If you want to build an audience and find your ideal students, follow these principles:
If you hate selling, then focus on teaching people what you know instead.
They'll naturally want to know more and even spend $$$ if they're already getting value from you.
Your course is your content.
Example: 99% of Ramit Sethi’s content is free and his online courses are wildly successful.
People ultimately pay for the accountability and motivation to follow through.
When someone follows you on Twitter or entered their email address, they want to hear from you!
Now it’s your duty to show up and give them what they asked for: valuable content.
If you don’t show up, you’re depriving them of your expertise and experience.
Casting your net wider doesn't do anything if these new people don't stick around and join your email list.
Give them a killer call-to-action to join your list (maybe through a lead magnet).
Always give them the next step.
Examples: Lead them to your best resources instead of just thanking them for subscribing to your newsletter.
When they win, you win.
Share testimonials and case studies of how students have succeeded in your course and what results they've gotten.
Always be honest and transparent.
What's really needed to succeed in your course? How much time do students have to invest to get results? Who is not a good fit?
Make sure to answer these questions in your marketing.
Don't be shy to share more of yourself.
Why are you the right teacher to guide them?
We want to get to know you and your journey so we know that we can trust you.