Hello there fellow sea changers and welcome to my latest review where I ask whether Udemy is worth it in terms of learning about affiliate marketing. Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace containing over 100,000 online courses, many of them to do with affiliate marketing and earning money online. In this review, I will run through what Udemy is, how it works and what it can do for you in terms of providing further assistance into your affiliate marketing journey.
I will be honest in my appraisal of this platform, and will provide a clear outline as to its benefits, pros and cons. I will also compare it to my number 1 recommendation for affiliate marketing training which is Wealthy Affiliate. That said, I will also outline the reasons for the fact that although I do not recommend this platform to new affiliate marketers unless you have some knowledge in regards to building and growing website, I do actually see some value in taking the time to see what this platform has to offer. Read on to see my answers to the question – Is Udemy worth it?
Why this review?
Those of you familiar with my site might be wondering why I am bothering to review a training platform when I am obviously an avid user and promoter of Wealthy Affiliate. The answer is simple – it is because I am a firm believer in the fact that you can never have too much training and no platform can completely cover everything. At the end of the day, the main purpose of this site is to assist you in achieving your online goals so any program that can assist, I will make sure there is information here about it.
What is Udemy?
Udemy is an online training marketplace – meaning that freelance training developers can create and publish content for users to purchase and use. There are over 100,000 online courses containing multiple video lectures, online Q&A and some downloadable written content. Each course is purchased separately and is available permanently i.e. no need to repurchase after a certain time frame. Categories of courses available include (with some examples – there are plenty of others):
- Development – software, websites, apps.
- Business – strategy, finance, management
- IT and Software – hardware, software platforms
- Office Productivity – software
- Personal Development – productivity, self-esteem, leadership
- Design – web design, graphic design, clothing design
- Marketing – social media, strategic marketing, affiliate marketing
- Lifestyle – pets, sport, travel, arts and crafts
- Photography – types of photography, digital, film
- Health and Fitness – nutrition, general sports, yoga
- Music – promotion, software, techniques
- Teaching and Academic – maths, science, language
Affiliate marketing training
As you can see above, there are a plenty of areas to choose from however keeping in line with the purpose of this site as a demonstration, I have chosen the affiliate marketing stream of training. The following is an example of some of the affiliate marketing courses that are available:
Once you have found your area of interest, you then have the option to scroll through the courses that interest you. As you select each course, you will then be shown an outline, content and can view some preview videos.
I purchased a module to check it out.
So, in the interests of providing a valid review, I purchased a module:
This is a basic Affiliate marketing course and does appear to cover the basics of affiliate marketing quite well. There are 13 2 to 5 minute videos that run through the steps and explanations of:
- Niche selection
- Affiliate programs
- Website setup and hosting
- Website content development
The videos are clear and concise and easy to listen to and I also have access to Q&A and the ability to bookmark sections.
Note: The outline above is for the course I purchased only, other courses will contain different and varied content dependent upon the developer.
Udemy at a glance
Product Name: Udemy
Founder: Erin Bali
Product Type: Online Training Marketplace
Price: Pay per course for individuals, Team and Enterprise pricing available
Best For: Anybody looking for a cost effective learning intervention
Recommended: For new affiliate marketers – No, As a cost effective means of accessing extra information and training – Yes (with Caveats – see below)
- A Good array of courses that cover most areas of interest
- No need to download videos to view content
- Rating systems allows you to choose the ‘better’ courses
- Not all courses are of the same quality and there appears to be limited quality control
- No refunds after 30 days
- No ‘human’ customer service or support contact
- No online forum or discussion of course content
There are also quite a number of reviews online in regards to paying for courses that did not work so I would recommend that you be careful to check the reviews of a course prior to purchase.
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How much is it?
Course are paid for as a per-use basis with prices ranging from $10 – $25. This appears, from my review research, to be one of those sites that is always on special/sale so I am not sure that you would ever pay the full price that they have crossed out during their ‘sale’ period.
There are however also some Team and Enterprise membership deals as follows:
Do I recommend it?
You know what? If you are someone who has a little knowledge about website design and blog post writing then this training is probably enough to get you started in the affiliate marketing space. If you are a completely new however, from what I have seen this program will give you base knowledge but no real assistance in getting your website fully created. There is also no real instruction into the time and work it takes to be successful in affiliate marketing.
That said, there are some purposes however that I could certainly see this site assisting with including:
- Assistance with finding content to write about in your own posts – especially if you are in the hobby or software niches
- Extra tuition on those areas that you write about – there may be something you can learn in there quickly without the need to pay for an expensive course
At the end of the day, and for the reasons outlined above, I would probably not recommend this program for those new in the affiliate marketing space.
What do I recommend?
If you are looking for a comprehensive training platform that can give you step by step tuition with the tools to develop and host your very own website, help to identify a good niche, 24/7 support and access to some of the best affiliate marketing minds on the planet, then click on the graphic at the bottom of this page to access your free starter membership – no credit card required. Want to know more first? Then click on this link to read more about Wealthy Affiliate.
So there you have it, my honest review and appraisal of the Udemy Online Training Marketplace. I hope it has been of assistance but as usual, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out by commenting below. Are there any other programs you have been looking at but want to know more about? If so, please comment below and I will do my best to get some details for you.
Until next time
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