44+ Creator curated Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020 Deals for travel bloggers, vloggers, and photographers.
Last week I posted a megathread in the private FB group of our Travel is Life Creators Community and asked members to share the best deals they came across that would benefit our community.
I've organized those deals below for your convenience. If multiple people shared an affiliate link for the deal, I've included them all below so that we can spread the affiliate love across multiple members.
Feel free to continue to add new deals to that megathread or in the comments section of this post if you come across any over the next few days. Deals for travel blogger / vlogger tools or just general traveler deals are welcome, as are your affiliate links.
💻 WordPress Themes & Plugins
50% off for Black Friday | Nov 25th 9am EST to Nov 28th 5am EST
30% off for Cyber Monday | Nov 28th 5am EST to Dec 1st 5am
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://rocketgenius.pxf.io/PemPe
Paul's Note: I use Gravity Forms on every WordPress site I build. It works as a simple contact form, for polls, quizzes, e-mail sign-ups, or even as a simple e-commerce purchase form. When you applied to join the Travel is Life Creators — you did so on a Gravity Form.
AAWP (Amazon Associates WordPress Plugin)
30% off w/ promo code “BLACKWEEK2020”
Nov 23rd – 30th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/aawp-plugin
Paul's Notes: This is the Amazon Associates plugin that I personally use on my sites. I wrote more about it in my article entitled Best Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugin.
AMA Links Pro
Nov 27th – Dec 1st
Leanne Samantha Affiliate Link: https://passiveincomesuperstars.com/recommends/amalinks-pro
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/amalinkspro
Paul's Notes: This is an alternative to the AAWP plugin that I use above. I've been following AMA Links Pro since they came out last year. I'm not quite ready to endorse them until they've got some longevity under their belt, but sharing the deal anyway as they are a viable alternative Associates plugin.
Social Warfare Pro
40% off w/ promo code BLACKFRIDAY2020
Nov 25 – Dec 1
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/social-warfare-plugin
Paul's Notes: This is the social plugin that I use on Travel is Life. Other than a hiccup they had a couple years ago involving one of their upgrades, the plugin seems to work well and not slow down my site. The free version satisfies most bloggers needs.
Divi by Elegant Themes
Big sitewide sale starting Nov 27th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/divi
Paul's Note: I use Divi on TravelisLife.org as well as ton of my other sites. They've got a great visual builder and a large development community behind the theme. They also roll out steady updates throughout the year. I wrote an article about Divi theme where you can see some examples of travel blogs that use Divi.
50% off 500+ plugins from ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, GraphicRiver, VideoHive & AudioJungle
Nov 24th 12pm to Dec 2nd 12pm
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://1.envato.market/VrM9k
Paul's Notes: Most of us have purchased something at some point on Envato Marketplace, so we know that the marketplace itself is reputable. Just a quick reminder that not all plugins / themes on that marketplace are created equal so read the reviews for each particular software before purchasing, and also check the Development notes to ensure that it's still actively updated.
Starting Nov 23rd
Leanne Samantha's Affiliate Link: https://passiveincomesuperstars.com/recommends/thirsty-affiliates
Paul's Notes: Thirsty affiliates is a link cloaking and affiliate link management plugin. You can learn more about how this works via my article How To Manage Affiliate Links. Personally I use Pretty Links Pro plugin to manage mine, but I hear good things about Thirsty Affiliates as well (except they never responded to my pre-sales e-mail so I can't vouch for their support).
40% off w/ promo code JETPACK
Now through Nov 30th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/jetpack
All themes w/ lifetime updates for $199
Starting Nov 23rd – Only 200 licenses available
Fiona Lawless Affiliate Link: https://www.wpzoom.com/all-themes-package/?ref=33489
SmashBalloon Social Feeds Plugin
Now until Nov 27th
Paul Drecksler Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/smash-balloon
Paul's Notes: This is the social feed plugin I use on several client websites. Works well and good customer support.
60% off Agency Unlimited including recurring (ie: $396/year)
Now until ??? – Only 182 licenses left
Paul Referral Code: https://premium.wpmudev.org/?ref=595752325a57353064584a6c634746316243307a4f4449774e44453d
Paul's Notes: Thanks Mary Jo for sharing this deal. I've used WPMU products since forever ago (like a decade maybe?). Great products and a reputable company that keeps their software up to date.
WP Rocket Plugin
Now until Dec 2nd
Leanne Samantha's Affiliate Link: www.passiveincomesuperstars.com/recommends/wp-rocket
Adobe Creative Suite
25% off for first time subscribers
Now until Nov 27th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/adobe
Paul's Notes: I've been an Adobe subscriber for years and not much needs to be said about them. We all know they make great premium products. If you're not looking to spend a monthly fee on Adobe (even with the discount), I just wanted to quickly bring your attention to Photopea.com (not affiliated) which offers a free web based alternative to Photoshop.
