Black Friday is one of the most hyped events of the year online. It's the biggest day of the year for retail. In fact, some 30 % of all retail sales for the year take place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some deals are nothing to shout out about. Others are excellent value deals that should not be missed.
Best Deals For Bloggers and Content Writers
As a blogger, you might be wondering which Black Friday deals you should get. Which apps & deals will help your business the most? Let's take a look.
Web Hosting & Domain Names
Now, you're probably sick of people touting deals on web hosting. GoDaddy and Bluehost will no doubt be pushing their terrible services all over the internet. It's hard to get away from them and most of us have web hosting fatigue. But if your website is a little sluggish, the administration interface is a nightmare (see GoDaddy or BlueHost), or support is awful (ditto for the other two hosting companies) then you need a change. And now is a great time to do it.
Namecheap, our favourite company for domain name registrations will do it's regular Black Friday hourly deals specials. Check in every hour and get up to 98% off domain names and 97% off web hosting. Namecheap is also a great web hosting provider.
Pretty Links for Affiliates
Clean up and shorten your affiliate links through one dashboard with Pretty Links.
- Black Friday deals from November 21st through the 30th, 2018
- Deals on all Pretty Links editions – for new purchases and upgrades.
- 60% off each Pretty Links edition – the LARGEST discount ever offered.
- Coupon code BF2018 – Works across all Pretty Links editions.
Poplink’s link customisation platform is a great tool for growing your organic and social channels. Using Poplink’s custom URLs – that is, a shorter version of a URL that you want to share online which is built around a brand name or related term – will help you generate more clicks than a normal link.
💡You can also add call-to-action overlay to grow your following. So sharing other people's links can get you traffic back to your site.
PopLink is offering 70% OFF for Black Friday. Use code POP70OFF in the discount code field when you click upgrade for 70% off any plan for life. 👍
Write Like a Champ!
Bloggers need all the help they can get to produce quality content on a consistent basis. It's not easy. And the grammar police will be on your back if your prose is not up to scratch. Make sure your writing is fluid, coherent, and interesting. Cheat by using a secret weapon. Pro Writing Aid is one such weapon. And this Black Friday they're offering 50% off. Yep, half-price deals for Lifetime subscriptions. Use code CYBERCOOP17.
20% off 1-year, 30% off 2-year, 40% off 3-year, and 50% off lifetime.
Astra is one of the hottest WordPress themes around at the moment. Why? Because it's fast, clean, and full of features. One of the quickest loading and beautiful looking themes available. The Astra theme has made a huge impression on the blogging world since its launch.
Grab the Black Friday deal this time around. Because it might not happen again.
Divi from Elegant Themes is a very popular theme which offers a bunch of configuration options, page builders, and slick design. It's not for everyone and if you need great landing pages you will probably still need another package.
However, you can build some very impressive websites with Divi and if you like the design you won't need another theme ever again. I run Divi on a couple of websites and it's a solid performer. The Lifetime deal usually includes a lifetime subscription to the entire Elegant Themes range, which includes Divi.
Themeforest's WordPress themes are used in millions of blogs. There are almost 45,000 themes to choose from. This Black Friday, there are over 500 items on sale at 50% OFF.
Deal Start: Tuesday 20th November
Deal End: Tuesday 27th November
Build Your Online Course
Teachable is one of the premier course platform providers and they do any excellent job (signed up user speaking here).
In 2018, online courses are a lucrative business model. Actually, the course business model is huge. Teachable is the best platform for getting your feet wet in the online teaching space.
Teachable have a pre-Black Friday giveaway of a FREE 5-day bootcamp on course creation and a very special offer on the day itself
Thinking about running an online course? Thinkific is an online course platform packed with features. Unlike marketplaces such as Udemy, Thinkific lets you control every aspect of your online course
Landing Page and WordPress Page Builder
WordPress page builders have been around for a while but none as powerful and good looking as Elementor. If you sell products & services or you need a fast page builder that doesn't use shortcodes or slow your website, get Elementor. Bloggers can spend more time on writing and less time on design. It's all done for you.
