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🌱 Course Creators Weekly #50 🗓 June 7th, 2021 - Build your first course

Lauren Valdez shares her top tips for first-time creators, Janelle Allen talks about pre-selling, and Julia Saxena explains her process to build an email course! 📧

Lauren's top 4 tips for starting an online course Lauren's top 4 tips for starting an online course
✏️ Article 🌱 First Course

Lauren's top 4 tips for starting an online course

Lauren Valdez shares her top tips for building your first course without overwhelm:

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    Start where you are—don't compare yourself to top creators further on their journey
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    If you don't have an audience, hustle for early customers—be helpful on the Internet
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    Go as niche as possible—make your messaging super specific to a targeted group
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    Just ship it—do the absolute minimum to test your idea, e.g. a Minimum Viable Course

Check out Lauren's article for more details and examples from her own experience! 👇🏻

Lauren Valdez via laurenvaldez.substack.com

P.S. I found this through Josh Spector's newsletter, For The Interested.

How to Pre-Sell Your Online Course How to Pre-Sell Your Online Course
📹 Video 💰 Sales & Marketing

How to Pre-Sell Your Online Course

Pre-selling means to sell your course before it's ready. You always should.

Why pre-sell:

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    Validate your course idea—the only true validation is people paying for it
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    Keep yourself accountable to stop procrastinating and build your course
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    Make some extra cash, upfront, that you can invest into building your course
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    Build your email list—a list of people who actually want your course

The process:

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    Build awareness—put regular, helpful content out on the Internet for free
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    Announce your course—prime your audience to expect your course + gather feedback
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    Educate & Nurture—share more targeted educational content on all channels
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    Launch—open the gates, allowing people to purchase your course

Some more tips:

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    Your course doesn't need to be (shouldn't be) complete when you pre-sell
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    Pre-sell a live pilot, not a self-paced course—much easier + only need 30% of content
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    Putting up a sales page alone isn't enough—like any sale, it needs active promotion
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    Don't skip email marketing—it's always your number 1 way to reach your audience

What you need, at a minimum:

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    Sales page
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    Email copy—at a minimum, have your launch sequence written
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    Shopping cart, i.e. checkout—basically, some way for people to pay you online
Janelle Allen via janelleallen.com
How to generate leads with a free email course How to generate leads with a free email course
✏️ Article 💰 Sales & Marketing

How to generate leads with a free email course

An email course is a great lead magnet to help you grow your email list. In this article, Julia Saxena shares a step-by-step process to develop and promote your email course.

My biggest takeaways:

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    Make it effortless to benefit from—e.g. mindset shifts require minimal thinking exercise
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    Brainstorm myths, misconceptions, limiting beliefs, and common pitfalls to avoid
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    Write the emails, debunking the top 4–6 items on your list, one at a time in story form
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    Schedule the emails in your email service provider, one day apart from each other
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    Include a recap as the final email to tie everything together
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    Create a landing page to promote your course + let people opt in with their emails
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    Get promoting—e.g. opt-in forms on your website, social media posts, direct outreach

Check out Julia's article for in-depth explanations, examples, recommended elements for a landing page, and reasons why an email course is the perfect lead magnet! 👇🏻

Julia Saxena via juliasaxena.com

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