If you want to find a great affiliate program, with a good payout & many other rewards, take a look at the Udemy Affiliate Program! Find important Udemy Affiliate and Instructor Resources at the end of this article.
My Udemy Story
I have been involved in affiliate marketing since 2008. I like being an affiliate because it allows me to share great resources with my website & social media contacts. Also, as an affiliate you are an intermediary between the seller and the customer, and you don’t have to deal with distribution, customer service and so on.
I tried different programs like Google Adsense, Chitika, Scour Search Engine, Wealthy Affiliate, OIO Publisher, Lunarpages, Kontera, Sponsored Tweets, Softlayer, etc. With some of them I made under a hundred, but with most of these programs I made a few hundred dollars in total over a period of a few months to a year. Not enough to make a living from it, but anything extra helps, right?
For my non-profit websites, where we don’t sell any products and a big part of the traffic comes from Romania, the best fit is Google Adsense. For my English audience websites, the best fit is the Udemy Affiliate Marketing Program (AMP).
Why Udemy and how I got started with Udemy AMP
I learned a lot about how affiliate programs work in the past few years. Why is Udemy such a good fit for me and my websites? My background in education probably has a role in it. You want to be involved in an affiliate program that you like, but you also want to make some money from your effort. Everyone likes a reward! Udemy rewards you with 50% of each course sale made with your Udemy Affiliate ID.
I found out about Udemy courses from a Groupon email in September 2011. I bought Learn to Develop an iPhone or iPad App in 4 Weeks at 70% off, which was a great deal.
After I signed up for the course, I learned about the Udemy Affiliate Program and I started right away. I started from zero; I did not have to invest money when I started Udemy AMP. I learned and applied new methods. Some methods were obvious, others I read about. I also created my own methods.
My wife, Rozalia, is my business partner. She creates Udemy articles and new offers and she manages the social media campaigns. I take care of the technical stuff. I communicate with the Udemy team, instructors, and prospects, and I do some social media campaigns myself. I also manage some of our other advertising channels.
We made money the first month: we sold two courses valued at $99, so we got $49.50 for each. The next month we sold another course, and we got $49.50 again. It was great to see money coming in already!
After that, we put some serious work into this program, and the results continued to increase.
Udemy Affiliate Marketing Program Benefits
1. It’s Easy to Start!
After I signed-up as a user at Udemy.com, I went to Udemy.com/affiliate to sign-up as an affiliate.
All I needed to enter was my PayPal email address where I would receive the affiliate commission payments. The affiliate sign-up request was reviewed soon after and accepted by the Udemy Team.
After I was approved, I accessed my Affiliate Dashboard at the same URL, Udemy.com/affiliate, and I started to share the courses included in the Udemy AMP. Every link I share includes my unique affiliate ID.
Read more on how to become a Udemy affiliate on the Udemy blog.
I started to share these great course offers with my family, friends, colleagues, and other contacts. I also shared Udemy offers with my social media contacts and I posted information on my website about it.
Udemy graciously lets you use the course texts, images and reviews to promote the affiliate courses on social media, your own website, etc. The Udemy Blog & Udemy Newsletters will guide your first steps.
Later on I created a special section on my website just for Udemy courses and I bought the domain ContinuingEducation.Me to have my Udemy promotion be easily accesible.
2. You get a 50% commission!
You get 50% of any Udemy course you sell, being rewarded for new & returning customer sales!
When we started, Udemy affiliates were credited just for the specific sale they referred to their users. Later on, Udemy AMP gave affiliates more options for revenue. According to the Udemy Support Forum: “If you drive a new sign-up to Udemy, you will receive 50% of any purchase that person makes during the first 30 days they are on Udemy. If you send an existing Udemy user back to Udemy, you will receive 50% of any purchase that user makes during the next 24 hours! ” – Kristina Bjoran, Community Manager
Udemy AMP is a one-level affiliate program, which means you don’t get a commission if you refer other affiliates.
Another advantage is that you can buy courses for yourself, or recommend them to your family, friends and colleagues. When you know you have a great product, you will want to share it with your close ones.
On the other hand, if you are an instructor and you choose to include your course in the AMP, then you can collaborate with affiliates or other media partners to promote your courses.
Udemy sends the PayPal payments to their affiliates at the end of each month for the approved sales made in the previous month. They are always on time and they include a nice “thank you”. Sometimes, when the last day of the month is a Saturday or Sunday, they even send the payment on Friday, so you don’t have to wait!
3. Udemy has many promotional campaigns
Udemy statistics show that more sales are made during a course promotion. Udemy has great discount campaigns throughout the year. Udemy has course specific sales, bundle sales, contest sales, holiday promotions, etc.
Instructors have promotional campaigns, where the discount can range from 25% to 80%. Some paid courses are offered for free for a limited time, when the course has just launched.
