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Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course

Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online CourseIn this short article comparing Udemy vs Teachable, I’ve hit on the main differences between the two platforms.

In particular, I discuss them from the perspective of how they can help you profit from your online course.

I do not take a position, however, on which one is better.

There really is no way for me to tell you which one is better for you.

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That’s something you will have to weigh for yourself before making your decision.

I think you should give focus to which platform will help you profit from your online course, since that is really the reason most people create them to begin with.

Udemy vs Teachable – Which Do I Use?

Actually, I use neither.

I have created many courses, and have constructed my own method and system over time.

I don’t use a standardized platform, but rather have created my own website properties for them.

Many of my students and clients, however, come to me for advice for creating their own courses.

They are usually creating a course for the first time.

I have also, though, worked with people who have already created several courses, but are unhappy with their results, so they are looking for a better way to do it.

I am not an affiliate of either course platform, nor have I have put any of my own courses on either one.

So my review here is purely neutral, and touches on the same kinds of issues I raise with my own clients.

I would just like to point out why either Udemy or Teachable might be a suitable platform for you to create your online course.

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Udemy vs Teachable – Are Those The Only Choices?


There are others.

Udemy and Teachable are the most popular ones as of this writing, though.

I find most of my students are struggling to choose between these two, with little regard to the others that exist.

You can do a quick Google search to find others if you would like, but I think you will find that most course creators and instructors nowadays are choosing between Udemy vs Teachable.

I also believe they are your two best options at this time.


I think of Udemy as being like a school.

Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course

They have millions of students in their marketing funnels, and your job as a “Udemy Instructor” is primarily to show up and teach.

The Screening Process

Before you start teaching, though, you must jump through some hoops that Udemy has set up

To be an instructor on Udemy, you must submit a sample of your course video.

You need to submit your curriculum consisting of what you want to teach and exactly what your outline will be.

At each step of the way, you need Udemy’s approval to advance toward becoming an instructor.

Ultimately, they decide whether or not you can teach your course on their platform.

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What Your Course Will Look Like

Udemy courses are slanted strongly toward video instruction, including PowerPoint presentations.

They typically run between 1 and 3 hours, and are made up of a series of instructional videos and lectures.

It doesn’t cost anything to “teach” your course (via a series of video trainings) on Udemy.

In addition, Udemy takes care of the essentials… payment processing, hosting and customer service.

It even handles all the marketing if you want them to.

How Can Udemy Help You Profit From Your Online Course?

You can earn profits in several ways.

Udemy charges you 50% of the revenue you bring in for your courses.

So, the higher the student enrollment, the more you will profit.

Now, you get to keep 97% of your earnings on Udemy if you market your course yourself and if you get your own sign-ups via what are called Instructor Coupons.

One of the most recent changes inside of the Udemy platform has been highly controversial.

That is the pricing for courses.

At one time, you could charge just about any amount for a Udemy course, but now it must be at least $20 and cannot exceed $50.

Here are the most common ways to earn a profit:

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Udemy Marketing Program

Udemy will market your course for you through Udemy Deals.

You must choose this option, and agree to split revenue with Udemy to compensate them for this service.

As you can see from the chart above, you earn 50% when you go this route.

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Udemy Education

Udemy walks you through the process of creating a course.

Remember, you are creating your course on their platform.

For that reason, they give you a checklist to guide you step by step, and keep your course in conformity with all the others.

You can also join the Udemy Studio.

This is basically a Facebook group where you can get peer help and support in creating your course.

You can, for instance, post a training video you’ve produced and get feedback as to how it might be received by Udemy students.

Udemy training will show you how to include quizzes and homework projects for students to do, making it more interactive just like in a real classroom.

Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course


There is much less for me to tell you about Teachable, because it doesn’t have a uniform, central platform that hosts and offers courses like Udemy does.

Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course

The benefit of not being in a virtual classroom-like setting, is that Teachable lets you customize everything.

