NoRights Curriculum: Course Review

  • On January 9, 2016 ·
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For this post promoting our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal, I’m going to review one of their courses I recently finished.

Choosing a Course

There were a number of subjects I considered taking a course on. Social Media, Email List Buildingicon, and SEO were strong pulls for me. I’d started my searching on the website but decided to try their iOS app to see how I liked the experience. I preferred using the app, personally, because it made navigating easier. The majority of courses have pitch videos similar to Patreon pages. After exploring the pages deeper I saw a number of them offered previews of lectures. I started using this to whittle the potential list down. When you’ve sat through as many whiteboard animations and stock photo images as I have, you just want to see that the actual course material looks like. You can read the curriculum listing for each course but actually watching a preview of a lesson helped me decide.

I narrowed my wishlist down to a few options and ultimately chose Easy SEO for WordPress by Sean Kaye. My logic being Search Engine Optimization is a core thing I could be doing better, I can apply what I learn from it to other ways I promote my site, and particularly because I’m already on WordPress so it’d be more immediately useful than a general SEO course.

Taking the Course

Udemy gave me a coupon code for this review. I redeemed it and was greeted with a confirmation screen and a “start course” link. Once I clicked through the interface was easy enough to understand. Videos would roll on the left side, on the right sidebar I could navigate between lectures, download documents, and post discussion with the instructor and other students.

Course Structure

Instructor Kaye set up the first batch of lectures to be introductions to the course, SEO, and SEO for WordPress. This then moved on to deeper explanations of topics; choosing a webhost, creating and promoting your content with SEO in mind, and the rise of mobile browsing. These were all done with slides and voice over.

The next batch were “over the shoulder” screen recordings as he showed how to install WordPress and options to select for a smoother setup. I’m very familiar with the 5 minute install procedure but it’s good to see a walkthrough and recommendations of it for newcomers and incase there’s some options I’ve missed. He also went through using the Yoast SEO plugin, one I’ve heard recommended for some time but never learned to set up properly.

The last part consisted of an 18 page list of things that could be hurting site rankings, a request for additions we’d like to see added to the course, and a collection of coming lectures.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed going through the course. I’ve had vague introductions to SEO before and it was nice to see one with clear goals and applicable instructions. It’s very clear Mr. Kaye knows what he’s talking about. If I had any criticisms it’d primarily be with the slides during the lectures. I appreciate seeing things written out but I’d prefer to see shorter bullet points. When each slide is full of text it competes with the voice over for attention. I’d also recommend he mix in a few lectures where we could see him talking, to break up the monotony of text on screen and connect with the audience more. I look forward to getting updates/additions as the course can only grow and improve with revisions. As I’m currently in the process of retooling parts of my own site, revisiting certain lectures will give me plenty to think about.
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NoRights Curriculum: Time/Project Management

  • On January 8, 2016 ·
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In this post promoting our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal, I’m suggesting some courses to help out with managing time and projects. It’d be a good idea to look over their guide, Become More Productive.

(FREE) Effective Time Management – Get 10X More Done in Less Time

Get More Done in Less Time with Effective Time Management – Usually $49

Learn Time Management, Get Organized & Get Everything Done – Usually $71

Time Management: 28-Day Method to Conquer Time Forever – Usually $97

I’ll also mention it’s important to take care of yourself and your well being while you try to increase productivity. Maybe check out the guides Increase your Confidence, Become a Better Communicator, Learn Yoga and Meditation, and Practice Mindfulness and Compassion.

NoRights Curriculum: Social Media/Self Promotion/Marketing

  • On January 8, 2016 ·
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Continuing in our posts promoting our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal, I’m going to highlight some courses on self promotion, marketing, and social media. You should also check out the guide Master Digital Marketing.

Marketing

Email Lists

Social Media

General

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Tumblr

YouTube

Periscope

NoRights Curriculum: Blogging/Copywriting

  • On January 7, 2016 ·
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For this post promoting our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s Deal I’m going to share some courses with you to help with copywriting and blogging. They have a guide, Improve Your Writing, and I’ve already linked the one for Launch Your First Podcast, Blog, or eBook but here’s a few that stood out when I was looking their catalog over.

