Cyber Monday is just around the corner and a few amazing deals are available–so I thought I would share a few of those deals as holiday gift ideas for bloggers and any of your tech oriented pals.
I happen to have affiliate relationships with these companies, this means that if you buy the product using my links, it earns this blog a small commission. These tools are useful for bloggers and online businesses and are some of the best available–which is why I recommend them and why I established an affiliate relationship to promote the products or services.
Best Blog Themes & Framework: Genesis
Although I still am in the process of converting all my web properties over to Genesis, I have to say that after a frustrating start over on my main blog, I think the Genesis framework is among the best. Next year all my blogs should be completely converted over to this framework.
I bought into the Studio Press products early, and encourage you to go take a look and if you decide it is for you or one of your tech oriented pals, enter the code THANKS at checkout to save 25% off of anything you’d like at the WordPress design shop, StudioPress.
My web designer and I both own every Genesis design they’ve made–and access to every design they make in the future. You can too! If you buy now you can save more than $74 off the regular price and over $875 off the retail price–which is an amazing deal for the 43 designs currently in the queue.
Don’t forget, all you need to do is use the code THANKS when you check out to save 25% on anything and everything at StudioPress.com. Do it now, the deal starts today and ends promptly at 7:00 pm Pacific time on Monday, November 28, 2011. Hurry up and claim your new WordPress theme before the code expires!
Once a website has the right framework and theme, it is time to also overhaul the actual blog.
Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to have studied with a lot of the big names in the blogging and online marketing space. Of those, it seems that I have a love for the Australians who have been some of the nicest and most authentic people I have interacted with online.
Since I’ve been right there in the beta stages of development with most of them, when Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) launched his beta program for improving a blog–I was a participant.
Fast forward to today and you’ll see that he has developed a solid guide book to help bloggers make any online real estate better.
It isn’t just for beginners but is also for those who simply want to make their blogs (or websites) better.
Following the directions, readers will discover areas that perhaps need improvement and will also be able to enjoy some “ah-hah!” moments as the progression builds during work through this valuable guide.
The good news is that this book has recently been revamped and the 2nd Edition of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is currently on sale as well until the end of the month.
So, if you want a great resource or gift, I can recommend you buy 31 Days to Build a Better Blog
Over time I’ve found that one of my best investments was in Market Samurai. In fact, I’ve reviewed Market Samurai a couple of times.
The Noble Samurai team keeps adding new features to their software, making it a valuable time saver and useful piece of software for keyword research, competition analysis, and article posting.
Today getting to the first page of any search engine depends on your domain, how long it has been around plus on page and off page influences. In November, Google once again had a major algorithmic change which makes the use of good tools even more vital.
It used to be that Internet marketing research for the right keywords (or phrases) took ages, but with Market Samurai, this task is greatly reduced and the software is constantly upgraded and improved.
Another bonus is that it doesn’t matter what type of computer you own (PC or MAC) the Noble Samurai software works equally well on either since it uses Adobe AIR. In addition, it has an auto update feature that is convenient and easy.
This makes it the perfect gift for any online business or blogging enthusiast. If you or a friend wants to take your website to a higher level, I can recommend that you buy Market Samurai now. Get it before the price increases.
One of the big mistakes beginning website or blog owners make is to host their blog on a site they don’t own. This poses a lot of different problems and so it is best to get your own domain and have it hosted on a reputable hosting service.
Both hosting companies offer green hosting options and are popular choices among my online friends and colleagues. Hostgator is offering a 50% discount on hosting services on Cyber Monday and you don’t need a special code.
Any of these products or services are great gifts and you can purchase them alone or create an amazing package with everything needed to get yourself or a friend on the road to becoming a blogger or website owner.
I am sure you have some ideas of your own, so feel free to share them in the comments below. Especially any specials you know will be offered on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
And finally, happy holidays!