Sell More Online Courses with Quora

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If you’re looking for more channels to promote or sell your online course, Quora.com can be a great option.

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It only takes a few minutes a few times a week to generate an increase in your online course sales. If you’re one of those that likes a quick read or a short list here’s my summary of this post:

1. Setup a Quora account
2. Search for questions that interest your target audience
3. Set your alerts to questions relating to your online course
4. Respond to these questions and add value
5. Include a link to your online course in your response
6. Watch sales increase

Setup a Quora Account:

Setting up a Quora account is easy.. just head over to https://www.quora.com/ and get started.

Search for questions that interest your target audience:

Once you’re setup enter your search terms in the search bar. Think about what people would search for if they were looking for help that your course could address.

For example if you have an online photography course I’d start searching for “photography course”. That’s an obvious one, but you can get more creative and search for specific terms relating to your topic like “f-stop” or “DSLR” or “camera” or “camera settings” etc.

These searches should lead you to some questions that you might be able to help with. The goal here is to find not only good questions but questions that would be of interest to your target demographic.

Set your alerts to find questions relating to your online course:

If you find a good search term that seems to yield some good questions for you then follow that topic.

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For topics that you follow, Quora will alert you when questions are asked about those topics. You can then choose the ones to respond to.

Respond to these questions and add value:

When you find questions that interest your target audience, answer them and include a link to your course.The key here is to add value in your answer. Simply linking to your course is not nearly as effective as writing an answer that adds real value. This has the benefit of helping establish you as an expert to trust as people read your answer, making them more likely to click on your link or take your online course.

The key here is to add value in your answer. Simply linking to your course is not nearly as effective as writing an answer that adds real value. This has the benefit of helping establish you as an expert to trust as people read your answer, making them more likely to click on your link or take your online course.The biggest benefit of writing a well thought out valuable answer is that it is more likely to get upvoted by other quora users and so remain at the top of the list getting more views.

The biggest benefit of writing a well thought out valuable answer is that it is more likely to get upvoted by other quora users and so remain at the top of the list getting more views.

If you take the approach above you’ll get a few notifications of questions every day, and you can choose which ones to respond to. It shouldn’t take you more than 10-20 minutes a few times a week and you can create a new inbound channel for online course sales.

We’d love to hear from you if you have tried Quora to promote your courses or have other ideas or suggestions about how you’ve been marketing your online courses. Please share your ideas in the comments below!

New Feature: Voice Over PowerPoint

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Are you looking to add audio, narration or voice-overs to your Powerpoint or Keynote slide presentations? This can now be done directly within Thinkific, and you can deliver it as part of your online course!

voice-over-powerpointOften, simple is key. We’ve heard from many of you that you’d love to create your course by simply adding audio to your Powerpoint and Keynote slide presentations, without having to fight with technology in the process. So, we built it for you.

Simply:

  1. Save your slide presentation out of Powerpoint or Keynote as a PDF file
  2. Add a new presentation lesson type to your course, importing the PDF you just created
  3. Record audio narration slide by slide, directly within the system

And you’re done! Students will be able to flip through your presentation slide by slide, and your audio will play automatically. This makes it super simple to convert existing presentations for your courses.

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Since launching this, we’ve seen people creating online courses faster than ever. You’re able to go from PowerPoint to a complete online course without any extra tools or software. If you’ve already got a presentation ready to deliver, you can use Thinkific’s presentation tool to easily create an online course.

Sign up for a free account now to try it out today! Or if you’re already signed up, give our presentation tool a try and see how easy it is to create online courses.

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As a bonus, we’ve put together a free resource with the 5 Best Presentation Practices used by our most successful course creators. Knock your next presentation out of the park with this free guide.

5 Ways to Make Your First Course Sale

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Having your course ready to go is step one… but then what? Building is only half the battle; getting your course in front of people so they’ll purchase is the other half, and deserves a lot of time and attention.

first salesThere are many ways to get your first course sale, but there are a few common tips and tricks that we’ve seen work well time and time again. Let’s dive in!

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Introducing: Certificates

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Receiving a certificate upon completion of a course is an important part of learning culture. Whether it’s the certificate earned to mark a childhood milestone or the one you are handed when you walk across a university stage, certificates in education are universal.

And now, we’ve brought certificates to the online world for Thinkific courses!

Certificates allow course creators to automatically deliver an official, secure, and verifiable certificate of completion to students who have completed their course.

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Top 5 Free Photo Sites to Customize your Online Courses

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A few weeks ago, we shared our 115+ FREE Stock Images Download (which you should grab if you don’t have it already!), and it’s been EXTREMELY popular. One of the challenges of creating and marketing online courses can be sourcing GORGEOUS images to go along with your courses, so we’ve done the work for you!

We had so many people ask us for more that we’re revealing our sources. We are so pleased to share our top 5 free stock image sites where you can find stunning images to use in your online courses today.

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New High Conversion Landing Pages

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Brand new, high converting landing pages are now available in your Thinkific school!

Course landing pages are the primary selling platform for your online courses – your landing page is where students find out what they’ll be taught, and where they make the decision to purchase your online course.

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Today, we are pleased to announce the official release of our newly designed landing pages designed solely to increase sales & signups for your online courses.

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