Udemy’s January Sale ran from December 31 to January 10, 2020. Using Teachinguide’s database we’ve tallied up the results. You’ll recall we did a similar analysis for Udemy’s 2019 Cyber Week sale. We wanted to do a little comparison between these two big Udemy sales and see what the similarities and differences are.
Teachinguide has compiled the results of its 2020 Udemy Instructor Survey, the 2nd of its kind. Our first Udemy instructor survey was done in 2019 and you can read about the results of that survey here.
We’d like to thank those Udemy instructors who took time to complete the survey. Your feedback will help us to improve our products and services.
Without further ado, we’ll get to the main findings of the survey.
The Importance of Udemy Courses Reviews – a quick reminder
Udemy courses with more reviews rank higher in the Udemy search results and are more likely to be promoted by Udemy. Reviews are what makes a Udemy course more believable especially for aspiring students that are still wary about Udemy. Udemy is becoming increasingly focused on reviews due to the sheer volume of courses and students on the platform.
Potential students look at Udemy course reviews to help inform their purchase decision. In general, courses with few or no reviews rank much lower and will attract little or no additional students. Positive reviews will encourage students to enrol in the course while negative feedback will turn away many potential students.
Why Think About the Cost to Create Your Online Course
Most people who decide to create their first online course or who want to start an online course business are primarily focused on how much money they will make. However, what they fail to assess is the cost of online course development. Just how much does it cost to develop an online course? As with any business, thinking about making money is the fun part. The cost of getting into the business, however, not so fun. Yet, it’s worth doing some thinking upfront about whether you are looking to spend closer to $0 in costs to create your online course, or if given your goals, you might want to spend more here and there on certain things.
The work associated with online course development can be a daunting prospect, especially for new online instructors. Even for experienced online instructors, keeping up with all that needs to be done to run and grow a legitimate and successful online course business can be daunting sometimes.
One solution to these challenges is to outsource some of your online course development tasks. Outsourcing is the process of hiring (usually via an online job platform) someone or a team of people to do some of the online course development work.
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In April of 2019, we conducted a survey of online teachers, most of whom were Udemy instructors. The goal was to better understand their needs and challenges. We will use this information to develop improved solutions for the upcoming v2.0 of the Teachinguide app.
As promised, we have compiled the survey responses and present them in this article.
Teachinguide’s platform aims to provide online instructors with the tools they need to grow their online course audience and sales.
We’ve found that with over 57,000 Udemy instructors and over 100,000 Udemy courses (and growing), that, for instructors, it’s very difficult to get the information and insights you need to be competitive.
If you’re looking for ways on how to become a Udemy Instructor and create your own online courses then you are in luck as anyone can teach on Udemy. You can also become a premium instructor and charge your students. The application is quick, simple and free usually approved within 2 days. Below are 10 simple steps for becoming a successful Udemy instructor.
1. Choose and Validate a Topic
Chances are if you are reading this, that you already have one or more topics in mind to launch your career as a Udemy Instructor. There’s a lot of advice out there about how to choose your first Udemy course topic. For instance, in this article we previously wrote, “Top Tools for Validating Your Online Course Ideas”, we explain why you should validate your Udemy course idea and provide several suggestions for how to go about it. We suggest a quick read.
Great news – Teachinguide has a new website and more features
For over 2 years we work daily to make Teachinguide even better for you. But now we have reached an important milestone – our new website with many more features is ready to support our mission: Helping you to succeed on Udemy!
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?