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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by nickvk, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. nickvk

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    I paid $297 dollars for ebay course made by bernstein, im just asking you all about your recent purchase there to get an idea about whether i should start making IM course there (actually i will pay someone else to do that).
     
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    Udemy always has sales where they sell any of their courses for $10. It's best to sign up with them and wait for that sale to start then buy whatever course you need. As far as selling courses there, I read on other blogs and forums where the people who make these courses are complaining to each other about these $10 sales and are looking to go elsewhere.

    Udemy doesn't need the sellers permission as their contract allows them to sell the courses at any price and have as many sales as they want. It's not made very clear when the seller signs up as it's hidden somewhere in the fine print.
    I believe Udemy makes more money having these $10 sales then selling the courses at the course creators fixed price.

    Although if you think outside the box and don't mind making $10 sales, you could use it to get exposure and get your name out there so people know you and then switch to another platform where you can charge the full price for your courses. On the subject of platforms, if Google it you can find a few more sites similar to Udemy who don't have sales without the course creators permission.
     
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    i use lynda, i like them a lot better
     
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    yea i heard they its a nice site
     
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    Anyone who actually bought the course or have purchased so many courses ?
     
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    Udemy is one of the worst site for learning. Lynda tutors are best for it.
     
  7. Smirad

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    I've bought a lot of courses but only paid $10 for them as stated above. I haven't even completed all them yet, too busy spending my time on IM. :p
     
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    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    I have paid for about 15 courses but that was before people were sharing coupons. I doubt I would pay for a course now, unless I had prior knowledge of the Instructor and it was a quality course.
    These days people are pricing their shit courses at stupid levels then sharing discount coupons. Udemy needs a little more quality control these days.
     
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    I had actually put a course together (not IM related) and was going to use Udemy but the more I saw the more I realized there are too many holes in the current system to move forward with them.

    It's a shame too as the platform is easy to work with and they have a very good reach.
     
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    I've bought tons of Udemy courses. Also Coursera has great free courses but it's more "academic" and less "hands on".

    As W130SN mentioned, there are plenty of coupons floating around now. I used a coupon I got right here on BHW for a SEO course. Nothing really advanced but worth some tips here and there. Udemy is great, if I could I'd take every course.
     
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    Shitty SEO and IM courses are saturating Udemy. It's a free, open, user generated market there. I could see it being worth it if you know the instructor and if the instructor has a following. I've never paid for a Udemy course, but I've seen my fair share of some really shitty videos on there. The good instructors seem to rise to the top, though.

    Most of their workforce is made up of Elance people who work for cheap, but they've been able to rape the freelance market while still making some great revenue. They do have a great marketing department.
     
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    never, just preview and download. Udemy is full of shitty courses. There are some golden nuggets of course, but for too big price.
     
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    udemy has one of the crappiest im related courses
    especially seo

    trust me on this

    however some wp courses are good ie there is that one course where the instructor teaches you how to edit wordpress theme

    Then there is that photoshop guru course, that is top notch

    to be honest, clickbank seo cpa courses are crap
    youtube courses are crap

    twitter courses are good

    like someone said, to get some exposure, its a good place otherwise its bad


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    I bought several courses from udemy. I like that website but some of their courses are piece of shit.
     
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    I've been an instructor on Udemy for about 6 months now with 3 courses. I can tell you the price points for courses are a facade (aka bullshit), mine included. What I mean by that is I'm listing a price for my course which is exactly the same from my website but Udemy students and/or visitors will always use a coupon for the course, negating the actual value of it.

    When I first joined I didn't understand how the biz model worked, so I saw courses for $297 with 10k students and figured it was a no-brainer to list my stuff. What I quickly realized is when signing up you're allowing Udemy to market on your behalf and in doing so, they can set the price to whatever via coupons. I could have opted out of this but I wanted to capture the marketshare of Udemy so I felt compelled to allow them to solicit on my behalf. If I was going to do all the marketing myself, I would have sent them directly to my site and keep 100%.

    So if you're gonna become a Udemy instructor, be prepared for 99.9% of signups using a coupon. The choice is to opt-out of their marketing programs, but if you do then why would you send them to Udemy in the first place? It's a catch-22. Also, be prepared to have students who paid $10 feel you need to be there for them as an instructor after they make a purchase, with follow-up consulting, etc. Here's an exchange I just had with someone:

    Them: I just want to make sure that the course is helpful and you stand behind it by being an active Udemy instructor.

    Me: I'd suggest you not buy it if you're expecting me to be active with helping you after you watch the videos. Let's be honest here, you're paying $10 for the course and I don't have the time to hold anyone's hand for such a low price point. I've made my videos as comprehensive as they can be based on my experiences. If you don't think my videos alone are worth the whopping $10 price tag, then please don't buy it. If you want my personalized consulting away from Udemy, the price would be $500. I'm not here to convince you one way or the other.

    Them: I'm not looking to be babied but I only want to know that you are not the kind of person to upload a video and not be willing to back it when confronted. The backhanded misinterpretation was a tad extreme but you did all I asked, and I'd have no problem buying it. Hopefully you can understand from my point of view that I am only making sure to weed out uploaders who 'hit and run' so to speak (and your own bio makes you sound like you'd do that! ;-)) so forgive my gesture, but I'm sure you know you can tell something about people's courses by how they respond. (or don't!)

    Me: Well I don't know what you mean by "hit and run." I also don't know what you mean by "...not be willing to back it when confronted." If you wanna confront me on any points of my courses, bring it on! I'm not one to back down so if you think paying $10 for a course gives you license to "confront" me, you're sadly mistaken. When you're buying a course for $10 I don't think you can really expect any more than what the videos are teaching. Sure, I get a question here and there from other students and have no problems answering them. But I don't want you to get the impression that I'm going to be consulting with you more than that. If you're still under the impression it'll be more in-depth than just a question or two, please DO NOT purchase my course.

    I mean really, people are this paranoid over $10!!!? In my opinion, Udemy is a bad business model for instructors while great for them and the students. When you look at Udemy instructors' price points and number of students, it's all window dressing.
     
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    Don't you still get a percentage even if they discount it? And is Udemy the one who dropped your course to $10?

    Udemy kinda reminds me of Demand Media with their workforce. They aren't as bad, but they are working with so many shitty content creators that everyone gets shit on sooner or later.

    I've thought about giving them a shot from the instructor side of things, but it kinda makes me nervous when companies let just any shitty writer/video creator in and the model is based on volume rather than quality. It seems like they are getting big like Demand and Demand fell really hard once everything caught up to them.
     
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    If I already have a base knowledge of a subject, then I won't waste money on Udemy.

    However, if I'm a complete noob on a subject or a skillset I need to pickup and I need to learn the fundamentals ASAP, then Udemy is the way to go. It's worth the investment IMO.