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How to effectively generate leads with Interact quizzes-Part 2

This is part 2 in the How to Generate Leads with Interact quizzes series. Click here to see the first post in this series.

How to effectively generate leads with interact quizzes


This is part 2 in the How to Generate Leads with Interact quizzes series. Click here to see the first post in this series.


If you’re looking for a quick, cost effective lead magnet, then I highly suggest you incorporate quizzes into your marketing campaign. It’s a free, subtle fun way to increase your mailing list. People love taking fun quizzes to see how accurate the quiz is and share there results with their friends.

In a previous post, I demonstrated all of the features that Interact’s free version has to offer. I was impressed with the free version, but the premium version is where it’s at people! I LOVE how Interact’s quizzes allow you the ability to increase your brand’s recognition while gaining insights about your consumers. 

Discover how Interact’s premium version quizzes will help you easily convert your leads to customers.

Check out the below video and sign up for your free account right here.

Video Key Markers

Intro 0 to 6minChoose a template 6 Create Optin Form 8:30Customize Resuts Field 10:47Customize Questions 13Branding your quiz 16:31Creating triggers for your quiz( connecting them to you email address 19:10Create a group in Mailerlite 19:47Create an automation 22Create a trigger to connect to Mailerlite Group 24:20Test integration 25:43Promote your quiz 27Install plugin 27:48

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How to Repurpose Your Blog Content

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I’ve got a love hate relationship with blogging. I love the ability to share what I know with others but the process of getting there…not so much. Regardless of how passionate you may be about a topic, writing a blog post can sometimes be stressful. Sometimes, I get tired just thinking about the work involved in writing a blog. Brainstorming evergreen content ideas, conducting keyword research, searching for images, etc. can all be a bit overwhelming.

After going through all that work, I want to make sure that post gets a chance to “shine” for as long as humanly possible. I definitely don’t want all that work to be in vain, so I always make sure to take time to schedule and create a repurposing game plan. I make sure to repurpose my blog content using several of the following methods:

1. Offer your blog post as a PDF version as a freebie

This is an idea that is incredibly easy that a lot of people overlook. If you thoroughly enjoyed a post and you want to print it out, often times when you do so the formatting is wrong (especially a long one). You end up printing extra pages.  If you’re particularly proud of that post and can’t think of a content upgrade to accompany that post, then offer it as a PDF version. Those of us who love to save trees will thank you. 😉

2. Social media status updates

Place yourself in your readers shoes audit your blog posts. Pull out key phrases, statistics, etc.  that you can use as social media status updates that your audience would find of interest. Craft each piece of content to that particular medium. Then create an image that will accompany that post. Share these updates across the social media platforms that your audience frequents the most.

3. Create an ebook and advertise it for free on kindle

Once you start blogging you’re going to generate enough content that will allow you to create an ebook. Once you create your ebook you can either sell it or you can give it away for free as a lead magnet.

4. Take advantage of syndicated networks like Medium  

Medium is an extremely popular website that can expose your content to an audience that you otherwise might not have reached. In case you’re concerned about Medium cannibalizing your traffic, you can stop worrying. Medium has already provided a way to ensure that your site will be viewed as the original source. Be sure to create a newsletter form using Upscribe so you can build up an email list.

Another great platform that you should consider using is LinkedIn Publisher. LinkedIn  is typically  viewed as the more “formal” of the social media networks. The majority of the articles are typically business related. It is an especially useful tool if you’re in between jobs.  It’s a great way to catch a recruiter’s eye or your client’s attention, so you can stand out from the competition.

5. Videos

Did you know that over 500 million hours of video are consumed on YouTube? They are an engaging way to repurpose your content. Research indicates 74% of people who watched an explainer video purchased the product. It’s a lot easier to foster trust and explain a difficult concept by video rather than print screens. If you would like to learn how to record and edit video, then check out our Cheers to Your Courcess course.

6. Livestream

When you conduct livestream video it allows you the ability to connect with your audience in real time. They can answer all of the questions that otherwise would have prevented them from purchasing your products or services.

