Are you thinking of venturing into affiliate marketing, but don’t know where to start? The internet provides a lot of resources to learn this online and one site that keeps popping up on my search list is called Udemy. I learned mine from a completely different platform (I’ll get to that later) so I am quite curious at what Udemy has to offer (you’d be surprised!).
In this article, we’ll find out if Udemy is the best place to learn about affiliate marketing.
What Is Udemy?
Udemy is an online learning marketplace that connects students to skilled experts through in-demand online courses. Since 2010, it has delivered more than 20 000 courses and featured in some popular news media such as Bloomberg and ABC News.
One of the many skills that are taught in Udemy is affiliate marketing and there are hundreds of diversified courses relating to that subject alone.
How Do You Choose a Course?
Simply type in ‘affiliate marketing’ on the catalog search and select any of the courses based on language preference, price range or recommendation from other students. When joining a course, you’ll be directed to a summary page that has;
- An introduction to the author.
- Announcement relating to the course updates.
- The number of students enrolled (in a way, reflecting the popularity of the course).
- A synopsis of what the course is all about.
- A detailed breakdown of the course curriculum which are predominantly video lessons, followed by text media and podcast streaming.
- Free previews for certain chapters within the course (if available)
- Reviews from previous students.
A typical Udemy classroom will look like this – a video streaming, materials for download and a discussion board. As long as you are connected to a reliable internet connection, you’ll be able to watch the video tutorials without any problem.
Do you recognize the guy in this snapshot?
How Much Do the Affiliate Marketing Courses Cost?
Here’s a quick glance of the prices and what you can expect to get.
- Free – You can gain access to some simple lessons or sub-topics such as social media or mobile marketing.
- Mid-range ($50-$299) – You get longer tutorial hours for more in-depth courses.
- High range (>$300) – These are ‘super’ courses that claim to teach you how to scale for profits in affiliate marketing through their ‘secret’ strategies.
It is important to note that some paid courses aren’t always conducted by experienced tutors and you can actually find some reputable internet marketers such as Rand Fishkin offering free courses too.
So remember to research on your tutors’ profile and find out who they are before you enroll in the courses.
Let’s Hear What Some Students Have to Say about Udemy…
With hundreds of courses available, tutors that offer hype-free and step-by-step teaching style are more favorable to the students.
Meanwhile, some courses (and tutors) clearly need improvement in terms of delivering a better quality online lecture that’s worthy of the fee.
What about THIS course?
As I was browsing through the catalog, one particular course caught my attention.
This course is offered for $300 and guess what it is going to teach you? Read them carefully.
Even if you are a beginner, reading along the line tells you that something isn’t right. Blackhat SEO is one of the common signs of online scams and if you started off with this course, (and I know some of you are going to be very tempted) you are making a big mistake as an affiliate marketer.
If you want to build a successful online business, do it right. Offer people valuable information and help them with their concerns. Don’t use brutal selling techniques; no one likes that and it has no benefits whatsoever in the long run.
This finding also raises a few concerning questions;
- What are the benefits and consequences will this course have on the students?
- What kind of knowledge and skills is Udemy hoping to promote to internet users as part of their education business?
- Does the team at Udemy even screen the credibility of this particular tutor before promoting the course online?
I was hoping to find a statement somewhere in the course page that says “Don’t enroll; this course is just a joke.”, but clearly there isn’t one. What I did find is that there are actually students enrolling in this course – 168 of them at this point of writing – and 3/4 gave it a thumbs up.
Hmm…that’s worrying. What do you think?
So, Is Udemy Worthy of Your Time?
In general, most of the affiliate marketing courses are suitable for;
- New affiliate marketers who are just starting out.
- Learning a specific scope about affiliate marketing.
- Students who prefer lecture-style tutorials.
However, after familiarizing myself, I would pay attention to the reviews first and definitely avoid spammy courses (like the Blackhat ones) if I am serious about doing affiliate marketing properly.
If you really want to start a successful online business, you’ll need a more comprehensive course with a lot of hands-on. The web is always changing so you want someone to be able to teach you about how to create a proper website, keep you posted on up-to-date information and respond to your questions in a timely manner.
I know of a great platform that can provide such training (without all the hype) and it is called Wealthy Affiliate University. Here are some of the features that you couldn’t get from most of the courses at Udemy.
Besides, it’s also a great place to connect with other successful affiliate marketers, like me 🙂 If you wish to learn more, simply follow the link above and I’ll see you in the training area.
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. ” – Pete Seeger
Do you have any thoughts or questions about affiliate marketing training? Just leave them in the comment area below and I’ll get back to you.
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