How To Create A Profitable Course: The Simple Guide

the simple guide to creating a course

How To Pick A Topic

If you are stuck in picking a topic, don’t worry. Many of us get stuck at this step. If you think you need to be the “Guru” of a topic to create a course about it, you are wrong. You need to know more than the person who the course is intended for. So expect to do your homework in order to provide value to your customers. Always focus on creating the BEST course you can, providing the highest quality content possible.

Here are some ways to find topics:

reddit: If you have read this blog before you know the power of reddit and how useful it can be for finding ideas and validating them. While going through the site, think of a general topic, lets say golf. So in the search bar I would type in Golf.

reddit search

 

As you can see, there are 33,000+ people who subscribe to this “sub-reddit”. You think this would be a good topic to look into? I think so!

reddit search again

 

You can also see there is a need for people to progress their skills. So now that we have a general topic, we need to niche down and get more focused. Off the top of my head, we could teach people how to improve their swing, how to put better, how to improve stance/form etc…. The more specific the better. When people are searching for an answer, they are searching for something very specific and want a specific answer.

Google Keyword Planner: If we are not happy with the results above we can then turn to Google’s keyword tool. If you are not familiar with this tool, it allows you to peak into Google’s keywords for creating an advertising campaign. You are able to see the price of the keywords, the amount of searches per month and a long list of potential keywords to target for growing your course revenue.

After doing a bit of searching for keywords related to the golf topic, I came across a few problems people are actively searching for. As you can see, people want tips for their swing and putting. We now have two possible ideas for niche courses that people are searching for.

Keyword planning tool

 

Validating Your Ideas

Creating Your Course

Here comes the fun part; actually creating your course. You have a few options when it comes to turning your idea to a real product.

Video: This is my favorite method of creating a course. Some times writing simply does not capture everything you want to teach. By using software like Camtasia you are able to screen record slide shows and other requirements of your course as you talk over the video explaining everything. Then use something like iMovie to put all of the videos together into your featured film.

Ebook: If you are not comfortable or simply do not wish to create a video course, your next option is to create the traditional ebook. While creating your course you will want to write it out like you would a book. Each chapter explains a different aspect of the topic and a detailed teaching of it.

The Hybrid: If you really want to provide the best quality product consider creating videos and pdf files that further break down your teachings. You can create work sheets to help accompany your videos and give actionable steps for your customers to take.

Things to include:
1. Resource List
2. work sheets
3. broken down steps to take
4. Transcripts of videos

Marketing Your Launched Course

Landing Pages: Once you have launched your product you will still need to set up shop for future sales. Creating a landing page is easy with Unbounce. Use one of their templates and connect either Gumroad or Shoutly (This will be the best option) for payment processing and delivering your product.

Traffic: Traffic is the lifeblood of your sales. No traffic, no sales. You can achieve traffic through a number of ways:
– SEO
– Guest Blogging
– Paid

I would advise you to try each one of these traffic generation methods as each is very useful. The more keywords you rank for in Google with SEO the more free traffic you get, the more guest posts you do, the more hooks you put out for people to find your site and paid…. well you pay!

Udemy: Udemy is an online course marketplace which will allow you to upload your course and tap into thousands of potential customers. Run promotions and gain traction for a huge increase in revenue of your course.

Affiliates: This is something I have recently been testing. You can easily triple your traffic by finding affiliates to promote your product. I have been using Shoutly (Affiliate Link But Is Free To Use) to create affiliate campaigns and drive a ton of traffic to my landing page. The best thing about Shoutly is they have created their own marketplace similar to Udemy but for people who are looking to promote your courses. Once accepted into the marketplace, you will have hundreds of people looking at your course who are looking for something to promote for a commission. I give anywhere from 50-75% of sales to my affiliates. Hey, its free traffic and sales!

 

Tell Me What You Think In The Comments: I had a blast writing this post and want to know your thoughts. Did you enjoy this post or have any questions about creating and promoting courses? Post in the comments below!

Dillon Carter

Hey there! I'm a young entrepreneur who blogs about my personal experiences, hacks and lifestyle while also teaching people how to begin working with virtual assistants.

  • Hi Dillon,

    Great breakdown here. Thanks for tweeting me too 😉 Look to Reddit, twitter and niche Facebook Groups to find questions/problems, for your ebook or course. I built my ebook around the dreams of my readers, because they’re the customers 😉 Thanks!

    • Dillon Carter

      Hey Ryan!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post and I am really glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      I love digging through sub-reddits for pain points and ideas. I haven’t messed around with Twitter on that aspect but Facebook Groups would be a great resource for idea mining!

  • anthonylnavarro

    with the gumroad product delivery method, how does that work? do you just upload finished videos and material then gum road emails it to them? Or is it a password protected membership style course?

    • Dillon Carter

      I have all of the files in a ziped folder, uploaded to dropbox. I take that dropbox link and give it to Gumroad. When someone purchases my course, Gumroad will send them to that link to download the files.

  • Chris Coleman

    This was an amazing post! Discovered, social locker, Shoutly, my mind is blown and working on overtime to compensate for all the steps I could have cut out to go from A-B. Thank you for this!

    • Dillon Carter

      Glad you enjoyed it Chris 🙂 Let me know if you need any help with the tools mentioned.