The top questions I’m asked about online course creation (plus the answers!)

online course creation questions

I’m asked a lot of online course creation questions and I do answer them! But lately my answers have been in different places at different times. Sometimes in my podcast, sometimes in Facebook groups and in other places, too.

So here’s a list of the top questions I’m asked in one easy-to-find place:

1. Why should I make an online course?

So let’s start at the beginning and look at why you should make an online course.  I give you four good reasons in the first episode of my Totally Courses podcast.

2. What about the technology? Should I upload my course to my own website? How do people pay for it?

‘How do I do the tech stuff’ is just about the biggest question of all, but you might be surprised to hear it’s not the best place to start planning your course creation. The best place to start is to understand who needs your course and exactly what problem you can solve from them. I walk you through this process in my Online Course Brainstorming Sheet, which you can download here (it’s free).

But when you are ready to explore the tech side of creating a course, this podcast episode is a great place to begin.

And if you’d like to know my top picks of the simple tools available, take a look at my Course Creation Resource List right at the top of

3. My online course creation Q and A for Drive The Network

In one hour of frantic typing I answered the course creation questions of the Drive The Network community including “What’s the optimum length of an online course?”, “What are the best alternatives to Udemy?” , “How much support should you offer?” and “Should you pre-sell your course?”

You can read all the answers here.

4. Do you have any questions about making videos?

Then please do come and join us in my Really Useful Web Videos Tips Facebook group. See you there!

How to make (or buy!) a great tutorial video

make a tutorial videoIn this post I’ll give you some tips to think about if you want to make a tutorial video yourself, or what to look out for if you’re buying the rights to use someone else’s videos or you’ve hired someone to make videos for you.

It might help to give you a bit of background first, though. I was a face-to-face trainer – mainly a software trainer – for many years. Then, nine years ago I had a job where part of the team was in Mumbai. I went out to train them once, but obviously I couldn’t do that for every small software update so I started running webinars. Then some team members wanted a recording of the webinar and eventually it made sense to offer some training in video format, too. I loved the way people could access video training any time of night or day to suit themselves, so when I wanted to create my own courses for my own sites, video is what I did. Last year I launched four of my own courses at Udemy, too.

It was at Udemy that I learned a lot about making video courses. This was partly because their strict audio/video quality rules meant I had to up my game. But in watching some other people’s courses as a student, I learned about what worked well and what became tedious very quickly. And yes, I had done some of the tedious things in my own courses in the past, but I stopped immediately after that!

So here are my 6 tips on what to look for if you want to make a tutorial video:

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How I started my first membership site and what I’ve learned 6 months on

This is the story of my first membership site, the Online Business Club. In this post I’ll take you through the ups and downs of my first six months as the proud owner of a membership site, plus what I learned along the way and where it is now.

In this video I talk about what I’ve learned, and all the details about what I actually did are in the post below:

Why I started a membership site

I’d wanted to start a membership site for a few years. I saw lots of solo business owners struggling with things like social media and SEO and I knew I could help. A low-cost membership seemed like a good fit because I could offer up-to-date training every month in small bites.

From my point of view, a membership site meant that I didn’t have to sell a ton of one-off products every month. I could make one sale and get a regular income every month after that, which freed me up to make more training. Of course I would always need to be promoting because people would leave, but a subscription-type of product is still a very good one to have.

The barriers to getting started

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