Case Study: Staying on italki For More Than 1 Year With Less Than 50 lessons

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    Kids/Adults - Walter

    Excellent! ^^

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    Paul Capiral Busines

    Since I started teaching (Full Time) on italki last Feb 2020, I completed 730 lessons with 100s of great student reviews and positive feedback in 5 months, however, my bookings are declining April = 261, May = 173, June = 114, and July = 37. Is something wrong with italki algorithm? Can someone enlighten us? Thank you.

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    Teacher Paul

    Paul - i agree with this. same almost identical collapse in classes. perhaps my drop off was even worse. we do need some understand here from Italki. Lots of other teachers mention the same issues.

     

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    RUTH

    Italki please do something about the algorithm. My profile isn't visible anymore. This July I haven't seen any new students.

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    Daniela Berrio

    I agree with all of them. Suddenly it all changed. Is it maybe because is summer so people prefer of course to go to holidays or is a consequence as well of the pandemic that a lot of people are having less incomes... ? or there is something with the algorithm of Italki. This is quite concerning. 

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    Gaëlle

    Does anyone know how search results work? Yesterday I was at the top and today I'm among the last ones...

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    Annie

    Maybe you didn't participate in the 'new' - about to end - $5 promotion? 

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    Aziz

    Hey guys, I feel the same. Although I do run my own Facebook ads and a YouTube channel. I think it helps bring exposure to my profile. Yes, maybe this $5 promotion is affecting the more experienced teachers. However, Keep offering a high quality service and once you weather the storm, it will all be good. 😊 Also, start  creating online courses at teachable to supplement your income. If you have a youtube channel start looking for sponsors. If you want to survive in this environment you must learn to create multiple streams of income. 

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    Ktutor Gil

    Great. Very helpful.

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    Steve M

    There's always a decline during the summer months.  Always.  Couple that with the disruption caused by the global pandemic and you're witnessing a huge upheaval in normal scheduling.  

    During the months of March through June, demand for online teaching was much higher than normal.  Then, when lockdowns were lifted and with good weather, everyone went outdoors.

    So, there's normally a dip in Summer months, but this year we had an artificial bump in the winter and spring followed by an unusually severe drop in summer.  Things are just now starting to pick up again.

    Here's hoping we get back to normal quickly!

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    Johannes Simons

    Guys, I have participated in the promo and the result has been an INCREASE in classes. Against expectations my class amount has been above the 200 classes every month since June (in September I had a four-day break but still got 192). I think it has to do with the language you teach and what you offer your students. I have been teaching here since March and have as of today (Nov.10, 2020) 1585 classes done.  So for me, I got a huge increase in summer, and it still keeps growing, even to the point of getting new students and having to tell them to start classes in 2 or 3 weeks. So it isn't just the algorithms, it is many other factors unknown to many. Stay strong and happy teaching.

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    Steve M

    Congratulations on that, Johannes!  

    Personally, I have no idea what "the promo" is, which is curious.  But, I've been on this platform for more than four years and still haven't reached 500 sessions, while on another platform, I average 80 sessions per week.

    Two months ago, I got many sessions simultaneously here, but now, back to the "normal" less than 10.

    Very strange how different people get such vastly different results.

     

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    Bogdan

    Very helpful indeed!

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    Mehdi

    hello teachers, any explication about Italki algorithm, i was in the first page but now i dont even appear in the first pages

    any clarification ?

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    Tantse

    The rating in italki has decreased tremendously. My price is very normal and I teach my students with so much fun and grace but I do not know why my rating keeps dropping. Please can someone help me explain what is happening?

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    Steve M

    Well, it's been nine months since my last post on this thread, and nine months since my last session on italki.  But, still averaging 80-100 sessions per week on another platform, offering the same exact things at an even higher price.  The difference is promotion.  The other site promotes itself much more effectively.

     

    I'd drop italki, but, as it doesn't take any of my time anyway, what's the point?

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    RUTH

    @Tantse. Your students are responsible for your rating. So I'm pretty sure, most of them are rating you low.

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    Aya アヤ

    Steve M Can you let me know what the other platform you are referring to?

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