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The very first step in your journey to becoming a Udemy online course instructor is the course research phase.  If you are already well experienced in your Udemy course topic(s) of choice, it may be tempting to skip this step to online course creation.  But even before you settle on your course category or topic, and before choosing a title and creating a landing page for your course, researching Udemy course topics is a key step to ensuring success. Whether you are new to Udemy or already a Udemy instructor, researching course topics and categories as a matter of ongoing practice can help you gain an advantage over your competitors and improve your chances of making money selling courses on Udemy. Why and how? There are several good reasons for doing Udemy course research - many of which are highlighted through Teachinguide’s Udemy course database. Here are a few:
  • Know how much competition you have in your chosen course topic or category. Understand if there are too many or just a few competitors, who is successful, and why.
  • Understand how big the audience may or may not be for your category or topic (topic validation).
  • Understand what price people may be willing to pay to take into consideration content and competition.
  • There may be niche topics that are valuable to your course category.
  • Understand the trend in your chosen topics – are enrollments and/or google searches increasing or decreasing?
  • You need to evaluate and understand what keywords related to your Udemy course rank high and what are the keywords and trends.
  • Udemy is a very crowded online course marketplace and it is getting more challenging to stand out from the rest in any given course topic.
So, course research helps you to identify your topic more specifically, to evaluate the potential value of creating a Udemy course in this area, and to understand the demand for your topic as well as existing competition. In this Udemy course research section, Teachinguide covers many areas on how to conduct Udemy course research and which course research tips and tools exist.  Themes include:
  • Topic/category research
  • Keyword research and selection
  • Optimizing course titles and categories
  • Understanding current student demand for a topic
  • Understanding competition for a specific topic
  • What channels and tools to utilize to find your next online course topic
  • How to validate your chosen topic
  • Udemy specific tools for research and validation
By incorporating some of the tips, tools, and ideas for course research included in this section, Teachinguide hopes to guide you in finding the right niche/space to start with on Udemy or to grow into to differentiate your Udemy online course. Teachinguide’s Udemy course database and analytics app provides a lot of information to help online course instructors research and validate a high potential Udemy course idea. It also provides other information that will help you learn about best practices and how to create a competitive course. Feel free to try it out or reach out to the experts at Teachinguide anytime for assistance in understanding how Teachinguide can help you with your online course research needs. Happy researching!

Udemy vs. Skillshare – A 5 Point Comparison

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Skillshare is the most comparable online course marketplace to Udemy.  Both platforms market your online course to the masses and pay instructors a course revenue share monthly. That’s about all the similarities in the Udemy vs. Skillshare comparison, really.  They are pretty different platforms.

So, let’s say you are a new instructor and trying to decide which is best to start with. Or, perhaps you are already creating courses on one platform and considering hopping to the other.  What would the impact be on your online course business and the way you go about it?  

20 Top Udemy Courses This Week

Udemy courses are still in high demand, despite the proliferation of other online teaching platforms. Teachinguide stats show that 1.17 million new enrollments were made in Udemy courses just in the past 3 months. 476 new courses were launched and 127,000 new Udemy course reviews were made.  These numbers are staggering when you think about it.

So, with numbers like these you might be wondering what then are the top Udemy courses among the thousands and thousands on the platform?  Where are all these new enrollments going? What topics are hot?  If you are serious about getting your own courses to rank among the top Udemy courses, then it’s important to be up to date on trends.

Udemy vs. Coursera – A Summary

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Udemy vs. Coursera – which one is for you? There are soooo many MOOC platforms out there now it can be quite confusing for learners to decide which route to take for their specific online learning goals. Udemy, of course, is one of the most well-known platforms.  So is Coursera.  The Udemy Coursera battle is tough and has a lot of pros and cons. In this article, we will provide an overview of the key differences between Udemy vs. Coursera.

How COVID19 has Impacted Online Learning

Students, working and non-working adults around the world have been at home now for over two months due to the COVID19 shelter in place orders.  As a result of extended homestays, massive job cuts, and displaced college and high school students, the world has seen a major surge in online education over the last 2 months.

Online Learning Platforms – 5 Marketplace Comparisons

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The Range of Online Learning Platforms

Online learning platform solutions can be a confusing market space to navigate as an online course instructor.   Online course platforms range from “marketplaces” such as Udemy, where anyone can create and sell an online course of virtually any quality, to Coursera which partners only with educational institutions, to Thinkific and other LMS platforms that allow instructors to create a proprietary online course platform and market their online classes.

If you want to create and sell online courses in a so-called “marketplace” like Udemy, which makes selling online courses relatively easy, you may wonder what alternatives to Udemy exist.  Given the brand recognition and market share Udemy boasts, it may be hard to figure out what other online course marketplaces exist and how they are different.  

Top Tools for Validating Your Online Course Ideas

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Why Validate Your Online Course Idea

With all the people and platforms making it possible to become an online course entrepreneur, the space is getting crowded. There are numerous examples of people making a living selling courses about all manner of topics – crafts, yoga, book binding, dog training and more.  You can literally create an online course about anything – but would you want to?

Just because you may have a long list of online course ideas it doesn’t mean that courses covering these topics will sell.  So, the questions to ask every time you have an online course ideas is: Is this a course that will people will buy?  And if so, how many people will buy it?

Udemy Instructor Survey

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Udemy Instructor Survey

Udemy Instructors face significant headwinds. With tremendous opportunities come harsh challenges.
Creating and marketing courses for students on Udemy has become very competitive. Some things work, some don’t.

In our new study, we shed light on the most important trends, challenges, and best practices. So we need your help to be part of that quick study and tell us your perspective.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/udemy-instructor

For your participation, you will receive the fully compiled results report and a new 30 days free trial for the Teachinguide Instructor subscription.

Our mission is to help Udemy Instructors. So, your feedback is important to us to make Teachinguide better.

Thank you so much!

The Post-COVID19 Outlook for Online Learning

Udemy’s recent report found COVID19 spurred huge online course growth

We recently wrote an article about the impact of the COVID pandemic on Udemy course enrollment.  In it, we highlighted several findings from a Udemy report on the first two months of course enrollment during the pandemic.  As a reminder, Udemy found that the following increases:

Udemy for Business – 7 Things to Know

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There’s over 130,000 courses on Udemy marketplace, but only about 3,500 courses on Udemy for Business.  Ever wonder what that’s all about? Maybe you aspire to get your course listed on Udemy for Business? How do you get to be one of the chosen few? 

In this article we take a look at what Udemy for Business is and how it’s evolving.  In light of this, we look at what it takes to get listed in Udemy for Business and what you can expect.

10 Tips for Generating Online Course Ideas

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Generating online course ideas that will make money seems to be getting more difficult for the masses of entrepreneurs who have flocked to Udemy and other online course platforms in search of financial freedom. It’s one thing to daydream about online course ideas you’d like to create. It’s another thing entirely to determine if you can turn your idea into a money-making machine.

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