Selling an online course without Teachable/Thinkific

15 days ago - Direct link

There are a load of options for publishing your online course, and usually I just used course creation tools like Thinkific. Teachable, or Kajabi, but if you want a lot more flexibility in design and structure at a much lower cost point, you can always build it yourself.

If you boil it down, an online course is simple educational content (usually with video) behind a paywall, and there are a million ways to build that setup.

First, if you're putting videos in your course, just pop them on YouTube as "Unlisted" uploads or on Vimeo. Nobody will be able to find them, and you can embed them wherever you want.

Next, find where you're going to host the content. I would consider using a Notion page, as the structure is page-organization focused, and it's incredibly easy to design. You can even use something like Fruition or Super to make your Notion page into a full website!

Now, there are a few ways you can hide content on a website - the easiest way is by using a paid tool like MemberStack. Unfortunately, it's about $25/month for one site plan, and that's a little expensive for my taste. Plus, you can't use Memberstack on Notion websites - it has to be built on a more formal website tool, or built from the ground up.

The second way, which is a little more hacky (but basically free), is using a simply payment redirect with something like Gumroad. When you set up a product in Gumroad, you can embed the product on your site, or simply link to a Gumroad page. Then, when the product is bought, you can redirect to a different page you've built in the same Notion workspace - and that page would contain all the fancy course info.

This, of course, has a problem - you're just linking and anyone could share that link - but I want to dispel this as a serious issue. Yes, anyone could share the link with their friends, and they would all get free access to the course - but I know a few info-product creators that do this and it hasn't ...


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15 days ago - Direct link

There are a load of options for publishing your online course, and usually I just used course creation tools like Thinkific. Teachable, or Kajabi, but if you want a lot more flexibility in design and structure at a much lower cost point, you can always build it yourself.

If you boil it down, an online course is simple educational content (usually with video) behind a paywall, and there are a million ways to build that setup.

First, if you're putting videos in your course, just pop them on YouTube as "Unlisted" uploads or on Vimeo. Nobody will be able to find them, and you can embed them wherever you want.

Next, find where you're going to host the content. I would consider using a Notion page, as the structure is page-organization focused, and it's incredibly easy to design. You can even use something like Fruition or Super to make your Notion page into a full website!

Now, there are a few ways you can hide content on a website - the easiest way is by using a paid tool like MemberStack. Unfortunately, it's about $25/month for one site plan, and that's a little expensive for my taste. Plus, you can't use Memberstack on Notion websites - it has to be built on a more formal website tool, or built from the ground up.

The second way, which is a little more hacky (but basically free), is using a simply payment redirect with something like Gumroad. When you set up a product in Gumroad, you can embed the product on your site, or simply link to a Gumroad page. Then, when the product is bought, you can redirect to a different page you've built in the same Notion workspace - and that page would contain all the fancy course info.

This, of course, has a problem - you're just linking and anyone could share that link - but I want to dispel this as a serious issue. Yes, anyone could share the link with their friends, and they would all get free access to the course - but I know a few info-product creators that do this and it hasn't ...


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