Copywriting

Blogging

NoRights Curriculum: Entrepreneur/Business

  • On January 7, 2016 ·
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In this post promoting our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal, I’d like to share some courses that might help you set up your business. They have guides to help you: Start A Business, Become an Entrepreneur, Launch Your Freelancer Career, and Start Your Career in Web and Mobile Design. Here’s a few I saw that looked interesting.

Freelancing


Starting an Online Business

NoRights Curriculum: Website/Portfolio/Ecommerce Building

  • On January 6, 2016 ·
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Continuing our posts covering our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal, I’m going to share some courses that could be useful for putting together a portfolio or ecommerce website.

Make Your Site

Ecommerce on Your Site

Make a Membership Site

Other Sites

NoRights Curriculum: Art and Creative Software

  • On January 6, 2016 ·
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In this post about our partner Udemy.com‘s New Year’s deal, I’m going to share some courses specifically for learning and mastering art and creative software.

Photoshop

Manga Studio

Illustrator

Flash

InDesign

Corel Painter

Maya

3D Studio Max

ZBrush

After Effects

Final Cut Pro X

Unity

GameMaker: Studio

NoRights Curriculum: Art Fundamentals

  • On January 5, 2016 ·
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In this post I wanted to promote a few art fundamentals courses on Udemy. These cover basics like:

Cinematography

Design and Storytelling

Drawing

Painting

Typography

NoRights Curriculum: Introduction to Udemy

  • On January 5, 2016 ·
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This New Year’s we’ve partnered with Udemy.com to bring you deals on learning new skills. From the 1st to the 11th of 2016 they’re offering over 12,000 of their best selling courses at the discounted rate of $10 each. We’ve curated a range of these our readers may find useful and are presenting it as a curriculum. We’ll also be reviewing a course and discussing it on the site.

What is Udemy?

Udemy is a site with thousands of courses, for everyone from beginners to experts, to learn new things.

  • Mission Statement: To help anyone, learn anything.
  • 9 million global students
  • Students located in 190+ countries
  • 20,000+ courses
  • Courses in 80+ languages

What can I learn on Udemy?

This is the perfect time to put those New Year’s Resolutions into action. Want to Pick up a New Hobby? Get in Shape and Eat Healthier? Learn to Play an Instrument? Launch Your First Podcast, Blog, or eBook? Make Your First Website? Learn Your First Programming Language? Build and Launch an iOS app? Create an Android app? Udemy have put together guides with lists of courses relevant to your goal.

For this introductory post we’ve got courses to get you started with:

WordPress

Web Coding

HTML

CSS

Dreamweaver

Graphics Software

Photoshop

Illustrator

GIMP

Modeling/Game Design

Blender

Construct 2

Unreal Engine 4

Photography/Video

What I Did Today 01/01/16

  • On January 1, 2016 ·
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Remember Adventures of the American Rabbit in this week’s Billy Badass!

Minecraft and Chill 8.

Slept in today after staying up until 2 in the morning ringing in 2016 and recording M&C with the guys. After grabbing lunch I came home to work on Monday’s comic. I sat down to write which led to researching more potential subjects. I’d like to keep subjects chronological so readers get introduced to things at the same pace as Billy. He can bring up stuff from later but I feel I should at least try to pay attention to release dates. Going to start drawing tomorrow.

Think once the comic’s taken care of I’m going to see about editing the homepage and retooling my project list. I want the site to reflect what projects I’m working on at the moment. Need to streamline it so current stuff is promoted up top and things on hiatus aren’t burying anything important.

As I said yesterday, I’m going to move away from obligatory posts of the day in favor of posts to showcase new content. I’ll do a mockup and we’ll see how easy/realistic some of those changes are to implement. The goal is to make the site more useful as quickly as possible. I have no intentions of wading in code for days on end.