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Verified Udemy Discount Codes (Updated For Aug 2018)

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As more and more friends around me started to gain interests in online learning especially taking Udemy courses, I decided to share some Udemy discount codes (verified) from time to time to help you save some money!

If you need some recommendations on what are the best courses to sign up online, refer to my popular list of courses here!

The coupon codes are embedded in the link below. Click the following link below to buy Udemy courses at a huge discount!

 

*This is my Udemy affiliate link where I will make some commission if you purchase a course using the above coupon code. I will keep this post updated once the coupon expires. Feel free to bookmark this post!

Real Online Business That You Can Start In Singapore

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I believe you land on this page to find out what are the possible online business ideas you can start. Before you start reading, I suggest you bookmark this page so that you can return later as there are a lot of information for you below.

I decided to write and publish this post because I find that other articles and blog posts online are telling people that jobs like freelance designers and web developers are also kind of online business they can start but I disagree. I only call something as an online business when it can give you leverage – meaning that you are making money when you are not working.

If you are a developer or designer providing a service, you can only make money when you are working on a project. The moment you stop working, your income stops also. Hence, I don’t consider active work like writers, designers and programmers as online business. *Unless you write and publish books or create graphics like icons as digital products to sell or create software / apps to sell – then these are considered as online business.

The following are five different online businesses that I want to share with you so you can consider them seriously and start in Singapore (or in other countries). The most important thing is that the following business models can give you true leverage – you can make money while you are not actively working. But this does not mean it requires little or no work, please do not be mistaken! Online business is like any offline business too, it takes effort to setup the system and market it well. Once you have the system running, you can then enjoy the fruits that leverage brings you.

I hope you are able to find one that suits you, good luck and hope you find my sharing useful!

Special note: Some of the links below are my affiliate links where I recommend some useful resources or tools I use. You have no obligation to sign up anything below via my affiliate link if you do not wish, but if you do, I thank you for your appreciation!

(1) Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is created by Amazon. It allows anyone to publish books (physical and ebooks) on Amazon and Kindle store for worldwide readers to purchase. It used to be very hard to publish a physical book (you have to find a local book publisher and pay them a hefty sum) but ever since the rising of KDP, anyone can just create an account here and upload a Microsoft word file together with the cover image, and your book (physical and ebook) will be available for purchase by anyone in the world!

The reason why I like KDP is because it is free to join and Amazon will not charge me any printing costs until someone ordered my physical book online. Read on to find out how the revenue model works.

kc tan kindle books

A list of KC’s kindle and physical books available for purchase in Amazon.

Regarding the earning potential, it depends on how many people purchase your books and what are the price you set for your books. The potential is huge if you nail a niche that is your expertise and also has great demand. In addition, the chances of selling your book is higher if you have a book online for 300 million customers (Amazon customer base) to purchase as compared to a local bookstore.

There are three methods to make money from KDP. The following is a list by Amazon where you can see how much you can make based on the price you are selling.

From the table above (this is the first method), you can see that if you want to make 70% of your book price, you need to price your kindle book between USD$2.99 to USD$9.99. For example, if your kindle book costs USD$2.99, then every purchase will give you USD$2 profit. If your kindle book price is outside of this range, then you only make 35% of the book price.

As for the second method, it is for physical book, they will tell you what’s the minimum to cover the printing cost and anything you set above the minimum, you make 60%. For example, one of my book cost USD$2.15 printing cost, and I set the physical book price as USD$7.99, hence, 60% of ($7.99 – $2.15) is USD$3.50 (which is my profit every time a physical book is ordered).

For the third method of earning, which is only applicable if you optin for their KDP select program. This means that you can’t sell your kindle books elsewhere but you get to earn if Amazon customers borrow your kindle book and read it. You will earn an income based on how many pages your readers have read. I like this model because it adds on to the income every month! The following is a screenshot of how many pages my books have been borrowed and read over a period of time.

There are a lot of authors making a living just from KDP and Steve Scott is one of them. He earns 5 figure a month selling kindle books on KDP. While we are on this, let me manage your expectation here, not everyone can earn 5 figure from KDP. As in all businesses, it requires effort, persistence and some factor of luck as well. The reason why I mention Steve in this blog post is to let you know that there is huge potential selling low ticket items in today’s new economy because of the power of leveraging through Amazon and other Internet platform. It does not mean if you sell your kindle book at $2.99, you won’t be making any significant money. What if there are thousands of people buying your kindle books every month? Some popular books can have 3000 to 6000 sales per day, so there’s really no limit to KDP potential.

Is KDP for beginners?

If you asked me, KDP is one of the easiest business to start online for beginners. One of the key reasons is because it does not require any money to start and also, it does not require technical knowledge to set up a website. You don’t even need a website to get started with KDP.

How passive is KDP business?

KDP is one of the most passive income you can get online. Once you published your books online, there is no need to support your readers by answering their questions (unlike the next business model I’m going to mention below). However, you need to have a marketing system in place to market your books so that they will sell. I will share more about marketing in my future blog post.

What do you need to do well in KDP?

In order to do well in KDP, either you must write your own books, or you can get other people to read the book for you. If you are writing your own book, then you need to have good writing and proofreading skills. If you are getting other people to write for you, then you would need to have some budget to hire writers. You can check out HireWriters to get people to write kindle books for you.

How much you need to start KDP business?

If you are writing your own book, then you do not need any money to start. Unless you want to get someone to design your book cover for you. You can go to Fiverr (search for ‘kindle book cover design’) and get a kindle book cover designer to design a good looking cover for your book. It costs from $10 to $50 depending on the quality and addons you want.

Resources to start KDP business

  1. First, you need to create a KDP account here.
  2. If you need some training on KDP, you can consider Stefan James’s course here. Stefan is a popular Kindle author who earns 5 figure from KDP as well.
  3. Otherwise, you can also consider my KDP course for beginners (who want to outsource the writing) here if you are looking for some training on KDP business.

 

(2) Online Course Instructor

If you are not keen to make money with kindle books, but is keen to share what you know, then perhaps you can consider becoming an online course instructor. You may already know that I have been a full-time online course instructor since 2014 and at the time of this blog post, I have more than 50,000 students enrolled in my courses.

As an online course instructor, what you do is to share what you know in a video. You can appear in the video or you can just show the PowerPoint slides or your computer screen in the video (commonly known as screen-cast). For me, 99% of my videos are screen-cast, I don’t appear in my online courses. Instead I only speak and show my students my computer screen.

Udemy.com is definitely the first place to go to if you are keen to start as an online instructor because they have 24 million students looking to learn new topics every day. You can click here to see some of the latest statistics from Udemy. Ever since I started as an online instructor with Udemy, I rarely promote my own online courses because Udemy has always helped me promote my courses. This is the main reason why I decided to work with Udemy from the beginning.

Based on my experience, Udemy is a perfect place for you if you are teaching topics related to the IT / Technology, business / marketing, home business and personal development. I have been teaching website creation and affiliate marketing on Udemy and the results are very encouraging as I have thousands of new students every month without me doing any marketing. The following is a summary of my stats on Udemy as of the time of this blog post:

I’m very glad to have most of my students coming from overseas instead of my country, Singapore because I know that the main reason for me teaching online is to reach out to more people in other countries!

Now, enough of my story. Let me share with you what are the three revenue models Udemy runs. Once your course gets approved by Udemy, I strongly suggest that you optin to their marketing and promotion program – where they will use smart pricing tactics to sell your course by giving discounts.

The first revenue model is when you sell your own courses (by giving discount codes to your contacts or customers), you will receive 97% of the fee. For example, my course costs USD$200 and I can create a discount code that gives 50% off. If my friend sign up my course using this discount code, Udemy will pay me 97% of USD$100, which is USD$97.

The second revenue model is when your course is sold by Udemy website, then you will receive 50% of the course fee. For example, if Udemy sells your course for USD$50 to a student, then you will receive USD$25.

The third revenue model is when an Udemy affiliate sells your course, you will receive 25% of the course fee. For example, if an affiliate sells your course for USD$40, you will receive USD$10.

You can view the latest revenue share structure on Udemy page here.