7. Podcasts 

I LOVE podcasts! It’s one of the few mediums that can truly be considered passive. You can listen to them while you’re sitting in traffic (you’re trapped anyway!), exercising (my personal favorite), etc. Creating a podcast and cross promoting it on your blog, YouTube, Twitter, etc. is easier than ever using Anchor. I’ve been testing Anchor out and have found it to be incredibly  user-friendly. I plan on launching another blog soon and I will definitely be using this app for my podcasts.

Since my experience has gone well with the aforementioned podcast, my goal this year is to create one for Starengu. I want to start a podcast that highlights the journey of bloggers and entrepreneurs in order to inspire more people to start a blog as a creative outlet. Yes, you can make money blogging, but that shouldn’t be the main reason you choose to blog.  I  If you’re interested in becoming a guest, please complete this form. Don’t be shy. Share your story with us!

8. Slideshare 

I don’t care how design challenged you may be, everyone possesses the ability to create a slide deck presentation. Take the best parts of your blog post and create an intriguing story with visual images. If you do it right, your story is going to compel your audience to learn more about you. If you want to work on your design skills, feel free to check out our Brazen Brand & Design, so you can take your design skills to the next level.

9. Infographics

If your content has a lot of statistics, steps, lessons, etc. then take this as an opportunity to reinforce your point with images. Similar to Slideshare you are relying on the images to help you tell the story. However, if you were to print an infographic it would only take up one page (depending on the niche, it probably won’t fill the whole page). By the way, infographics make great pins on Pinterest. They tend to stand out more in the feed.

10. Create a course (video or email)

I am a HUGE advocate of creating email or traditional courses. Depending on your goal, topic, etc. can help you determine which route you want to take. Regardless of which choice you use, both enable you the opportunity to further help your audience know, like and trust you. 

11. Email challenges 

Just like the name indicates, based on the research you conducted (i.e. surveys, focus groups, online research, etc.) you will know what challenges your audience is facing. You can create a mini course specifically designed to answer of those challenges that you can quickly solve. You want to go for the quick win, anything longer needs to be a regular course.

For example, if you’re a digital marketer you could easily create an email challenge centered on ways to 3 ways to decrease blogging fatigue. Each day for 3 days you can provide quick tips that have a call to action which you would request your subscriber to perform. You can even make the challenge even more interactive by creating a private Facebook Group.

12. Expert Q & A interviews

Gather some folks who are considered experts within your industry and interview them. Interviews will take some of the pressure off of you when it comes to creating content. Your conversation with the expert(s), would be a great opportunity to create an audio version of that interview.

13. Updated version of your blog post

Conduct an audit of your blog. I’m sure there are blog posts that would be as good as new if you give it a little TLC. Completely revamp the blog post or add additional new  information to the old post, include additional opportunities to interlink your content to newer content and the repost your blog post.

14. Host a webinar 

Expand upon the blog post you wrote and create a webinar. This way people will get a chance to hear more about that topic and connect with other folks who enjoyed the content that you shared as well.

15. Roundup blog posts

Checkout your content calendar and do a complete audit of your blog. Using Google Analytics, check to see which blog posts were the most popular. Create a blog post literally called, “(Insert your blog name) Top 10 blog posts of (i.e. insert year, category, etc.).

16. Print on demand (T-shirts, mugs, etc.)

I’m embarrassed to say this, but I have an Amazon Merch and  Spreadshirt store that I’m not using to its fullest potential. I have A LOT of ideas, but I don’t have the time to execute designing many of them. I really want to take advantage of my accounts and scale up because print on demand *can* be a lucrative side hustle if you do it right.

17. Content upgrades (Checklists,Guides, etc.)

The best way to build your email list is to offer content upgrades (ahem like Starengu’s Repurposing Content Checklist …) that will reinforce your ability to assist them with the challenges they face. The more folks consume of your free content will ease their conscience when it comes to deciding whether to purchase your products.

18. Create a resource library 

Create a page on your website that enables your audience to see what type of content you have to offer. I personally place ALL of the content upgrades that I offer on my website as one BIG zip file that people will receive once they sign up for access to my content upgrades.

