[Guide] – How To Make Passive Income Promoting Udemy Courses ? [Payment Proofs Inside]

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 guide.

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 Payment

Udemy Affiliate Account Screenshot

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Paypal Payment Screenshot

     Udemy Affiliate Program Details

The free affiliate program allows users to make passive income by promoting existing courses present on Udemy. Generally Udemy  pays 50% of the course Udemy Affiliate Income_1price of any sale.

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 :P

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 1 year, which means that the user, if browsed the Udemy course using your affiliate link, buys the same course within 1 year then you shall get the affiliate income.

     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 ?

1. Udemy offers a free affiliate program where any user can register (free) from this link : Udemy Affiliate Account Sign Up . Udemy will take around 4-7 days to validate and approve your account.

2. Once your account is approved, login to your affiliate account and navigate to your dashboard.

3. Search for the course which you want to promote and select your affiliate linkMake Money Using Udemy_1

Generally the affiliate url of the course looks like this : <course URL>/?affcode=<affiliate tracking code>

Example :

Normal URL : https://www.udemy.com/build-beautiful-html5-website

Affiliate URL : https://www.udemy.com/build-beautiful-html5-website/?affcode=E0Ecdl9RRnYGQxhj

4. In case if you have some discounted coupon codes then you can add it at the end of the affiliate url.

Generally the affiliate url of the course along with coupon code looks like this : <course URL>/?affcode=<affiliate tracking code>/&couponCode=<coupon code>

Example :

Normal URL : https://www.udemy.com/build-beautiful-html5-website

Coupon URL : https://www.udemy.com/build-beautiful-html5-website/?couponCode=FREE4TWEET

Affiliate & Coupon Code URL : https://www.udemy.com/build-beautiful-html5-website/?affcode=E0Ecdl9RRnYGQxhj/&couponCode=FREE4TWEET

5. Promote the course to your list/forum/blog/facebook using your affiliate link.


1. If someone creates an account using your affiliate link, you will receive credit for any courses they purchase within their first 30 days of joining. 

2. If you refer someone to a course on Udemy and in case if the user bought some other course, you will still get payed the affiliate amount by Udemy.


Say,  Student A, wanted to buy HTML 5 course which costs $50USD using your affiliate link and after coming to Udemy, changes his mind to buy PHP course which costs $200USD , then you shall be paid 50% of the paid course which is $100USD in this case.

Phanindra is the owner of BlogSmartGuide.com which serves as the platform to learn about the strategies to become a Successful Online Entrepreneur with a healthy portfolio making passive income online. You can follow him on Google Plus

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21 Responses to “[Guide] – How To Make Passive Income Promoting Udemy Courses ? [Payment Proofs Inside]”

  1. Udemy is really awesome company to work with. One of the easiest ways I find to promoting them is just recommend courses to friends through social media.
    James recently posted…Udemy Become A Web Developer From Scratch ReviewMy Profile

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  2. It’s not working now! You must create a link through udemy! ( I know – I’ve got 30 clicks and no dinero – after changing to udemy links – on 5 clicks I’ve got 3 hits…

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    • I have given sample URL’s of the affiliate links in the above article. Generally as shown , you need to get the affiliate links from within Udemy(after logging in your affiliate control).


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  3. Mike

    I just wanted to show how some instructors, are committed to making life as a Udemy Affiliate even easier by creating affiliate tools.

    >>> http://empoweria.com/udemy-affiliate-tools/

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  4. Please help me with my affiliate on Udemy! When I navigate to my dashboard. I clicked column “Your Link” and get my affiliate link, but have problem, some textbox in column “Your link” is give me a other affiliate code. EX; Course ”
    Design Your User Experience in 7 Simple Steps” with my affiliate code is = “affcode=E0EYeVdUQHQLQhNj”

    but course “Creating iOS games for beginners” is affiliate code =”affcode=E0EYeVdUQHQLQRtj”. Why it is?
    tuyen ran recently posted…New Coupon code Udemy save 70% 1 January 2014My Profile

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    • Just tried to create my own affiliate links for the above 2 courses and they are different than my normal affiliate code. Need to check with Udemy about it.


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  5. thanks for your valuable posting, it was very informative.i am working in Erp in Chennai

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  6. thanks for your valuable posting it was very informative. i am working inCrm Software Company In Chennai

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  7. anonymous

    Udemy affiliate is not available in India?

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  8. Noah


    Can you please create another post to register in Udemy Affiliate, because lot of stuff is there, which is out of my brain. I’m from India.

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  9. T Poddar

    Just came across your site. Its great.

    I have a question for you? I would like to become a Udemy affiliate. However I find that the Udemy affiliate program is run via Ratuken Linkshare. There has to be some disclosure made regarding tax .

    Which tax form to choose – is it Form W-8BEN? Also is the check box indicating I am exempt from backup withholding to be selected? I am from India.

    Also is approval as an affiliate to Udemy difficult? Would greatly appreciate your response.

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    • Hi,
      If you are from India, then just submit the form W-8BEN. It is not much difficult to join Udemy affiliate. Also, I personally suggest you to think in terms of creating your own course in Udemy.It is very simple to create course in Udemy which can also be promoted on different other revenue generating platform (ex. Skillfeed etc or even sell them on your own blog).


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  10. Shahzan


    Thanks a lot for this great post Phanindra.

    I would like to know whether I would be able to sign up for Udemy Affiliate program without having a website or blog?

    As I’m planning to promote the courses on social media.

    Eagerly waiting for a reply.


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    • Hi Shahzan,

      You can join Udemy as an affiliate :) Just mention about your strategy while registering as affiliate.


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  11. Jeroen

    Do you need a website to become a affiliate or is promoting there products by Facebook ads also possible.

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    • I you have a website that will be an added advantage. But you need to take care of some points (using Udemy or any other copyrighted terms in your ad copy) while advertising.

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  12. Lydia

    Great post. This video compares Udemy, Skillshare and Skillfeed Affiliate Programs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojrpFwRoSJI What are your thoughts about the other two platforms?

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  13. curious about something….

    how do affiliates select the courses they will promote?

    I am an instructor at udemy and that would help me to better understand what to offer affiliates to make their life easier and mine as a teacher more profitable.

    thank you.
    Doru Catana recently posted…The Tokyo ReverseMy Profile

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    • Hi Doru,

      Most of the times, if you have seen coupon websites they by default drive traffic to almost all the courses that are made available for affiliate promotion.
      If case of normal bloggers, they try to promote courses to their list (email marketing) & also try to see few keywords which are rankable on Google. So, after ranking on 1st page of Google for the relevant courses, affiliates can promote anything. So, few of them choose Udemy courses.

      Ex. If I can rank for Youtube money making keywords on 1st page of Google, then you can promote Alun Hill’s “How To Make Money From Youtube Without Filming” course which converts very well (there’s also great feedback along with good rating).

      Hope this info helps :)


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