I try to be active during these promotions and share most of those great deals. In the November 2012 sale, Udemy had a contest for its affiliates and I made it to the Top 10 Affiliates, being #9! It was a nice accomplishment, only a year after joining Udemy AMP. I will get my prize soon: a Udemy T-Shirt!
You can find out about Udemy promotions on Udemy’s website, Facebook or Twitter Pages, or in their newsletter.
4. Udemy has a great responsive team
In the past year, I communicated with the Udemy Team quite a lot, and I can truly say, it is a delight to work with the Udemy Professional Team!
The Udemy Team is always ready for new ideas & improvement. You can share your ideas as a user, instructor, or affiliate in the Udemy Support Forum.
Udemy developers act quickly, and professionally analyze the possible, new developments. I liked seeing the best ideas for improving the system implemented or in the works.
Udemy platform deals with user online experience and provides instructors with all the needed information to create and promote their own courses. Udemy AMP is already very well integrated into the system, and some new developments will follow, including a Udemy API.
When I had a question, either as a user or as an affiliate, I received excellent customer support. I got a fast response, either the same day or the following business day. I communicated with Marni, Kristina Bjoran, Beau Sedlak, Alex Mozes, Danielle Leslie & Kyle Pennell.
Recently Joanne, Danielle & Cuneyt helped me figure out my sale numbers for the past months. They showed interest in and patience with my request. Cuneyt improved the Affiliate Dashboard, so now affiliates can see their sale refunds and more.
As a thank you, I created a 6 second Vine video for them and the rest of the Udemy team. Click the image below to watch the video.
Turn on the sound and wait for a surprise at the end!
5. You can easily expand your sales
While you can make sales by promoting courses to your close contacts, you can increase your sales by collaborating with other users, instructors & affiliates.
I learn very useful tips for my affiliate work from reading Udemy’s newsletters.
At one point, I realized that I could go ahead and contact instructors to see if they want me to promote their courses, and to let me know when they have promotions. I got positive feedback and now I’m able to promote more courses and make more sales.
I am in contact with Danielle Leslie (my Udemy Affiliate Coach!), as I’m preparing my first Udemy course (yes, you guessed it, it will be about the Udemy Affiliate Program!).
I try to help the Udemy community with better interaction between Instructors and Affiliates, and by sharing Udemy deals with more users. I share the Affiliate ideas that come up with the Udemy team.
With this goal in mind, last December I started a Google+ Continuing Education Community. Sign-up to get more Udemy deals and to have an opportunity to communicate with other instructors & affiliates.
6. You Get to Promote Continuing Education
Being a Udemy Affiliate allows me to learn, but also to promote Continuing Education to others. As a member of the Udemy community, you are motivated to learn more about your area of interest and to discover other domains and skills.
Learning doesn’t have to end when you graduate. I discovered that if you stay open-minded, you can continue learning new skills your whole life.
The world around you is changing rapidly, and Udemy allows you to stay on the cutting edge.
Be a Udemy Affiliate and share great education resources with the world, while you’re rewarded for it!
7. You can have fun!
Mr. Tom, our cat, helps me with my Udemy Affiliate campaigns! Being a cat and trying to promote Continuing Education is not easy, I can tell you! He mostly likes to sit on books or bookshelves, but he also likes being photographed! He is our mascot! I shared these pics with the Udemy team and they liked them. They said: “Cat pics are always welcome into Udemy promotions!”
See more pictures of Tom on our Instagram account.
If you are interested in a well-paying affiliate program, you should sign up for Udemy AMP! It’s easy, rewarding, great to work with & fun! If you put serious work into this program, you’ll see rewards, and I’m not just talking about a great commission, but also being involved in a Continuing Education system that will enrich your life.
Start your Udemy Affiliate journey today!
Udemy Affiliate Resource
Here are some Udemy Affiliate Resources that I use to prepare my campaigns:
Udemy Support | Udemy Affiliate Ideas | Udemy Instructor Ideas
Udemy Instructor & Affiliate Newsletter – you can opt in in your profile settings, after you sign up on Udemy.com
ContinuingEducation.Me G+ Community (forum)
If you have a course to share and you also want to make some money with it, Udemy is the right place.
About Lucian Mihailescu
Lucian is a Computer Programmer with 20+ years of experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Bucharest and a background in High School Computer Science Education.
For the past five years, Lucian worked as an Affiliate & Social Media Manager for LucianWebService.com. Lucian is an expert in PHP & Internet related workshops. He presented many live seminars on location and over the internet, in Romania, Germany and Canada. His preferred subjects: “Working with PHP & MySQL” and “How to use a CMS” (Content Management System). He volunteered for other classes, such as: “Internet basics for Seniors” held in his hometown of Maple Ridge, BC, Canada (Vancouver Area).
Lucian is preparing his soon to be released “How to become a successful Udemy affiliate” course. This course will teach you how to start from zero and earn money as a Udemy Affiliate. The course targets beginners and intermediate affiliates, and includes sections for advanced affiliates.