I know some people have a password protected page, but if your goal is to reduce the number of barriers to access your content, you may want to rethink this tactic for the following reasons (all of them based on my personal experience):

  1. The email with the password never arrived.
  2. Even if you do get the email, I’ve experienced the frustration of the password not working…
  3. When people experience the aforementioned issues, the odds of them contacting you are slim to none.

19. Share past content in your newsletter 

When you audit your blog posts with your content calendar, identify evergreen blog posts and incorporate them into your email campaigns.

20. Promote older posts using sites like Missinglettr, Revive Old Post or Recurpost

If you forget to schedule your content, then you can use services like Missinglettr, Revive Old Post and Recurpost to do it for you. After you set them up, let them work their magic.

21. Highlight your top performing blog posts on a start here page

Regardless of whether you have a static (i.e. specified home page) or dynamic (descending blog posts) homepage (I discuss the pros and cons of this more in our Slay with WordPress course)

22. Highlight your content on Quora 

You can incorporate your content into your profile. You also have the ability to search for questions where your blog post can serve as the perfect answer.

23. Best of (insert your blog name or category)

You should create a Pinterest Pin for every blog post that you create (I typically create 3 to 5). Then you need to make sure that you place them on a blog that highlights your blog. Make sure that the “Best of” boards that you create are towards the front.

Time to craft your repost game plan!

Before I create my blog posts, I literally work my way through this list to see which approaches will work best for that particular blog post. My content calendar helps me to quickly identify the blog posts that need another chance to “shine” again.  I work way too hard to allow my blog posts to disappear into a black hole and I’m sure you do as well. Using the above mentioned ideas will keep your blog posts forever young.

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15 Google Chrome Extensions that will boost your blogging

15 Google Chrome Extensions to Help Boost Your Blogging

Google Chrome is the only browser that I use because it’s fast, safe, secure and reliable. Apparently, I’m in good company because according to StatCounter Global, 55% of the world uses Google Chrome.

The main reason I use Google Chrome is due to their extensions.  When you download an extension, it allows you to change the functionionality of the browser to create and enhance your browsing experience so it can support your workflow.

The extensions that Google offers from their Chrome extension library enables me to be more productive when I’m blogging. Regardless of what you need, I guarantee there is an extension to satisfy your blogging needs.

If you want to be efficient when you blog, then you definitely need to check out this list of Google Chrome Extensions that are definitely going to enhance your blogging experience.



I LOVE to learn because I’m a DIY kind of gal. I don’t spend money or refer a product unless I’ve researched it to death and used it myself-LOL I thoroughly enjoy reading articles about digital marketing and technology.

Therefore, if I come across content that is really good, I make sure I share it using Buffer. Buffer’s Chrome extension allows me to immediately share or scheduled content to all of the major social network platforms within seconds. In order to keep my queue constantly filled with evergreen content, interesting articles, questions, etc. I use an automatic scheduling tool called You can learn more about it by clicking here and watching the below video.


Tailwind is incredibly user-friendly and allows you the ability to schedule and reshuffle your pins so they can be shared throughout the day. According to Co-Schedule, peak times for pinning to Pinterest are between 8pm to 11pm.

However, my absolute favorite part about Tailwind are the Tailwind tribes. You’re able to demonstrate your pins not only in the tribe, but then quickly share and repin those pins to group boards to Pinterest from Tailwind. Can we say awesome?!


I like using Ritetag’s Chrome extension because it enables me to evaluate whether I should use a particular hashtag. Based on the color of the hashtag, I’m able to easily see if a hashtag is on the rise or if it’s overused which allows me to determine if it is worth incorporating into my marketing campaign.

Google Analytics Campaign Builder

Google Analytics Campaign URL Builder is an absolute must for bloggers. This Chrome extension allows you to see not just where your traffic is coming from, but it helps you to identify if a specific event, tweet, or blog post is the cause of why you experienced a surge or decline in traffic.


If you have a YouTube channel, then you know how important it is to make sure that your videos are optimized. VidIq helps you to identify keywords that other  YouTubers are using within your niche. If you see that you are missing some keywords, then you can easily add them to your channel, description, etc.


