I’m going to kick things off with a little tough love: There is no point in spending your time, and energy creating an online course that nobody wants!
So many people make this mistake!
If you want to sell your online course, you need an audience who is ready and waiting to buy it!
This means you must do one of two things:
There is no getting around it!
Obviously, the easiest way is to create a course that your current audience wants!
You ask them!
Surveying your audience is the BEST & QUICKEST way to find out EXACTLY what they need!
It’s also really simple to do!
Create an actual survey!
Personally, I love Google Forms for mine as they look great and are really quick and easy to create. You can also automatically collect email address from respondents so you can grow your email list at the same time! (And you know how important that is, right?)
If you don’t want to use Google Forms, Survey Monkey is another favourite, but they do limit your number of questions on the free plan. It was ten questions last time I checked and if you ask for name & email address, that’s two questions gone already!
Saying that though, you don't want to ask too many questions or your audience will see it as too long & boring! I recommend 3-6 questions MAX. So get REALLY SPECIFIC in your questions to ensure you get the results you need.
There are other ways that you can validate (or come up with) the topic for your online course too!
Amazon is a great way to research your online course idea!
Do a quick search for the best selling books in your niche and see how many there are! You can also read through the comments to see what comes up - and make your online course even better by answering those questions too!
Head over to Google and type in your keyword (ie your topic idea) and ‘online course’.
For example, if I was thinking about creating an online course about learning French, I would type in ‘Learn French Online Course’.
It creates a list of online courses about learning French so you can see if your idea has been done already or not. NOTE: If it HAS been created before, that means there is a market for it, so it’s a GOOD thing!
If you then scroll down a little, you'll see a section that says ‘People also ask”:
Next, scroll to the bottom of Google and you’ll find other suggestions pop up under ‘Related Searches’. Both of these segments could give you ideas for other topics or titles for your online course!
Not every subject works well as an online course!
For instance, creating an online course about how to boil rice, tie a shoelace or change a lightbulb, would be useless! If it’s something that can be quickly & easily learnt in a few minutes, it’s NOT a good online course idea!
So there you have it! A ton of ways to come up with an idea for your first (or next!) online course, plus how to validate your idea to ensure you can sell it!
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