How I hit my first $100 month on

How I hit my first $100 month on

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]September 2016 Update: Since I wrote this post I have been busy on Udemy and just launched my 9th course on “ConvertKit” which is a powerful tool I use for email marketing. I also published my 2nd book “Udemy Life” which is how others like myself earn 100’s and 1000’s each month teaching on Udemy. I hope you check them both out and read the post below on how I got to my first $100. I am now approaching $30,000 from everything I do revolving around Udemy including Read my latest blog post “On The Road To $30K In Udemy Revenue“.


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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][divider][/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I have been working hard the last few months to grow my income through laptop lifestyle. Hoping that I can make enough money to live on my own again and not have to work for corporate America. My dream is to travel around the United States and the world while run my business on my laptop and a Wi-Fi connected. My courses on are just my latest stream of income. I recently posted about my latest accomplish of hitting $100 in revenue this month in the Udemy Studio group on Facebook. I’m always impressed by the praise and support of others in the group and by those like Alun Hill, (How I Make $4,000 A Week From Udemy Courses – And No Filming) and Benjamin Wilson (Double Your Udemy Course Sales (In Just 2 Hours!) Guaranteed) who share how they have been successful with others in the group through courses they created. Several people in the group asked me how I am marketing my courses and I thought this would be a great way to share that since blogging is one way that I promote my courses.

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Marketing Your Business With WordPressI launched my first Udemy course “Marketing Your Business With WordPress” (Course Coupon Offer) back in the middle of July 2013. Being that it was a new platform for me I didn’t know what to expect. I had a launch party and created a Facebook event and invited friends and followers to show up at 8 am to grab a coupon code to take the course for free. I am admitting this now but I overslept that morning and was late to my own launch. But I was able to recover and had over 13 take advantage of the launch coupon. Lesson learned. I also promoted the course on several of my Facebook Fan Pages, my personal Facebook profile, sent several tweets on Twitter and pinned it on my Pinterest Pinboard so I have my courses in front of several hundred followers. This is what I call “Be Everywhere” on social media on getting your product in front of those who want to learn. I had 4 other students redeem coupons that month and after Udemy’s cut I ended up earning $14.80 for July which I received payment for the first week of September. Not much but it gave me encouragement to keep going.

Update: I ended the month of September at $109.41 and just received my payment of $40.85 for the month of August. The month of October is already starting off well for me and I am getting ready to do another cross promotion with other Udemy instructors.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Udemy Earnings July 2014

Udemy Earnings July 2014

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In August I added a 2nd course “MailChimp: MailChimp’s Forever Free Email Marketing Plan” to the mix. That month I saw 9 purchases mostly my “Marketing Your Business With WordPress” course and mostly from “Udemy Organic”. Which according to Udemy is “Purchases of your course driven by either organic traffic on Udemy’s site (typically at full price), or by Udemy email marketing campaigns to existing Udemy users (often at a discount).” August was also the first month that I distributed “Free” coupons in the Facebook Udemy Studio group which has almost 19,400 active users. You can learn a lot about Udemy course creation and marketing by actively participating group and the Facebook Udemy Facility Lounge once you are an active instructor on Udemy. I ended up with over 2,259 new students which gave me social proof and several 5-star reviews for the course. My book “Promote Your Business or Cause Using Social Media – A Beginner’s Handbook” has over 25 reviews with an average of 4.5—stars. I have sold almost 1,000 copies of the book since its launch 2 years ago so I know the importance of good reviews. It gets those who are on the fence on board with buying your book or taking your course. I also had a free webinarBuilding Your Online Audience” in August and have a link to my Udemy course that displays in the replay of the webinar. Webinars are a affordable way to build your email marketing list and get your Udemy course out in front of fresh eyes. I use RunClick which is a premium plugin that works with WordPress. I finished up the month of August with $40.85 and should be receiving that the first week of October. Most likely I will reinvest it and try promoting my courses with Facebook Ads.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][divider][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Udemy Earnings August 2014

Udemy Earnings August 2014

Right now I am in my 2nd full month of having my courses on Udemy and I continue to promote my courses on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and my website. I also came across the courses I mentioned in the beginning of this post by Alun Hill and Benjamin Wilson. I’m starting to try their suggestions and toying with the course descriptions, posting the courses on websites like BestBlackHatForum under the UDemy Section, Craigslist under Community/Classes, or any other site that lets you post a free classified ad. One thing I started trying this month is cross promoting with other Udemy instructors that have more than 500 students. I created a “Udemy Instructor Promotion Central”  (Now “Anything Udemy: Course Marketing, Promotion, Creation and Inspiration”) group on Facebook this month to connect instructors to help each other promote our courses by sharing coupons to other valuable courses with our students. We tried this just recently and one instructor had 9 new students sign up for one of his courses. We are hoping to try it again in October to see what kind of success that we get. I am also planning on hosting future webinars or Google+ Hangouts to help new instructors with course promotion. Feel free to contact me if you are a Udemy Instructor and want to join the group. So right now I’m having my best month yet on Udemy and have hit $104 in income for the month and my lifetime is now at $160. I currently have 13 paid student signups for the month which is about $8 per student. Hopefully I will have a few more students join my courses before the month ends so I can finish strong. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t having a good month because it takes time for this to build. It is going to get even tougher for me to double or triple my earnings from this month. I am working on a 3rd course to teach self-published authors how to sell their book with affordable tools. Plus I have a list of other courses that I would like to do but have to remind myself to stay focused and positive.


Udemy Earnings September 2014

Udemy Earnings September 2014

What are you doing to promote your Udemy courses? What is working best for you? Please feel free to share below in the comments or follow me to be notified when I release future courses or have something good to share with you. I will update this post at the end of October and let you know how I did. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me or “Learn With Dennis” if you want some advice or want to connect!

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11 Responses

  1. Phil Ebiner says:

    Congrats Dennis! This is awesome! I love your attitude and dedication! Can’t wait to see you make your first 1,000 per month.
    Phil –

  2. Vladimir Raykov says:

    Congratulations, DJ. Thank you for the information. I’m looking forward to seeing more achievements in the future.
    Good luck,
    -Vladimir Raykov

  3. Thanks Phil for the comment. I’ve been watching your course and admire what you have done at a young age. Keep up the great work, I can tell you are going places in life.

  4. Thanks buddy. I’m glad that we have become friends and know you are going to be very successful too!

  5. Hi Dennis !

    I’m a Udemy instructor too and I just made got my first $19.25 on my first Udemy (happens to be on Mailchimp too) from Udemy via Paypal. I know there is such a huge potential with it and I cannot wait to do more.

    I will definitely be following and (possibly cross-promote our courses) as time goes along. Looking forward to growing together.

  6. Thanks for the comment Gertrude. Make sure you check out the Hangout I just did with some of Udemy’s top instructors. Here’s the link to register and it will take you to the page to view the Hangout. Lots of great information.


  7. […] Don’t get discouraged because it can take awhile to get that first sell or to hit your first $100 dollars in revenue. It took me awhile to get there but thankfully there are a lot of resources out there to […]

  8. Awesome post and thank you for the advice!

  9. Have you cross promoted your 2nd course to the students of your first course?

  10. I did try that actually! Thank you for the suggestion. The thought that I already had 2000 students to prompt completely slipped my mind.

    Things actually started to pick up during the Black Friday sale. Did you notice the same? Hopefully this momentum holds up.

  11. […] year on Udemy as an instructor now with 9 courses. The post I wrote back in September of 2014 on hitting my first $100 on Udemy continues to be popular. I thought that I would take the time to talk about my journey along the […]

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