Lynda.com, Scam or Legit?
If you are looking to take course or learn a new skill online, then Lynda.com is one of your choices. But the question that needs to be answer is whether or not this place is a good choice. Is Lynda.com a scam or is this a legitimate site that is going to be worth your while?
I have gotten a few questions about this site recently so I decided to take a look into it and see what its all about. In this short review I’ll be going over how it all works, the price, common complaints, and ultimately whether or not I think it is worth signing up for.
- Website: lynda.com
- Type: Online learning platform
- Cost: Free trial, then 19.99 – 29.99/mo
- Legit?: Yes
Lynda.com, which was created by Linkedin, is an online learning platform that provides courses in a bunch of different subjects. You can find courses on everything ranging from Web Design, to Microsoft Excel Training, to Affiliate Marketing, to Photography and more. As I am writing this they offer over 6,000 courses.
These are open courses and anyone can join them. Additionally, anyone can apply to become an instructor at Lynda and teach a course.
How It Works
The courses that are offered at Lynda are created by people that have expertise on the particular subject matter at hand. Anyone can apply to become an instructor but not nearly everyone will be accepted.
Linkedin runs this site and as you may know they are kind of like a professional version of Facebook. They are serious when it comes professionalism and are careful to instruct on instructors that are fit for the job.
In the application process instructors are required to provide their LinkedIn profile, answer questions about their area of expertise and why they are fit for the job, and they are even required to submit a sample teaching video so that Lynda can determine if their teaching style is any good.
So Lynda.com has a pretty good “hiring” process and its not quite as easy to become an instructor and earn money teaching as it is with other similar sites like SkillShare and Udemy. I definitely wouldn’t worry about getting scammed with a fraud coarse or anything of that nature.
Anyone can sign up at Lynda.com and take course. You will be able to browse through an abundance of subjects offered and look at individual courses. You can also search for specific courses in the search bar.
When you find a course that you are interested in you can click on it to see more details and get more information on it. You will be able to see what its all about, who teaches it, reviews, and more. You should be able to get all the information you need about whether its right for you or not before actually starting the course.
Lynda.com offers a free trial to start out so that you can join at no risk. This is free for 30 days (length might change) and then you will be charged depending on what subscription you chose when you signed up.
They have a Basic subscription and a Premium subscription. If you pay annually the Basic subscription costs an average of $19.99/mo and the Premium costs an average of $29.99/mo. But if you decide to pay monthly it will cost more than that.
As you can see above, the only difference between the 2 subscriptions is that the Premium includes Project Files and Offline Learning.
When I review programs like this I like to look into them myself and form my own independent opinion. But it is also important to hear what other people are saying because you can learn a lot from past members’ experiences and opinions. Below are some of the most common complaints that I have found online.
The subscription payment model is what gets a lot of people upset. It is easy to sign up for a free trial and then totally forget about it only to realize months later that you have been paying every month for something you forgot about.
Although this is completely legal and all, it is something that screws a lot of people over.
I have come across several complaints online, mostly on Pissed Consumer, that claim they have been charged the monthly subscription even though they cancelled their account. I can’t verify or backup any of these claims but it is something to consider.
Apparently peoples accounts have been hacked from Lynda before and their personal information, such as credit card numbers, were stolen. There have been multiple complaints on this although not too many where this should be of concern.
Hard to Close Account
There are a lot of complaints about it being difficult to close your account once you are subscribed. This is something I can confirm. I looked into it and what you have to do is contact them by message and ask them to close your account. It should not be that difficult. You should be able to go into your account settings and just click a button, but unfortunately you are going to have to do a bit or running around.
Final Thoughts & What I Recommend
There are a fair number of complaints about Lynda but overall this place is definitely no scam. They are legit. The only complaint that is about something unavoidable is hacking. Everything else you can solve if you are on the ball. And hacking isn’t anything to be too concerned about.
I do recommend Lynda.com but I don’t think its a great choice for everyone. This online course thing is best for those that are self-motivated, independent, and have good problem solving skills. This is because you will be on your own. Sure you have guidance and some help but much of the online work you will have to do one your own.
I was actually even looking into taking a course recently on Lynda.com as well as Udemy. I make a living working online and there are lot of online business courses that are offered on these platforms that could be useful to me.
Anyway.. that’s it for my review. I hope this helped clear some things up for you and that you can make a more informed decision on whether or not to go through with it and sign up or not. The choice is yours.
Questions, comments, concerns??? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