50% off Annual Plus Plan for new users and 50% off Tailwind Create for all users
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/tailwind
20% off all plans using promo code GROW20
Nov 29th – Nov 30th
Paul Ryken Affiliate Link: http://tracking.goanimate.com/aff_c?offer_id=4&aff_id=4034&source=TravelIsLife
Paul's Notes: This is the animation software that Paul and Sandra used to develop their online course.
70% off for 3 months on all plans
Now until Nov 30th
Non-Affiliate Link: https://socialbee.io/blackfriday/
Paul's Notes: Thanks Mary Jo Manzanares for sharing this deal.
40% off w/ promo code BLACKFRIDAY
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/keysearch
Paul's Notes: See my article about 7 Best Keyword SEO Tools before buying anything to compare Keysearch vs Mangools and the others.
Mangools SEO Apps
30% off w/ promo code “bfsecret2020”
Paul Drecksler Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/mangools
70% off + bonuses
Starts today until ???
Non-Affiliate Link: https://www.monsterinsights.com/black-friday/
Paul's Notes: Thanks Mary Jo for sharing this deal.
15% off your first month w/ promo code SSTKD23MG6
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/shutterstock
Paul's Notes: Meh, I don't think it's that great of a deal. Shutterstock does similar deals all year. Including it anyway though just in case anyone's been waiting for a Shutterstock deal.
Nov 24th – Nov 26th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/yayimages
Up to 75% off select designs
Now until Nov 30th
Non-Affiliate Link: https://creativemarket.com/finds/black-friday-cyber-monday-sale
Paul's Notes: Thanks Mary Jo for sharing this deal.
Hosting & Registrars
5 months free on annual plan with promo code CYBERWPE30
Nov 23 – Dec 4
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/wp-engine
Paul's Notes: This is host that I personally use for Travel is Life and some of my most important sites. This is actually the best deal they ever offer. Historically they've offered 3 months and 4 months free. Pros: It's fast, built-in caching, easy to integrate with Cloudflare and Let's Encrypt, one-click staging environment for testing plugins, themes, and upgrades, daily automatic backups + one click unlimited backups, great customer support, free website migration. Cons: No e-mail hosting, so you'd need Zoho, Google Suite, or another e-mail hosting for about $1/month.
75% off your first year (paid as an annual plan)
Nov 27 – Dec 2
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/siteground
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://bit.ly/3kLanoD
Paul's Notes: That puts their GoGeek plan (normally $39.99) at $9.99/month for the first year, and their Startup Plan (normally $14.99) at $3.99 for the first year. Not bad. I don't use Siteground much anymore and eventually transitioned my sites off to WPEngine and my Dreamhost VPS, but not because I wasn't happy, I just consolidated hosts and Siteground was my least favorite.
40% off your first 4 months w/ promo code BFCM2020
Anisa Alhilali Affiliate Link: https://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=1291457&m=75038&b=1080835
Paul's Notes: I've heard good things about Cloudways and have considered them in the past. They are a scalable form of hosting management, which means you only pay for the resources you use (as opposed to many hosts where you need a higher plan to account for potential traffic). They are technically managing your hosting via a partner server — Digital Ocean, Linode, Vultr, AWS, or Google Cloud — which very in price. Just note that there would be a slight learning curve as it's not your traditional Cpanel style host. Worth the time to learn though if you've got a medium to high traffic site and want to reduce your hosting fee.
44% off .COM domains, 38% off transfers, and up to 99% off 1st year of hosting/e-mail
Starts Nov 24th – Cyber Monday
Anisa Alhilali Affiliate Link: https://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8896476-14393653
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/namecheap
Paul's Notes: This the registrar that I personally use for many years now. They offer cheaper renewals than GoDaddy, better customer service, and their CEO doesn't hunt endangered elephants for sport. If you have enough domains, they offer volume discounts well below retail renewal pricing. I have never used them for e-mail or hosting though — just for domain registration. I like to keep hosting separate from my registrar.
15-25% off expired domains
Now until Nov 30th
Non-Affiliate Link: https://domaincoasters.com/
Paul's Notes: Thanks Keri Hedick for sharing that deal.
