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Which online course platform is the best? This question comes up a lot recently in our author marketing community, simply because a lot of the content I’m creating these days encourages folks to re-purpose their content in cool and creative ways.
(a short course can be turned into a book, an blog post can be turned into an audio, and using a super cool free tool like Anchor.fm – an audio can become a video (and repurposed on youtube) with the click of a button)
If you are creating any sort of content these days – re-constituting that content ought to be a core piece of your platform building process.
Teachable and Thinkific are both great platforms for teaching courses – i’ve used both (paying for Teachable – and using their “premium” plan – and testing the same courses on the Thinkific platform on the free plan)
The truth is, PODIA.com is a much better platform for content marketers, teachers, courses, classes and selling just about anything online.
Check out PODIA.com here. (free trial – no credit card required)
It’s becoming the backbone of my own online offers (and what we’re using for the affiliate program for mindfulmarketplace.com – and many of our platform building services) – and so too should you.
The BEST online platform I’ve found for teaching courses though – is actually PATHWRIGHT. It’s far more expensive than the options above, and has some shortcomings too (no inbuilt affiliate program, no native email marketing – all of your intergrations have to be done with ZAPIER and outside services like mailchimp (email) refersion (affiliate offers) etc – but it’s such an amazing platform for teachers – and one that very few people know of as well.
Here is a Podia coupon for 30 days free. (it’s the standard free trial – but it gives you access to all of their amazing features, includingi memberships, for a whole month, on the house)
Check out Pathwright.com here. (no credit card required – although it’s not really a free trial – to sell anything – you’ve got to sign up – and it’s pricey – but worth it)
If, like me, you’re creating smaller DIY courses that you don’t want to put on Udemy (I’m not a fan of Udemy), then you may want to look at Teachable. So far, it is the only option I have found that takes care of VAT, and I’ve looked at a lot of them, including Ruzuku, Zippy Courses, CourseCraft (which I have used before).
The only other way to deal with this that I can think of, which is rather cumbersome, is to sell the e-course via a site like Payhip, which also states that it will handle the VAT. I use Payhip to sell downloadable audios.