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Creating and selling online courses is a great way to share your knowledge and expertise and build authority around your brand.
Online learning is becoming more and more popular, as people look to learn new skills in an affordable and efficient way.
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The main differences between Podia and Teachable are:
So how do you get started?
Well, the first thing you need to do is choose a reliable platform to host and sell your online courses.
We will be looking at each of these platforms in detail to see what features they offer, what their pros and cons are, and how much they cost, so you can decide for yourself which one is the right choice for you and your business.
Before we get stuck into the review, let’s just look at why selling courses is such a great way to scale your business…
Online courses are becoming more and more popular as time goes on, as people look to further their careers, expand their knowledge, or simply learn a new hobby. Many people actually prefer learning online because it can save time and money on things like transport, and the overall cost can be a lot lower than a University degree, for example.
Learning online also gives students the flexibility to study in their own time, so they can learn a new skill without it interfering with their existing career.
Now that we’ve looked at some of the benefits of selling online courses, it’s time to get to what you came here for: the review…
Just in case you’re in a rush, we are just going to go through the main differences between Podia vs Teachable so that you can get a quick overview if you’re short on time.
Podia is an all-in-one online course platform that lets you easily sell courses, memberships and digital downloads to your audience.
You can run your entire course business on Podia, so there is no need for you to spend extra money on a website, hosting, payment software, or email marketing software- Podia includes absolutely everything you need for a simple monthly fee.
The platform itself its really easy to use, so anyone can get started straight away even with no previous experience! The Podia Editor lets you completely customize your storefront and sales pages.
During the editing process, you can add images, rich text, videos and testimonials to your pages, and you edit and reorder the elements until they are just the way you want them to be. You can also see live previews of what your pages will look like in real-time, within the editor, so there are no surprises when the time comes to publish.
According to Podia, they are ‘the easiest platform on the planet’ for creating online courses with their learning management system. One of the great things Podia offers is ‘Unlimited Everything’, on their courses, meaning you can create and sell as many courses as you want, with no extra cost involved.
There is the option to offer your students all of your course content at once, or deliver it once section at a time with the drip content feature. Your course content can be offered in any format, and you can even include quizzes as a fun way to help.
You can upload any type of file to your course, including less common file types like .sketch, EPUB, and MOBI.
As well as offering courses, Podia gives you the option to sell and host memberships. You can offer different levels of membership with different perks and prices for each level including the option to offer a free membership to generate interest and promote your paid plans.
You can bundle your memberships and online courses to give your followers an extra reason to sign up with you, Podia is the only platform that currently offers this option!
Podia gives you the option to sell both your memberships and courses through affiliates, allowing you to scale your business with minimal effort, as your affiliates will do the hard work of selling for you, and you do not need to pay them any commission until they have made a sale.
There is no need to have separate email marketing software, as it is included in your Podia account. The email marketing software allows you to send drip email campaigns to your subscribers and students, send newsletters, and track your results, and the best thing is that there are no limits, you can have as many subscribers as you want for no additional cost!
You can have a lead capture box on your homepage or pre-launch page that will allow you to grow your email list to use for your launch, or for future campaigns.
Teachable is a powerful yet easy to use online course building platform that lets you effortlessly create and sell beautiful online courses. It is one of the most popular course building platforms out there with over 68,000 instructors and over 18million students using the platform.
Teachable is really easy to use, and you can have your online school up and running in a matter of hours. One of the best things about Teachable is that you can actually get started for free, so literally anyone can use this software with nothing to lose. It’s a great option for anyone just starting out, as well as more advanced online course providers.
Your courses are guaranteed to look professional with Teachables user-friendly website builder. The user interface is intuitive to use, and the page builder is ‘drag-and-drop’ so anyone can use it, even with no previous experience.
If you want to make more advanced customizations that’s no problem, you can dig into the code with the power editor!
You have the option to create your courses in any format including PDF, video, image, text, audio, and you can directly import your content files from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive.
All pages are fully responsive, so your students will be able to view their content on desktop, mobile or laptop so that they can keep learning on the go.
When you start an account with Teachable you are given a free Teachable domain (yourname.teachable.com) but you can also easily add your own domain if you wish.
To create an engaging experience for your students you can include quizzes within your course, and you can offer certificates of completion for when a student completes their course. To ensure your students are taking in all the information you have provided you can enable course compliance on your courses, so that students have to take lectures in a certain order, watch at least 90% of a video before skipping on, or pass a quiz at a certain score before progressing to the next level. You can also set a maximum number of attempts at the quiz, and you will be alerted when your students max out on this limit.
To help you understand your students and create a better course in the future you can include feedback surveys and Google forms in your course material.
You can ensure that your students receive the right email communications from you by segmenting your student lists allowing you to send specifically targeted emails based on their previous actions.
When it comes to actually sell your courses there are lots of options and features to make this easy for both you and your students. You can create coupons and promotions to incentivize sign-ups during a launch or pre-sale period for example, and there are advanced pricing options too, so you can offer one-off payments, set up a payment plan or subscription, and even offer your courses as a bundle for a separate price.