36% to 48% off annual plans
Nov 20th – Nov 30th
Paul Ryken's Affiliate Link: https://www.minimalistjourneys.com/go/teachable-black-friday-2020/
Paul Drecksler's Notes: I've looked into Teachable extensively before and think they're a good course creation platform, however, with a few limitations. The main caveat to using Teachable is that your course, website, affiliate program, pricing structure, etc have to follow Teachable's structure. It's a one-size-fits-all platform that either works for you or doesn't. However if it works for you, it's reliable and credible. Paul and Sandra Ryken use Teachable to host their Discover Your Inner Compass course, and Rachel Story and Sasha Savinov host their Teaching For Freedom courses on Teachable.
General Traveler Gear / Equipment
Up to 46% off | Nov 20-30th
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/dji
Paul's Notes: I love DJI products and have flown their Mavic Air 1 for the past two years. The new Mavic Air 2 is currently out and on sale. I'm not going to upgrade my drone because it still works great, but I'm going to pick up a DJI Pocket 2 + underwater case.
Flights, Tours, & Hospitality
30% off selected properties
Dec 1st – Dec 31st
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://www.booking.com/dealspage.html?aid=1227154
Paul's Affiliate Link: https://www.booking.com/dealspage.html?aid=1220739
30% off selected tours with $1 deposit on travel from Jan 1 – Dec 21, 2021
Now – Nov 30th to purchase
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://www.gadventures.com/travel-deals/?PID=8269184
Get Your Guide
25% off tour and activities
Now until Nov 29th at midnight
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://bit.ly/3kOx9MC
70% off all multi-day tours
Nov 26th – Dec 4th
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://bit.ly/3fgzqih
ShortPixel is $49 for lifetime access to large plan (15,000 image optimization credits / 125 GB of CDN traffic)
WP Reset is $49 for lifetime access to their agency plan (up to 10 sites)
DepositPhotos is $39 for 100 photo/vector downloads
MailPoet is $49 lifetime access up to 5k subscribers
Lots more AppSumo deals going on, but those are a few that stood out for bloggers.
Melissa Trachtenberg's Referral Link: http://fbuy.me/v/melissa_16491
Paul's Referral Link: http://fbuy.me/v/pauldrecksler
60% off their courses
Tanya Korteling Affiliate Link: https://bit.ly/3pKbicG
Passive Income Superstars by Leanne Samantha
40% off Black Friday Bundle / 20% off individual products w/ promo code BFCM2020
Paul Drecksler Affiliate Link (Bundle): https://travelislifeorg–passiveincomesuperstars.thrivecart.com/passive-income-bloggers-bundle-bonanza/
Paul Drecksler Affiliate Link (general): https://travelislifeorg–passiveincomesuperstars.thrivecart.com/affiliate-marketing-superstars/
Paul's Notes: Sorry I haven't had time to review this course as it's from one of our Creators members, or I'd share more info about it. Leanne sent it to me a couple weeks ago when she launched and set me up as an affiliate, but at the moment I haven't had a chance to dive in yet.
Build Blog Freedom Fast Track by Sharon Gourlay
Nov 24 – Nov 27th at midnight
Paul Drecksler Affiliate Link: https://travelislife.org/go/build-blog-freedom-fast-track
Retail & Gift Giving
15% off with promo code NORMAL
Now until Christmas time
Non-Affiliate Link: https://normalbodies.com/
Paul's Notes: This is a friend of mine named Sophie Bellamy, who some of you might know from her travel blog Table For One. She and her business partner Cecilia Lizcano Lopez (the artist) have a mission that I really respect — to “normalize normal bodies”. She just launched her store about a month ago in time for the holiday season.
25% off select digital photo frames
Now until Nov 29th
Anisa Alhilali Affiliate Link: https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8896476-14374556https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8896476-14374556
Anisa Notes: “I received one as a birthday present a few years ago and love it.”
World Map Coloring Poster by Travel is Life
15% off on Amazon w/ automatic coupon
Nov 24th 4pm EST – Nov 30th midnight
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HFBT1S
Paul's Notes: This is one of my products that I'm putting on sale in between now and the end of the month — just on Amazon though. I also sell it on Etsy and on my website, but am not running the sale on those channels. Be sure to use your Amazon Associates affiliate link if you promote the poster.
World Traveler Tee by Travel is Life
$13.07 w/ free Amazon Prime Shipping
Until the end of the year
Website Link: https://travelislife.org/world-traveler-tee/
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KKX8ZWS/
Paul's Notes: For the past several years, I've sold my World Traveler Tee at cost for $13.07 w/ free Amazon Prime Shipping, which means I earn $0.00 per sale. It's a great shirt that travelers love (you might recognize some faces on my website gallery above), and rather than make money from it, I've chosen to break even on all sales and use the shirt as a community building product. However you can still earn a commission on it if you're an Amazon Associate, so please use your affiliate links to the Amazon listing if you'd like to share this great shirt with your community.