I have a 7-part course on how to start an information marketing business. Now, I realize that others with free courses choose to send out one part every couple of days, or even one each week. However, I wanted to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak, and I therefore make all of the parts available immediately, one after another, on a website. When the person finishes one page, he's given the link to go to the next page, etc. At the end of the course, he's given the option of buying the "full meal deal".
It seems to me that when a person comes across something they're interested in, you want to provide the info they're looking for right then. They don't want to wait for it. We live in an age of "instant gratification". If I just emailed the first part of the course, with the autoresponder set up to send the second part a week later, a lot of things could happen between now and then. He may find many other websites, sign up for their lists, and be bombarded with emails; thus, my next part of the course would simply get lost in the barrage of emails he's getting. Or, he may simply lose interest in the product over a period of several weeks. Etc.. etc.
Also, since someone who is really interested in learning about a product wants to learn about it immediately, why make him wait for bits and pieces of your course over the next month or two? Just give him the info, and let him decide if he wants to pursue it further by getting your product.
What are your thoughts on this? Is your free course set up to be delivered over a series of weeks, or to be received all at once?