Udemy has a comprehensive page to share with you what are the audio and video recording equipment that they recommend. You can find the recommended list here.

For me, as I don’t appear in the video, I don’t need any video equipment. All I need for my online courses are:

  1. Screencast-o-matic.com (this is the software I use to record my presentation slides and also my computer screen)
  2. Blue yeti microphone (a professional audio recording equipment)
  3. Audacity (a software to edit recorded sound, I use it mainly to remove background noise)
  4. Powerpoint or any presentation software (I use powerpoint mainly)

Besides Udemy, there is also another website called Skillshare where you can upload your courses as well. Although skillshare is not as popular as Udemy, but it is still another stream of income from your online courses. In addition, once you have an online course, it is easy to duplicate it onto other platforms.

If you ever wonder what topic can you teach online, you can check out a short video I have recorded sometime ago to give you some ideas:

 

Is becoming online course instructor for beginners?

Unless you have some experiences in teaching or training, if not, it will be harder for you to start as an online instructor right away. But if you have years of experience in a topic that you truly believe that more people can benefit from it, then go for it!

It is always the first course that is going to give you a tough time. Once you get your first course approved, your second and beyond will be piece of cake!

How passive is this online course instructor model?

Becoming an online instructor is not a 100% passive income because as the number of learners in your course grows, so do the time that you need to answer the learners’ questions. Nowadays, I spent 30 to 45 minute everyday answering to all the questions posted by the learners. Comparing to KDP (the above model), this model is not as passive. But on the other hand, you can charge more for an online course as compared to a kindle book.

What do you need to do well as an online course instructor?

After teaching online for several years, I find that in order to do well as an online instructor (to at least make a living), you must have the heart to teach and help your learners to succeed. Whenever your learners have questions, always answer them and thank any learners who helped to answer other questions also.

Another important trait of a successful online course instructor is that you must be able to explain complicated concepts / ideas in very simple terms. I find that learners will eventually give up and quit an online course if they are confused. So always aim to say simply and express your ideas in very simple words because you may not know that what is the background of your learners, they can come from anywhere in the world that you hardly imagine.

How much you need to become an online course instructor?

If you are just going to show slides or your computer screen inside your video (instead of yourself), then the expense is not high. It is free to join Udemy and all you need to invest is the screencast software ($1.50 per month) I mentioned above and the Blue yeti microphone ($100+). Please note that a professional microphone is required as Udemy take the audio quality very seriously so do not use any headset with mic or your laptop built-in microphone as they are not as good.

Resources to become an online course instructor.

  1. You can sign up as a Udemy instructor here.
  2. Teach Online: From 0 to 40,000 students on Udemy by KC Tan
  3. Check out Udemy’s conference  (2017) to listen and learn more from the speakers.
  4. Browse the Udemy official courses (free) to learn how to create your first course!

Just an ending note as an online course instructor, if you are someone who values career satisfaction, then this is something that you can seriously consider. Ever since started teaching online, I have received many emails, personal messages thanking me for the things I teach in my online course. I even met up with my learners when they drop by Singapore, and we became friends and maintain contact. Words and feedback from my learners are great motivations for me to continue support all my learners and create more courses!

 

(3) Affiliate Marketing Business

I have been in affiliate marketing since 2005 and I must say this is one of my favorite online business because it doesn’t require me to create any products, I just simply leverage other people’s products to make a profit.

First thing first, what is affiliate marketing? It is a business model where you help to promote a product / service for someone else and when there’s sales from your referred traffic, then you will make a commission. For example, you obtained a special affiliate link from Qoo10.com on a product (watch a video here on how to get your affiliate link for Qoo10), let’s say it is a pair of sports shoe. And you share your affiliate link on your facebook page to tell your friends this pair of shoe, some of your friends might click on your link and purchased the shoe, if this happens, then you will earn a percentage of the sale. This is how it works.

The reason why Qoo10 will know that you are the one who referred the sale is because everyone has a different affiliate link, therefore, it is unique. On top of this, you also have a different affiliate link for each product so that Qoo10 will know what product you promote.

Besides Qoo10, there are many companies that offer affiliate program for you to participate. The top few ones that I like are:

  1. Amazon – Amazon is one of the top online stores that sells almost anything. Once you become an affiliate for Amazon, there are tons of things you can promote for commission. The one downside for beginners is that Amazon requires you to have a website in order to join as their affiliate.
  2. ClickBank – While Amazon contains mostly physical products, clickbank’s marketplace consists of most virtual products like eBooks, videos, software, graphics and audio. A good news for beginners is that Clickbank does not require you to have a website. So anyone can start with Clickbank.
  3. Jvzoo – Jvzoo is like clickbank but it is more affiliate friendly as it gives affiliates more control like offering bonuses along with the product that you are promoting. Jvzoo has a lot of software that help business owners to market their services. So if you have a list of people running websites or businesses, then jvzoo is definitely one of the first places you can start. In addition, you do not need to have a website in order to apply as an affiliate.
  4. iherb – iHerb is an online store that sells organic supplements. If you are someone who buys supplements online, do try out iherb. They are getting more and more popular these few days. Their affiliate program is called iHerb Rewards, you need to be their customer in order to be eligible for their rewards program.
  5. MarketHealth – Markethealth is an affiliate program that allows you to promote health and beauty programs online.  Unlike the above affiliate programs where you were paid for sales, markethealth has programs that pay you for leads. This means your referred traffic just need to fill up a product trial form and you will receive payment. One good thing about markethealth is that you do not need to have a website to apply too.

Applying for affiliate programs is the easy part, what is hardest in affiliate marketing business is getting other people to buy through your affiliate links. There are several ways to promote affiliate products, I will share with you in the following (from easiest to hardest):

Sharing with your personal friends

One of the easiest ways to earn affiliate income is to share affiliate products in your social media profile like facebook, linkedin or Instagram. For example, you recently bought a bread maker on Qoo10 and you find it useful so you obtained an affiliate link for that breadmaker and share it in your facebook and talk about how you use it to make organic bread every day. If anyone in your profile clicks on your link and purchased it, you will make a certain percentage of commission.

The advantage of this method is that it is fast to set up and you do not require a website to keep it running. The disadvantage is that the potential of your income is limited to your friends circle. If you do not have a lot of friends in your social media, then you will not be getting sales.

An example of how I share a microphone that I use for recording courses online.

 

Review products / services in your website

The next method is to create a website or a blog to share reviews on certain products. You can read that in this blog post, I talked about Vodien hosting and some of my experiences. That blog post is ranked on first page of Google and I have affiliate income generated off that blog post from time to time.

If you create a website or blog, then the earning potential does not limit to the people you know. Because the visitors of your website can come from anywhere such as via Search Engines, referrals or direct traffic. Your reach will be wider if you leverage a website or blog. The disadvantage is that it takes time and effort for you to plan and write the content to convince people to buy the product(s).

Instead of a blog post like the above example, you can create a website that focus on a niche product like this website – Air Purifiers Singapore Review. In that website, you can see that there a few models of air purifiers but no matter which one you click, you will be directed to Qoo10 website. This means all visitors who clicked on the links are tracked via my affiliate links when they purchase any items in Qoo10.

 

Promote to your mailing list / groups you manage

The most effective method of promoting affiliate products is via mailing list. But this is also the most time consuming method but once you have a list of responsive subscribers, it takes very little active time to make affiliate income as most of the emails can be automated.

Take for example, currently I have thousands of subscribers in my free online course mailing list. Once someone subscribed to this mailing list, they will receive emails from me (scheduled and sent out by the system) to teach and share with them some of the online business tips. Occasionally, some emails contain affiliate links to products I use and promote, hence, if someone purchased the tools I recommend, then I will earn an affiliate income from there. All this happens without me sending the emails myself because all these have been automated. As I have mentioned earlier, the toughest part is in the beginning where you need to write emails and strategize which day to send out which email.

A glance of all the emails I scheduled for my subscribers using an autoresponder system.

