What is Udemy? In this article, we bring you the details and we will give our conclusion on Udemy’s effectiveness as an affiliate training resource as well as an affiliate program.
Udemy is a marketplace for online courses covering different categories. As of 2017, there are over 55,000 courses uploaded. If you are interested to learn about a certain subject, you can find it here.
OVERVIEW OF UDEMY
Introduction to UDEMY
Udemy was started in 2010 by Eren Bali. It is a marketplace for MOOC which stands for Massive Open Online Course. If you are interested to learn more about MOOC, I have a video below.
Essentially, Udemy started out as a platform for course instructors to create and share their online courses. These can be free or paid courses and they are up to the instructors to decide.
The idea behind Udemy is really good, because it provides life-long learning collaboration for all participants. It’s not a school because their courses are not accredited so you can’t use it to apply for further formal education. It is more of a way for people to improve their knowledge of a certain field / subject.
==> The question I ALWAYS want to answer in each of my reviews. Is it LEGIT or a SCAM?
Udemy is LEGIT and it is a very good platform for online learning.
Who This Product is For
Udemy is not limited to a certain genre of courses. I recently took a course for Forex Trading Technical Analysis. It is a complete course covering A-Z on the technical anaysis for Forex. I find it very relevant and helpful to my understanding of the subject. Best of all, I only paid $10 for it and I have these resources for life.
There are all kinds of courses available on Udemy. For the sake of this discussion, I typed in Affiliate Marketing and here is a screenshot of what came out in the search.
Pros and Cons
- Very easy to use
- Sign up is free and you can enjoy promotional prices from time to time
- Wide range of topics including 180 courses for Affiliate Marketing
- Prices are very affordable
- Reviews for courses are available so you can make a better purchasing decision
- Preview of courses available
- It has its affiliate program and commission payable is 30-60% of the sales price of any course you promote. The cookie duration is up to 7 days.
- More paid courses than FREE ones
- Pricing seems to be “copy and paste“. You see a lot of courses being advertised at $10 which is a 95% discount from their original price of $200. A lot of them are priced this way, seemingly without any consideration. Hmm….
Pricing for Udemy
As discussed in the pros and cons section, Udemy does not require a membership fee to join but if you plan to take on any of the courses inside, chances are you have to pay for the course. Most of the affiliate marketing courses are priced at $10 each and a few bold ones went at $200. They form the both ends of the spectrum and while I appreciate the affordability of the $10 course, it is rather unsettling to see that most courses are priced similarly.
Question I had in mind: Do they consider the value of their courses when they do the pricing or are they pricing in the safe zone to avoid being snuffed out?
Final Thoughts and Recommendation
I think Udemy works well if you are looking to improve your knowledge of a certain subject. There is little room for interaction as the videos are pre-recorded and there is no forum or live chat where you can engage in further discussion on what you have learnt.
After paying for the course, you have lifetime access to it and can always refer back.
If you are keen to learn affiliate marketing (not just for head knowledge) but to turn it into a successful venture, Udemy may not work for you. You do walk away with knowledge but without the tools, the constant feedback/discussion along that journey, you may find yourself stumbling over obstacles, giving up prematurely and just 3 feet away from gold.
My suggestion would be:
I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate and have been using it since March 2017. In my opinion, this is a much better program and I am confident you will like it. You should however, start with their FREE Starter account before deciding to upgrade to Premium later. There are a few key points I want to share because these are important factors to me and I thought it may apply to you as well.
- Only FREE and Premium membership
- NO hidden upsell
- Tools necessary for you to take action on the training are ALL INCLUDED in the premium membership
- FREE membership does not expire, so you are not in any pressure to upgrade immediately if you don’t want or if your circumstances do not allow you
- Wealthy Affiliate has its own affiliate program. You can promote Wealthy Affiliate to people and earn recurring commissions when they sign up for Premium membership. They have a LIFETIME cookie (Yeah, it’s kind of hard to beat that!) and the recurring commission is close to 50% of the sales price. Check out the details here.
Below is a snapshot comparison of the two programs. Click on the GREEN button below to read my review of Wealthy Affiliate.
This is my review on Udemy. All in all, it is a great platform for training resources and it comes with its own affiliate program. This means you can get trained and at the same time, earn money when you successfully promote any of their courses.
However, my top spot and recommendation goes to Wealthy Affiliate. I listed some reasons above but here is my FULL REVIEW for your better understanding of why I rated it so highly.