While many shoppers are outside queuing in the cold for cheap TVs, I’m cozy at home in my onesie, eagerly awaiting Black Friday deals to begin on all my favourite online goods.
Fact: Black Friday/Cyber Monday is THE best time for bloggers because pretty much all the resources we need go on sale at an epic discount! I’m talking web hosting, themes, courses, camera equipment, and all sorts of things you need to grow your blog. Since I’m a massive nerd, I’ve compiled a list of the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for bloggers. I hope you find something useful!
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First, before I dive into blogger-specific deals, I just wanted to pass on this new site that I just found out about: it’s called Ebates and it’s a free site where you get cash back from your online purchases. They partner with a BUNCH of popular online retailers (Amazon, Groupon, all sorts of clothing shops, etc.) and when you click through to retailer sites via Ebates, they earn some affiliate commission, a portion of which they pass to you as a cashback (deposited straight into your Paypal). In other words, you’re getting money back for shopping! Crazy right? It’s money you’re spending anyways, so why not recover some of it (and put it towards worthwhile things like travel and shoes for your dog?!) Sign up for free here and earn cashback on your online purchases.
Alright, with that out of the way, here are some of the best deals online this week for bloggers!
1. 70% off Web Hosting
For those of you who have resisted self-hosting, this weekend is THE time to get on board because a bunch of different hosting sites are having crazy deals. Here are some recommendations:
Siteground is probably the most appealing option because not only are they doing 70% off their annual plans for Black Friday, but they also offer free site transfer and domain name too. I’ve heard lots of good things about their speed, service and reliability, so I’ve actually registered a site (for a new project of mine) through them!
In terms of price though, you can’t beat BlueHost. For their Black Friday sale, their basic plan is only $2.65 a month! That is INSANELY cheap for hosting, and is a great way for you to to get started with self-hosting at a low cost. Many bloggers recommend them but I’ve heard some mixed reviews lately. Still, you can’t argue with a price like that!
2. $38 off Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
The second course (which I only bought last month) has completely changed the way I make money online. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, I legitimately saw my affiliate income go from $2 to over $1000 in a single month. How insane is that? This course is really good for beginners especially as it goes over the basics of everything you need to know. For that same reason, it’s maybe a little basic for intermediate/advanced marketers but there’s a 30 day money back guarantee, so no harm in trying it out.
For this weekend only, Michelle is offering $38 off the course with the promo code BLACKFRIDAY38 (making it $159). This is the cheapest she has ever offered it, so if you’ve been on the fence about the course, now’s the time to act! The code is valid until Sunday, Nov 27 at 11:59pm PST.
As a bonus, if you buy through my affiliate link here, I’ll throw in a copy of my new ‘No BS Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Travel Bloggers’ eBook for free. Just email me once you’re done the course (so you have the basics down) and I’ll send it your way! The eBook is meant to address gaps in the course, which is not geared towards the travel niche specifically. This way, you have a handy guide on what programs to join, what kind of content to create, etc. You can read more about my experience with the course in this post.
3. 50% off Themes, Plugins & Blogger Tools at Themeforest
No doubt, now’s the time to stock up on things for your blogger tool kit because everything is so cheap! If you’ve been wanting a Premium theme, but are put off by the cost or need some fresh new tunes for your vlogs (that won’t cost you an arm and a leg), Themeforest is doing an epic Cyber Monday sale where you can get TONS of themes, plugins, music, graphic design assets and more for 50% off. Seriously. Browse their Cyber Monday deals here.
4. HUGE Photography Gear Savings on Amazon
If it’s one thing newbie bloggers skimp out on, it’s photography equipment, and I completely understand. Camera gear is expensive, but sadly, having a good camera that can take high-quality shots is crucial to taking your blog to the next level. Luckily, Black Friday is the best time to pick up cheap photography gear. Note: I’m not sure when these will sell out, so apologies in advance but here are some crazy deals I spotted on Amazon today for photo stuff:
$25 off the VicTsing Vtin 2-in-1 Lens Kit for your Phone – Now only $15.89. NOTE: These are clip-on lenses that give you more control over your iPhone pics. Really good alternative if you can’t splurge on a DSLR.
$300 off the Canon Rebel T6 Kit [including 2 lenses] – Now only $449.00
$350 off the Nikon D3200 Kit [including 2 lenses] – Now only $526.98. NOTE: This is the camera I use and I LOVE it.
90% off eCourses at Udemy
I’ve always been petrified of eCourses because of their high price tag, but I’ve recently invested in two, and let me tell you, they are well worth the cost. For those who are still unsure though, Udemy has an insane collection of eCourses on sale this Black Friday for $15 USD. Seriously, only 15 bucks. Whether you’re wanting to learn about SEO, graphic design, photography or whatever else (they even have lifestyle courses!), now is the time to grab a course for a fraction of the cost. At the moment I’m taking this SEO course, and as a complete SEO newbie, I have found it very very helpful.
So there you have it. I hope you’ve been able to find some killer deals to help grow your blog!! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you’ve gotten yourself a particularly good deal this weekend. As lame as this sounds, I genuinely love hearing about good deals.
Note: There are affiliate links in this post for which I earn a small commission, but they come at no extra cost to you! I’ve tried my best to curate deals that would be relevant to bloggers so hopefully you find something of use. Thanks again for your support.