click calculation table, and the results so far are shocking.


Today I upload some of my course videos to get some YouTube traffic and promote my course using my LinkTrackr split-testing link.


It's not secret that you need more than one course to make good income from Udemy. Today, I submit my second course for review. With this course, I want to test how a new FREE course can go without any promotional effort.


A hectic weekend with out annual company trip to a secluded resort in the middle of the jungle, but good news awaits!


Today I get lots of organic sales from Udemy's massive site-wide promotion to get any course at $10!

Week 2 Lessons & Takeaways
3 questions

Let's get in depth with some analysis of how Udemy works.

Section 3: Week 3: Creating & Managing a Second Course

My second course is going to take up my promotion time. So, I create a plan and delegate some tasks to interns.


My sales keep growing but I realize that the top instructors have multiple courses. So I go to work on adding more videos to my second course to get it published as soon as possible.


My first WSO submission was rejected, so today I create a new one according to the guidelines.


My free course stopped getting signups even though it's on the first page of a category and highly visible. I wonder why none of the 5,000,000 students on Udemy have found my course recently.

Day 20 - Submitting to Coupon Sites with The Optimal Price Point

Within hours of submitting to coupon sites, I get three sales. But things are not quite what I expected.

3 questions

Let's see how far you've come.

Section 4: Week 4 - Final Push To Achieve My $500 Goal

My second course got it's first organic sale just by pricing it low and putting it in the marketplace.


I get a personal email from Udemy staff identifying me as a potential top instructor.


For the first time, I cross promote to students in my two courses, and get a sale very quickly.


I've been having my doubts about sales referred by "affiliates". Today, I come to terms with the fact of Udemy's affiliate policies.


Finally, I get my WSO working and the results are shocking.


Udemy's FB group for instructors make a critical policy change that will effect everyone, and my WSO pays off nicely..


I achieved my short terms goal, and now I set my sight to creating 10 courses and achieving $10,000 monthly sales in Udemy by 2016.


Here are my conclusions from my first 30 days selling on Udemy.

Section 5: Resources and Other Information

Whenever possible, I show you the live version of my promotion.

Important Course Promotion Links
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Swipe my emails for your own use. I will add more when I send out other emails.

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Instructor Biography

Gobala Krishnan, Digital Marketing Expert, SAAS Advisor & Startup CEO

I built my first money-making website in 2001 with no help. In the past 15 years, I have made over $396,000 selling ebooks, courses, workshops, templates, software, and platforms.

I am an expert in affiliate marketing, niche marketing, website building, WordPress, copywriting, e-commerce and SEO. I have a passion in teaching others how to start, manage and succeed with an online business.

Recently, I have also been experimenting with video production, photography, and creating online tutorials for free and via places like Udemy.

Through my company, Kash Media, we own popular marketing platforms like LinkTrackr, Shorty, Nichify and Heylo. 

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