| ||Ask HN: Making money with ebooks and video courses vs. writing apps?|
89 points by facepalm on Oct 25, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 39 comments |
|I've been browsing Udemy courses yesterday and I was floored to find that some programming courses might have sold in excess of a million dollars (unless Udemy hands out coupons all the time and few people actually pay the full price for a course - I don't know that).|
There are also courses like "how to create a bestseller on Kindle".
Now I am thinking of creating my own programming course, but I realize I can not really make such a promise as helping people earn money with programming (except getting a job, but that also seems a but much for a single video course). It would be cool to make a course "learn programming language X and earn 1000$/month in passive income" but it seems a very doubtful proposition to me.
Is it harder to make money with programming than with other content creation (ebooks, video)?
Udemy says the average course earns 7000$ - not a lot, but I think still more than the average income for iOS or Android apps? And it seems to me a course or ebook might be much simpler to create than a good app.
Of course those "make a Kindle bestseller" courses might just be fake "get rich quick" schemes, but I am not so sure. I can imagine having a good title and reasonable subject a book can become a bestseller easily.
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