When I’m trying to identify keywords for a blog post or whether I should create a T-shirt for a particular niche, I always make sure to use Moz’s Chrome extension. Moz toolbar is my go to SEO toolbar for keyword research. You’re able to easily identify domain and page authority and inbound links.

Keywords Everywhere

The Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension enables me to easily obtain volume and CPC information for the keywords I wish to use. Once I determine which keywords I want to pursue, I can then easily save my keywords into one list all from the browser.



If you have too many extensions running it can slow down your browsing experience. Extensity places all of your extensions under one tab. This allows you to turn off extensions that would normally run in the background with the click of a button. You’re able to save space on your browser menu and

Google Drive

Whenever I come across interesting posts that I want to revisit at a later time, I save it to my Google Drive folder.

Check Plus for Gmail

You can easily get email notifications and respond to your email all from the Checker Plus for Google  Chrome extension. I like using Gmail this way because it’s a much less distracting way for me to work.

I can see that I have emails, but I have mine set up so I don’t see the actual email notification come through on my desktop. Based on my routine, I check my emails during my Pomodoro breaks.


Grammarly is an absolute must for bloggers. You can read more about more love for Grammarly right here. Regardless of weather whether, the online grammar checker will help you identify and correct mistakes.

Although the primary purpose of this tool is for grammar, I also use this tool to periodically check to see if anyone has plagiarized my content. You can learn more about how I use this tool to protect myself from digital content thieves right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging


If you’re seeking a subtle way to share your blog posts with your friends and colleagues, then you need to take advantage of your email signature. Whenever I’m emailing anyone, I make sure to use the email signature that I created with WiseStamp.

This allows me to share my signature information in addition to my latest blog posts, email newsletter sign up form, etc. You can customize your email signature to share your contact information in a way that highlights your blog. 

Here’s an example of what my signature looks like using WiseStamp:

As you can see, I have all of my contact information along with my latest blog posts and free blogging course. It’s an awesome feeling to have people sign up for your content without being pushy.


PlusTrello helps me to stay sane. I like using Trello to help me keep track of the content that I create. This Chrome extension helps me to quickly access and save the research information I find directly to my boards.


Bloggers are going to love how easy it is to create and share videos using the Loom Chrome extension. Side note: Loom integrates in your email allowing you the ability to respond to your emails using video responses.

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Have you ever seen a color on a site and thought, “I wonder what color that is?” Well, the Eyedropper Chrome extension takes away the guesswork. When you use the color picker function you are able to get the hex code information for the color you seek and even use that to create a color palette.


In the event that your a blogger looking for a side hustle then you need to check out the  print on demand industry. I have a list of Google Chrome extensions and sites for you to download right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging

What Google Chrome extensions do you love? I want to be sure that I add them to my list, so be sure to let me know in the comments.


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How to Create Infographics and Presentations with Visme

How to Create an Infographic and Presentation with Visme

Bloggers are well aware of how important it is to have high-quality resolution photos. We use them on our blogs, social media, videos, etc. When you ask most bloggers what software they use to create their visual content, you will most likely hear Photoshop, Illustrator or Canva.

I’m guilty of this as well. Photoshop and Canva are my go-to software (I also use RelayThat which I discuss in my Brazen Brand and Design course). However, if  I need to quickly create infographics or presentations I’ve been using Visme (especially for the infographics). Visme is incredibly user-friendly an allows you to create infographics, presentations, social media content, etc. in minutes.

Even though I highly recommend Visme, I do feel that there are areas where I feel that they could improve:

1.) I realize that you have the ability to customize your templates, but I would like to see an increase in the number of available templates. I rarely build my templates completely from scratch. I try to look for a template that has the layout I want and make adjustments from there. I wish there were more templates in Visme because having that variety can help spark your imagination.

2.) None of the major online visual content creation software allows you the ability to automatically create additional social media images without having to create only one image. This is one of my favorite features that RelayThat offers and one I hope to see become a standard in other software as well.

These are the only two areas I feel need to be improved and I’m sure you will agree. Check out the video and let me know your thoughts.