Yes, you can use their web hosting and their site for your course.

But you can also set up your Teachable course on your own website.

That puts you totally in charge of what to teach and how to deliver your course.

You don’t need anybody’s approval.

How Can Teachable Help You Profit From Your Online Course?

This is up to you.

Teachable helps you create a course, but you must do the marketing.

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This means you get to keep 100% of the profit because it’s your course, you market it, and you own it.

You can charge anything you want for your course.

Teachable does not set a minimum or maximum price.

Do My Courses Get Approved?


There is no review, no checklist, no approval process.

Nobody tells you how to create or operate your course, what can be in it, or what quality it must have to be acceptable.

This might appeal to you, for instance, if you don’t want to teach your course via video trainings.

Do I Have To Pay For This?


It’s not free, like Udemy.

You are paying Teachable to help you create the visual aspect of your course, design your website to make it attractive and be ready to market it.

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Here are the different levels you can purchase…

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Marketing and Education

Teachable does not market your course, nor do they educate you on how to teach it.

They do teach you how to customize your website to make your course appealing and functional.

But you have to know how to create your courses on your own.

Udemy vs Teachable – The Verdict

I told you in the beginning that I could not tell you which platform is best for you.

I can, however, suggest how you might go about making that decision.

Here are the main things to think about.

Newbie or Pro?

If you have never created a course before, I believe you would be happier with Udemy.

You will learn a lot by being involved in the community, and you’ll probably come away understanding what it takes to create a good online course.

If you are like me, and have created many courses already, then Teachable might be a better alternative.


If you don’t have a clue about how to market your course, Udemy will probably appeal to you more.

They have millions of students already, and they know how to market courses.

With Teachable, you’re on your own.

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You could create a beautiful course on Teachable, but what good will it do you if you don’t know how to market and sell it?


Although Udemy will market your course, they also market all the other courses on their platform.

So yours will be pitted against all the other courses that look like yours, and teach on the same subject matter.

Students can choose between your course, and probably those of many competitors who may charge less, have far more positive reviews than you, and a bigger class size… which always attracts incoming students.

If you create and market your own course via Teachable, you have no competition on your site, although people can still search other platforms for similar courses.

Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course

If you are creating your first, or your next online course, I hope this helps you decide whether or not you want to do it on either of the two most popular platforms… Udemy vs Teachable.

I’d love to hear if you have an online course in mind.

If so, which platform do you think would be best for you to publish it on if you are choosing Udemy vs Teachable?

Please leave me a comment below, and share this post on your social sites.

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23 Responses to Udemy vs Teachable | Profit From Your Online Course

  1. Dr. Elise Cohen Ho October 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    I too teach online courses and use a different strategy than Udemy or Teachable. However, I am now thinking that I need to look a little deeper and see if these may make life a little bit easier. Thank you.
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  2. Thomas October 17, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    I have taken courses on Udemy. I like the way it works and I like the fact that several instructors might teach the same subject, you can choose the best course for you.

    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

      Yes, choosing between instructors is one of the benefits of using Udemy, but it’s not always advantageous to the instructors b/c they have to compete with other people doing the same thing they are.
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  3. Marquita Herald October 20, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    Very informative David. I’m attending a Teachable online workshop this afternoon so this gives me some helpful background information. One thing about Udemy that concerns me is their habit of deeply discounting courses. I joined their affiliate program for a few months at the beginning of this year and courses that were normally $97 were going for $15, and that happened several times before I finally canceled my account. These kinds of promotions train people to wait for a “deal” so you’re really shooting yourself in the foot by relying on them.

    There’s clearly a lot to weigh when considering these programs, but I think as long as you aren’t required to commit to a long-term agreement the best thing to do is dive in and start getting some experience and go from there to develop a system that works best for you. Thanks!
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    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      The deep discounting is a problem on Udemy, more for affiliates than for instructors. Instructors trade off getting volume, plus, they don’t have to do any marketing.

