I want to share with you something I’ve been working on. It’s a project to get my course materials out to a larger audience. I created a tutorial recently on How to Create a Udemy Course in Minutes, which is part one of this series.
Recently, I submitted my 1st course for review on Udemy. It literally took just around an hour to get all of the 3.5 hours’ worth of content uploaded and submitted for review. Granted, I had the materials already created, but I still saved a lot of time using the Bulk Uploader feature on Udemy.
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Why choose Udemy?
One of the strong areas of Udemy is that they really do walk you through – beginning to end – how to set up a course the right way. Now, there’s a lot of arguments that Udemy is not the best recommended approach to selling your course because you can’t charge as much as you could if you did it on your own site.
Well, the truth is that, most of us out there, we’re not strong marketers. We weren’t in a marketing culture or a marketing profession. So, a lot of these stuff most people would need to learn, which is totally cool. But, when you’re just starting out, it really helps to have a marketplace.
It reminds me of Kindle publishing because I did Kindle publishing a lot before, though I’m not really doing it that much now. I will be publishing books on more of my personal branded stuff rather than niche stuff. However, with courses, you really have to have that personal brand off-the-bat. You have to put yourself out there.
So, it is like Kindle in the sense that it’s a marketplace, and people are searching for different courses just like they’re searching on Kindle for different books. They’re searching the same way using the Udemy search engine, so when they find your course, you want to be very specific on what value you’re going to give to them.
How do you do that?
What do you need to do to set up your course on Udemy?
I’ve already uploaded all my videos during part one of this tutorial series. Now, we’re going to touch on the different areas that you need to fill out to make sure that your course is fully ready to go and be submitted for review.
The first thing that you want to do is have your course goals set up. This section helps people see its value.
Udemy gives you guide questions that you can answer to help you fill out information about your course, such as:
Does your course have any prerequisites?
The default info and what most people put in is, “You should be able to use a PC at beginner level.” So, I just kept that and mentioned Mac in there because I’m a Mac user.
If you’re course is about graphic design maybe you want to add in that students need to know basic design theory. Then, you can maybe add in a reference point to another course that you have on that.
Who is your target student?
My target students are online entrepreneurs and project managers looking for a simple, effective way to manage projects.
What will they learn? At the end of your course, students will be able to…
I put in that students will be able to plan, organize, and finish projects efficiently and effectively.
Those are my course goals, which really goes with the title which is Project Management for Entrepreneur’s – The Agile method.
After the course goals section, you have your curriculum where you upload your videos and lectures. This is also the section that I showed in part one where you can use the Bulk Uploader feature.
Each section has separate lectures for each one, which follows your outline.
Price & Coupons
You can set the price for your course. There are several tiers that you can choose from depending on how you would like to price it.
There’s a Free tier all the way up to Tier 37, which is 200 dollars. This pricing matrix helps Udemy easily adjust the price of your course for whatever currency your potential student happens to use. You can select your default currency and create coupons.
Captions is a feature that you can leverage to create captions/subtitles for those who are hearing impaired. I still haven’t quite figured that out yet, so I haven’t really enabled that. I don’t know if Udemy processes those automatically or not.
I’m trying to get this out as fast as possible to start getting feedback, which is what I recommend to anyone who’s trying to use a new platform or software. Just try to get to the end result fast, so that you can learn and improve.
The next one is automatic messages. You can set messages for your potential students when they join and when they finish the course.
Now, after you’ve set up your course and submitted it, the Course Feedback section will say:
“Congratulations on finishing your course! You’re just one step away from having your course published on Udemy. You have successfully submitted your course for review.”
It’ll also show their turnaround time for review which is 2 business days.
If there’s anything that you need to change after reviewing, it’ll show a list of items that you need to fix on this tab.
Make your updates and then resubmit your course for review.
Hopefully, it comes back, and they approve it. (Update: Approved and already have made my 1st Course SALE!!!)
You’ll also find a review checklist when you go through the . You can download it to see what the requirements are for publishing and how to get approved. If you don’t get approved, it’s not the end of the world. You just go need to make some changes based on tips they give you on how to improve your course.
I hope this helps you get a better idea on what you need to do to get a course up on Udemy. If you have any questions or have something to share, go ahead and leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