Is there are a market for an online course without video?

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Hi everyone, I am thinking of developing an online course.
The thing is with little experience on making and presenting videos it would have to be text only.
Do you think there is a market still for an online course without video?
Would people pay?
I don;t want to invest a lot of time in something that would probably go nowhere.
Many thanks for your time.
#market #online #video
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  • Profile picture of the author Gabriel
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    Originally Posted by Joe Leslie View Post

    Hi everyone, I am thinking of developing an online course.
    The thing is with little experience on making and presenting videos it would have to be text only.
    Do you think there is a market still for an online course without video?
    Would people pay?
    I don;t want to invest a lot of time in something that would probably go nowhere.
    Many thanks for your time.
    "I don;t want to invest a lot of time in something that would probably go nowhere."

    Well, difficult to build a course then....
    but yeah, without video very challenging...

    I have 12 courses (I think) and video it's the most powerful part of any course
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  • I think it would be harder to find a niche were a text course would be more profitable than a video course.

    People would rather have someone talk to them than read a course. Video courses will always be more profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashwinsd
    You can create PDF book and sell it. There is a market for pdf books.
    For Courses video works great.
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  • Back in 2007 I invested in a five year online mentorship program, that was delivered in text format only. Back then online videos wasn't as popular as it is now. The 5 year mentorship program was hosted in a password protected members area, that was updated weekly, in delayed realtime, over the five year period.

    Unless you are able to setup sophisticated online systems to deliver your course material, then it's going to be really hard to sell a text only online course.

    In this modern day, video has taken over as the primary way of building relationships with your prospects online. A paperback book may give you credibility as the expert in your niche, but the book or eBook is merely used as a positioning tool, to introduce your prospects to you and your other products/services that you have on offer.

    In essence, it easier to sell a book for +/- $1 to $97 online. One of my mentors has a book for sale on Amazon for $997, but I doubt that you will be able to charge that fee for an online course in textbook format.

    If you are offering an online course, then your prospects are expecting to have the course material delivered to them in multiple formats, text, audio and video. So do not spare any expense when it comes to your product creation process

    You can watch YouTube videos that will show you how to create "how to" YouTube videos. You can upload your videos on YouTube, but you can restrict the viewing on your videos to only play in your password protected members area of your website. That can also be an easier way to set up your online course.

    I personally have set up systems like this using a free website building platform, and sold my online courses that way using free systems online.

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    So you will definitely be able to do it with a paid hosting service as well.

    You can also check out this thread to see how to structure your online videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Is there are a market for an online course without video?

    Yes, there's millions of tutorials on webpages and ebooks that will never use video.

    My advice, forget video If it's going to slow you down for delivering a product.

    If your product is difficult to understand and needs visuals, either use photos or screenshots as needed, something you can manage right now.

    Remember, nothing is written in stone, you can make as many updates/tweaks as long as you want, whenever you want. If sales start rolling in without video then you can hire someone else with the profit to make some videos If you think it will help.

    Every niche and traffic source is unique, everyone doesn't want/need videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Our top client's business coaching program is delivered by membership site and is mostly text.

    There are some videos, and a group coaching component.

    It's a great program and I learned an awesome concept in Lesson 1--and I've seen a lot.

    Every so often I run across a post on social media where the person says they hate video and want to read. Usually they say they want to read because they don't want to wait to get to the point...which they feel drags on in video format. They can read quickly, faster than they can watch video. Remember, video is delivered at a fixed pace (even if you speed it up to 1.5X or 2X). Reading pace is up to the reader.

    So there is a target market for exclusively text-based teaching beyond ebooks. I'd point this out strongly in the sales copy as a differentiator.

    Rather than the format in which the information is delivered, I'd focus on the offer: what problem are you solving for people? Solve a big problem for me and I don't care how I have to intake the information for the solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Joe Leslie View Post

    Hi everyone, I am thinking of developing an online course.
    The thing is with little experience on making and presenting videos it would have to be text only.
    Do you think there is a market still for an online course without video?
    Would people pay?
    I don;t want to invest a lot of time in something that would probably go nowhere.
    Many thanks for your time.
    Unfortunately it takes time to develop anything worth while and yes sometimes it might not go somewhere, but sometimes it does. You can't be scared to try.

    These days, people seem to be attracted to videos. The only way to know for sure is to just try.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I'm a firm believer in video when it comes to courses.

    It's not hard or expensive to do.