To boost sales you can also sell your courses through your own affiliate program, allowing you to make more sales and scale your business while your affiliates do all the hard work of actually selling.
Teachable works with both Stripe and PayPal, so you can accept payments for your courses in over130 international currencies, and even accept multiple currencies for a single course if you need to. You can integrate your school with almost any other application, including MailChimp, Aweber, Infusionsoft and any other marketing tool via Zapier.
Your teachable account comes with built-in easy to read reporting tools so you can always see exactly how your school is doing.
The dashboard gives you a snapshot of signups and revenue across your selected time period, and you have access to important insights such as student completion rate by course type.
The free plan on Teachable is quite limited and does not offer all features, so if you want to use advanced features or sell through affiliates then you will want to go for a paid plan straight away. There is no email autoresponder included with Teachable, although you can easily connect your favorite email marketing software.
Podia has two pricing plans: ‘Mover’ and ‘Shaker’. The pricing plans are really simple to understand, and with either plan there are no limits to the number of courses you can create the number of students you can have or the number of emails you can send.
The ‘Mover’ plan is $39/month and includes online courses, digital downloads, email marketing, zero transaction fees (unlimited transaction), unlimited everything, and 24/7 support. The ‘Shaker’ plan is $79/month and includes everything from the Mover plan, as well as Memberships, embedded checkout, affiliate marketing, third party code, and free migration.
If you would like to give Podia a try and check out all the features available, they offer a 14-day free trial which you can sign up for here.
Teachable offers a free plan, and three different paid plans. The free plan is quite basic, but it does include integrated payment processing, student management, lecture comments, and basic quizzes, so it’s an ideal option for anyone starting out. Because this plan is free the transaction fees are higher, at $1 + 10% per paid course (there is no charge or commission on free courses) and you can only have 10 students.
The ‘Basic’ plans cost $29 per month and include unlimited students, 5% transaction fees, instant payouts, 2 admin-level users, coupon codes, drip course content, integrates affiliate marketing, integrated email marketing, and third-party integrations.
The ‘Professional’ plan is the most popular plan and costs $79/month. This plan includes everything in the basic plan as well as zero transaction fees, 5 admin-level users, graded quizzes, advanced theme customization, advanced reports, unbranded website, course completion certificates, and course compliance.
Finally, there is the ‘Business’ plan. This plan is suited to very large organizations, as it allows 100 admin-level users, bulk student enrollment, and custom user roles. It includes all of the features from the ‘Professional’ plan, as well as priority product support.
If you would like to give Teachable a test drive, you can try out their forever free plan here.
After looking at both Podia vs Teachable in great detail, it’s clear to see that either of these platforms would be a great choice for anyone running an online course business. They are similarly priced for the features they offer, but there are a few key differences that may mean one of these platforms will suit you better than the other.
Firstly, Podia offers memberships as well as courses, for the same price as Teachable’s professional plan, which is a big bonus if you actually need memberships as part of your business. This could potentially save you lots of money from purchasing separate membership software, as it’s all included in with Podia. The other thing Podia includes is email marketing software, which allows you to easily get in touch with your students and grow your email list with no extra costs involved for you.
Bottom Line: So in conclusion, if it’s the great value you’re looking for then Podia is the obvious choice for you. You can run your entire course and membership business with this software for one simple monthly fee, so overall it’s better value for money than Teachable.
Once you start to look past value for money though, there are several benefits to using Teachable that you simply don’t get with Podia. Teachable offers a better overall learning experience for your students, offering features like graded quizzes, course completion certificates, and course compliance, which means your students are likely to have a higher success rate overall as they are given the push they need to complete the course.
So, if the value for money and the ability to offer memberships appeals to you then give Podia a try, it’s a great tool for selling memberships, courses, and digital products online. Podia offers a free 14-day trial so you can try all the features before committing.
BUT… If a more traditional learning experience is important to you, and you want to create an online course business, then Teachable is the platform for you.
Teachable gives you all the tools you need to create an engaging learning experience for your students. It is also highly customizable, so you can make your Teachable school match your company branding perfectly. It’s easy to build your sales pages and courses so there will be no confusing learning curve as you get started. Overall Teachable will give you a stress-free online course business that you can be proud of.
No, there are no fees to pay on free courses that you offer your students. You can offer free courses on either the Teachables free or paid plans
No, there are no other fees to pay. Your courses and sales pages are hosted directly on Teachable so you don’t need to pay any additional hosting fees.
Yes, lots of people use Podia to manage and run their entire business. You can add additional pages like and ‘About’ page, FAQ’s, landing pages, social media links, and any other information that you would like to include on your primary website.
You can use ‘Back Office’ to pay your course affiliates automatically and create reports of your sales and payouts. If you would like to do this manually then you can simply disable the back-office features and do this yourself.
Yes, you own all your data and course content. You are free to download it any time should you wish to move to another platform in the future, and you can cancel your plan at any time.
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David Borgogni is a professional digital marketer who specializes in SEO. He’s the founder of First Click Content, a digital marketing agency that focuses on content development driven by organic search data analysis. He’s also a passionate content strategist and writer in the entrepreneurial sectors for new business.