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15 Side Hustles to Help You Make More Money


Money doesn’t grow on trees, but the list I’m sharing with you may cause you to feel otherwise (especially if you’re a blogger).  Regardless of where you are in your online journey, bloggers can take comfort in knowing that there are still opportunities to make additional income outside of monetizing your blog.

Even if you’re working a 9 to 5 be sure to check out these sites and side hustles because some of them can even be done at work. Don’t worry, I won’t tell on you. 🙂 

Many of the sites and side hustles that you find on this list are tasks don’t require much effort. Many of these side hustles are also fun. My favorite one is at the end of this post!

Enough rambling from me, it’s time to hustle!

Survey Sites/Search Engine Testing

As someone who worked for a market research company, I already know what lengths companies are willing to go through in order to get data they can use to improve their products.

If the thought of your opinion being used to improve to your product or service excites you, then you definitely need to filling out these surveys. Below are legitimate (emphasis on legitimate) survey sites that you can sign up for in order to get compensated for your opinion.


Inbox dollars

User Testing


Get paid for shopping

Get paid for shopping? Yes, please! That’s exactly what will happen when you use these apps. Some of these apps request you to “check in” when your at the store so you can get points or scan certain items so you can get points. These sites allow you the ability to gain points that you can turn in for cash or gift cards.




Start a blog

It’s important that if you decide to start a blog, that you do so with the intention that it’s about a topic that excites you. If you’re the type of person that craves instant gratification, then do yourself a favor and skip this side hustle. If you’re just doing it for the money, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Starting a blog is easy. Don’t don’t let the tech side of setting up your blog scare you. I created a course to help you build and customize your own blog called Slay with WordPress.  but maintaining and promoting it is a whole different story. I’m not stating this to scare you, but just warning you to think of this side hustle as one that is more of a long term investment. You can anticipate the amount of success to expect based on how much time you devote to your blog.

Below are some of the sites and tools that I use to operate Starengu. If you’re interested in seeing my entire list then be sure download our resource list. I wanted to specifically share the below items because they have affiliate programs. Getting paid for using a product that you already know and love is icing on the cake. You might as well get your slice. 😉

Siteground: I have tried different hosts and can hands down state that Siteground is the BEST. You can read more about my experiences right here. In the event that you choose a different hosting company, do yourself a favor and make sure that you steer clear of the the EIG companies.

TryInteract Quizzes: People love taking quizzes just as much as I love creating them. If you love the taking Buzzfeed style of quizzes you’re going to love this tool. You also have the ability to create your own type of “Buzzfeed” style of quiz. I still love Typeform, but if you’re looking for a change you should check out this TryInteract.

BluChic  / Creative Market / StudioPress / Restored 316 / Thrive Themes: If I’m building a website, these are my go to places to purchase my themes.

NameCheap: I know a lot of people use GoDaddy (I used to as well), but I stopped once I found NameCheap or Siteground.  Both offer the ability to have domain privacy for free for the first year.

Adobe -I get it. Photoshop can be a bit intimidating (I used to feel that way). However, after several tutorials later I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with Photoshop and use it to create my T-shirts. Photoshop offers a lot more flexibility than Canva, Visme and PicMonkey.

Tailwind: If you are trying to build your email list, you really need to be on Pinterest. I’ve known about Pinterest for a while, but always put it on the backburner because I thought it was too cumbersome. It does involve some work up front, but once you get your system down you will start seeing results in a short period of time.

Camtasia: If you’re developing a course or doing YouTube tutorials, you should check out Camtasia. It’s a little pricey, but it’s definitely worth it because allows you a lot of premium capabilities and its user-friendly.

Freshbooks: Great accounting software for small businesses (the invoicing feature is my favorite).

Grammarly: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. You want to make sure people focus on your content and not your typos.  Grammarly is the BEST online grammar checker.

Sign up for affiliate networks

Affiliate networks can help you gain additional income from the products and services that you already love. Being compensated to share products that you love is icing on the cake. Regardless of what your niche may be can be found on one of these networks.

Share your talent by teaching or selling your content

Dabble: I LOVE Dabble! I’ve actually attended several classes via Dabble. Side note: My favorite was the soap making class. 🙂 After I finish working on my latest course, I plan on teaching a workshop via Dabble.


