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+Gerfried Reis has been at it again...

Get the lowdown on Skillshare with this blog that will give you some really good insights...

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Skillshare - Is It Worth Bothering With?

If you are new to online teaching and want to get some courses out there quick with minimal hassle, then Skillshare is a great place to start, especially for hobby based courses.

But does it earn?

Is it worth doing?

+Gerfried Reis has survived a large number of instructors currently on the platform and they share their thoughts in this comprehensive blog post.

If you are thinking about teaching online courses on Skillshare, this will give you a good perspective of what can be expected...

https://soloprenaut.com/teaching-online/33-skillshare-revenue-success-stories/

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Find out what kind of revenue you can expect by teaching on Skillshare. 33 experienced instructors share their best advice and detailed numbers.
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Have A Look At This Simple Marketing Flow

Simple marketing tip, when someone asks you a good question about your subject material, turn it into a blog post and use it to drive traffic to your website / email list / course offer...

Questions are powerful traffic generators...

Your thoughts?

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Gaining Credibility

How would you answer this question?

I'm not sure if you covered this in the course. I have a client who sells organic hair care products. We don't have permission from the manufacturer to advertise the product for purchase, but we can make content highlighting we are an authorised reseller of said product. If I were to write a piece saying the organic hair product we sell is #1 compared to 2 other brands, would that be too obvious we are trying to sell that product? How do I build more credibility?

My answer?

Check out the blog post below:

https://www.smeheroes.co.uk/online-instructor-tips/building-credibility-for-your-product
When selling any product, you first have to educate them about your expertise, so I would create blogs around the subject that really educate people about the problem you are solving, then at the end of the blog you could get them to sign up to an email with a pdf offer, then once you have their email you can start a marketing campaign with a qualified potential customer.
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No problem +Olivier Rebiere :)
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Udemy Hot Topics Update

Here are the topics that Udemy have demand for but the courses are either lacking or not of sufficient quantity to meet conversion:

https://teach.udemy.com/course-creation/hot-topic-courses/
Not sure what to teach? We analyze data from across our platform to identify Hot Topic Courses that students desire and the marketplace needs.
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Reflections are great for creating interest and in winter ice adds another dimension so don't forget to look down...

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The Problem With Udemy (At The Moment).

I just posted this in the Faculty Lounge and thought I would share it here as well for your consumption / thoughts...

Free Coupons And Early Reviews:

Free coupons inherently have a risk...

It attracts the more negative side of the online student community, those that want free then kick you in the teeth with low reviews because they can...

The best strategy we have found, is release it quietly as a free course for 2 to 7 days on Udemy.

Do NOT promote it, let people who are genuinely looking for your content find it (and they will).

Then once you have between 1,000 and 2,000 enrollments, flip the course to paid.

If your course is good, you will have some genuine students that will take it and review it and you will get your reviews going, which is the hardest part of the course launch.

But even in this cautious approach there are risks. Some affiliates look for free courses and if they find yours, they will share it out into the wild west and once again you will have unqualified, non-targeted students in your course that are not engaged, will get bored in the first 5 minutes and leave you a low review when they are prompted to leave a review by Udemy.

Just means some nail biting for the first 3 months of a course launch.

And this is the area Udemy have to work on, I don't think they fully understand the negative effect early reviews have on a brand new baby course and have little in place to prevent casual reviews that can kill months of work in a very short space of time.

The power a negative review has over a course, especially a course with low ratings is exponentially larger than it should be. Early reviews just exacerbate this.

I believe that there should be a requirement for all reviews to have a commentary of at least 30 words, that would stop lazy reviewers.

The core philosophical problem with Udemy's current position is that they don't seem to understand that reviews are subjective and that reviews only have real value when their are enough of them to give an objective valuation.

A one star review, with no explanation, no information is absolutely useless at providing any basis for ranking a course or giving feedback to the instructor.

Compulsory written reviews would overcome this overnight in all but the most malicious instances.

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+Paulo Andrade Kevin Kelly style :)
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Skillshare - Worth Bothering With?

+Gerfried Reis has been at it again...

Get the lowdown on Skillshare with this blog that will give you some really good insights on whether you should bother with it or not...

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Skillshare - Is It Worth Bothering With?

If you are new to online teaching and want to get some courses out there quick with minimal hassle, then Skillshare is a great place to start, especially for hobby based courses.

But does it earn?

Is it worth doing?

+Gerfried Reis has surveyed a large number of instructors currently on the platform and they share their thoughts in this comprehensive blog post.

If you are thinking about teaching online courses on Skillshare, this will give you a good perspective of what can be expected...

https://soloprenaut.com/teaching-online/33-skillshare-revenue-success-stories/

#skillshare

Find out what kind of revenue you can expect by teaching on Skillshare. 33 experienced instructors share their best advice and detailed numbers.
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Gaining Credibility

How would you answer this question?

I'm not sure if you covered this in the course. I have a client who sells organic hair care products. We don't have permission from the manufacturer to advertise the product for purchase, but we can make content highlighting we are an authorised reseller of said product. If I were to write a piece saying the organic hair product we sell is #1 compared to 2 other brands, would that be too obvious we are trying to sell that product? How do I build more credibility?

My answer?

Check out the blog post below:

https://www.smeheroes.co.uk/online-instructor-tips/building-credibility-for-your-product
When selling any product, you first have to educate them about your expertise, so I would create blogs around the subject that really educate people about the problem you are solving, then at the end of the blog you could get them to sign up to an email with a pdf offer, then once you have their email you can start a marketing campaign with a qualified potential customer.
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Places To Sell Courses

Lots of different places to try out folks, don't get stuck on one platform...

https://www.smeheroes.co.uk/platforms/

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Not heard of that one Eduardo...

Let us know if you find any info. :)
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Udemy January Sale

How is it going for you folks?

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Hi +Mark Timberlake. Do you know if Udemy is having a second big sale in January?
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Thats It - All Done!

Been working like crazy these last few months with course production, trying to hit first November Black Friday Sales and then January Sales on Udemy.

Happily I have achieved that, just a few edits and updates to do in my new Social Media Marketing Masterclass on Sunday and I can take some time off!

How about you folks, how was your end of year?

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The 80/20 rule +Robin Slee 80% of your profit comes from 20% of your activity! :-)
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Trainer | Marketer | Photographer |
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Marketing, Google+, Commercial Photography, Director of Photography (video work)
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  • www.smeheroes.co.uk
    Founder & Director, 2012 - present
    Marketing & Training Director
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SME Heroes, 47 Bowness Way, Gunthorpe, Peterborough, PE4 7NG
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Marketer | Trainer | Photographer | Coach

I have a beautiful wife called Philomena and a beautiful daughter called Rhiannon.

I am a Director at SME Heroes, which helps businesses with their online marketing so that they can establish a web presence that gives them the exposure they need in Google search. SME Heroes provides websites, photography, video, content and online marketing training and coaching (including Google+ training and coaching).

We also help individuals and businesses develop Online Digital Residual Income.

I have a number of online training courses on Udemy which you can access here.

I also own and run, with my wife Business Photography and Videography where we offer commercial photography and video.


I would love to connect if you like to chat about all things related to online marketing, online digital residual income and business etc...

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  • Self Educated Entrepeneur
    Vocational Experience, 2001 - present
    Over 12 years earning income from online businesses.Preceded by a period in "normal employment" which taught me I never want to do that again...
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