    I would seriously reconsider doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sharpturn
    I create courses and very rarely do videos.
    Adding videos to your course is certainly not a necessity.
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  • Originally Posted by Joe Leslie View Post

    Hi everyone, I am thinking of developing an online course.
    The thing is with little experience on making and presenting videos it would have to be text only.
    Do you think there is a market still for an online course without video?
    Would people pay?
    I don;t want to invest a lot of time in something that would probably go nowhere.
    Many thanks for your time.
    Would people pay for something you don't want to invest time in....doubt it.

    Most people can spot crappy products online these days. If you don't make it great, nobody will pay attention.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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  • Profile picture of the author RIZ academy
    virtual and visualization have taken the earth forward. It might be challenging only with text.
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  • i think some people are not interesting only about reading.they are more interested into videos.because theoretical portion some time cause of boring.
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  • Profile picture of the author sana11
    Hi Joe! personally speaking I am a strong believer in videos. It might be challenging but depends on the niche and content your'e going to create. You never know unless you actually do it. Definitely it would not be your time wasted in my humble opinion .
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    YES. Why not? But it depends on what niche you bring to the market. For example... I bought a full course about Bitcoin Trading... and it's delivered via email weekly in 100% text only. I have no problem at all with that. I still enjoy the course and can take notes to what most important. Not all the course things have to be in video format. So, go for it! Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Personally, I never buy courses with videos. I much prefer to read. So yes, there is a market. Whether you can track both of us down is the question. I find most videos annoying. The people making them are rarely as interesting or articulate as they think they are.

    One exception is if you're teaching something like a magic trick or playing the guitar. In those cases watching how it's done can be a benefit.

    Create it and test the waters. You can always figure out how to add videos later if the text only version doesn't sell.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Have you ever heard the term "horses for courses?"

    It means that each horse has a particular style of race that they are best at, and entering them in races that don't suit that talent seldom works out.

    I own several courses that I've paid hundreds of dollars for, with absolutely zero video. But these courses are very carefully structured into modules, and the modules typically have a main text along with multiple supplements, forms/templates, etc.

    On the other hand, I also have courses that contain lots of videos, mainly simple screen capture or slide show with voiceover. I find myself spending much more time with the transcripts, especially after the initial run through.

    Some things, like the magic tricks or guitar techniques that Rose mentioned, simply lend themselves to live video.

    Start with what you want to teach, then figure out which horse you need for your course.
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  • Profile picture of the author VAriyam
    I think video is neccessary for online courses. if videos are not there they can just read the books. People do not like to read they love to watch videos. It is easy to learn and cheap to create.
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  • Profile picture of the author thesubeditor
    Why can't you try preparing with a slide show and explain the flow and other detail, that will consume less time and can be efficient way to present.
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  • The future will be video because most people prefer to watch video. You can create video using your presentation slides or video screen capture software where you can show the step-by-step training.
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  • Profile picture of the author Freemon
    Sure there is. 3 examples:


    -Ben Settle... $97/month physical newsletter. (Emailplayers.com)


    -Stuart Walker has a great membership for $69 a month and I don't think I've seen one video or audio in all that content. (NicheHacks.com/Niche Hacks Insider)


    -Mariah Coz... Her free email course called Build a Better Blog and her paid email course on campers. (Femtrepreneur.co)


    Begin with the format that seems right for you. Get something done and then gradually get comfortable with the others.



    Just use some discernment in the way you approach your niche. Some niches will be overwhelming video oriented. Others text. Others still, audio. But do what comes most naturally to you first. You'll do fine if you hang in there.
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  • Profile picture of the author amit drabu
    1. You can create a blog either free or a self-hosted. Following which you can promote your blog through various social media channels.

    2. You can create a slide share presentation for your intended course on slideshare.net and log in through your existing LinkedIn account.

    If you are serious about creating a tutorial, It is better to create video lessons instead. There are various free screen recorders available online, like ispring, Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro, etc.

    All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author gcj1408
    Yes, there is a market!

    Eben Pegan has made tons of products with just audio! I said that first to preface this statement.

    How people CONSUME the content is not as important that the content. Video is good, no doubt about that. Create your course. Now, I don't know what you mean about a text course, that sound like a textbook. Like those big books in college they have you buy. But if you are creating a Ebook with very descriptive instructions and its very meaty. It'll sell. Ebooks sell everyday. Go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronish Baxter
    Write a blog on the subject or make PDF file or publish a book.
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