 

The earning potential of affiliate marketing business is huge. Pat Flynn from Smartpassiveincome is making 6 figure income every month and most of his income is derived from affiliate marketing. You can also read more about affiliate marketing using authority website model over at Authority Hacker blog.

Again, just want to manage your expectation here that not everyone can make 6 figure off affiliate marketing especially in the beginning. As with other businesses, it takes a lot of time, commitment, trial and error to achieve something worthwhile.

Is affiliate marketing for beginners?

Yes, definitely. In fact, affiliate marketing is easier to start compared to KDP. Anyone can sign up with one the affiliate programs I mentioned above and start promoting any products to their friends to experience how affiliate marketing works.

 

How passive is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is very passive if you have setup a fully automated leads capturing and auto-responder system to send out emails for conversion. In most cases, affiliate marketing still require some active work like copywriting and blogging to generate income.

In order to make it truly passive, always put your focus on building your own mailing list so that you can monetize it by promoting various offers in future.

 

What do you need to do well in affiliate marketing?

To do well in affiliate marketing, you must first understand the concept of traffic matching. This means you need to first identify the audience before selecting a product to promote. Read this blog post for all about traffic matching.

Second, you need to learn copywriting – the art of writing copy that gets people to buy. This is an important skill for anyone to take up if you want to run a profitable online business.

 

How much you need for affiliate marketing?

Most affiliate programs do not require you to pay anything to join them. Hence, you can start making money before investing any money. But if you want to have a website and start building a list, then there will be some costs incurred like:

  1. Domain name – US$10 per year
  2. Hosting Fee – US$100 per year
  3. Email Auto-Responder – starting from US$15 per month (depending on the number of your subscribers)

Resources to start affiliate marketing.

  1. Read this blog post on more about affiliate marketing singapore.
  2. Books recommended to learn copywriting.
  3. Blog post on best affiliate product to promote.

 

(4) Reselling / White-Label Business

Another type of online business you can consider is called the reselling model, or commonly known as the white-label model.

Reselling means that you are providing a service / selling a product but the actual production or operation is done by another company. But to the customer, you are the one who is handling everything, the customer do not know who you work with.

For example, Vodien is a company that provides web hosting services in Singapore. They also have a reseller business model for people who wants to become their reseller. Once you signed up as their reseller, you will be given an online store that you can upload your own company logo and run a web hosting business! Anyone who purchases the services from you will have their website hosted by Vodien, in terms of operation, Vodien will handle them. As a reseller, you will handle the marketing of the website and the support.

A reseller website selling vodien’s hosting services.

As you can see from the above, becoming a reseller has the advantage of leveraging an existing company for their operations and products. So you do not need to create your own products to sell (unlike KDP and online teaching). But the disadvantage of reselling is the products and services are not controlled by you, directions and focus might change for any company and such changes will impact your reselling business down the road. If you are keen to start this reselling model, I would suggest you choose a popular and big company to resell their products. Companies who have been around for sometime (more than 10 years) are less likely to have drastic changes in their product line.

Some people are confused between affiliate marketing and reselling because most companies that offer reselling also offer affiliate opportunities. Here’s the difference, as an affiliate, your visitors are directed to the company website and so this means your visitors know who is selling the actual product. As an affiliate, you do not need to provide support for the customers. But as a reseller, you will have your own website (most of the time, a website will be given to you by the company) so your customers will not know who is the actual company selling the products and you need to answer questions coming from your prospects and customers.

Comparing to affiliate marketing, the advantage of reselling is that you can have a higher profit margin because you set your own price. The disadvantage of reselling compared to affiliate marketing is that not only you need to market your website, you also need to support your customers in terms of pre and post sales. Hence, you need to have good knowledge about the things you are selling.

In order to identify a good reselling business for yourself, you need to first identify what are the products / services you often use and then check out their company website and see if they provide reselling opportunity. The following are some companies that offer reselling opportunities:

  1. Vodien Hosting – sells domain name registration and web hosting services.
  2. SEO Reseller – sells SEO and other online marketing services.
  3. Mozello – sells website DIY software like weebly, wix.
  4. Appypie – sells online app creation software.
  5. 99dollarsocial – sells social media management services.

 

Is reselling business for beginners?

In general, reselling business is not for beginners unless you already have a solid understanding of the products that you are selling. For example, if you have been using Appypie to create apps for businesses, then you will find it easier to sell Appypie because you already understand how it works. Or for example, if you have a very good understanding about how web hosting and servers work, then you will find reselling web hosting services work for you.

If you have not started any online business before, I would suggest you begin with affiliate marketing first before you try out reselling. This way, you just need to focus your time on marketing and not worry about the support.

 

How passive is reselling model?

Reselling business is not passive because you need to support your customers. Unless you have enough customer base to hire a support personnel, if not, you will need to provide support to your existing customers and inquiries coming to your website.

 

What do you need to do well as a reseller?

In order to do well as a reseller, you need to have a very good understanding of the products that you are selling and also, know where you can find your customers. This often comes with work experience so take your time to explore any possible reselling opportunities whereever you are.

 

How much you need to become a reseller?

Most companies require a sign up fee to become a reseller, hence that is the main cost you should consider. For example, Vodien charges a $100 upfront reseller sign up fee.

Other fees that you should consider is the domain name of your website and how are you going to market your website.

 

Resources to become an online reseller.

Do check out the company website that you want to become their reseller as they often have training programs and resources to educate new resellers.

 

 

(5) Website Investor

The last online business model I want to share with you is website investing. Similar to investors investing in properties, you can apply the concept on websites as well. For example, you can invest $2,000 to buy a website that generates $100 per month, and the income you get is like what landlords receive as rental income. Or you can buy over a website for $2,000 then improve it and sell it for double the price in future. It all depend on your website monetization skills.

Flippa marketplace where you can buy websites from.

The main thing with this model is that you must have two things (a) Capital (b) Good knowledge of how website makes money. Let me share with you how most websites make money:

Selling Products / Services

One common way of how website makes money is to sell products and services. Buying such a website can be difficult because you also need to deliver the products / services after you take over the website. Unless the website uses the Reselling model that we have discussed above, else, it will take up a lot of your time fulfilling the products or services. Personally I will not recommend anyone buy a website that sells their in-house products / services.

 

Selling Other People’s Products / Services

This is a more passive approach compared to the above. There are also a lot of websites that setup for the purpose to promote other people’s products or services. This is commonly known as affiliate websites. This kind of website is more passive to run and maintain as you do not need to fulfill the products and you also do not need to support the customers. This kind of website is comparably cheaper than the following website most of the time.

 

Selling Advertisement Space

Another common method of how website makes money is to sell advertisement space. In order to make significant income selling advertisement space, your website needs to have a lot of traffic (minimum 100,000 unique visitors per month). Thus, it is often quite expensive to acquire website with such high amount of traffic.

 

Where can you buy websites?

There are a few places where you can buy websites safely online. There are:

  1. Flippa – Flippa is one of the oldest platform available to buy and sell websites. When I started buying and selling websites around 2010, I use mainly Flippa to sell my websites. I like Flippa because it is very safe to transact there as Flippa also offer escrow protection so it mean only when the website has been fully transferred to you then Flippa will release the payment to the seller.
  2. Empire Flippers is another popular online marketplace where you can buy money making websites. Personally I have not used it before but I have been hearing good feedback online from others and hence I include this website here for you to check it out. From my first glance at Empire Flippers, it seems that the websites generates higher income than those listed on Flippa. Of course, with the increased earnings, the sellers there are looking at a higher price too.
  3. Shopify Marketplace – You may not know that Shopify has an online marketplace where you can buy over existing online stores and run them. If you do not know, Shopify is a popular online website that allows ecommerce owners to setup an online store easily. Thus, this online marketplace is a place where you can check out some of the profitable stores to take over. Just a note, most stores listed there operates using a dropshipping model – which means if you take over the store, you do not need to manually deliver the items to your customers, instead, you simply need to inform the dropshipping contact and they will deliver the product for you. This dropshipping models is somewhat like the reselling business model I mentioned above.

