Udemy is one of the top online education portals, which has over 8000 courses and 800,000 students. It has been featured on top sources like the Wall Street Journal, Tech crunch, Mashable & others which explains the kind of brand and the reputation earned. There are many instructors who have earned a lot with their courses on Udemy and in case if you wish to learn about the top instructors who made around $5 Million USD (combined), check out the below references.
If you don’t want to create any new courses, then still Udemy provides you a chance to make passive income by promoting the existing courses through their affiliate program.
Affiliate Payment Screenshots
Just before going into further details, let me show you the recent screenshots of the affiliate income received from Udemy, that too without any kind of serious promotional activities.
If you take up this activity seriously, you can earn much more. There is a huge opportunity for one to explore and make a good passive income promoting Udemy courses.
Even though this is very small amount, it still adds up as one of the sources, to my passive income
Udemy Affiliate Program Details
Ex. If the course fee is $100USD then affiliate shall be paid $50USD.
In case if you are promoting a course which is offering some coupon code then you shall get paid 50% of the price paid.
Ex. The course fee is $100USD and there is a 50% OFF coupon available on that course. If the user uses your affiliate link to register for the course and applies the coupon code to get 50% OFF, then the affiliate shall be paid 50% off $50USD which is $25USD.
There are also free courses on Udemy, but note that you won’t earn anything by promoting free courses because 50% off of nothing is nothing 😛
There is no limit to the number of sales, affiliates make which makes them to earn as much as they can. Also, Udemy provides cookie for 7 days, which means that the user, if bought the course Udemy within 7 days period, you will get paid.
Here is the chart that depicts revenue criteria.
Check this source to understand more about revenue sharing criteria.
Udemy Payment Details
Udemy pays through Paypal and in case if you have newly created your account, then you can set your paypal details on this page after logged in to your dashboard. Udemy takes around 1 month to pay the affiliate commission. Say, if you have made any sales in Aug then you shall be paid at the end of September.
Udemy offers a 30 day refund program and in case if the user who has bought the course using your affiliate link requests for a refund then you shall not be paid the commission. Hence commissions are paid only for courses which are not refunded. Whether you make $5USD or $500USD, your affiliate income shall be paid accordingly.
How To Become Udemy Affiliate ?
The Udemy Affiliate Program is run in the Linkshare network which makes it necessary to register with Linkshare if you are interested to promote Udemy courses.
1.Udemy offers a free affiliate program where any user can register (free) from this link : Udemy Affiliate Account Sign Up . Click on “Join Now”.
Udemy will take around 4-7 days (sometimes within 1 or 2 days also) to validate and approve your account.
2. You will now be taken to Rakuten Linkshare Publisher Registration page. There are 4 sections which you have to fill.
- Company Info
- Contact & Account Info
- Primary Website Info
- Payment Threshold
a) Company Info
Select your country which will then populate with the relevant fields under TaxForm & your State.
Legal Entity Type : Select appropriately. As I’m not associated with anyone nor any company, I have selected it as “Individual”.
Business Name : For Individuals and Sole Proprietorships this will be your full name ( if this field is disabled then you need not enter your full name.
Social Security Number : This is optional and can be left blank if you don’t have it.
Tax Form : This is mandatory field. You need to select it accordingly. There are multiple W-8 forms, and for most Publishers the W-8BEN is appropriate. I have selected this as W-8BEN.
In case of any ambiguity, please check this source for clarification.
Address & Contact Details : Please fill these fields appropriately.
b) Contact & Account Info
Enter all these details appropriately.
c) Primary Website Info
Provide the details about your website to let them understand your promotional model. If you don’t have, it is very easy to create a website in wordpress.
d) Payment Threshold & Other Details.
Threshold : This is by default set to $50USD (min). I guess you need not change this number. Once your affiliate income becomes $50USD or more you will get payed.
Language Preferences : Set them accordingly
Email Subscriptions : Check them so that you will get mails periodically regarding any new promotions
Membership Agreements : Check them both.
Information Certification : In the Signature field: Enter Your Full Name & click on Sign Me Up.
3. Once you have created your Linkshare affiliate account, you may need to furnish more details regarding traffic strategies (if asked). Here is my screenshot with my details.
4. If Udemy publisher is shown then click on “Apply”. If not then after logging in to you Linkshare affiliate site and do a search for Udemy under ADVERTISER SEARCH field. Click on “Apply”.
Please note that Udemy should approve you before you start promoting the courses. So, wait till you get approval. Once your account is approved you will get an email regarding the same.
(Note : Udemy will take around 4-7 days for approval process but most of the times within 1 or 2 days you will get approved).
How To Get Affiliate Links For Udemy Courses ?
Once your account is approved, now you are ready to promote Udemy courses.
Step 1 : Login to your Linkshare affiliate account
Navigate to My Advertisers > Udemy > View Links (OR) Navigate to Links > Udemy > View Links
Step 2 : Click on Link Types & Select the type of link which you want to promote.
If you want to promote any specific course then navigate to > Individual Products. Here I wanted to promote with the banners. So, I have selected Banners/Images
Step 2 : Select the banner and click on “Get Links”
Step 2 :A popup will get displayed with the link code. Use this link code to promote the Udemy courses.
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