Thinkific: I am a firm believer that everyone has a talent. The best way to showcase your talent is to create your own course. If you would like to learn more about why I chose Thinkific, check out this post.

Teachers Pay Teachers: Educators seeking to make extra cash should consider selling their content to this site.  

Sell Digital Product

If you’re selling digital products like ebooks, templates, bundles, etc. then you should choose to sell your products through one of these companies. You’re able to

Offer your services

The below sites offer you the opportunity to find all types of work in a variety of industries. I love using the below sites to look for work voice over, social media management and course creation service type of work.

  • Upwork / Freelancer /  People per hour: Honestly, if you’re looking for higher pay (especially when it comes to design) Upwork tends to be the best.
  • TaskRabbit: This site is great for hiring people to run errands, everyday chores and can even put together your furniture (they were recently bought by Ikea). If you’re willing to put together furniture, you’re the REAL MVP in my book.
  • Fiverr: Don’t let the name fool you. If you have been toying with the idea of freelancing but not quite sure if it’s for you, check out Fiverr. You can list a variety of services that you’re willing to do for $5. However,  freelancers on Fiverr tend to make more money because they upsell additional services to the original $5 service they offer.
  • Textbroker: Great site for article and content writers.

Sell your makeup/ Share your favorite clothing items

  • Glambot: You can use this site to sell your new or pre-owned makeup products.
  • Maven: Create a board with your favorite products, share the board and receive a commission when someone makes a purchase. It’s like a monetized version of Pinterest solely for the healthy and beauty industry.

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Become a local tour guide

My friends always tease me because I know and love Chicago. I’ve lived here all of my life because there’s so much to see and do. My friends have often told me that I need to be a tour guide. I’m always taking people to new places, restaurants, etc. and I can even tell you some history about the buildings, neighborhoods, etc.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out about the below sites. They allow locals to create their own itineraries and tourists have the ability to hire you to be their guide. I’ve known about these sites for awhile, but I’m definitely going to be doing this next year (I was too busy working on my courses this year).

Make deliveries for Amazon

Amazon Flex: Make deliveries for Amazon.

Rent your sports equipment

Spinlister: You can use this site to rent your bike, surf or snow equipment.

Lose weight

Healthywage: You make a bet on how much weight you will lose. You will get paid if you have achieved and maintained your goal at the end of the challenge.  

Create T-Shirts

Print on demand is an awesome and fun way to make additional income. Even if you feel like you aren’t creative, you should seriously consider getting into the print on demand industry (especially T-shirts). You would be surprised at how many text based T-shirts are making a killing on Amazon. If you’re a designer, you seriously need to take a look at incorporating this into your side hustle game.

Merch by Amazon is the BEST option out of all of these. However, please note that there is a long wait list to join, so you might as well join. While you’re waiting to get accepted work on your keyword search capabilities and T-shirt designs so you’re ready to upload as soon as you get accepted into the program.

I’m still new to Merch by Amazon, but I’m definitely starting to accumulate a list of free or low cost resources that will help in your quest to be successful on Amazon Merch. One of my favorite resources is Lisa Irby’s, The Passive Shirts Profit Podcast. This podcast has tons of great info. If you’re interested in receiving the complete list of my favorite Amazon Merch resources then click here.

I’m sure there are a lot more side hustles out there, but these are the main ones that I have been incorporating into my routine. Do you have additional sites that should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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Do you know how to choose an online course platform?

Do You Know How to Choose Your Online Course Options?

Passive income. It’s something that everyone wants, but it’s a feat that many aren’t necessarily sure how to achieve. The first suggestion that people offer is to start a blog and join affiliate networks. There’s nothing wrong with this idea, but what if I don’t have aspirations of becoming a blogger? Does this mean that I’m doomed? Absolutely not!

One of the best passive income avenues that you should consider pursuing is creating a course. Now I’m sure you’re probably thinking either “I don’t know enough to create a course” or “Everyone and their mother have probably already created a course about (insert topic).” Before we go any further, I’m going to need you to change the channel on this negative mindset because I guarantee that there is a course buried deep inside of you.