If you are keen to explore buying over website, then allow me to share with you my humble experience on how to select a worthy website to acquire. There are five key considerations:

(1) Traffic source

When buying over a website, always check and see what are the current traffic sources for the website. My favorite source of traffic is Google Organic, simply because if most of the traffic comes from search engines, it means that the website is well indexed and is ranking high. Such websites has the higher potential for growth.

I like to see a website with at least 50% of its traffic coming from search engine (organically).

There are also other types of traffic like Direct, Social and Referral.

If you are buying a website that has top traffic source coming from Social, then check and see if the website price includes the transfer of the social profile too. Most listing will include that as well in the price.

If you see the referral source is giving the website a lot of traffic, then you can ask what are exactly the websites so that you can take a look if those links are permanent or temporary.

A screenshot of a website analytics listing showing its traffic sources.

Besides the traffic source, also take note of where are the visitors coming from. It is better to purchase a website that has most of its traffic coming from Tier 1 countries like U.S, Canada, U.K and Australia etc. This is another thing for you to take note.

 

(2) Buying Price

Number 2 factor is the buying price. You need to first understand what is the budget that you have to purchase a website. Typically a website is sold at the price of 20 to 40 times the monthly profits. Hence, if you have a budget of $2,000, to $4,000 you can probably buy a website that generates about $100 per month. I would suggest to keep your budget minimal especially if this is your first time buying a website.

 

(3) Monetization Model

The next thing you should consider is how the website makes money. If you read the listing description, you will know if the website generates income either through its products sales, advertisement space or affiliate income.

If it is through product sales, you need to check with the seller if it is dropshipping model and will he/she teach you how to operate it after the transfer is done?

If the income comes from affiliate channels, do make sure that you have the affiliate account with the respective company. For example, if a website lists down all sports products from Amazon and makes money via affiliate links, do make sure that you have a Amazon affiliate account so that once you take over the website, you can edit all the affiliate links to include your id.

If the website earns money via advertisement space, then it is pretty straight forward, just make sure you ask to have the contacts for those advertisers so you can follow up.

 

(4) Cost To Maintain

This factor is very important because some websites require high cost to run every month. For example, if the website requires a dedicated hosting, then the hosting fee will be in terms of hundreds to a few thousands per month. Make sure you check how much is the seller paying for the hosting now.

Besides the hosting fee, ask the seller how much money is he investing right now to generate this amount of sales because most likely you need to set aside the same amount of advertising budget too.

The last point to check with the seller is what are the other things that require to renew for the website, for example, is there any reseller fees? Software license fees etc?

 

(5) Effort To Maintain

This is something that most new buyers over-look because it is not so obvious upfront. Most websites, especially those that have high percentage of traffic coming from search engines, are content driven. This means that if you stop publishing content, your traffic will drop. Hence, you need to ask the seller how he/she creates content and if they outsource it, do ask them for the writer’s contact. Of course, if you think you can create even better content, then do it yourself, this is the best approach.

You also need to check with the seller what software is the website based on? Is it wordpress? Or other CMS (Content Management System)? Or is it customized coding? If it is a customized solution, do you have the right technical know how to manage it?

The above are the five important considerations that I believe will help you before you buy a website.

 

Is website investor for beginners?

Definitely not! I only recommend you explore buying website when you are more familiar with how a website runs and how it makes money. You can start with other online business models and down the road you will gain more experiences online.

 

How passive is this website investing model?

It depends on the type of website you purchase. If you purchase a content driven website, then you will need to either write the content yourself or outsource to someone else to create the content. If you purchase a website that promotes affiliate products, then you just need to make sure your traffic source is consistent and advertise in the right channels to bring in sales.

 

What do you need to do well as a website investor?

You need to first understand how a website makes money and then explore even more channels at how you can increase the revenue for a website. A good place to start is Flippa where you can go through every listing and also see what questions other buyers are asking. This way, you will learn a lot before you make your first purchase.

 

How much you need to become a website investor?

This really depends on the revenue of the website that you are buying. Typically, most websites are transacted at monthly profits x (20 to 40). For beginners (even you have the budget), I suggest you purchase websites that is earning below $500 first.

 

Resources to become a website investor.

  1. Website buying and selling guide by Flippa.
  2. How to buy a website faq by empire flippers.
  3. How to buy over an ecommerce business eBook by Shopify.

 

So that’s the 5 online business ideas you can start! I will be publishing another detailed blog post on marketing! In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can join our closed facebook group here and ask!

I wish you all the best in your online business!

Need A Professional Website For Your Real Estate Business?

Posted by on 10:15 am in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need A Professional Website For Your Real Estate Business?

This offer is open to all real estate agents or property professionals located in Singapore who do not have a website currently and is looking to own a professional website. Read on to find out more.

What You Will Get

I will create a website with the following features for you:

  • Drag & Drop Feature (You can edit the website anytime) – click here to watch a video how easy to edit the website.
  • SSL certified (So people can see that your website is secured).
  • Ability to have video backgrounds (desktop only) and parallax effect.
  • Fully responsive – optimized for desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
  • Auto image optimization for fast website loading.
  • Millions of free images (sponsored by pixabay.com, unsplash and more) that you can use in your website without any copyright issues.
  • Photo gallery.
  • Image & background slider.
  • Popup ability.
  • Contact form.
  • One Click Call / Email.
  • Social media integration.
  • Blog section for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

The following is a demo site of how your website will look like (except the content):

DEMO Link

A wordpress website with the above features will cost at least SGD$5,000 but with this special offer I’m opening up in this blog post, you can enjoy a special rate. Continue reading below >>

Investment Required

One-Time Development Fee: SGD$1,250

Domain Name: SGD$20 per year (you can register over at godaddy.com or use one of your existing domain names)

On-Going Hosting Fee* (with me): US$50 USD$25 per month *Promotional period*

*As I am using a proprietary software (NOT WordPress) to create this website for you, you will not be able to host it anywhere except on my AWS (Amazon Web Services) server. The monthly fee of US$25 (promotional price) includes unlimited hard disk space, unlimited bandwidth (able to serve unlimited visitors unlike traditional shared hosting), web security (daily scans / checks / fixes on virus) and SSL certificate (to make your website HTTPS).

 

Important Terms You Must Agree!

You must accept the following terms before you get me to do the website for you:

  1. This website cannot be hosted in any other platforms. If you decide to terminate the hosting in future, your website will also be deleted.
  2. After you receive your website, I will share with you videos on how to update the website content. But if you need me to help you update in future, per page update will cost SGD$50 and takes 48hrs to complete.
  3. There will be no meetup for this project. Once you make the 50% upfront deposit online, I will send you a word document for you to include the content you want to put in your website. I will start creating your website once I receive the word document with all the content. You will make the balance payment before I live the website.
  4. It will take me less than 30 days to complete your website AFTER I receive the COMPLETED word document from you.
  5. The layout of your website will be the same as the demo link here. You can request for slight changes or rearrangement of sections in the website. I am unable to accommodate for additional features for this project.
  6. I will create 5 pages for you (Home, Our Listing, List with us, About Us, Contact).
  7. I will create maximum up to 5 listing of property in your ‘Our Listing’ page. Additional listing will be charged at SGD$50 per listing.

 

This Offer Is Ideal For:

  • New property agents who want to have a website to market their business.
  • Existing property agents who is looking to own a professional website to list their listing.
  • A team of property agents who want a website for co-branding to show all their listings.

 

This Offer IS NOT Ideal For:

  • Property agents who is looking for features that is not mentioned in the above list.
  • Property agents who want a different layout as shown in the demo link above.

 

Steps To Proceed If You Are Keen:

  1. Contact me using my contact form stating you want a website with this offer.
  2. Make a upfront deposit of SGD$625 online.
  3. Complete a Word document with all the information and send it back to me.
  4. Let me know your domain name so I can link it up for you.
  5. Received the website in 30 days and watch my video tutorials on how to update the site!

 

Slots Left: 3 0 out of 3

You can contact me if you have any questions regarding this special offer.

 

How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing In Singapore

Posted by on 6:45 am in Blog, Things I Care | Comments Off on How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing In Singapore

 

Since starting my online business in 2005, affiliate marketing has been one of my monthly revenue streams simply because it is easy to setup once you understand how it works.

