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Udemy Course Research

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!

Building Your eLearning Business – 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

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An eLearning business has become a very legitimate career option for just about anybody who is willing to put in the time and effort.  It does take a lot of time and effort to build an eLearning business, just like any other brick and mortar business. The beauty though is that you never have to leave your desk chair (not that we advocate laziness)!

Yet we read about and hear from those who have tried to launch their own eLearning business, but are still barely bumping along revenue-wise.  So we decided to put together a few common issues that research shows prevent some online instructors from building up their eLearning business.

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.

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?

5 Trends in Online Learning for 2019 and beyond

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With tips for how to incorporate them into your online courses

The Online Learning Industry Evolution

Online learning platforms come in several forms – MOOCs, online universities, corporate elearning, K12 education, learning management systems like Teachable, and of course, Udemy and similar platforms such as Skillshare.

The online learning industry is clearly here to stay – and growing still. Estimates vary as to how big the online industry will become over the next few years, but they generally range from $200– $300 billion.

Udemy Competitors – Avoid Them With Niche Topics

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In a previous post in which we discussed options for researching online course ideas, one recommendation we made was to find niche topics that are not yet highly competitive, and/or pick an increasingly popular and growing niche topic for which you could carve out a place that is differentiated from other Udemy competitors. 

This week we are bringing you some examples of niche course topics we found that have few Udemy competitors, but which include courses with “Hot and New” badges – demonstrating there is some level of demand for the niche. We’ll look at whether or not these topics are viable as a niche strategy and why, and discuss why courses in them might or might not be successful.

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.

The 10 Most Popular Courses on Udemy (This Week)

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Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week
Top 10 Udemy Courses This Week

Learn From The Top Udemy Instructors’ Success

Did you know that just in this past week there were over 1.1 million new student enrollments on Udemy and over 475 new Udemy courses launched?  With such large numbers, how can you know which Udemy courses are the most popular and why?

This week, we are highlighting the best Udemy courses popular on Udemy right now, as calculated by our TeachinGuide app.  Knowing what the most popular courses on Udemy are and examining why they are famous can provide valuable information that you as an instructor can use to promote and improve your own course standings.  This information is also useful for Udemy affiliates who are promoting the top Udemy courses to their readers.

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 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!

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