How can I earn money with an online course?

There are many ways to earn income with online courses.

You can set them up on your own website, like a paid email course, or on a special website that promotes courses like Udemy. You can make money from a course directly, or you can make money on the back end (or both).

Paid course

You can earn money directly with a paid course. There are course websites like Udemy, Fedora and many others. Search “sell your course online” and you will find many of them to help you. You can also set up your course on your own website using a membership website feature like AWeber, InstaMember, or even just a PayPal button with a password-only website.

Free course

You can still earn money with a free course. By offering your audience a free short course by email or as a member of your website, you can use the course to create your email list. Then you can promote other things to them through the course and the email list. For example, in every email you send about the course, you can include a link to your paid courses.


Remember that for any page on your site (like the page where you send people to collect the next free module of your course), you can put recommended products that match the elements that your audience will need to be successful in whatever they are promoting to through its course.

The three

You can earn money through all three methods if you want. It doesn’t matter if a paid course is delivered or not; You can still add complementary products to the delivery page, or through an electronic newsletter that students subscribe to receive.

Complementary articles

For example, if you are selling a course on how to write and sell a book on Kindle, you can promote business-related services such as contractors who will do the work for them. You can also promote software that helps you or peripheral products that may interest you.

Future Courses

A series of courses are a great way to earn more money through online courses. This works very well if the first course is free, then to learn more you have to pay for the updated future course.

You can always earn money with courses. You just have to think about what your audience needs outside of the course, and you can promote those things for them, too. You can earn money directly from the course and then indirectly earn money by promoting products, services and more complementary courses.

Creating an online course is a great way to grow your business, but there are best practices that lead to success and things to avoid. To help you make a course that gives you the results you’re looking for, download my free checklist, How to Create an Online Course at


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