 

Now 13 years later in this new economy (2018), many ask me how they can make a living doing affiliate marketing especially in Singapore where our living standard is so high.

 

These questions prompted me to write this blog post to share with you how you can start making affiliate marketing income with very minimum investment every month, and hopefully I can help you to accelerate the learning and achieve results!

 

Before I start, I want to manage your expectations by stating upfront that affiliate marketing is like running a business. There are risks, investment and effort involved.

 

Many people thought that affiliate marketing is like a push button thing where you hit the ‘ON’ button and it will generate income on autopilot – this is not true. The people who say this are trying to get you to buy their products or services!

 

Now, if you are prepared to invest time and effort, do read on and I am sure you will be able to start on something after reading and digesting this blog post. Good luck!

 

 

What Is Affiliate Marketing Really?

 

I like to explain things using very simple words. Affiliate Marketing means selling. You may not like this word but in this case, I meant more to online selling, which is very different from the way you sell offline.

 

You do not need to meet anyone face to face, in fact, you do not even need to deliver any products or services.

 

The reason why affiliate marketing exists is because product creators need more people to buy their products, hence they are willing to give away a referred bonus (also known as commission) to anyone who refers customers to them.

 

This is how it works online.

 

First, you need to sign up for an affiliate program. There are many affiliate programs available online. If you are living in Singapore, I would recommend these three popular affiliate programs – Amazon, ClickBank and Qoo10. I will go through the strengths and advantages of each of them in the later part of this post. Once you are approved by the program, you can start to promote any product in their marketplace.

 

Second, once your account is approved, you can login to the respective affiliate website to choose products to promote. For example for ClickBank, they have a lot of digital products (eBooks, videos, audios, software etc) that you can choose from their marketplace.

 

Third, after choosing a product that you want to promote, you can grab a customized link from the marketplace. This link is commonly known as your affiliate link. For example, this is my affiliate link to promote an effective learning program to teach young children how to read. When someone clicks on my affiliate link and makes a purchase, I will make a commission of 50%. Note that commission for digital product is generally higher than promoting physical products.

 

The fourth step is the most important step because this is where you promote the product. How are you going to tell people about this product, and most importantly get them to buy? I will teach you an effective strategy to promote affiliate products later in this post. But for now, let me manage your expectations once again…

 

 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing

 

Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest type of online business, if you ask me. The main reason is because you do not need to create your own product or even a website!

 

As you could have imagined, affiliate marketing offers the following advantages:

 

  • Save time on creating your own products!
  • Save money because you do not need to spend money to create your own products!
  • You can run this business anywhere as long as you have an internet connection
  • You can start with zero dollars but I strongly suggest that you set aside a comfortable amount to invest and grow this business. Any amount between S$50 to S$200 per month is good for beginners.

 

Now, let me show you the biggest disadvantage of affiliate marketing.

 

Being an affiliate marketer, you do not have any control over the products that you are promoting. For example, a product that you are promoting today may be removed off the shelves of Amazon tomorrow.

 

Hence, you need to check regularly if the products you are promoting is still available for sale. In addition, the pricing of the product can change over time as well. These are the two biggest variables that you can’t control when you are an affiliate marketer.

 

Once you understand this and you are able to embrace the disadvantages, you are almost ready to make money with affiliate marketing!

 

 

Three Popular Affiliate Programs You Can Join!

 

 

ClickBank is the most popular affiliate program on the internet and they specialize in digital products (eBooks, audios, software and videos etc). I like ClickBank very much because you do not need to have a website to get your account approved.

 

In addition, it offers the highest commission out of the three programs that I recommend in this post. The average commission percentage  for a ClickBank product is 50%, which means if you recommend a product that costs US$50 and someone buys it, you will make US$25.

 

The disadvantage of ClickBank is that there are a lot of products in the marketplace that look very scammy. So I have created a video in the later part of this post to teach you how to select a good ClickBank product.

 

You can apply for ClickBank Affiliate program here.

 

 

If you are living in Singapore for quite sometime, you will have heard of Qoo10. Which is a very popular eCommerce marketplace where we buy very affordable items online. Qoo10 offers a Curator program that you can join and make money referring your friends to buy products on Qoo10.

 

What I like about Qoo10 is that they have very competitive pricing online and it is easy to recommend to your friends just because of the pricing. Qoo10 also has a very wide range of products to promote.

 

The disadvantages of Qoo10 Curator is that most products only yield you a commission of 1 to 2% so it takes a gigantic amount of sales for you to make a sizeable income (especially to make a living in Singapore).

 

I would suggest you use Qoo10 as a practice to improve your affiliate marketing along the way. But not so much for the income, perhaps just some pocket money to offset the expense on the things you buy on Qoo10 (if you are a Qoo10 customer).

 

You can learn how to make money using the Curator program by signing up my online course here.

 

 

 

Amazon is the biggest retailer online (in United States) and it has far more products that you can recommend comparing to Qoo10.

 

The biggest disadvantage of Amazon is that you need to have a website in order to get approved as an affiliate. Hence, you may want to put this program on hold till you have a website in future.

 

One thing I like about Amazon affiliate program is that they offer an increasing model of affiliate commission. You will get more commission if you sell more. But the highest percentage of commission in Amazon is still can’t compared with ClickBank.

 

You can apply for Amazon Associates Program here.

 

 

Why Most People Fail

To be honest, there are countless people before you who have tried affiliate marketing but failed miserably.

 

Every day I see comments from people all around the world telling others what they should do in affiliate marketing but rarely telling others what they should not do!

 

The following are the top three mistakes that I see most people doing so I want to list them down for you to avoid them.

 

Promoting A Product Without Trying It Out!

This is a big NO-NO. What would you feel if someone comes up to you and recommend you a supplement that can treat a certain illness but that person didn’t even try that himself / herself? We often believe only when the person who recommends also tried the recommendation personally. Hence, it is important that you try out something first and when you find that it works for you, then you can wholeheartedly recommend the product to anyone!

 

Promote To The Wrong Audience!

This is very commonly seen on social media platforms such as Facebook. In order for people to buy the product you recommend, they must have a need. If you share an affiliate link for a paleo recipe eBook in your Facebook profile and most of your friends don’t even cook, do you think you will get any sales from it?

 

One very important lesson here is to think who needs the product that you want to promote. For example, if you have an online training program teaching people how to use LinkedIn to get leads, do you think it is more effective to share this program in Facebook or LinkedIn?

 

The chances of getting sales will be a lot higher if you promote the right product to the right crowd. Always remember this.

 

Spend Too Much Time Creating A Website!

Another expensive mistake is that most people started creating websites for their affiliate marketing business. Here lies the biggest problem – most people are not skilled at creating websites so visitors can tell if this site (by the look) is created by novices. Along these years, I have known many people who wanted to start affiliate marketing but their momentum stalled when they tried so hard to create a professional and effective website.

 

My suggestion for you especially if you have never created a website before, is to start affiliate marketing with minimal resources. You know what? You don’t even need a website to get started!

 

Once you can get sales without a website, this will give you more motivation to learn how to create a website professionally.

 

Now, it is time to learn what works for me and I believe it will work for you too!

 

 

Most Effective Affiliate Marketing Method For Beginners!

 

To make affiliate income in Singapore (or any other countries), you need to have two important components – Good Product & Targeted Traffic.

 

The advantage of affiliate marketing is that we don’t need to create a product. We just need to know where to find a good product that we can promote to make money. For example, ClickBank has a lot of digital products that many people are buying so you just need to find a good product that sells.

 

Once you found a good product, then you need to show the product to people who are keen to buy. There are a lot of marketing techniques online that you can learn to drive traffic but the most effective traffic is targeted traffic – meaning people who wants to buy the product that you are promoting.

 

Let me share with you the most highly targeted traffic, that is – Search Engines.

 

When someone is searching for “prevent hair loss” using search engines, you can be sure that this person is looking for ways to prevent hair loss either for himself or someone he knows. This is the time when you show your product to this person. This kind of advertisement is called Search Engine Marketing or commonly known as PPC (Paid-Per-Click). All these years, I have been using Bing Ads effectively to promote ClickBank products without a website and I have been teaching and supporting more than 10,000 students online doing this. You can refer to the online course here.

