5 Reasons You Need an eCourse to Have a Successful Blog

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What goes into a successful blog?

One of the biggest trends in blogging right now is in peer to peer education through the use of eCourses.  Several years ago Darren Rowse of Problogger offered “The 5 C’s” of blogging which in his professional opinion are the essentials to having a successful blog.

In my professional opinion, a well developed eCourse has all 5 of his “C’s” which makes it the number one goal to strive for in making this blog a success.

So, you’re probably asking yourself (if you haven’t already clicked through to his original article) what the 5 C’s are.  I’m happy to explain in detail what they are and how they relate to an eCourse.

  1. Incredibly useful CONTENTAn eCourse is made up entirely of incredibly useful content such as written text, audio, video, visuals and infographics, as well as quizzes and tests. This is content that helps solve a problem or rather teaches solutions.
  2. A basis for COMMUNITY – An entire online community can be built around a single eCourse through the use of specialized eCourse Platforms, as well as private groups on Facebook, Google+, as well as through private membership sites within your own blogs.
  3. Makes a CONNECTION with your audience – By surveying your blog audience to find out what their major concerns are within your given niche, you can create courses that are specific to those concerns. This opens the opportunity to create several eCourses to address those concerns.
  4. A valuable CONTRIBUTION to the lives of your visitors – If you market your course correctly and use conversion funnels you will attract the exact type of visitors that will find the most use for your courses. They will also become your cadre of promoters through their social media accounts because they’ll want to share where they found solutions to the problems they were struggling with.
  5. Puts CASH in your pocket – There is no doubt that an ecourse can be a profitable tool in the monetization of your blog. Even a free email course can bring your tons of profits (I’ll answer how in a later post) and grow your email list so that you can market and upsell to that list.

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What should I do?

I’m glad you asked, but I think you already have an idea.  That’s right; you need to create an eCourse that fits the niche and general topic of your blog.  It doesn’t matter what you blog about, if your niche is popular then it is ripe for an ecourse.  For example, if you’re blogging on the broad topic of Parenting you might want to consider the major concerns of soon to be or new parents, such as how to balance life between kids, family, home, and career, or how to be a super couponer and save tons at the grocery store.

Or, if you’re blogging about cooking or recipes you might want to create a course on how to create a week’s worth of heart healthy meals, or how to create your own cookbook full of your “German/Mexican/French” family recipes.

By surveying your blog visitors, reading other blogs in your niche, reading the comments on your posts and as well on the blogs you visit to find concerns of the people in your niche, you can come up with several ecourse ideas.

Grab my free mini course and over the course of a week I will deliver to your email a daily lesson to help you create an awesome ecourse that you can use to incorporate the 5 C’s of blogging into your own blog.

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  • Nazy Nazy

    i never knew how important ecourses are!! gald i stopped by …thanx for the information 🙂

    • Oh yes! They incorporate everything that makes a blog successful.

  • Brandi Kennedy

    I’m not sure I agree that courses are the be-all and end-all just yet. I surf a ton of blogs on a pretty much daily basis, and have never taken an e-course even when they’re offered. I know there are many who do, but just as many who consume blogs in the same way that I do. The blogs I support, I support by surfing their sites, but clicking through on products they share about, by genuinely interacting, by sharing their content. I think we can’t discount the value of those types of interaction either.

    • I meant as a form of content, an ecourse can meet or exceed all the elements of a successful blog. Yes, everything you pointed out helps the blogger but in the end, it is revenue that most are seeking. Sharing and interacting is part of if but the content is what matters most and there are so many ways an ecourse can deliver.

  • I have thought about making a course or doing an e-book, but I honestly don’t even know what I would do. My niche is parenting so it is a pretty saturated market.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Grab my free mini course where I explain how to come up with ideas for an ecourse. Even in a saturated market, you have loyal visitors that would appreciate your experience in a course.

  • Chiara Lisbeth de Lisi

    Ecourses seems to be really useful!I should learn more about them!

    • e-coursesxyz

      They are very important part of content marketing, traffic building, and income earnings.

  • Annie Says

    Hm, I honestly never tought about an ecourse, but I’m sure glad I stumbled across this, as I’ll surely need it once I start a business

    • e-coursesxyz

      Absolutely, you might want to grab a copy of my free ecourse to get started or at least get an idea of what you can build content around.

  • This is great info Ive been told repeatedly make eCourses and sell its the best way to go in blogging but im a beauty blogger all the knowledge I have I kinda already told them so making an ecourse would just be rewriting what i told them in a whole… The best bloggers to make Ecourses are the ones trying to help you build you blog..

    • e-coursesxyz

      You wouldn’t be the first blogger to repurpose content to be used in a course. If most of your content is written then try your hand at video or audio with Power Point slides.

  • I need to snag your mini course. I’ve never thought about creating an eCourse before. I’m still trying to figure out what my niche is on my blog.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Well my course can really help in that area.

  • Ivette Lopez

    Hmm this is interesting thank you for sharing I will definitely be checking this out still learning how to engage my audience. I only started my blog a few months ago, and then forgot about it for a month.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Awesome… I only started this blog a few months ago and I already have a free mini course… I’m not a new blogger but this is a new niche for me.

  • These tips for a meaning content are so true! Always wanted to try an e-course

    • e-coursesxyz

      Grab my free mini course and then you can make a better decision.

  • Sandra Milena Crespo

    I love this such great tips! I made an e-course and it is such a fabulous and rewarding thing to do!

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s awesome… did you make it a free course or are you charging for it on an eLearning platform?

  • I’ve never really thought about creating an e course. Gives a lot to think about

    • e-coursesxyz

      Take a copy of my free mini course on how to create ecourses, you will come up with great ideas for your own blog.

  • I’ve never thought of creating an ecourse before, I wonder, as a food blogger, what I could teach people besides recipes (which are on my blog anyway, lol!) I’ll give it a ponder!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Think about what it takes to be a baker or a chef… the tools you need, how to use them, techniques, tips and workarounds, creating a cookbook. The ideas are endless.

  • David E

    Having an eCourse is an interesting concept. I know I have though about many different ways to monetize my blog but I never thought about this one.

    • e-coursesxyz

      I’m seeing it as the number one way to monetize and get the the most out of it at the same time. It benefits your readers and you as well.

  • G&D Blog

    This must be a great way to monetize your blog. My hubby and I would definitely work on this in the future. So far, we’re still making more contents on our blogsite to share stories. This is a great idea.

  • How are you making money by offering it for free? Isn’t this a way to monetize your blog?

    • e-coursesxyz

      Giving my email mini course away is a win win. The recipient is getting a lot of value and I have affiliate links at the end of each course module. But a free course is just the lite way to monetize your blog, a full ecourse and either hosted on a site like Thinkific or through a membership portion of your own site is a great way to earn an income.

  • Natasha Smith

    I’ve thought about creating one several times but couldn’t decide which platform to use.

    • e-coursesxyz

      I’m creating an ecourse, other than my free mini course, on Thinkific. They have every feature I need plus it is free to get started.

  • G&D Blog

    Ive been hearing this a lot since I decided recently to get into blogging. And yeah, making ecourses is a good way to create your community. Am glad I saw this post. Would love to create one sometime to find people of my niche. 😀

    • e-coursesxyz

      Go sign up for my free email course on how to create an ecourse. It can really help you define your niche and topics you can use to teach.