My background is in marketing and communication and I’ve spent the majority of my career training and supporting other company’s  endeavors. I truly love helping people which is why I’m passionate about teaching (in my spare time, I am an online English tutor).

However, last year, if someone would have said to me, “Tosha, you’re going to create 6 online courses,” I would have laughed and immediately assumed that they were a couple fries short of a happy meal! So imagine my surprise that by the end of this year, this is exactly what I will achieve.

Creating an online course has been an amazing journey. It’s definitely one that I don’t want you to miss, so here are six things that you should consider when you’re looking for an online course platform to host your courses.

Do You Know How to Choose Your Online Course Options?

I chose the following course companies based on the ones that I felt would be relevant to most people:

Third Party Sites




Self-hosted platforms


WP Courseware



This should go without saying, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating an awesome course only to have it hosted on a shady website. You need to make sure that your course platform has an SSL certificate applied to the site in order to ensure that you secure your data. If you don’t feel safe uploading your courses to the course platform, you can only imagine how your student will feel trying to pay for them…


I’m a patient person. Yet, for some reason, all of that seems to fade away when it comes to navigating a website. If you can’t stand slow loading websites, broken links, etc. then don’t place your future student in this situation. Whatever course platform you choose to host your course on should be easy for both you and the student to use. Here’s how to accomplish this feat from both perspectives:

Student perspective

  1. Is the online course platform secure? It should have an SSL certificate applied to the platform. If it does the url will start with https:// indicating that the link is secure.
  2. Is the online course platform cloud-based?
  3. What is the speed of the course landing page (does it load quickly)?
  4. Can I easily see the terms of service on the website?
  5. How do I communicate with the instructor if I have questions?
  6. What options do I have to pay for the course?
  7. How easy is it to go through the payment process?
  8. How quickly can I access the course (immediately or drip feed)?
  9. Can I easily track my progress throughout the course?
  10. Can I download the course material without running into issues?
  11. How great is the audio?
  12. Is there a forum where I can go to ask questions?
  13. Is it difficult to take quizzes?
  14. Do I have an opportunity to provide feedback for the course?

Instructor’s perspective

As an instructor, I share the same concerns as my students, so the below questions are in addition to the aforementioned. Self-hosted course platforms will allow you a lot more freedom, but with that freedom comes A LOT more responsibility. You will need to decide how much responsibility you are willing to bear.

  1. Can I figure out how to use the majority of the course platform WITHOUT reading the online course platform manual? I know this sounds crazy, but if I have to go searching through layers and layers of instructions on your site to figure out how to use the site, you are essentially telling me that you don’t want me to use your course platform.
  2. Does the site own my course content and can I export my information?
  3. How responsive is the course platform’s support team?
  4. Can I offer free trials to my students?
  5. Can I bundle my courses?
  6. Can I communicate DIRECTLY with my students?
  7. Do I have COMPLETE control over my terms and service policy?
  8. Do I have the ability to customize the course platform with my brand?
  9. Can you charge your students on a monthly basis (i.e. subscription service model)?
  10. Can I set up an affiliate program for my courses?
  11. Do I have the option to provide the students instant access to my material or drip feed the content?

When you keep all of these questions top of mind, you’re going to save yourself and your students the hassle of having an unpleasant online learning experience. Do You Know How to Choose Your Online Course Options?


At some point in time, regardless of how good you are at technology, you will need to speak to tech support. Before I invest my time and energy into a product I always make sure that I contact support (especially if it’s a big ticket item). The amount of time and how you respond to my questions is a good indicator of the level of support I can expect to receive after I purchase the product.

As a course creator, you definitely want to make sure that you get your questions answered in a timely manner. I’m all about anticipation. I really don’t want to have to learn on the spot.  I always try to make sure that I have the answers to any questions that my students may ask before they ask them.

Terms of Service

It is extremely important that you read through the course platform’s terms of service for a variety of reasons. Many of questions we already addressed above, but the main one is to ensure that you retain the rights to your content.

However, one that many people don’t think about until it is too late is the ability to create their own refund policies. Digital products can be delivered and used immediately after they are purchased, so you may want to consider having an ‘All Sales are Final’ type of refund policy. You worked hard on your course, so it should be up to you to determine what type of refund policy you decide to offer.  