 

You can also watch the following video where I share how to identify good products in ClickBank to promote in Bing Ads.

 

 

Getting sales for your affiliate marketing is more important than creating a website. Most people give up because they tried many things but still couldn’t get their first sale! In my online course, I teach people how to get sales without having a website. The following is some of the testimonials my students posted in our closed Facebook group:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out my most popular online course “Clickbank Success – Affiliate Marketing Without A Website” here.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and do feel free to ask me any questions you have in our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/websproutacademy/

 

Have a great experience with affiliate marketing!

 

How To FTP WordPress Files On Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Posted by on 1:14 pm in Blog, For the Advanced, Things I Care, Tips & Techniques, WordPress | Comments Off on How To FTP WordPress Files On Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Recently there are more and more people using AWS (Amazon Web Services) to run wordpress sites. Unlike self hosting solution, it is not so straight forward to download wordpress files if you are using AWS. But in this post, I am going to share with you a solution / workaround.

Solution: Use File Manager Plugin.

The solution is to install the plugin – file manager (download link here) so that you can upload and download files in your wordpress dashboard without logging into FTP. The following is how it looks like after you install the plugin File Manager.

Once you activated the plugin, you can upload or download any files even without any FTP accounts =)

Hope this is useful if you are having headache how to download wordpress files in your AWS.

P.S. This solution is also useful if are using self-hosted solution but have forgotten your cpanel login details. This is a temporary workaround.

10 Udemy Courses To Enroll for Year 2018

Posted by on 6:30 pm in Things I Care | Comments Off on 10 Udemy Courses To Enroll for Year 2018

I have consolidated 10 + 3 (updated) courses that I highly recommend you to get them in additional to other courses you want. Do note that all enrollment gives you lifetime access and updates, so this is just a one-time fee and you can watch the videos anytime you want! So let’s get started!

i – The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom with Dividends

If you are keen to start investing in stocks this year and earn some dividends, then this course by David Solyomi is definitely the one to sign up. David turns into a full-time investor by the age of 33. This course has many raving reviews as well! Click here to read the review and course description!

 

ii – Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals

Bitcoin and blockchain has been the hot topic last year and will continue to be one of the hottest trends coming this year. If you are considering or just keen to learn and find out how bitcoin and what powers it, this is the course that I recommend you can enroll. This course is the best-seller in Udemy Bitcoin category and it has around 20,000 students already. Click here to read the review and course description!

 

 

iii – How to Be A Human Lie Detector

This is an interesting skill to pick up and if you ever want to learn how to be a human lie detector, then consider signing up this course which is taught by Vanessa Van Edwards, who is Behavioral Investigator. You will learn the 6 steps to lie detection and body languages associated with it. This course spans over 4 hours of content and currently has about 2,000 reviews! Click here to read the review and course description!

 

 

1 – The Complete React Native and Redux Course

This course teaches you how to build mobile apps at a fast speed using React Native. React native has been around for just a few years and is trending up. You can gain an advantage by learning this framework (based on Javascript). This course currently has more than 40,000 students enrolled and is the most popular course on React Native on Udemy! Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

2 – Build a Shopify Dropshipping Business from Scratch

This course is one of the most popular ones on Udemy that teaches you how to use Shopify to build a eCommerce dropshipping business. I recommend this course because it has very comprehensive materials covering from  setting up your shopify stores, creating content, finding suppliers online to deliver the goods for you and also marketing channels. All these in a course at US$10! I think this is super worth it! Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

3 – Facebook Ads for E-Commerce: The Complete Guide

 

This course is created by the same Instructor (Adam Reed) as the previous course on dropshipping. If you signed up the previous course, you must definitely get this course because facebook ads is the main marketing channels that contributed to many ecommerce stores online! Moreover, there are not many online courses that covers thoroughly on facebook ads. This course has over 10 hours of content and you will sure be able to use facebook ads effectively after completing this course! Click here to read the reviews and course description! 

 

4 – Idea Validation: From Idea to Paying Customer in One Day

 

I like this course because it gives very practical tips on how you can test your business idea quickly. I believe some of you may want to start some kind of a business in the coming year but do not know if it is viable, hence, I want to recommend this course to you so that it can help you to determine if your idea is profitable for a business. This is one of the Udemy courses that has consistently high ratings, so you can’t go wrong with this one! Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

5 – Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of Evangelism

 

Guy Kawasaki is one of my favorite authors when it comes to topic on marketing for small businesses. I am happy that he now has courses on Udemy! In this course, he teaches how to use master evangelism to craft a winning pitch and mantra for your product. You will also learn how to use social media as a fast, free, and ubiquitous marketing platform. Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

6 – The Complete Cyber Security Course : Hackers Exposed!

 

This is one of the very useful courses that you must enroll because as more and more websites are being hacked each day, your ability to stop these hacks will prove to be a valuable asset to your own business or your career. In this 11 hour long course, you will learn many things including how to defeat online threats like malware, trackers and spying. The operating systems covers windows and MacOS. Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

7 – Microsoft Excel – Excel from Beginner to Advanced

 

If there is only one course you must take to learn microsoft excel, then this is the course you should enroll! As a whole, this course covers from basic to advanced in this entire 12.5 hours length. Some of the useful skills you will learn in this course are automating your day to day tasks through Macros and VBA, create dynamic reports by mastering one of the most popular tools, PivotTables. What I like most is that the Instructor is always there for you to ask questions! What more can we ask for a US$10 investment! Click here to read the reviews and course description!

 

8 – Acumen Presents: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop

 

One of the important skills for us to handle challenges that comes our way is creativity. Yet, there are not many courses around us to help us improve our creativity. Hence, I strongly recommend this course because it will give you practical tools and techniques to think creativity so that you can have more solutions to challenges that come your way. Click here to read reviews and course description!

 

9 – Finding Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

 

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the best-selling book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. I am happy that he has a course on finding life’s purpose on Udemy. If you have been following Eckhart Tolle, or looking for some inspiration on what you are meant to do, perhaps this course is what you need for the upcoming year! Click here to read the reviews and course description.

 

10 – Learn Optimal Sleep to Improve Your Health, Energy, and Mind

 

The final course that I want to recommend is related to our health, which is learning to optimize our sleep to improve health, energy and mind. Sleep is the most important rest we can get to refresh our body and mind. And learning to sleep well is often underestimated by many others. If you want to improve your sleep quality, consider signing up this course! Click to read the reviews and course description!

 

These are the top courses that I highly recommend for you to sign up to get ready for 2018! Just a note that all the above links are my affiliate links so it means I will get a referral income when you sign up any of the courses. I appreciate if you sign up the courses through my links and I wish you all the best in your learning and a fruitful year ahead!

Alternatively, if you want to shop for other courses at a low fee, click here to see all discounted courses on Udemy!

Read This Before You Sign Up A WordPress Online Course!

Posted by on 9:41 am in Things I Care, Tips & Techniques, WordPress | Comments Off on Read This Before You Sign Up A WordPress Online Course!

Do you want to learn how to create a wordpress website by learning online? If so, you might find the following pointers helpful and serve as a good reference for you to choose a good wordpress online course!

1. Support

Support is extremely important because no matter how clear the online course is, there will always be questions that you need to ask when it comes down to practice and hands-on. So make sure the online wordpress course that you are taking provides support so that you can get the answers for your questions.

It would be best if the Instructor himself/herself can answer your questions but if not, anyone assigned by the Instructor is adequate too. If the online course offers free trial or refund, then you can sign up first and see if they answer to other students’ questions.

Another type of support is from the fellow students. Some wordpress online course has thousands of students and some students are active helping out one another in the discussion forum. Thus, one plus point when you are choosing a wordpress online course is to look at how many students are in the course already (that is, if these numbers are shown to you before you sign up).

There are also various form of support that different online course offers. One very common channel is via the online discussion area where you can post any questions inside the online course itself. Another form of support is you can email the Instructor and ask your question directly. In recent years, many Instructors also setup facebook group as a form of support and get to know other students online.

