A few weeks ago I wrote about how to make money with Udemy, by creating Udemy online courses. However, since then, I have discovered another way to make money with Udemy: by joining the Udemy affiliate marketing program.
Let me tell you a little more about it.
What Is The Udemy Affiliate Program
Many online gurus will be aware of the much useful Udemy classes, and stretch their view to think of it as an Udemy academy. I myself have used Udemy to learn about dog training – I absolutely adore dogs, particularly my beloved border terrier Indy, and would like eventually to be able to hold classes myself.
Udemy, true to the general principle of affiliate marketing, has joined many other global enterprises in using an affiliate program to increase marketing opportunities.
Udemy affiliate program works like this. You join the program to advertise Udemy website and its courses. Udemy pays you for any person that purchase a course through your recommendation.
It could not be easier than that really, could it?
The problem, you will ask, is how to advertise Udemy courses. Please, allow me…
Ways To Promote Udemy Affiliate Program
You can join Udemy affiliate program directly from the Udemy website. But Udemy is also in partnership with the affiliate network Awin, which promotes Udemy affiliate program jointly with many other education affiliate programs, amongst their many categories.
Either way, Udemy gives you access to many ‘creative’ tools to promote its services. These primarily include banners, but also your unique links, which you can use to post on social medial platforms as well as on your website.
Udemy also makes available to its affiliate exclusive discount coupons and promotions, which the affiliate can transfer to their customers. Discount campaigns will attract more visitors to your website, hence increasing the opportunity of a sale whilst your customer also benefits by purchasing courses at a discounted rate.
The beauty of this program is that you can earn double. You can post your training, and make money whenever somebody purchases your training online from Udemy. But you can also earn as an Udemy affiliate, for attracting people to the Udemy platform and encourage them to purchase the course you have just created.
Do I Need A Website?
You should know how I feel about this issue. In my modest opinion, you should always have a website if you are planning to make money online working from home. Follow this link if you want to learn how to build your own website.
The reason why in my opinion you should always have a website to promote your business is because you can attract visitors to your websites in many more ways than using a simple ‘naked’ link provided by any affiliate program.
Udemy is no stranger to this expectation. Udemy does provide you with unique links to your affiliate account, which you can use only on limited social media accounts – not all social media platforms approve of ‘naked’ links, as they deem them as a way of spamming.
However, you can use that unique link within your blog and a niche related website as part of a review of Udemy’s services, or inserted in pictures.
Udemy’s affiliate program, like the most respected ones, also offers you banners, which you can use within your website.
Who Can Become Affiliate Of Udemy
Well, the answer is an irrefutable one: EVERYONE!!!
All you need is a willingness to promote Udemy’s website.
Now, don’t get me wrong. So many people think becoming an affiliate of any program is just purely a sales exercise. Use the good old selling techniques, and the job is done.
I believe being an affiliate entails believing in what you promote. The program(s) you decide to represent must be relevant to your ethos as part of your business.
Don’t forget, we are talking here about working from home, where the prime target is for us to set up our own business.
If my business were to sell shoes, when I started promoting and supporting home baked cakes, it is unlikely that my customer base will see the relevance. It wouldn’t make sense.
In promoting Udemy, you would need to have a business, and a supporting website, where Udemy can fit in as relevant to your business ethos.
Other than that, everybody can start working from home, part-time or on a full time basis. Everybody can set up a business that is relevant to Udemy, and can become an affiliate of the Udemy program. No experience nor reacquired skills are required.
Udemy Commission Rates
So, how much does Udemy pay its affiliates?
Udemy uses LinkShare affiliate network to run its program. That means that, whilst the affiliate program ‘belongs’ and is paid by Udemy, LinkShare and its network partners, such as AWin, manage the program for Udemy, and provide Udemy with publishers who will promote Udemy’s business.
Udemy rewards based on two criteria:
- Pay Per Click – where Udemy pays the affiliate £0.87p per click, on all clicks received by the affiliate’s unique link;
- Pay Per Sale – here Udemy has a baseline commission rate of 15% on all courses sold after the person that made the purchase, landed on Udemy website through your unique link. This rate can increase to 20-30% based on performance, where the lifespan of cookies generated as a result of anyone using your link is 7 days.
The opportunities with Udemy are very well placed, especially when they launch promotional periods, making available to their affiliates discount coupons, which affiliates can cascade to their viewers.
Yes, my verdict is a positive one.
Believe me when I say I am not easily impressionable. Yet, when I first visited Udemy, and discovered the ginormous amount of courses, and the different categories available there, I could not believe my eyes.
No matter what your interest is, if you want to expand your knowledge, go on Udemy and you will find a course to help you with that. Whether is business and management skills you want to learn, or cookery, or crochet, you will find a course there. Let me show you some stats which, frankly, I find absolutely amazing!!! And quite truthful at the same time.
In doing so, you must be prepared to actively promote Udemy learning platform. But this should be made easier if you actually promote some of your training you would already have published on Udemy – though this is not a requirement.
The point I am making is that attracting people to Udemy should be made easier for affiliates, given the vast array of courses which suit absolutely anybody’s learning skills.
The fact that Udemy also offers two different ways to earn from its affiliate program makes it even more appetising for potential affiliates.
So, do have a go. Join Udemy affiliate program today, build a campaign and let me know, in a few weeks maybe, how you are faring regarding earning potentials. Or you may want to leave your comment now, to share your experience as Udemy affiliate, with your views and/or recommendations.
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