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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Black Friday Deals for New Bloggers


If you're like me and blogging is mainly a hobby or you are just starting out then you probably don't want to spend a huge amount on it.

I still blog using Blogger despite reading countless posts saying 'self-hosted is best'. I am 100% sure it is but I am in that funny phase of deciding whether I am going to push this more before I go for that option. Whilst I want to make my blog better all the time (who doesn't?), I am very limited on what I am able / willing to spend on it.

Black Friday seems like the ideal time to spend some money on improving my blog and Instagram efforts so I thought I'd give you the lowdown of the deals I have got my eye on right now.

Pinterest Course

I feel like Pinterest is a bit of a minefield for bloggers, or at least it was until I found the most amazing Pinterest course! Most of my blog traffic now actually comes from Pinterest.

I did Ell Duclos's course about a month ago and the effect it's had on my Pinterest is amazing. I will screenshot my stats below so you can see just how much they have shot up by applying the strategies I learnt in this course. As of today my unique monthly views are at almost 60k and November is the best month for blog views I have ever had!

Pinterest stats

I can't sing Ell's praises enough. If you currently enter promo code TisTheSeason you will get the course for the equivalent of US$10 which is seriously worth every penny. 

If you want to know any more about how the course helped me before you purchase it for yourself then just send me a direct message on my Facebook page.

Camera Tripod


Calling all travel and fashion bloggers - I have been waiting all morning for a decent Black Friday deal on Amazon for a tripod. I don't know how I have managed until now without one!

Safely in my basket about to check out with is this super affordable and very highly rated tripod, down to just £8.99 for the next 13 hours! For student Prime members like myself another 15% is deducted, making it £7.64....so excited.

As the latest review says 'If Carlsberg made tripods, it would be this one...' With this and my new camera I am ready to smash 2019!

Useful backpack

I love this backpack as I sometimes head out to work on my blog in a cafe and like to make sure I have everything with me. It's also good to make sure your laptop is nicely protected and not just carried in your handbag or normal rucksack. It's on a lightning sale now (24th Nov) for the next 5 hours for £17.99 so get in quickly if you like the look of it. It comes in 4 different colours - my fave is the pink!

Blogging / Vlogging Camera

I've seen a few bloggers mention they use the Olympus Pen cameras and who can blame them - they are stylish, deliver great quality results, fit neatly into your bag and are pretty affordable for a camera of that quality!

I was absolutely over the moon to find the older model, the Olympus Pen ELP-8 on Amazon's Black Friday sale for £299... it's such a good deal. They have currently sold out but try the link in case they get more in stock. If not, John Lewis have the same deal which has also sold out online but if you go into your local store and ask them to order one in for you they should be able to do this for the Black Friday price.
Black Friday deals for bloggers: Olympus pen


Adobe Lightroom

I absolutely love my Lightroom app but I know that I really need to get onto the Desktop version to take my blog and Insta to that next level. 

Adobe currently have 39% off Creative Cloud but it is still £30.34 per month. However for students (like me!) there is 19% off the Students and Teachers Creative Cloud plan taking it to just over £13 a month. I am sooo tempted! For reference, here is a before and after of one of my pics using Lightroom for mobile. The possibilities would be endless on the Desktop version!

Before

Black Friday: Lightroom for Bloggers

After

Black friday for Bloggers: Lightroom

New Blog Theme

I have had my eye on a Pipdig Blogger theme for ages but just waiting to see if it comes down in price. I've done my research and the last two years they have had 15% off for Black Friday so watch this space and I will update this post if they announce a deal over the course of the day.

I hope this quick guide helps fellow bloggers take their blog to the next level without spending a fortune. Happy shopping all! Just click the image below if you'd like to pin this guide for later as I will update it as I find new deals tomorrow morning.


Black friday for Bloggers: Pinterest Graphic

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4 comments :

  1. Some great finds there. I hope you enjoy your new camera! I’m curious - in lightroom do you use a pre-installed filter or play with the settings yourself? I only use it to apply one filter I’ve bought and find all the options a bit overwhelming!

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    1. Thank you! I am so excited for it to arrive! I do my own edits then make them presets so it’s a quick process now for my insta pics. I do a little bit of tweaking in Snapseed afterwards as well. Aiming to get to 5k on Insta then do a series of posts on how I edit / Insta tips!

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  2. I’ve been wanting that camera for ages too. But it still says £458 on my amazing ��

    Charlie

    Https://wherecharliewanders.com

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    1. Oh no, it's sold out! I have edited the post to say if you are in the UK, I have found the same price on John Lewis and although they have sold out online they should be able to order it in for you in store - I hope you get it!

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