The Benefits of Blogging for Your Online Course Business

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**This post was originally published on 07/27/15 and updated on 04/26/18.**

The benefits of blogging are huge.

If I had to name the three things I’ve done over the years that have enabled me to break free from working for others and create an income and lifestyle based on my own terms, consistently building e-mail lists and speaking – whether at conferences or via digital channels – would be number two and three on the list.

But number one – by a long shot – would be blogging.

That may go against what you hear in other places. Blogging just isn’t as trendy as it once was, and truth be told, I don’t spend quite as much time on it as I once did (more on that in the future). But when I reflect on what has fueled the success I’ve had to date, it’s clear to me that nothing else has been as big a factor.

There are at least three¬†huge benefits of blogging. [Read more…]

Marketing You Can Offload, Marketing You Can’t

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One of the issues readers write to me most often about is marketing, and many want recommendations for companies that will do their marketing for them.

My usual thought when receiving these e-mails is that “if you are in the course business, you are in the marketing business, like it or not.” As I have argued before, you need to spend at least half your time marketing if you are serious about building an audience and – by extension – growing a successful online course business.

Still, I recognize that response is not very helpful to people who simply do not want to do their own marketing. (Or, who want to do significantly less of their own marketing.)

So, it’s worth asking: what parts of marketing can I legitimately offload without risking the success of my business? To answer this question, I find it useful to think in terms of the classic “4 Ps” of marketing: product, placement (distribution), pricing, and promotion. [Read more…]

Learning to Love Unsubscribes

image of unsubscribe stampIf you are a subject matter entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur of any sort, for that matter) building an engaged list of e-mail subscribers is essential.

The big upside of a high quality list it that you have a direct line into the inbox of people who have asked to hear from you. There’s nothing that beats that when you have a new course to offer. (See also this post about how to build an audience.)

A potential downside, though, is that every e-mail list inevitably gets plenty of unsubscribes. Those unsubscribes can feel like a daily dose of rejection when you are trying your best to maintain your motivation and create a sustainable business. It can be hard not to take them personally or see them as a sign of failure.

It has taken me a long time to move past a negative view of unsubscribes and actually learn to appreciate – and yes, even love – them. Here are my reasons: [Read more…]

Focusing on the real keys to success selling online courses

Focus on Success Selling Online Courses

A lot of people end up on this site because they are seeking success selling online courses and usually have come across my 15 Platforms for Selling Online Courses post. As you might expect, I also get a lot of e-mails from people sharing their challenges and asking for advice. If there is one common thread that tends to run though these e-mails its this: too much focus on technology.

People want to know which platform to use. Which course tools are best. How to best host videos, or Webinars, or eBooks, or …. name your product of choice.

But the thing is, when it comes to success selling online courses, these things are not what makes the difference. [Read more…]

3 Valuable Resources from My “Do This Now” Folder – Marketing Edition

Do It Now

One of my personal “best practices” is to keep a “Do This Now” e-mail folder of tips and techniques that can help me grow my business. When I find something really useful and actionable, I e-mail it to myself, put it in that folder, and then act on it as soon as possible. (I also don’t let the folder grow beyond 10 items – at that point, something has to get done and removed before anything else is added.)

Naturally, many of the tips I collect are highly valuable not just for me but for anyone trying to sell online courses or other educational experiences, so I thought I’d share some recent items that I found very valuable. These cover three areas that I think are essential for effectively marketing educational products (each of which I cover in Leading the Learning Revolution): blogging, e-mail, and Google Adwords.

Here you go:

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