15 Platforms to Publish and Sell Online Courses (and Counting)

Looking to sell online courses, but confused by all of the platform choices? In this post I draw on my two decades of eLearning industry experience to highlight some of the top online course platforms and help you narrow your list. While you are here, be sure to grab the free platform selection guide to help you make the right choice faster and smarter. And, if you are ready to create online courses and other online education content, be sure to check out the free Learning Revolutionary's Toolbox!

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To sell online courses, it used to be that you had to master an authoring tool, license a learning management system (LMS) – or come up with a workaround – figure out hosting and e-commerce, and then somehow deal with end user support. These days, you can get across the finish line with little more than the digital video camera in your phone, an Internet connection, and one of the platforms listed here.

Here’s a concise look at some of the best of what’s out there for helping you create, market, and sell online courses on the Web. [Read more…]

When to Consider the Udemy Model

Are you a landlord or a tenant?

If you have read much of what I’ve written on online course platforms, you know I am mostly not a fan of the approach offered by platforms like Udemy and its alternatives – what I call the “market maker” business model.

The gist of this model is that one company – basically, a “landlord” – creates a market place in which individual course producers or other companies – basically, “tenants” – can sell their courses, usually in exchange for paying the landlord a share of the revenue.

Now, if you happen to be the landlord – as Udemy is – this model is fantastic. You create a highly-scalable content engine that generates a continuous revenue stream. If you are the tenant, on the other hand, this model usually limits your options in a number of ways, including: [Read more…]

The Only Real Objection to Buying Your Online Course

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I was advising a friend recently on his course launch and he noted that a number of prospective buyers had told him the course was too expensive.

Others told him they didn’t have the time.

These are easily the two most common objections to buying an online courses, but neither of them is the real objection. [Read more…]

How to Create an Online Course to Sell

There is a lot information out there about how to market online courses and about the various online course creation tools and online course platforms that are available. I hear quite often from readers, though, that it is much harder to find high quality  information on how to create an online course.

In other words, how do you take your ideas and actually turn them into a course experience?

I’ve heard about this need enough from readers – and seen so much fluff advice out there –  that I decided it was past time I wrote a comprehensive post on the topic. So, that’s just what this is: a comprehensive post on how to create an online course. [Read more…]

The Logical Secret Behind $100K Courses

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One of the online course platform vendors (Thinkific) recently released a report on how to make your first $100K from online courses.

It got me thinking. [Read more…]

15 Ways to Grow Your Course Business Today

hand drawing graph chart with upward line - grow course businessWant to take your learning business to new levels? Here are 15 ideas you can take action on today. [Read more…]