At the very minimum, you should be able to ask questions inside the online course itself. I strongly discourage anyone to sign up an online course without any support because when you start to create websites, you will definitely have questions that you need to ask the Instructor. Some Instructors require you to pay additional fees for support as well but I don’t think this is fair to the students. To me, support should come with the online course because asking questions is part of learning.

 

2. Clarity

We are all different and each of us prefer different teaching style. But most importantly, make sure that you can understand the Instructor clearly, if not, it would be very frustrating to continue learning.

I suggest before signing up, take a look at some of the trial lessons (if they have) and see if you can follow what the Instructor is teaching. If you can’t make any sense out of the teaching, then perhaps that particular online course is not for you.

Especially in the area of learning wordpress, step by step videos is easier for you to learn and implement while you are going through the course. If the entire online course is taught using powerpoint slides instead of showing you exactly what and where you should click, then that course is not for you.

I strongly believe that seeing exactly what and where to click is important to learn topic such as website creation using wordpress.

Another plus point that will help you to learn is if the video can be played at different speed. The reason is because some Instructor speaks very fast so if this is the case, you can slow down the video. For videos that is playing too slow for you, you can choose to speed it up. Most online courses nowadays have such features for you to adjust the video playing speed. You can email the Instructor to check before you sign up.

I think a very important thing you should do is to take a look at the trial videos and see if you like the Instructor’s style and speed. If you like it, then most likely you won’t have any issues following through.

 

3. Refund Policy

Another important point to consider is the wordpress online course does it offer refund if you are not satisfied with the quality? I highly recommend that you sign up a wordpress online course that you are able to refund if it is not up to your satisfaction. Most online courses nowadays offer 30 days refund so make sure you check this out before you enroll in the course.

Another area under refund is how is the refund procedure like? Is it via email or there is a ticket system to ask for refund? For my courses, students can simply ask for refund within the first 30 days by emailing a email address.

A trick that some online course providers use is that they will ‘lock’ some of the content and show it only after the 30th day of your enrollment. So make sure you check that all the content are available to you the day you sign up!

 

4. Reviews

It is very common that consumers nowadays go online and search for reviews before they buy anything online or offline. Hence, I suggest you take a look at the reviews written by others. Are most of the reviews positive? Or are they more negative? And most importantly, did the Instructor reply to the reviews?

Not all wordpress online course show the reviews. Hence, I suggest you only consider those that have social proof and reviews posted.

 

5. Advanced And/Or Marketing Topics

The last point to consider is whether the wordpress online course that you are going to take up teaches any marketing or advanced topic. This is like a bonus, some online course covers additional marketing topics like SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that you can implement the technique while creating you new wordpress website.

You may also want to only consider those wordpress online course that covers ecommerce topic as well especially if you want to sell something online.

Another topic that you can lookout for is list building or commonly known as optin. A website is a fantastic tool to convert visitors into subscribers. Hence, if the online course that you are taking also covers these topics, that will be the ideal case.

So now you have it! These are all the five important areas that you should consider before signing up any wordpress online course! If you are considering signing up one, you may also want to consider my online course where I cover how you can create a wordpress website and more. Do read on to find out more.

 

WordPress – The Complete Web Design Course

The title of my wordpress online course is called “WordPress – The Complete Web Design Course“. The following are some of the reasons why more than 2,000 people have enrolled in my course:

– Daily support (I answer all questions every day).
– 30 days refund (you can get back your money if you are not happy with my course within the first 30 days).
– 90% of my videos are step by step so you can follow exactly what I did to create a wordpress website.
– The videos can be played slower or faster depending on your preference.
– More than 80 videos (total length of 5.5hrs) covers topics from wordpress creation, ecommerce, seo and list building. This is one of the most complete wordpress training online.
– More than 100 four and five-star reviews posted by students from all over world!
– Singaporeans able to claim skillfuture credits for my wordpress online course.

Check out my wordpress online course here at a special promotion rate (50% OFF)!

 

Top Udemy Courses That You Can Use SkillsFuture Credits To Claim (Up To 90% Discount!)

Posted by on 10:53 am in Tips & Techniques | Comments Off on Top Udemy Courses That You Can Use SkillsFuture Credits To Claim (Up To 90% Discount!)

I have been a Udemy instructor for the past three years and I am happy that now Singaporeans can use their skillsfuture credits to purchase udemy courses! But do note that not all Udemy courses can be claimed under SkillsFuture. For your convenience, I have listed down the top 10 Udemy courses that Singaporeans can use their SkillsFuture credits to sign up. Also, before you sign up any Udemy courses, you can check out here on the latest Udemy discount codes that you can use! Let’s get started!

 

1 – An Entire MBA in 1 Course:Award Winning Business School Prof

An Entire MBA in 1 Course Award Winning Business School Prof

This online course is taught by Prof. Chris Haroun and it consists of close to 8 hrs of video content and currently there are close to 100,000 students studying this course. This is definitely one of the most popular courses on Udemy and the good news is, you can use your skillsfuture to sign up this course especially if you are keen to start a business in future! Find out more about An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof!

 

2 – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2017

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2017

The second most popular course which you can use your skillsfuture credits to sign up is AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2017. AWS stands for Amazon Web Services and this is a very popular technology that IT professionals must have as we move towards to cloud computing. This course will prepare you for the exam where you will get to be certified as AWS Certified Solutions Architect (CSA). Find out more about AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2017!

 

3 – Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python

Complete Python Bootcamp Go from zero to hero in Python

This is the most popular course on Udemy if you want to learn Python programming language. With over 100 lectures, I believe it is well worth the one-time investment for this course! Again, this is skillsfuture credits eligible. Find out more about Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python course!

 

4- The Complete Digital Marketing Course 2017 – 12 Courses in 1

The Complete Digital Marketing Course 2017 12 Courses in 1

If you want to learn about online marketing, then this is one of the first course you must take because it includes so much content that even i can’t resist! With more than 19 hrs of content, this course covers SEO (Search Engine Optimization), FaceBook, YouTube, Email marketing and many more! The good news is, this course is skillsfuture eligible! Find out more about The Complete Digital Marketing Course 2017 – 12 Courses in 1!

 

5 – The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0

This is a very good course if you want to learn through real examples and case studies. The instructor, Rob Percival will teach you how to build 25 websites using HTML, CSS, Javascript. PHP, Python, MySQL etc. Find out more about The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0!

 

6 – The Python Mega Course: Build 10 Real World Applications

The Python Mega Course Build 10 Real World Applications

This is another Python course but the difference between this and the above-mentioned is that this course will teach you through building 10 real applications. So it is like you learn along when you code the applications. I find that this is an effective way to learn as well! Again, this course is skillsfuture eligible. Find out more about The Python Mega Course: Build 10 Real World Applications course!

 

7 – The Web Developer Bootcamp

The Web Developer Bootcamp

Taught by Colt Steele, this is another popular course on Udemy that you can use your skillsfuture to claim if you are keen to learn web development as it covers the essential languages that you must know to develop web applications. This course is very comprehensive considering that it has more than 42 hrs of content! Find out more about The Web Developer Bootcamp course!

 

8 – The Ultimate Excel Programmer Course

The Ultimate Excel Programmer Course

If you want to learn excel and how to use it to its maximum potential, then you must definitely sign up this course conducted by Daniel Strong. This course will teach you how to automate excel functions and increase productivity in your work. It has more than 10 hrs of content so I would recommend this course for all your excel advanced learning! Find out more about The Ultimate Excel Programmer Course!

 

9 – iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional

iOS 10 Swift 3 From Beginner to Paid Professional

If you are keen to learn IOS to create apps for mobile, then this course is the right one for you. Taught by Mark Price, you will learn how to create apps using IOS and swift. With more and more people using their mobiles nowadays, apps development is one big area that you can specialize in! Find out more about iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional course!

