Can you get free advertising on Facebook? What about Google, or Bing-Yahoo?
Here is the short answer:
Free Facebook Advertising – Not anymore
Free Yahoo/Bing Advertising – Yes, get $100 of free advertising when you spend $25
Google AdWords – Yes, credits for new advertisers range from $25 to $100
Free Advertising from Bluehost – When you sign up with Bluehost.com, you get a domain name, website, business email AND $200 in free advertising with Google and Bing, all for $2.95 per month. We show you how to set everything up yourself here.
The full answer to whether you can get free advertising credit is yes, but only under certain circumstances.
All the companies above want to encourage small business owners to try advertising on their platform. Therefore they run promotions which offer free advertising credit to get people in the door. Google and Bing-Yahoo make these coupons readily available, although Facebook is far less predictable, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pick up a completely free Facebook ad coupon.
In the past, Facebook ad coupon sellers have popped up periodically on Fiverr. You could get a coupon for as low as $5. However, it seems like there are less and less of those available now as Facebook is becoming more strict about offering coupons. If you want to check for yourself, your best bet is do a search for “Facebook ads coupon” and browse the current offers. Along with Facebook coupons, you’ll also find sellers who can write and manage your ads, boost your page likes, design graphics and more.
Want to start advertising on Facebook right away? It’s surprisingly easy to put together a Facebook ad in minutes using this tool from Waymark. All you have to do is put in your business’ phone number and Waymark will create your ad in less than a minute. Click here to make your ad.
How to get Bing/Yahoo Advertising Coupons
Although Facebook ad coupons are very hard to find nowadays, coupons for Bing and Yahoo are still readily available. For Bing, you can get a $100 ad credit when you spend $25. The coupon comes directly from Microsoft, and you can use it for ad campaigns on both Bing and Yahoo search engines.
Many web hosts also offer free Google and Bing advertising when you sign up. For example, if you choose to use bluehost.com, you get a website, domain and business email PLUS $200 in Bing and Google advertising credits when you sign up for their $2.95 a month plan. Click here to read our article where we walk you through how to setup your website and business email with Bluehost step by step.
How to Get a Google Advertising Coupon
Google is the most popular search engine by a long shot, so it is a good idea for small business owners to advertise their websites on Google. New advertisers can get $75 in Google Advertising credit, although you have to spend $25 of your own money first. The credit is offered by Google Adwords, which is the service you use to run and manage your ad campaigns. To get started, check out our guide to advertising on Google.
You can also get $100 in advertising credits for Google when you sign up for Bluehost, which is a web hosting company. The package that includes this credit starts for as low as $2.95/month and it includes a domain, business email, and business website.
Facebook Advertising Coupons – Where Did They Go?
It used to be that Facebook had many different promotions in which they gave out free $50 advertising coupons. If you do a search for “Free Facebook Coupons” on Google you’ll probably see some results like this:
- Free coupon when you buy WordPress hosting through GoDaddy
- Free coupon when you setup a DIY website through specific website builders
- Free coupon when you “like” Facebook’s Marketing page
Unfortunately none of these are still active. In response to third-party companies reselling these coupons, Facebook started restricting access to free advertising coupons in mid-2015.
For another method of advertising on Facebook, check out the new Shopify Facebook app. With this app you’ll be able to create a full-featured ecommerce store directly on your Facebook page, so people won’t even have to leave Facebook to purchase your product. To learn how to set up your Facebook store using Shopify, go here.
Is it Still Possible To Find a Facebook Ad Coupon?
Yes, but these coupons are much harder to find. Facebook still gives out coupons to its users on a semi-random basis. For example, if you are new to Facebook advertising and you start the process of creating your first ad, there’s a chance that Facebook will offer you an advertising coupon to entice you to complete your ad. By nature, however, these are unpredictable and not something you should expect to find in your inbox as a new user.
Ebay and Fiverr used to have a big market for Facebook ad coupons. For as little as $5 you could get a coupon for $50 in advertising credit. By and large, however, these sellers have disappeared. There are some who appear now and then, however, as well as sellers who offer guides to find coupons yourself. By doing a search for “Facebook ads coupon” on Fiverr and narrowing it to “social marketing” on the left hand column, you can find all the current offers.
If you’re interested in getting started with Facebook advertising, view our complete guide here.
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