Before I say anything else, you may just want to take a look at the free report to see it for yourself. Below is my take on the teaching sells web site and explains why I chose to join.
If you’re anything like me, you’re interested in learning how to make money online. I was fortunate to create a few web sites early on in the internet era and those sites placed well in the search engines and continue to earn a few hundred dollars each month. Efforts to increase the monthly income haven’t been successful and the earnings, which are mostly from Google Ads, have started to decline. I’ve experimented with different ways of monetizing the web sites, but nothing I’ve tried has had the success I’d hoped for. I’ve also found that a lot of the sites that claim to show you how to make money online are actually lame pyramid schemes that have you sell memberships to the site you just joined.
After reading about how to make money online for several years and not feeling any closer to success, I decided it was time to take some action and start paying real money to gain knowledge. They say education has a great ROI, so I put the saying to the test when I heard about the Teaching Sells web site.
With this as background, I’m sure you can understand why I found the free Teaching Sells report so interesting. It proposed a way of making money that didn’t involved Google Ads or affiliate marketing and it made a lot of sense.
I had started reading Tony Clark’s blog Success from the Nest a few weeks before Teaching Sells launched, so I first heard about the site from Tony, who is a contributor. Another contributor is Bryan Clark of Copyblogger. I’ve admired his success in continually getting huge amounts of readers again and again, and being able to learn how he became so successful with his own site was one of the main reasons I joined.
The initial cost for a 3 month membership was $97, less than $33 a month, so I joined.
You can read more about it yourself too, but this is my opinion on the courses and web site so far.
It’s still a work in progress and they’ve said up front that they want the charter members to help form the courses through feedback, so I wasn’t expecting a polished and professional site right off the bat. The courses are still very well done, with lots of audio and video so it’s not all reading (although every lesson has a PDF transcript if you prefer reading).
The topics of the courses are as follows.
1. How to Create Content That Sells
These give you a framework for how the information can be used. It discusses why people are willing to pay for quality information that’s compiled and presented in an easy to follow format. It’s sort of an extended version of the teaching sells report.
2. How to Effectively Market Interactive Learning Environments
Once you understand the potential of interact learning environments, you’re all pumped up with excitement and energy, but you’re still at a loss of what topics to choose. These courses help you with that and explain how to find needs in the market where you can either share your expertise, or leverage an existing market expert’s knowledge to teach others.
3. How to Create Killer Multimedia Content with Quick and Easy Tools
This has been a very entertaining series of lessons, going over the basics of using Powerpoint, Camtasia (you can download an older version for free) and Audacity to create professional content for your site. It’s done by a guy named Shane, as opposed to the previous ones being done together by Bryan and Tony.
4. Seven Profitable Business Models for Interactive Content Developers
This series of courses outline business models you can use with your site. It helps to get down to the basic details of how you expect to make money, and while I would like to see even more detailed information, it’s certainly got me thinking about which one I’d like to use.
5. Your Blueprint for Building Membership Sites with Open Source and Low-Cost Software
The first two lessons of this course haven’t been very helpful to me only because I already knew about them, and the third one discussing email autoresponders to manage your contacts has been mildly informative. I’ve heard of AWeber in the past and thought it was the defacto standard, so this provides a confirmation of that information. I’m excited to see what other tools I can learn about though as they continue to produce more lessons for this section.
There’s also a web forum which is a great way to learn about what others are doing and to network with like-minded individuals. I haven’t spent that much time on it, but from the time I have spent, it’s quite active and has the potential to be very useful. Both Brian and Tony are very active in the forum, so if you have questions about something you see in the courses you can get them answered.
There are a few warts that are being worked out. For instance, you’re logged out each day and you have to login twice, once to the main site, and again to get to the courses. It’s also hard to keep track of what lessons I’ve taken, but like I said, this is currently being developed, and I expect things to continue to improve. My current method has been to take one course a day, and that’s worked out well. The courses are short enough that you could get through more if you wanted, but I like to give the information some time to settle in.
As I mentioned, I paid $97 for the first three months but the site was so well received that they raised the membership price to $197. After that you can continue your membership for $49/month. I just checked the site and they’re going to be raising the price again after they hit 1000 members. Last I checked they had 870, so there isn’t much time if you want to get in at the $197. I’m glad I got in when I did for only $97.
In the interest of full disclosure, I receive compensation if you sign up from this site, but I’ve provided my honest appraisal. I truly believe this can provide all the information I need to successfully create and market a web site that can break through the earnings plateau I’ve been experiencing. I’ve already learned a great deal about how to go about creating a site, and I hadn’t even considered a members only learning web site before joining.
So far I’m very pleased with what I’ve learned and I’ve only been a member for around a month. I look forward to the new lessons as they arise, as well as the new earning potential I’ve gained by learning about this method of making money online.
If you’re interested in leveraging your current expertise to make money online I highly recommend signing up for teaching sells. I’m open to joint ventures, especially if you’re graphically inclined or are a copy writer, so let me know if you want to go in on something together.
Feel free to ask questions you may have in the comments.
Again, here’s the free report.