So what can you do with Elementor? Here are a few ideas:
- Create landing pages for products and services quickly.
- Build beautiful contact pages.
- Design an entire WordPress site without writing code.
- Create showcase pages in minutes.
The team at Elementor are offering a big discount to deal hunters this Friday. Definitely worth a serious look.
Optin Forms for Lead Gen – Grow Your Email List!
OptinMonster is a lead generation tool. What's that? Well, if you want a bigger email list and you want to convert people from visitors to customers, this tool will put your plans into overdrive. There are many different ‘opt in' software tools out there but OptinMonster has been around for a long time and has matured into one of the most popular.
So what's the Deal? 25% off until 30th November.
Marketing & Entrepreneurship Courses on Udemy
Udemy is one of the biggest online course providers in the world. The site hosts courses on pretty much everything, including marketing & blogging topics. Learn from successful teachers for a tiny fraction of what it would cost to attend classes. And this November's deals make it even more enticing: Buy one, get one free
Content Curation & Promotion
Do you share a lot of content on social? Always looking for ways to get noticed as an authority? Sharing content and curating content, when done properly can really boost your brand. ContentStudio is a content suite which aims to save you time and money with promoting content across all your social channels. The deal is $69 for Lifetime access.
If you're serious about marketing then you must check out Appsumo. The lifetime offers on this site can save you thousands of dollars over a period of years or even months. I own over 20 deals now and Black Friday 2017 is looking like a great day to spend more money.
This year's deals are Lifetime access to Grum (for Instagram scheduling), Invanto (for building courses & membership sites), KingSumo (for viral competitions), Brain.fm (music to blog along with), and DesignBold (for creating your blog & social images). Most deals are $39 or $49 for lifetime access. You probably need at least one of these.
Keyword Research Tools
Keyword Tools seem to pop up all the time but there are a few that have passed the test of time. My favourites include KWFinder, and Long Tail Pro. Long Tail Pro is regularly rated the best keyword tool on the market.
Why do you need one? Well, if you're writing content without finding competitive keywords to use, then you're writing in the dark. If nobody is searching for the title or content of your blog post then visitors will not magically appear. In this case, if you build it they will come ONLY if you've done your research. Check out Long Tail Pro's Black Friday deal and save $$$.
Drag and Drop Form Builder
Looking for a powerful WordPress form builder plugin? WPForms is one of the easiest to use (and the form builder used on this site. The pro version offers payment gateway integrations, signatures, zapier zap connections, integrations with mailing list software, and unlimited forms. There's also a basic version for $39. But the Cyber Monday deal is 25% off any product.
All-In-One SEO Tools
If you care about your blog's performance you need an SEO tool like SERanking. This app offers backlink auditing, keyword research, keyword rank tracking and a lot more besides. A great addition to the suite of tools is the lead generation tool. Add a “website audit” box to your site and watch visitors give their email addresses in exchange for a free SEO audit.
This year's deal is 30% off any pricing plan.
Outreach & Link Building
A very important part of blogging is getting noticed and getting backlinks. When someone links to your article it's a sign of trust and authority. You need to build links to your site if you want to rank high in Google. But getting links is hard. Very hard.
Reaching out to other bloggers, influencers, and business owners is a great way of getting your content noticed and securing backlinks. The outreach process can be tedious. But Ninja Outreach has made this process much easier. This tool scours the internet for influencers, link opportunities, and highly-shared content to save you lots of time.
Don't miss the Black Friday deal this year.
Security & VPN
You might think that a VPN isn't something a blogger should run out and buy. But if you're like a lot of writers, bloggers, and online business owners, you work from cafes, libraries, airports and other locations. You might even work overseas. If you do any of the above, you should be protecting yourself with a VPN, especially if you work online overseas.
A VPN allows you to create a little tunnel across the internet, blocking hackers on wifi networks from accessing your sensitive data such as passwords, email accounts, and bank accounts.
IPVanish is my VPN of choice and every year the company runs a great Black Friday deal.
Keith is the founder of Fat Frog Media. He has worked in the tech, fitness, food, and hospitality industries. Keith helps businesses improve their marketing and conversion rates.