      There’s always pros and cons, right?
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  4. Mandy Allen October 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Wow, David, I never even heard of these! How strange, all this time online I I don’t know about them. I have a couple of courses I market myself, they are video instruction and mostly based on powerpoint and audio, so I will be looking into Udemy for sure! Thanks for the share!

    Enjoy the journey!

    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

      If you don’t know how to, or have not had success with marketing your own courses, then Udemy is a great way to go.

      You learn how to create a course, you have the Udemy team looking over your shoulder to be sure it’s of good quality, and they market for you.

      You can always break away and do it on your own later, once you’ve picked up the experience that Udemy will give you.

      Teachable doesn’t do any of the marketing for you, so if that’s your problem… Udemy is a better route to go.
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  5. Joy Healey October 23, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi David,

    I have done several online courses and very much like Udemy as a student. However, I wouldn’t consider it as an instructor (a) because i don’t produce videos and (b) as Marquita points out, as a student I very quickly just waited for the discounts!

    I hadn’t come across Teachable before, so it was interesting to read about this platform and will investigate it if the need arises.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      It’s all about marketing, Joy.

      If you know how to market your courses, you don’t need Udemy.

      If you can’t do the marketing, I suggest you either learn to do video, or hire someone to do it for you by reading your script.

      Meanwhile, keep in mind that you don’t need to be face to camera on video, only do voice-over of your slides.

      Most consumers prefer video to anything else.
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  6. ikechi October 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    Hi David

    Interesting review about Udemy and Teachable. I am aware about these platforms but it is great to really see their comparisons. I have done courses on Udemy and I see it is an excellent resource for a newbie.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  7. Robin Khokhar October 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi David,
    It is really good to know about Udemey and teachable through your post. Actually, I heard about the teachable for the first time through your post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    have a great day.
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    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

      Good to see you, Robin.

      Teachable is a great platform if you know how to market your courses, but don’t know how to produce and pay-gate them on your own private platform.
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  8. Chris Brogan October 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi David,
    Thanks a lot for this comparison. Actually, I am hearing Teachable for the first time. I have taken a few Udemy courses in the past and, it seemed decent.
    Well, I will try out teachable too,
    Thanks a lot.
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    • David Merrill November 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      There’s really a big difference between the two as a producer or product creator, but not so much on the user side.

      If you’re new to product creation, I’d give Udemy a whirl fist, then upgrade your efforts to Teachable when you think you are ready to market your own courses.
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  9. Sue Bride November 1, 2016 at 4:11 am #

    I’m familiar with Udemy because of courses I’ve taken but not Teachable. I will keep them in mind for the future. Thank you David.
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  10. DeeDee Lynn November 5, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Hi David. I hadn’t heard of Teachable nor did I understand how Udemy works. These are a couple of things to keep in mind. I would imagine it might be well to look at the courses offered and try to find an area that’s not saturated.

    I’m not sure I will ever use these services, but it’s nice to know that they are available and what they are about. Thanks for sharing this information.
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  11. Kathryn Maclean November 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Hello David,
    I was happy to find your article about Udemy vs Teachable.
    I had heard someone mention teachable in a blog somewhere. Udemy I knew about as a good place for beginners to start an online course. That’s all I knew about them.
    So all the particulars in your article were eye openers. They look quite different. I would lean more towards Udemy but the video about your course to apply seems daunting. I do want to produce a course in the future. Will need to check them out myself. Thank you for the eye-opening though.

  12. Lesly Federici November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Hi David,
    I use Udemy. I have a course that I created a couple of years ago and it’s still there earning money every now and then. 🙂 I think it’s gotten more organized since I started and considering adding more., Great review. I didn’t know about Teachable.

  13. K. Lee Banks January 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    This is a great, comprehensive post! I am about 2 months out of having my EdD degree, and writing my own courses is something I want to do! Thank you for sharing this info – bookmarking this post!
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