Podia makes it easy to monetize online courses, coaching and more

Learn how to use Podia to easily generate revenue from your online services.

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I spent several years teaching at different universities. I’ve also spent nearly a decade helping other fiction writers navigate the waters of writing. During those times in my life, I would have greatly benefited from a platform to easily monetize the classes and coaching I offered instead of piecing it all together.

Podia is such a platform and is one of the best content selling services out there. With Podia, you can monetize classes, webinars, coaching, community and digital downloads.

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Podia’s free plan

If you’re curious about what Podia can do to help you sell your digital content, the company is launching a new free plan that offers users:

  • A free website builder.
  • A free community.
  • Free email marketing.
  • A digital download product.
  • A coaching product.
  • Write courses, webinars, and product bundles that you can start selling right away.

Podia Premium Plans

After monetizing those first digital products, you might want to do more. If so, Podia offers three premium plans.

  • Mover$33/month for a custom website, email marketing, client messaging, and unlimited courses, downloads, and coaching products.
  • Blender: $75/month for the entire Mover plan, plus unlimited webinars and affiliates.
  • Earthquake: $166/month for everything included in the Mover plan, plus priority support, onboarding calls and a monthly call to creators.

How to create digital assets with Podia

The best thing about Podia, besides the ability to monetize your work, is how easy the service makes it easy to create consumable content.

After creating an account, log in and click New Product in the upper right corner. In the resulting window, select the type of product you want to create, then click Create Product (Figure A).

Figure A

Creating a new asset in Podia is incredibly simple.

The type of asset you create will determine the configuration options you need. For example, when creating a webinar to sell, you either need to have a YouTube Live link or connect your Zoom account to your Podia account, which is handled by clicking the Connect your zoom link on the page webinar creation (Figure B).

Figure B

Creation of a new webinar to sell via Podia.

If you’re going the Zoom route, scheduling is handled through Zoom, not Podia. If you use YouTube, scheduling is handled through the Podia interface.

After adding the necessary configuration options for the webinar, click Publish and the webinar is ready for monetization. Note that some services, such as coaching sessions, require a third-party booking calendar such as Calendly, SavvyCal, Acuity, or YouCanBookMe.

To promote your asset, you need to set up a list of email subscribers; Podia makes it simple in a few quick steps. To note: To build your mailing list, Podia asks you to add your mailing address to comply with communication laws.

You can import a list of email addresses from a CSV file and even download multiple lists and ZIP files. It’s all very easy thanks to some of the best instructions, documentation, and support I’ve seen for such a service. With this, anyone can get up to speed with selling online courses, subscriptions, and digital downloads in no time. Where other platforms make this process a little difficult at first, Podia holds your hand through the process.

Podia review: Pros and cons

Benefits of using Podia Disadvantages of using Podia
Outstanding and simple interface with modern design Lack of customization and functionality for some assets
Integrated real-time chat widget Unable to create standalone community area
PayPal and Stripe integrations for payment No mobile app
New one-page checkout experience Limited reporting tools
Upsells can be added to assets Basic webpage builder
Replay availability after webinars are over Sales funnel requires a third-party platform
Customer/customer reminders No phone support
Assets are simple to create No course marketplace
Courses allow you to add text, videos and embedded documents, quizzes, coaching, files and unlimited sections
Exceptional customer support
An integrated email marketing tool
Several payment options

Is Podia for you?

If you’re looking for an easy way to monetize your educational content, you’d be hard-pressed to find an easier-to-use platform than Podia. It might not have all the features you need, but the company is constantly rolling out new pieces of the puzzle, so if there’s anything you don’t see, give it some time, and the feature could appear soon enough.

But if you need the ability to monetize webinars, courses, and other types of digital content, and don’t want to struggle to make it work, Podia is one of the best in the business.

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