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Want in on some of the best Black Friday deals for freelance writers and bloggers?
I know a lot of people hit the stores for Black Friday, but me? I hit the search engines.
Instead of hunting down toys for my kids or toys for my husband, I look for deals on all my favorite tools and courses. You know, toys for me. Believe it or not, some of the very best career training programs, writing tools, and business software offer amazing Black Friday deals. So, if your aim is to get paid to write next year — either as a freelance writer, a blogger, or an author — then you will definitely want to check out these deals this week.
In fact, most of my favorites courses are offering some amazing deals for Black Friday (and most of these deals are going to remain valid right on through Cyber Monday, as well). So why not save some money and train for a new career at the same time?
The Best Black Friday Deals for Freelance Writers and Bloggers
WP Engine — Website Hosting
WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms out there, and for good reason. It's powerful, robust, and easy to use. Beginners can have a nice-looking website up and running in a few minutes, and advanced developers can build an entire suite within a few days or weeks.
And your site will grow as you grow. So you need a host that will grow with you as well. This is where WP Engine is so amazing. Not only will they get you up and running quickly, but their tools will keep your site running fast with Performance Boost and safe with automatic SSL certificates.
And this weekend, you can get 5 Free months when you sign on for an annual plan. That's a huge savings! Use the code Cyberwknd30 to redeem this offer.
Pin Practical Black Friday
There will always be a special place in my heart for Monica Froese of Redefining Mom. I was pregnant with my second child and in her group and learning about Pinterest ads when she found out she was pregnant, too.
I've since taken just about every course she's ever produced. And, thanks to her amazing courses, my Pinterest ads not only convert but they do so at an amazing profit. She teaches more than just how to create a pin or how to write up a description – she goes into detail on which metrics to track, what they mean, and how to tweak your ads to maximize their effect (and your profits!).
And now she's offering her top three courses — Pin Practical Master Class, Pin Practical Influence, and Pin Practical Promotions (a total value of $891) — in one bundle at 40% off the total price – just $497!! And you can even pay in installments if you need to. If you don't want the full bundle, you can also grab just one course at a full $100 off its normal price.
If you feel stuck on Pinterest or if you feel like you've gotten as far as you can get through normal organic reach, then it's time to step into paid advertising. And I can't think of a better person to help you through that than Monica.
There's no code to use to get this amazing deal, just head on over to Redefining Mom and check it out!
Her Paper Route
Chelsea over at Her Paper Route is offering 30% off all the courses she offers (and there's a lot to choose from).
I picked up a couple of Chelsea's courses as part of the Genius Blogger's Toolkit. My favorite? Chelsea's email marketing course, which does more than simply teach how to build an email list. She goes on to teach you how to build a content plan to nurture that list, avoid the spam filters, and (of course) how to make money with your email list.
To get the discount, use the code BFCM19 at checkout.
Making Sense of Making Money
Michelle has mastered the art of making money by writing online.
Her two courses, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and Making Sense of Sponsored Posts, changed my online writing career and really helped shape this site into what it's become. And now's the chance for you to really take advantage of these same courses and start making more money on your own blog.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing walks you through, step by step, how to apply and get approved for affiliate programs, how to incorporate those programs onto your site or blog, and how to drive traffic to these affiliate offers. This one course more than tripled my affiliate income within the first couple of weeks, and you can get it now for $28 off the normal price by using the code BlackFriday201920.
Making Sense of Sponsored Posts, as the name implies, guides you on how to work with brands and incorporate them into your blog. This was one of the first courses I took when I knew I wanted to help review tools for writers on this blog, and has really helped me develop those tool reviews into a cornerstone of this blog. You can grab $40 off this amazing course here with the code MakeMoneyBlogging40.
Udemy Online Learning Platform
Udemy's Black Friday deals have already been going on for a couple of weeks (and believe me, I took full advantage by signing up for a couple new courses!). Buy any course now for just $9.99 and get a second course free on Cyber Monday.
What I love about Udemy is how many courses are available on the one platform. You can pick up courses on digital marketing, entrepreneurship, ecommerce, even personal development. And they almost always have a great deal going on.
Mashable is a great resource for tech news and updates, but did you know they have a shop, too?
They do! And it's got some of the best courses out there. In fact, their SEO and Digital Marketing courses are some of the best I've seen. And if you watch them carefully, you can always find a bundle at a good price.
And they have an amazing loyalty program – which means you can earn free courses!
There's no code for this one, just head over to the Mashable shop and see what they have to offer. Their deals change regularly, so be sure to bookmark their shop and check back often.