Methods of Payment

Once I have determined that a website is secure, I want to make sure that my payment option is available. You need to be sure that the payment gateway is one that my students are accustomed to using (i.e. Stripe, PayPal, etc.). If applicable, your course platform should offer the ability to make one time payments, monthly subscriptions and offer a payment plan.

Affiliate programs

If you plan on using affiliates to help promote your course, then your course platform should be able to easily generate affiliate links. You will also need to make sure that you have access to user-friendly financial reports so you can keep track of your affiliate sales and payouts.

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My recommendation

So you’re probably wondering, “Ok, what course platform should I use?” I thoroughly research everything that I buy, sometimes to the point where I come down with a case of analysis paralysis.

I definitely knew I was NOT going to self-host my course. That is an awful lot of responsibility that I’m not willing to take. I just want to create my courses. I don’t want to worry about fixing security issues, setting up payment gateways, hosting my videos,  etc. Ain’t nobody got time for that…Needless to say, I went the third party route.

My decision on which course platform I should choose was an extremely easy one. I already knew that I was not going to go the Udemy route. This site is not truly looking out for the course creators best interest. Udemy runs numerous promotions which provide students with deep discounts. If you decide not to participate in these promotions, your courses will often time be subject to further scrutiny for not participating in their promotions.

Imagine working on your course for almost half a year. It’s jam-packed with value providing your students with a shortcut to help them gain a skill that otherwise would have taken them years to learn. How dare you not participate in Udemy’s promotion and sell your $197 course for $10! Shame on you! I truly hope you can sense my sarcasm because quite frankly this is the type of atmosphere you will most likely encounter the majority of your time on Udemy.

Students are conditioned to wait for the deep discount sales so they don’t have to pay full price. To add further insult to injury, they determine the frequency in which you are able to promote to your students. This along with reading all the other negative reviews from other course creators that used Udemy, was enough to immediately cross them off of my list.

So my remaining course platform options are Teachable and Thinkific. Both platforms have a free starter plan, but Thinkific offers a lot more features than Teachable.  I decided to create my courses with Thinkific and can honestly say it was one of the best decisions that I have made.

When I was doing my homework, the deciding factors that prompted me to choose Thinkific were the following situations:

1.I already knew that Teachable was not an option for me once I found out that they did not offer telephone support. I’m not saying that if I needed support that I would call versus email, but I at least want to have the option. If I can’t get anywhere by email, then I want to be able to speak to someone about my situation.

The situation that alerted me to the fact that Teachable does not offer phone support was when I had a simple question that I needed to have answered before making my final decision on which course platform I would use.

I emailed Thinkific and Teachable literally on the same day. Thinkific responded to me the very next day. I went searching for a phone number for Teachable. I discovered that they didn’t have one. I was at the mercy of waiting for Teachable to respond, but this also allowed me to test their response time. I had given up on Teachable after not hearing back from them after three days. Teachable eventually responded to my question almost two weeks later, but obviously, I had already moved on to Thinkific.


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2. The other reason why I decided to go with Thinkific is that their course creators receive immediate payment for their course. Teachable pays their course creators 30 days later. Why wouldn’t I get paid right away? What possible excuse could you have for unnecessarily holding my money?

This has never made sense to me. The only other reason I believe Teachable does this is because if you use their platform to accept payments you must agree to Teachable’s terms of service. Therefore, offering an All Sales are Final type of policy is not possible with Teachable. I did not want to give up the right to create my own terms of service, so that pretty much sealed the deal for me and I went with Thinkific.

If you’re looking for an online course platform, now is a great time to check out ThinkificI really like Thinkific’s drag and drop course builder because it’s easy to use. You have the flexibility to brand your course player, create your own landing pages, set the terms of service, etc.

They generally care about their customers and support typically responds in a timely manner. I never thought in a million years, that I would be creating courses.  I’m literally in the process of creating my fifth course using Thinkific. I’m super grateful that the Thinkific platform has enabled me to share my message. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your talent with us.

Be sure to download your Course Creation Game plan by clicking right here.

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