 

10 – WordPress – The Complete Business Web Design Course

WordPress – The Complete Business Web Design Course

Lastly, this is my course! If you want to learn how to create a business website using WordPress, then I would recommend that you check out my course. It has over 80 lectures and videos that covers from beginning topics such as wordpress installation, configuration to plugins and SEO. And the good news is that you can claim skillsfuture credits for my course – WordPress – The Complete Business Web Design Course!

Wait! Before you sign up any of the above courses…

You can find a Udemy discount code in this blog post that you can use to sign up any of the above courses for up to 90% OFF! So instead of spending US$200 on a course, you probably will just spend US$19 on a course and claim that US$19 from Skillsfuture. With the code, you can purchase more courses!

Enjoy the learning and have fun!

Steps To Create Captions For Your Udemy Course

Posted by on 4:21 pm in Tips & Techniques | Comments Off on Steps To Create Captions For Your Udemy Course

I have been an Instructor with Udemy since 2014 and for these past 3 years, I found that students are more likely to take up my online courses if they are captions / subtitles included. The following is a message I extracted from one of my recent students.

sign up because of udemy course captions

 

It takes me a while to figure out how to include captions in my videos and I believe many Udemy Instructors are looking for an efficient way to add captions to their courses. The following is my way of creating captions using YouTube. I hope that this post can help many other Instructors there.

The Process

Before I go right into the exact steps, I would like you to have an idea how the whole process works so that you can have the big picture in mind.

First, you need to record your course video (it can be screencast or talking head, doesn’t matter). Second, upload this video to Youtube and you will type in the words (this is where your caption comes from – yourself!) as the video plays. Lastly, extract the caption file from YouTube.

As you may have guessed, the most time-consuming part is the typing of words while you listen to your own video in YouTube. Thus, I always outsource this part because I would prefer to do something else than typing in the captions. Having said that, I leave it to you whether you want to do it yourself or now. The following are the steps:

I – Login to your YouTube account. (If you don’t have one, please go and create one! Because you can use youtube to market your Udemy courses!)

II – Upload all your videos to YouTube and set it to private (because you do not want others to see your videos on YouTube!)

III – Once the videos are uploaded. Click on your first video and then click on the Subtitle & CC icon as shown below.

how to add caption to udemy course

 

IV – Click on ‘Add new subtitles or CC’ and select ‘English’, this is to add English caption (shown below).

udemy course add captions

 

V – Click on the ‘Transcribe and auto-sync’ then enter all the text, while the video is playing. Double check for spelling once you entered everything. (this will be the most time consuming part!)

create subtitles for udemy course

 

VI – Once you checked all the spelling, click on the ‘Set Timings’.

Set timing on youtube for udemy course

 

VII – Check the subtitle display correctly in the video and publish the caption.

 

VIII – Once it is published, click the Actions >> download, to download the .VTT caption file.

 

IX – You are done! I want to thank Scott Duffy from videocourses.ca for sharing with me that now .VTT can be directly downloaded from YouTube (the only requirement is you need to publish the caption first).

So now you have it! I hope you find this blog post useful!

Do share with me if you have other ways of adding captions to your Udemy course. Look forward to hear from you!

P.S. If you are keen to learn how to create a profitable Udemy courseI have one here.

7 Udemy Courses You Must Enroll To Prepare for 2017

Posted by on 1:29 am in People, Productivity, Things I Care, Tips & Techniques | Comments Off on 7 Udemy Courses You Must Enroll To Prepare for 2017

(Updated: 15 Jan 2017)

I am really excited to share that Udemy (one of the largest online course providers) has just announced the  New Year promotion! Now you can get any course at just US$10 (starting from 01 Jan and ends in the next few days) instead of the regular US$100 to US$200. Before you get too excited checking out all the courses over at Udemy, I guess it would be better for me to start the ball rolling by sharing with you what I think are the top 7 10 courses that you must sign up to prepare for the year ahead!

Although the New year promotion has ended, you can still enroll the following courses at some discount if you are new to Udemy. Just click on the course links below and see how much discount you can get. For Singaporeans, some Udemy courses are also eligible for skillfuture credits! Enjoy browsing!

 

Copywriting Secrets – How To Write Copy That Sells

copywriting secrets

This popular course on Udemy is created by Lens Smith, who has been a professional copywriter for the past 20 years. In this 3 hours long Udemy course, you will learn how to write a structured and compelling sales copy, use the power of words to generate more sales and write powerful Call To Actions. Click here to check out all the video lessons!

 

An Entire MBA in 1 Course:Award Winning Business School Prof

mba-course

Now, the reason why I mention this course is not only because this course is created by a MBA professor, but it has one of the most number of students enrolled online! With more than 54,000 students enrolled in this course and 5000+ good reviews, I urge you to check this course out if you are keen to start your own business someday. Click here to check out all the reviews and course outline!

 

Learn to Sell Anything by Grant Cardone

how-to-sell-anything

If you are running your business or in the sales profession, you must check out this course by Grant Cardone. Grant teaches the skills, techniques and strategies to sell anything in this online course. Grant believes that selling is a skill that can be learned, developed, and mastered. And in this course, he will show you how. Click here to view or enroll this course! Note: This course may not be eligible for US$10 offer, but you can still get it at a very low price.

 

Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory

superlearner2

This course is co-created by Jonathan Levi, Dr Lev and Prof. Anna. With over 60+ lectures teaching you how to learn anything faster and improve your memory, I believe this is one of the best value-packed course you can get in Udemy. If there is only one course you can get, this is the one! Click here to find out what you will learn in this course!

 

Learn to Code by Making Games – The Complete Unity Developer

unity

I highly recommend this course because we learn best by having fun! This course uses game as teaching examples for you to learn how to create games by learning C# using Unity, which is a very popular software to create games on mobile too. If you have always been wanting to create mobile games, then this course is ideal for you! Click here to take a look at this comprehensive course!

 

Body Language for Entrepreneurs

body-language-for-entrepreneurs

In my years of business in web design and training, I must say that impressions really matter a lot. And learning how to leverage our body language to our advantage in all kinds of event definitely helps! With more than 16,000+ students enrolled in her course, Vanessa Van Edwards has many awesome reviews for her course! Click here to find out the entire course coverage!

 

Ultimate Google AdWords Course 2016–Stop SEO & Win With PPC!

ultimate-google-adwords-course-2016-stop-seo-win-with-ppc-udemy

Are you looking to increase targeted traffic to your website using Google? The fastest way you can do so is to use Google Adwords which is their Pay-Per-Click program. In this Google Adwords course, you will learn how to open a floodgate of traffic at your command. The Instructor, Isaac, also teaches you how to do conversion tracking and remarketing which are both very powerful web marketing tactics that you can employ for your business! Check out this awesome course here!

 

Social Media Marketing 2016 – Complete Certificate Course

social-media-marketing-2016-complete-certificate-course-udemy

Have you been wanting to use social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, google+, Instagram to market your business but never seems to make them work? I would highly recommend this social media course by SO ME Academy because it covers from the basics to how you can create content on each platform to attract followers. If you want to start to learn social media marketing, this is the first course you should start! Click here to check out the course details.

 

iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional

ios10swift

This is definitely one of the must have courses if you want to learn how to create an app and list it on apple store. IOS 10 is the latest language right now. For just US$10, you will get more than 260 video tutorials covering from beginning to mastering IOS and swift to create apps and even apply for jobs or contracts as a IOS / swift programmer. This is so far one of most massively packed courses I have seen in Udemy. If you have been thinking of creating mobile apps especially for the apple store, then grab this one before the promotion ends. Click here to check out this IOS course.

 

Master Android 7 App Development

master-android-7-app-development

If you want to create mobile app and put it on Android store rather than apple store, then you must enroll in this Android app development course by Tim and Jim-Paul. From downloading and configuring a free software, to doing practical apps, the Instructors provide clear steps to help you learn step by step towards mastery. Click here to find out more about this course here.

 

So there you have it! These are the top 10 courses I would recommend you take up to prepare for 2017!

You can also view a list of highly recommended business courses by Udemy via this link.

The above links contain my affiliate id and I would be delighted if you purchase the courses if you like it. If you don’t like the idea, you can go straight to Udemy and search for these courses. Anyway, I wish you have a happy and fruitful learning!