On the internet you will find a huge buffet of courses in online marketing. When you’re starting out with any of the web marketing programs that are available, it’s an understatement to suggest that your experience can be overwhelming.
There are so many different tactics to learn, from video marketing, to auto-responders, to search engine optimization, to social media, etc. It’s easy to get lost without some sort of guidance and directions.
Usually, the best guidance, teaching, coaching and mentoring comes in the form of an online marketing course with both live and archived training access.
Doing a Google search for either ‘marketing course online’, or ‘web marketing courses’, or ‘digital marketing courses online’, etc. will pop up dozens of options for you to choose from. But the question is: how do you know which one is the best?
There are 3 key factors you should consider. Be sure to ask these questions:
Does your chosen online marketing course give you access to current information? Internet marketing changes on a constant basis, and any course that you choose should keep itself up-to-date. If the course is constantly updating its information or if it gives you access to live webinar sessions where you can get up-to-the-minute training and ask questions about internet marketing topics, then you’re likely on the right track.
Does the course cover a wide variety of topics, or does it just focus on one or two topics? It’s sometimes difficult to find a course that will cover the whole range of online marketing tactics & strategies, but once you understand online marketing and realize that the search engines will rank your internet assets higher for using multiple marketing strategies in concert with each other – then it becomes clear why you absolutely need a course that covers the spectrum of all the primary & proven marketing methods.
Many internet marketing courses online will focus on one particular topic, such as search engine optimization or video marketing. Trying to get the full range of education one subject at a time can therefore be expensive. For example, if you wanted to get an SEO course, it might cost you $10 per day. That may not seem like much on the surface, but over the course of a single month, that’s $300 for a single topic. When you understand that there are dozens of core proven marketing methods, then taking just 10 would be a whopping $3,000, and that is if you completed your study on each one within 30 days.
The problem with many less expensive options, such as buying single-topic e-books or tutorial videos, is that the information is often outdated or incomplete. As a result, even though you may spend only $30 or $40 on each of those items, you may not get the proper education you need to market your product or service. Here again, when you add each topic up, the cost starts to climb.
The other option is to take an internet marketing training course from one of the well-established online universities. Yes, you will get a good education, but issue with this is that unless you have up to $50,000 dollars and the willingness to sit through six semesters of schooling, the training is likely to be out of your reach financially.
It’s better to find & then select a program that is both affordable, but also contains information on a variety of topics. This will not only save you both money and time, but if you can find an all-inclusive program, then you’ll get most if not all marketing topics under one roof.
Does the course give you access to mentors who will assist you when you have questions? Many online courses just give you a heap of information and then leave you to sort it out all by yourself. A good online marketing course will not only cover both basic and advanced tactics, but it will also make available to you avenues by which you can ask questions and request assistance.
What’s really important here is to ensure that the course you enrol in has either live telephone access or ‘live chats’ access. The last predicament you want to find yourself in is one where it takes you up to a week to get a single question answered because the only form of support is via emails where you submit your question or ticket one day and then wait the prescribed 24, to 48, to 72 hours or more for a reply. Gosh, having a single conversation could last up to a month with this kind of restrictive communication environment!
If you keep these three essential questions in mind when you are searching for your online marketing course, you are more likely to get the best value for your dollar, and you will be able to start marketing your business and driving traffic to your website more quickly and efficiently.