Last Updated on May 10, 2021 by Jeremy
The weekend of Black Friday through Cyber Monday is one of our favorite times of the year to be a blogger.
First, many bloggers (especially those with US-based audiences) are expected to see a surge in digital advertising spending over the course of the weekend (in 2019 Jeremy broke $60 RPM on his local blog!). Second, and more importantly for this article, there are a ton of deals available for bloggers who wish to upgrade their sites!
We've scoured the internet to find some of the best deals bloggers may be interested in, and have put together this great guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for bloggers in 2020.
Please note: We will be frequently updating this guide over the course of the holiday weekend to capture new deals as they go live. As such, check back regularly as new deals may be added. We did our best to find all applicable terms and conditions when finding these deals, but note that a few were lacking in definitive end dates and all discount terms should be reviewed prior to purchase. Likewise, keep in mind that in many cases Black Friday deals are often for the first purchase only and for new subscribers. Those that require annual renewals may revert back to the original rate and that is worth confirming prior to your subscription end date.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Bloggers in 2020
The following are some of the best deals we've found for bloggers over Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020. The sections are organized to include hosting offers, WordPress themes and plugins, courses and e-books, and miscellaneous 3rd party products.
While there may be more blogging deals out there for products and services, we have also opted to keep this list primarily based on services we know, use, and recognize as quality (or, in some cases, value). For some services we do not have as great of an experience with, we will note that in the description.
Deals denoted TWIB EXCLUSIVE are specials negotiated specifically for the This Week in Blogging community. As such, you may not find the offer elsewhere!
Domains & Hosting
BigScoots – TWIB EXCLUSIVE – BigScoots does not typically participate in Black Friday blowout promotions on account of their premium services already being very attractively priced versus other premium managed hosting providers. But in support of our growing community, they have decided to add onto their “get to know how great BigScoots is” onboarding promotion and double it down by offering your first 2 months of managed WordPress hosting for $1 as a way for our community to really experience first-hand just how great they are!
This promotion is valid until December 1st for new users signing up for fully managed packages using the code THISWEEKBLOGGING at checkout.
Bluehost – In need of a budget server? Bluehost is offering discounts of up to 60% off for new users with rates as low as $2.65/month (36-month term required for the biggest discounts- 12-month terms appear to be 40% off at $5.95/month). Runs through Cyber Monday at midnight Eastern time.
Siteground – Another budget server is offering up to 75% off packages on Black Friday only.
GoDaddy – The domain registration service GoDaddy is offering up to 90% off domain purchases through Cyber Monday.
WordPress Themes & Plugins
GeneratePress – Our preferred WordPress theme, GeneratePress, is having a Black Friday sale for $20 off annual plans and $40 off lifetime licenses. At this time we are unsure of the expiration date on this one, so act fast if you're keen.
WP Rocket – The WordPress caching plugin WP Rocket is offering 30% off licenses from November 24th to December 2nd for new sign-ups. Jeremy got in on this deal last year to help speed up his sites, and certainly didn't regret it.
Pretty Links Pro– The link masking / forwarding plugin Pretty Links Pro is offering $50-$70 off their annual packages through the weekend. We use this one to curate our affiliate links in one global dashboard while masking ugly links.
Ad Inserter Pro – The widget logic plugin we use to insert custom content based on categories/tags (and lazy loading) is offering an extra year free on every license purchased by December 2nd. Note this one has a learning curve!
WP Forms – The embeddable forms plugin, aptly named WP Forms, is having a sale through Black Friday for up to 70% off. This is normally fairly expensive on its own but the discount may be a bit more alluring for those who want more functionality.
A few other deals of note include up to 70% off MonsterInsights with bonus gifts, 40% off Jetpack plans, 60% or more off Ninja Forms, 30% off everything at Yoast, and 50% off WP 301 Redirects. We do not have much experience with these premium products, but wanted to mention them all the same!
Courses / E-Books
Make Traffic Happen Ebooks and Courses – In case you missed it, we interviewed Gemma and Laura, the SEO savvy cofounders of Make Traffic Happen just last week. They're offering 40% off all of their SEO products with the code blackfriday2020. As of now it appears this discount is available only on Black Friday.
Working With Brands and Affiliate Marketing for Travel Bloggers Courses – Our good friend and rockstar travel blogger Amanda from A Dangerous Business has two courses for travel bloggers and is offering 25% off on them through the end of the year with the code ADBBLACKFRIDAY.
Passive Income Superstars – The affiliate course from Passive Income Superstars was recommended from a TWIB reader and is being offered for 20% off through Cyber Monday with the code BFCM2020. Other products are also available up to 40% off!
Teachable – Considering creating a course? Teachable is offering some pretty great discounts for creators through December 1st.
Keysearch – Our preferred keyword research tool Keysearch is offering a great Black Friday deal from Friday through Monday for 40% off subscriptions. This offer is valid only for new subscribers and those upgrading existing plans (not renewals in the same tier). Use the discount code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout over the weekend to get this great offer!
Mangools – The premium SEO tool Mangools is offering a lifetime 25% discount on all of their plans through Cyber Monday.
Tailwind – The Pinterest/Instagram scheduling tool, Tailwind, is offering a great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal for new members- 50% off their annual Plus Plan ($60 value). This deal is only going to be available Friday (Nov 27) through Monday (Nov 30) and will be sent out only to new users who are registered for the free trial during this time, so register now if you want the deal!
Tailwind is also offering 50% off their new Create product until January 31st too!
AppSumo – They're having deals on 15 different blogging products with some really serious discounts – our favorite being for Deposit Photos (below)! Ends Nov 30th at 11pm CT.
Deposit Photos – One of our favorite sales every year is for stock photos on Deposit Photos. This year they're offering 100 stock photos for just $39 via AppSumo which is a stellar deal. Jeremy bought two already.
LastPass – Password saving tool LastPass is offering 40% off premium plans through Monday.
OptinMonster – Popup form producer OptinMonster is having a monster Black Friday sale with discounts up to 60% off through end of Friday.
KingSumo – The giveaway plugin KingSumo is designed to help gather email leads in exchange for prizes via viral sharing. The WordPress plugin is 50% off using the code BFCM2020 at checkout and the web app is $49 for lifetime access here. Note that we think the WordPress plugin has far better functionality and use that one here at TWIB.
Grammarly – The grammar review tool Grammarly is offering up to 55% off account upgrades on Black Friday only. This appears to apply only to first time buyers who are upgrading free accounts, so you may need to sign up for a free account first to access this deal.
Adobe – Adobe is offering 25% off their All Apps bundle through Friday. Admittedly, this one is still quite expensive to us but you may find it a deal if you use a number of their products!
We plan on updating this guide as we find more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for bloggers that you may be interested in.
Have you heard about a deal we have not featured yet? Comment below to share!