Today’s the last day to get in on our partner Udemy‘s New Year’s deal. Over 12,000 courses discounted to $10. I ordered a new one myself last night, Become a Game Maker with GameMaker Studio. A 9+ hour course from Benjamin Anderson, otherwise known as HeartBeast, who does excellent tutorials on YouTube. Here’s a list of all the blogs I’ve written up with some potential courses folks might find useful.
How to Become a Udemy Instructor
- How To Create A UDEMY Course in 5 Days or Less – (part time) – Usually $195
- The Complete Udemy Instructor Course: Teach Full Time Online – Usually $199
- Udemy Launch: Create and Sell Online Courses at Udemy – Usually $299
How to Gain Students
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 Building, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Build an Email List of Thousands of Subscribers and Buyers – Usually $47
- Email Marketing: List Building with MailChimp’s Free Plan – Usually $97
- Email Marketing: Build A Huge List Of Engaged Subscribers! – $197
- Get Your First 1000 Email Subscribers: List-Building Formula – Usually $297
- Social Media Marketing Plan – Social Media For Business – Usually $149
- Certificate of Social Media Marketing – The Complete Course – Usually $199
- Social Media Marketing 2015- The Complete Certificate Course – Usually $299
- The Complete Facebook Ads and Facebook Marketing Course 2015 – Usually $199
- Facebook Marketing: A Step-by-Step to Your First 1000 Fans! – Usually $300
- Youtube Success Strategies Earning Top Dollar Making Videos – Usually $39
- YouTube As a Career: How I Make a Living Off of YouTube – Usually $199
- The Complete YouTube Course: Go from Beginner to Advanced! – Usually $199
- YouTube Pro: Use YouTube to Rank #1 Google Overnight! – Usually $300
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.
- Write Powerful Copywriting, Drive Sales & Generate Leads! – Usually $97
- Copywriting secrets – How to write copy that sells – Usually $120
- Rock Your Sales Copy: How to Write Irresistible Sales Copy – Usually $279
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.
- (FREE) Freelance Jumpstart Course
- Freelancing: Business Strategy, Sales, Contracting, + More – Usually $99
- Freelancing for Artist or how to be Your own BOSS – Usually $100
- The Complete Freelancer Guide by Bob Francis – Usually $124
- Freelance Kickstart: Start a Successful Business You Love – Usually $297
Starting an Online Business
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
- (FREE) How To Start A Website for Writers, Artists & Creative Types
- (FREE) How to Make an Online Portfolio Website from Scratch
- Create a portfolio website for your artwork – Usually $45
Ecommerce on Your Site
- (FREE) Build a WooCommerce eCommerce T-Shirt Store with WordPress
- WordPress For E-Commerce Tutorial – A Definitive Guide – Usually $99
- Build an E-Commerce Portfolio Website & No Coding, WordPress – Usually $199
Make a Membership Site
- Creating WordPress Membership Sites Using s2Member – Usually $199
- Create Your Membership Website with WordPress – Usually $199
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 Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop – Usually $29
- Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC – Usually $99
- Master Manga Studio 5: Bonus Drawing and Painting – Usually $99
- How to Paint with Manga Studio 5 – Usually $97
- Getting Started With InDesign CC – Usually $49
- Adobe InDesign CC Tutorial – Beginners to Advanced Tutorial – Usually $99
- Learn InDesign : Design Magazines and More in InDesign – Usually $199
- Learning Autodesk Maya 2015 – A Practical Hands On Course – Usually $99
- 3D Maya Hands-on Workshop + 4 hour live-online training – Usually $199
3D Studio Max
- ($9) 3D Character Creation: Sculpting in Zbrush
- Complete introduction to ZBrush: Volume 1. Your first start. – Usually $19
Final Cut Pro X
- Learn To Code by Making Games – The Complete Unity Developer – Usually $197
- Master Unity By Building 6 Fully Featured Games From Scratch – Usually $199
In this post I wanted to promote a few art fundamentals courses on Udemy. These cover basics like:
Design and Storytelling
- Discover the 7 Secrets to Figure Drawing: Draw Awesome … – Usually $19
- Drawing the Human Figure – Usually $24
- The Secrets to Drawing – Usually $30
- The Colored Pencil Drawing Course – Usually $37
- Twelve Charcoal Drawing Techniques – Usually $67
- Learn the Secret of Successful Color Mixing for Painters – Usually $19
- Watercolor painting for the complete beginner – First steps – Usually $19
- The Watercolor Workshop – Usually $37
- Watercolor Fast and Loose! Express yourself in your painting – Usually $39
- Watercolor Painting: Introduction to Light – Usually $49
- Learn Outdoor Painting with Confidence – Usually $99